"I am mine.
Before I am ever anyone else’s."
Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse.
(Source: olivesnooks, via housewifeswag)
"When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million, empty words."
"If your ancestors cut down all the trees, it’s not your fault, but you still don’t live in a forest."
Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White). I try to use this when I teach race now, too, to get past the defensive “but why are you BLAMING ME” reaction. (via cabell)
THIS. THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS.
To all the white people who say that they shouldn’t have responsibility in racism because they’re ancestors and not them who participated in slavery, think about this!
"There’s a special place in hell for men who convince women that intuition is insecurity to protect their duplicity."