POC are not the only ones discriminated against. What about when POC dicriminate against someone who's LGBT and white? Is the LGBT white person still being dicriminated against 'less' because the person attacking them is a POC?
POCs are not the only minority group discriminated against. And People of Color discriminating against a gay person would be homophobia—no matter the race of the person.
“Your heart being broken over being called racist is a drop of piss in the urinal compared to actual people of color having to contend with systemic racism, blatant discrimination, and micro aggressions on a daily basis. You get to feel bad for five minutes, log out of Tumblr, and go back to your life. Marginalized people don’t have that privilege; I suggest you check yours.”—
Ultimately, these attitudes cause a real problem for women of color. How are we to know whether someone is flirting with us because they have a genuine interest in us as people or because of their completely unfounded imaginary picture of minority women? Of course, there are plenty of men who fall into the former category, but the history of colonization makes it that much harder for women of color to pick them out. We are not exotic beings from another species; we are all human and all different. These racial stereotypes make us into interchangeable, replaceable objects with no personal desires.
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Bolding mine. Shoutout to my old “friend” who told me I had jungle fever and said he wanted some “tight, Asian, pussy.”
Here’s the thing: If you’re using the holiday season to go out of your way to be an asshole to someone, believer or non-believer, you’re doing it wrong, and I wish you would stop. That’s not a war, it’s a slap fight and it’s embarrassing. As a non-believer, when someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, I say “Merry Christmas” back, because generally speaking I understand that what “Merry Christmas” means in this context is “I am offering you good will in a way I know how,” and I appreciate that sentiment. Left to my own devices, I use “Happy holidays” because I know a lot of people who aren’t Christians (or at least Christmas-centered) and that seems the best way to express my own good will; the vast majority of people get what I’m doing and appreciate that sentiment too.
I think most people get the idea that regardless of religion or lack thereof, we’ve designated this time of year as the one where we make an effort to be decent to each other. Accept it. Welcome it. Live it, in the best way you know how. Be tolerant and gracious when others share this sentiment in a way different than you would. Look for what they’re saying means, not just the words they use to say it. It would be a fine way to have everyone enjoy the season.
Hey, i usually agree with you, but.. Women CAN be sexist. Fat people CAN be sizeist. Differently abled people CAN be ableist. Just saying, because you implied that none of them were true when I've seen enough internalized sexism, sizeism (real women have curves; only a dog wants a bone!), ableism (my autistic former friend would say 'retarded' constantly) And POC can be racist. I'm in Texas. I hear EVERYONE calling people 'spics' and 'wetbacks'. White people, black people, everyone.
The Have A Seat Movement has been inactive for a few months but apparently the universe needs seats to be given to so many different people/organizations. Today’s seat is for New York Magazine. In their “15 Minutes Awards” section of their site they describe it as
About 99.99999% of those slurs are created by other white people. And the vast majority of them have to do because those specific type of white people were impoverished. More specifically, it wasn’t about them just being poor, it was because they were poor “like niggers”. That is why, for example, the Irish fought so hard against Black people in the New England area because they didn’t want to be considered to be in the same position of Blacks even though they were similarly discriminated against.
None of those up there are true. And yet again, when you say shit like that and then want people of color to be all ”Rah-Rah-Rah!” for your cause?
Naw…I can totally see why they wouldn’t want to get aboard that train.
Ugh. Where do I start with the WRONG in this statement.?
This is why we have words and phrases that MEAN THINGS, people. Things like: “internalized misogyny” rather than just “misogyny” and “internalized racism” rather than “racism”.
No, women can’t be sexist. Even if a woman did and said all the sexist things that men do, her words and actions would still lack the power a man has because of the patriarchy and sexism/misogyny.
For example? The word “bitch”. A woman using against other women it will never equal the effect of a man using it against women. Her use will never have the same force. When a man says “bitch” there’s a whole different dynamic that comes into play. When a woman says bitch she’s hurting herself. Even as she’s acting from internalized misogyny, by taking down the status of women, she is taking down her own status.
Men don’t stand to lose a damn thing by saying “bitch” (or any other word that is derrogatory towards women).
That’s why any reasonable definition of racism (and other -isms) must be centered around power differentials. Power makes all the difference.
You can hate someone all you want, but unless you have the power to make your hatred resonate and surround the object of your disdain without it blowing back on you? It doesn’t really mean much.
A PoC can’t be racist because even if they hated, despised and wanted all white people to die (a sentiment I wouldn’t blame anyone for, because we white folks have really been a collective scourge on this planet) - they can’t arrange the world to put white people at a disadvantage. The boon white people get from having a world that reflects, glorifies, favors, and validates us in every aspect doesn’t go away. No matter what hurtful actions a PoC takes against white individuals.
Hell, even the meanest name in the English language they could use would never be as hurtful or have as much force and as much ability to assert dominance as the words white people have for people of color - words which, like the language of Mordor, I refuse to utter here.
So, no. Your definition is wrong. Women, fat people, disabled people, PoC, etc cannot be any of those things. They can internalize them and act out of them, but lacking institutional power is what makes the difference.
It’s not just about hatred. It’s about having the power to inflict your hate on others that really matters. Prejudice without power is like a tiger in a cage, all you have to do is step back a few steps and you’re safe. Prejudice with power is like radiation, it’s everywhere and you can’t outrun it.
I’ve talked enough times about ageism in mainstream autism coverage, with a constant, unvarying focus on the very young, with little to no interest in the lives and stories of autistic adults, especially middle-aged and elderly ones. But I haven’t done as much talking about another mainstream lie in constructing the autistic identity that’s equally prevalent: The myth of autism as being only a part of life for middle-to-upper class white people.
Hey, I like this blog a lot. If you don't mind helping me out I have a query- I'm looking for an article or essay that I found a few years ago about the Star Wars character Jar-Jar Binks and the list of ways his character was used to appropriate and demean a variety of cultures. I have absolutely no idea about its origination- it could be from a magazine or blog or just about anything. It was well written and the author seemed to have a strong background in racial issues and sci fi. Halp?
Hey! I’ve never heard of this. Can anyone help her out?
Here’s a tip for the do-it-yourself crowd: Go to your computer’s Start menu, and either go to “run” or just search for “cmd.” Open it up, and type in “ping [website address],” like so:
Once you have the IP for a website, all you really need to do is enter it like you would a normal URL and hit enter/press go. Typing in “188.8.131.52” should bring you to the front page of AO3, for example, just as typing “184.108.40.206/dashboard” should bring you straight to your Tumblr dashboard. Since we’re obviously bracing for the worst case scenario which would involve you not being able to access Tumblr regularly, you should, like, save this list, I guess.
I love this blog, but your response to the adoption comment was incredibly hurtful and offensive being adopted myself. My parents may be white, but they're not the richest people in the world and they struggled to afford to adopt my brother and me. And I am grateful every day that they did and for the life I had. I'm sure there are plenty of other people out there like me.
I’m sorry that it was hurtful. There is lots of resources out there that talk about trans-racial adoption and the tendency of these adoptions to revolve around the White Savior Complex as well as with trans-racial adoption often times the children are isolated from their original cultures. I know a lot of families that try to keep their child connected to their culture and I also know many who don’t because of this notion of “colorblindness.” And if your parents struggled to adopt you…then it was not about your parents to which I was speaking. Rich white people have the hardest time relating to people of color. So when their child is a person of color…that can become problematic. Here’s one blog about it I can think of right off the bat:
Prepare for the whiplash as suddenly Neanderthals become seen as the great and noble innovators of history, lifting primitive man out of the dirt.
I LITERALLY just fucking had this conversation with my parents. Like “oh now that white people are more related to neanderthals, new info is gonna be found that neanderthals were all as smart as einstein!!!!” or some other bullshit.
“The White Man that landed here, he came with two great weapons. One is the Bible and the other was the gun. If he didn’t humble you with the Bible, he’d crumble you with the gun. And, he’s still praising the Lord and passing ammunition all over the world.”—Lewis H Michaux in “The Black Power Mixtape” (via knowledgeequalsblackpower)
“So, focusing on the dick, if you tell everybody that black men are animals out to rape white women, and Asian men are asexual-at-best, feminine-at-worst and sinister (Yellow Peril, anyone?), you dehumanize BOTH groups of men, hypersexualizing one, and desexualizing the other.”—fuckyeahasianmen (via fascinasians)
Racism has been a keystone of her works since the first book, whether it be magicalist or colorist, and only a Person of Color, or a White person with a keen eye for racial politics, is able to see that the Wizarding World, though it values blood status more than other sorts of natural nuances, it is not “color-blind”. Wizarding Britain was just as imperialist and nationalist as Muggle Britain. If there’s sentiments of nationalism (see: Great Aunt Muriel’s comments regarding the Delacours at Bill and Fleur’s wedding), there’s bound to be sentiments of racism (see: Pansy Parkinson’s dehumanizing comments about Angelina Johnson’s braids).
I love the DELICIOUS irony of Kingsley Shacklebolt, a BLACK WIZARD, being elected Minister for Magic in the aftermath of toppling a racist regime. Also. Remember Pius Thicknesse, the puppet-Minister working for Voldemort after Scrimgeour was murdered in the overtake of the Ministry? I think Jo got Pius Thicknesse’s surname and likeness from this dude:
“My wife and I are thinking of adopting and shockingly found in Texas, the cost for a white infant was $35,000 and the cost of a black infant was $17,000 – these are published numbers on private adoption websites.”—
Hey, would you mind please changing your formatting/font color (the white on white text in Question posts)? A lot of dyslexic people find text like that difficult to read. It's your blog so you don't have to, but it would be appreciated if you did! x
Yeah I noticed that this morning! Was gonna fix and get side-tracked. I have dyslexic tendencies so I find it annoying too! LOL
Should people differentiate better between intentional, ideological racism and unintentional, institutionalized racism, that often stems from ignorance and lack of experience? Because yes, I understand many white people's thoughts are colored by an inherent idea of supremacy of white cultures, but to call that white supremacist? Doesn't that kinda take the edge of those who actually ideologically believe in inherent supremacy of white people?
Not at all. Living in a white supremacist society creates white supremacists…whether they mean to be, want to be…or not.
“ an inherent idea of supremacy of white cultures” is white supremacy. That exactly what it is.
And that’s one of the reasons for this blog. To make white people aware that we have all been conditioned to be and to believe things we don’t all want to be and believe…and that we should be angry and resist against it. So, it’s essential we all understand what we have all been raised to be white supremacists by American society. We have to get out of this way of thinking that white supremacists are just people in white robes or with swastika tattoos. They are us to varying degrees. But, still us.
But, I’m personally more likely to be more understanding of those who I know are just ignorant as long as they want to learn. But, that’s my tactic and I can’t speak for everyone on that.