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darkjez

Remember that time when some bitches who ain’t know me decided that I’m white-passing & “look Italian on a regular basis”

darkjez:

I tried to pick my (white) nephew up from daycare the other day &, despite the fact that I’m listed in his file as one of the people allowed to pick him up, the lil becky that was watching him that afternoon refused to release him to me. She called his mom (my sister) & I overheard her saying that “some black chick showed up to get him & I wasn’t sure…”

remind me again why I’m the only black person that’s somehow not allowed to use the n-word

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milkywaysdiamond

To all the Anons and Non-Anons

moniquill:

milkywaysdiamond:

The costume I am wearing tonight was in no way supposed to be so offensive to so many people… 

I took elements of a culture that I liked, that I found attractive, and decided to incorporate them into my outfit tonight - I admire and respect the Native American culture. I’m going to ask that everyone stop being so hateful to me when I was not aiming to insult anyone. My intentions were innocent, the thought never crossed my mind that what I was wearing would insult anyone - I try to be the best person I can, and I would never intentionally hurt anyone. Someone reblogging my photo with the caption “look at this stupid bitch” is really ridiculous if you’re trying to promote “love and cultural understanding”, not to mention hurtful to me. I truly am sorry if you’re offended - it was never my intention - and I hope you all enjoy your night. 

P.S I will be removing the tags as well as the caption.

Peace and Love

I’m not offended.

I’m hurt.

THIS HURTS ME.

Maybe you didn’t see my post the first time, so let me paste it again here.

‘Indian Costumes’ are HURTFUL.

Dressing up in redface is hurtful. Wearing ‘war paint’ is hurtful. Dressing up as another race by wearing terribly stereotypical caricatures of what you think that race looks like is not appropriate. When you dress up like this and take photos like this it adds one more images to the ponderous pile of this shit that creates the pervasive cultural notion that this is what people should think of when they hear ‘Native American’ , and IT HURTS REAL NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE. It creates, in the minds of the people that see you dressed like that, a stereotype - a caricature of what Native people do/should look like that erases us in reality and removes us from their perception of the modern world. It turns ‘Native American’ into someone wearing beads and headbands and feathers and face paint. It turns an ethnic, racial identity into a costume.

It is racism.

When you only speak about Native American people in the past tense, in certain contexts. When you only mention us as pertains to White history. When you depict us in stereotypical ways. That is how racist thought is cemented in your mind and the minds of others.

I am tired of cultural appropriation.

I am tired of having to constantly be an educator of people who largely don’t want to be educated who get self-righteously angry (And refuse to learn. And continue to be angry) when they’re confronted. I am tired of being -hurt- by racism. I am tired of people who claim that they love and admire ‘Native American Culture’ but in fact know fuck all about Pan-Indian culture or the fact that ‘Native American’ is a blanket term for hundreds of hugely disparate indigenous nations across two continents and that we do NOT have just one culture.

And before you argue that folks who dress this way don’t MEAN to be racist or that they’re just having fun, before your many white allies rally around to tell me how wrong I am and what a good person you are and how you are not a racist…know this:

Racism is not in your intent.

Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are.

This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist.

Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.

If you think that dressing up as a stereotype is somehow ‘celebrating’ anyone’s culture, that speaks to some really problematic shit in how you’ve been educated, what you’ve been exposed to, what you think you know about what Native Americans are and what we look like. And while it’s not your fault that the culture of your upbringing has handed you that shit on a silver platter and said ‘eat it’, and not your fault that you did eat it without knowing better, it’s still bullshit and it’s still hurtful. You have the Internet at your disposal. You can become educated as to what Native Americans really are like and what we really are about and why not only is that outfit that you put on not remotely like anything legitimately Native American - but that you CAN’T make a costume that’s legitimately Native American. Because we don’t all look alike. Because we’re people.

Let’s go back in time. Let’s go back to my kindergarten class where kids are doing that stupid hand-over-mouth ‘woo woo’ war cry shit at me. Let’s go back to elementary school, watching Peter Pan at the end of the year and getting reprimanded when I walk out of the room to sit in the hall during the ‘What makes the red man red’ song because I can’t fucking explain to the teacher why it makes me want to cry. Let’s go back to my girlscout troop, where one of the leaders is quoting that movie and saying ‘SQUAW GETTUM FIREWOOD!’ and getting huffy and offended when called out on it by my mother. Let’s go back to my middle school chorus that’s singing Colors of the Wind and listen to all the resultant comments from my classmates AND TEACHERS. Let’s go back to when I was fourteen years old and a car full of college-aged white guys drove by shouting ‘FUCK YEAH, POCAHOTNESS’ and making sexual gestures at me. Let’s go back to last year, when a coworker asked me why I was asking for a personal day and checked ‘Religious Observance’ when she knows I’m not a Christian- I told her it was for a powwow, and she wanted to come. I told her it wasn’t open to the public and she said ‘Then why even have one.’

Then why even have one?

THEN WHY EVEN HAVE ONE?

Let’s talk about the fact that NDN women are 3.5 times more likely to be raped. And that we are raped by a non-Native man in 86% of cases. 70% of the time, our rapist is white.

When people dress like this, they perpetuate stereotypes about native people, AND THEY UPHOLD AND COSIGN ALL THAT SHIT.

You cannot offer me peace and love in a sincere way while you still don’t understand what you’ve done. While you might still do it again.

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sisoula

naturallysisou:

This guys on tumblr are the reason Black women have high rates of domestic violence.

Tumblr, Twitter…today has been an education in how many people I can lose respect for in an hour.

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rawstory.com
welpington:

quickhits:

Bill Kristol accidentally says something accurate.

Raw Story:
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is going to have a tough time winning if the election is a referendum on President Barack Obama’s first term.
“They need to focus on the next four years,” the conservative columnist told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.”
“Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”

Gee Bill, when you put it that way, it’s practically an endorsement of Obama. What he’s basically saying is, “If you had to be absolutely honest, Obama’s done a pretty good job. Can’t really run against that. What you have to do is speculate on what Obama might do and run against that — a conservative can never go wrong with a straw man.”
It’s like he thinks liberals don’t even know Fox News exists, so he can safely say what he really thinks there and it won’t ever leave the clubhouse.

welpington:

quickhits:

Bill Kristol accidentally says something accurate.

Raw Story:

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is going to have a tough time winning if the election is a referendum on President Barack Obama’s first term.

“They need to focus on the next four years,” the conservative columnist told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.”

“Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”

Gee Bill, when you put it that way, it’s practically an endorsement of Obama. What he’s basically saying is, “If you had to be absolutely honest, Obama’s done a pretty good job. Can’t really run against that. What you have to do is speculate on what Obama might do and run against that — a conservative can never go wrong with a straw man.”

It’s like he thinks liberals don’t even know Fox News exists, so he can safely say what he really thinks there and it won’t ever leave the clubhouse.

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vmr

bana05:

highvoodoopussypope:

alexandraerin:

highvoodoopussypope:

ihopemittromney:

Mitt Romney just cost himself the election: This video comes from mother jones- someone got ahold of footage from one of his private fundraisers, rambling about entitlements and the poor, saying in essence he doesn’t care about them.

Original story: http://www.businessinsider.com/if-these-videos-are-real-they-look-horrible-fo…

whoop dere it is

I’m glad this is getting circulation, but I will say again: he has not lost the election until he’s lost it. Those of us who can vote must vote, or he’ll still win.

YES SERIOUSLY YOU STILL NEED TO VOTE

Mitt Romney is a gross human being and needs to not be president of a fucking fan club, let alone the United States of America.

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lavenderlabia
Men are not the victims of sexism. It is impossible for a man to be the victim of sexism. Just like it’s impossible for a white person to be the victim of racism. Reverse sexism and reverse racism are words invented by white men to label anyone who questions their power and unconscious desire to crap all over minorities and women. Next we’re going to have “When is it International Men’s Day?” - the answer: every day. “When is it white history month?” - every month. Grow up. Your loss of entitlement doesn’t mean you’re the victim of sexism.

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I fundamentally disagree with this as I’ve seen men experience sexism, and white people experience racism. As long as you continue to claim things like this, you feed into the problem which is, yes women can be sexist against men and when those women refuse to hire male nurses, male florists, male baby sitters, etc because of their gender alone, that is sexism, and it is wrong.  Yes, people not of Caucasian ethnicity can be racist and when that happens, you have families flipping shit on their Puerto Rican son for dating a white girl, African American comedians perpetuating the cycle of fear, mistrust, and hate between cultures, and parents teaching their children that they’re not supposed to like or trust white people- even of their teachers are white.  Shit you not, I have seen all of those things, many times.  The fact is that, yes, the minority groups tend to experience and are victims of “ISMS” more than the majority groups.  But that doesn’t nullify the fact that it continues to happen on both sides.  Just as within the fat positivity movement, I have seen some curvy girls body police/body shame skinny girls, within the LGBT community I’ve seen homosexuals discriminate against bisexuals, etc.  To deny that ISMS are universal, come from all angles, go in all directions, is to lie to yourself about reality.

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Wow, um, no.  You’re majorly confusing racism/sexism with the prejudice that white people/thin people/men face.  Because if you’re thin, there is NOT a national campaign by the first lady to “make you healthy” and gain weight.  Because if you’re white, the government doesn’t have to TELL employers to stop being racist and employ you.  Because if you’re a man, politicians aren’t taking away your rights, and a large group of politicians don’t believe you are subservient to the other gender.  Racism, classism, fatphobia, these things ARE NOT microaggressions, this is full blown People-in-power-are-trying-to-take-your-rights-away.

The idea that a women turning down a nurse because he male?  Where?  Where did you experience this?  Because I’ve NEVER heard of that happening, but I have heard of male nurses who were PUSHED to become doctors because the patriarchy says men should never be in females positions.  I’ve heard of female nurses who hit that glass ceiling, because no one believed as females that they could DO anything else.

Are you aware that women still only make (on average, some is LOWER) .77 cents to a mans dollar on the same jobs?  What do you make of that?  You think if women don’t speak out, suddenly the men and women who have been brainwashed into thinking women can never be equal to men will pull their heads out of their asses and suddenly realized patriarchy is bad, and we should treat everyone as equals?  What magical land do you live in?!

Oh, a poor American white person was rejected for his skin color by a POC family.  Did you know white people are the least likely to marry outside their own skin color?  Have you WATCHED the news?  Have you SEEN republicans in southern states put voter restriction laws into effect that are ILLEGAL and ONLY AFFECT POC?  You’re saying that one small instant where that Puerto Rican family rejected a white girl is EQUIVALENT to the thousands of black, innocent people that have been killed by Police in New York?  All over America?  Your privilege is REEKING. 

You’re telling me that somehow NOT pointing out injustice and -isms is going to somehow make it disappear?  If someone is constantly beating you with a baseball bat, does ignoring it make the pain, and the person with the bat, disappear?

As for you stupid ass fatphobia comment, let me tell you something.  Nowhere in the WHOLE WORLD are you going to see a thin man/women asked to pay MORE for a seat on a plane.

Yeah, it sucks that there is prejudice, but when people who have privilege stand up in front of a crowd and say “But, what about me?”… Fuck you.  We’re all trying to secure rights, and some of us are trying to live long enough to try to change something, and here the privileged people are, complaining about that one isolated incident where someone called you *GASP* a cracker.

ISMS aren’t about HATE, they’re about POWER.  POC, women, and fat people DON’T HAVE POWER.  Please, educate yourself before you open your mouth on something you don’t understand.

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ro-s-a-spark-s

ros-a-sp-arks:

So what if Gabby didn’t win individual medals in the events she had? 

I am serious. There is nothing pointing to her being inconsistent or sub-par in her performances if she didn’t get any individual event finals medals.

What is DOES point to is that gymnastics at the Olympics is ridiculously taxing and difficult.

For those of you who do not know how it works…normal gymnastics meets are:

You do the 4 events.

You place in each event, or not.

You place in the AA, or not.

Your team scores are determined by different matrixes and the team wins, OR NOT.

THAT’S IT.

You do NOT do Team preliminaries, team finals, AA finals, and individual event finals.

Never mind that if you place in ALL of these various events, then you’re STILL practicing all of those events. Do you know how much work that is? How you know how hard on your body that would be?

I want everyone, including other gymnasts to sit down, use their noggins, and do the math. It’s pretty simple. You do not train that hard for ANY meet. (save the Worlds) But, even then, the preparation and pressure one must endure for the Worlds is nothing compared to the gotdam Olympics.

I am surprised Gabby is still standing up. I am surprised she didn’t collapse during bars yesterday. Girlfriend is tired. She worked her ass off and beat EVERYONE ELSE in the all-around. For a bunch of tables who refuse to give her props for that, you sure seem to have a lot of expectations for her NOW. Oh right, because she IS that good and you’re hedging your bets.

Never mind that she has put up with tables shouting about her kitchen, her smile, her family life, her EVERYTHING, I think she should’ve walked out with her AA gold medal, smiled, and just yelled fuck you to everyone and walked out. 

I mean. It’s just so transparent and obvious. Y’all cannot handle an African American gymnast, with limited resources, experience, and support came out and handed everyone else their ass. Welp. Deal with it. She did. And she did it with grace.

And the mental and physical toll of that victory is apparent. 

Talk about that, you table. Not whether or not she didn’t get a gold medal in every fucking thing, ever. Besides, YOU go out there and do what she did. 

Oh no?

OK, then sit down. 

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womanistgamergirl
brashblacknonbeliever:

If PoC have to do it, shouldn’t white people do it too?

brashblacknonbeliever:

If PoC have to do it, shouldn’t white people do it too?

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drowndeepinblah

Baratunde just annoyed me…

pityplease:

eclecticspectrum:

If you can’t understand why Nigerians feel overprotective of a name like Baratunde then…oh boy.

I am so tired of the people saying “I just want to connect to Africa” and not realize that by doing so they will ruffle feathers.

No one is required to feel flattered by your desires. 

DAMN IT BARATUNDE!!!

My father made the distinct choice to give my brothers and me Ghanaian names. I know few 1st Generation kids and Ghanaian-born kids have Ghanaian first names written on their birth certificates.

Colonialism, racism, and all the other isms have worked and continue to work to take our names from us.

So excuse the hell out of my Naija cousins for not jumping for joy that your parents gave you a Naija name. They aren’t required to pound drums and do a little dance because of it. 

It’s not a question of you not being “that” black it’s understanding that blackness is complicated. There isn’t a damned hierarchy. My difficult to pronounce Ghanaian name (I go by the Ga version of my day of the week name, Afia, which I’m pretty sure folks will still butcher) doesn’t make me more black than someone who is a product of the diaspora - it just means that my father decided to name me after his mother and torture every non-Ghanaian who tries to pronounce it. 

Let me say this again - no one is required to feel flattered by your desires. Africans aren’t required to be accepting when they are fighting to hold on to their identities.

Now that doesn’t mean that I think folks shouldn’t try to reach out - just don’t expect a warm hand that is blindly welcoming.

Look chick, first of all I’m Nigerian. I’m Yoruba. And it seems like you are neither the country of Nigeria or the continent itself. So don’t speak for your Naija “cousins”— we’re not friends. We’re not a collective. Fuck off.

Second, what type of sense does it make to get mad at someone over a name they did not choose?

Third, REGARDLESS of that second point how dare you condemn the Black Diaspora for engaging their African roots when we benefit from their American/Western ties? How dare you. Instead of trying to promote Anti-Blackness at every turn you should consider why it is we have this division in the first place. 

This ‘massa’s pet’ behavior needs to stop.

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thisiswhiteprivilege

#779

alwaysamisfit86:

thisiswhiteprivilege:

White privilege is gasing and shooting 71 people, killing 12 of them and rigging an apartment building with explosive. Then have the media to not only refer to you in the most respectful manner but all but doting on you for being a Ph.D Neuroscience candidate. Meanwhile, the late Trayvon Martin, who killed NO ONE is still being slaughtered in the media and referred to as a gansta,thug and menace to society after he was GUNNED DOWN!

At what point will white people set up a PayPal account for this guy’s defense? Because obviously, he was standing his ground!!!

Let’s also talk about the fact that there was a similar incident that happened at the Spiderman movie over here in Oakland (in a neighborhood that is predominately black) not too long ago and NOTHING was said about it on national media…

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