For many Muslim Americans, 9/11 was a double punch of tragedy and bigotry

The actions of 19 Islamic extremists on 9/11 left an indelible mark on America. Today, millions pause to commemorate the attacks’ 13th anniversary, to honor the victims and to remember that all life is special and sacred. But there’s an untold story amid the many speeches and moments of silence — one filled with a different kind of pain, grief and strong sense of loss. 

Those stories are now being told on social media

don’t forget sikhs, they get lumped in as well

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The verb, “éclairer” in french means “to enlighten,” so does this mean that I should feel “enlightened” when I eat an éclair? 

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#an éclair sounds good right now #pertinent questions #personal
‘Politicians in My Eyes’ by Death is my new jam.

‘Politicians in My Eyes’ by Death is my new jam.

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Why the All-Ivy League Story Stirs Up Tensions Between African Immigrants and Black Americans 


The story of the first-generation Ghanian-American student accepted by all eight Ivy league schools is wonderful, but it also stirs up the tension between black Americans and recent African immigrants — especially when you describe him as “not a typical African-American kid.” That’s been the reaction to USA Today's profile on Kwasi Enin, a Long Island high schooler who got into the nation’s most competitive schools through hard work and, according to IvyWise CEO Katherine Cohen, being African (and being male). At one point the piece reads:

Being a first-generation American from Ghana also helps him stand out, Cohen says. “He’s not a typical African-American kid.”

"Not a typical African-American kid" is being read as an allusion to the lazy black American stereotype. The tension comes from the fact that some African immigrants buy into that stereotype, which gets turned into “Africans don’t like black people.” This has almost nothing to do with Enin, who is obviously a remarkable young man, and everything to do with how America perceives and portrays black Americans and African immigrants.

In January, Luvvie Ajayi, a Nigerian-born immigrant, tried to explain “akata,” a word some Nigerians use to refer to black Americans that translates into wild animal. (Note: A lot of Nigerians use akata to mean “ghetto” as well. My mom once told me I was dressed like an akata girl because I wanted to wear sweatpants in public.) She argued in a series of tweets, collected by Clutch, that the reason some Africans believe black Americans should be doing better is because they don’t know about the history of black Americans but see their own success as a reason blacks should excel as well. Africans who come to the U.S. are statistically more successful than African Americans and they think ‘if I could do it, why not them?’” she wrote

American society holds that same view as well. A 2007 study covered by the Washington Post found that a quarter of black students admitted to elite colleges were African immigrants, though they only represented 13 percent of America’s college-age black population. The study’s authors several theories on why black immigrants do better, including “to white observers black immigrants seem more polite, less hostile, more solicitous and ‘easier to get along with.’ Native blacks are perceived in precisely the opposite fashion.”

Lani Guinier, a Harvard professor, argued instead that schools were attempting to “resolve historic wrongs against native black Americans by enrolling immigrants who look like them” but had different experiences. "In part, it has to do with coming from a country … where blacks were in the majority and did not experience the stigma that black children did in the United States," Guinier said. Either explanation creates a divide — as if Africans can only succeed at the expense of black Americans, or vice versa.

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This woman deserves a round of applause and a throne of gold. This is the most realistic & amazing thing for someone to say for this generation of students. I wasn’t able to go to college this year because my parents can’t afford to send me and I had every scholarship, grant, loan known to man and it still wouldn’t work. Finally someone gets it!





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"Language is power. When you turn “torture” into “enhanced interrogation,” or murdered children into “collateral damage,” you break the power of language to convey meaning, to make us see, feel, and care.

      — Rebecca Solnit, Our Words Are Our Weapons (via vulturechow)

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I’m starting to discover a Buddhist way of life. I want to live with limited material possessions, I want to have a clear mind and head, I want to treat my body with the respect it deserves. I want to meditate, observe nature, relish in it. I want to discover the wisdom within me. I want to stop being so miserable and realize the world has so many petals like a flower waiting for me to discover. I want to live in every moment, grasp it in my mind, paint it vividly, capture it like a polaroid. 

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#personal #friday thoughts #using tumblr as a personal diary

Missed Connections 

Do you ever wonder how many missed connections happen daily? Like when a stranger gives you a very sweet friendly smile and it kind of makes your day? It’s that kind of smile that makes you feel acknowledged because they don’t even know you, but you can tell they are a bit curious about you. If you were in the same room you would probably talk to each other because your body language is inviting. Then there’s the kind of smile where it’s friendly, but most likely given because it’s a habit out of politeness. The “lets not make this staring awkward so lets smile to each other” kind of smile. We humans are such inquisitive creatures and the way we communicate whether verbally or non-verbally will never cease to amaze me. 

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#i'm just dumb and observe too much ok #personal



circumhorizontal arcs photographed by (click pic) david england, andy cripe, del zane, todd sackmann and brandon rios. this atmospheric phenomenon, otherwise known as a fire rainbow, is created when light from a sun that is at least 58 degrees above the horizon passes through the hexagonal ice crystals that form cirrus clouds which, because of quick cloud formation, have become horizontally aligned. (see also: previous cloud posts)

flying unicorn farts

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"I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.

      — Robin Williams (via the-sweet-isnt-as-sweet)

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#Quote #Truth