Emmanuel O-Y : (Noun) Ghanaian-American Writer & Thinker.

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The Boy (me)
Murder to Excellence
Rep. Rep. Representation.
Notes From the Underground
Building Bridges
In Solidarity
War Poems
Juke Juke
i want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

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Monday February 24th //
First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have
been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that
the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting
the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called
‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the
Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive
time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years!
Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took
place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any
so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories
have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth,
is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of
early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’
social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’
means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short,
the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for
land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people
were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their
‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more
the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and
still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.

The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
By John Two-Hawks

The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.

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IIRC this was also done in South Africa. the regime said that the “black” africans had only centuries earlier displaced the “brown” africans.

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Tuesday February 18th //
Vietnam was the first and will almost certainly be the last war in which the correspondents of “allies” and neutrals could get accreditation (from one side only), and free military transportation, without being subject to any form of government censorship. This unheard-of freedom of the press came about by accident. Early on, when America was said to be only “assisting” the South Vietnamese government, officially there was no war, and therefore no legal basis for censoring news. By 1966, American domestic support, high at first, was flagging; Princeton students and faculty had marched against American intervention, Dan Rather had called Vietnam a “dirty little war,” and Morley Safer had shown U.S. marines setting fire with Zippo lighters to thatched houses in the village of Can Ne. Washington’s first priority then became rallying the home front, “selling” the war to increasingly disillusioned American voters. By that time, official censorship would have made American at home even more suspicious.

This freedom from censorship, in a way, made life for writing journalists more confusing. Readers, and therefore editors, wanted to know who was winning, but also what the war was about, who was in the right, whether America should be involved. Where to look for the answers? Basically there were two possibilities: either to report what we were told in Saigon, least reliably at the infamous “five o’clock follies,” the daily military press briefings, or to go into “the field,” the rest of South Vietnam. Writers could do either, but, until fighting came to Saigon in the Tet offensive of February 1968, photographers had no choice: it was either the field, or a blank day. Usually, the field won.
— Introduction to Dark Odyssey (Phillip Jones Griffiths), Murray Sayle
Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: photography, philip jones griffiths, murray sayle, vietnam,
Gentrification does not solve poverty, it merely shunts the poor out of the city…

Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost | The Guardian 

"A few blocks away, Maggie Larios, 30, a latina single mother sharing a cramped apartment with her two children, is all too aware of that choice. She earns just enough from a care-home job to pay the $685 monthly rent. But the landlord who owns the block is trying to evict her and other tenants who have complained about mould, cockroaches and broken windows. They suspect the neglect is intended to oust them so he can get in more lucrative tenants.

"The mould has made me sick," Larios croaks, indicating her throat. "When we went to court one of my neighbours had bugs on her. You should’ve seen the judge’s face." With her budget, Larios stands little chance of finding another apartment in Oakland. "I don’t want to be homeless. My kids and I went through a very bad experience in shelters." But inevitably they will be priced out, she says. "It’s gonna happen. A few years ago, to see a white person here was unseen footage. Now you see them walking the street even at night." Resistance could perhaps slow but not halt gentrification, she says. "Money talks, bullshit walks." Larios has kept one asset in reserve for emergencies: her long, luxuriant hair. "When the time comes I can sell it for $400.""

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Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: gentrification, oakland, american cities,
The fact that racism hurts is a truth about which many white folks remain purposefully oblivious and which many black folks would rather I not admit. When I wrote last summer about crying after a white woman called me the N-word on a plane, many black people accused me of being weak and having poor self-esteem because I cared what she thought. But part of what it means to exist together as fellow citizens in a body politic is that at base level we recognize and honor each other’s humanity. We don’t have to like or agree with each other. But we recognize each other as levelly human. Despite the general effectiveness of our 40-plus-year “Say It Loud, Black and Proud” campaign, racism still clutches at our insides and twists us into nothingness at least for a moment. The sick and twisted thing about white supremacy is that it makes us care about what white folks think and say about us, even though we know better. A refusal to care can often cost us our lives. Ask Trayvon Martin. Ask Jordan Davis.
Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: Racism, race in america, blackness, pain,




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Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: kawaii,

Black Hetero-Patriarchy, as something happening to men and boys...





We often talk about patriarchy in terms of women’s victimization of it, “men dominating women” or “women made subordinate/submissive to men”

And this is valid, but incomplete.

Women aren’t just made “beneath” men…

(Source: freemenofcolor, via freemenofcolor)

Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: agency, Black masculinity, hetero-patriarchy, sj,
Tuesday February 11th // Filed under: holy moly,
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