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The violent, military response to Ferguson is a product of white fear of looking several hundred years of oppression and genocide in its putrid face and taking responsibility. We are so fucking afraid of seeing all the atrocities for which we are responsible in the unflinching light. We are afraid it will destroy us—that somehow acknowledging our complicity will deny our existence. Which, ironically, defines our existence as being murderers. So people keep making the hole deeper, as if we just oppress and kill more, somehow this disgusting mar on our race will somehow be transformed into something shiny and new. If we were all just to stand back and look at what we most fear right in its eyes, we could destroy it. Nothing will ever atone for our histories. But perhaps we can make peace and change this narrative. Otherwise I think we are fucked.
for how many more years will people need to march with signs proclaiming “I Am A Man” before we will let them live as human beings?
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)