Mohammed Shinbary comforts his daughter Mahasin, 7, who was injured during Israeli shelling at a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)


At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza clash with soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m setting myself a list and I’m setting myself right.

- i’m going to not only pass, but ace all of my classes for my last semester at uni. 
- i’m going to buy my sister a book I hope that will become a part of her. 
- i’m going to love and listen to my friends. and listen. and listen. and listen. 
- i’m going to be quieter, they won’t hear my thoughts, they can’t hear the audible battle.
- i’m going to get a job. i’m going to get two jobs. three. my body doesn’t deserve idleness. 
- i’m going to finally fuckin’ print the tee’s i’ve wanted to design for the last two years. 
- i’m going to leave my mark. literally. i can’t wait for anyone anymore. i can’t wait for him. 
- i’m going to care for my body, for my skin, for my hair, for my eyes. 
- i’m not going to restrict my art anymore. 
- i’m going to stop being lazy with my mind by relying on ostentatious metaphors. 
- i’m finally going to give it my all. i’m ready, they’re ready. 

[i’m writing this for you, yes you, sitting there three weeks into the future, cursing my barbaric optimism.
you’re going to fail. you’re going to fall, like clockwork. but that’s ok because I’m here. in this moment, and in this time, I believe in you.]

I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’
Toni Morrison (via ethiopienne)
Everyone needs a place. It shouldn’t be inside
of someone else.
I kept my mind on the moon. Cold moon,
long nights moon.
Richard Siken, from “Detail of the Woods” (via nnamu)
That’s the problem with putting others first; you’ve taught them you come second.
Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice.
Kurt Vonnegut (via likeafieldmouse)


Homeless Man in SF Mission District… - Imgur

(20th Street, it appears)

Always be kinder than you feel.
Unknown (via fuckinq)


Arnar Birgisson

The safety of the whites demands that we keep the Negroes in the most profound ignorance.

Martinique Governor pre-Hatian Revolution, taken from Les Archives du Ministère des Colonies 

Funny how the motto for slavery is the same motto for contemporary western education. 

(via guitarbains)


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