When I was just starting high school, a girl who rode my bus invited me to stay the night at her house and when I did she got really emotional and told me no girls ever stayed over because she was a lesbian and if you don’t think that’s the saddest thing ever you need to re-evaluate your life
I guess you could say that this ship has… a skeleton crew.
You know, on the note of getting over slavery, no one wants to get over the slavery more desperately than Black people do. I always say, well, you know, if reconstruction had actually made good its promises, we wouldn’t actually be talking about slavery today. So I think that part of the reason we continue to talk about slavery is because of, you know, racism, of the kind of structural effect, the inequality, so that slavery again is linked to our ideal of what freedom should be.
There’s a great essay about how do we define slavery. Is slavery only property in human beings or is slavery about equality of wealth, wealth being true belonging in a society? So depending on how we understand what it means to be a slave will give us some indication of whether slavery’s legacy has really been abolished or if we’re living with this aftermath."