“They say, “We all emerge in the funk. If it wasn’t for our mama’s lovepuss, we wouldn’t be here”….One of the problems these days when we talk about race is that everyone wants to deodorize the discourse. No, we’re gonna keep it funky!”—Dr. Cornel West, “Making Race Heard” @ University of Michigan (via annachiang)
“I used to think that the way to be strong, was to be tough. I used to think that to be independent was to not need anyone. But, she’s taught me that the more vulnerable you are and the softer you are and the more you allow people into your life and into your heart the happier you are and the more valuable you are to other people.”—Portia de Rossi (via beatboxgoesthump)
there are bad things that a small group of people has done to others in order to get what they want. the thing is many people benefit from what this small group of has done, and they (we) go through life rationalizing “that was horrible, but i didn’t do it”. it doesn’t really matter if you didn’t do it as long as you are benefiting from it. “that was horrible, i want to change it” would be productive, but just make sure you start with yourself.
I have a confession to make. At first, I misunderstood Occupy Wall Street.
The first few times I went down to Zuccotti Park, I came away with mixed feelings. I loved the energy and was amazed by the obvious organic appeal of the movement, the way it was growing on its own. But my initial…
Greetings brilliant people of color and allies, I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be here with you all. My taking part in the 2011 UC Student of Color Conference is but another blessing in my crazy ass privileged life on a path to healing and transformation. When I was asked to speak here, at first I was taken aback momentarily. I am a mixed race and miscegenated Asian American raised working-class in the predominantly Black and Brown community of Richmond, California. That being what it is, my perception of myself as a bridge between the communities I identify with, to me goes hand in hand with many issues that surround authenticity and what it means to be “real.” I often wonder if most people, regardless of their race or ethnicity regard me as an authentic person of color and these thoughts can at times lead me into feelings of isolation and useless self-pity. When I am at my best however, I can recall W.E.B. Dubois and the ways that he was able to identify that “double-consciousness,” and the way we as people of color are targeted by physical and psychological trauma due to racism, are pushed regularly into viewing ourselves through the eyes of others. Part of our healing as people of color and oppressed people within higher education, is identifying the times and ways we have and continue to become servants to the thoughts and opinions of others. Access to higher education and love and support from peers and mentors at UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University not only allowed me the tools to examine these realities, but just as importantly, spaces like this one allowed me to feel safe and secure enough to move toward my own discomfort in efforts to grow and develop.
sometimes rushing to figure out why we feel a certain way is our brains clever strategy for keeping us from feeling it. feelings are just feelings, we can find ways to safely feel them without having them control decision making. anxiety is fuel to pain that could just be pain otherwise
for my educator/organizer folks (aka, MY folks/MY ME):
true love does not come from giving people what they want, it comes from giving people what they need. come together on deciding what that is
for my “this is to emo for me” folks (aka, MY folks/MY ME):
the hardest ones, are the hurtest ones. its not your fault
“We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”—Pema Chodron (via kiwizzo)