burekevan: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the defunding of NASA.
|—||Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (via summerrequiem)|
|—||Zora Neale Hurston (via feministartdegree)|
I grew up with half a tongue.
Do not tell me, or the people like me who have grown up hearing Arabic around them, or singing in Swahili, or dreaming in Bengali—but reading only (or even mostly) in English (or French, or Dutch)—that this colonial rape of our language has not infected our ability to narrate, has not crippled our imagination. When I was in class 7, our English teacher gave us the rare creative writing assignment, and three of my classmates wrote adventure stories about characters named Julian and Peggy and Tom. Do not tell me that this cultural fracture does not affect the odds required to produce enough healthy imaginations that can chrysalis into writers. When we call ourselves Oreos or Coconuts or Bananas (Black/Brown/Yellow on the outside, White on the inside)—understand the ruptures and bafflement that accompanies our consumption of your media while we resent and critique it.
Access to abortion care is in a state of emergency. The resurgence of legislation that makes accessing an abortion extremely onerous must be stopped.
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If this doesn’t worry you, it should.
English, a very small bit of Spanish, and I’m currently learning French!