R.I.P. To A Beautiful, Inspirational Man♥.
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party fought against the white supremacist South African state in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them
This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.
Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall. The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.
queer politics aren’t all hrc t-shirts and shiny lobbying. So many people have already forgotten this extremely recent history.
— José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising Utopia”
“I’ve written before about how the past year, which has seen the deaths of two queer men of color in my life, has had me on edge about the untimely death of members of my community; about the nagging and debilitatingly scary question: who’s next? With queer and trans folks of color facinginterpersonal and systemic violence in addition to the toll of the combined stressors of racism, homophobia, and gender policing and/or transphobia, it is sadly not an unreasonable question. I did not know José personally, but many members of my community did, and his untimely death picks at old wounds and has me mourning the brilliant minds we lose too soon.”
I only met him once, but his work introduced me to myself. I send my love and compassion to those who knew him well.
Your sexuality was not formed in a vacuum and your preferences are not above criticism for any reason and if you think you “just happen” to be attracted to thin cis white people lemme tell u that didn’t just appear out of nowhere
|—||J. Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure (via smallbodies)|
so perfectly put
I LOVE HER
This is incredibly profound.