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Above is the map of obesity in the United States. 30% of adults in this nation are obese. According to the CDC,  69% of Adults (we’re talking everyone over the age 20) in the U.S. are overweight or obese (they are defined by BMI). This is the easiest example of how prevalence doesn’t equal power. Clearly, overweight and obese adults greatly outnumber thin people…yet Hollywood absolutely refuses to show larger people being taken seriously, being loved, being typical citizens…being anything but comic relief, bastions of pity, or numerous terrible archetypes with negative connotations. And if a fat woman is shown being loved by someone, fandoms call it “unrealistic”. If a fat woman is drawn as a damn doodle, that artist is accused of pandering. Like…numbers have nothing to do with the power to discriminate.

Above is the map of obesity in the United States. 30% of adults in this nation are obese. According to the CDC, 69% of Adults (we’re talking everyone over the age 20) in the U.S. are overweight or obese (they are defined by BMI). This is the easiest example of how prevalence doesn’t equal power. Clearly, overweight and obese adults greatly outnumber thin people…yet Hollywood absolutely refuses to show larger people being taken seriously, being loved, being typical citizens…being anything but comic relief, bastions of pity, or numerous terrible archetypes with negative connotations. And if a fat woman is shown being loved by someone, fandoms call it “unrealistic”. If a fat woman is drawn as a damn doodle, that artist is accused of pandering. Like…numbers have nothing to do with the power to discriminate.

owning-my-truth:

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

32andstillgrowingupnow:

fandomsandfeminism:

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

… with different degrees of struggles that were implemented by the pale skin via conquests using weapons such as warfare, religion indoctrination, and oppression. And then after pale skin set systems like this into our society, they go around and say things like “We are all human” and confuse “racism” with “prejudice” so that they can keep the system the same way for many years to come.

Shots fired.

You totally missed the point of this, didn’t you?

That were all human? No. What you missed is that it’s a dismissive phrase that a lot of people like to say at times to dismiss arguments like the one you clearly missed.
Some of us can’t afford to live on fantasy island.

owning-my-truth:

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

32andstillgrowingupnow:

fandomsandfeminism:

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

… with different degrees of struggles that were implemented by the pale skin via conquests using weapons such as warfare, religion indoctrination, and oppression. And then after pale skin set systems like this into our society, they go around and say things like “We are all human” and confuse “racism” with “prejudice” so that they can keep the system the same way for many years to come.

Shots fired.

You totally missed the point of this, didn’t you?

That were all human? No. What you missed is that it’s a dismissive phrase that a lot of people like to say at times to dismiss arguments like the one you clearly missed.

Some of us can’t afford to live on fantasy island.

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coreydrake:

aromaticunicorn:

Dear white people…

Oh really? Excuse me but black people can be racist to other races. There’s other things than just black & white.

Wrong.

Since "whitepeoplestealingculture" didn't answer to my 3 questions, I'll ask them to you: 1) Why do you guys defend nicki minaj? Even if she's Poc she says the "n" word in almost every song. 2) What's your opinion about PoC dating white people? 3) Why do you say its ok for PoC to appropiate other cultures? for example, I don't think its ok for Japanese people to appropiate Chinese culture after how Japan oppressed China for years. PLS DON'T IGNORE MY QUESTIONS.

Asked by Anonymous

whiteguiltconfessionals:

Yeah, I have a feeling whitepeoplestealingculture didn’t respond to you because these are inane, unsupported, and inaccurate / loaded questions that have nothing to do with the reality of cultural appropriation.

1.) Nicki Minaj is Black. She’s not “PoC”. She’s a person of color. She is a Blackperson. That means that she, as any other Black person, can reclaim the n-word because it was used against a group which she is apart of (Black people) and that gives her the ability to reclaim it. There’s no “defending” to be done. That’s just her place as a Black woman. Period.

Don’t refer to individuals whose races / ethnicities are explicitly made available as “a PoC” or “PoCs”. Say what you mean. PoC is a term to be used when speaking on generalized terms, not when speaking about specific individuals or specific instances of oppression / struggle faced by one or a small number of groups.

2.) Interracial relationships are not up for discussion. They exist. Get over it. While there are certain situations in which IR relationships arise out of fetishism and racial prejudice, those are a different topic (eg. fetishism and racial prejudices) and cannot be conflated with all IR relationships. People can date whoever they want. The only thing that can ever be criticized is the propensity of the reasons behind those dating choices being negative or based in racism.

3.) Nobody has said that on this blog, ever. Appropriation is never okay, regardless of who it is or who it is being done to. Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and other people of color have been called out for their appropriation of other cultures (in those instances Desi and Chinese cultures, if I recall correctly) before, and will continue to be called out when the occurrences arise.

However, contrary to what trolls and uneducated twits on Tumblr believe, not everything under the sun is appropriation, and not everything always constitutes as appropriation for certain individuals. There are times when cultural exchange and sharing happen—even to celebrities and people in front of the public eye—which shift the act of appropriation to one of appreciation (eg. people wearing specific clothing when attending a specific event in a specific place where that clothing—however cultural important—is expected of participants). And not everything is as cut and dry as “well you’re not [race] so you can’t do this”. Etc.

Pull your head out of your ass before you go spreading this type of bullshit again.

—Tera

these demanding ass people who don’t believe enough in what they’re saying to come off anon though…

peoplepowermovement:

Here is some recent news coverage on the beginnings of gentrification coming to the northwest Bronx:

Mom-and-pop stores across from the Kingsbridge Armory are getting iced out of biz (NY Daily News)

“That type of letter is not a renewed-lease-letter; it’s a put-people-out letter,” said Christian Ramos, the vice president of the Kingsbridge Road Merchants Association.

EXCLUSIVE: Amid Re-development of Kingsbridge Armory, Rents To Double For Some In August (Norwood News)

“It’s frustrating. You don’t know if you’re coming or going,” said Bass, who feels as though it’s a type of legal eviction. “That’s just giving us three weeks to increase our rent, make a decision, get out, stay. This is really horrible. And these are families trying to stay.”

BREAKING: Rent hikes near Kingsbridge Armory threaten local businesses (BX Times)

The world’s largest ice rink complex is coming — but many local businesses likely won’t be there to see it.

WATCH: Kingsbridge Road shops face increased rent, possible closure amid building of ice skating center (News 12 The Bronx)

Tenants say a new landlord is starting to double their rents because the Kingsbridge Armory is reopening as a huge ice skating center in a few years, and property values are already starting to skyrocket.

This is what we’re doing to stop it: People Power Movement Fighting Gentrification in the Bronx

We compiled the total number of hate crimes against persons (that is, excluding hate crimes against property) in those categories for the years 1995-2008, the period for which there was complete data….[We] compared the level of hate crime aimed at each group to that group’s percentage in the population to determine the group’s rate of victimization compared to its representation in the population. For LGBT people, for example, it was calculated that they are victimized at 8.3 times the expected rate (17.4 divided by 2.1). The other categories were as follows: Jews were victimized at 3.5 times the expected rate, blacks at 3.2 times, Muslims at 1.9 times, Latinos at 0.6 times, and whites at 0.2 times .

Southern Poverty Law Center in Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math (2010)

Please also keep in mind that there are several intersections involved in these race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation/gender identify categories. 

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From “Hurt Everybody EP”

please stop what you’re doing and give this a listen.

medievalpoc:

miloucomehome:

medievalpoc:

beggars-opera:

I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.

Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc)

And people wonder WHY I complain about History/Art History periodization. Note how much overlap there is to the above “eras”, and how many exceptions and extensions there are to these categories.

Oh, and by the way…

Tudor:

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Elizabethan:

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Stuart:

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Georgian:

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Regency:

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Victorian:

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Edwardian:

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Because you wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate.

Holy shi—the middle lady in the Victorian pic looks like my godmum! And the lady, on the right, in the Edwardian one looks almost like she could pass as one of my relatives!

…this is so eerie…but cool.

^^And that’s a big part of the reason why I do this. Everyone should be able to see images like these and feel like they, too, are a part of history.

People can quibble about minutiae as much as they’d like, and I honestly don’t mind the discussion, but when it comes down to it, medievalpoc is really about making an immediate visual impact that has changed how I view history, and I hope the same can be said for people who read these posts.

thebloominuniverse:

This is the back of james’ head. He hasn’t washed or brushed his hair in months, and all of it was pretty much dreaded. We just picked all of it our except this big one underneath that was too far gone! White peoples’ hair does dread naturally my friends :)

how many times do we have to say this… LOC’D BLACK PEOPLE WASH AND TEND TO THEIR HAIR REGULARLY. THERE IS NOTHING “NATURAL” ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING. IT IS GROSS. IT IS UNKEMPT. IT IS EVERYTHING BLACKS WITH NATURAL HAIR ARE ACCUSED OF BEING WHEN WE ACTUALLY ARE NOT THAT. HOW DO YOU NOT GET THAT ACCUSING US OF BEING DIRTY, BY ASSERTING THIS IS THE SAME THING AS BLACKS WITH LOC’D HAIR, IS SOME WHITE SUPREMACIST FUCKSHIT?

We compiled the total number of hate crimes against persons (that is, excluding hate crimes against property) in those categories for the years 1995-2008, the period for which there was complete data….[We] compared the level of hate crime aimed at each group to that group’s percentage in the population to determine the group’s rate of victimization compared to its representation in the population. For LGBT people, for example, it was calculated that they are victimized at 8.3 times the expected rate (17.4 divided by 2.1). The other categories were as follows: Jews were victimized at 3.5 times the expected rate, blacks at 3.2 times, Muslims at 1.9 times, Latinos at 0.6 times, and whites at 0.2 times.

Southern Poverty Law Center in Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math (2010)

Please also keep in mind that there are several intersections involved in these race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation/gender identify categories. 

Every black girl with long hair isn’t mixed.

hersheywrites:

bitchcraftandwiggatry:

I repeat,

EVERY BLACK GIRL WITH LONG HAIR IS NOT MIXED.

Purchase this truth for the low, low price of common sense and an EVERY BLACK GIRL WITH LIGHT EYES/LIGHT SKIN ISN’T MIXED will be thrown in as well.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Every Black Girl With Curly/Wavy Hair Isn’t Mixed Either!! That’s Why We’re Black..We Come In Every Way Possible!

and suggesting otherwise is nothing short of white supremacy. You associate long, curly/wavy with beautiful and thus white. White. Supremacy.

mood-indie-go:

westendblues:

please stop calling Black children who have different interests and tastes white

it’s damaging and alienating

*Present me hugs little 13 year old ashley*

10 Warning Signs for POC in Interracial Relationships

softkats:

reverseracism:

1. If your significant other claims to, or is known to “have a thing” for men/women of your race.

This is called fetishism, which generally consists of sexual/physical attraction based on stereotypes. For example: the “exotic” Asian/African women stereotype, the sexually potent Black male stereotype… If you’re with someone who just is “into” people of your culture, try asking them why. 

2. If they have a friend with racist views.
Birds of a feather typically flock together, and when it comes to things like this, the rule still applies.

3. If they don’t check (educationally confront) those friends when they express those views.
What you fail to speak against, is what you ALLOW to happen… I’ll leave it at that.

4. If they don’t bring you around family members.
This is sometimes done to shield significant others from discrimination of family members… But beware, the mentalities of family members can be infectious…

5. If they are ignorant of, or not making an effort to learn about you or the history/experiences of people of your ethnicity/culture.
Anyone who truly loves/appreciates a person will go out of their way to learn about the cultures which produced this person. That’s a no-brainer. When a person doesn’t make the effort to learn about the societal factors which shape the life of their significant other… that is a problem.

6. If they claim to be “colorblind”, or that “race doesn’t matter” or any of that other so-called post-racial, fake liberal B.S.

A person who says this is lying. They’re not saying that race doesn’t matter to them…. they’re saying that deep analysis of such topics make them uncomfortable and for their sake they’d rather just ignore any differences. As the saying goes “being blind to race is just ignoring something that you already noticed.” 

7. If you refer to dating them, or they refer to dating you as “trying something new”.

Doesn’t sound right to me… If you want to “try something new” try a new pair of shoes, or a new show on Netflix… But you don’t romantically try other ethnicities as if they’re flavors of Ice Cream, you experience people for who they are.

8. If you seem to be the only person of your race that they are fond of.

Do I need to explain this one?

9. If they cosign your criticisms of your ethnicity

I’ m not really a person who is big on criticizing members of my race when I’m around people outside of my race. Some discussions should stay “in the house” metaphorically speaking. But if you must talk about these kinds of these, your significant other should just be a listening ear. Anything more is out of line.

10. If they cannot, will not, are afraid to, or unable to have discussions on racism.

This is a symptom of a person who is living in denial, ignorance, or both. Either way, it ain’t healthy… Unless you’re in denial too, then y’all will probably get along fine.

it’s important to remember that this is a psa for all poc in any kind of interracial relationship, including a poc in a relationship with another poc. lateral racism is a thing that exists and it’s just as toxic as racism from white folks.

and watch what they say when they’re angry…even if it’s not to you.

Californians, stop lying. We already know the truth. Don’t believe what Hollywood says about you. We don’t.

California literally has more KKK organizations than any other state. 

California literally had one of the biggest “murdered for being Black” stories in the country in Oscar Grant.

The Black Panthers were literally FOUNDED in fucking California. It had to be pretty freaking bad in Cali if they felt that strong of a need to protect and provide for themselves in the face of so much racism.

California is literally the place Rodney King was beaten and the police got off… leading to the 1992 LA riots.

San Jose State University students literally fastened a bike lock around a Black student’s neck and called him “three-fifths" or "fraction" just last year.

Donald. motherfucking. Sterling.

University of California at San Diego students made news for literally hanging a noose in the library just 3 years ago.

Here's a Black family describing how they had to move after being the target of racial attacks on their property and person simply for being Black in Orange County. It's from 2012.

and these are just the incidents that make news.

OHHH let me not forget the police officer who tried to play the game the “right” way and found out his following the rules and being nice to whites would never protect him against his Blackness… and so he “snapped”. Chris Dormer was his name.

and it’s not like this is all happening in a specific part of California. We’re talking Oakland, Orange County, San Diego, San Jose.. like…

don’t discuss racism as if it’s something fucking foreign to California. I’m sick of this lie.

notquitephil:

invertedgender:

calling a man a “pig” is literally dehumanising how do some people not think there’s anything wrong with that how

Because chicks, fillies, birds and bitches never get dehumanised. Those vixens always get away with this kind of shit. Especially the heifers, they’re the worst. What cows.