if someone says it’s not “cool” of you to call out racism they really don’t get what you’re trying to achieve
if someone says it’s not “cool” of you to call out racism they really don’t get what you’re trying to achieve
Anonymous asked: A while back, you posted a picture of a white baby with the caption "white supremacist", saying that even someone that young upholds the system. The only way that argument works in my mind is if white people are racist by simply existing with light skin (since the infant is too young to be socialized with racist ideas). Perhaps that isn't what you meant? Would you truly agree with such a statement?
That is, indeed, exactly what I meant.
It was a trick. Because what the image is suppose to highlight and draw your attention to is that oppression, in this case white supremacy, is systemic and institutional. That the privileges bestowed on white ppl do, in fact, begin at birth. Fuck, they begin at conception.
How? Why? Have you seen any of the stories or data showing how differently Black mothers are treated from whites? Or, fuck, can we talk about access to pre-natal health care? Or proper nutrition?
White supremacy isn’t just about socialization and what individuals do. Indeed, one could say that these things are irrelevant.
White supremacy is the entire social understanding that that white baby (or any other) is more valuable than any other baby backed up with entire institutions and systems to demonstrate this value.
So, yes, white ppl are racist simply by existing. This is their default. And literally the only way for them to change this is to entirely dismantle all of the institutions that treat their lives as more valuable because of, yes, their ‘light skin’. (note: their skin is *white*, not light skin. I have light skin but I am not white. There is a massive difference).
Regarding that goddamn ‘Wil Wheaton whitesplains offensive humor’ post.
Everyone who has ever said, “Well, I would’ve listened if you’d been nicer!” in any kind of argument over their shitty behavior:
Please note that the person who sent that ask was incredibly polite and kind, despite the fact that they were offended by something that Wil Wheaton posted. They had every right to be angry and still chose to be polite when explaining to Wheaton that something he had reblogged was offensive for this set of reasons, and that was it.
They did not ask him to delete the post, they did not ask him to make a PSA about offensive humor, they didn’t even ask him to apologize for reblogging the post; they simply pointed out that the post was offensive due to nature of racist media presentation on one aspect of black culture and society’s shitty racist response to it.
And Wil Wheaton published that ask to publicly scold this fan for pointing out that something he reblogged (and tacitly endorsed) was problematic because it was another instance where white people were being racist and dismissive toward black people. Despite the fact that this fan was not calling him a racist or a shitty person for reblogging that post, Wil Wheaton felt the need to publish this ask and publicly yell about how THE INTERNET MAKES EVERYTHING SO SERIOUS, STOP BEING SO SERIOUS ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER, INTERNET because context doesn’t mean anything if it means he has to stop and think about what he’s endorsed and how it made real people feel.
And then every douchebro fuck that has ever had an axe to grind against marginalized people demanding to be treated with equality got on their high horse and published a flood of virulently racist shit in defense of their nerdy icon because God fucking forbid that you ever dare to insinuate that Wil Wheaton is a human being who occasionally gets shit wrong due to his privilege.
So this is why I won’t be nice and polite when I tell you to fuck off for your shitty, prejudiced behavior. Because it doesn’t matter how nice I am when I tell you that you’re hurting me, you’re still going to keep doing it because you feel that your opinions matter more than my experiences.
[list snipped]How many women can you guess? Do you remember/know what each one of them did/discovered?
Once you make your guess, head over to All Science, All the Time to see if you were right:http://ow.ly/pXjrG
Oh wow, that’s AN AWESOME LIST OF WHITE WOMEN SCIENTISTS! But how could you forget:
Asima Chatterjee: The awesome Indian woman who help discover drugs we use to treat cancer, malaria, and epilepsy!
Chien-Shiung Wu: THE FIRST LADY OF PHYSICS?!
Ellen Ochoa: The first Latina in SPACE! AND the First Latina Director of the Johnson Space Center.
Oo, and don’t forget!!
Flossie Wong-Staal: The woman that successfully map HIV and pave the way to prove that HIV causes AIDS.
Mae Jemison: First Black woman IN SPACE!!! And worked the first flight into space after the Challenger Accident.
But don’t stop!
Patricia Bath: The First Black woman doctor awarded a patent for a medical device: a laser that removes cataracts! (Fancy that!)
AND THE BOSSEST!
Shirley Ann Jackson: The first Black woman to earn a PhD from MIT in nuclear physics.
Hot damn! Women of Color in Science!!!
reblogging solely for the criticisms and shade.
I’m fucking cackling
The gun George Zimmerman pointed at his wife today is the same gun he used to murder to Trayvon Martin. It was returned to him following his acquittal. The same weapon he used to murder a black young man and walk away free warranted instant arrest when pointed at a white woman.
Let’s hear some misandry jokes, white feminists! They’re so funny!
Watch how this guy reacts to a girl wearing a Hijab verses a girl not wearing a Hijab.
"so you can sit back down"
Many white women have said to me, ‘We wanted black women and non-white women to join the movement,’ totally unaware of their perception that they somehow ‘own’ the movement, that they are the ‘hosts’ inviting us as ‘guests.’bell hooks, “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” (via straightbacksnohangtime)
just an unfriendly reminder that two-spirit is a culturally bound, specific and meaningful identity that is NOT homogeneous (i.e. go away with your simplistic ~male and female spirit~ shit) that should ONLY be used by native folk.
if you are non-native, you are not, nor ever will be, two-spirited
If you are non-native and you use the word “two-spirit”, you are stealing an identity very deliberately created for us as native people, and you are reducing it to some simplistic bullshit. When you steal two-spirit, you are shitting on our self-advocacy and resistance to colonial violence.
To be frank, you probably don’t even have a smidgen of an idea of what being two-spirited actually is. If you did, you wouldn’t be trying to steal it from us and reducing it down into a simplified, binary identity that is palatable and ~friendly~ to everyone.
So basically, piss off.
a nehiyaw two-spirit person
p.s. white queers, please stop using the faces of our elders to push your own agenda. it’s fucking gross.
A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told her I would write something about it that might help. So, here we have it: How to write POC without pissing everyone off and doing a horrible job.
In general, it comes down to three things. Research, Persistence and Consideration. Also. for the point of this essay, I am going to use Black women, Native Women and Mixed Race women as they each represent different individual (yet very important) racial struggles that need consideration.
1. Research is by far the most important thing. EVER. For this example, I am going to use black women.
It is important to start by trying your hardest to forget anything you think you know about black women and black female identity. As a white person, anything you would know about them you probably learned from media that is not controlled by or monitored by black women themselves. Meaning that it is likely not a good representation of black women at all. Or maybe you just have a black friend.
Which you should consider in the same way you would a control group for a science experiment.
One or two subjects would not provide conclusive evidence in regards to any hypothesis. Having one or two or even five black friends can’t help you with understanding the complex history of black discourse….
In order to start from scratch, I would first spend some time reading literature written by black women for black women. Learning the way black women have discourse among each other is the first step to understanding their perspective AND emulating their voice. Literature is the genre of media where POC have the most liberty (unlike film) to discuss certain topics or parts of their identity.
Then, I would delve into “complaints”. There are thousands upon thousands of articles where black women complain about their portrayal in media. These complaints are both valid and often eloquently expressed. It is important for you to know, what things black women (WOC) are already so fucking tired of seeing in regards to incorrect or offensive portrayals of themselves. Not only will it help you avoid making the same mistakes as white writers before you (an example of this: Arthur Golden and the hot mess that is Memoirs of a Geisha), But it will also get you upset about certain ways black women (POC women in general) are portrayed, and make you want to write them better. This can improve your writing in that not only will you avoid being offensive, but you now have the chance to be progressive and kick stereotypes out the window!
Finally, I would take some time to follow some tumblr blogs that are run by the group you’re trying to write. This part of the research can really help because you’ll get a first hand, contemporary dialogue about issues within the specific POC community. Which leads me to my second topic…
Great guide for white writers and definitely click through the “read more” to see more great points below the fold. But just to add on:
In response to the complaint of white writers about writing about people of color: “Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t,” I want to say: absolutely.
It’s absolutely true. You’re damned either way. If you don’t do it, you’re a racist. Yes, you are. Race and racism exist in this society, and if you ignore them, you’re expressing a racial privilege that you don’t, morally, have any right to. That’s a subtle form of racism.
If you do do it and get it “wrong”, you’ll get reamed, and rightfully so. It’s presumptuous of you to think that you have the right to represent a culture you don’t belong to if you can’t be bothered to properly examine and accurately portray that culture.
Further, if you do it and get it “right”, or rather, don’t get it wrong, you’ll still get reamed by members of that culture you’ve represented who rightfully resent a white writer’s success representing their culture. After all, every American ethnic minority has its writers: good and bad. The good writers are mostly ignored. Inevitably, some white writer will come along and do a bang-up job portraying that culture and will get—in one book, in one section of a book—more attention than the poc writer got over the course of three or five or ten books.
You’re a white writer trying to do the right thing, but no matter what you do, it’s wrong. And that’s so unfair to you, isn’t it?
Welcome to a tiny taste of what it’s like to be a person of color.
Oh, and quit complaining.White writers should not expect to be praised by POC for writing us and writing us “right,” but the alternatives are horrible and a complete erasure of our multifaceted identities. Laziness is racist and privileged, and this guide is a great starting point for white writers trying to parse this space and do the right thing, even if they may still face criticism for it.
My desire and the internalized-racism and feelings of self-inadequacy that spawned are a tactic of white supremacy. How are people of color, how is the Global South supposed to overthrow white supremacy when we have been internalized at some level to find white people the most beautiful?Protect Me From What I Want: Radical Sex for the Revolution (via ninjabikeslut)