Child-like, not childish.


John Kelsey, Depesrsion, Impoetnce, 2012. 

Kelsey repurposed found language from spam emails for these “poems,” which he presents on paper featuring the old Whitney Museum insignia, the eagle. The lists of names indicate the emails’ senders, the titles are drawn from the subject lines, and the “stanzas” consist of the seemingly random, cut and pasted content of the messages. 

Bottom right photograph by Tyko

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black current

black courant

black errant

black or rant



When people ask me do I speak a foreign language, my response is always, “Yes, I speak English.”

(Source: unrelentingblackness, via connie-the-anomaly)




Black English is not Ebonics.

Ebonics is not Black English.

Ebonics is not ghetto English.

Ebonics is not broken English.

Ebonics is not uneducated English.

Standardized English is racist.

Standardized English is racist.

Standardized English is racist.

Ebonics directly derives from African languages. Africans were forcibly brought to the Americas, where they  picked up English. however, Africans maintained their African pragmatics (grammar).

Ebonics has a completely different pragmatic system than English.

Ebonics is a unique language from English.

just because Ebonics uses English words doesn’t mean it is English.

English has a bunch of Latin and French words; however, it is grammatically a Germanic language.

Ebonics is a real language.

I be killin it.


E no de lie.

(Source: revolutionary-afrolatino, via dearwhitefolk)


the flesh of the back of the neck.

e.g. Dawg, why is you grabbin’ all up on my necktacles?

DAMN, LAY OFF THE BLEACH: Use of the @ Symbol


With the virtual uses and changing of language online it’s important we note how we are using the @ symbol in our name and in the things we are creating and writing. For many of you this is “common knowledge,” but the reality is that some folks have not ever really thought about why this symbol is important.

We think the @ symbol is important because it represents gender neutrality, gender inclusion, and disrupts the misogynistic ways language privileges men, masculinity, and things that are considered “male.”As many Latin@ scholars have stated and argued, especially Anzaldua, “Language is a male discourse” (p. 54, Borderlands/La Frontera). In the Spanish language, grammatically, if there is one man present in a room or area filled with women (a man of any age, a boy, a child, etc.) instead of using the “feminine” form of the language often using an “a” (i.e. una or nosotras) a masculine “o” is used (i.e. nosotros or the absence of the “a” such as un).

Utilizing the @ in this way challenges these grammatical “rules” that are embedded in a legacy of privileging men, masculinity and maleness. It is also part of a legacy that includes and recognizes our gender queer and trans* community members versus erasing them by constantly using a language embedded in a gender binary/dichotomy.

The @ is useful not only in discussing Latinidad, but also discussing how Blackness and African identity intersects as well. Often when we see terms discussing LatiNegr@s in various ways and using other self-identifiers they are still using a masculine version of “Afro” such as “Afro-Latin@”. This is a preference by some, and I’d like to argue this is also a way of privileging men and masculinity in the English language. Afr@Latin@ is a valid term and form to use when discussing our identities as well. Just as AfraLatina is valid. Why must the African in us also remain masculine?

The questions still exist of how to actually speak the @ sign and this has yet to really be resolved. How have others negotiated this?

(written by Bianca)

(via racismschool)

I just wanna be brutally honest about language, about words. I really do, at this point in time. I don’t think language is really good. I don’t think that language has really caught up with the rest of the human evolutionary process. It seems like every time we try to express a deep thing, a heavenly thing, a godlike thing, a poetic thing, it seems like we come up short - duhnt it?
Huey P. Newton (via atreegrowsinbrixton)

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#OccupyEnglish - Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon On Fuel Subsidy Removal

This guy has some of the most purple prose in the hemisphere, ha. “Verbagogical gyrations” indeed.


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Jean-Michel Basquiat


Jean-Michel Basquiat

(Source: artlog)

The clearest example is the repeated use of the word “tolerate.” Students would write that we must not persecute homosexuals, prostitutes, mental patients, and others, that we must be “tolerant” of them. But one tolerates only those that one considers less than equal, morally inferior, and weak; those equal to oneself, one accepts and respects; one does not merely allow them to exist, one does not “tolerate” them.

“Sociology of Deviancy” - Liazos (via yesalltheposts)

This is why I hate the word “tolerate”. It’s all about "acceptance" and "respect".

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From One Survivor to Another: On 'collecting'


A lot of times after a white person does something racist a POC might say, “White people, come collect him/her”.  Trans* folks have said similarly things about cis people who do transphobic shit, “Cis people, come collect her/him”

And I am totally serious in this question: How would you like me to collect them?

My first reaction is to apologize for them being so ridiculous, but I’m not sure that’s the correct response.  I also have the urge to message the offending person and tell them how wrong they are.  But idk if that is right either.

I guess I am looking for help to be a better ally.  No one is under any obligation to respond, but I would love some feedback.  Thanks!

Unfortunately, this usually just means, “person who is of that dominant group, say what we’ve already said ten times because they will believe you more than they will believe us”.  :(

But I’d like to know if anyone has any other ideas.

I’ve always understood this through the lens of Nigerian slang, where collect means a few things ranging from “gather” to “put in order” to a mispronunciation of “correct”, and i think all of those could apply to this above definition actually.

"Bros, dis ya friend dey vex me oo! Oya, make e come collect am…" 

(Source: femmadilemma)

“Slut” is how we vilify a woman for exercising her right to say “yes”. “Friendzone” is how we vilify a woman for exercising her right to say “no”.

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Dang :c

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a neologism coined by Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza and derived from the Greek words for “lord” or “master” (kyrios) and “to rule or dominate” (archein) which seeks to redefine the analytic category of patriarchy in terms of multiplicative intersecting structures of domination; best theorized as a complex pyramidal system of intersecting multiplicative social structures of superordination and subordination, of ruling and oppression.