Monday, July 28, 2014

Max Blumenthal Gives Impassioned Speech at Rally for Gaza

Dear White People | Official Trailer HD | In Theaters Oct. 17

Dear White People
is the best movie i've seen in a long time!! i'm looking forward to
seeing it again!! i especially appreciate how critical this film is of
the status quo and i'm looking forward to not only the discussions it's
already started, but also how it's going to upset folks who should be
challenged for perpetuating ignorance and/or inequality. furthermore, i
think this film should be part of every university's orientation!!

Monday, July 14, 2014


"who represents racists? .besides the government, besides the government and a few major national news outlets?  who represents racists?  i was watching the news the other day, i had to switch it off.  i was shocked, i was like that news report was only like 90% racist--like when are we going to stop silencing racists?  when are we going to stop oppressing white people in general?”  aamer rahman

Monday, July 7, 2014

James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show, 1968

The Invisible Cost of Patriarchy by Jennai Bundock

The Hidden Cost of Patriarchy from Burning Hearts Media on Vimeo.

“there might be sometimes the people who identify as men...or cis men…might feel uncomfortable with what i’m saying or how i’m talking about you as a group or how you’re being generalized by what i have to say and there is something really important that i want you to do if you start to feel that way and that’s i want you to swallow it and i want you to hold in your stomach and i want you to understand that that’s the way that women and people who aren’t you feel all the time around you and that we don’t get to put our hand up and say, “hey you upset me just now” because when we do that it comes with risk and when you do that it puts me as risk.  so when people say to me, ‘how can i be an ally?’ the first thing i say to them all the time is, ’shut up sometimes because sometimes you aren’t important and sometimes your feelings aren’t important and the rest of us have to go around especially in this community and feel sometimes like we’re not important and our feelings aren’t important and that this isn’t a space for us…”  Jennai Bundock  “The Hidden Cost of Patriarchy" 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" | Black Agenda Report

"The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" | Black Agenda Report

"I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.”  Fredrick Douglas

"I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave's point of view. Standing there identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.  Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery the great sin and shame of America! "I will not equivocate; I will not excuse"; I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.”  Fredrick Douglas

"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour." Frederick Douglas 

"Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival….”  Fredrick Douglas 
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