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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.

Friedrich Nietzsche (via hellanne)