I used to ostracize black people who were poor but wanted to appear like hood kings in chariots of big rims, loud speakers similar to fanfare, and crowned jewels around their neck.
I get it now. They’re just afraid of appearing poor. America is not a place to be poor. To be poor in America is a frightening thing.
To be poor here is to be sub-human, different, other. You are something to be tolerated. Someone’s learning moment of what not to be.
The desire for riches in poor, black people is perhaps the equivalent of buying one’s freedom. That is to say, in an attempt to buy one’s humanness.
How terrible is it that in America, for the black person, amassing riches is the equivalent to amassing gasoline, the same fuel white America uses except that white America has a flamethrower of taxes, policies, gerrymandering, white-washing, the legal system, and for-profit-prisons that gives them the power to incinerate black people without discretion.
We are just afraid.
We are just afraid to be poor.
Afraid of Poverty by Joseph Cook (via inkdroptheory)
"I’m not dead yet, just in a state of rapid decay, who isn’t?"
Charles Bukowski, Pulp (via poetrea)
Wildflower bouquet tattoo by Alice Carrier at Wonderland Tattoo in Portland, OR
"Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion."
Rumi (via fawun)
"I can’t un-know the monsters
but I can become the person
who would have saved
Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli classics on Zippo lighters
well i know what i want for my birthday…
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!
10/10 will suck dick for
O.O I need
justin hofman photographs a southern right whale and her calf in the protected warm breeding and birthing waters off argentina’s peninsula valdez.
"i had the opportunity to dive with a few whales and it changed me forever," hofman said. "being in the water with a whale is the most humbling experience i’ve ever had underwater."
the whales are powerful, and hofman, weary of the mother becoming defensive around her calf, kept his distance. but as time went on, the whales, who are actually quite gentle and inquisitive, eventually approached him.
hofman notes that despite what many have assumed, the first image is a single photo and not a composite of two. (previously featured whale photos by justin hofman).
"Humans are not worried by real problems so much as by their imagined anxieties about real problems"
Epictetus (via childrenofthetao)
"You can say “Bitch” on national television but you can’t say “Shit” because in our society it’s more acceptable to degrade women than poop."
Paul Wesselman (via thewastedgeneration)