do u think aggressive white athiests can ever understand that for many people of color not only our belief in a deity but also our organized religious spaces are essential sources of comfort and strength when facing the institutionalized and cultural racism thrown at us every day?
that abandoning our faith would mean assimilating into a culture that actively dehumanizes us?
spoiler alert: no
I realize now, having heard a version of this story, yet again, that as gut-wrenching as these stories are, among black girls they are not uncommon; they are not even remarkable. So many of the highly educated black women you see went to hell and back before reaching the age of 18. Education has become our drug of choice.
[…]For black girls, educational achievement is not always the best indicator of a stable, happy home life. For me, education offered a goal and reward structure that was predictable and that I could control, simply by doing what was asked of me. In the midst of so many things I could not control, school was attractive. I imagine that for many black girls the narrative is similar." — Brittney Cooper, "A black girl’s constant fear: Why I thought I’d never live to see 33" (via knowledgeequalsblackpower)
I have always wanted to see, or hear him speak with his real voice. It’s most definitely never going to come! Damn…
He did use it in public. It’s not THAT deep, we’re not talking Barry White here.
The mystery of MJ’s voice, lol. He was a genius on all fronts.