You'll Never Know

If you have to ask...

"I am a transient, and not altogether unhappy, citizen of a metropolis considered modern, given every concievable standard of taste has been avoided, in both interior decoration and exterior architecture, and even in the plan of the city itself. You'd be hard-pressed to find the barest trace of a monument to superstition here. Morality and language have finally been refined to their purest forms! These millions of people who have no need to know one another conduct their educations, professions, and retirements with such similarity as to suppose the length of their lives must be several times shorter than statistics would indicate for continentals. Moreover, from my window, I see new ghosts rolling through unwaveringly thick coal-smoke--our dark woods, our summer night!--a new batch of Furies approaching a cottage that is both my country and my fullest heart, as everything resembles it here. Death without tears, a diligent servant girl, a desperate Love, and a perfect Crime, whimpering in the muddy street."

There is nothing more heartrending than sitting with someone who has actually heard exslaves speak about their lives. Just being near such a person…its insane. My aunt is 92. Her grandmother was a slave. And it kills me that when she was raising her kids no one wanted to hear her grandmothers stories. Her grandmother sat all of her kids and grandkids down and told them first hand what slavery was like. Who her parents were, what they were like. What the work was like. And my aunt tried to pass it on but no one cared to listen. Now theres a lot she cant remember and its just….gone. it drives me crazy. And yet its like…holy fuck. When i hug her, my aunt, i know that she hugged my great great grand….was probably brought into the world by her…and im thisclose to the last enslaved ancestor we know of. The earliest ancestor we can find. I just…cant explain how amazing that is.

This hurts me more than it hurts you!

Said by an African American parent to a child when getting a whopping. African American Proverb:Black Parent Edition (via blackproverbs)
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i dont want the d. i want the a. i want to pass this class

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