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If you don’t like being called racist, maybe you should, I dunno, try examining your racism and fighting against it. Y’know, work on NOT being racist.

neverwillstop:

Just a thought.

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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via paradiscacorbasi)

Good lord this shit pisses me off. “White America.” If you don’t want to be stereotyped as more than a fucking color, don’t generalize us. Yes. Blacks had it bad. So terribly bad, and nothing white people ever do will ever be able to make up for that or convince some that the racism of our forefathers was not inherent. I understand that. My heart bleeds for those who suffered. Those still suffering.

But you, in your holier-than-thou speech have not only ignited, but bred a hate for anyone that isn’t a POC. I am this “white America” you speak of with such venom. Nineteen years old, working to pay for college, trying to keep my head above water. I am not my ancestors, whether they were slave holders or not. I am not my grandparents, whether they agreed with segregation and maltreatment or not. I am not even my father or mother, no matter what deep dark racial biases they may hold. Or not. I hold no rod, no whip, no assumption that I am better than any POC, and no delusions about the horrors of America’s past.

So with that said, I have never assumed any victim of slavery had any consent in anything. I have never “lied to myself” about any black relatives of mine— want to know why? Because my black family is in my family because a white person loves a black person. My brother, who is neither his ancestors, his grandparents, or even his parents loves his wife and son. He is part of that “white America”. And if— God willing— my black boyfriend asks me to marry him, our children will be black because this white person loves him and them. I am part of that “white America”.

If you want to talk about ignorance, here it is. My ancestors may have done some fucked up shit. I neither condone nor take pride in it. I’m ashamed of it. But that was them. Not me. I am a person. I am no more and no less of a person than people of color who were discriminated against fifty, one hundred, three hundred years ago. I am a person, and by calling me “white America” and assuming that I am a part of any minority that still holds racism in their hearts, that is ignorance. That is racism.

So stop propagating your racism by candy-coating it in stories that do not belong to you. You have excellent facts, excellent research, and I have the past working strongly against me. But this white person is not the one being racist here. You are.

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I can’t remember, did anyone collect this trash? Tumblr is giving me old notifications & this yotch has the nerve to tell me my family history doesn’t belong to me. That the racism I’ve encountered & that my kids have faced doesn’t matter. I mean, I hope to god her partner doesn’t have kids with her because I can only imagine how hard it is to face racist bullshit inside & outside your house as a child.

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Why Skin Color of Fictional Characters are Important

black-ink-on-pink:

Okay. I’m going on another rant here and forgive me, but I saw something that just irks me so, and I’m feeling the need to grab people and shake them and beg them to just understand please

So I’m reading various things on tumblr, related to Legend of Korra, the portrayal and representation of dark-skinned characters in fiction, and the question that comes around is: Why is this even important? 

Let me answer that for you.

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Okay, so I have a boyfriend. He’s black, and like me, he’s into cartoons, anime, tv shows, etc.   On his facebook, he keeps an gallery of images of dark-skinned characters. Doesn’t matter if they’re Egyptian, South American, Indian, etc. Just dark-skinned characters in general. A friend once asked him why this gallery exists in the first place, and bf answered how they were all positive portrayals of black/dark characters in anime/video games/cartoons. 

That someone, who was Caucasian, was like, oh, and simply though it was a small quirk, little hobby, something my bf does when he’s bored. 

For bf and me, who are both persons of color, that gallery means much more than a quirky hobby. I can’t explain it well, but basically, it’s a huge deal for us, particularly him. It’s a collection of the few black/dark characters in fiction, it’s representation, it’s him seeing people who look like him be scientists and geniuses, do martial arts, kick ass, look beautiful, be human; it’s people who are dark-skinned be valued and be deep, developed characters and have their own stories and desires and goals; and it’s so damn rare in fiction that he has a gallery of about only 50 characters and that’s it. Compared to, say, the hundreds of thousands of light-skinned characters. 

My bf, he’s a writer. He wants to one day make books and tv shows and movies where the main character will be anything other than a straight white male character. He’s making his life goal to do so. 

Because growing up and even now, still, he was loved seeing characters that are black like him. Loved characters that looked like him getting to be heroes, go on adventures, save the day, be cheered on and loved - showing him that little kids like him, black kids, kids of color, can do anything they want and they are just as good as the white kids who are already heroes and adventures and princes and princesses and whatever the hell there is to be. In a society where he eventually grows up to tell me, one day, when we were out for a drive, how to respond if I ever get pulled over by a cop, to be respectful and calm and make no sudden movements - he doesn’t know if it’s different for Asians but still, be safe - and he has to do all this, be extremely careful simply because he’s black…well, it’s something when black/dark characters are portrayed as anything other than dangerous or expandable or a bunch of horrid shit. 

And then there’s me, who’s Chinese and tans easily and, along with my dad, is the darkest in the family. And let me tell you how screw-up colorism, light-skin-is-better-than-dark-skin mentality is, because there’s my mom (pale) who looks down on my dad for having olive skin and would hush hush tell me when I was younger how ‘dark’ my dad was and how ‘dark’ his family was, it was such an unfortunate thing, let’s hope that I don’t turn out like them, and made it as if their being ‘dark’ (at most an olive skin tone, geez) had something to do with all their flaws and whatnot. And then she goes through the trouble of wearing gloves when driving just so her arms wouldn’t get tanned and take out an umbrella when going outside on a sunny day. And I grow up in this setting, being told how pretty I would be if only I was pale like her.

I hate it. I hate all that and love it whenever I see somehow who is olived-skinned or dark-skinned and they were beautiful - considered beautiful, are beautiful-, and I would know that I am pretty too. And I hope no kid would ever grow up in a screwed-up environment like that and they can look everywhere and see that their dark skin is beautiful, desirable as well. 

So, Korra. Dark-skinned Korra, gorgeous and headstrong and desirable and powerful and Avatar, protector of the whole world - it’s one of the first time a dark-skinned character has been portrayed as so, main character of such a beloved mainstream TV-series. (My bf loves Legend of Korra and its predecessor series before it. I do too.) And if she is in fact getting lighter, even unintentionally. Well. That would be a devastating blow. 

And that’s why skin color in fiction is important. Because of formative influences, of subtle stuff in psychology that worms its way into the mind of little kids, telling them this is how the world worked, this is how your life will eventually be, this is the way you should think. Of the simple fact of having positive role models for all types of children. 

Please try to understand. And at the very least, please don’t just brush off and scoff these concerns. 

atheist-me

I’ve lost 30+ followers in the last couple days, I’m ready to go for broke.

holzmantweed:

atheistme:

The fundamental problem with your thesis is that you’ve bought into this bullshit notion of “sj bloggers.”  It’s a problem because you’ve allowed someone to tell you that while most bloggers can just blog like they’re blogging and act like they’re people with a full range of emotions, there’s this set of other bloggers who they’ve defined as being in a special category called “sj bloggers” and they have to live up to some made-up standard that you’ve bought into.  It is not merely coincidence that the people who get thrown into this box are people writing about how various social injustices impact their lives.  It is merely not an intellectual exercise for them.

Your second problem is that you think you’re some sort of ally, but absolutely nothing I said in the above post is something that people haven’t been saying for quite some time now and you’ve ignored them.  I know you’ve ignored them because the phrase “sj blogger” is still a part of your vocabulary despite post after post of people saying they aren’t “sj bloggers.”  If you hear it now that a cis white guy like me is saying it, that’s a strong indicator about who you do and don’t hear.

Because your post is based on that false premise, it’s entirely wrong — math errors work like that.  But I’m going to highlight some particularly wrong moments in the wrongness.  It’s an opportunity for you to live up to your assertion that you learn from your mistakes.

While I agree that people in the majority will never be able to fully understand what it’s like to be a minority, or what these people go through, that does not take away their capability to be empathetic, to educate themselves, and to speak out in support of those who need it.

You have confused speaking out in support of a thing and speaking as if one is an expert on a thing, or even has first hand knowledge of a thing.

The way to fix all of the ism’s and phobias in our society is not to yell and scream. You are never going to achieve equality by calling people names, making personal attacks, making baseless assumptions about another persons character, pointing fingers, or telling the person you are speaking with the world would be better off without them.

You just can’t advocate for equality that way. It’s not ever going to work.

You are misunderstanding the purpose of what you’re terming “yelling and screaming.”  It can only be described as an education attempt in the sense that burns educate about what happens when you touch a stove:  there may be some education but that was no one’s intent.  The intent is to enforce a boundary that has been violated, the violation of which causes immediate pain and threatens worse.

If you really want to address the problem of prejudices in society, you have to educate people.

As noted above, there is a kind of education going on here — it’s just not the primary goal.  When bad behavior elicits a strong and uncomfortable response, the actor is educated not to behave that way — refer back to hot stoves and burns.  Do you really think that these people going after Riley, Karnythia, etc. don’t know that they’re being racist?

You are NEVER going to get people to be willing to be open minded about your cause by making them feel attacked. That is basic human nature.

You have again confused an attempt to make someone open minded with an attempt to make someone stop behaving badly.

As much as the hivemind on tumblr would like you to think that the best think a majority person can do for minorities is to sit down and shut up, but I am here to tell you that is untrue, and absolutely unrealistic. The minorities NEED the majority to understand. They NEED the majority to speak up and advocate for equality.  The system is never going to change if the majority of the system thinks it’s fucking great. That is reality. And no matter how much that fucking sucks, we all need to learn how to make the best of it, and advocate for change.

This is all bullshit.  Utter bullshit, false and ahistorical from start to finish, every word.  History records nowhere, at no time a group in power changing because those in power achieved enlightenment and suddenly realized there was a better way than their prior brutality.  Groups in power change because they notice that their current brutality has backfired on them beyond their ability to endure or alter.

atheist-me

I’ve lost 30+ followers in the last couple days, I’m ready to go for broke.

atheistme:

I really want to write about why this trend of “sj bloggers” and the hive mind it’s created on tumblr irks me so much. I am going to write this post, and then I am going to try my best to wipe my hands of it, and go on talking about all things godless.

If at any point during this post you thing to yourself “god, this girl is a fucking moron” i would like to direct you to the unfollow button. If you are not willing to respect my thoughts on these issues, please see yourself out.

I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. I am a white girl, who comes from a place with a lot of privilege. My family came over to America from Armenia in the early 1900’s. When they got here they had absolutely nothing, all of their belongings were taken from them, but they managed to turn their lives around. They brought themselves up from nothing, and ended up being very successful. Their white skin is no doubt a factor in all that they were able to achieve. I am very proud of what my family members were able to accomplish in their lives, despite all the hardships they went through to get there, but that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the fact that this isn’t an achievable reality for everyone. 

No one understands better than people like me what it is to come from a place of privilege. I am still, to this day, trying to unlearn prejudices I was raised to believe about society. Thats the truth. I don’t try to make excuses for it. But I am very aware of it. I keep an open mind. I actively try to educate myself. I learn from my mistakes and I move on. I am a better person than I was 3 years ago, and in 3 years I will be a better person than I am now.

There is a hivemind on tumblr that people who belong in the majority can’t understand what minorities go through, therefor, shouldn’t have an opinion or be willing to speak on the issue.

While I agree that people in the majority will never be able to fully understand what it’s like to be a minority, or what these people go through, that does not take away their capability to be empathetic, to educate themselves, and to speak out in support of those who need it.

The way to fix all of the ism’s and phobias in our society is not to yell and scream. You are never going to achieve equality by calling people names, making personal attacks, making baseless assumptions about another persons character, pointing fingers, or telling the person you are speaking with the world would be better off without them.

You just can’t advocate for equality that way. It’s not ever going to work.

If you really want to address the problem of prejudices in society, you have to educate people. (note: I’m not talking about the best way to address prejudices in government and organizations, only the general thought of the population. Because really, that is the first step.) You are NEVER going to get people to be willing to be open minded about your cause by making them feel attacked. That is basic human nature. You are not going to show someone how to be a better person by yelling and prompting a defensive reaction. If you want to show someone how to be a better person, you have to be a better person. You have to show them what it’s like to be empathetic. You have to show them  why it’s important to care, and then show them what caring looks like. 

As much as the hivemind on tumblr would like you to think that the best think a majority person can do for minorities is to sit down and shut up, but I am here to tell you that is untrue, and absolutely unrealistic. The minorities NEED the majority to understand. They NEED the majority to speak up and advocate for equality.  The system is never going to change if the majority of the system thinks it’s fucking great. That is reality. And no matter how much that fucking sucks, we all need to learn how to make the best of it, and advocate for change.

Dialogue is probably the best way to combat the prejudices in our society, short of diversity education (which, should include dialogue anyways). Minorities and majorities need to sit down and talk. And it cannot be a one-sided conversation. We need to listen to each other. We need to bounce ideas off of each other. We need to learn and grow as a population together

Because at the end of the day there is no “minority” or “majority.” It doesn’t matter who is white or black, gay or straight, trans or cis, or anything inbetween, or anything else. We are all humans. We are all made of the same stuff. We’re all stuck on this planet together for a short time, and we should spend that time loving and caring about one another, rather than tearing each other apart.

Thank you for listening. And when I say listening, I mean reading. 

Love you guys. 

Read it all, bolded some of the worst bits & really it’s a giant ball of privileged fail that gave me White Liberal Bingo inside of five minutes. This whole post is what happens when someone thinks that marginalized people have to prove their humanity & play some variation of Mammy via allowing tone policing, accepting respectability politics, & smiling through dozens of macro & micro aggressions until maybe possibly the colorblind, genderblind, sexuality blind politics stop being as harmful as they’ve always been & people decide we’re worth having some kind of rights that they’re comfortable with even as they continue to position their bodies as normal & our bodies as having traits to be tolerated/ignored. Fuck you if you think this is a good post or a good approach. We’ve heard it all before & the outcome is always the same hence the part where we want marginalized voices to be centered. Also, if you can only think of people as minorities? You’re an asshole.

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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via paradiscacorbasi)

Good lord this shit pisses me off. “White America.” If you don’t want to be stereotyped as more than a fucking color, don’t generalize us. Yes. Blacks had it bad. So terribly bad, and nothing white people ever do will ever be able to make up for that or convince some that the racism of our forefathers was not inherent. I understand that. My heart bleeds for those who suffered. Those still suffering.

But you, in your holier-than-thou speech have not only ignited, but bred a hate for anyone that isn’t a POC. I am this “white America” you speak of with such venom. Nineteen years old, working to pay for college, trying to keep my head above water. I am not my ancestors, whether they were slave holders or not. I am not my grandparents, whether they agreed with segregation and maltreatment or not. I am not even my father or mother, no matter what deep dark racial biases they may hold. Or not. I hold no rod, no whip, no assumption that I am better than any POC, and no delusions about the horrors of America’s past.

So with that said, I have never assumed any victim of slavery had any consent in anything. I have never “lied to myself” about any black relatives of mine— want to know why? Because my black family is in my family because a white person loves a black person. My brother, who is neither his ancestors, his grandparents, or even his parents loves his wife and son. He is part of that “white America”. And if— God willing— my black boyfriend asks me to marry him, our children will be black because this white person loves him and them. I am part of that “white America”.

If you want to talk about ignorance, here it is. My ancestors may have done some fucked up shit. I neither condone nor take pride in it. I’m ashamed of it. But that was them. Not me. I am a person. I am no more and no less of a person than people of color who were discriminated against fifty, one hundred, three hundred years ago. I am a person, and by calling me “white America” and assuming that I am a part of any minority that still holds racism in their hearts, that is ignorance. That is racism.

So stop propagating your racism by candy-coating it in stories that do not belong to you. You have excellent facts, excellent research, and I have the past working strongly against me. But this white person is not the one being racist here. You are.

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The point flew straight over this one’s head. Like completely. Anyone want to collect their cousin & teach her how to read for content & context?

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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia, laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America. (via dumbthingswhitepplsay)

America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.”

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(( The thing that bugs me about this sort of rhetoric, even though it’s mostly accurate and correct, is that it’s often used as a sort of hammer to attempt to make white people feel sorry for having been born white. I was born in the 1980s. I have never done anything to oppress anyone. Also, the statement that “not doing anything to end racism is in itself racist” is a bullshit statement only stated by annoying white kids in college classrooms to try to be superior (as if being vegan and pro-gay wasn’t enough to lord over everyone else).

Also Black people with white people last names weren’t given the names of their white rapist forefathers, they were given the names of their ancestors’ owners. A better example for this is one of Genetics. Most people of African descent, of the tribes that were sold into slavery, will not grow body hair. So black people with body hair are mixed race. There, there’s your rape evidence. Slaves didn’t get to have their own genealogy, they were named for the household that owned them.

I’mma gonna stop bitching now. I believe in accurate representation of history. I don’t believe in going out of one’s way to try to make someone feel like shit for something their great grandparents did to someone else’s great grandparents. My great uncle was a member of the Nazi Party, a captain in the German Military. He died on the Hindenberg before the war started, yes, but he was still a Nazi. Now, I hate the Nazis and everything they stood for, but that doesn’t mean I’m filled with self-loathing for being distantly related to someone in the Nazi Party.

I have plenty of other reasons to be filled with self-loathing. Being -white- shouldn’t be added on the pile. ))

I swear people cannot be bothered to read the words I actually typed on the screen. Why is reading comprehension so hard?

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neverwillstop

if equality = colorblind, I don’t want it

witchsistah:

neverwillstop:

I am BlackBlackBlackBlackBlack.

Don’t try to erase my identity.

Saying you “forgot” I was Black is not okay.

Being seen as human = “normal” = white is bullshit.

Normal =/= white.

Basically, they’re saying, “The only way I can even hope to see you as human is to pretend you aren’t covered in the icky Negro.”

youngbadmangone

So I’m watching Mulan with my little sister

youngbadmanbrown:

karnythia:

theluckiestofnachos:

youngbadmanbrown:

And I haven’t seen this movie in years

but what the fuck is this bullshit when Mushu appears with organ music and doing a whole black preacher thing

like, god damn it Disney

Fuck it, god damn it white people

You’re making a movie about god damn China and you find the time to throw some black stereotypes in there? Eat a dick.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie wasn’t problematic in a bunch of other ways too

Um, what? That was supposed to be CREEPY GHOST/MONSTER MUSIC. Mulan was scared because she thought it was a MONSTER or a SPIRIT. It was NOT a “black preacher thing”. Not in any way. Just because Mushu was VOICED BY A BLACK MAN does NOT make it stereotypical or racist. Disney was not looking to offend. This probably didn’t even cross their minds. Sorry if you felt that way. If you did, that probably means you were looking for something to be offended by. Woo, sorry, that was a rant. This just struck a nerve. I mean, what? Why are you even thinking like that? It’s freakin’ Disney. Calm your face.

Disney’s fondness for including racist imagery in their products is well documented. There’s a reason they’ve had to heavily edit so many of their products after the fact. There’s a laundry list of problematic shit in Mulan too, hell his name is Mu Shu for starters. As for that idea that Disney wasn’t looking to offend anyone so this was okay…that’s bullshit of the highest order. So the fuck what if someone somewhere who isn’t black decided this wasn’t offensive? Lots of racist shit isn’t supposed to be offensive to the people who aren’t part of the group being insulted. Guess what? It’s still offensive.

Fuck, I actually was wondering about that too. 

Yeah there’s been a lot of criticism of Mulan over the years. Is it less offensive than some of the other Disney products? Yes. But it still has its share of fuckery.

(via youngbadmangone)

youngbadmangone

So I’m watching Mulan with my little sister

theluckiestofnachos:

youngbadmanbrown:

And I haven’t seen this movie in years

but what the fuck is this bullshit when Mushu appears with organ music and doing a whole black preacher thing

like, god damn it Disney

Fuck it, god damn it white people

You’re making a movie about god damn China and you find the time to throw some black stereotypes in there? Eat a dick.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie wasn’t problematic in a bunch of other ways too

Um, what? That was supposed to be CREEPY GHOST/MONSTER MUSIC. Mulan was scared because she thought it was a MONSTER or a SPIRIT. It was NOT a “black preacher thing”. Not in any way. Just because Mushu was VOICED BY A BLACK MAN does NOT make it stereotypical or racist. Disney was not looking to offend. This probably didn’t even cross their minds. Sorry if you felt that way. If you did, that probably means you were looking for something to be offended by. Woo, sorry, that was a rant. This just struck a nerve. I mean, what? Why are you even thinking like that? It’s freakin’ Disney. Calm your face.

Disney’s fondness for including racist imagery in their products is well documented. There’s a reason they’ve had to heavily edit so many of their products after the fact. There’s a laundry list of problematic shit in Mulan too, hell his name is Mu Shu for starters. As for that idea that Disney wasn’t looking to offend anyone so this was okay…that’s bullshit of the highest order. So the fuck what if someone somewhere who isn’t black decided this wasn’t offensive? Lots of racist shit isn’t supposed to be offensive to the people who aren’t part of the group being insulted. Guess what? It’s still offensive.

(via acearmin)