Seeking Distraction
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And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

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— Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)

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badrapper:

awwww-cute:

Went kayaking with my girlfriend and we made the cutest friend!

excuse me WHY are his hands up i cant handle this

badrapper:

awwww-cute:

Went kayaking with my girlfriend and we made the cutest friend!

excuse me WHY are his hands up i cant handle this

(via b-train)

chickgonebad:

bghwb:

Idris Elba Accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

» How did I miss this? ::swoons::

Idris Elba, I love you.

(Source: geckowinchesters)

thesassyblacknerd:

wifigirl2080:

huffingtonpost:

Experts told this artist her dream was impossible. It’s a good thing she didn’t listen.

Whoa dude this amazing

so rad

(via theactualcluegirl)

ladysilabee:

littleworldofmyown:

gifdistrict:

you called?

Drift kitten.

Fast and Furriest: Tokyo Drift

ladysilabee:

littleworldofmyown:

gifdistrict:

you called?

Drift kitten.

Fast and Furriest: Tokyo Drift

(via maryrobinette)

destispell:

men: rape jokes hahaha! beating women haha! lol make me a sandwich whore! put on makeup fugly! hahaha!

women: those aren’t funny.

men: lighten up, it’s a joke wow must be on her period women are so emotional lol

women: i drink the tears of men, haha!

men: hOW DARE YOU. HOW DARE YOU PROMOTE THE SUFFERING OF US MEN? DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR YOU? YOU WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT US. THATS NOT FUNNY AT ALL

(via seananmcguire)

"You’re tired of hearing about it? Think about how fucking exhausting it is living it."
— Jon Stewart regarding racism.  (via anotherwellkeptsecret)

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actualpuppydelphine:

irrationalwitch:

bringmethehardon:

irrationalwitch:

sirius gets a baby girl and names her orange and he’s just so happy and proud and he tells everyone he meets hey this is orange, she’s the new black

you have no idea how angry this makes me

siriusly angry?

and when sirius dies she will be the orphan black

(via tinierpurplefishes)

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ladyshinga:

Here’s a post for the anon who recently lost their kitty. This is my sweet Diana (aka Dianakitty, named after Wonder Woman)… she’s a sweet, energetic, excitable, bratty little tortie with a TON of attitude. I adopted her in Memphis back in 2008 and she’s been my sweet girl ever since. I have a weakness for torties (my first being a cantankerous little thing named Penny)

snarksandkisses:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

Remember, this is still happening…

(via fatbodypolitics)

lesbolution:

reblog if u remember when apple was a FRUIT, kids played OUTSIDE not on their ipads, and decomposing VICTIMS of the BUBONIC plague LITTERED the STREETS

(via chickgonebad)

primalooze:

a piece of advice from somebody who’s been through this a few times already: if somebody gives you a bad vibe trust your gut

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