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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
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Great piece, and of course it’s terrible to take parts of a long piece out of context, but I found the last excerpt especially striking and well written

I realize how futile it is to try and write about the War on Drugs and its current effect. This War on Drugs that is not just a US phenomenon but something that has spread and multiplied in every nation. I can only offer snapshots. A few flashes here and there; a couple of examples; some portraits and situations. No matter how much I write, I won’t be able to completely capture the perversity of a system that has permeated the entire world.

I could tell you of the rural communities in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia devastated with mass fumigations against coca crops. These leaves which were sacred for the Aboriginal inhabitants of the Andean region, to be used as medicine and in ritual offerings.

I could tell you of the Indigenous Colombian healer, Juan Agreda Chindoy, recognized by the Ministry of Health in his home country as a practitioner of sacred medicine traditions, currently jailed in the US, imprisoned while visiting to hold ceremonies for his country people.

I could also point out that 50% of foreign females in UK jails are drug mules from Jamaica and that, around 18% of the UK’s female jail population are foreigners, 60% of which are serving sentences for drug related offenses –most of them drug mules. Women, transporting the forbidden substances, driven by poverty and already vulnerable by virtue of their gender.

Or, in the US, I could point to the decimation of Black and Latin@ minorities, jailed for drug offenses and the inherent racial inequality in the American criminal justice system.

I could also highlight the lack of access to health care and people’s self medication with marijuana to deal with mental health issues and pain. These people knowingly breaking laws because their basic healthcare needs are not met.

I could also link the Patents held by multinational pharmaceutical companies on plant compounds only found in the Amazon while the sacred medicines of the Indigenous peoples that have used them for millennia are systematically banned and outlawed.

And yet, I wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface. No matter which new consequence or legal implication I unearth, it will never be enough to cover the entire dimension of the many troubles created by this War on Drugs. A war that enforces dominant cultures by suppressing the sacred feminine, a war that promotes fear of altered states of consciousness because they are “unproductive” and because they can lead individuals to withdraw from participation in our current means of production. This War on Drugs that makes no distinction between addictive and non addictive substances and that refuses to acknowledge studies that question many of the current paradigms. This War on Drugs that only benefits the creation of international structures of power and the oppression of communities and minorities while it offers little or no options for addicts to recover and reinsert themselves in society. A War on Drugs that seems more keen on punishing the vulnerable than in eradicating real dangers. No matter how many examples I draw, how many words I lay down here, I will still be unable to get to the real and dramatic extent of this problem. The best I can do is offer these threads, hoping that what is beneath them becomes clear. Because at the end of it, I will only be looking at the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg itself, call it patriarchy, call it kyriarchy (or more accurately, both) is what lies beneath. And that, I am afraid, would be too long for a simple post.

Wow! You’re so articulate!!

White co-workers at a high-profile US government agency where I intern. They never say this to White interns. Before I did an interview for Newsweek, I was briefed and at the end, the examiner said, “I was worried you would sound ghetto, but now I know you can communicate, so I have nothing to worry about.” I am 22 in Washington, DC. I was angry beyond words. It makes me sick that people still doubt my communication skills simply because I am Black. (via microaggressions)

I get that a lot. “You’re so well-spoken.”

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this was me from kindergarten to high school. story of my childhood, probably still is still the story of my life! 

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I will never understand how people can be so ignorant and careless to let shit like this come out of their mouths.

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This has happened in EVERY job I have EVER held. There is not a single job, to date, in which a white boss has NOT said this to me.

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No one’s ever said this to me… [to my face]. I actually remember in Middle School a teacher telling me that I need to watch the news and learn how to talk whiter…

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“You’re so pretty! What are you mixed with?”

The question I, a 19 year old black female (in NY of all places), always get when someone finds me attractive. As If I HAVE to be mixed because black can’t possibly be attractive all on it’s own.

I swear, this reminds me of my early life. Especially up until I was about 24 or so.

GPOY all the time. Next comes the “You’re sooo exotic you can’t be part black”… Snitch, I am, get over it.

also, babies cannot be cute if they dont take after some kinda non-black ancestry, either. true story.

this is way more common than people realize… women of color don’t just make this stuff up when we talk about racism in beauty standards and how this affects ones sense of self…

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