ithankthevirgin:

I dedicate this retablo to the Virgin of the Solitude because I managed to work another year on this corner and to send money back to Oaxaca to my parents so they wouldn’t lack anything. From the bottom of my heart I beg you to look after them for me.
Morena (Swarthy) Merced, Mexico, May 10, 2009

ithankthevirgin:

I dedicate this retablo to the Virgin of the Solitude because I managed to work another year on this corner and to send money back to Oaxaca to my parents so they wouldn’t lack anything. From the bottom of my heart I beg you to look after them for me.

Morena (Swarthy)
Merced, Mexico, May 10, 2009

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lagos2bahia:

So many men have internalized the lie that they have uncontrollable sex drives, and no way to control their anger. They aren’t ashamed of their abusive behavior because they see it as a something natural to them and maybe even central to their masculinity. It’s scary as hell.

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find-your-love-hope-and-dreams:

"I think I’m a very kind hearted person. I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. If I do, it’s not intentionally, and I feel a lot of people nowadays have lost that" - Selena Quintanilla Perez

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thelonelyztoner asked:

whats afrofuturism?

la dreamer Answer:

afro-dominicano:

"Afrofuturism is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past."

basically dope ass black scifi without all the whiteness

pplanetofsoundd:

Yo no soy curandera porque no uso huevos para curar. No soy curandera porque no doy aguas para tomar. Ni soy hechicera porque no hago la maldad. Mi sabiduría viene desde el lugar donde nace la arena. Yo curo con lenguaje, nada más. Soy sabia, nada más. Soy conocida en los cielos, nada más. Solo soy una que habla con Dios, nada más.

pplanetofsoundd:

Yo no soy curandera porque no uso huevos para curar. 
No soy curandera porque no doy aguas para tomar. 
Ni soy hechicera porque no hago la maldad. 
Mi sabiduría viene desde el lugar donde nace la arena. 
Yo curo con lenguaje, nada más. 
Soy sabia, nada más. Soy conocida en los cielos, nada más. 
Solo soy una que habla con Dios, nada más.

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2damnfeisty:

dynastylnoire:

sheenvelopesthenight:

sinidentidades:

Statement of Concern from Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies

The members of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies are deeply concerned by a recent incident involving an Arizona State University (ASU) police officer and an ASU faculty member. We call for a swift and thorough investigation into this matter.

On the evening of May 21, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English department at ASU, was walking home from campus after teaching a summer course. Dr. Ore, who is African American, was stopped and questioned by a male ASU police officer patrolling the area in his vehicle. After a short exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground, fully exposing portions of her lower body to the public. Eyewitness accounts of the incident, including video evidence, support Dr. Ore’s assertion that the officer did not clearly inform her regarding why she was being stopped or inform her of her rights, and engaged in excessive force during her detention. Despite these questionable circumstances, however, Dr. Ore has subsequently been charged with felony aggravated assault on the officer, among other charges.

We are troubled by the responses of the media, University, and ASU Police Department about this incident. Media versions have presented a sensationalized, one-sided story that differs substantially from Dr. Ore’s and eyewitness accounts. Officials at ASU, in response to questions about the incident and possible racial profiling, have sought to distance the University, stating that 1) because the incident occurred on a public street between parts of campus, it was technically “off campus,” so Dr. Ore was a private citizen; and 2) although they will comply with any investigation, there is no evidence of racial profiling. We find these responses insufficient. First, the officer involved was an ASU police officer and the University is responsible for the conduct of its employees, including its police force. Second, whether as a private citizen or as a member of the ASU community, Dr. Ore has the right to expect dignified and humane treatment by ASU’s police officers. ASU, as a public institution, has a responsibility to ensure this occurs. Third, ASU has not undertaken a thorough investigation into the matter, so how can officials claim that there is an absence of racial profiling? In a state and metropolitan region in which racial profiling has been proven to be widespread, the ASU administration’s lack of concern for the well-being of an ASU community member of color is unacceptable.

Given that the mission of the ASU Police Department is, “To enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment through professional and proactive law enforcement services in partnership with the University community,” this incident clearly warrants further inquiry from ASU.  We ask the ASU administration to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this matter as well as an audit on the conduct of its police force vis-à-vis racial profiling.  How can ASU ensure a safe, secure, and just environment for its faculty, students, and staff if it disclaims any responsibility for the actions of ASU police officers? The following questions should be starting points for its audit: In the ASU Police Department, what training is in place to ensure that its police officers are knowledgeable and well-trained to be in compliance with laws prohibiting racial profiling and excessive force? What monitoring systems exist to ensure accountability? How does the department respond to racial profiling complaints?

Dr. Ore, the ASU community, and the broader public deserve a full and just investigation into this incident.

Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies is a network of college and university educators and independent scholars throughout Arizona.

No black person is ever safe.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

So wait a gatdamn minute, she leaving work, still on-campus and stopped by an officer for no damn reason, frisked, exposed and embarrassed on camera and then to top it all off charged with aggravated assult on the officer that was fucking with her? AND Y’ALL CLAIM FLORIDA IS THE ONLY PROBLEMATIC STATE.

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perseidbadger:

the best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world.

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