Society loves to portray the Black Panthers as the villains in America. They’ll only tell you that they held guns and were “militant”. The Black Panthers did many positive things for the Black Community; the Free Breakfast Program is one of them. It was designed to feed Black Children a good breakfast each morning so they could retain information at school. Too many Black Children, to this very day, go to school hungry because they cannot afford food in the morning. It has been proven that students do not learn as well when they are hungry. The Panthers were aware of this and wanted to ensure they had the opportunity to receive an adequate meal. As Huey said, “The Children always inherit the Revolution” so obviously they needed and still need to be invested in. They’ll never tell you about this but I’m not surprised. “I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.” Written By @KingKwajo
“I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.”
❝And then, you ask me whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all… whether I approve of guns.
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama!
Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs! Bombs that were planted by racists. I remember from the time - I was very small - I remember the sound of bombs exploding across the street, our house shaking! I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times because of that fact that any moment - someone - we might expect to be attacked.
The man who was in that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bill Connor. He would often get on the radio and make statements like - “Niggers have moved into an all white neighborhood, we better expect some bloodshed tonight,” and sure enough there would be blood shed.
After the four girls - one of them lived next door to me - I was very good friends of a sister of another one… My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class.
In fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of the young girl called my mother and said - “Can you take me down to the church and pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.”
And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place.
And then after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. ❞ Angela Davis on Violence [x]
Four books by Frantz Fanon - Downloadable
- The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove, 2004. Here it is.
- Black Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto, 2008. Here it is.
- A Dying Colonialism. New York, NY: Grove, 2007. Here it is.
- Toward the African Revolution. New York, NY: Grove, 1994. Here it is.
If you haven’t read Fanon, now is the time. The zip file password is: archive.
I encourage all women of color to read Fanon’s work(s). White allies, you too.
Another big thanks to the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee for helping us with our demonstration, “Our Children Are Not Yours to Take”, outside Obama’s Tribal Nations Conference.
Leonard #Peltier, a #Lakota, is one of the only Americans that Amnesty International USA considers a “political prisoner”.
Learn how you can help:http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/
Segregated neighborhoods are more likely to be poor, and if you barely earn a living wage, you definitely can’t afford health insurance that would cover preventative care (Thanks Affordable Care Act). The pink ribbon does not help bring awareness to the socioeconomic inequities connected to breast cancer; they commodify the disease and make it “sexy” under the guise of raising awareness.
'Saving the Boobies' is a mantra that gets thrown around a lot this month, but it does not properly address how breast cancer adversely impacts and ends lives. Talking about breasts as if they are an independent entity, as if it’s the breasts that are worth saving as opposed to the life and body they are attached to is not only patriarchal, but also down right sexist. It implies that a woman’s worth is in her breasts, in her sexuality.
This quote is from her essay Saving The Boobies Will Not Save Me on Still Furious and Still Brave. Here she notes that Black women develop breast cancer less often than White women, but are 40% more likely to die. Even when controlled for class, Black women still receive inferior healthcare. This is against the backdrop of a culture that thinks we do not feel pain, need less pain medication, heal faster and are “strong” for the purpose of “enduring” the pain from others.
I had a friend who got breast cancer before 35 and had a double mastectomy. I was glad they saved the HUMAN over “the boobies.” The fragmentation involved in this campaign irritates me. I had a breast cancer scare at age 28. Though my tests came back clean, the period between the tests and no result was incredibly stressful. Worse is how EVERYONE demands joy and heroism and “fuck cancer” and all of this stuff that Black women are already forced to do based on the Strong Black Woman stereotype.
Rape isn’t about uncontrollable sexual desire. You only have to listen in on a Call of Duty game to see that. When that kid crows, “I raped you!”, he’s not calling the other guy sexy; he’s saying he defeated him, dominated him, humiliated him. That’s what rape is about, and that should scare you.
gonna reblog this till I stop tumbling
my country !