“Let everything happen to you / Beauty and terror / Just keep going / No feeling is final.”
“Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.”
“If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they probably will not survive […] This is what mothers teach — love, survival”
“I love you, love you, love you, / sad as you are, O world.”
“It’s 2018, and people of color in America can’t sit in coffee shops or ask homeowners for directions or trust that they’ll survive when pulled over while driving.
I don’t know what to say, other than this is a pretty god-awful national reality.
We’re badly broken.”
— John Pavlovitz, @johnpavlovitz on Twitter
(…& only thing stopping this from still occurring in 2020 is stay at home orders due to the threat of the Covid-19.)
“Nothing between us was ever planned—not even you. We were both twenty-four years old when you were born, the normal age for most Americans, but among the class we soon found ourselves, we ranked as teenage parents. With a whiff of fear, we were often asked if we planned to marry. Marriage was presented to us as a shield against other women, other men, or the corrosive monotony of dirty socks and dishwashing. But your mother and I knew too many people who’d married and abondoned each other for less. The truth of us was that you were our ring.”
— Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me
“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
– W.E.B. DuBois
“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
~Hunter S. Thompson
Compiled by AfroDamus Jonze in collaboration with the WordSoundPower Collective.