Conformity Is The Deformity Of Individuality. Amber Jay. I love cookies. And apple juice. And weight lifting. And Tom & Jerry. Laid back people are scientifically proven to live longer, so are shorter people, so I'll live forever. My passion is life. Period.
A photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face.
Those voice above are only two of the many voices that need to be heard. A group of students at Harvard are fed up with the institutional racism they say they have experienced, and are speaking out against it through a commanding photography project here on tumblr : itooamharvard.tumblr.com, both amazing and inspirational and definitely worth a reblog or share. Check them out!
Paige Bradley created one of the most striking sculptures I’ve seen in recent times. Her masterpiece, entitled Expansion, is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light. “From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession,” says Bradley. “I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?”
White folks who think Lupita shouldn’t win, believe so because they think Black people can inherently play a slave, they believe we are inherently inferior. In their minds being a slave isn’t a stretch, because how hard is it to portray yourself.
Average size mannequin with average size woman.
The problem, in one picture.
Skinny does not equal health does not equal thick does not equal fat does not equal ugly does not equal trendy does not equal disease does not equal right does not equal wrong….health not it was have anything do with your size…but how your body is conditioned to handle that size. EVERY SIZE can be healthy and beautiful
If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.
If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.
If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.
To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.
And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”
College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.
The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else.
This is very important if you’re ever in a situation similar this pretend that you’re dead don’t scream and @#!*%
my dad told us this if someone shoots up our school
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS
not even a joke we learned this in Police Explorers and put it on your clothing as well but go quickly because you don’t know where the person is.
i will never not reblog this