Tonight/this morning, my two 70+ pound basset hounds decided the most comfy place to sleep was across my chest and legs. While they were snoring contentedly, I was far from comfortable or content; result = a Saturday HNV. This is a just a random collection of quotes and images that have been on my mind lately; add your own thoughts, images, tweets, and wisdom for the ages.
It’s becoming clear that the actions of ICE and CBP agents are a feature, not a bug, of their employment. When the crackdowns at airports first started, I wanted to believe that some of the agents were merely taking matters into their own, bigoted hands. However, I now believe that the culture of the agencies attracts and encourages such behavior, and so I include a prescient quote from Justice John Marshall Harlan, from his 1896 dissent to the Plessy v Ferguson decision:
Sixty millions of whites are in no danger from the presence here of 8 million blacks. The destinies of the two races in this country are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law. What can more certainly arouse race hate, what more certainly create and perpetuate a feeling of distrust between these races than state enactments, which, in fact, proceed on the ground that colored citizens are so inferior and degraded that they cannot be allowed to sit in public coaches occupied by white citizens? That, as all will admit, is the real meaning of such legislation as was enacted in Louisiana.
I’ve also been reading Dr. William Barber’s new book, The Third Reconstruction. He writes:
…my first fight…was forcing me to develop a new imagination for social engagement that was built upon a fundamental commitment to the necessity of moral dissent. …In a movement based upon moral dissent, defeat does not cause us to doubt our purpose or question the ends toward which we strive. We do not belong to those who shrink back, for we know the tragic truth of history. When oppressed people shrink back, they always be forgotten and destroyed. Faith-rooted moral dissent requires that we always look forward toward the vision of what we know we were made to be.
In that vein, I’m including this tweet from a high school friend of my daughter:
— Jermaine Dickerson (@jermainedesign) February 17, 2017
(Transcript of video: Hey, y’all, it’s Jermaine! …Hey guys, so this morning I woke with a heavy heart, because of my current situation. And when I say current situation, I mean I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator; I’m self-employed and I’m working on a lot of big projects. And you know, I’m tired. I’m so, so tired. And I want to give up; I want to stop so bad. So the words that I’m saying to you right now, I’m saying for me too, because I need those words too. But I believe, I firmly believe in uplifting one another and exchanging positive messages, so that we can come together collectively and make the world a better place. So my message to you, my friend, is to not give up. Don’t give up. Realize the desire, the emotion of wanting to give up, to stop, is natural. And don’t suppress it. In fact, take it in your hand, mold it into something else; something powerful. So take that negative energy and mold it. Transform it into light. And use that light to put it inside you, and use it to empower you; to help you move forward. Even if you have to…sort of drag yourself to your destination. Knowing that you are infinitely valuable; that your dreams are just as valuable too. Knowing that the bigger your dreams, the harder you have to work; because you are infinitely valuable, you are worth every single tear you shed, every single sacrifice you make, and so are your dreams. So don’t stop dreaming. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Whatever it is you’re going through, I promise you, you’ll get through this. You will. Don’t give up on your dream. Live completely. Live to the fullest extent of your being every single day. Don’t give up. You got this.)