Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.
Ray Jasper is about to be unjustly executed under Texas’s racist Law of Parties. Take the time to read his brilliant, insightful, heart-breaking letter. It may be his last living statement. As Michelle Alexander wrote on her FB page, “If he is not worthy of life, none of us are.”
4 March 2014 | Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David Alejandro. A teenager at the time of the crime, Jasper was sentenced to death. He wrote to us once before, as part of our Letters from Death Row series. That letter was remarkable for its calmness, clarity, and insight into life as a prisoner who will never see freedom. We wrote back and invited him to share any other thoughts he might have. Today, we received the letter below. Everyone should read it.
It’s no surprise that the white guy she’s dating knows nothing about black hair. A former white coworker of mine didn’t know what ‘ashy’ meant and didn’t know why black people use lotion.
That’s a synopsis of real life. White people don’t have to know anything about black people, but black people have to know everything about white people. We are inundated with whiteness from television to our education. We are supposed to know about whiteness and white people. White people aren’t required to know a thing about blackness.
It goes beyond black people knowing about white people. White people want everyone to uphold their lies. Children are taught lies that uplift white people in the US school system like Columbus “discovered” America, that the “founding fathers” were advocates of freedom, liberty and justice (tell that to their slaves), or that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Hell, Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd came from a family of slave owners, and she was raised owning slaves. This was not an issue for Lincoln. He married her.
Free after more than 40 years: Black Panther leader and political prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway (left) with Dr. Jared Ball after his release on March 4, 2014.
National Geographic : Black People Laughing
This is the funniest shit I’ve seen since 2k14 dropped.
The part when they laughed and ran tho! Lol yall know we do that shit!