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It’s important to know when to have a seat, Matthew McConaughey.

" Fear is power and things like the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism and our hyper-awareness about terrorism would be feeble without that power. "

- My daughter, in an essay she just had me proofread.  This kid. 


If only he had kept driving away…

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Sometimes my daughter hips me to music. 







look what you did, you angels! We’re nearly halfway to our goal to help Tjhisha and Angelia’s families. Let’s keep sharing and getting the word out!

If you haven’t yet, would you be willing to share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr? And remember, ANYTHING helps. Even a dollar!

we hit the halfway mark this morning! $8500/$17000. Let’s do this!

Amazing! Keep it up! Here’s the link:

thank you for including the link, Lori! I’m mobile so it makes it hard sometimes. I appreciate it!

We’re nearing $9,000! Would you please RT this again now that the link is in there? Seriously, even $1 does help.


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via Color of Change:

In an exchange on The Daily Show last week, Jon Stewart took Bill O’Reilly to task for his persistent denials of the very existence of white privilege, pointing out that O’Reilly’s hometown of Levittown, NY once refused to admit Black residents.

As a great piece in Washington Post explains, this denial of Black people to own homes and accumulate wealth in towns like Levittown — at a crucial moment in American history — enshrined economic inequality for decades to come:

"The exclusion of blacks from this community 60 years ago is relevant today not because of some compounding, inter-generational deficit of values, but because Levittown represents the moment and the place where the families of white World War II veterans were given the chance to start building wealth, while the families of black veterans were not.

Read the full article below.


British Invasion of the Congo

Although the Belgians Colonised the Congo,In 1911 they gave a British Man ; William Lever, a concession to develop large scale productions of Palm oil in the Congo.

In the book Lord Leverhulme’s Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation in the Congo by Jules Marchal  the author states: “Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labour, a program that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi holocaust.Formal parliamentary investigations were called for by members of the Belgian Socialist Party, but despite their work the practice of forced labour continued until independence in 1960.

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We got to matriarchy in the syllabus and patriarchy, and I said, you know, the whole idea of patriarchy and matriarchy portends something called ‘power.’ We might have had these women-centered homes, but it didn’t mean power. These women were not going out there cruising with some high powered jobs, making a whole lot of money, doing steak every night. So I came up with a term—you know teaching makes you do more work—and I came up with a term called diarchy. I said Black families were diarchal, most of them, in that you might have had a woman there, a mother there, but you had a grandmother, you had an uncle, you had some cousins in there. Diarchy happens when a family is under duress, under stress from a society.

That was important, so therefore if you move to diarchy, then you leave the whole arena that Moynihan is talking about matriarchy, talking about ‘these women are the cause for all the problems happening in the Black community,’ and you leave the arena with the men who say ‘well I wanna be a patriarch’ and I say ‘well dude you ain’t making enough money to be a patriarch,’ being facetious, but at the same time saying ‘you didn’t come up in a family like that; tell me about your family?’ Tell me about your family; how is your composition of your family? And everybody, most everybody, most of them had a diarchy; had nothing to do with a matriarchy or patriarchy.



Sonia Sanchez

Quote is from a video where she discussed a course on Black women that her students theorized into existence and she taught only a few years after the notoriously anti-Black, misogynoiristic, ahistorical Moynihan report came out (responsible for many straight up lies and stereotypes about Black motherhood and Black families post-Civil War, invoking arbitrary pathology for not mirroring White families, while leaving anti-Blackness and White supremacy blameless).

Here she dissects the false equalization made between matriarchy and patriarchy themselves, and as pertaining to Black families, something I wrote about in Black American Families Are Not “Matriarchal”. There I deconstructed the ahistorical mess of Moynihan and more. I cited Patricia Hill Collins, Angela Davis and bell hooks in that older essay, but damn I would’ve loved to have cited Sonia there. 

Anyway, watch that short video! It’s wonderful hearing about how she engages in her classroom on difficult topics on gender, family and more with primarily Black students, especially during that first semester of this particular class back in ‘69. 

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Also - I find it ironic how little Americans seem to care about Liberia (and all of the people being affected by the ebola virus there) when Liberia was essentially founded by Americans. 


Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola 

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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Here is a list of companies that will hire felons. Please share this and repost if you know of people who are looking to better their lives and work.

Hungry Howies, too!  At least the franchise my gf works for, her manager has felonies and makes a decent living!





This is happening

raise your hand if you called this opportunistic racist bullshit

Shocked face. -__-