“believing in yourself is not a luxury. it is where the wildness enters your genius. it is wanton survival and burning indifference to what and who you are not supposed to be. it is the deepest revolution possible, the arc and heft of the universe in one strategic thought; vital to the weight and will of your whole health. without your belief, you are a wilting born, a folding off into the corner of a sky hot with loss.”—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
to the daughters who bend and twist to make room for the emotions of family members stuck between longing and anguish. to the daughters creating bridges with their backs for parents who’ve lost more than mere limbs in the struggle to find home. to the daughters kneeling at the hands and feet of loved ones who’ve been crushed by a system that continues to deny them access. to the daughters who have been mothers to their mother, father, and brothers. to the daughters deferring dreams. to the daughters who hold back tears until the midnight hours. for so long you have shrunk to make room for a dream that you never asked for or cared for. loves, you are not alone and your love and effort does not go unnoticed. sending you all so much goodness in this life <3
“It is important for this country to make its people so obsessed with their own liberal individualism that they do not have time to think about a world larger than self.”—bell hooks (via basedlacedaway)
Israel is the problem. Hamas doesn’t occupy land, steal water, ethnically cleanse Israelis & bulldoze their homes. The only people ever “driven into the sea” were Palestinians. Attempts to wipe Palestine off the map continue. How did so many Palestinians end up in Gaza? Mass ethnic cleansing. The refugees aren’t the obstacle to peace, the occupier is.
Btw, this is not hyperbole. We were LITERALLY driven into the sea.
“Now “tribal trends” are totally “in.” You can walk into any store in the mall and see “Native” imagery everywhere. As a Native person, when I look at them, I can’t help but remember the not-so-distant past when my people weren’t allowed, by law, to wear these things. It’s such a constant reminder of the colonial power structures still in place. Back in the day, white people had the power to take away our culture, and now they have the power to wear it however they see fit. These are our images, our cultural symbols, yet we are completely powerless to have control over them.”—
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.