We Just Don't Know Yet

Erin. Long Island. 22. U2er. Humanist. Double major in journalism and political science. Amateur photographer. Learning to skateboard and surf. I tend to rant. I'm a geek, meaning I care about things with everything inside of me or hardly at all. If you bore me I won't like you very much.

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But Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, an JPMorgan Chase are not powerful because they worked hard. The best illustration of this point comes through a historical analysis. How did the banking system in this country get started? How did the richest people in the richest country in the world get their money?

Banking got started in this country by investing in the Triangular Slave Trade. The reason historians call it Triangular Slave Trade is that Europeans went to Africa, enslaved the people, brought them to this part of the world, and sold the people for products like hemp, sugarcane, cotton, and then those products were sent to Europe. That is why there were three angles: Africa, the United States, and Europe. The banking system—Lloyd’s of London, Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo-invested in that process and that is how their hegemony was established. In the last five years, almost all the banks I just mentioned have reluctantly acknowledged that they became established through the institution of slavery and the slave trade. So we see many people today questioning the system considering this simple fact: ‘Because the banks got rich by exploiting my ancestors I don’t see why I should have to pay them anything. They owe me if anything. I don’t want their money, because there is no price tag that can be placed on the suffering.’

Ahjamu Umi, from a guest lecture on March 21, 2013 at Concordia University

See also: “Wachovia apologizes for slavery ties,” CNN Money, June 5, 2005 & “American finance grew on the backs of slaves,” Chicago Sun-Times, March 7, 2014.

For more reading on the origins of the present American banking system and its foundations in the Euro-American slave trade, check out Slavery and American Economic Development (2006) by Gavin Wright and Debt, investment, slaves: credit relations in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 1825-1885 (1995) by Richard Kilbourne.

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Think of the centuries of wealth created by cotton, sugar, and textiles in the UK and USA built on the institution of African slave labor.

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What’s wrong with scared? Scared is a superpower.

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peperomint:

nail polish on fingernails: 2 days
nail polish on toenails: 200 years. ur ghost will have glittery toes. ur descendants will come out of the womb w/ revlon 791 midnight affair perfectly applied. infinite

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Robert Downey Jr in Esquire UK (November 2014)

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"Sometimes when you’ve had your time in the sunshine, you go, ‘Cool, now what gives all of this stuff meaning?’ - Robert Downey Jr for Esquire UK (November 2014)

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theheroheart:

PD: “Are you looking forward to Peter Capaldi?”
DT: “Very much so. The thing is, everyone who’s played the Doctor has brought something significant and unique to it, and everyone has succeeded. One of the great pleasures of being a Doctor Who fan is people want to debate and compare […] and each Doctor appeals to different people in different ways. And every Doctor that comes along is going to be different and unique and successful in their own right.”
PD: “Excellent. Anything else?”
DT: “Uhh. A nice coat is always important.”

- The Ultimate Time Lord

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there are guys in my dorm who decided to play cards in the elevator

see what intrigues me about college isn’t the intellectual pursuit or the bonding or whatever, its the fact that people have the freedom to do random shit like this

WHO BROUGHT THIS BACK!?

YASS

as a former RA for a building with 13 floors and four elevators, i feel bad for the staff and student employees who were left to retrieve the furniture when the novelty wore off.

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