(below is an email i received today from superwoman, jill of hella trades, Jessica Solomon (of DC; Saartje Project etc). please read and take a few moments today to help address the issue, if you feel so moved. i find the exhibit severely problematic would rather see cultural institutions promoting love of humanity and hopeful futures.)
Today is the last day of the “Dead Man Walking” exhibit at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (aka Crime and Punishment Museum).
About the exhibit: Dead Men Walking” that features an electric chair that’s been used to kill 125 people. Link:http://ht.ly/73xSv
There is a sordid history of problematic exhibits and outreach tactics at this museum.
Today, on Halloween take 5 minutes to help FLOOD the Museum’s Twitter feed, Facebook Page and email inboxes reminding all who witness that: 1.the Prison Industrial Complex is real and 2. Glamorizing prison, violence or murder is not “fun” or “spooky”. Ask 5 people to help too.
The “Prison Industrial Complex” refers to the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies. The term often implies a network of actors who are motivated by making profit rather than reducing crime rates.
“…giving in to the fear of feeling and working to capacity is a luxury only the unintentional can afford, and the unintentional are those who do not wish to guide their own destinies.”—audre lorde (Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power)
For me, another level of connection means having a more responsible relationship with others. I realized that I so enjoy making others happy. I am so abundant and giving. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, gifts, wisdom, love and tangible things if I know it will make someone smile or find their worth….
i once read that tumblr is more than twitter but less than a real blog. that’s exactly what i need and basically why i’m here. for this effortless space to purge and reflect. to exfoliate. to marinate. to “moisturize my situation and preserve my sexy.”
-d , 10/21/10
thank god for date-stamps. i pray i will always remember to document the context for future reference.
so, above was the “about me” text that i used when i first signed up for tumbler 1 yr ago. my bath water. i find that purpose to still be accurate so i think i’ll keep it. may add a few other things. but its fun to see the “time capsule” you, no?
“how many ladies in the house?
how many ladies in the house without a spouse?
somethin’ in your blouse got me feeling so arous-ed!
…what you about?
on that independent shit—
trade it all for a husband and some kids.
you ever wonder what it all really means?
you wonder if you’ll ever find your dreams?”—kanye to the.
“Most Africans arrive in the United States ignorant of this country’s racism. We arrive here ignorant of the horrors of slavery, the terror of Jim Crow, the history of the civil rights movement and the present state of post-racist racism. Lacking analysis of how African Americans have borne most of the brunt of this racism, we buy into stereotypes depicting African Americans as lazy, deviant, and criminal. For their part, most African Americans have little to go on besides the racist depiction of Africa(ns) prevalent in the American education system and in the media. So African Americans end up thinking Africans are a bunch of emaciated petty-tribalists and rapist-polygamists.….Brother, we haven’t met in over 400 years and this is how you want our reunion to be?”—
“Take some time to just think about your end goal(s). Begin regressively planning the steps you’ll need to complete to reach that goal. Before you know it, the blue print will be laid out and you’ll simply have to execute.”—my friend, accountability partner, and fellow scholar, chfdiii
Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have an extraordinary story to tell. They’ve been married for 86 years. Together, they endured the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, they…