brbnightmares: “butch scarcity is not a thing, what yr dealing with is called femme abundance”
The Caricom reparations commission has identified a number of broad areas where “reparatory diplomacy and action” is needed. In public health, it said, “the African-descended population has the highest incidence in the world of chronic diseases in the form of hypertension and type 2 diabetes that are the direct result of their nutritional exposure, endemic inhumane physical and emotional brutalisation and other aspects of the stress experience of slavery and post-slavery apartheid”.
"The teachings of history show that to send a score or so of Europeans in coats of mail against a thousand slaves, Indians, or what not, armed with fish-bone lances, was by no means absurd… A few gunshots, a few shrewd blows, and Silapulapu’s poor fellows would be on the run like hares."
—Conquereror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan, Stefan Zweig
Anger—you sonofabitch—is but one god and gods require
men to pray: to hold in their lungs some old nameless ghost and distend
their puny chests with it ‘til they damn near break then merely bend
down as if their backs have been whacked raw with rattan before their own pyre
What do you know of the twenty-one tempests we can conjure
with a kiss How our saints bless our barbs with venom How we’ll deify
your scrawny handsome messiah (He will love us too will teach us to defy
you who rattle the blue belly of heaven) If not with power
then with craft and ken will we coax you to our shores kill you and plant
—beside the stained brackish waters—your pale spear-pocked remains
And the god of salt who is the god of love and labor will mend
my brave soldiers’ blood with your own Traitor… Christian… sycophant
May this god of anger who is the god of fear with both eyes closed give
me the wits to release him quickly May he grant me the grace to disbelieve
—Patrick Rosal, “Lapu Lapu’s Envoy Conveys His Response to Magellan,” My American Kundiman.