But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day/Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
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This Tumblr rides for women of color characters until the steering wheel falls off.
If muthafuckas can be all in love with a serial killer, a meth dealer, and a genocidal alien god if they’re white dudes, they can deal with me rooting for a vengeful (and immortal?) Voodoo Queen, Snow White’s “evil” stepmother, a no-nonsense Black female lieutenant of the Westchester Police Department, and her freedom fighter sister.
till the car runs out of fluid coolant and bursts into flames at the side of the road, I will ride
Co. Motherfucking. Sign.
why is it men
describe our colors
sweet honey shade
cafe au lait delicious
olive (an acquired taste)
peaches and cream
because they are
so ready to
By Suheir Hammad (via abluesforbrklyn)
in the shower
- me: that's not quite hot enough let me just turn it up to boiling lava.
- me: yes good i shall bathe in the waters of mordor.
- me: why do we have like 25 different kinds of shampoo?
- me: i'ma read the back of this.
- me: lather, rinse, repeat?
- me: why do i have to repeat is your product so shitty it didn't work the first time?
- me: hold the fuck up i have to write fanfic in my head real quick.
- me: if water is a renewable resource does that mean every celebrity i've ever loved has showered in this same water before?
- me: eheheheheheheheheheh.
- me: but you didn't have to CUT ME OFF.
- me: did i already wash my hair?
- me: i think i did but i don't remember.
- me: i'ma do it again.
- me: FUCK I REPEATED.
- me: well played, pantene pro-v. WELL PLAYED
- me: i wonder what it's like to have sex in the shower.
- me: i bet it's awkward.
- me: i bet a lot of injuries happen that way.
- me: okay time to get out.
- me: where the fuck is my towel.
okay i am dying in this corner of the universe reading these dialogues. like, omg!
—code switching out of academic language, does not destroy the complexity of the ideas.
—why am i reading academics who claim that they can’t get ideas across except in academic language because of the need to preserve the complexity of the ideas, but cant seem to understand really basic arguments being made by etp. which i guess arent that basic of ideas, even if they arent written in academic-ese, since these self-proclaimed academics dont understand it…just lol. man.
—i guess im just tired of dealing with folks who are so biased in favor of academic language, that when they read non-academic language they automatically assume that it is simpler, less complex, less nuanced and thus end up making straw man arguments that dont address the text or speaker, but rather reveal the academics own assumptions and superiority mindset.
academic language does not always signify complex or well-thought out ideas.
and non-academic languages does not always signify simplistic ideas…
anyone who listens to hip hop and doesnt realize this…
Have you noticed that a lot of people hiding out in academia are, how shall we say this, not exactly the brightest? Yeah I said it (and I said a lot, not all). I’d rather hang out with cooks, boxers, and construction workers than snotty academics any day of the week (and I do, the conversations are broader and more interesting). Especially academics who can’t get past their culturally-biased educational absolutism and feel the need to erect a specialized language wall around their lack of original vision. That ain’t complexity for the sake of profundity, that’s surface complication for the purpose of obscuring shallowness. Simplistic complication is boring.
I’ve been designing software systems for a living for the past two decades, so I know and value and even love the utility of technical language when it’s called for. But I can describe any software system I’ve written in non-technical language to a layperson, with a bit of time and background explanation. Academics who are too lazy to perform such a function suck. If Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu and Mencius and Confucius could say what they said in language understood by peasants, I’m unswayed by this notion that only the opaque ugliness of academic-speak can communicate complexity. There’s certainly a place for technical language when it comes to performing certain technical tasks, but there’s a far bigger place in human cultural life for capturing subtle, complex, or profound ideas in simple language.
oh zuky, you totally read my mind. i was thinking about midwifery and how i spend a lot of time reading scientific journals, and studies all written in scientific-ese and i understand why. but when i am talking to a mama about pregnancy or birth, i dont use that language. i use her language, and more visual aids, and physical touch and movement and her understanding of the concept is just as complex, as if she had read all the studies and learned all the jargon.
and im thinking about that quote that’s been going around, solange talking about people with college degrees that write about rnb and hip hop. and i have read a lot of academic writing about hip hop, but no one has blown my mind with their insights on what hip hop, what rap is, the intricacies of the art than my brother who has a ged and is an mc.
and the same thing goes for the revolution. everyone who is studying in egypt nowadays is doing their dissertation on some aspect of the revolution. but the most complex analysis i hear about the revolution comes from kids who have never been on a university campus.
and this isnt me being anti-intellectual. its just that intellectuals are not the same as academics. living in cairo i was surrounded by social science academics who have a very inadequate understanding of power, social structures, history, language etc. its not that we disagreed, its that they fundamentally do not understand the concepts.
really important discussion here.