Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

InnerStanding Isness:

Because I’m Black? by Steven Ward, Jr.

Originally posted on Brothers' Quarterly:




What’s up?

I heard you got into some really good schools.

Yeah, I guess it’s pretty cool.

How does it feel to know it was because you are black?

Hold on. Wait. You might want to take that back.

Why? We both know it’s true.

How about you think about if I were you?

What do you mean?

I have been told that since I was thirteen.

You see, I don’t know if you are trying to be mean.

But that’s how it seems. How dare you underestimate my merit.

Why I was accepted was not because of the skin I inherit.

Yet it was how hard I tried. So no need to be snide, because you didn’t get it.

But don’t devalue my wit, because you weren’t the perfect fit.

Now you are confused even though in my face you spit.

Hmmm. That doesn’t seem right. I…

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TRAUMA AND RECOVERY TOOLS: “Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”

Originally posted on afreekalive:

“Doing Yoga daily helps you improve your Posture”


Growing up in a SHYTSTEM/SYSTEM of racism/white supremacy, I was taught to maintain a posture and position of servitude.  Coming from where I’m from, when elders spoke, the “respectful” thing to do was to avoid eye contact and listen.  Looking in an adults face when being chastised was a sign and show of rebellion and was discouraged with a backhand.  In addition, those of us of a darker hue, were typically singled out for ridicule and name-calling.  “Blackie” was their favorite and keeping my head down and avoiding eye contact meant I could get where I was going without being noticed.  I lived my life with my head down either in a book or roaming around the hood and my shoulders sagged, weighed down under the foot of oppression.  I was made to think, feel and believe that I was unwanted and…

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Defining Race and Racism

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Defining Race and Racism

Originally posted on afreekalive:


I’d like to share my working definitions of the terms “race”, “racism” and “racist”. My definitions are based on both the scholarship and scholarly works of those  in the fields of law, medicine, social policy etc. and my personal understandings and experience with race, racism and racist’.  I will also share my thoughts regarding the faulty and problematic use of the terms “systematic” and “institutional” racism’s. Finally, a suggestion is offered that is hoped to support individuals with taking active responsibility for producing a system of justice.

“Race” is a societal level* term used to identify an individual as part of a larger group that is joined together by a shared history, biology, experience and/or ancestry’. “Racism” is a system established in the U. S. that practices the targeting of one group to exercise power and control over their resources, individually and collectively with the use of intentional harm to…

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

We need your help. The California prison system’s  Security Threat Group/Step Down Program (STG/SDP) is getting close to being implemented. These regulations govern placement into and release from the SHU (Secure Housing Units), California’s long-term solitary confinement cells. The STG/SDP policies will perpetuate California’s over use of torturous isolation.
We are soliciting your help to weigh in and speak out against these regulations. Please submit a commentand ask your friends, family, neighbors, pastor, school class, place of worship, and organizations to write also. 
The public comment period is open now; it closes April 3, 2014 at 5 PM. 
In many respects the STG/SDP is worse than the current practice. The STG/ SDP program is based on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons model, subject of great criticism in 2012 by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights. California…

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The Casting Game

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The [GLOBAL] Casting Game: “roles that should have been [NON-WHITE PEOPLE]”

Originally posted on Movie Night Prep:

In case you missed it, Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  People are really mad because he is black and the original character was drawn white.  In light of this I decided to make a list of white actors that were cast in minority roles without even a raised eyebrow from the masses.  These are some of the greatest hits, starting with the most recent, because this is most certainly not a thing of the past.

Since I started with The Fantastic Four, which features Kate Mara as Johnny’s sister Sue Storm/Invisible Woman- Kate’s sister Rooney Mara, of (ghostly white) Girl with The Dragon Tattoo fame, has just been cast to play Tiger Lilly in the upcoming revamp of Peter Pan.  Tiger Lilly is the Native American princess of a tribe in Neverland.  Perhaps they can hold back from singing…

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me for sale

Originally posted on The Colored Fountain:

take my hair
call it permed
call it textured
call it all natural fibers
make a perfect halo of loose curls on a high yellow model
take the kink out of every strand my gramma ever slid a hot comb over
make one product that will straighten it and another that will curl it back the right way
box it in cardboard and put it on the shelf
sell it back to me

take my mouth
call it pouty
call it collagen
call it exotic
make a humbly-sized lip coated in volumizing optical illusions
take out that evolutionary throwback quality that justified our subjugation
make an incision to bring them down to size and an injection to plump them back up
suck it into a tube and lay it under glass
sell it back to me

take my sound
call it a revival
call it rock
call it world music

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Students’ ‘White Power’ Tweets After High School B-Ball Game Shocks Michigan Residents

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Students’ ‘White Power’ Tweets After High School B-Ball Game Shocks [non-white] Michigan Residents

Originally posted on Black America Web:

With the success of basketball players like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan, its really no surprise that basketball has come to be known as a black sport.

There was no better proof of this than an occurrence that took place last Thursday, when a hailstorm of racist tweets was sent out by a team of Caucasian students at a Michigan high school. The tweets were singing their praises after winning a basketball game.

“All hail white power. #HitlerIsMyDad” is just one of several Tweets that left faculty and residents stunned.

The tweets followed the win of Howell High School’s boys basketball team over Grand Blanc. And according to the website, several of the students involved in the situation are now facing disciplinary action for their use of “white only” terminology as a description of the teams 54-49 victory in…

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Trojan Horse Press: All eBook Titles on Sale During Month of March! | Racism Is White Supremacy

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Trojan Horse Press: All eBook Titles on Sale During Month of March! | Racism Is White Supremacy

Originally posted on innerstanding isness:



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Stolen resources

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Stolen resources

Originally posted on Blackmystory's Weblog:

In the language of yurugu…English! In the Language of trade and academia, the term resources, is described as a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, capital and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively. Resources are also a country’s collective means of supporting itself or becoming wealthier, as represented by its reserves of minerals, land, and other available assets.

Capital and money can be used both interchangeably and apart, while money is mostly associated with fiat or imaginary colored paper, that we give artificial and inflated value to, capital can also be used to describe something of intrinsic value. Intrinsic values are ethical and philosophic property. It is the ethical or philosophic value that an object has “in itself” or “for its own sake”, as an intrinsic property. Intellectual properties are things of intrinsic value and are not…

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Get to know a White person!

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Get to know a White person!

Originally posted on Abagond:


Warning: This is a parody. Do not try this at home!

As part of White History Month, get to know a European American! The secret is to put them at ease by talking to them the way they talk to you.

Some tips:

  1. Their English: As a courtesy, speak slowly and loudly until you know how good their English is. If their English is good, be sure compliment them:
    • “Wow, your English is perfect!”
    • “You are so articulate!”
  2. European American names: Mispronounce them! Or better yet, change them to something easier for you to say. Or just call them “dude” or “girl”. Who can remember their names and tell them apart?
  3. Ask where they are from. If they do not give a place in Europe, ask where their family is from. If they still do not tell you some place in Europe, ask where their family is really from.
  4. Show an…

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