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Silence is Not an Option

roxanegay:

Another young black man has been gunned down. His name was Mike Brown. He was unarmed.

My [redacted] e-mailed me because she knew I would be upset about this story, because she knows all of my heart, and all I could say in response was, “I am numb.” 

I don’t care if Mike Brown was going to college soon. This should not matter. We should not have to prove Mike Brown was worthy of living. We should not have to account for the ways in which he is suitably respectable. We should not have to prove that his body did not deserve to be riddled with bullets. His community should not have to silence their anger so they won’t be accused of rioting, so they won’t become targets too.  

It should not matter if Mike Brown was a good boy but I have no doubt that he was. His life mattered, no matter how he chose to live it. He had family and friends who must mourn him and who must now worry about who will be murdered next. Every life matters. There are few things I believe more passionately. Unfortunately, we live in a country where your worth and safety are largely determined by the color of your skin. 

Yesterday, a young black man was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri. Every day, this happens. This is the value of black life. We are targets. Our children are targets. This is the scarred reality in which we must raise our children.

The media, as usual, has no idea how to talk about Mike Brown’s murder ethically. They do not know how to talk about his community’s grief and anger ethically. They do not know how to overcome the profound cultural biases that have shaped how they understand the value of black lives or the tenor of black anger and grief. 

Yesterday, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. with his car during a sprint race on a dirt track. Not much of that sentence makes sense to me because I don’t really follow car racing but I have been struck by the story and how clearly the proper language has been used to describe what took place. One man killed another with his car. It is a tragedy. Did Kevin Ward Jr. go to college? That will never be part of his narrative because we inherently assume his life matters. He is white.

There is no comparing Mike Brown and Kevin Ward Jr. not really, but I am still keenly aware of the differences in how their deaths have been reported. I am keenly aware of how deftly responsibility has been placed squarely on the responsible party in Kevin Ward Jr.’s death. The police officer who murdered Mike Brown is on “paid administrative leave,” while an investigation is conducted. This is what always happens. An unarmed young black man is shot multiple times and his murderer is given the compensated benefit of the doubt. 

As we try to make sense of this latest tragedy and as we try to prepare for the next one, and there will, certainly be a next one and one after that for the whole of our lives, I think about how we rally and how we try to express our solidarity. We are. We are. We are. 

But. 

We are not Mike Brown. We are not Eric Garner. We are not Renisha McBride. We are not Trayvon Martin. I understand the sentiment behind these cries of solidarity but we are not these men and women who have been murdered in different but similar ways for the exact same reason. I worry that we diminish their lives, their deaths, and the grief of those who loved them when we think we can simply say we are those who have been so cruelly lost.

We are not these people. 

Maybe it is better for those of us with brown skin to say we might someday endure a fate like the one suffered by Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and countless others. Maybe it is better for those of us who could never possibly endure such a fate to say, “We will never know what it is like to live with such danger in a seemingly safe place.” These statements aren’t as catchy as “We are,” but they are more accurate. 

What on earth is there to say at this point? Outrage has done nothing. Protest has done nothing. Grief has done nothing. Doing or saying nothing is not an option, and yet.

meditationkicksass:

Year Two, Week Nine
Casa Marianella, The Hood, ATX
SPECIAL EDITION
I usually only post
once a week
but this week
an extra post
because it is very
NECESSARY
There is currently
at the 
Texas Border
a 
MASSIVE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
it is very complicated
I cannot comprehensively 
explain nor even understand
the whole of it
but I would like to tell you about
CASA MARIANELLA
an Austin organization
that has been serving
immigrants and refugees
fleeing horrors in their homelands
and seeking asylum here
since the ’80s
In particular
I want to tell the story
of one young man
(not pictured above)
let’s call him Farooq
he is the same age
as my son Henry
who is twenty-three
I met Farooq a few years ago
He’s from Pakistan
He is gay
He had a boyfriend
I will call Tahir
The boys’ parents
put a hit out 
on their respective sons
Tahir was killed
Farooq escaped
He had never been on a plane before
when he flew to Dubai
where he got on another plane
and flew to Brasil
and then using any means he could
including buses 
and his own
TWO FEET
he made it to the border
between Mexico and Texas
and he was kidnapped
he escaped that ordeal
and found his way to
Casa Marianella
those are of course
the barest bones of his story
which I heard myself firsthand
as I got to know him
because friends of mine
sponsored him
while he waited for asylum
which thankfully he was granted
I know I preach to the choir here
but let me say it anyway
these young people
and
LITTLE CHILDREN
coming to the border
are not thinking to themselves
Gee, Hey, Fucking PAR-TAY in the USA
They are scared
They are hungry
They come from
ABJECT POVERTY
INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE
and
CONSTANT TERROR
Not that it’s a contest
but before I say what I say next
let me first acknowledge that
relatively speaking
my childhood was a fucking
walk in the ding dang park
and yet still
I GREW UP IN POVERTY
I GREW UP IN VIOLENCE
I GREW UP IN TERROR
and let me go ahead
and put a fine point on it
in case you don’t know 
what it’s like
to live that way
IT FUCKING SUCKS
so while I would
under any circumstances
be horrified and outraged
at the people who are
screaming at these children
that they are 
UNWANTED
my personal experience
makes me want to
PUNCH THESE ASSHOLES IN THE FACE
and I want to scream
Look unless you can 
prove you are a direct descendent 
of the Indigenous People of this Continent
then guess what? 
Your people were immigrants too
You stupid jackasses
But I’m trying to be
not like that anymore
I’m trying to not match
HATE WITH HATE
I want to be part of some
sort of solution
So I went over to
CASA MARIANELLA
to ask about some
positive things we can all do
to help ease the suffering
of immigrants and refugees
Today I am going to be part of a
COUNTER PROTEST
we are gathering to show
we do not agree with
protestors staging a
HATE RALLY
at the Mexican Consulate
here in Austin
which is part of an effort
across the country
to spread venom
I am going to go
and do my best to just
sit and meditate quietly
You are welcome to join me
But I know not everyone can make it
and I know not everyone can deal with
being around so much 
HATE
in which case I urge you
if you are in Austin
to do something for the folks
at Casa Marianella
or if you are somewhere else
find an immigration assistance organization
near you
Here in Austin
Casa M clients
can always use
bedding and toiletries
which you can just drop off
at their physical location
of course you can always
DONATE MONEY TO THE LEGAL CLINIC
and you can also
VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT
I’ve done that before
Brought knitting supplies
and once thanks to
a very generous financial donation
to my organization
THE OFFICE OF GOOD DEEDS
I was able to buy a pretty rocking
badminton setup for the house
I’m thinking I’ll volunteer to start cooking
Care to join me?
Today I 
Breathe In
and I 
Breathe Out
and I am 
SO GRATEFUL
for the 
RIDICULOUS ABUNDANCE I HAVE
and I am 
SO GRATEFUL
I was able to raise my son
in a place where even
when times were tough
we always had
food
and
shelter
and
a love-filled community
and we never had to
stay in some crowded 
detention facility
hoping beyond hope
just for a little
HOPE
Please help
Thank you

meditationkicksass:

Year Two, Week Nine

Casa Marianella, The Hood, ATX

SPECIAL EDITION

I usually only post

once a week

but this week

an extra post

because it is very

NECESSARY

There is currently

at the 

Texas Border

MASSIVE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

it is very complicated

I cannot comprehensively 

explain nor even understand

the whole of it

but I would like to tell you about

CASA MARIANELLA

an Austin organization

that has been serving

immigrants and refugees

fleeing horrors in their homelands

and seeking asylum here

since the ’80s

In particular

I want to tell the story

of one young man

(not pictured above)

let’s call him Farooq

he is the same age

as my son Henry

who is twenty-three

I met Farooq a few years ago

He’s from Pakistan

He is gay

He had a boyfriend

I will call Tahir

The boys’ parents

put a hit out 

on their respective sons

Tahir was killed

Farooq escaped

He had never been on a plane before

when he flew to Dubai

where he got on another plane

and flew to Brasil

and then using any means he could

including buses 

and his own

TWO FEET

he made it to the border

between Mexico and Texas

and he was kidnapped

he escaped that ordeal

and found his way to

Casa Marianella

those are of course

the barest bones of his story

which I heard myself firsthand

as I got to know him

because friends of mine

sponsored him

while he waited for asylum

which thankfully he was granted

I know I preach to the choir here

but let me say it anyway

these young people

and

LITTLE CHILDREN

coming to the border

are not thinking to themselves

Gee, Hey, Fucking PAR-TAY in the USA

They are scared

They are hungry

They come from

ABJECT POVERTY

INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE

and

CONSTANT TERROR

Not that it’s a contest

but before I say what I say next

let me first acknowledge that

relatively speaking

my childhood was a fucking

walk in the ding dang park

and yet still

I GREW UP IN POVERTY

I GREW UP IN VIOLENCE

I GREW UP IN TERROR

and let me go ahead

and put a fine point on it

in case you don’t know 

what it’s like

to live that way

IT FUCKING SUCKS

so while I would

under any circumstances

be horrified and outraged

at the people who are

screaming at these children

that they are 

UNWANTED

my personal experience

makes me want to

PUNCH THESE ASSHOLES IN THE FACE

and I want to scream

Look unless you can 

prove you are a direct descendent 

of the Indigenous People of this Continent

then guess what?

Your people were immigrants too

You stupid jackasses

But I’m trying to be

not like that anymore

I’m trying to not match

HATE WITH HATE

I want to be part of some

sort of solution

So I went over to

CASA MARIANELLA

to ask about some

positive things we can all do

to help ease the suffering

of immigrants and refugees

Today I am going to be part of a

COUNTER PROTEST

we are gathering to show

we do not agree with

protestors staging a

HATE RALLY

at the Mexican Consulate

here in Austin

which is part of an effort

across the country

to spread venom

I am going to go

and do my best to just

sit and meditate quietly

You are welcome to join me

But I know not everyone can make it

and I know not everyone can deal with

being around so much 

HATE

in which case I urge you

if you are in Austin

to do something for the folks

at Casa Marianella

or if you are somewhere else

find an immigration assistance organization

near you

Here in Austin

Casa M clients

can always use

bedding and toiletries

which you can just drop off

at their physical location

of course you can always

DONATE MONEY TO THE LEGAL CLINIC

and you can also

VOLUNTEER TO HELP OUT

I’ve done that before

Brought knitting supplies

and once thanks to

a very generous financial donation

to my organization

THE OFFICE OF GOOD DEEDS

I was able to buy a pretty rocking

badminton setup for the house

I’m thinking I’ll volunteer to start cooking

Care to join me?

Today I 

Breathe In

and I 

Breathe Out

and I am 

SO GRATEFUL

for the 

RIDICULOUS ABUNDANCE I HAVE

and I am 

SO GRATEFUL

I was able to raise my son

in a place where even

when times were tough

we always had

food

and

shelter

and

a love-filled community

and we never had to

stay in some crowded 

detention facility

hoping beyond hope

just for a little

HOPE

Please help

Thank you

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spires:

Urban outfitters is ripping me off with the help of a party named ‘Bambam’. This is taken from my original work tryypyzoyd. I’m furious. PLEASE SHARE TO HELP.
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=30672646&parentid=BRANDS

I will respond in the post to any inquiries: I emailed them and I’m waiting to hear back.

Thanks so much to anyone who reblogs this post. I will follow you if you reblog.

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wwdtm:

Me’ve been laughing at this all morning.

*snort*

wwdtm:

Me’ve been laughing at this all morning.

*snort*

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hippynasaguy:

maxistentialist:

More about the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field.

Science is cool.

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