"Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on."
Immigrants. First generation.
Hits right 💓
(Source: theijeoma, via ethiopienne)
"You workin’ the same shitty jobs as we are, driving the same shitty cars, throwing around the same sad slurs for 400 years pretending you’re the great-grandchild of Aryan Royalty when your momma would’ve been a milkmaid in Sweden and your daddy face deep in cow shit."
- xjeremyjohnsonx addressing white supremacist anons in his inbox
The whole post is a great read.
Listen if you’re 14, 15, 16, 17 years old and you’re coming from a country that’s gang infested, particularly with MS-13-types. That is the most aggressive of all the street gangs. When you have those types coming across the border, they’re not children at that point. These kids have been brought up in a culture of thievery. A culture of murder, of rape. And now we are going to infuse them into the American culture. It’s just ludicrous.
Holdon, I speak Old White Man. Let me translate.
"These kids are from places that have been ravaged by American via imperialism and ludicrous drug policies, and as such have been robbed of their childhood and innocence, are forced to grow up too fast and are forced out of their home countries, and therefore do not meet my standards of what it means to be a middle-class white American child, so let’s send them back into places where they may well be the victims of violence, because fuck ‘em."
An expert in one of the newer world languages—Old White Man—has thoughtfully translated this oration for us!
"As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower, so do the wise move through the world."
- the Dhammapada (via abiding-in-peace)
"In South Africa, jealous white women decided that freed women, by their dress and manner, had become “unseemly and vexing to the public” and in 1765 they were forbidden to wear “colored silk clothing, hoopskirts, fine laces, adorned bonnets, curled hair or earrings.” One can understand the vexation over silks, but forbidding a mulatto to walk in public with her hair in curls a hundred fifty years before the invention of the straightening iron was an early and ominous indication of the white South African talent for fine-tuned racial sadism."
- Orlando Patterson, “slavery and social death” (via ourcatastrophe)
anyone talked about how this practice and the one in New Orleans that kept black women from showing their hair in public looks real similar yet?
we have a sub in us history and he said “i have to take attendance, if i mispronounce your name it’s because i dont care”
but really?? >.
why is rick ross there?
When was RICK ROSS an og?
This show got really deep fast.
this is like marxist theory of labor jesus CHRIST
(Source: bushidobryant, via jey-ahr)
people on this website need to learn how to correct uneducated people without being complete and total asswipes
like goddamn, some people need to be taught, not torn down
That should be a bible verse