natasha/16/australia. this is one hell of a messy blog. current fixations: that damn swimming anime, the legend of korra, and captain america.

whorchacha:

NYC // 2014

"Oh, I am well aware of who you are. And your Avatar title might impress some people, but not me. "

"Initially, Audrey Hepburn did all she could to avoid Mark Shaw’s cameras. But when she realized they shared intense devotion to their work, she began to treat him like a member of the family.”

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.

In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.

la-vaniteuse:

Mako stirs from sleep to a grey drizzle and brushes away the gravel pressed into his skin.  The city is slowly rousing from a sluggish haze too, satomobiles sounding like rolling waves in the distance. The newspapers he’d laid down as bedding last night are soaked, but the headlines are still legible. A child was born two days ago, on Air Temple Island, the whole world hushed to see if the spirits have blessed her with the gift of wind. 

He puts the papers away and goes to wake Bolin. It looks like it will rain harder later.

"Back when I was young and even now, it was because I had friends who saved me, who supported me, that I’ve managed to come this far."

leseanthomas:

One of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty,” said Common at a press conference to announce the collaboration. “I was doing an event in the neighbourhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”

Common’s Common Ground Foundation and West’s Donda’s House company have joined forces with local community organisation Chicago Urban League to help provide year-round opportunities for the city’s youth, with an annual music festival set to be held as a fundraiser. 

Source: http://www.nme.com/news/kanye-west/76822

lalondes:

i stared into the abyss and the abyss got sicker

nietzsche all on his mouth like liquor

I know you two have a connection.

"I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought". [x]

softkats:

reverseracism:

1. If your significant other claims to, or is known to “have a thing” for men/women of your race.

This is called fetishism, which generally consists of sexual/physical attraction based on stereotypes. For example: the “exotic” Asian/African women stereotype, the sexually potent Black male stereotype… If you’re with someone who just is “into” people of your culture, try asking them why. 

2. If they have a friend with racist views.
Birds of a feather typically flock together, and when it comes to things like this, the rule still applies.

3. If they don’t check (educationally confront) those friends when they express those views.
What you fail to speak against, is what you ALLOW to happen… I’ll leave it at that.

4. If they don’t bring you around family members.
This is sometimes done to shield significant others from discrimination of family members… But beware, the mentalities of family members can be infectious…

5. If they are ignorant of, or not making an effort to learn about you or the history/experiences of people of your ethnicity/culture.
Anyone who truly loves/appreciates a person will go out of their way to learn about the cultures which produced this person. That’s a no-brainer. When a person doesn’t make the effort to learn about the societal factors which shape the life of their significant other… that is a problem.

6. If they claim to be “colorblind”, or that “race doesn’t matter” or any of that other so-called post-racial, fake liberal B.S.

A person who says this is lying. They’re not saying that race doesn’t matter to them…. they’re saying that deep analysis of such topics make them uncomfortable and for their sake they’d rather just ignore any differences. As the saying goes “being blind to race is just ignoring something that you already noticed.” 

7. If you refer to dating them, or they refer to dating you as “trying something new”.

Doesn’t sound right to me… If you want to “try something new” try a new pair of shoes, or a new show on Netflix… But you don’t romantically try other ethnicities as if they’re flavors of Ice Cream, you experience people for who they are.

8. If you seem to be the only person of your race that they are fond of.

Do I need to explain this one?

9. If they cosign your criticisms of your ethnicity

I’ m not really a person who is big on criticizing members of my race when I’m around people outside of my race. Some discussions should stay “in the house” metaphorically speaking. But if you must talk about these kinds of these, your significant other should just be a listening ear. Anything more is out of line.

10. If they cannot, will not, are afraid to, or unable to have discussions on racism.

This is a symptom of a person who is living in denial, ignorance, or both. Either way, it ain’t healthy… Unless you’re in denial too, then y’all will probably get along fine.

it’s important to remember that this is a psa for all poc in any kind of interracial relationship, including a poc in a relationship with another poc. lateral racism is a thing that exists and it’s just as toxic as racism from white folks.