fuck. the. police.
if it doesn’t apply to you, imagine waking up every day feeling like a vampire. a myth. something that people only read about. and when they get confronted by it in their every day life, they disregard its existence and rather fall in love with a lie. from junot diaz:
“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”
it is often difficult to articulate things in a manner that will not only generate discussion, but understanding as well. in times like these, you just have to use the words that resonate with you and hope that it might spark a thing or two in others. from ralph ellison:
It is sometimes advantageous to be unseen although it is most often rather wearing on the nerves. Then too, you’re constantly being bumped against by those of poor vision. Or again, you often doubt if you really exist. You wonder whether you aren’t simply a phantom in other people’s minds. Say, a figure in a nightmare which the sleeper tries with all his strength to destroy. It’s when you feel like this that, out of resentment, you begin to bump people back. And, let me confess, you feel that way most of the time. You ache with the need to convince yourself that you do exist in the real world, that you’re a part of all the sound and anguish, and you strike with your fists, you curse and you swear to make them recognize you. And, alas, it’s seldom successful.
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