Dress up as an everyday hero: a firefighter, a teacher, a poet, an artist, as someone that you’d want to be when you grow up (even if you’re already technically “grown up”).
Remember, cultures are not costumes.
The way a person looks is not something to be stylistically reduced to nothing more than a false paradigm used as an excuse to further erase a person’s culture.
Remember, when these cultures’ complexity and importance are diminished and caricatured and erased, they become stereotypes become stigmas become racism become hate and violence and fear.
When a person with cultural, economic, and social privilege looks at these harmful, hurtful stereotypes, there’s a tendency to forget that there’s a history that isn’t just the appropriation of a people’s culture and customs; there’s a tendency—programmed and taught to us through textbooks and TV and families who think they’re Doing The Right Thing—to forget that there’s also a history of horror and violence and atrocities.
We forget that America isn’t really a dream. More often than not—even in 2013—America is a nightmare.Trie | Op-Ed: Cultural Appropriation and Halloween Costumes (via reverseracism)
Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful.Richelle E. Goodrich (via hawkblocked)
I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall (via kharon)
The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.Vasudev (via thatkindofwoman)
I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.Amy Poehler (via thatkindofwoman)