I got accepted to Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I’m moving. To Minneapolis.
I’m moving away and for once my life is actually taking a step forward. My dreams might actually come true
watercolors suck. colored pencils suck.
“As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad - to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.”
a piece of my brain just came out of my nose
I got a nosebleed in the shower, which was followed by a small squishy piece of brainmatter coming out and clearing my nose of blood. I know it’s probably just a blood clot, but it’s more meaty and tissue-like than a blood clot would seem. I’ve never actually seen a blood clot before though. So maybe my blood clot was as domestic as they come.
EARTHA KITT WAS THE VOICE OF THE VILLAIN IN EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE?
WHEN THE FUCK DID THIS HAPPEN
Passive Resistance Training, SNCC, Atlanta, GA, 1960, by James Karales, courtesy Duke University Library
people had to be trained to deal wit the evil of white peopleLet this sink in ppl. We don’t dislike y’all for no reason. This wasn’t 500 years ago. This happened in my grandmothers AND mothers lifetime.
I hope this makes it clear to folks that non-violence as expressed during the Civil Rights Movement was not simply a moral or political choice. It was a tactical application as well.
Do y’all think SNCC, SCLC, CORE, MLK, Jr. or anyone else wanted to witness their people being beaten, that they wanted to stay their fists and guns when their CHILDREN were being murdered? If you do, I suggest you go back to history class, because MLK, Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin, almost any person you can think of who advocated non-violence had armed guards and personnel in place for their and their people’s safety.
Non-violence as a resistance strategy was an attempt at provocation. Recognize that. Recognize that’s why these folks are training. Because they’re performing provocation through passive resistance. By not striking back they were illustrating the madness and vitriol of white supremacy. They were exposing in the most dramatic manner possible the denial of their humanity.
Understand: This was not turn the other cheek, this was looking into the eyes of the Devil and not backing down.
I remember my history teacher in high school showed us footage of the Bloody Sunday Montgomery marches, where the group of marchers were lead by a small number of pastors. When the police approached them and told them to leave, the pastors quietly formed a line in front of the marchers. The police advanced forward and the pastors just stood there completely still, even when the first cop tried pushing them back. The pastors only collapsed backwards when the police actually started shoving and beating them, which was then turned to the rest of the marchers.
I almost cried because it was the first raw example I ever saw of the meaning of nonviolence. The image of the pastors and marchers standing completely still before being bludgeoned by a mob of cops really put the entire focus of nonviolence into perspective.