05th Dec 13 • 178 notes • Reblog
"The first lesson I ever learned was never wait for a man’s rescue. History’s written by the survivors, and I am surely that."
04th Dec 13 • 0 notes • Reblog
Anonymous asked: That's great, congrats! I have no idea how long ago I had a perm lol. I just stopped Preminger I had no clue that I was going natural :( transitioning has been so tough for me lately though! because during about the first year or so of my transition I used ALOT of heat on my hair & just recently found that you're not supposed to do that :-( so idk if it's heat damage in my hair or not ugh lolol
yeah its probably heat damage :( but don’t give up! keep going. transitioning is ROUGH. but protective styles get me through it. it keeps me out of my hair and from using heat. like i love me some box braids
04th Dec 13 • 677 notes • Reblog
"Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people."
— Assata Shakur ~ Assata: An Autobiography
04th Dec 13 • 596 notes • Reblog
"Before going back to college, i knew i didn’t want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together."