When prison reformers and even radical abolitionists insist that jails ‘don’t work’ what they really mean is that jails are increasingly becoming an inefficient means of regulating the lives of black, brown, poor, and/or trans* people. To critique the prison system because it ‘doesn’t work’ is to parrot the states logic. A ‘working’ criminal justice system is a system that effectively reproduces a world built on domination, violence, and racism.
–Call for an Anarchist Response to the Construction of a Youth Jail at 12th and Alder
(via Queering the Game of Life)
What we read and why we do so defines us in a profound way. You are what you read, i suppose. Browsing through someone’s library is like peeking into their dna.
–Guillermo del Toro, Introduction to The Best American Nonrequired Reading
Never have I ever had a New Year’s kiss. This year will not be the year I break that streak.
How would conversations between oppressed peoples with common interests be different if we didn’t spend so much time worrying about how privileged people who were listening in were gonna interpret/appropriate/use for their own agenda what we say to *each other*? We put so much energy into worrying about what they think that we miss opportunities to do the healing work we need for ourselves in our communities. Which, of course, is one very efficient way oppression operates.
–Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous
(via the dopest ethiopienne)
People say I love you all the time – when they say, ‘take an umbrella, it’s raining,’ or ‘hurry back,’ or even ‘watch out, you’ll break your neck.’ There are hundreds of ways of wording it – you just have to listen for it, my dear.
–John Patrick, The Curious Savage
I’m a fan of everything that’s happening here…