gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 
Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 
According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 
People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 
Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 

According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 

People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 

Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

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FKA Twigs | Two Weeks

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homosensationalism:

amazoniakat:

NO.
NO.
NO.
Do you know why this word exists?
Drapetomania is the fictitious disease  that the Southern slave doctor Samuel A. Cartwright created to categorize the tendency for slaves to run away as a mental illness to be cured.  Because white people wholeheartedly believed that enslaving us was a service to us ( saving us from our brutish, lascivious, and lazy ways)  and any right minded individual could see that..The prescribed punishment treatment for drapetomania was torture and hard labor.
Do not put this on your artsy blogs.
Do not erase the deplorable history behind it.
This is a truly heinous word. Whoever originally posted this was an ignorant fuck. And this definition is a crock of shit.
An overwhelming urge to run away. 
Go fuck yourself.

Rule of thumb: Never trust any word that contains “mania”, there is usually historical oppression and destruction behind them.

homosensationalism:

amazoniakat:

NO.

NO.

NO.

Do you know why this word exists?

Drapetomania is the fictitious disease  that the Southern slave doctor Samuel A. Cartwright created to categorize the tendency for slaves to run away as a mental illness to be cured.  Because white people wholeheartedly believed that enslaving us was a service to us ( saving us from our brutish, lascivious, and lazy ways)  and any right minded individual could see that..The prescribed punishment treatment for drapetomania was torture and hard labor.

Do not put this on your artsy blogs.

Do not erase the deplorable history behind it.

This is a truly heinous word. Whoever originally posted this was an ignorant fuck. And this definition is a crock of shit.

An overwhelming urge to run away. 

Go fuck yourself.

Rule of thumb: Never trust any word that contains “mania”, there is usually historical oppression and destruction behind them.

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dynastylnoire:

fuckyeahlgbtqblackpeople:

singleplaidqueer:

Update of sorts:

I don’t know if some of you have noticed, but I’ve been off lately. Here’s what I’ve got going on.

My anxiety attacks have returned.

I’m not sleeping. As in I finally can fall asleep around 3. Wake up at 4 or 5. Fall back asleep at 6. Get up for work at 8. 

My hours are getting cut. I went from 27 hours to 19 or 20. 

And to top it all off, I now have to pay an additional payment for this tuition mentioned in the link above every two weeks. 

Blah blah blah. What does that mean?

I got paid $308.15 on Friday.

Tuition Payment (Every two weeks): $197.33

Cell Phone (Every Month): $148.04

It is Saturday and I’m already in the hole $37.22

This happens almost every time I get paid. If it’s not my cell phone bill, it’s my $50 loan payment that’s coming out.

I’m exhausted. My family is exuasted. 

I’ve already gone through the money I was saving for me to move out. All $300 of it. Whether through groceries for the family or buying a part to fix our dryer. I’m slowing going back into debt because I’m forced to use my credit card.

All I wanted to do was learn. 

I did learn. 

But now I feel like I’m beeing punished for it.

So what I’m asking for is just some help. Share this post around the web. 

If you can donate, fantastic. If you can’t that’s alright. Just share the post. Maybe the next person can. 

Thanks for those of you who have donated. It really does mean a lot to me. 

Please signal boost and donate to help out a Black queer scholar!! Please!

booooooooooooooooost

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sh8-bit-angora:

needthisbook:

Ten Major Artists:

Wong Wong & Lulu

Pepper examining himself before commencing a self-portrait

Pepper’s self-portrait

Tiger the spontaneous reductionist

Misty goes off the wall

Minnie, the abstract expressionist

Minnie’s Reindeer in Provence, 1992.

Smokey painting after an hour in the catnip patch

Smokey at work

Ginger’s Stripped Bare Birds, 1992.

Princess, the elemental fragmentist

Charlie, the peripheral realist

this literally makes me so happy

sh8-bit-angora:

needthisbook:

Ten Major Artists:

Wong Wong & Lu Lu

Wong Wong & Lulu

Pepper gazing into the mirror before a self-portrait

Pepper examining himself before commencing a self-portrait

Pepper painting his self-portrait

Pepper’s self-portrait

Tiger

Tiger the spontaneous reductionist

Misty in action

Misty goes off the wall

Minnie: abstract expressionist

Minnie, the abstract expressionist

Minnies finished work

Minnie’s Reindeer in Provence, 1992.

Smokey contemplating

Smokey painting after an hour in the catnip patch

Smokey painting after an hour in the catnip patch

Smokey at work

Ginger's 'Stripped Bare Birds', 1992.

Ginger’s Stripped Bare Birds, 1992.

Princess' 'Regularly Ridiculed Rodents', 1993.

Princess, the elemental fragmentist

Charlie the peripheral realist

Charlie, the peripheral realist

this literally makes me so happy

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mystiquemonique:

Dw don’t play no games, the fuck you think this is

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nomorewaterthefirenexttime:

thelove-octopus:

nomorewaterthefirenexttime:

apronsheelsandcollars:

kinkysunnybunny:

mysubmissivekisses:

weaponsofbradestruction:

hazeleyed1:

banalusername:

hipsofagoddesss:

latestbutgreatest:

troubledworlddistortedmind:

wazzamchelle:

So you mean to tell me I don’t have to wait 8 long hours no more?

^right, like this makes me really happy

Whaaaaat TF 😳😳

Say whaaat!?!!

Black girls are not fucking around 

I need this!

Shiiiitt

Protective styling bruh.

I have a need

dog this changes everything

I HEARD YOU LIKE PROTECTIVE STYLES SO I MADE THIS FULL LACE SENAGALESE TWISTS WIG SO YOU CAN PROTECTIVE STYLE WHILE YOU PROTECTIVE STYLE *drops mic*

Where can I get one of these or at least the stuff to make it?

Here boo! When in doubt, google. It looks like there’s a bunch of other videos too for one too :D

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