u know, i just want to apologize for ever wearing a bindi
to be honest, my step dad and step brothers are from india and some of that stuff just kind of became normal because i grew up with it. like my mom and step dad had a traditional hindu wedding where they made me wear a sari and stuff. my step dad was stoked on the bindi so i never really questioned it.
and when ur just chilling around town you dont think of the stuff you wear having repercussions outside of the reality of ur day to day life and its difficult to grasp the fact that stuff i do gets viewed by people i dont know on the internet and all that. but yeah, there is a fine line between homage and appropriation.
I just wasn’t thinking. I feel like we live in this weird zone where because of the internet everything is being appropriated without context and it can result in really original and diverse art. but it also seems to result in uninformed and therefore disrespectful things.
I dunno. I just want to say that I feel bad. i stopped doing it a while ago but its been nagging at me and i wish to apologize <3
hopefully i haven’t offended anyone. well, actually i know for a fact that I have offended some people. So, i am sorry.
p.s. — a friendly request that this not turn into news or anything. this blog is for personal use and engaging with fans in a non corporate way - anything on here right now is not an ‘official statement’ its just my thoughts.
“when ur just chilling around town you dont think of the stuff you wear having repercussions outside of the reality of ur day to day life” is a really good quote to describe white privilege. why do boring white people get famous?
anonymous asked: I’m a white dude who used to have dreads and I just want to say I’m sorry so so sorry
THE ONLY PERSON YOU HAVE TO BE SORRY TO IS YOURSELF
is it polyamory when my immigrant filipin@ family raised me as a network and community of love because everyone had different times off from work and they were all dependent on one or another
or is it only when thin white people fuck more than one thin white person?
i got chills from all the truth in this
- when she was in the California State Prison - 1972
- Interviewer: a year ago the black panthers were much more active. We heard much more about that type of struggle. Is the time of the black panthers past?
- Angela davis: the black panthers still exist, and the black panthers are still extremely active in the Oakland community and communities all over the country. I’m not sure whether or not you are aware of what is now happening in the black panther party and the kinds of things that the members of that party are doing now.
- Interviewer: no but tell me.
- Angela davis: first of all, if you’re gonna talk about a revolutionary situation, you have to have people who are physically able to wage revolution, who are physically able to organize and physically able to do all that is done.
- Interviewer: but the question is more, how do you get there? Do you get there by confrontation, violence?
- Angela davis: oh, is that the question you were asking? yeah see, that’s another thing. When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them. On the other hand, because of the way this society’s organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions. You have to expect things like that as reactions. If you are a black person and live in the black community all your life and walk out on the street everyday seeing white policemen surrounding you… when I was living in Los Angeles, for instance, long before the situation in L.A ever occurred, I was constantly stopped. No, the police didn’t know who I was. But I was a black women and I had a natural and they, I suppose thought I might be “militant.” And when you live under a situation like that constantly, and then you ask me, you know, whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. Whether I approve of guns. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs, bombs that were planted by racists. I remember, form the time I was very small, I remember the sounds of bombs exploding across the street. Our house shaking. I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times, because of the fact that, at any moment, we might expect to be attacked. The man who was, at that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bull Connor, would often get on the radio and make statements like, “niggers have moved into a white neighborhood. We better expect some bloodshed tonight.” And sure enough, there would be bloodshed. After the four young girls who lived, one of them lived next door to me…I was very good friends with the sister of another one. My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class. My mother—in fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of one of the young girls called my mother and said, “can you take me down to the church to pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.” And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place. And then, after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. That’s why, when someone asks me about violence, I just, I just find it incredible. Because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.