De-Conditioning: Facts & Figures

Checking in: If you’re feeling like a bad person, shame, white guilt…good! It means you have a moral compass, you’re human and not the thugs you project others to be. Don’t sweep things under the rug just because it’s uncomfortable, modify your actions, behavior and attitude. We can’t fix what we ignore. Artist: Cheskatanglao

De-Conditioning: Thirteenth Amendment

Section 1: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2: Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

I watched this documentary a few years back, director Ava DuVernay does an immaculate job explaining the transferal from plantation to prison. A structure so deeply ingrained in this country, it goes beyond the justice system. Corporations using inmates for cheap labor and making legal decisions, the dangers of the white imagination, all uncovered in this riveting masterpiece. For those who have watched, what three pieces of information struck you the hardest? Via: Story and Space

I Can Do Anything

If ever you feel down, like there’s something you can’t do, look to all the others who came before you.

This cover goes beyond the dreams of my ancestors, who came here in chains. Who freed themselves from chains. Who didn’t speak the language. The women who had their bodies invaded, creating the African American. To see the black aesthetic, finally, fully appreciated after being degraded and stolen from, is beautiful. Most of all it proves anything is possible. When you woke up you didn’t have to work in a field, you didn’t have to run for freedom hoping the dogs didn’t pick up your scent.