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"Motherfuckers will read a book that’s 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and White people think we’re taking over."

Junot Diaz to the interview question “Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?” (via spoopyzourry)

Always reblog Junot Diaz

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"Appeals for calm in the wake of such a verdict raise the question of what calm there can possibly be in a place where such a verdict is possible. Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm.

Those who now fear violent social disorder must ask themselves whose interests are served by a violent social order in which young black men can be thus slain and discarded."

Gary Younge, from his EXCELLENT piece about the Trayvon Martin verdict which was posted to the Guardian’s website and then, inexplicably, taken down swiftly after. You can read the whole thing HERE.

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"“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”"

- Junot Diaz (via Tatiana Richards)

Wow…

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Gut punch.

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In these last few hours of MLK Day, I feel like it’s worth pointing out that my hometown of Grosse Pointe, MI had the dubious honor of hosting one of Dr. King’s final speaking engagements, just three weeks before his assassination.
I say dubious because Grosse Pointe is one of the most racist, backwater, 1% wealth, WASP-ridden towns in the United States, and I mean that statistically speaking, not just from my own shuddering hatred of the place.  Apparently Dr. King’s speech was picketed and the situation broke down: “This situation was so volatile, according to accounts in the Society’s files, the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief actually sat on King’s lap in the car ride to the high school in order to protect him.”
Dr King, I’m sorry you had to spend any time at all in that horrible city, but your short, remaining days couldn’t have been better spent.  They still have the audio tape (no digital backup - just a tape) in the school’s newspaper area.  I held it, once, and felt quiet inside.

In these last few hours of MLK Day, I feel like it’s worth pointing out that my hometown of Grosse Pointe, MI had the dubious honor of hosting one of Dr. King’s final speaking engagements, just three weeks before his assassination.

I say dubious because Grosse Pointe is one of the most racist, backwater, 1% wealth, WASP-ridden towns in the United States, and I mean that statistically speaking, not just from my own shuddering hatred of the place.  Apparently Dr. King’s speech was picketed and the situation broke down: “This situation was so volatile, according to accounts in the Society’s files, the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief actually sat on King’s lap in the car ride to the high school in order to protect him.”

Dr King, I’m sorry you had to spend any time at all in that horrible city, but your short, remaining days couldn’t have been better spent.  They still have the audio tape (no digital backup - just a tape) in the school’s newspaper area.  I held it, once, and felt quiet inside.