Happy birthday, Voltairine de Cleyre. November 17, 1866 - June 20, 1912.
“Note the difference between a right and a privilege. A right, in the abstract, is a fact; it is not a thing to be given, established, or conferred; it is. Of the exercise of a right power may deprive me; of the right itself, never. Privilege, in the abstract, does not exist; there is no such thing. Rights recognized, privilege is destroyed. But, in the practical, the moment you admit a supreme authority, you have denied rights. Practically the supremacy has all the rights, and no matter what the human race possesses, it does so merely at the caprice of that authority.”
“Government is as unreal, as intangible, as unapproachable as God. Try it, if you don’t believe it. Seek through the legislative halls of America and find, if you can, the Government. In the end you will be doomed to confer with the agent, as before.”
“Workers, the most absolutely necessary part of the whole social structure, without whose services none can either eat, or clothe, or shelter himself, are just the ones who get the least to eat, to wear, and to be housed withal — to say nothing of their share of the other social benefits which the rest of us are supposed to furnish, such as education and artistic gratification.”
“If the believers in liberty wish the principles of liberty taught, let them never entrust that instruction to any government; for the nature of government is to become a thing apart, an institution existing for its own sake, preying upon the people, and teaching whatever will tend to keep it secure in its seat.”
4:50 pm • 17 November 2010 • 8 notes
1920s jazz singer & songwriter Lee Morse. She is so bizarre!! She has this amazing, classic Jazz Age voice, but she uses little coughs, laughs, yelps, and yodels to punctuate her songs. Best of all, her lyrics are really funny and dirty, in half her songs she is exhorting some unnamed male to give up the goods, or asking to borrow his comb to fix her sex hair.
Beautiful, talented, weird, and a total horndog. My kinda gal. Go here to hear a few songs.
4:36 pm • 17 November 2010 • 153 notes
i know so many of these people, its disgusting.
are you listening, richmond?
10:29 am • 16 November 2010
Image reads: “Rape is a kind of violence, not a kind of sex.”
As Lorde put it: rape is sexualized aggression, not aggressive sexuality.
(Source: hills-are-mountains, via femonster)
11:06 pm • 15 November 2010 • 261 notes
This is completely intentional and not at all incidental.
Just because they wouldn’t have noticed on their own, that doesn’t somehow negate the point and truth of this. Everything about his stance and expression scream brute, animal, savage… Even the contrast of their clothing show him dark, her light—and we all know what dark (black) and light (white) mean in the English language.
Also, whether someone sees it with their physical eyes or not, this message still sends soooo many messages to the subconscious, and none of them good for black youths’ minds and sense of self.
This image also perpetuates the false idea that all black men want caucasian women, and that caucasian women are the “top models,” as in most beautiful… While black men are the “star athletes,” as in the best in terms of physical.
Then you look at her. It’s almost as if she is running from him, and her demeanor is quite different. She is smiling, her hair and body language are meant to say beautiful, sophisticated, etc. The very opposite of the black man next to her.
As someone mentioned, we are likened to beasts and only worthy of praise when it comes down to physical achievement. To add on, we are like circus animals; Exotic creatures they enjoy having do tricks for them. A few years back they did a study and said that blacks are better athletes and better than caucasians when it comes to the physical, but caucasians are smarter. Many black people took this as a compliment! I was offended. I saw past what they were saying… In other words, we’re good beasts of burden, good slaves, perfect field workers, but no good for anything that requires thinking or intelligence. What’s worse is we feed into this, because we do not know who we are. We don’t know our greatness… and as the Honorable Malcolm X said, “If you never think you’ve done anything, how can you ever do anything? You have no self-confidence.” Without confidence in ourselves and our people, we will not go to far.
And to close this build, most caucasians choose not to see, even when the truth is pushed right into their faces.
This is really fucked up.
(Source: brujaluz, via whitedrunkgirls)
10:36 am • 15 November 2010 • 1,081 notes