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Racism: What Does It Mean?

zorascreation:

Racism is not just about color. I repeat. Racism is not just about color. When we tell these clueless folks on Tumblr that racism is prejudice + power, we should break down that power into easy-to-comprehend nuggets for better retention:

Prejudice: the ideology that Group B is inherently superior to Group A, and having biases about Group A simply for being Group A.

How is this prejudice supported and substantiated?

Colorism: the practice of believing that one is superior to another on the basis of skintone and then creating a hierarchy based on the quality of the person’s color. Many people believe that racism is only discriminating against someone because they are of a different color, but this is just one aspect of it. Colorism and prejudice become everything else down the line.

Ethnocentrism: the ideology that all ethnic cultures outside of your own are of lesser value and importance than your own and that yours is of utmost relevance to the world. This includes every part of a culture, such as language, behavior, religious beliefs, customs, folkways and cuisine.

Vigilantism: the act of Group B carrying out hate crimes against Group A, via social ills such as domestic terrorism, tarring-and-feathering and rape (ex.: Ku Klux Klan)

Racialized Sexism: the belief that the genders of one’s own ethnic group/race are superior to the genders of another group. This can be reinforced by pitting the genders from both racial groups against one another to create a hierarchy of sexual and ethnic privilege, a combined weapon. Within racialized sexism, certain punishments and rewards are put in place to make sure that people of the oppressed group, Group A, can never rise above their place in the hierarchy. Example? It was perfectly acceptable for a White man to rape an Indigenous woman because Indigenous women were not considered human and thus not women.

 Only White women were considered human and worth saving. For men to be the victims, it has to come from a place of repression, not oppression, because men are repressed by the patriarchy rather than oppressed. Example? White folks created the myth that Black men were lascivious half-devil monsters who wished to rape White women, so the consequences of a Black man even daring to so much as look at a White woman would mean instant death. Also, a White woman had the power to immediately cry “rape!” at his expense, even if he: (a) didn’t make an advance and (b) was being molested by her in the first place

Number one, he’s Black so that’s already a strike against him. Number two, he can’t claim “rape” because the patriarchy says that: (a) men can’t be vulnerable and the racism says that (b) Black people are not human and cannot be victims of anything they didn’t deserve. The same story goes for every race/ethnicity of man and woman in the hierarchy.

This kind of thinking also allows people in Group B to believe that they should have willing & ready sexual access to the bodies of Group A at all times, and if Group A denies them this right, it is “reverse racism”. It’s not reverse racism. Group A just don’t like your racist ass and wants you to stop turning their ethnic background into a Halloweeny fetish.

Supremacism: a more concentrated form of prejudice (which is passive), supremacism is an active philosophy that advocates for the legalized defamation of other ethnic groups to be beneath one’s own on the social ladder. Supremacism is often carried out publicly and loudly and is meant to shape the minds of the supposed superior race into believing these teachings through various mediums. Some mediums of where supremacy is used are in familiar ones such as film, television and literature.

Genocide Culture: genocide culture is when you take supremacism to a more violent, consequential level. If Group B deliberately raids, rapes, destroys and exterminates folks in Group A, this is genocide culture. This is ethnic cleansing. Genocide culture becomes genocide denial down the years after full oppression has taken a foothold. Examples of genocide culture are: the Holocaust, the Eugenics Movement, the Trail of Tears.

Institutionalized Discrimination: the act of denying persons of the undesirable group equal access into social facilities, or making it intensely more difficult for persons of Group A to maintain sovereignty in the world because Group B denies them equal treatment. This can happen anywhere, anyplace & anytime, but when discrimination is legalized, such as in Apartheid Laws of South Africa, it is then institutionalized exploitation. Discrimination will undeniably have a negative effect on the class system as well, because climbing the social ladder will be far more difficult on purpose. Even when legalized discrimination is taken down, cultural discrimination still takes place, and is strengthened by biases in the collective cultural consciousness of the more powerful racial group, Group B.

Hate Speech:  Anyone can practice hate speech, but the cultural and social severity of said hate speech is conditional on the ethnicities of the persons in question. Prime examples of hate speech within racist contexts are ethnic slurs such as: nigger, squaw, wetback, slanty-eye, etc. These words come directly from the institutions that have sanctioned  racist acts a normal way of life. Should the people these words are directed at, Group A, then begin to use words against Group B, this is not racism, this is hate speech. The associations between words like “nigger” and “spic” carry more weight than the associations between words like “honky”. Although it isn’t nice to call anyone an ethnic slur, for a privileged person of Group B to deliberately use such words against Group A holds more consequences. Such terms cannot be removed from their oppressive contexts, especially since the racism in the society is still ongoing.

Privilege-Granting or Favoritism: Because all of society is arrayed against Group A, Group B then reaps the benefits of this by being allowed to be the center of everything in the society. People of Group B will be granted special permissions for everyday things like job offerings and representations in the media, because Group B is the standard by which everyone must measure themselves in the society. This thing, called privilege, seeps into EVERY single aspect of the society, even in places where people of Group A & Group B may have some oppression in common, such as being Women or LGBT. And even though they may share this oppression in common, people of Group B will still maintain their power because of their race. As a reaction to this, Group A is forced to either: (a) be eternally subservient to the wishes of Group B or (b) create their own safe spaces and niche groups where their community can be uplifted (HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, PoC organizations, etc.)

Conditionalism: when oppressed groups within the oppressor group (Group B) are discriminated against and dehumanized. Example? The oppression of Anglo-Americans towards the Irish. Conditionalism manifests when oppressed groups within the oppressor group are given a choice: (a) accept the terms of their fate or (b) work towards freeing themselves of their lower status. How do they work towards freeing themselves of their lower status? By oppressing Group A. Example? Irish folks were not considered “white”, but “white negroes” and were seen equally as horrid as Blacks, but Irish folks were able to achieve their Whiteness by performing Blackface at the expense of Black peoples.

Exploitation: part of discrimination, exploitation is the art and science of manipulating the society in order to make things extremely difficult for Group A’s success to flourish. This often manifests itself in places where people in Group A are forced into substandard living conditions because of laws that prohibit them from making the same successes as people in Group B. Even if a person from Group A “makes it”, his or her success will be constantly threatened by circles of power that seek to: (a) discredit him or her, (b) defame him or her. Also, should the successful person in Group A ever seek to help his or her own people out of their abject poverty, this will be seen as a threat to the stability of the order (and it is). The life-line of the success is always conditional on the ability to be consumed by the dominant culture.

ALL OF THESE PRACTICES ARE STILL IN ORDER IN SOME FORM TODAY AND EVERYONE IN GROUP A, ALSO KNOWN AS PEOPLE OF COLOR, ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM THE HISTORICAL AND PRESENT-DAY NEGATIVE BACKLASHES FROM CENTURIES, EVEN MILLENNIA, OF OPPRESSION BY OPPOSING, POWERFUL FORCES. THIS SORT OF OPPRESSION GOES UNNOTICED BY PEOPLE IN GROUP B BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAVE TO THINK ABOUT BEING JUDGED BY A DOMINANT POWER BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF THE DOMINANT POWER. AND RECEIVE ITS BENEFITS. RACISM IS NOT OVER. IT DID NOT MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR WHEN BARACK OBAMA WAS ELECTED.

IN FACT, IT GOT WORSE. MUCH, MUCH WORSE. DON’T BELIEVE ME? ASK PEOPLE OF COLOR ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCES. LOOK UP STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. KNOW YOUR PRIVILEGE. TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR PRIVILEGE. DECOLONIZE YOUR MIND. FREE YOURSELF FROM THIS BULLSHIT. AND THAT’S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

*sips tea*

Filed under racism prejudice colorism ethnocentrism vigilantism hate speech privilege white privilege critical thinking politics important

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sanityscraps:

jesteractivist:

areyoudoingitwrong:

In what world is this even funny? Not only are you making rape a joke, but you’re making the death of a rape victim a joke. I don’t care how fucking big and macho you think you are
REAL MEN DON’T RAPE.

This fucking pisses me off! 

If I were to ever see someone wearing this shirt in real life, people would get punched. 

sanityscraps:

jesteractivist:

areyoudoingitwrong:

In what world is this even funny? Not only are you making rape a joke, but you’re making the death of a rape victim a joke. I don’t care how fucking big and macho you think you are

REAL MEN DON’T RAPE.

This fucking pisses me off! 

If I were to ever see someone wearing this shirt in real life, people would get punched. 

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Yes .... He's BLACK, Don'cha Know! So, Let's Raise ALL The Racist Stereotypes To Bring Doubt!

phroyd:

What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”

Thus far these attacks have fallen into two categories: false and irrelevant. Much of this leaked information seems intended to play into stereotypes about young African-American males. Here’s what everyone should know:

1. Prominent conservative websites published fake photos of Martin. Twitchy, a new website run by prominent conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, promoted a photo — purportedly from Martin’s Facebook page — that shows Martin in saggy pants and flipping the bird. The photo, which spread quickly on conservative websites and Twitter, is intended to paint Martin as a thug. As Twitchy later acknowledged, it is not a photo of Trayvon Martin. [Examiner]

2. The Sanford Police selectively leaked irrelevant, negative information about Martin. The authorities told the Orlando Sentinel this morning that Trayvon was suspended from school for ten days “after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.” There is no evidence that Martin was under the influence of drugs at the time of his death, nor would prior possession of marijuana be a reason for killing him. It’s unclear what the relevance of the leak was, other than to smear Martin. [Orlando Sentinel]

3. On Fox News, Geraldo said that Martin was dressed “like a wannabe gangster.” Bill O’Reilly agreed with him. The sole evidence is that Martin was wearing a hoodie. Geraldo added that “everyone that ever stuck up a convenience store” was wearing a hoodie. [ThinkProgressThe Blaze]

4. Without any evidence, prominent right-wing bloggers suggested that Martin was a drug dealer. Right-wing blogger Dan Riehl advances the theory, also advanced in a widely linked peice on a site called Wagist. There does not appear to be any evidence to support this claim whatsoever. [Riehl World View]

5. Without any evidence, a right-wing columnist alleged that Martin assaulted a bus driver. Unlike Zimmerman, Trayvon has no documented history of violence. This allegation continues to be advanced by a blogger on the Examiner even after the real reason was leaked to the police and confirmed by the family. [Miami HeraldExaminer]

6. Zimmerman’s friend says Martin was to blame because he was disrespectful to Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s friend Joe Oliver said that Martin would not have been shot to death if Trayvon had just said “I’m staying with my parents.” Of course, Zimmerman was not a police officer, and Trayvon had no duty to tell him who he was or where he was going. [NBC News]

The final part of the effort to smear Trayvon Martin is to link him and his supporters to irresponsible fringe groups like the New Black Panthers and marignal provocateurs like Louis Farrakhan. Threats by these groups are serious and should be investigated, but they have nothing to do with Martin or his supporters. The leader of the effort to associate Martin with these groups is Matt Drudge. 

(via dearwhitefolk)

Filed under Trayvon Martin racism tw: racism and dehumanization United States George Zimmerman important rage need to know privilege white privilege critical thinking

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withrevolutionarycries:

talldarkbishoujo:

It’s real cute to talk about the ~oppressiveness of marriage~ when you are young and healthy and don’t have kids/are childfree. But things start getting dicey in different circumstances and having that piece of paper gets important.

yeah, compulsory monogamy fucking sucks and I wish marriage were legally structured differently (allowing for multiple partners, etc). I wish marriage didn’t have all those 1000+ legal benefits attached to it and there were ways to get those benefits without having to declare monogamy like that, especially for poly families.

But when one or both of you is disabled and medical issues come into play, having legal standing becomes important.

When I get old, and if something should ever happen to me, I know damn well my homophobic family would try to claim whatever the hell I had to keep it away from my partner and they would not hesitate to put her out on the street.

idk, i feel like it’s just this side of privileged bullshit to talk about how awesome “living in sin” is. Ask Stacie Andree how well that worked out.

yea health benefits/access and tax breaks are extremely significant part of what marriage means to me. personally, those are the main reasons that i would marry someone, to give them access to that stuff or to gain access myself.

this always makes me think about the importance of having a will and expressing exactly who has legal rights to make decisions on your behalf if you are debilitated or die.

(Source: commanderbishoujo, via strugglingtobeheard)

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sinidentidades:

This is an older story from January that got little to no national news media coverage. The circumstances that led to this boy’s death are very, very suspicious. I’ve searched for updates on the case, but it seems that this investigation is basically in limbo. 


Parents of Brownsville boy shot, killed at school search for answers
BROWNSVILLE — On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy’s middle school. In an office across town, a police chief insisted that his officers had no choice.
And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented?
A day after police fatally shot an eighth-grader who was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun, his anguished parents pleaded for answers, demanding to know why police didn’t try a Taser or beanbag gun before resorting to deadly force.
In front of the family home, the father lamented his loss and called on authorities to explain their actions.
“Why three shots? Why one in the back of the head?” asked Jaime Gonzalez Sr.
Some standoffs with police last three or four hours, he said. This one “took not even half an hour.”
But there was broad agreement among law enforcement experts: If a suspect raises a weapon and refuses to put it down, officers are justified in
taking his life. The shooting also raised questions about whether pellet guns should be marked in a way that would easily distinguish them from real handguns.
Brownsville interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez denied the family’s accusations that the boy had been shot in the back of the head. He defended his officers, saying that the younger Gonzalez pointed the pellet gun at police and repeatedly defied their commands to put it on the floor.
Officers spoke with the boy’s parents Thursday and exchanged information with them, the chief said.
Authorities also released a 911 recording from Cummings Middle School. The assistant principal on the phone first says there’s a student in the hall with a gun, then reports that he is drawing the weapon and finally that he is running down the hall.
On the recording, police can be heard yelling: “Put the gun down! Put it on the floor!” In the background, someone else yells, “He’s saying that he is willing to die.”
Before police arrived, school administrators had urged Jaime to give up the gun. When officers got to the school, the boy was waiting for them, Rodriguez said.
Moments before he was killed, Jaime began to run down a hallway, but again faced officers. Police fired down the hallway — a distance that made a stun gun or other methods impractical, Rodriguez said.
If the situation had involved hostages or a gunman barricaded in a room, police might have tried negotiations. But instead, Rodriguez stressed, this was an armed student roaming the halls of a school.
The two officers who fired have been placed on administrative leave — standard procedure in police shootings. Rodriguez expected them back at work soon.
Under federal law, pellet or BB guns must be sold with an orange band around the tip of the barrel so they can be distinguished from real weapons. But law enforcement experts say users often remove the bands.
Gonzalez’s gun had no markings, according to Rodriguez.

sinidentidades:

This is an older story from January that got little to no national news media coverage. The circumstances that led to this boy’s death are very, very suspicious. I’ve searched for updates on the case, but it seems that this investigation is basically in limbo. 



Parents of Brownsville boy shot, killed at school search for answers

BROWNSVILLE — On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy’s middle school. In an office across town, a police chief insisted that his officers had no choice.

And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented?

A day after police fatally shot an eighth-grader who was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun, his anguished parents pleaded for answers, demanding to know why police didn’t try a Taser or beanbag gun before resorting to deadly force.

In front of the family home, the father lamented his loss and called on authorities to explain their actions.

“Why three shots? Why one in the back of the head?” asked Jaime Gonzalez Sr.

Some standoffs with police last three or four hours, he said. This one “took not even half an hour.”

But there was broad agreement among law enforcement experts: If a suspect raises a weapon and refuses to put it down, officers are justified in

taking his life. The shooting also raised questions about whether pellet guns should be marked in a way that would easily distinguish them from real handguns.

Brownsville interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez denied the family’s accusations that the boy had been shot in the back of the head. He defended his officers, saying that the younger Gonzalez pointed the pellet gun at police and repeatedly defied their commands to put it on the floor.

Officers spoke with the boy’s parents Thursday and exchanged information with them, the chief said.

Authorities also released a 911 recording from Cummings Middle School. The assistant principal on the phone first says there’s a student in the hall with a gun, then reports that he is drawing the weapon and finally that he is running down the hall.

On the recording, police can be heard yelling: “Put the gun down! Put it on the floor!” In the background, someone else yells, “He’s saying that he is willing to die.”

Before police arrived, school administrators had urged Jaime to give up the gun. When officers got to the school, the boy was waiting for them, Rodriguez said.

Moments before he was killed, Jaime began to run down a hallway, but again faced officers. Police fired down the hallway — a distance that made a stun gun or other methods impractical, Rodriguez said.

If the situation had involved hostages or a gunman barricaded in a room, police might have tried negotiations. But instead, Rodriguez stressed, this was an armed student roaming the halls of a school.

The two officers who fired have been placed on administrative leave — standard procedure in police shootings. Rodriguez expected them back at work soon.

Under federal law, pellet or BB guns must be sold with an orange band around the tip of the barrel so they can be distinguished from real weapons. But law enforcement experts say users often remove the bands.

Gonzalez’s gun had no markings, according to Rodriguez.

Filed under murder United States Jaime Gonzalez police police brutality privilege rage

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And read this bullshit. This is what that last anon was talking about.

ladyatheist:

[Warning: Major rage moment ahead.]

ABC News has also learned that Martin was staying in Sanford at the time because he’d been suspended from Krop High School in Miami after school officials found him with a baggy that they suspected contained marijuana. He was staying at his father’s fiance’s house in Sanford.

Family spokesperson Ryan Julison confirmed to ABC News that Martin was suspended for an “empty baggy that had contained pot.”

WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?! Are you trying to say that he deserved to die because he got suspended for having AN EMPTY FUCKING BAG that may or my not have had weed in it?!?! THIS IS WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE SAYING WHEN YOU BRING THIS SHIT UP! YOU ARE TELLING THE WORLD THAT YOU NOW BELIEVE THAT TRAYVON DESERVED TO DIE! FUCK YOU ALL!

(Source: womanistgamergirl)

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Police: Evidence indicates Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman

dank-potion:

socialistictendencies:

dez-ray:

sinidentidades:

socialistictendencies:

shortformblog:

producermatthew:

From MSNBC.com:

The man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, setting off a nationwide outpouring of anger, told police that Martin knocked him down with a single punch and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times — an account that police said witnesses have corroborated, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Important to note.

Cops on the scene were correcting witnesses.

I don’t believe a fucking word of this.

Yes, it’s important to note that there were several ~corrections~ by the witnesses accounts. Oh, wait, that’s not what the shortformblog was noting. 

This is how I see it: Even IF (and that is ONE BIG MIGHTY IF) Trayvon hit back in SELF DEFENSE, by this law that Zimmerman is using, Trayvon would have had every right in the world to KILL Zimmerman for stalking him & threatening him.

So, that’s the end of that fucking excuse.

Important to note.

The cops also lied to Trayvon’s parents about Zimmerman past record, so yeah, I call bullshit.

We’re expected to believe that Trayvon took down a man twice his size that was holding gun in a single punch? No, I don’t fucking think so.  MSNBC and the rest of the mainstream trying to defend this murderer can go fuck themselves. 

(Source: matthewkeys, via maarnayeri)

Filed under Trayvon Martin racism United States George Zimmerman news rage privilege white privilege race media sucks

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I hate the phrase “isolated incident”.

ladyatheist:

Whenever a white person kills a PoC, the murder always gets labelled an “isolated incident”. Trayvon Martin’s murder? Isolated incident. Shaima Alawadi? Isolated incident. Sean Bell? Isolated incident. Ramarley Graham? Isolated incident. Dwight Person? Isolated incident. Kathryn Johnston? Isolated incident. Corey Ward? Isolated incident.

I could keep going, but I think you get the point. At what point are all of these murders no longer considered “isolated incidents”. At what point do we start calling this terrorism or genocide? It may seem like hyperbole to some, but once you start looking at the body count those words become relevant. If a PoC were to do half of the things white people have done to us, you better believe the media would label all of us “terrorists” at the drop of a hat. Since we’re the ones being killed, it’s just an “isolated incident”.

(Source: womanistgamergirl)

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Here’s how it goes down

tal9000:

widdershinsgirl:

If you hate trans women, if you try to tell trans women that we’re less-than, if you try to tell trans women we’re not-women? YOU ARE NOT A FEMINIST.

You might call yourself a feminist. But you’re not. Why?

You’re asserting that biology IS destiny.

You’re asserting that misogyny is appropriate if the minority is small enough

You’re asserting that all women are good for is making babies.

In other words, go the hell away.

I think my standard commentary would be redundant here.

(Source: baeddelshinsgirl, via deliciouskaek)

Filed under trans* feminism privilege cisprivilege critical thinking inclusion activism women feminists tw: transphobia