Tramps Like Us

baby we were born to run.

To me, it is not about getting over things and moving forward, it is about going through the sadness, taking some of it with you and being made whole because of it.

— Justine Vernon, mother of Justin Vernon (via requiemforthepast)

It’s really hard for me, like most people I assume, to let go of the objects, places, people that we hold most dear, for whatever twisted reasons. It hurts to let go of those things which for however long may have comforted us, made us feel alive in a universe full of mere existence. When you’re forced to give up, let go, a sense of defeat is inevitable.

After much hurt and much continued hurt to follow for the remainder of my life, through every tear and runny nose and vein bursting from my skull, I’d like to think everything I have to let go of I’m releasing to free my heart. I am collecting the wisdom, soaking in each humbling, painful experience to let my heart better understand where and with whom it will lie.

I’m starting to come around to the idea that even when life doesn’t work out if it was enjoyed while it lasted, it was enjoyed, and not much more can be asked.
I will keep those happy moments sacred
a chamber within my heart
a constant reminder that life can be beautiful
if only you’re willing to risk being torn apart.

He remembered the bitterness of his life at school, the humiliation which he had endured, the banter which had made him morbidly afraid of making himself ridiculous; and he remembered the loneliness he had felt since, faced with the world, the disillusion and the disappointment caused by the difference between what it promised and what it gave. But notwithstanding he was able to look at himself from the outside and smile with amusement.


W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

me this day in history





I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”

- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun (2009), dir. Neil Diamond.

They were MAD, CONFUSED AND PRESSED that Marlon Brando would betray White Supremacy in this way.

To this very day, they are TWISTED over this.

And when Littlefeather got up there and READ THEM FOR FILTH, they GAGGED. For eons.

So I imagine there are people like me out there who’ve never even heard of Marlon Brando and are extremely confused over why this is important.

Marlon Brando was the Don in The Godfather, and in 1973, he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for it. However, he was also a huge Natives rights activist, and boycotted the ceremony because he felt that Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans in the media led to the Wounded Knee Incident (which I was always taught as “the second massacre at Wounded Knee” but apparently that’s not the real name). He sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache Native rights activist, in his stead. Wikipedia’s article on her explains the rest:

Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds.[5] Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word is My BondRoger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.

That is what this gifset is about.

You have GOT to read up on this. The Wounded Knee Incident, Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather, Anna Mae Aquash. ALL OF IT. 

Read it. Educate yourselves.

HOLD ON there are HUMANS on THIS PLANET who don’t know who MARLON BRANDO IS??? fuck never thought it was this possible to feel so old at 23

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