blueklectic

bblackkblobb:

westindians:

weformlikevoltron:

Lol at fashion bloggers who complain about the exclusivity of high end designer brands being in jeopardy because of rappers, collaborations etc. aka we don’t want black people in the hood to get it. Yet your pretending to like rap by posting Camron tunes and old three six mafia joints

tumblr is real tonight

i just read an ask about someone complaining about ‘ghettofication’

like wtf

masteradept

ethiopienne:

Being a Black girl means having to second guess yourself when you want to speak up against dangerous Black male patriarchy because you know Black men are already viewed as violent and savage in the white supremacist social climate of the West.

Being a Black girl means being told you have to choose between your gender and your race—and not being able to explain why that’s impossible.

Being a Black girl means being told you’re simultaneously hypersexual and undesirable—and if you get assaulted, it’s because you were a ho.

Being a Black girl means being expected to explain all of this over and over and over, calmly and coolly and without blaming anyone or pointing any fingers or having the audacity to raise your voice—even though people will call you Angry(TM) regardless of your tone.

Being a Black girl means being silenced.

alltruthwaitsinallthings-deacti
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say,” My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.” It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you “disagree” with your candidate on these issues.
Doug Wright, Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright (via bookoisseur)
snarkbender

What “free speech” means… and doesn’t mean.

velocispooker:

thisfan:

I follow a whole lot of social justice blogs that heavily moderate their comments sections and/or loudly call out racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. statements, and while there are little things that annoy me from time to time, something that has been sticking in my craw for literally years now is how people who are moderated or called out respond with wailing about their right to free speech being curtailed by not having their comments published, or by having their hateful comments called out as such. This annoys the living fuck out of me because the fundamental lack of understanding of what “free speech” means in the US of America or where that right comes from is so wildly on display in such responses. It annoys me so much that I feel it necessary to write this little screed on the subject, just to get it the fuck out of my system.

The right to free speech in the USA is guaranteed by the first amendment, which reads as follows: 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The key phrase there is right at the top: Congress shall make no law. This means that the freedom of speech you have every right to cling to merely entitles you to say whatever you like without fear or consequence of breaking the law, and without fear or consequence of arrest or other governmental reproach of your comments. And that’s it— that’s the WHOLE extent of what free speech means: the government cannot take any punitive action against you for what you say. Which is awesome! And important! And also: limited in scope. 

The first amendment does NOT entitle you to say anything you want in any forum anywhere in the world, or even every forum in the US. Individual owners of individual spaces (which is what websites/blogs are) can police the speech in their space without any fear of violating the first amendment. Your right to say what you think does NOT entitle you to say it wherever you want; it does entitle you to find a place where your speech will be accepted, but it does NOT compel any particular space to accept/publish your speech. 

So all you people who whine about how blogs like Shakesville or tumblrs like STFUsexists are impinging on your “free speech” by not publishing your sexist/racist/anti-gay/ableist/etc. comments? You are dead fucking wrong. They may be limiting the discourse in their spaces, but that is COMPLETELY within their rights and does NOT interfere with your right to free speech. 

So really? STFU already. Find something else, something legitimate, something that doesn’t make you sound like a whining child, to complain about. And then go find somewhere else to peddle your bullshit, because the SJ blogosphere has NO obligation to indulge your crap.

RELELVANT

polerin

lightspeedsound:

True Story: White people insisting that western society is the most advanced and the most unoppressive and the most liberating is them trying to forget the fact that Non Western civilizations basically invented all forms of higher math, astronomy, zoology, chemistry, medicine, anatomy, organized religion, gunpowder, architecture, calligraphy, paper, routine bathing, sunscreen, birth control, and, OH YEAH, MOTHERFUCKING CIVILIZATION AND A NON-HUNT AND GATHER SOCIETY

…when white people were just sitting around in caves going “oogh” when they died at age 20. 

Or did you forget about Mesopotamia (IN THE MIDDLE EAST, YOU IDIOT) , Egypt, China, The Moorish Empire, Japan, the Incas, the Mayas, and basically all the Native American tribes ever?

Did you forget about how when you came to America, you basically pissed your pants and died of being idiots when it came to growing shit in the ground?

Did you forget about how the Moors basically owned your asses for a huge part of your history, and how you basically tried to stomp out all their academic advances because you thought they were “infidels”? 

Because you were SO DAMN SUSPICIOUS of things like cleanliness that you CUT OFF THEIR HEADS FOR BEING BLASPHEMOUS?

Jesus Christ, white people. Stop harping on about science and religion and math and philosophy.

Like that’s old news, dude.

Quit trying to teach your gran how to bake.