“I’m tired of people asking me to smooth my name out for them. They want me to bury it in English so they can understand. I will not accommodate the word for mouth. I will not break my name so your lazy English can sleep its tongue on top. Fix your lips around them. No you can’t give me a stupid nickname so that you can replace this gift of five letters.” - Hiwot Adilow (linked above, performing the quoted piece)
“Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire
pictured above: Entitled white woman Jenny Johnson in all her ethnocentricity. I grew up with women like her, they were my teachers, classmates. They resent any self-possessed “other” as “arrogant” for attempting to access the same common courtesy and respect they might allow those as vanilla as themselves. These women view it as their birthright to decide what is “weird” and “obscure” from within a niche limited to “white women named Jenny.” They blame their linguistic inadequacy on our parentage while resting on the privileges of their own. These women never amount to anything beyond an ignorant bully forever isolating themselves from incredible people with spectacular names.
our insistence that you pronounce our names correctly = “arrogance”
your insistence that our names are too difficult for you & that we should just deal w/the way you mangle them = ????? (the answer is white supremacy)
WHAT THE……THIS IS NUTS. mod mad you are so so talented.
heres the link to the Vimeo for higher quality. someday SPG will be lucky enough to have as good of an artist as you do something like this for us.
Goodness gracious how wonderful
:O this is awesome.
“The other night me and a couple of my friends went out to have a good time and there’s this young thing. I call her a thing because you know I don’t know how to tip toe around gender rules or queer politics. I’m 30 years old rich and famous - I don’t have to deal with that shit anymore. So we’ll just call him “him/her/thing” and you know she just finds my shows offensive… so anyway she got upset that I paint myself brown, that I would use language that she found offensive.”
Sharon Needles, everyone. Unapologetic racist and cissexist.
See. It does matter. It informs others in a certain way. I can personally say as a Mexican that I’m terrified of the north. I’m scared of Chicago. I’m not used to that many white people.
“she could have put her energy towards ‘real’ racism…” Oh, you mean like letting a well-known performer know that parts of her ‘act’ are hurtful in real ways & perpetuate racist ignorance in real ways? You mean like ‘real’ racism like that?
PROTIP SHARON: there’s no such thing as
- fake racism
- pretend racism
- “a little bit racist”
fuck this racist clown, fuck every last racist shitstain cheering for her.
Video from the previously linked article about the woman in Pearland, TX who drove her Jeep into a 13 year old boy on a go-kart. [X]
I’m really disappointed in the way the reporter presents the story, saying “some bloggers tried to make this into a race issue!” like it’s an absurd idea. Of course, when the white reporter asks the white Sheriff it’s a race issue, he makes a sound of exasperation & then says it’s not a matter of race, but of poor judgment.
It’s absolutely impossible for me to believe that this woman would have acted so irrationally & violently if the kids on go-karts were white. Even if they were white kids who “looked like” other white kids who were ‘causing mischief’ (riding bikes onto people’s driveways? really?), it’s incredibly unlikely that she would have reacted this way.
All I get from this is that white people think it’s reasonable to treat POC like they’re unwelcome in the neighborhood they live in.
How to comb out dreads WITHOUT (too much) cutting.
it can be done.
You’ve probably heard by now that my little sister, applesandmustard is combing out her locs. I know. I’m still in mourning. But I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the process of combing out locs so I thought I would share her informative video.
ps. So I’ve already gotten 4 panicked inbox messages in response to this video. I’m not coming out my locs. Calm down! lol
Hunh, when I combed mine out I used leave in conditioner instead of water & just combed started from the ends. Admittedly even though mine were 4 years old my hair never did loc properly.