"I have a piece I’m working on, I guess I can share this, about a buddy of mine who was killed. … His mother was a radiologist. She made the mistake of being an American and buying her son a Jeep for his 23rd birthday. He went out in that Jeep. The police out in Prince George’s County [Md.] were looking for a suspect with a Jeep of a similar make. They ran the tags. The tags came up for this woman in Pennsylvania — who was his mother — ‘cause that’s where it was registered. They assumed it was stolen and followed this young man through three jurisdictions and shot him. My friend, Prince Jones, was a born-again Christian. He was going to see his daughter. And his fiancee. His mother was perfectly upstanding. And her life was plundered; her legacy was plundered. Her child was taken away. Respectability has nothing to do with this. There’s no way that you dress a certain way or speak more polished that [pause] makes you not a n- - - - -. And you all can cut that if you need to cut that; I’m sorry. But: These are the facts. There’s no way … there’s no way to get you out of that. That’s what racism says you are and the way to get out of that is to eliminate racism. [Laughs] Listen: That brother’s mother, I sat with her and she said, “I had talked to him about how to deal with the police. It’s not like we didn’t have that conversation. Yeah, we did.” I talked to Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother. She said, “I talked to Jordan about that. It’s not like we didn’t have a conversation about how to comport himself when he’s out. But that boy … is 17 years old. You can’t say that the way to not get killed is to have the maturity of a 45-year-old.” That’s just … OK, so then we lose. That is actual racist logic. Because you’re not requiring that of white young men. Seventeen-year-old white men. That is racism."
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (MP3)
(Source: yasboogie, via thepoetspace)
"Your soulmate is not someone that comes into your life peacefully. It is who comes to make you question things, who changes your reality, somebody that marks a before and after in your life. It is not the human being everyone has idealized, but an ordinary person, who manages to revolutionize your world in a second…"
— Anonymous (via scatteredneedles)
"All I wanted was to receive the love I gave."
— 10 word story (via 5weetsorrow)
(Source: white--elephants, via tarynel)
My monthly feelings of hopelessness
And all manners of ugliness
Are here once again.