The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky.

Poor and working-class communities that suffer violence are looked at as exceptional or aberrations to the “mainstream,” when, in fact, the violence acted out in neighborhoods is only a reflection of the violence that is often glorified and celebrated throughout American politics and culture. From Hollywood bloodbath movies, to the death penalty, to wars and occupations, to the criminal support and subsidization of the genocidal state of Israel, the U.S. ruling class worships at the alter of violence, mass murder and mayhem.

Is it any wonder then that when deep cynicism replaces hope for the future that some act out in a way that is completely consistent with many of the values promoted by those who rule this country: brutality, vengeance and destruction?

- Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (@KeeangaYamahtta) in 2012, writing about Chicago. Relevant today.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. “Poverty Pulls the Trigger.” SocialistWorker.org, August 20, 2012. http://socialistworker.org/2012/08/20/poverty-pulls-the-trigger.

(citation station) Found in Jarmon, Renina. Black Girls Are From the Future:: Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture. Jarmon Media, 2013, 30.