A Daughter's wish →
For those women
who stand at the edges of themselves
waiting to break free
or to be broken
for those who use their hands today
to keep their hearts alive tomorrow
for those building castles out of hope
surviving on just enough.
for those who never saw women
As I feel my spirit touch the sky…
I fly above it. Lebo Mashile is my hero.
The life of the Khoikhoi woman, Saartjie Sarah Baartman ended too soon due to white colonist who disrespectfully put her on sexual display and prostituted her. If that wasn’t bad enough, after her death, her skeleton and genitals were left on display in Paris until 1974! Demands for her remains to be returned to the Gamtoos Valley were ignored until 2002.
And here you see in 2012(yes…2012), the minister of culture of Sweden slicing up a baked depiction of Saartjie Baartman with the artist in blackface as the head. How far have we really come. This disrespect or lack of empathy for black people does not stop in america.
Is this how they honor a woman who’s life was taken from her? By making light of it? By eating a cake made to look like her body? I’m sick!
I have made the correction two people felt the need to point out. The head is NOT a white person, but the artist who is black. This information does nothing to change how disgusting and disrespectful this is. I can’t stand that this Uncle Tom would even think this up. Thanks for pointing it out so that I could make the proper corrections. I just hope that the two that pointed it out aren’t attempting to justify this by saying its okay for the artist to be in blackface because he hisself, is black.
My People have been oppressed for far too long.
"You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again."
Time. One of the greatest illusions ever created.
I’ve been thinking alot about my eternal moment of ‘being’ and what its amounted to at this point.
But that’s just the point. There should be no point. There should just be you fulfilling your heart’s desires, at your own pace and time.
Melancholy and being peaceful don’t necessarily go together… but you know what?
Peace isn’t the absence of Melancholy, Time or Anger.
Peace is believing that things are blessed and as they should be, regardless of Melancholy, Time or Anger.
|RAPP:||But have you experienced inequality firsthand yourself or have you just observed its impact on other people?
|Thomas Sankara:||No, I've experienced it personally. When I was little I went to primary school in Gaoua. The principal there was European and his children had a bicycle. The other children dreamed about this bicycle for months and months. We woke up thinking about it; we drew pictures of it; we tried to suppress the longing that kept welling up inside of us. We did just about everything to try to convince them to lend it to us. If the principle's children wanted sand to build sand castles, we brought them sand. If it was some other favor they wanted, we rushed to do it. And all that just in the hope of having a ride-going for a spin, as we say here. We were all the same age, but there was nothing to be done. One day, I realized all our efforts were in vain. I grabbed the bike and said to myself: "Too bad, I'm going to treat myself to this pleasure no matter what the consequences."
|RAPP:||And what were the consequences?
|Thomas Sankara:||They arrested my father and threw him in prison. I was expelled from school. My brothers and sisters did not dare go back. It was terrifying. How could this possibly fail to create profound feelings of injustice among children of the same age? They put my father in prison another time too, because one of my sisters had gathered some wild fruit by throwing stones up at it. Some of the stones fell on the roof of the principle's house. This disturbed his wife's nap. I understood that after a wonderful, refreshing meal, she wanted to rest, and it was irritating to be disturbed like this. But we wanted to eat. And they didn't stop at putting my father in prison. They issued a notice forbidding anyone to pick this fruit.
"The positions we take don’t always make people happy. But we face a dilemma. We either remain silent on positions we believe to be correct, consciously lying in order to enjoy the good graces of those who can help us, to please our delicate and powerful partners. Or we tell the truth in the firm conviction that we are helping our own people and others."
Taken from “Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987” (page 213).
"You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. Besides, it took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen."
Taken from “Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987” (page 232).
Portrait at Deo Gratias Photo studio. ( First photo studio in Jamestown,Accra Ghana opened in 1922)
I don’t ever want to be too old to watch Adventure Time. I additionally also always want to be able to wear Adventure Time t-shirts.
"I’m going to do my job and I believe that I was born not to die in a car wreck. I don’t believe I’m going to die slipping on a piece of ice. I don’t believe I was born to die because of a bad heart. I don’t believe I was born to die of lung cancer. I believe I’m going to be able to do what I came to do. I believe that I’m going to be able to die high off the people. I believe that I will be able to die as a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletariat struggle. And I hope that each one of you will be able to live in it. I think that struggles are going to come. Why don’t you live for the people? Why don’t you live for the struggle? Why don’t you die for the struggle?"
| Fred Hampton