Dr. Selfa Chew (via jahalath)
Just a quick reminder that you don’t have to go very far to see that violence. Just last year, the border town of Ciudad Juarez and the murder spree that has taken an estimated almost 400 women (a number that is insanely conservative and doesn’t even count the bodies that are yet to be found) since the early 90’s, hit another peak. These women worked at U.S. owned and operated sweatshops. They died for cents.
You don’t even have to leave the States. People from my hometown have gone missing. They’ve found bodies of people killed by cartels in American canals. The Zetas are recruiting kids to smuggle drugs in, we’ve had commissioners arrested for taking bribes, local stores raided for smuggling guns into Mexico… it goes on and on. You can always spot the narcos because of the cars they drive and the style of their houses. They live in the U.S. too. This is not something remote at all, and there is nothing more infuriating to hear people from the U.S. who are removed from this react with some blithe comment about legalization, probably because that’s the only facet of this monstrously complex disease that would benefit them and not force them to analyze their own complicity. They can blame the vague entity that is anti-drug legislation and not spend another second ruminating on it, because why care about a dead Mexican if you can’t use their death as rhetorical ammunition?
Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …
After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …
At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.
-Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal
keeping it real(via coraxon)
Don’t be so vain to think that you ruined me,
that you wrecked me,
I am the only one who has the power to do that.
I loved you, and I ruined myself,
I wrecked myself,
I destroyed myself.
And I will keep doing so for as long as I am breathing."
I don’t. there. no more. I ain’t going back sun; esta flor merece mejor, esta flor conoce mejor.
I’m the most desmadrosx put together mother fucking sad ass that I know;