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And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

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— Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)

get to know me meme: [1/5] protagonists  Edward Elric

"Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You’ve got two good legs. So get up and use them. You’re strong enough to make your own path."

yougreaserfuck:

there is now a tinder knock off that instead of matching you with sleazy weird dudes it matches you with dogs looking for a new home
www.barkbuddy.com

go nuts tumblr

[briefly goes on craigslist and fantasizes about moving out of my house]

I keep seeing these videos with people in bathing suits and t-shirts, tank tops. For me personally, when I bring awarerness to a charity, I prefer a more formal setting, so excuse me…

Andy Samberg and Lena Headey present the award for outstanding miniseries on stage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Artist:Unknown Andrew Bird
Title: UnknownLusitania
Album: UnknownBreak It Yourself
Plays: 1,423

ilanawexler:

Broad City filming season 2. More images at Bedford + Bowery.

sxnsa:

*awkwardly tries to be fandom and aesthetic at the same time*

okaywork:

[clicks on a person’s url to see how they’re doing after being dragged on their own post]

Times Square, New York, 1964

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