What’s Genocide?

their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
so I asked my students,
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
“Okay. Please put your hands down.
Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.”
blank stares mixed with curious ignorance
a quivering hand out of the crowd
half-way raised, like a lone survivor
struggling to stand up in Kigali
“Luz, are you sure about that?”
“No.”
“That’s what I thought.”

“Carlos—what’s genocide?”

they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…
is genocide.”

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No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.

President Barack Obama

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN FORCE OTHERS TO LIVE BY YOUR OWN BELIEFS —THANKYOU: BBams.

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strawberryskies:

lemontree11:

The design of these peignoirs were inspired by the ones sold at Fairytale Boutique https://www.fairytale-boutique.com/ 

Get your peignoir today <3

So cute!

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misledghost:

dreamsngr:

laterovaries:

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leo-queen:

triplefuckingnope:

oh. god.

That’s what I’m screamin!
Hopefully

*SLOBBER*….*pop*….meep

Oh fuck, I need that…

laterovaries
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MOTHERFUCKER!!!!

*flails off the edge of a cliff*

I totally wrote a DomMagnus scene for
misledghost
about that. He enjoyed the mirror…

Hnnnnnng. Now I’ll be thinking about that scene all day. Damn youuuuu!

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yamino:

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toxicnotebook:

KNAPP The Post-War collection A/W 2012/2013

Lord in heaven.

i want these clothes.

Mmmm

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I’d much rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea.
Carrie Bradshaw (via luckisforsuckerss). (via gaixoa)

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A long time ago when I was doing journalism, I was assigned by a men’s magazine to interview a famous clothing designer. Generally I don’t like reading interviews with famous people because the questions are either fawning or transparently aggressive. So I thought okay if I’m going to do this, I’ll at least try to ask things that come from an unexpected direction and hopefully elicit different responses. The first question I asked this man was, “What do you think when you see a short fat guy wearing one of your three thousand dollar suits? Or a skinny birdlike woman who’s just this side of anorexia in one of your chic gowns? Does that bother you? Let’s face it— at a fashion show, your clothes are shown on beautiful models with remarkable bodies, so of course everything looks great. But what happens when you see those same clothes worn by real people who are bald, have bad posture, etcetera?

He said I love to see the little fat man wearing a black and yellow striped sweater that I designed for a six foot tall adonis. You know why? Because when that little man tries on my sweater in the store and looks at himself in the mirror, if I have done my job successfully he does not see a little fat man. He really sees an adonis in yellow. That is why he pays a lot of money for my work. That is the magic of good design. No— that is the magic of all successful art: In one way or another, all real artists are able to turn the beast into beauty for a while.

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priceofliberty:

A new children’s show called “Burka Avenger” premieres in Pakistan next month. It features a female superhero in a fictional northern Pakistani town, and two regular villains meant to reflect the reality in Pakistan; a corrupt government official and an evil magician styled to look and feel like a Taliban commander. The show was created by Pakistani pop star Haroon Rashid.
From AP:

Our protagonist is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls’ school where she works.
Sadly, it’s a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.
The Taliban have blown up hundreds of schools and attacked activists in Pakistan’s northwest because they oppose girls’ education. The militants sparked worldwide condemnation last fall when they shot 15-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in an unsuccessful attempt to kill her.
Action in the “Burka Avenger” cartoon series, which is scheduled to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The bungling bad guys evoke more laughter than fear and are no match for the Burka Avenger, undoubtedly the first South Asian ninja who wields books and pens as weapons.

priceofliberty:

A new children’s show called “Burka Avenger” premieres in Pakistan next month. It features a female superhero in a fictional northern Pakistani town, and two regular villains meant to reflect the reality in Pakistan; a corrupt government official and an evil magician styled to look and feel like a Taliban commander. The show was created by Pakistani pop star Haroon Rashid.

From AP:

Our protagonist is a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut down the girls’ school where she works.

Sadly, it’s a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.

The Taliban have blown up hundreds of schools and attacked activists in Pakistan’s northwest because they oppose girls’ education. The militants sparked worldwide condemnation last fall when they shot 15-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in an unsuccessful attempt to kill her.

Action in the “Burka Avenger” cartoon series, which is scheduled to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The bungling bad guys evoke more laughter than fear and are no match for the Burka Avenger, undoubtedly the first South Asian ninja who wields books and pens as weapons.

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