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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Gold Mine :: May 2014

"More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men [and women] than has been taken from the earth" - Napoleon Hill

One // Maya Angelou Passes
Photograph by Taylor Jewell
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”― Maya Angelou

When you say your a feminist…I hope you really know what that means. It means standing up for women of color.

Standing by black women who must deal with being referred to as welfare queens or ratchet.

Being a feminist is standing beside immigrant women who deal with wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and being referred to as leaving anchor babies in America.

It means standing beside Native American women who face domestic violence and rape at unprecedented rates.

It means standing beside Muslim women who choose to live out their faith and face Islamaphobia, sexism and ignorance constantly.

It means standing beside Asian women who have been misrepresented in the media to be thought of as only submissive and quiet.

Please recognize that feminism impacts the lives of every single one of these groups…but we are all women — (via lifeisallaboutbeauty)

Three // Boko Haram 
Let’s admit it: all of us have erred over Boko Haram. We made the wrong assumptions and came to the wrong conclusions. It is now getting clearer by the day that though they might have started as religious partners to politicians, they are now a Frankenstein monster, mad men on the loose. The Boko Haram of 2002 or 2009 is completely different from the Boko Haram of today. They are a threat to all of us. Your religion is of no significance to them. Your tongue means nothing to them. Your political party is immaterial to them. Your age has no meaning to them. We are dealing with fanatics and lunatics. The earlier we woke up to the new reality, the better. — All Have Erred on Boko Haram by Simon Kolawole

Four // Gender Violence 
What is perhaps even more disturbing is that in this culture, many people see gender violence as a problem of sick or damaged individuals, and not as a social phenomenon that’s causes—and solutions—lie in much larger social forces. So let me be clear. There is no such thing as an isolated incident of rape, battering, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment. These are not merely individual pathologies. It is not enough for us to ask in each case: “What went wrong in his life?” “Why would he do something like that?” These problems are much too widespread for us to think about them in such narrow terms.— Jackson Katz, Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help 

Five // Colonialism 
Justice is not a quantitative question. If you steal something for long enough it doesn’t become yours— Kwame Ture

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