Important things from Igbohistory Instagram. European colonialism has, and still continues to dismantle the myriad of sophisticated social constructs upheld by so many African ethnicities, by presenting Africa as a unit by choosing to ignore the huge ocean of differences between ethnic groups, let alone countries.
"The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other."
Hatuey, immortalized in Cuba as “the first American slain in Baracoa” is celebrated as Cuba’s first national hero. Hatuey was a Taíno cacique (chief) born on Quisqueya/Ayiti (modern-day República Dominicana and Haiti).
Hatuey traveled to the island of Cuba during the early 1500s to share information on the atrocities committed by the Spanish against the indigenous inhabitants of Quisqueya. As Hatuey showed the people of Coabana (Cuba) the gold the Spanish lusted after, he referenced the paradoxical Catholic values the Europeans pushed along with the murders, rapes and pillaging they committed.
" …They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves …" - Hatuey addressing the Taíno of Coabana
Hatuey lead an armed resistance of Taínos against the invading Spanish and for a short time was able to keep los españoles confined to Baracoa (one of the eastern most regions of Cuba).
The cacique was eventually captured and while facing death refused to acquiesce to the God of the Spanish. When he asked about the afterlife of the Spaniards, Hatuey asserted that,
" …He did not want to go there but to hell so as not to be where they were and where he would not see such cruel people …”
On February 12, 1512, Hatuey was burned at the stake by the orders of Diego Velázquez.
Picture 1: The monument of Hatuey - Taino chief, Baracoa, Cuba by Michael Zalewski
Picture 2: Hatuey by Joe Navin
(Source: elbajarequecubano, via leadencirclesdissolve)
"do not pity the dead, harry. pity the living. and above all, pity those who have been watching How I Met Your Mother for nearly a decade and got a really really shitty excuse of a final episode"
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"Sometimes love means taking a step back. If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy, even if you wind up being left out."
this is so amazing song. magnificent voice.
on repeat all day.
my new favorite model at the moment : park sung jin or sung jin park to you non-korean folk. also happens to be korean (and tattooed. be still my heart). probably one of the hottest models right now and walked a slew of runways, in a bunch of magazines and just looking fly as hell doing his thang.
"White supremacy does not contradict American democracy—it birthed it, nurtured it, and financed it. That is our heritage. It was reinforced during 250 years of bondage. It was further reinforced during another century of Jim Crow. It was reinforced again when progressives erected an entire welfare state on the basis of black exclusion. It was reinforced again when the intellectual progeny of the same people who excluded black women from welfare turned around and inveighed against it through caricaturization of black women."