but despite his looks, he was uncomfortable
because he’d gained a lot
and wasn’t sure why
but inside he was actually quite gorgeous as well;
so that could have been why
but he would do things to distract from his external beauty
to be free
what is it, about houses that seem to be museums of past lives, but that still have people living in them?
houses where rooms haven’t been touched in ages, but where other rooms have been renovated slightly to accommodate new love, or lust
houses with pictures of family somewhere, but pictures of a family that dissembled
houses where it looks like somebody draped a blanket over that chair, 15 years ago
houses where the new love, or lust, seems to be rampant, and fresher than the moment just before the new lover arrived, a moment where the tv blasted and everyone just stared
and now the tv rarely turns on and there are fewer conversations, but there is a lot of lust
that house felt like it was tied in with the city’s ancient universities and incensed hard wood halls but now it just seems pre-fabricated on a baseless plot
someone else used to live here but they didn’t make real love anymore like they used to
but one of them is gone and the exceptional circus has been replaced with a county fair
where a goblin’s market provides all the delights because the federal regulations don’t apply to such independent local raves
Finally. #promisedland #telaviv #israel #perfectweather
Morning Mountain, Morning Monument #morning #5am #upearly
At the end of…
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Fun @ work #tonguetwister
SPREAD THE DAMN WORD
THAT WAS COOL
My hands are too small to do this effectively.
I wish I wasn’t iPod
if you’re on ipod you just hold down the reblog button
wtf just happened??
it was physical
but we didnt kiss
and we didnt have sex
but we made love
it was sweet
but something was wrong
This is basically a continuation of a discussion that began on a friend’s Facebook post by a white writer about Spike Lee’s rant on gentrification, and this would have been my next comment in response to one of the posters there had it not been this long, so I have moved it here. I am leaving names out out of respect for their privacy:
I hold my ground that gentrification is not consciously racist in and of itself, but let me be clear that this I mean in an individual context if that was not stated before. I never said that institutionalized racism does not exist, and so while I appreciated your explanation of how and that it functions, I can’t be placed in a position of dissent regarding that because I never said it was not a factor. What I am saying is that A: many of the white individuals that began the wave of gentrification are not specifically doing so in a racist manner in and of themselves, while they may of course still simultaneously be at the helm of a bigger, hive minded “institutionalized racism”. But we have to be very microscopic about what that means too. Institutionalized racism may very well mean that “people who have power over institutions and the system prefer whites over blacks doing x y z.” MAYBE. Def, in some cases for sure. I personally reserve the right to disagree with that, because hey, the dude at the top of our institution presently definitely has preferences for blacks to some degree, if at the very least in the realm of who his lover and wife and kids are, and while yes there are enough very much clearly racist people to say there’s hoards of people that cannot stand having a black president, we can also very much deduce that there are many grand factions of the American “institution” that will always have within them, whether or not it was stronger in the past vs. now, a desire to see diversity heralded. So we know that while the institution may have many embedded mechanisms that are racist, that institution is NOT fixed nor racist across the board, and the people of that institution to some degree or the another were at least at one point 51% “not completely racist” enough to deduce that the overall institution is not the same thing as the populus themselves. Ok. Now; centering back on the definition of institutionalized racism itself, what you have laid out is very much identical to what I described, perhaps another way, and YES reverse racism absolutely exists because racism exists from every angle you can look from. Now I’m going to come up with my own definition for it because in this type of debate clearly I’m not supposed to trust anyone else’s definition, especially wikipedia’s or Merriam Webster’s for that matter, because God forbid they were white when they wrote it thus contaminating my ability to believe in the meaning they came up with. So wielding my own God given powers of subjective reasoning, for me, institutionalized can very much mean that it is ingrained in the way an organization ( of any sort, thus denoting that an institution can be some sort of arrangement of people operating under a common set of values dictated by the group as opposed to the individuals themselves) operates, makes decisions, defines values, etc. That makes pretty simple sense and shouldn’t be too far off from any other definition. Institutionalized thus suggests that whatever the trait is, it is pre determined by the overall group and not necessarily defined so much consciously by every single person in that group. So, institutionalized desire to save animals (PETA, other animal rights groups), institutionalized pressure to be anorexic (the fashion industry in regards to its super models) and of course institutionalized racism (America… And…. Whites, usually and understandably the main group people are blaming this on…. And… France…. And…. The black government of Botswana as lead until 2008 by black president Festus Mogae, which wanted the bushmen, also black, GONE FROM THEIR LANDS because they were “Stone Age creatures [continuing] to exist in the age of computers”…. And… Blacks themselves, operating within a centuries old ‘pain body’ as Eckhart Tolle puts it; a pain body that they also SHARE with whites because the whole bloody country is addicted to race issues like crack whether they know it or not, but yes, many, though definitely not all, blacks as well, through our churches and families and friends and social channels are more likely to rally together and point a finger at a white enemy for many of their problems - which may nonetheless of course have originated in historical racism - but also problems of *perspective* that may have originated in their own, well, institutionalized racism. And it’s not their fault but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. There are blacks that collectively find it more comfortable and routine to put the white enemy at the top of the causes of their problems and direct that disdain towards every individual of the white population, when it is simply not true that every white individual is out to get them such as it is simply not true that every black person is out to get or dislike any other type of person. But yes, both of these groups, white and black, have a healthy ability to be “institutionally racist”).
So, we get what institutionalized racism means, but in being objective, we have to also “get” that such racism doesn’t only belong to one group and not others. If a white person is not accepted into a black school because of their skin color, that would also be institutionalized racism, or a black gang or a black film set or a black company or a black church, yada yada. And you know you can find these examples.
So we know it is not only one institution porting this racist capacity, and we know, yes, that white institutions port it too. So what we are really identifying, as I already mentioned I’m not arguing, is that the city and the landlords and developers and the police, must be inherently “white institutions”, right? That most of this country is in that sense a “white institution”, based on the statistics of the color of the people that have and majorly continue to run it, right? So then, yes, we can attribute that these institutions have historically existed as the echo of a very despicably racist cultural meme dating back to slavery and even outside the US for example during the time of the big-bootied-Baartman that was toured throughout Europe as a bit of a circus freak because of dat azz (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Baartman), and even the time of the story of Othello - hell, institutionalized racism or shall we say discrimination has been, please excuse me, was also “natural” even with the JEWS vs. JESUS JEWS before he was martyred, creating Christians.
So the second point you are highlighting, my labeling these waves natural.
It is natural because humans have ALWAYS been discriminatory and racist, and because man is a part of nature too. As is birth, as is death, as is love, as I murder, as is predators eating feasting upping pray. The universe is as destructive as it is creative in this sense, and it is all “natural”.
So while I was not actually describing institutionalized racism as natural, it in fact it is because it is how things WOULD shape up in a country like this. Defeating and recoursing that change would also be natural, because it is a natural and virtuous response to such racism because all of life is in fact “natural”. So that argument goes out the window - it’s all natural. He hit me is natural, so I hit him back is natural. But humans are a different type of natural, in that we are sentient, so ok, fair enough: in that light if we are arguing whether or not it is “a conscious decision”, is that if there is somewhere affordable for someone to live, it is natural that they will consider living there. What’s affordable to that person might not be affordable to someone already there, but capitalism is not always kind, and by it’s nature, capitalism (which is not sentient and does not even have one human body, but whose participants are and do) is going to start charging more money when a neighborhood becomes more desirable. And white people are going to have more money because they always have. But some blacks and Asians and Indians and and Hispanics Muslims are too because they either are rich too or they can hustle hustle get it get it, because the hustle is natural too.
Now, nonetheless, on the whole, YES, the institution in these scenarios is favoring the white race because they most likely have cash, and human eyes black or white have developed the trait of equating whites with cash and blacks without, even if that is fucked up or incorrect in reality. Again, that point was never argued.
But it is as “natural” as many different little air pressures building to cause a storm, because it is built upon eons of all of those little factors both you annnnnnnd I laid out (so again, a common theme we both provided which confuses for me what exactly you’re arguing as we are talking about the same thing), and these things DO NOT begin with one white person waking up and deciding to go kick everybody out of Brooklyn, but it is a part of a wave that is bigger than any individual. So yes, it’s institutional ( which is simultaneously natural because it’s human nature)and as I stated before, the smartest of communities would identify that (as many including Spike are) but this is where we actually might disagree, but you tell me:
At that point of identification, versus SIMPLY complaining about it, something has to be done, and if that something is equal to or greater than *as* *institutionally* *racist* as the original wave itself, then there is no hope for humanity because we have hypocrites at the helm of every ship in the sea. So, as also stated before, the most virtuous agency at that point of identification of the issue is BENEVOLENT UNCONDITIONAL ACTION, and at that, action that strives towards a, no matter how impossible utopia is, utopian goal nonetheless, because the results of a utopian pursuit, however short they fall, will always be more progressive and full of lessons than a pursuit that seeks to maintain the status quo and keep everyone separated, divisive and, well, institutionally racist.
To be clear, this means working on a sociological level to create an environment that protects the livelihood of existing families (which, no, is not being done well at all today) while also not discriminating against people that, in their individual psyches, are just moving to asylum they can, individually, innocently afford, in a coveted emerald city. And mind you, even Spike stated in his subsequent interview with Anderson Cooper that he’s not against people moving wherever they can move, he’s against the eradication of a good culture, as we all should be. But hey, culture WILL always evolve on this, the planet Earth, so the point here is that the trick many white AND black AND otherwise colored peoples are not pulling off is to make sure the roots are never separated from the tree, even as it sheds, even as it blossoms. Hashtag Coexist.