If only. Shine on, O children of space racoons.
The policeman who shot down a 10-year-old in Queens
stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood
and a voice said “Die you little motherfucker” and
there are tapes to prove that. At his trial
this policeman and in his own defense
“I didn’t notice the size or nothing else
only the color.” and
there are tapes to prove that, too.
Today that 37-year-old white man with 13 years of police forcing
has been set free
by 11 white men who said they were satisfied
justice had been done
and one black woman who said
“They convinced me” meaning
they had dragged her 4’10” black woman’s frame
over the hot coals of four centuries of white male approval
until she let go the first real power she ever had
and lined her own womb with cement
to make a graveyard for our children.
– Audre Lorde “Power” (via femignome)


Léon Bonnat, An Egyptian Peasant Woman and her Child, 1869-70

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

When it was exhibited in the Salon of 1870, this painting was recognized as a departure from the historical and mythological works that Bonnat had shown previously. The artist is said to have based its subject on a woman and child he had seen in Egypt the prior year, during the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal. 

First celebrated in Paris, the painting continued to garner praise after John Wolfe acquired it and brought it to New York. It was reproduced on the cover of the art review The Aldine in August 1875 and was included in the Centennial Loan Exhibition, held at the New York Historical Society in 1876. Bought by Catharine Lorillard Wolfe at the auction of her cousin’s collection in 1882 and bequeathed to the Metropolitan five years later, upon its debut at the Museum it was deemed “a true and vital portrait of two clearly realized individuals [with] a wonderful dignity, sobriety, strength, and beauty.”

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