“Also, Oprah made this huge speech at the ball praising Lady Gaga about how she is helping Americans to be the best of themselves. There’s millions of other Americans who represent that for me. Is it about numbers? About how much you’re selling? Is it truly about the journey? Because Lady Gaga’s journey isn’t that difficult: to go from the fucking Upper East Side to a fucking performing arts school and onto a stage at the museum of fucking wherever. That journey’s about four miles.”
— MIA on Lady Gaga (via tokomon)
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11:25 pm • 3 November 2013 • 17,958 notes
Many Elite U.S. Colleges Have Deep Roots in Slavery
For the past decade, MIT professor Craig Steven Wilder has been digging deep into the legacy of slavery at some of the United States’ most elite universities. Through his investigation, he found that schools such as Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale were all built on the foundation of a slave economy.
In his new book, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, Wilder looks closely at how these influential learning institutions grew up in key geographic regions based on founders’ investments in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the role the wealthy founders had more broadly in American politics.
In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, he explains what this new information tells us about the American higher education system.
I argue in the book that actually what allows the college to become—the university to become what we know today, an independent, influential actor in public affairs, rather than an offshoot of churches, which is what they are in the colonial period, right—what allows them to break free of the church and establish themselves and their own prestige in the public arena is the ability to articulate a new vision of the United States, a new future for the United States. But it’s premised on racial science. It’s premised upon a claim that academics, intellectuals, can make a better, more informed, truer argument about the future of the nation and the question of slavery. And they use race science to make that claim.
11:20 pm • 3 November 2013 • 34 notes
“Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.”
bell hooks (via nezua)
The root of all misogyny — fear of women’s power and a resulting drive to dominate, control, subdue it.
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11:20 pm • 3 November 2013 • 31,718 notes
"The Sephirothic Tree is sometimes depicted as a human body, thus more definitely establishing the true identity of the first, or Heavenly, Man – Adam Kadmon – the Idea of the Universe. The ten divine globes (Sephiroth) are then considered as analogous to the ten sacred members and organs of the Protogonos, according to the following arrangement:
Kether is the crown of the Prototypic Head and perhaps refers to the pineal gland; Chochmah and Binah are the right and left hemispheres respectively of the Great brain; Chesed and Geburah are the right and left arms respectively, signifying the active creative members of the Grand man; Tiphereth is the heart, or, according to some, the entire viscera; Netsah and Hod are the right and left legs respectively, or the supports of the world; Yesod is the generative system, or the foundation of form; and Malchuth represents the two feet, or the base of being.”
- Manly P. Hall
2:06 am • 29 October 2013 • 67 notes
Fashion designer Allesandro Dell’Acquawith Dolce & Gabbana’s Stefano Gabbana and fashion publicist Juan Fran Sierra at a ‘Disco Africa’ party like….blackface
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1:54 am • 29 October 2013 • 578 notes
An American organization which offered psychological support to the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, asked a group of them, mostly children when the atomic attack, on paper reflecting what most strongly reminded of that day. With the drawings was an exhibition that is exposed today in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan.
This is beyond haunting.
1:37 am • 29 October 2013 • 1,381 notes