“To the white, privileged, the well-intentioned liberals who have studied us, slept with us, and sympathized with our struggle, and to the with-it pop academics who lived in the hood or built houses in Haiti because you know us, love us, worked and fought on our behalf, know this: All that affords you no rights and no access to this. I deeply appreciate your sympathetic, possessive, or loving service, but you cannot have this. Nope, not this, not now, not ever.
You cannot have our cool-ass Black style.
You cannot determine its existence. You cannot define it. You cannot be the primary source of the validation of its creation, nor give the expert explanation to penetrate the collective cultural imagination. You can’t have credit for discovering its brilliance, because if you do, it ain’t cool no more, ya dig? White cold examination kills Black cool.”—Michaela angela Davis, “Resistance” (via sociolab)
At 10:39 p.m., the Israeli military announced it had begun a ground operation of the Gaza Strip, saying it’s goal was to “establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security without continuous indiscriminate terror.”
The military added it would target tunnels that can infiltrate its territory after cease-fire talks failed to de-escalate the air war that has raged for 10 days.