You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you...– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via humanformat)
: This Day in Black History: May 31, 1921 →
afro-art-chick: The Tulsa Race Riots began. On May 31, 1921, the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma erupted into the most destructive race riot the country has ever experienced. Violence broke out after angry mobs of whites called for the lynching of 19-year-old Dick Rowland after he was wrongly…
"I must learn to love the fool in me - the one who...
Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt—particularly to doubt...– Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy
Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.– Leo Tolstoy (via humanformat)
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of...– Sir Joshua Reynolds. via Simple Justice (via letterstomycountry)
what does one do when one is their own biggest...
Talking with women of varying ages and ethnicities about this issue, I am more...– bell hooks (via wretchedoftheearth)
If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views...– Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (via ghosthustler)
There’s more than one way to skin a cat; and there’s more than one...– James Baldwin
And finally, when white people—“white people”—talk about...– James Baldwin, Speech given at the National Press Club (1986)
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the...– James Baldwin (via minormayors)
“There is nothing much more to say – except why. But since why is difficult to...– (via iamqueennzinga)
“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” ~ Beloved, by Toni Morrison
stories are so powerful and resonant because in them we find ourselves.
Our word “essay”—referring to the form or genre of writing so widely loathed by students—is derived from the French “essai” meaning “attempt or trial” (from the Latin “exagium” meaning “the act of weighing”). For me though, it’s the idea that writing the essay is an attempt, a trial, that is so powerful; that when one is...
The American situation is very peculiar, and it may be without precedent in the...– James Baldwin, Unnamable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes
I have known many black men and, women and black boys and girls, who really...– James Baldwin, Unnameable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes
My Social Ontology... incomplete ramblings
Reflecting on my race in a social system* that has historically imputed pejorative, inhuman meanings to it, has led me to reconsider my place in the world. It’s not a defeatist position at all, but I have awakened in a way I am sure I had not been before to the fact that perceptions do matter. They may not be true, but they do matter—whether I want them to or not. History records that...
Can one believe in God or only the affirmative proposition, vocabulary concerning God? Is the idea/proposition/vocabulary the intermediary that sits between an infinite God and finite humankind?
“Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?” —Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela