“Colonialism is not satisfied with snaring the people in its net or of draining the colonized brain of any form or substance. With a kind of perverted logic, it turns its attention to the past of the colonized people and distorts it, disfigures it, and destroys it.” —Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
META-IRONY IN HUMOR & PRIVILEGE
Within critically-conscious circles the issue of humor is always made salient. Generally, humor has the power to be transformative and redemptive: by providing an alternative way of addressing, understanding, and looking at the manifold issues we encounter in our day-to-day lives, humor possesses the qualities needed to raise-awareness to and subvert the status quo. It allows us to critique...
Every aware black person who has been the “only” in an all-white setting knows...– bell hooks, Black Looks: Race and Representation, “Loving Blackness as Political Resistance”, pp. 16, 18-21 (via urshermaleek)
I’ve pulled the last of the year’s young onions. The garden is bare now. The ground is cold, brown and old. What is left of the day flames in the maples at the corner of my eye. I turn, a cardinal vanishes. By the cellar door, I wash the onions, then drink from the icy metal spigot. Once, years back, I walked beside my father among the windfall pears. I can’t recall ...
“Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.” — Franz Kafka
What is the silence A. As though it had...– W. S. Merwin, from “Some Last Questions”
DEFINITIVE 'KONY 2012' DRINKING GAME →
Some choice excerpts: Nonspecific use of “Africa” or “African” instead of precise location or actual nationality – pound a Tusker. Appearance of Adolf Hitler – down some Feuerzangenbowle, consider growing a moustache. Assertion that “no one” cared about Joseph Kony for decades until white college students took up the cause – drink half a bottle of wine, wonder why all those Ugandans he was...
We got trouble.
You do not need to ask my permission to share this. Please link it widely. For those asking what you can do to help, please link to visiblechildren.tumblr.com wherever you see KONY 2012 posts. I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the KONY 2012...
“I came to the puddle. I could not cross it. Identity failed me. We are nothing, I said, and fell.” —Virginia Woolf, The Waves
How and Why Philosophy Under-Specializes the...
There have been a lot of nasty-ass rumors embraced by philosophers and your run of the mill academicians surrounding the material substantiations of time as “histories,” and the meta-physical “flow of time,” as linear continuum towards progress and development. It is assumed without provocation that the variety of “histories” offered by racialized oppressed peoples enclosed within...
“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” —Kurt Vonnegut