Black Twitter is not a special website or a smartphone app. The hashtag #blacktwitter itself won’t necessarily lead you to it. It doesn’t exactly stick out among the trending topics on Twitter, even though it’s been known to cause a topic or two to trend. It is not exclusively black — there are blacks who don’t participate in it, and people of other races who do.
"Black Twitter brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating," said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter."
— Black Twitter Growing Into Online Force (via npr)
Chris Rock just said the realest shit on Aisha Tyler’s podcast:
"people talk about the back of the bus, people talk about lunch counters and all this stuff - they don’t tell you that white people used to just walk into black peoples houses and take your food and shit. especially during the depression, white people would just go jack food and coats from niggertown."
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"It seems that at last black people have abandoned our foolish dependency on the Government to do the work that we once thought all of its citizenry would be delighted to do. Our love affair with the Federal Government is over. We misjudged the ardor of its attention. We thought its majority constituency would prefer having their children grow up among happy, progressive, industrious, contented black children rather than among angry, disenchanted, and dangerous ones. That the profit motive of industry alone would keep us employed and therefore spending, and that our poverty was bad for business. We thought landlords wanted us to have a share in our neighborhoods and therefore love and care for them. That city governments wanted us to control our school’s and therefore preserve them.
WE WERE WRONG! And now, having been eliminated from the lists of urgent national priorities, from TV documentaries and the platitudes of editorials, black people have chosen, or been forced to seek safety from the white man’s promise."
Toni Morrison. A Slow Walk of Trees (as Grandmother Would Say), Hopeless (as Grandfather Would Say). New York Times Magazine (4 July 1976): 104+. Reprinted by permission of International Creative Management, Inc. Copyright 1976 by Toni Morrison.
from What Moves at the Margin; Selected Non-Fiction Edited and with an Introduction by Carolyn C. Denard. 2008. p. 11
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when your friend has a really shitty opinion
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"We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love."
— Lori Deschene (via nezua)
"…The designs of Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood frequently pay homage to Black style and body form while young Black people are disproportionately excluded from education, often on the basis of their ‘angry’ style in clothing, hair, posture."
— Anita Franklin - Black Women and Self-Presentation : Appearing in (Dis) Guise (via fyeahcracker)
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