Posts tagged race
Posts tagged race
the piece i wrote that i promised y’all i’d link to eventually :)
I know it’s mean, but if you think about it, it’s hilarious.
No I’m not racist at all.
You know who would think this is really hilarious?
I hope you get hit by a god damn car you simple motherfucker.
Are we forgetting that Trayvon was murdered in cold blood and how horrendously his family and friends have been treated from the start. You are a vile human being.
Today in not funny shit.
You put on that hoodie, posed for this picture, and posted it online and at no point in this (at least) three-step process did the fucked up nature of what you were portraying enter your brain. Ok then.
I cannot believe this shit. OP, you’re an asshole, and a piece of shit, and a whole hell of a lot more that can’t be put into words. Go play in traffic on the interstate.
No, OP, Trayvon Martin was killed because of racism. He was followed and murdered in cold blood for no other reason than he was black and walking around at night. His murderer wasn’t arrested, wasn’t charged with a single crime for weeks and weeks because of racism. For you to make fun of it now just goes to show how little PoC are still valued in this society, how little you personally care for the lives of PoC, how little you care for human life at all. You can tag this sick fucking picture with whatever you want, but you’re still a racist.
We’re constantly under pressure to not talk about racism, because many people (wrongfully so) are under the impression that somehow acknowledging that racism exists and is bad, somehow makes it worse.
But once we’ve moved past caring what those idiots think, and are ready to talk about race, we face an entirely new set of problems.
We have to deal with white people appropriating our experiences and cultures, but then when we express how that is racist and disrespectful, we ourselves are called racists. We have to deal with people of our own races and ethnicities who’ve internalized racism to such a degree that they themselves refuse to see or talk about it.
We have to deal with lame excuses for racism, people excusing it, and worst of all, people who claim to be our allies telling us to calm down, that we’re just overreacting.
Even with all of this, we’re expected to stay calm, and keep speaking in calm voices, regardless of whether or not people are listening to us. We’re expected to be well behaved and nice, while people are spitting in our faces, and calling us liars. We’re supposed to chill out, and calmly explain concepts of racism, privilege, and colorism to people who repeatedly don’t want to hear us, and don’t care how we feel, or what we think.
Because as soon as we express frustration, or anger at our situations, or the community at large’s refusal to listen to us, then suddenly we’re the bad guys. We’re the violent ones, oppressing the poor white folks with our desires for equality. As soon as we begin demanding things instead of timidly asking for them, suddenly we’re the racist ones.
These are some things that I have discovered or have been informed of over the last few months on this blog, and I wanted to pass them on in one place. I hope they can help you in the ways they’ve helped me, and I thank the people who’ve patiently helped me to understand them.
1. ‘Ally’ is something that you do, not something that you are.
I don’t call myself an ally. I appreciate it when I am referred to as such by my friends/followers who are People of Color, but a label such as ally isn’t something that a person can apply to themselves. It’s a liquid term that may or may not apply to me at any time depending on my personal behavior, and to assume the term is to assume that I am then incapable of wrongdoing or racism. I’m not. I’m simply not. You cannot label yourself an ally, all you can and should do is be one.
2. We’re still white, folks.
Far, far too often I see white anti-racists referring to all other white people as ‘you’, ‘they’, ‘them’, etc. We’re still white, y’all. We still have white privilege. When we tell white people to stop doing things, we have to say we have to stop doing this, we have problems, we have privilege, we don’t experience racism, we will never understand, we, us, ours. Rejecting whiteness and white supremacy does not strip us of privilege or somehow remove from us our ability to white.
3. We must work in the interests of all People of Color, while understanding that PoC are human beings who do not always agree with each other.
Simply put, it’s not our place to step into conversations between People of Color who are discussing racism to agree or disagree. Remember, we don’t experience racism. We can’t pick between the viewpoints of people who, from birth, understand racism from experience. As white people, and as anti-racists, we deal in our own. There are plenty of white people upholding white supremacy, we have plenty to do. And, in the rare case that this happens, if a Person of Color tells you that racism happens to white people, etc, thank them for their opinion and move on. We simply have no place to argue.
4. We support, defend, and battle. We don’t validate.
When we reblog something about experiences with racism/whiteness from a Person of Color, we don’t do so in order to ‘endorse’ or ‘validate’ their experiences, or to say that ‘as a white person, I agree that this happened to you and I say it’s awful and therefore it really is’. We must understand that these experiences are valid by the fact of their existence alone. We pass these things on because they’re real, and because people need to know. Not because we need to put our white stamp of approval on it.
In other words, to work in the best interests of People of Color we must also work in the interests of queer people, trans people, women, disabled folks, etc, but we must remember that these battles often share the same front. There are queer PoC, trans PoC, Women of Color, disabled PoC. Homophobia, cissexism, misogyny, and ableism work against People of Color as much as they do anybody else.
6. It’s not about us.
It’s just not. When whiteness is rightfully attacked, we have the choice to continue to battle whiteness or personally defend ourselves. We can only do one at a time, and there’s only one that we can do while calling ourselves anti-racists.
Who gives a fuck if we’re not all like that? There are still an overwhelming majority of white people who are. See point 2. We’re not here to defend ourselves or present ourselves as good people or ‘better than the other white people’. See point 1. We don’t determine the legitimacy of our ally status, and to derail a conversation on racism by defending ourselves is to say that the fact that I don’t see myself this way is more important than the fact that whiteness prevails, which is whiteness prevailing in action, and is racist.
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.
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”.
Hari Kondabolu on “Racism vs. White Guilt” (by WorldCompass)
I’ll just leave this here again.
There you have it. We’ve known this for ages, but a wonderful black woman has proved it through white-people approved studies.
You’re not just racist. You’re active racists.
Zimmerman, who was born in Virginia and studied criminal justice at Seminole State College, is the son of a retired Virginia Supreme Court magistrate and his wife, a longtime clerk of courts, according to his application to the citizen’s academy.
there you have it. institutional white supremacy/anti-blackness, good-ol boys club style.