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If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.

If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.

If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.

To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.

And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”

College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.

The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else.

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"Black Tokenism & The PWI Experience" @ One Black Girl. Many Words. (via daniellemertina)

(PWIs are Predominantly White Institutions)

- Mod D.

becausebirds:

Blue Jay in flight. Amazing!

becausebirds:

Blue Jay in flight. Amazing!

(Source: iwishicouldfly.smugmug.com)

prazethetrinity:

Hannah speaking the truth 

elfsmirk:

gwydtheunusual:

miritamoku:

cactus-princess:

too—weird-to-live:

exploringplaces:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

Wauwwww

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree


nature posts here ✿

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.Frankentrees.

You know it’s an intense project when step 3 is “wait a few years”

elfsmirk:

gwydtheunusual:

miritamoku:

cactus-princess:

too—weird-to-live:

exploringplaces:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

Wauwwww

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

nature posts here ✿

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.

Frankentrees.

You know it’s an intense project when step 3 is “wait a few years”

malifoy:



Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.

malifoy:

Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.

(Source: barathyon)

greywolfheir:

geargie:

my favorite part of Good Omens

#they even finish eachother’s sentences the little shits

greywolfheir:

geargie:

my favorite part of Good Omens

#they even finish eachother’s sentences the little shits

(Source: mickeyandcompany)

foodffs:

Jack Daniel’s Apple Sundae
Really nice recipes. Every hour.

foodffs:

Jack Daniel’s Apple Sundae

Really nice recipes. Every hour.

kellyfromthecity:

goodbyemisery:

i went into a whole foods and got to hear a woman arguing with a guy at the meat counter because she wanted grass fed organic chicken and he was desperately trying to explain to her that chickens don’t eat grass

looooooooooooooooord

z0mbiraptor:

I had a dream that my friends and I were sharing ideas of how we thought our favorite starters would look like. I was drawing them and they all liked it. I had to draw them and make it look exactly like in my dream. Anyway, this is how I see them in my own way. Their names are based off nicknames we gave them.