Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
"Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good.
He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.”
(Source: sukforhonesty, via randomactsofchaos)
#Paris is Burning
Movie Quote of the Week: Paris is Burning (1990)
"When someone has rejection from their mother and father, their family, they - when they get out in the world - they search. They search for someone to fill that void."
This part made me joke up.
“We don’t get to stay in moments and that should not be news to you. We are both familiar with the concept of time, the awful math of it, how our history always gets larger, less understandable, overweight, overworked, over and over, and memories get misfiled and complicate feelings for no good reason and some people seem more able to deal with this, to keep their histories clean and well ordered but I still don’t understand why we came unstuck from those moments we wanted to stay and why the moments we wanted to forget still haunt us.”
—Catherine Lacey, Nobody Is Ever Missing
This is the most perfect pairing of quote and picture.
"How’s the telescope, Liz?"
"I don’t know, Kelsey. How’s your mom’s pill addiction?
Painter painting in our land pictures of only white angels
Painter painting in our time in shadows of yesterday
Painter, if you paint with love, paint me some black angels now
For all good blacks in heaven, painter show us that you care
Eartha Kitt - Angelitos Negros (1970 performance)
(Source: foxwin, via nigerianheir)
Douglas Adams is the best when it comes to describe characters
they need to teach classes on Douglas Adams analogies okay
“He leant tensely against the corridor wall and frowned like a man trying to unbend a corkscrew by telekinesis.”
"Stones, then rocks, then boulders which pranced past him like clumsy puppies, only much, much bigger, much, much harder and heavier, and almost infinitely more likely to kill you if they fell on you.”
"He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off.”
"It looked only partly like a spaceship with guidance fins, rocket engines and escape hatches and so on, and a great deal like a small upended Italian bistro.”
"If it was an emotion, it was a totally emotionless one. It was hatred, implacable hatred. It was cold, not like ice is cold, but like a wall is cold. It was impersonal, not as a randomly flung fist in a crowd is impersonal, but like a computer-issued parking summons is impersonal. And it was deadly - again, not like a bullet or a knife is deadly, but like a brick wall across a motorway is deadly.”
And, of course:
"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t."
the one that will always stay with me is “Arthur Dent was grappling with his consciousness the way one grapples with a lost bar of soap in the bath,” i feel like that was the first time i really understood what you could do with words.
(Source: stonecoldstevebuscemi, via psycho-delic-cunt)
#grapes of wrath
This year, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. But since it’s Banned Books Week, it’s also vital that we mention that in August 1939, the book was banned in Kern County, California. The book was pronounced as a “libel and lie” and was banned on obscenity charges (but in truth, political grounds). By a vote of 4 to 1, the book was banned, but an unsung hero, local librarian Gretchen Knief, was working behind the scenes to overturn the ban. Knief (above, right) wrote powerful letters condemning the banning and burning (above, left) of the book. "Besides, banning books is so utterly hopeless and futile. Ideas don’t die because a book is forbidden reading," she wrote. The ban only lasted 18 months.
This year, for Banned Books Week, don’t just celebrate the books, but also celebrate everyone who has fought and continues to fight for great books.For more on Gretchen Knief, head over to NPR and listen to our Penguin Classic On Air podcast.
For the last two days in al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli soldiers have shot tear gas at schoolchildren at the Salaymeh checkpoint. Yesterday, two tear gas canisters were shot at the children, one of which was fired directly at them instead of an arc (to lower the impact velocity).This practice is extremely dangerous and can cause death or severe injuries. Today, one tear gas grenade was thrown and four tear gas canisters were shot, one after another, at high speeds towards the children leaving school.
"You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in."