American History textbooks more like
Chapter 1: Introduction to White People
Chapter 2: White Settlers and the Indian Savages
Chapter 3: Whitey Makes a Country
Chapter 4: The Blacks
Chapter 5: Wars, Wars, Wars
Chapter 6: No More Racism!: Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a Speech
Chapter 7: The Modern Whites
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Detachment is a privilege held by people who aren’t targets.
"why are you so emotional about this" - unaffected people
read this. write it on your hand. repeat it to yourself.
so you can never ask me that again
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I really should have died then Tsukuru often told himself. Then this world, the one in the here and now, wouldn’t exist. It was a captivating, bewitching thought. The present world wouldn’t exist, and reality would no longer be real. As far as this world was concerned, he would simply no longer exist—just as this world would no longer exist for him.
— Haruki Murakami Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage
Or, to tip it another way: how can I see so clearly that everything I love or care about is illusion, and yet—for me, anyway—all that’s worth living for lies in that charm?
— Donna Tartt The Goldfinch
Saying that everything is fine or that it will never get any better are ways of going nowhere or making it impossible to go anywhere. Either approach implies that there is no road out or that, if there is, you don’t need to or can’t go down it. You can. We have.
— Rebecca Solnit Men Explain Things To Me “Pandora’s Box And The Volunteer Police Force”
"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."
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Read more at Lambda Literary’s website.
GAY GENERAL FICTION
- Mundo Cruel: Stories, Luis Negron; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, Seven Stories Press
LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION
- Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta, Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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Anonymous said: "I care way more about getting to do what I want to do than trying to fix any kind of thing that fucks over millions of others, up to and including people getting shot and killed in bulk weekly. I mean, fuck them, right?" - All republicans
That’s correct, fuck those assholes.
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For evil to triumph it is only necessary for the bad guys to be the ones with the guns.
— William Nicholson The Society Of Others
Powerful, compelling argument from one of the best essayists of our time discussing his phenomenal, hopefully seminal, piece “The Case For Reparations.”