""All my black friends have a bunch of white friends. And all my white friends have one black friend." - Chris Rock"
Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends - The Washington Post (via brooklynmutt)
Fun fact: A long time ago, there was this viral site called “Black People Love Us!" that mocked the concept of the "black friend." You know who made that site? BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti (along with his sister, who is now a famous comedian). It was one his first experiments in contagious media. It worked.
"Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence."
— A Poem of Difficult Hope by Wendell Berry
"There is always a saturation point with protest and compassionate response, and this is what the militarized response in Ferguson is banking on—that they can wear out the protest and more strategically, wear out our attention. It’s not that people get bored and move on, it’s that they know we’ll get compassion fatigue and our brains will invoke the Silencing Response, where we want to turn away from things we feel ill-equipped to fix. We have a lot to do now that a compassionate response to injustice has been prompted, and most importantly that includes not shutting down. not turning away because we don’t know what to do. I’m bearing down on bearing witness."
— Deb Rox (via polkadotsandplatypi)