"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
-Henry David Thoreau
102-Year Old Woman Fights to Keep Land Her Parents Earned from their Slave Masters
Luminant Mining Co. is not thrilled with the predicament that they are currently facing in Dirgin, Texas. The company wishes to acquire a 9.1 acre plot of land for their business, but has been unsuccessful thus far.
This is largely in part to the resistance on the part of Ida Finley and her family. Ida, who is just a few weeks shy of her 102nd birthday, has held on to this land for some time. Ida’s late husband, Adolphus, worked on the land and before that his parents worked on that land as slaves. [Continue reading at Your Black World.]
I posted this about a year ago, but I love it so I re-blogged.
dear white folk,
I know you may think you look so edgy and different when you cut your hair into a mowhawk, stretch your earlobes, don keffiyehs, wear native american headdresses, call yourself a gypsy, or wear a bindi, but you should know that if you truly appreciated another culture you would not wear it as a symbol of defiance or counter culture to your own. Our cultures have been mocked all our lives, but the minute a piece of sanskrit gets tatooed on some famous individual our culture is stolen from underneath us. It suddenly becomes validated, because once something has appreciation from white people it now has marketing value. All the while we are being told to change to conform and once we have changed out of every article of our culture you appropriate it, sell it, and then call us lacking in taste and creativity.
This goes out to any POC who have ever noticed the hypocrisy of the majority for calling us barbaric for wearing the clothing of our people only to steal it from us to create appropriated trash.