Shut up and Listen !

I'm not trying to educate you
but maybe you could just think about opening your
mind

curvellas:

graphitetroll:

It is my dream to one day have a serious conversation about black motherhood free of men and white people. So half of the discussion doesn’t have to be the defense of the validity of black mothers. But at the same time I want to seriously talk about the very real emotional distance a lot of mothers create with their daughters and how that is carried on through generations. 

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“And I would never deny them but father it doesn’t matter if my roots grew in the African dirt if my tree has never seen the desert sun , if my leaves have never felt harsh rain after a seasonal drought see father my roots are the only thing that ties me to your mother land but my tree is who I am and we didn’t grow there …”

Black-american

Do you think its time for blacks to cut their ties from Africa?
My sister says yes and well maybe she’s right I mean Africa doesn’t tie itself to blacks in America most Africans don’t see us as Africans-american but just Americans .
But would blacks really be cutting themselves from ?
Our african heritage has all but been wiped out I don’t know any blacks that have any connection to African besides the title of being African American.

vintageblackglamour:

Happy 86th Birthday to Dr. Maya Angelou! Dr. Angelou avoided celebrating her birthday for years after her friend, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on her 40th birthday in 1968. Instead, she and her friend Coretta Scott King would “meet or talk or send each other flowers.” She is shown here doing a little reading in her room before performing at New York’s Village Vanguard in the late 1950s. Photo: G. Marshall Wilson, Art.com.

vintageblackglamour:

Happy 86th Birthday to Dr. Maya Angelou! Dr. Angelou avoided celebrating her birthday for years after her friend, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on her 40th birthday in 1968. Instead, she and her friend Coretta Scott King would “meet or talk or send each other flowers.” She is shown here doing a little reading in her room before performing at New York’s Village Vanguard in the late 1950s. Photo: G. Marshall Wilson, Art.com.

unhistorical:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.

The night before his assassination, King delivered his last speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee; popularly known as “I’ve Been to the Mountain”, this speech was made in support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and called upon the United States to ”be true to what you said on paper”. 

At around 6 PM, King was standing on the balcony outside his room at Memphis’  Lorraine Motel when he was struck by a single bullet through the cheek, fired from a pump-action rifle wielded by James Earl Ray, who shortly afterward fled north to Canada. After being taken to the hospital, King was pronounced dead five minutes after 7. All across the United States, violent riots in Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere broke out during the week following the assassination, though notably not in Indianapolis, where Robert F. Kennedy, who would be assassinated two months later, delivered arguably his speech informing the city’s residents of King’s death.

The funeral, which took place on April 9, was attended by 300,000 people, and a bill to establish a holiday in his honor was presented in Congress not long after. King’s family, and many others besides, maintain that James Earl Ray (a small-time criminal) was the scapegoat of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government and FBI. It is fact that the FBI’s COINTELPRO closely monitored King’s (and other “subversives’) activities intensely often through illegal or dubious means, such as wiretapping and break-ins. The agency also sent King an anonymous letter urging him to commit suicide. In 1999, King’s family won a civil suit in Memphis in which jurors reached the unanimous verdict that “Loyd Jowers [a restaurant owner in 1968] as well as ”others, including governmental agencies’” had been part of a conspiracy to murder King. 

Partial transcript from the 1999 case

Bottom five photographs from LIFE

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blackinasia:

Source: Truths You Won’t Believe

Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated. 

(Source: owning-my-truth, via travelingashe)

For the Record

survivaloftheflyest:

ramblertales:

-Black people are the descendents of enslaved Africans

-Our ancestors are not slaves, slave is not a type of person, it’s a forced occupation

-We don’t come from slaves we come from stolen Africans

-Slavery does not define us, it is a part of our history and should be well known. But my great gramma told us her mother was a herbalist, midwife, and woman dedicated to God. She was enslaved but she was not only a slave.

Bless this post.

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Black privilege is being able to say a ton of racist things to a white person and but not be racist

How can we say fuck the white man when we dont even treat our own people any better

All poor people ain’t Black, and all Black people ain’t poor.”- Jon Kasandra