“Social justice is about destroying systematic marginalisation and privilege. Wishing to live in a more just, more equal world is simply not the same thing as wishing to live in a “nicer” world. I am not suggesting niceness is bad or that we should not behave in a nice way towards others if we want to! I also do not equate niceness with cooperation or collaboration with others. Here’s all I am saying: the conflation of ethical or just conduct (goodness), and polite conduct (niceness) is a big problem.”—» The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good Social Justice League (via lookoutsideyourself)
“Throughout the civilized world the teachings of Marx evoke the utmost hostility and hatred of all bourgeois science (both official and liberal), which regards Marxism as a kind of “pernicious sect.” And no other attitude is to be expected, for there can be no “impartial” social science in a society based on class struggle. In one way or another, all official and liberal science defends wage slavery, where Marxism has declared a relentless war on wage slavery. To expect science to be impartial in a wage-slave society is as silly and naive as to expect impartiality from manufacturers on the question of whether workers’ wages should be increased by decreasing the profits of capital.”—~ Vladimir Lenin
“The argument here readily, or maybe grudgingly, admits that whites are just humans like all of us, born as fairly plastic entities who will both be shaped by, and in turn shape, a particularly socio-cultural environment. But it will be pointed out that their socialization in a white-supremacist society makes them ineluctably beneficiaries and perpetrators of the system of oppression responsible for keeping blacks down, so that they are all, or mostly (claims of differing strength can be made), the enemy, whether through active policy or passive complicity”—Charles W. Mills - Do Black Men Have a Moral Duty to Marry Black Women? (via didntmakethefootballteam)
“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.”—Susan Sontag (via vickychou)
“Anyone who claims to be concerned with the fate of black males in the United States who does not speak about the need for them to radicalize their consciousness to challenge patriarchy if they are to survive and flourish colludes with the existing system in keeping black men in their place, psychologically locked down, locked out.”—bell hooks in We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity (via thechanelmuse)
“A ban would be aesthetically, culturally and environmentally right. But it’s what it says about us that matters too. It would be a sign of collective and democratic power over the market. It would be a signal that says the public interest trumps private interest. That the freedom to be fully human, and not just be subjected to an endless onslaught of adverts, should come first. That we are citizens more than we are consumers.”—Ban outdoor advertising | Neal Lawson (via sociolab)
“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me “V”.”—V, V for Vendetta
hi guys, a good friend of mine is embarking on an incredible project. here is the summary:
SPICY WIT, a new mockumentary-style television series (in the vein of “Family Guy,” “The Office,” & “Awkward Black Girl”) sprung from the minds of several college students around a cafeteria table in early-2009. Since then, these like-minded individuals have tried continuously to produce this daring, subversive, and groundbreaking 30-minute pilot episode, entitled “HATE”.
When does higher education go wrong? When does too much consciousness about race, class, age, sex, blah blah blah literally fracture your brain? This television series attempts to capture that exact moment. SPICY WIT (the name comes from a favorite spicy chicken sandwich) follows several self-identified African-American students at a prestigious, Ivy League institution of higher learning. Why follow these black folk? This group of ‘frenemies’ is truly representative of the multiplicitous, pluralistic nature of Black America today. The cast also samples from myriad other “fringe” or marginal identities, as well as from the ‘privilege’ pool.
We now exist in a world many would like to call ‘post-racial,’ with the appointment (and now re-election campaign) of the first non-white president of the United States of America. But Barack Obama’s face alone (no matter how colorfully and artistically rendered) cannot accurately portray the complex depths, shadows, nuances, and wealth of difference which depictions of the real Black America necessitate.
Can these students — having emerged from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and histories — continue to call themselves Black if they subscribe to the pressures and presumptions of an Ivy League education? Tune in to this groundbreaking, interrogative new mocku-series which poses all of the questions you’ve never been allowed to ask. We will be sure to answer absolutely none of them.
In all seriousness, SPICY WIT is more than entertainment. It subscribes to the ideological premise that careful study and manipulation of humor, satire, technology, entertainment, and myriad other media forms can work to reshape and redefine the current standard of cultural modes of (mis)representation. Translation: We don’t see enough diversity on TV and this is our response.
please support any way you can: by donating, reblogging, or tweeting. this is a great group of incredibly intelligent and dedicated people trying to create something new and really necessary.
“To-day the black man of the South has almost nothing to say as to how much he shall be taxed, or how those taxes shall be expended; as to who shall execute the laws, and how they shall do it; as to who shall make the laws, and how they shall be made. It is pitiable that frantic efforts must be made at critical times to get law-makers in some States even to listen to the respectful presentation of the black man’s side of a current controversy. Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty escape.”—W.E.B. DuBois from “The Souls of Black Folk” (via aomuse)
“[…] neither a feminism that focuses on woman as an autonomous human being worthy of personal freedom nor one that focuses on the attainment of equality of opportunity with men can rid society of sexism and male domination. Feminism is a struggle to end sexist oppression. Therefore, it is necessarily a struggle to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels as well as a commitment to reorganizing society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires.”—Bell Hooks (via clarissa-dalloway)