this is my brother from another (forREAL). spent my morning reading another article about more school closure’s and homicides in our cities. and while it’s graduation season, I can’t help but sit with the thickness of our contradictions as a society. education is increasingly becoming a privilege and the consequence of this is heavy and nearly unbearable. I want to celebrate my student’s who are receiving free rides to brown university but I also want to be real about how opportunities for some foreclose opportunities for others. brandon speaks to these anxieties in this poem and it’s important for all of us to listen.
“they invest more when you fail / so they won’t send you to study hall, they rather send you to jail / fire our teachers and replace them with correctional officers / turn our public schools into play penitentiaries / prepare a third of our entire generation to be incarcerated / and tell you there is no such thing as segregation / but young man, believe me when i say you will always be brown, versus the board of education”
DOPE DOPE DOPE all around DOPE
a great reminder that education is a privilege and debunks the idea that you get what you work for. Thanks for this art to the artist and thanks for sharing this so I could watch it.
I’ve uploaded this article as a test to see how posting PDFs to this blog might work, but why don’t you check it out?
It’s a classic marxist feminist piece by Angela Davis about the figure of the “black matriarch,” and the origin of this role in the era of slavery in the US.
While Davis rejects the thesis that enslaved women did or could function as matriarchs in a system where slaveowners ruthlessly disrupted and destabilized families, she offers a counternarrative about the role of black women in enslaved communities.