“You have nothing to feel ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it.”—Writer-director Tyler Perry • In an open letter, published by The Daily Beast, to an 11-year-old alleged victim in the Jerry Sandusky case. “Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down?” he writes. “All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods. All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.” You rock, Tyler. (via shortformblog)
“At the moment, lawyers at Facebook and Google and Microsoft have more power over the future of privacy and free expression than any king or president or Supreme Court justice. And we can’t rely simply on judges enforcing the existing Constitution to protect the values that the Framers took for granted.”—On today’s Fresh Air, legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen talks about technologies that are challenging our notions of things like personal vs. private space, freedom of speech and our own individual autonomy. (via nprfreshair)
“I don’t know why we even say education REFORM. The word reform suggests that we only need to patch a few holes in the system. But, no the entire system is messed up. I don’t understand why people want to reform a system created to destroy people of color and perpetuate privilege and advantages for majority students. Rather than reform we need a REVOLUTION. Shut the schools down and recreate and redefine how we want them to function and serve communities.”—My Cornell Professor, Travis Gosa, in class today! Last day of my education class and he started preaching! (via theangryblackwoman)
That awkward moment when someone tells you your former friend has broken up with her boyfriend, as if you care or it’s a surprise. People who don’t know how to be a friend won’t be able to maintain a relationship.
“I want everyone to like me, though I don’t like everyone, and am in fact not fond of most people. I want everyone I care about to be happy all of the time. I want the people I love to never be upset with me. I want to be thinner, and I want to not care about being thinner. I want to stop using the words “bad” and “good” and “should” and “can’t.” I want to spend less time feeling bad. I want to be able to sit with emotional discomfort. I want to be grateful. I want to let this be enough. I want absolution of sins to feel real. I want someone to be on call for me whenever I am upset, which is a lot of the time. I want to grow up. I want to feel less fragile. I want to write my second novel about marriage. I want to be a real girl.”—Esmé Weijun Wang
“Human kindness is totally unfair. We don’t live in a caring or generous world, yet we try to be kind and caring to others. We know the world is out to burn us, and it gets us in anyway it can. I’m not a fool. But still, we try not to burn each other. We are kind people in an unkind world.
How do you pretend you don’t know about something, after you see it?
How do you act like you don’t need something, when you are hurting?
How do you even the score and walk off a with a clean conscience?
You can’t! Our only real choice is kindness.”—José N. Harris (via cassket)