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To my brothers and sisters


For centuries

They hated us

For the color of our skin

For the way we dress

For the way we live

For our complexions.


For centuries,

They made us hate ourselves

For our hair

For our bodies

For our energy

For our culture

For our differences

For our strength


And the this day,

Black people tried to forgive,

to heal,

to trust. ‬

‪And with open arms,

They welcomed the same race that killed, enslaved, and tortured their ancestors.


But to this this day,

They hate us

For carrying our ancestors with us

For being free

For wanting to be treated as equal

For fighting


They hate us

For still standing tall‬,

Even they kill our brothers and sisters right in front of us. ‬

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I just the video and what the actual fuck ? I dont know what I fucking thought that they did it by accident or some stupid shit that they tear gas or miscalculated or something and he died but no. George Floyd was begging, BEGGING, the stupid son of a bitch pressing his neck FOR 6 MINUTES. 6 MINUTES OF HIM TELLING THEM THAT HE COULDN’T BREATHE, SAYING PLEASE PLEASE AND THEY FUCKING DID NOTHING. THAT FUCKER KEPT PRESSING ON HIS NECK FOR 6 MINUTES, EVEN WHEN HE STOPPED RESPONDING AND THE FUCKING PEOPLE POINTED IT OUT. HE STILL DIDN’T MOVE. HOW HEARTLESS YOU GOTTA BE FOR THAT, WHAT WAS THE FUCKING POINT.


AND LIKE THE FUNNIEST THING IS JOHN BOYEGA WRITING FUCK RACISM ON TWITTER AND EVERYONE BEING LIKE NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. HE DIDNT EVEN MENTION WHITE PROPLE. SO FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU CAUSE IF YOU’RE STANDING BY AND HAVE THE TIME TO SCREAM AT HIM FOR HIS TWEET YOU HAVE THE TIME TO SIGN PETITIONS, DONATE, STAND UP FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND IF YOU’RE DOING NOTHING WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE FUCKING PROBLEM.

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Black Curse Part 3

Deuteronomy 28:54,56

[54]The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,

[56]The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,

Deuteronomy 28:58-60

[58]“If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE Lord YOUR GOD,

[59]then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses.

[60]Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.


Deuteronomy 28:58,64-66

[58]“If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE Lord YOUR GOD,

[64]“Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone.

[65]And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul.

[66]Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.

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Black Curse Part 2

Deuteronomy 28:32-34

[32]Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand.

[33]A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.

[34]So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see.


Deuteronomy 28:41,44-45

[41]You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.

[44]He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

[45]“Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.


Deuteronomy 28:48

[48]therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.

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the thing that upsets me the most about all of this police brutality and racism is that black people were NEVER the violent ones.

unfortunately the truth isn’t taught to us, but black people were never the ones to be feared.

BLACK PEOPLE WERE THE ONES THAT WERE ENSLAVED AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OPPRESSORS BEING SCARED OF THEM.

The oppressors did not want blacks to succeed, they knew what black people were capable of, success wise.

so to keep seeing police kill black people as if black people are so threatening is BEYOND ME.

the oppressor is the one to be feared. they kill blacks just for being black. like come on now.

its 2020. 

wake the fuck up!

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#AFRICADAY

Let’s count the years twist & logged

In the darkness of religion and ignorance

the genesis to the shades of oppression.

We bow our head in agitation for freedom

liquify the land with blood and toils,

The activism blew up in blue, and rained glory.

All images shot on iPhone 6

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Boy does it get me every time how white people think they share the burden of racism the way POC do. That, somehow, the position of white people in the perspective of racism is equal to the position that POC have in that sector of bigotry.

Like, I don’t know what part of history was lost on them, but America literally had a slave based economy. It was, very literally built on black slaves. And we’re just talking about Black people. Not even what happened to the First Nations people, Latinx and Chicanx, Japanese, Chinese and that’s off the top of my head. Now, not to say other cultures didn’t have slavery because of course they did, but with most other places, it just kind of happened. It was a consequence of war or being captured. It wasn’t, in job and economy, the scale of American chattel slavery. And, in other cultures, being a slave wasn’t usually dependent on your actual race or skin color. It just happened based on the circumstance.

Slavery in America was very systematic and inhumane even by the standards of other forms of slavery around the world.

Like… please. There’s a literal history where racism benefited white people in America. Is it more complicated than that? Yes. Does it make it any less true? No.

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Not entirely true: 

Slavery was a part of the culture of the Greeks and Romans as well as the Maya and Aztecs. Slavery had been going on in Arabia—culled from both inside and outside the Arabic world—since pre-Islamic times. Slavery was not uncommon throughout the early medieval world. Slaves were often the booty taken in war and conquest.

Aristotle spoke eloquently of slavery. He said humanity could be divided into two groups: slaves and non-slaves. Of course, he was in the non-slave category.

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A runaway Whumpee shows up on a stranger Caretaker’s doorstep, wounded and scared. Caretaker gives no second thought to taking the Whumpee in, tending to their wounds, and making sure they’re well-fed and warm. Whumpee couldn’t be more grateful for everything they’ve done.

A few weeks go by and more strangers show up at Caretaker’s door. They’re big, armed, and demanding that Whumpee be handed over into their custody as an escaped criminal. But something just seems off about all of this, and Whumpee is peaking out from the other room with frightened eyes. What does Caretaker do?

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Title: Hoarfrost Hel: Revolted 
Author: @wickednerdery
Fandom: Marvel
Pairing/character: Loki, Býleistr, Helblindi, OCs
Rating: Explicit
Summary: Ah, but I am a king.
Notes: This is the second part of what’s shaping up to be a legit trilogy (the first is FrostBitten) - the master list is here. The story on whole is gonna be very dark, this piece - which picks up right after Loki’s last one - has non-con/rape, violence, humiliation, and murder. For that, consistency, and length, it gets a “Read More”.

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R. H. Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
Granted, I should love my neighbor as myself, the questions which, under modern conditions of large-scale organization, remain for solution are, “Who precisely is my neighbor?” and “How exactly am I to make my love for them effective in practice?”… It had insisted that all men were brethren. But it did not occur to it to point out that, as a result of the new economic imperialism, which was begging to develop in the 17th century, the brethren of the English merchant were the Africans whom he kidnapped for slavery in America, or the American Indians from whom he stripped of their lands, or the Indian craftsmen whom he bought muslin’s and silks at starvation prices. Religion had not yet learned to console itself for the practical difficulty of applying its moral principles by clasping the comfortable formula that for the transaction of economic life no moral principles exist.
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The Apostle Paul and Slavery:

How the Epistle to Philemon is Liberationist


Out of all the books within the entire biblical corpus, Philemon tends to make me the most uncomfortable. Even Joshua, full of genocide and gore, pales in comparison to the level of discomfort I have when reading the third shortest book within the Bible. Upon the surface, the epistle to Philemon has Paul, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle to the Gentiles (and therefore my apostle), commanding the slave Onesimus to return to his master Philemon. The American Church has used this shallow reading of the text to justify her complacency in the sin of racism and, in the American South, her direct support of the inhumane practice. What’s more, the shallow reading of the text is a valid reading. Unlike Joshua, which can be whisked away by being contextualized to the Babylonian Captivity, Philemon is firmly locked within the First Century and has a confirmed author and a confirmed audience.

Not content with the reading presented above, I chose Philemon as my exegetical text in order to liberate the epistle from the colonial eisegesis so that the epistle can speak freely from its context to ours. The findings were quite shocking; Philemon is not a text about bondage, but freedom, and Paul is subtly urging Philemon to release Onesimus from the yoke of slavery.

Before the pericope above is addressed, the context of the entire epistle is needed else the exegete risks divorcing the pericope from its historical context.

The epistle to Philemon was written after Paul was placed under house arrest in the city of Rome (Metzger et al, 1453). This information can be gathered from verse ten of the epistle: “I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains”. Since Paul is writing to Philemon after Onesimus was converted, and Onesimus was converted while Paul was imprisoned, it can be deducted that the letter was probably written between 61-63 CE (Metzger et al, 1453).

Philemon is the sister epistle to Colossians, as both epistles were sent to the faithful in Colossae. In fact, within the epistle to the Colossians, one can find a reference to our enslaved protagonist. “[Tychius] is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here,” Paul writes (Colossians 4:9). In fact, the epistle to the Colossians could have also been intended for Philemon. Within the epistle to Philemon, Paul highlights that Philemon had a congregation that met regularly in his house. It is an important enough detail that Paul included it as part of the epistolary opening. “And to the church that meets in your home” is the last addressee (Philemon 2).

If that is true, then it could be concluded that Philemon is a leader within the early Church. As a house owner, he was more than likely a wealthy First Century man. And, as a wealthy person, Philemon was more than likely able to afford education, thereby making him literate. He probably the capacity to read and could expound on the Scriptures proclaimed. In addition, Church tradition makes Philemon a bishop of Gaza; Dorotheus of Tyre lists Philemon in his list of seventy apostles (www.orthodox.net).

In addition to owning his own house, Philemon was a slave master. This information can obviously be gleamed just by skimming the epistle that bears his name. His position as slave master is key to understanding the liberative nature of the epistle to Philemon because it places Christian social ethics on the line. Philemon has been wronged by Onesimus, as it was illegal for slaves to run away from their masters in the First Century and, if caught, the slave could be severely punished (Newsom et al, 362). How are Christians to respond to being wronged personally and being embarrassed socially?

Notice how Paul refers to Onesimus by a term of affection. Our runaway protagonist is called “my child” by the Apostle. Onesimus is called useful and the very heart of Paul. Paul is lifting Onesimus out of the categories of property and into a category of familial love. Onesimus is to be returned to Philemon, not as a slave; nay, something much more than a slave. Onesimus is to be viewed as a loving brother.

By making this categorical shift, Paul is placing Onesimus under the ethical protection of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. Expounding on the Sixth Commandment, Jesus is recorded as saying, “But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny” (Matthew 5:2-26, New Revised Standard Version). In a subtle way, Paul is placing boundaries around how Philemon can react and still be called a follower of the Way.

Paul was not trying to completely uproot slavery from society (Levine et al, 457). However, it could be argued that Paul expected Philemon to release Onesimus. Paul does hint that Philemon will go above and beyond what was expected of him; namely, that Paul knows Philemon will release Onesimus from the yoke of slavery because Paul “called Philemon out”, so to speak. Paul called into question Philemon’s character and reputation by saying he knows Philemon will go above and beyond what was “suggested” (more like rebuked) in his epistle.

This is furthered by Paul saying that any wrongdoing done by Onesimus was placed on Paul’s account. Paul was Philemon’s superior; it was Paul that brought Philemon to the Way, and, more than likely, it was Paul that ordered Philemon as a presbyter, or elder. It would be foolish to think that Philemon would try to do anything after Paul linked himself to Onesimus since Onesimus now has apostolic protection. Onesimus was untouchable; Philemon had no choice but to forgive his slave and set him free.

This is why this epistle is so important. This is why the early Church preserved this epistle and placed it within the cannon of the New Testament. Through our justification, through the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus, we are to grow in our sanctification. We are to bear fruit worthy of the Lord. And what does this fruit look like? It looks like defending those that cannot defend themselves. It looks like defying social norms. It looks like calling out oppression and sin. It looks like taking care of the least of these.

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