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It’s no credit to this enormously rich country that there are more oppressive, less decent governments elsewhere. We claim superiority of our institutions. We ought to live up to our own standards, not use misery elsewhere as an endless source of self-gratification and justification. Of course, people tell me all the time in the West that they are trying, they are trying hard. Some have tears in their eyes and let me know how awful they feel about the way our poor live, our blacks, or those in dozens of other countries. People can cry much easier than they can change, a rule of psychology people like me picked up as kids on the street.
James Baldwin, "James Baldwin Back Home" by Robert Coles in The New York Times (31 July 1977)

neoliberalismkills:

okay so my financial aid loans won’t come in till next week (I had to take out a short term loan from the student financial office to make my first tuition payment) and Ali and I are living in a hotel right now and we found an apartment right by campus which is good bcus I don’t have a car but we need $200 by Friday for the deposit and if we don’t get that in by then, we will lose the apartment. this is a p big deal because we haven’t been able to find a low-income apartment anywhere near campus, hence our current hotel-living state. if you can donate and help us out, that would be amazing and me and Ali would be eternally grateful. there’s a donate link on my blog if that link doesn’t work.

if you can donate/want to, pls send me a message or put your url in the notes thing so I can personally thank you <3

majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 
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