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bitchcraftandwiggatry:

We can’t even have black Africans because Hollywood.

autisticlynx:

when privileged groups want rights, safety, and respect, it’s called “basic human decency”

when oppressed groups want rights, safety, and respect, it’s called “social justice”

and mocked. it’s called “social justice” and is mocked or otherwise hated.

newwavefeminism:

2brwngrls:

eshusplayground:

wise-barrel-maker:

Based on this list See Sources below for more info. View pictures fullscreen to see captions

30 Days 21 Hunger Games Argo Drive Pay it Forward Lone Ranger Fantastic 4

Lemme reblog again and let you know why casting that white woman as the female lead in “Drive” was so fucking wrong and fucked up.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn literally gave Carey Mulligan the part because she “seemed pure,” like someone he wanted to protect.

No, really. He literally said that shit.

These traits were ones he literally did not consider a Latina for. He picked her specifically because he fit that damsel in distress imagine that’s been coded as white. Latinas were not even given the opportunity to audition for the role.

AND SCENE

Let me post this again so people can see how we continuously allow (require?) movies to whitewash and erase POC out of media/our consciousness

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

der-prinz-aus-stahl:

Why do social justice wankers think that Europeans came to Africa in boats and just started kidnapping and raping people out of nowhere? Like what the fuck no that’s not what happened at all are you that stupid.

The slaves were already slaves when the Yuropeens got there, they just bought them off of their original owners, who’d then go and use whatever they paid them with to go get more slaves. The Europeans didn’t do that, they didn’t start that, they just capitalised on an already existing industry, despite the fact they probably shouldn’t have.

The colonial slave trade was a mostly African invention, not a European one.

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What do you know about Africa? What books have you read about the continent? 

Nothing, right? Not one.

No.. slavery is not just European. Some form of slavery usually pops up in civilizations around the same time that agriculture is introduced. However, that doesn’t absolve Whites from their history that they are still benefiting from.

The nature of so-called slavery in Africa was completely different from the one introduced during the Transatlantic Slave Trade by EUROPEANS. African slavery was not chattel slavery. What Europeans would call “slaves” were usually prisoners of war. They would be used in agriculture and in armies. They could farm their own crops, and often, the children of a slave was not considered to also be a slave. A slave could free themselves by marrying someone who was free. Some could even leave their masters when it wasn’t farming season. And African slavery was not as brutal as the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.. .the two systems don’t compare. The forms of servitude in Africa were not the same as the ones introduced by Europeans. Period. 

And yes, African kings had no problems trading these people from the lowest levels of their societies, because they were used to trading (had been trading across the world for thousands of years) and wanted European guns and other goods. However, they never knew what Europeans were doing with these people once they left the coast… and by the time King Alfonso I, king of the Kongo Kingdom, wrote his infamous letter protesting the Portuguese’s insatiable appetite for slaves, it was already too late. Slavery destabilized the entire continent. Entire nations were depopulated… and some even packed up their towns and moved further into the continent to avoid enslavement. The demand for slaves took over the coastal kingdoms’ economies to where their economies became depended on slavery… which would eventually spell doom for many of them. Europeans decided to stop the slave trade, which fucked up African coastal economies…then came colonization.

Colonization… hmmm… that brings us back around to why you even are thinking the dumb shit you are. Would you like to know how your misconception was invented? Europeans branded every form of servitude in Africa as “slavery” in order to do exactly what you’re doing right now, try to justify all evil acts they did on the continent. This particular way of thinking that you’re echoing came about as an excuse to colonize the African continent in the late 1800s/early1900s.  Your ancestors invented the lies. And you believed every single last lie they told to you. That’s very sad. And what’s worse is that you’re a 17 year old kid ignorantly perpetuating the same lies. 

And look at your own words. Colonial. Do you know what a colony is? How the fuck an African gonna invent the colonial slave system with no colonies????? There’s no motive. Don’t be a fucking idiot. Use your common sense… you can’t let your racism block out your common sense like that. That’s terrible. 

And you’re Australian???? Okay. How did Aborigines go from voluntarily settling on the land that is now Australia some tens of thousands of years ago to this….?

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No, Africans to sell them, right? They left the continent voluntarily thousands of years ago. So just how did their enslavement happen? Did they sell themselves into slavery or were their towns raided by Europeans?

And how did blackbirding happen?

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No African kings there either. The people of the sea islands just sold themselves…?? Or were they tricked onto boats with the promise of jewelry and then enslaved in Queensland? 

How?

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I’ll tell you how. Europeans came and just started kidnapping and raping people. And it wasn’t “out of nowhere”. Europeans “discovered” new land. The Americas. Australia. They needed to get the resources out of the land. The Native people who lived on the “discovered” land resisted them, enslavement, and assimilation. And on top of resistance, they were also dying from Europeans diseases. So, they kidnapped and enslaved other peoples to settle the land. 

Stop being comfortable with not knowing what the fuck you’re talking about. 

courtneythebumbling:

Reasons why I’m excited for “Dear White People:”

  • Black actors portraying 3-dimensional characters
  • Honest social commentary
  • Targeted to the college age demographic
  • Thorough exploration of the various forms of racism in America
  • Tessa Thompson’s voice and Tyler William’s afro wig

Reasons why I’m not excited for “Dear White People:”

  • White people calling it racist
  • Mainstream media agreeing with the white people calling it racist

misandry-mermaid:

"If black people can say the N-word, why can’t I?"

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"If I’m not allowed to wear a Native American head dress, why do they get to wear jeans and sneakers?

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"How come it’s considered offensive if I jokingly call myself Latifah but people of color get to give their babies white names?"

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"How come my non-white friend gets to tell me when I’m being racist but I don’t get to tell them they are being racist against me?!”

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(Please feel free to use these images all you want in response to people asking these questions or making similar claims.)

micdotcom:

Woman live tweets IBM execs discussing why they don’t hire women, tries not to throw up

Toronto-based editor Lyndsay Kirkham has started a firestorm this week after overhearing what was apparently an incredibly sexist conversation between IBM executives at lunch — and live-tweeting it.

Unaware that they were transmitting sexist nonsense to cyberspace, the IBM executives openly discussed “why they don’t hire women.” If you take Kirkham’s account at its word, it actually gets way worse.

But wait, there’s more Follow micdotcom

cum-fraiche:

sexular:

rastaqueen3000ad:

Margo Jefferson on Some American Feminists (1980)

yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

what the fuck, man

still is tbh

The Deafness/Disability Post

thekitegetsaway:

OK, so, this is something that’s come up recently, and over the past two years I’ve gotten a ton of messages about it but haven’t addressed it explicitly. So here it is. This is just a reminder that this is only representative of MY opinion, I don’t speak for the entire Deaf community, etc. etc. etc.

Something that’s pretty ingrained in the Deaf culture is the idea of Deafness as not being a disability. First, let’s discuss the difference between Deafness and deafness, because we’ll be talking about them:

deafness, or “little d deaf” is, as hearing people usually define it, “lack of hearing.” That is, someone who is “deaf” has probably had a hearing test in their life and probably can only hear sounds that are 25 dB or louder. Lots of times, hearing people want to know just how “deaf” I am, and I’ll address this in the next part. For my purposes, I tend to use the word “deaf” to describe anyone with any level of hearing that requires noise to be 25 dB or louder so they can hear it. Some people might need sound to be at 10 dB, but 25 dB is a “clinical” cut-off (e.g., you wouldn’t really talk about amplification, accommodation, etc. until you’re at around 25 dB). 

Dearness, or “Big D Deaf” is the state of culturally identifying as Deaf. To be Deaf is to be a part of the community or culture. To be Deaf, you don’t need to be deaf. (That is, you can hear noises at 0 dB and be considered Deaf). For a hearing person to be considered Deaf or part of the Deaf community, they’re usually a spouse, sibling, child, or parent of a Deaf person. Alternatively, they might be a teacher, interpreter, etc. Similarly, not all deaf people identify as Deaf. I have Deaf friends who aren’t deaf, and deaf friends who aren’t Deaf. On a “clinical” note, I can hear some things, if they’re loud enough. I own (and sometimes wear) hearing aids, I speechread, and I sign. I’m also learning cued speech, to help with verbal language acquisition. I listen to music, but I also played tuba in marching band for four years, despite not being able to hear bass sounds well enough to differentiate them. Regardless of how “deaf” I am, I’m considered “Deaf” AND “deaf”. I’m Deaf because I’m involved with the Deaf community, and I sign. I’m deaf because, as has been pointed out, it’s insulting to bother differentiating between levels of deafness. If I introduce myself as “hard of hearing” instead of “deaf,” it’s like saying “The twenty decibels I can hear that you can’t are so important I have to mention them.” That’s also why it’s kind of pointless when someone asks me how “deaf” I am (for purely interest-purposes, and not accessibility-purposes). 

Quick vocab lesson:

Hearing: Someone that can hear. This is NOT a diminutive term, just meant to differentiate culture. 

CODA/KODA/SODA: Coda is a Child of a Deaf Adult, KODA is a Kid of a Deaf Adult, SODA is a Spouse or Sibling of a Deaf Adult. Can be deaf, Deaf, or hearing, but usually references a hearing person in relation to a Deaf person.

A divide that is notorious in the d/Deaf communities is the cochlear implant argument (and before you ask: I don’t have one, and I don’t care what anyone else does with their own body beyond that I hope everyone finds joy in their body and existence). A very common, and easily drawn (but incorrect) line is this: Deaf people don’t want cochlear implants. Nothing is as simple as this, but it does help to know a little history, cliff notes style:

d/Deaf people, like many other minority groups were/are oppressed. This oppression occurred in a number of ways. A long time ago (think Aristotle) deaf people were considered unteachable, and essentially, non-person. They weren’t allowed to marry, buy/own land, etc. A number of people in the 1500’s are accredited as trying to teach the deaf, and helping to develop sign language. However, we hit a huge bump called “oralism.” Oralism is the belief that deaf people should have to learn to speak and read lips. Oralist schools became popular— hearing parents would send their deaf children to residential schools where they would be forbidden from using any type of signed communication, and would be taught to verbalize. Memories of these schools are rife with images of children with their hands tied behind their back (to prevent signing), and practices meant to teach children to make noise, make specific sounds, direct air flow, etc. Also in the oralist movement was the belief that, because deafness was clearly a weakness, we needed to prevent deafness occurring by any means possible— which meant separating the deaf. Funnily enough, this backfired when deaf kids were rounded up and sent to oral schools, where, if left in an unsupervised dorm, they commonly developed a home sign language they shared and would use to communicate in private. It was believed that you could separate deaf people and keep them from having deaf kids. Remember Alexander Graham Bell? Huge oralist. He had a deaf wife and mother. 

Anyway, the main issue that happens here is the idea of deafness as disability, and it stems from this idea that deafness is a flaw in the individual that needs to be fixed. Children of this age (and on and on and on) were fitted with huge “hearing aids”, strapped to their chests, and sent to school to learn to verbalize. In most cases, deafness is seen as something wrong. For most parents, telling someone that their new baby or child is deaf usually invokes a “I’m so sorry!” This is also where the cochlear argument comes into play— the idea that deaf people need to be fixed, to be “made hearing” (cochlear implants do NOT make you hearing, they can help you to perceive auditory signals, but it’s not a magic device, they’ll never work the same as “natural hearing,” and it takes a LOT of hard work to learn to understand what these noises mean, much less be able to produce them meaningfully). 

To be perfectly honest, I don’t have any Deaf friends who are militantly against cochlear implants. Some of us have had them and don’t wear them. Some of us have them and wear them. Some of us wear hearing aids. Some of us don’t consider ourselves as benefiting or desiring any of the above, and go au naturale. 

Here’s where the Deafness/Disability problem comes into play for me: We still see disability as a bad thing. Mostly, you’ll hear Deafness as being a “language minority” rather than a disability (that is, Deaf people are united in their use of a minority language, ASL, rather than a common “disability”). But, disability isn’t a bad thing. It’s a human variation. I think, what Deafness NOT being a disability really concerns is the idea of de-emphasizing the hearing aspect, and emphasizing the cultural aspect. Rather than saying “I have a hearing loss of 60 dB at 250 Hz, 85 dB at 500 Hz, and 100 at 1,000 on…” I can say “I’m a Deaf person who uses a language that is not a common language in the USA, who has an international chosen family, who…” 

One of the main problems with the deaf/Deaf/disabled divide is that hearing people, when they look at me, can only see what I’m missing. They see music I can’t hear, musical instruments I can’t play, the sound of birds singing, voices I’ll never hear (my mother’s, my own, “I do.”… when they legalize gay marriage, that is..). They see fire alarms that make me a liability, or the nuisance of repetition. They want to “fix me,” for both my own good (so I can be “normal’ and do all of these things I’m purportedly missing out on) and theirs (so I’m not a liability, so they can feel better about themselves, so I’m not an economic/social drain..) however they want to justify it. But, I’m not missing out on anything. I listen to music. I’ve played violin, flute, sousaphone (in my high school marching band). I’m learning banjo, slowly, I want to learn guitar. Who says birds sound so great, anyway? I always see hearing people complaining about them outside their window at 5 am. I have a strobe light that wakes me up when there’s a fire, or my roommate (if I’m lucky). I can sleep through hella anything, deaf or not (a perk for the roommate). I’ve gained so much more than I’ve “lost.” I’ve gained a family that understands when I get frustrated (because some jackass said something, because I feel isolated in my non-signing family, etc.), that communication is totally effortless with, that loves telling stories and jokes and magic tricks and sneaking cheap coffee into starbucks for our meet-ups… 

It’s odd, this separation of condition from culture, because, from my (very limited) knowledge regarding some disabilities, they’re intertwined. I think, perhaps, Deaf are a little more vocal about the separation, and that’s why it’s more known/recognizable.

To be perfectly honest, if it were possible to “fix” my hearing, it would be to the benefit of others, who don’t want to take the time to accommodate me. I feel that most in situations like today, where I was sitting at a loud graduation and I tried signing to my mom “Is the woman in front of you your friend?” She has limited signing ability, so she looked away and turned her ear so I could voice to her—- but I didn’t want to voice. I wanted to communicate with my mother in a way that, not only would I NOT have to loudly speak about someone sitting right in front of us, I would solicit communication in a mode I felt comfortable with. Being d/Deaf isn’t isolating. Being d/Deaf in a family of hearing people IS. But, they could learn ASL and fix that. I don’t need to be changed, they need to be educated. 

If nothing else, take this (and you could, arguably, use this for any condition often considered a disability): I’m only considered “disabled” in a world where everyone speaks and hears. When I’m deaf, I’m disabled. When I’m Deaf, I’m home.

For  good reads on this topic, check out:

"Is Deafness a disability?" 

"Deafness is not a disability"

gallifreyglo:

erxlet:

lovelyandbrown:

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S JUST HOW MUCH IT PAYS TO BE CONVENTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE

We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.

Watch Vox’s full video to see the many other ways these unrealistic beauty standards effect where we work.

Holy schnikes.

do you fucking SEE.

And in a world where white people are often willing to write off entire races of people as “unattractive”, “just not my type” and “not my preference” you can see how people of color can be put at a disadvantage even without teachers, bosses, law enforcement and politicians subscribing to the most hateful racist ideology.

^^^^ and also if fat is automatically not pretty…and if your ideas about what is pretty is basically a direct reflection of Hollywood…

Black is beautiful. White is beautiful and every other color in between is also beautiful. :)

Asked by Anonymous

odinsblog:

afrogrrrlxvx:

jayjsupremacy:

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I dunnoooo I think you already know that “White is beautiful” don’t you?

Or will it shatter your beauty if I recognize mine?

WELL DAMN

Perfect.

Straight up dedicating this post to allergictofeeling who so exemplifies this post by reblogging a post about Nicki Minaj  image then tagged it “no need to play the race card

please keep your self centered ignorance, micro-agressions and derailing all to yourself

Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.
Toni Morrison (via theraceproblem)

bankuei:

sapphrikah:

yellowxperil:

yellowxperil:

mothkult:

yellowxperil:

mothkult:

yellowxperil:

i need to stop seeing this shit come up on my dashboard. stop mimicking “black men” when you invoke predatory sexuality. recognize it and stop doing it. recognize the part youre playing in perpetuating the deadly myth of the black male rapist.

and read this: "Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist" from Angela Davis’s Women Race and Class

I understand what is said here, and agree. But I think the pictures/gifs used to demonstrate were a bad choice, only one directly points to the “Predator” being a black man. Just an observation.

find out what aave is and come back

Point made, I was just giving an observation. I agree with your post 100% , but I think there are better examples

absolutely there are. but i made this post as a direct response to seeing the first two gifsets go viral around tumblr’s feminist community. i added the third screenshot to further contextualize my point. a lot of feminists i followm reblogged the hell out of the first two, obviously not seeing that they were using racism to fight sexism.

i also still think you’re failing to see that these are GOOD examples. because in neo-liberal media, overt racism isn’t as pervasive as “subtle” racism. so it’s exactly those first two posts that ppl need to be more aware of. because they might not be trained to see the racism in those situations where it’s not blatant. and that’s exactly what happened when those posts went viral.

this post is going around again a little bit so i want to add a thought process i’ve developed since this post’s conception. if you don’t actually think this is a thing (like some of you reblogging this to say black ppl are reaching bc you assumed op, i, was black) keep a notepad with you for a few weeks and write down every time a non-black person slips into aave (in speech, in a text message, on facebook, whatever.) then next to that, write down why. i’ve done this, and the second column never strayed from three overlapping categories:

1) jocose sexual predation (as in the examples above. real life examples: “AY GIRL, lemme holla atcha!” “lemme get cho numba.. ay yo where you goin’?” on someone’s selfie/profile pic: “DAYUM.” “damn ma, you is fiiiiine.”) verbally, this is, without fail, accompanied by a faked very deep voice. wonder why?

2) jocose aggression (real life examples: “YO FUCK DAT NOISE I AIN’T ABOUT DAT, FUCK DA HATERZ” “WHO IS YOU” “YO ima STOMP that FOOL!” "im finna snatch this bitch weave")

3) being loud (real life examples: “MUH FUCKIN HOMIE” “FO REAL DO” “ooo girrrlll!!!” )

so we slip into aave when we’re putting on sexual predation, aggression, and loudness. what does that tell us about stereotypes of black americans?

your solidarity is so real I wanna weep.

^^^^^^^^

And notice how frat boy dudebro ain’t a default example even though their incidents of harassment and sexual violence be like what?

Guess the white man’s street harassment is kinder, along with their ice colder, huh?

White people did build america though. They built the trains and railroads, blew up mountains in the way, basically everything. The only thing blacks did was pick cotton. Back then the couldnt be trusted with other jobs. Seriously, learn more about history before you start making false accusations.

Asked by Anonymous

skindeap:

saltiestmermaid:

onlyblackgirl:

LOL white people sat on their ass whipping brown people as they built america. 

Yeah

LOOK

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BUILDING

RAILROADS

Seriously, all you have to do is google railroad workers and everything but white people come up. Just because white people OWNED the railroads doesn’t mean they did shit. Slaves did a hell of a lot more than pick cotton, and there were other brown people here other than black people who also built america. White people literally sailed to another continent to avoid doing work.

did anon really try that tho….

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They did

They really did

reverseracism:

Do you remember those boys that go to the ‘hood’ and mess with people all for the sake of a “prank”? Well, they went to a radio station for an interview and the hosts there called them out on their racist shit and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Check this video out. 

Ebro and Rosenberg hit damn near EVERY point. YES. So many important things here.

wonder how many of their fans will hear how they said they only upload the violent reactions and that most are not violent…so they’re intentionally portraying poor Blacks as way more violent than they actually are because that’s what other white-identifying people want to see….they’re just like most other media.