The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
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Scott Wood (X)

he motherfucking dropped the truth.

(via metatheatre)

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One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it, and the journey is always towards the other soul.
- D.H. Lawrence (via bythemilebythepound)
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.
- Thich Naht Hanh
Anarchists take an extreme anti-authoritarian position which fights for the abolition of all structures of domination and coercion such as the state, capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy. Some anarchists extend this opposition to the foundations of civilization itself and others center their antagonisms on an anti-capitalist politics that rejects state power as a tool for liberation. Most anarchists seek forms of living and working together grounded in practices of self-organization, mutual aid, collective decision making and direct action that undermine hierarchical power structures. This almost always puts anarchists in direct opposition to professional activists and the nonprofit managers of movements.
- Anarchy and the Anarchists (via ninjabikeslut)
Elected Politicians, we are told, represent us. But this is nonsense, as any sane person can see. Where is the politician that represents you? Where is the politician that consults you and acts as you wish him to? Where is the politician that you can fire, or refuse to pay, if he does not render satisfactory service? Representation in the present system is a sham; it is nothing more than a front for political power.
- Sy Leon, None of the Above: Why Non-Voters Are America’s Political Majority (via anarchei)

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy
Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words.
- Mahatma Gandhi (via purplebuddhaproject)
There is nothing necessary about the state at all. States persist because of the self interest of the powerful people who manage or manipulate them and because ordinary people haven’t realized their own power to imagine and implement alternatives.
- Gary Chartier (via jenovasson)
Fuck these guys. I’ve spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google’s users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces. I’ve seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I’ve seen worms DOS’ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people’s software. I’ve seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I’ve seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware. I’ve even seen oppressive govern­ments use state-sponsored hacking to target dissidents … But after spending all that time helping in my tiny way to protect Google—one of the greatest things to arise from the internet—seeing this, well, it’s just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips.
- Google security engineer named Brandon Downey in a post on his personal Google+ account (via thinksquad)
How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
- 1 John 3:17 (via matthewclan)
It is bitterly ironic that heavy State propaganda has convinced many people that anarchists throw bombs, since most anti-war movements, draft resistance, disarmament, and tax resistance groups were organised by anarchists of one sort or another. Perhaps 0.01% of anarchists throughout history have used a bomb; 100% of all States bomb, shell, and machine-gun regularly as a matter of course.
- Samuel Edward Konkin, An Agorist Primer (via anarchei)

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Be aware, when you change, evolve or try something new you will make people very uncomfortable for 2 reasons.

First, they will have to adjust how they are with you. Most people are fearful and lazy so they will resent you for this.

Secondly, by you changing, especially for what you believe is ‘the better’, you force others to take a look at themselves and the things they would like to change… but change is tough, so they will resent you for making it obvious that they are responsible for their circumstances.

Ignore them, and keep growing stronger! In time they will either adjust to the new you, choose to grow stronger themselves, or simply disappear.

- Elliot Hulse (via stayhungry-getbig)
I will never apologize for being me.
You should apologize for asking me to be anything else
- els,iv

disobey:

Often it is with great difficulty that I stay mindful of the mantra,

"Is it truthful? Is it kind? Does it improve upon the silence?"

So frequently it happens that an effort to speak on the first point is tempered by the second and third.