There is an every growing cry of “Loss of Freedoms” when dealing with bigoted words and actions. To a bigot, being able to say something bigoted is part of their freedom. Well, they’re right. It is. The thing they seem to have such a difficult time understanding is that when someone else speaks out against their bigotry, freedom of speech is also being used.
People that say things like, “So much for freedom of speech” or “I have freedom of speech, I can say anything I want” in reaction to someone else’s use of the same freedom are not talking about freedom, rights or even liberty. Although, they always try to couch it as such.
No, what these people are talking about is control. They are usually people who’ve never been told that their voice wasn’t important, valued or wanted. Therefore, when they say something bigoted and someone speaks out against it, they are enraged not by what they claim as “Loss of freedom” but instead that they (and like minded people) are not the only persons allowed to have said freedoms.
They yearn for the “Good ole days” where they were the only person allowed to talk in certain groups. They don’t believe in liberty and freedom. They believe that THEY should be free and all else should be under their personal control.
“I have freedom of speech” is very likely coming from someone who does in fact have freedom of speech. Their problem? They believe they are the ONLY ones who have it. Or at least, the only person who should have it.
- Amber Rose
YES THIS HELLO
It’s why I don’t buy into these white girl pin-up/burlesque revival fantasies.
forever reblog coz pinup and burlesque were stolen from woc to begin with.
A non-POC telling a POC what is or isn’t racist is some of the most insulting, condescending bullshit I’ve ever seen in my life.
if your feminism doesn’t even DISCUSS racism, it’s inherently white supremacist. Oppression is upheld by a culture of silence.
How to use your white privilege
If the “passing privilege” person is looking at this blog, this is one thing you can do, if you’re up to it.
Reblogging for excellence.
More passing people, and people who recognize white privilege should do this
for the white folk who ask “but what am i supposed to do about all of this”
soooooooosososososo so good.
WHITE PASSING/WHITE PEOPLE PLEASE WATCH THIS IF YOU EVER WERE GONNA WATCH ANYTHING WATCH THIS.
Just wanna state that I believe being hard femme also means using your privileges (whatever they may be) and your ability to be hard badass femmes to smash down on oppression just like this.
YES YES YES YES I’M FUCKING CRYING ALL OF THIS YES THANK YOU.
(and reminder to self and fellow white people, don’t fucking DARE act like this is a seal of approval for our white savior industrial complex. doing this and then loudly proclaiming it expecting cookies and accolades, or using it to shout down a person of color, is despicable and racist.)
White women. Can you stop derailing everything about race, deflecting, making everything about yourself, and admit that you do not face the additional oppression that women of color face - not just racism but racialized forms of misogyny and different stereotypes?
narcissistic little fucks. do Black women suddenly die off before we get old or something. these heffas think they own everything. why can’t they just shut up and stop trying to occupy everything
We never age. There are white older women, white lesbians, white trans women, white fat women, white working class women. But all Black women (and other women of color) do not fall into those categories apparently!
black women aren’t women. we aren’t people. so they always forget. that’s why everything is always, poc and women or black people and women like being brown/black negates your womanness and humanity
This is why it’s hard to believe you when you say you’re for all women
I am tired of wannabe linguists and bubblegum hipsters telling me that Gypsy is “such a beautiful word, it would be such a shame if we can’t use it”…
How hard is it to understand that it’s a slur? I don’t understand the constant queries of “but, why?”
Gypsy is a racial and ethnic slur because it has, historically and contemporarily, been used to murder, enslave, rape, marginalize, and discriminate against Roma (and other - see below) people.
There is much about the history of the Roma on my blog. This animated video from the Open Society Foundations covers some of our history [CLICK].
Linguistically, the word is an exonym - a name given to us by outsiders with no regard for our own preferences. It is a word that, at is very root is inaccurate (simply… wrong). It stems from the belief that we came from Egypt - because of our darker skin and different language (Indo-Aryan, unlike the Celtic, Germanic or Romance languages Europeans were familiar with). It later came to apply to anyone that white Europeans thought had a similar lifestyle to us - Kale/Kaale, Romany, Romanichal, Irish (Pavee) & Scottish Travellers, Jenische, Manouche, Sinte, and many others, some of whom are racially white (and these groups did not suffer the same during the Holocaust or in since).
The word itself is hideous.
A disgusting misnomer that has been stapled to our foreheads for generations. It has been burned into our skin before we were hung. It was tattooed on our arms before we were gassed. It has been whispered in the ears of mothers as they were forcibly sterilized. It has been screamed at fathers as their houses were set alight. It has been used to deny education, employment, healthcare, and housing. It has been used to pass laws banning our free movement, banning the owning of wagons, banning the selling of horses or other traditional trades, banning our languages. It has been used to send us to prison, to remove us from stores, restaurants, schools, libraries, buses - all because of our ethnicity.
Don’t tell me it’s a “nice” word. It’s not.
I suppose, if a word has never been spat at you in hatred, you have a different view of it. If you are outside of the group to which it applies you have the privilege to use descriptors such as “nice” or “beautiful”. When you haven’t heard the stories of your relatives that were murdered because of it. When you haven’t seen the tears in your own mother’s eyes, because of it.
I am so tired of these questions.
As my grandfather used to say, “O čhavoro na bijandola dandencar” - A child is not born with teeth.
In other words, we learn to be disrespectful, mean, hateful, racist. It shouldn’t be up to me to continually explain why a slur is a slur.
It’s a slur. Period.
It doesn’t matter if the word emits rainbows and sparkledust every time it is written or spoken…
it’s a slur.
the fuck is this imperialist crowdsurfing
The imagery in this scene hearkens back to every Victorian cartoon depicting mother Britannia taking care of unruly babies of color labeled India, Jamaica, etc. I understand that conquering is part of the story in A Song of Ice and Fire and these people are grateful for their freedom, but the visual of a thousand brown arms reaching for their white savior “mother” is extremely problematic.
This image is sickening, and emblematic of every movie dealing with race created by White America.
racial fetishization is racism.
it is not a compliment.
stop pretending that you are ~appreciating the culture~, and being respectful.
reducing the many varied people within a culture to the parts that you think are cute is not being appreciative. racism is not respectful.
i need all of the anarchists who don’t live in the south and all white anarchists to think critically about how they want to talk about the voting institution
don’t erase this region’s history or the struggle of Black freedom fighters to access the ballot, the revolutionary tactics and systems created for educating communities, the civil disobedience, and the intentional infiltration of an entire system
i don’t believe that institutional change can happen through voting. voting democrats, “liberals,” and “progressives” into office gets us reform, limited reform that continues to devastate the most marginalized and people on a global scale. but i do believe that deconstructing a system requires - to a certain extent - engagement with that system.
and if you can’t get down with that, that’s okay. but you’re overstepping when you wanna tell folks who come from lines and lines of being denied humanization and/or citizenship (these two things aren’t synonymous) and have actively fought to expose the infrastructural racism of the voting institution that “voting doesn’t matter.” there’s a difference between “voting doesn’t matter” and “voting doesn’t create institutional change”
only one of those things is true for me and it is the latter of the two.
This. When I hear someone say things like that, I have to walk away before I turn into a melty volcano of rage.