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even if it’s not the black church as a body

there are black folks who are leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, volunteers, nurses, mothers, fathers, grandmas, grandfathers, cooks, writers, organizers, artists, etc. etc.

that are motivated to greatness, all stemming from a faith and belief in their God

so to dismiss every black Christian and devalue the role of faith in the black community (including black Muslims) just because you aren’t of faith 

is foolish, misguided, and insulting to those who make moves due to a belief in a higher power

Thank you for this. I know you’re not necessarily talking about work within the church, but…

I’m working with a local church doing some community uplift organizing and this is absolutely the case in the congregation. Many people are motivated and engaged, doing very very good work to help ourselves (“ourselves” being a multiracial group led by black folks) and our neighbors. I am not religious but I feel completely welcome and involved.

Meanwhile, I could never dismiss the work we are doing on the grounds that it happens through a church. The work is good. If a religious person calls kindness and compassion “God” and I don’t, so what? How does that make the work less worthwhile?


Anonymous asked:

How do your parents feel about stripping?


You know what. I was going to answer this.
I was.
But then I realized
It’s so utterly bullshit that every single sexworker gets this question.
That we all have to have our family and personal life affairs asked by some anon.
Someone who knows damn well that due to stigma a lot of people have issues with their family right now and its potentially triggering.
You obviously knew this. After all, you did ask this behind a greyface.
You intentionally asked someone a potentially triggering, hurtful question about their personal life with the intention of it being posted publicly.
I see this question sent to a worker I follow nearly every single day.
It’s so completely frustrating. Why do people think they’re entitled to pry at peoples personal lives?
So you know what?
I’m not going to answer this.
For all you know I could have a great relationship with my parents. I could see them every so often and tell them I’m safe and doing well while they support my choices. Or they could have disowned me. Or who knows, maybe they’re even dead? Maybe my mothers a sexworker or ex-stripper?
It doesn’t matter because it’s really none of your business.
And I’m sorry to blow up on you in this or if it wasn’t your intention to pry, but I see this far too often and it makes me livid.

I love this answer and I don’t think you should be “sorry to blow up” at all. The question is usually asked as an attempt to cause shame, and I agree, that’s even more likely when the asker won’t leave their name


oftentimes women might smile at cat-callers out of nervousness or pure fear because they know that if they react negatively that guy could get way scarier and even violent

it’s not a “wow i’m so flattered” smile it’s literally a “please don’t follow me home and murder me after this” smile

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