"The City That Bombed Itself"
Twenty-eight years ago in West Philadelphia on May 13, 1985 the police bombed and gunned down members of MOVE, including 5 children. Two one-pound bombs made of C4 explosives, provided by the FBI, were dropped by a state police helicopter on a MOVE house in an attempt to kill and flush out the members. Temperatures inside the house reached 2,000 degrees. When firefighters arrived, police told them to hold off and to “let the fire burn”. When firefighters finally did put out the flames over 60 homes were destroyed and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were used by the police. To this day, no one in the government or law enforcement were charged criminally. It was another moment in US history that demonstrated that murder is allowed depending on who does it.
“May 13th is much more than a day of infamy. The city committed a massacre and did it with impunity.”-Mumia Abu-Jamal
That time the Philadelphia officials decided that bombing a house full for people including children, black people and black children, was a good idea. This showed a blatant disregard for black lives and their trust in this racist society to condone this level of violence against black people. Fuck this shit!
pretty tired of people equating a lot of the names Black Americans give their kids, with being ghetto or ratchet. And really, it all seems to be targeted at Black girls and women. All of those names have roots spanning across various parts of Africa, Asia, and the Arab nations.
Since I obviously have to school the Original Poster, and the 90+ people who liked and reblogged this before me (including the person I’m reblogging this from); get out ya pens n notepads, kids..class is in session:
Laquisha is merely one of a handful of derivatives of the name LAKEISHA.
La - being just a prefix
Keisha - being the root name (and spelling) of Queisha. Ergo the name La-Queisha/Quisha
It’s a peculiar name overall, in that it bears multiple origins; African (Bangi/Bobangi and Swahili), Arabic, and Hebrew.
• In Bangi, Queisha means - ‘favourite’
• In Swahili, Lakeisha means - ‘favourite one’
• In Hebrew, Queisha is most likely the variant of KEZIA, meaning - ‘cassia tree’ CASSIA is the generic name for a variety of trees and shrubs, one of which produces cinnamon. So Queisha is often interpreted as meaning ‘cinnamon’, too.
Further still, it being Hebrew, affords it some Biblical roots. Kezia/Keziah was the name given to Job’s second daughter, who was born after his sufferings (Job 42:14). Interestingly, her name has been seen to symbolise female equality; since Job’s three daughters shared equally with their brothers, in their father’s inheritance (Job 42:15). This was against the custom of things back then. Women did not receive an inheritance, nor could widows claim their deceased husband’s assets. In short, Keziah and her two sisters represented freedom and equality for women, in a time when such a thing was unheard of.
• And in Arabic, Lakeisha means - ‘alive’ or ‘she who lives’
so before you dummies look down on us for our names, keep in mind that their roots date back further than where majority of your great-great-great grandparents can trace their lineage.
We are not jokes. We are not cognitively deficient. And we are certainly not here to appease your ridiculous standards and expectations for what a child’s name ‘should’ be. We are not ghetto, and our names are not rachet. Our names have meaning, and they have soul.
Perhaps next time you feel to make a joke at the expense of our culture, just keep in mind that you’re a lowkey racist for playing on racial stereotypes..and we ain’t really smiling bout’ that.
Why Blackman dey suffer today?Why black man they suffer - Fela Kuti
Why Blackman no get money today?
Why Blackman no go for moon today?
This is the reason why…
We dey sit down for our land jeje
We dey mind our business jeje
Some people come from far away land
Dem fight us and take our land
Dem take our people and spoil our towns
Na since then trouble start o
Our riches dem take away to their land
In return dem give us their colony
Dem take our culture away from us
Dem give us dem culture we no understand
Black people we no know ourselves
We no know our ancestral heritage
We dey fight each other everyday
We’re never together; we’re never together at all
That is why Blackman dey suffer today
Crazy 2 am hair and face
The Last Poets- Oh my People
“The Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution commands that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist.” What has been the effect of this command? It will serve my present purpose to offer the following too-simple answer to this complex question: the Thirteenth Amendment secured little more than the manumission of slaves already practically freed by the friction of war. It guaranteed, in Confederate General Robert Richardson’s now well-known phrase, “nothing but freedom.” Supposing this answer to be true, a further question presents itself: Did the Thirteenth Amendment’s effect fulfill its command? Did universal manumission abolish slavery? A full answer to this question would require a rich historical account of the evolving institution of American slavery, the features of that institution that survived the Reconstruction era, and how those features evolved in the ensuing century and a quarter. I have no intention of proiding such a full history here. I intend only to argue for the indispensability of such a full history to the task of interpreting and applying the Thirteenth Amendment. I mean to argue for the relevance of remote and recent history to the meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment by arguing against the sophistry that would make General Richardson’s crabbed account of abolition true by definition. Thus, I will not argue that abolition must mean more than universal manumission, but merely that it may. Abolishing the institution of slavery may entail more than manumitting slaves for the simple reason that manumission was itself an important feature of the institution. Thus, I propose the paradoxical possibility that the institution of slavery could persist without any individual being lawfully held as a slave.”
— Guyora Binder, “The Slavery of Emancipation,” Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 16 (1996); pp. 2063-2064 (via so-treu)
I’m all fucked up cause I hear everyone interviewed keep repeating “equality, freedom, liberty, american equality, justice, etc”
“Striking down discrimination, no more second class citizens, etc”
I keep hearing Rachel maddow saying “we are never going back”.
And I’m like, um have yall muhfuggas been here for the past 3 days?
It is literally harder for me and mine to vote and the sparse protection of affirmative action has been absolutely shat on.
Tell me again how gay is the new Black (while erasing black queers)?
Tell me again how this is the new civil rights movement when the old civil rights movement never ended and was pushed back in the past 2 days. (While ignoring the Black Queers who where fighting for their Blackness and their Queerness)
The continued systemic erasure and genocide of Native Americans has been approved yet again.
I’m happy that good stuff is going down. But How can I think about marriage when my daily life and political engagement in this land, freedoms that my ancestors were abused and murdered for, are being stripped away?
There are also gender dimensions to stop and frisk that are very real but documented by groups that are much smaller and less funded than NYCLU. See Transgressive Policing: Police Abuse of LGBTQ Communities of Color in Jackson Heights, by Make the Road NY, October 2012 (link is to 33 page PDF).
Trans women of color and people of color who are gender non-conforming are at high risk for stop and frisk, and often also get any condoms they are carrying confiscated and destroyed.
My adorable little niece is getting so big :)
Couch to 5K is going well. I was super excited about my workout today :)
Kai’s “controversial” poem. This topic I can definitely relate to as someone who was told in high school that I “act white” because I got straight A’s, and in college, “I thought you were stupid until you spoke” because I’m black. (Had to compress it all crazy to get it to upload to Tumblr. It had to be removed from “other outlets” due to verbal content. But what happens on Tumblr, stays on Tumblr.) … ;-)
This is the kind of queer black man people need to see.
Not motherfucking mandingos left and right.
WE CAN DO CUTE AND ADORABLE SHIT TOO!
YES. TUMBLR GET ON THIS. BLACK MEN ARE MORE THAN THEIR DICKS AND ASSES
just adorable! Black Gay love
Thanks for posting images of black gay men other than “butch icon” types! Images of sweet looking men like these are hard to find.