I said some sacrilegious things today. I’m not really proud of it. I just feel stupid, making things that are important to me a joke for a few laughs.

When I was younger, I felt like no one listened to me. But now, just because people are listening to me doesn’t mean I should say everything I think or repeat everything others are saying.

I come here tonight and plead with you. Be proud of yourself and believe that you’re somebody. I said to a group last night, “Nobody else can do this for us.” No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian proclamation can do this for us; no Kennedysonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen and ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage; as somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of.

Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language.They made everything black, ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word “black.” It’s always something degrading and low and sinister. Look at the word, “white.” It’s always something pure, high. Well I want to get the language right tonight.

I want to get it so right that everybody here will cry out, “Yes I’m Black and I’m proud of it. I’m Black and beautiful.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. -Somebody Told a Lie

For years, mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.”… The truth is you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog”   (via worldispaintedblack)

THIS RIGHT HERE.

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PREACH. PREACH SO HARD. Other people can teach us howto be kind to ourselves because sometimes other people can see us better and less critically than ourselves.

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I want to upload photos from Anathoth Garden! I will have plenty of space to update when my internship ends in two weeks.

However, my internet access is scarce here in the country and I often don’t want to worry about updating or being on the internet at all. I often feel selfish for wanting to not be on here, knowing that I do have information to share with others and knowing, too, that people do want to hear from me.

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I have so many things to do as well as so many things I have been thinking about and reading and discussions I’ve been having. So… I don’t know much about Gaza or which source is the most reliable given that I have very little time and so many webpages to sort through.

What is a good resource to learn about the Gaza situation through?