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remember when obama was running in 2008
and he got attacked just for being associated with a pastor who said “bad things” against white people/america and people thought it would be detrimental to his campaign?
but mitt romney, paul ryan, his friends, his party, and his family have said the most heinous misogynist racist xenophobic homophobic shit
even threatening the president’s life
mitt romney said he doesn’t care about 47% of america. out of his OWN FUCKING MOUTH
and yet he’s actually tying with the president right now?
TELL ME that isn’t whiteness at work
TELL ME that isn’t some shit on scary ass white supremacist levels
“These incidents may appear small, banal and trivial, but we’re beginning to find they assail the mental health of recipients.”
-Sue et. al , 2007
If white people would even admit any of the stuff on this list was racist my life would be easier.
I’m white and not only do acknowledge that all those things are racist but also super fucking douchy.
I’ve experienced…all of these. Wow.
Same, multiple times, since I can remember. Honestly, especially when I was in school, I experienced at least one of these things almost daily.
=(. i’ve experienced just about all of these too, including this first one as an alien in our own land. i know so many Black people who are asked where they are from regularly by white people who for some reason can’t fathom we were born in the U.S. even tho many of our families have been here longer.
as for the criminality one, it would happen to me and my brother a lot, even when young. and we used to get so annoyed, we started doing shit like seeing old white ladies while we were in the car waiting for our mom, and lock the door really fast like we were scared and stuff. get back at em lol.
this is an amazing graphic organizer.
good god, i’ve experienced every single one of these
i don’t know whether to be infuriated or to laugh my fat ass off.
this fucking book.
PDF, on my desktop right now.
even by page 8 it’s fucking ridic.
i don’t think i can finish.
here’s a link, if you want to torture yourself (PDF)
Protip: I have never heard of this book or this author outside of the SJ Tumblr crowd. Judging from the subject matter, I strongly doubt I ever will. The only real publicity this book is likely to get is people on the internet going “this book sucks so bad, here’s the link, read it and rage with me.”
Racists won’t get into it, because it doesn’t fit their narrative (trying to turn the tables on oppression requires that you admit to doing it, something that racists seldom do), non-racists won’t get into it except possibly in an ironic sense because they already know that racism is bad, and any person with a trace of empathy and political awareness already knows of the atrocities that occur and opposes them. The only audience it will find is little white kids whose parents want them to see how bad racism is by putting themselves in other people’s shoes, and people who are too old to be reading this stuff and are trying too hard to find something to complain about. FYI, there are actual hate crimes happening in real life right now, so instead of sending copies of this book to all your followers, you could concern yourself with real problems.
Then again, I just wrote a pretty long post complaining about you complaining about it, which probably makes me even worse! lol
why don’t you go back to making racist/rape jokes, or telling queer/gay folks how we should deal with bullying, or telling folks that procreation is a biological imperative, or any of the other things you’re doing on your blog to concern yourself with real problems
you’re not doing shit
she’s still going. Proof:
no i don’t think so. i don’t think so at all.
oh my god it is the worst book
here’s my favourite quote from the author interviews
Is there a message to Revealing Eden that you hope readers embrace?
Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to imagine that our world may one day resemble the bleak, depleted environment depicted in Revealing Eden. If we do not take better care of the earth, and stop depleting the ozone level with pollution, the effects of solar radiation will increase. Take it one step further, and the melanin in those with dark skin may enable them to survive better, putting whites at an extreme disadvantage. Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call, and hopefully, promote better understanding between the races.
so remember, kids: protect the environment or white people will suffer!
3. The world of coals, pearls, ambers, is so unique. How much fun was it world-building and how much energy went into it?
Big fun, and a little scary too. I wrestled with some of the details of Eden’s post-apocalyptic world. For example, creating racial epithets, rather than using existing ones that are already deeply ingrained in our culture, seemed the best way of turning long-standing prejudices upside down. I played with different ideas, and even used animal names at one point, but they also carried too much baggage. Then the idea of using simple, earthy things to represent the different races struck me. The words pearl, coal, tiger’s eye, amber, and cotton all represent beautiful natural things, just as all races are equally beautiful. Of course, these invented racial terms also tie into the environmental theme, and initially create mystery, too. That was a good day’s work.
i am just so livid over this. THAT WAS A TERRIBLE DAY’S WORK
I have endeavored to raise my children with a color-free mentality. My son once mentioned that his color was white while mine was tan. This was said with no more feeling than if he’d been describing the different colors of our bedrooms.
i am pretty sure this will continue to get worse
who fucking writes something like that
“in this captivating novel set in a terrifying future, which is all too easy to imagine”
“which is all too easy to imagine”
“which is all too easy to imagine”
“which is all to easy to imagine”
And that’s the thing. Folks already imagine it. They’ve been imagining it for the longest damn time, in fact.
Those are the folks who “love the culture” as long as it doesn’t come into their homes or neighborhoods.
Those folks pass legislation in order to legally discriminate against Mexican immigrants, while ignoring the Canadian border altogether.
Those are the folks shooting brown people in the streets, in front of their homes, in their own neighborhoods.
Those folks have badges and attack dogs.
Those folks bang gavels in the courtrooms.
Those folks have been imagining having to save white people for fucking decades — longer, even.
and some of those folks are called the Ku Klux Klan.
Save the pearls, my black ass.
“Redbone,”By Erin McKenna.
This is a sculpture inspired by the following lyric from “Every Girl” by rappers Lil’ Wayne and Drake: “I like a long hair thick red bone.” (The song’s title is snipped from the track’s other eloquent lyric, “I wish I could f**k every girl in the world”). The sculpture is part of a satirical series by lauded artist Erin McKenna, meant to critique sexism in Hip Hop (the rest of the stimulating series can be seen here).
I’ll be the first to admit that this series is refreshingly clever, and I first assumed its originator was flexing her knowledge of oppressive eurocentric standards and the oversexualization and disposability of black women in media. But I was wrong. After belatedly discovering this piece was made by a white self-proclaimed feminist, I combed the internet for the purpose behind it.
If you’re interested in reading her
poorly written excuse for athesis, you can go to her website here: ccad.digication.com/emckenna/Paper. But for summarized review, I have posted excerpts of it below, and in order to illustrate why this exhibit is royally racist – and to emulate the critical humor Erin so loves to employ – I’ve edited it to include what she seemingly forgot to say:
“I use humor and popular culture to bring the viewer in for closer examination on both a critique and celebration of the language of hip-hop.
In my videos, I have found hip-hop songs that have had the words extracted so there is only instrumental sound. The imagery in each video is referring to a line in the song that is playing. By taking the words out of the songs […] the song is less powerful without the voice and language. Hmm I hope nobody interprets this as a devaluing and silencing of black voices in art, something white scholars like lil’ ol’ me have been doing for decades. The imagery is exaggerated, showing humor and actions that reference other slang and metaphor, because many white people don’t acknowledge black culture’s existence unless they can caricature and exaggerate it (minstrelsy and poorly written black characters by white writers, anyone?).
Redbone is a sculpture of a large femur bone with long black hair. It references the line, “I like a long haired, thick red bone”. Red bone is slang for
a woman who is African American and Caucasianany light-skinned black person who may or may not identify as mixed with any other race(s) (not just Caucasian, the most important one), often a product of their ancestors having been raped by mine! Whatever, I failed to properly research that, even though I have full access to google on my Macbook Pro. I made the bone large, referencing the size of the body. Cuz black women are “big boneded” lol! […] In slang and the song, “red bones” are supposed to be sexualized. Oops, forgot to mention: the desire for a “redbone” stems from the affinity for light-skinned, long-haired women of color in popular media. This preference exists cuz of decades of covert white supremacy that brainwashed everyone into thinking white women are the most beautiful and sacred of the world’s female population. With my interpretation, I am showing a very non sexual object that is awkward and unusual.
Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s in a middle class suburban neighbor hood, I was exposed to hip-hop. It was ‘bad’ (because those scary black guys made it) and therefore cool to listen to. I remember […] getting our drivers licenses and riding around with our radios blaring the popular hip hop songs of the week. Even then, my friends and I realized the irony of it; the fact that we knew nothing what it was like to be African-American, growing up in a low-income neighborhood or having to deal with violence, gangs and drugs, not to mention institutionalized and social racism.
The general tone of the songs and hip-hop in general creates a feeling of power. It’s all about getting to the top and being the best; or if i must be specific, it’s all about attaining the societal and economic power that is strategically kept out of reach from black Americans by racist institutions, so by “getting to the top,” I mean ascending to the same default middle-class level I was happily raised in. -
which I think a lot of people can relate to because we are all human and strive to be the best(filler BS, bla bla bla). The slang, metaphors, similes and inflection of the voice in hip-hop songs are outstanding and innovative. There are a lot of references, whether it be historical, political or current pop culture, which is often overlooked by white society because black cultural production is rarely considered to hold any intelligent cultural value, and is merely seen as “cool.”
Hip hop artists want to be the “baddest” or the toughest and they show (or talk about, rather) this by showing off their money, alcohol, drugs, but mostly by being in control of women sexually. Some say Hip Hop’s hypermasculinity is based on the model set by white patriarchy, but was exaggerated by black men to overcompensate for America stripping them of both their masculinity and humanity… but naaah!! They are using and showing off women as sex icons as a rung in a ladder to get to the top. Of course, as a white woman, I don’t like this, even though it barely affects me or the popular perception of me; on the rare occasion that white girls are used as sexual decor in hip-hop instead of black girls, society will not regard me as slutty, ghetto, and only worth my lascivious body, as it does black women. But hey I need something to complain about, and it must prioritize me, so I won’t acknowledge those black girls in my project at all!
With this said, I am
celebrating, critiquing andtaking lines from hip hop out of context (see above). Once the viewer realizes what the hip-hop artistblack guys are really saying about women, a critique occurs on pop culture and the treatment of women, and is generalized so that the perspectives of those most affected by this problem, black women, are erased.
This is because I can easily relate to being female and, uh, black cuz one of my best friends’ neighbors is black, aaah love her! Holler, Shenaynay!“
absolutely scathing and wonderful. holy shit.
—Have you ever felt the need to talk about your experiences in a conversation of racism?
—Have you ever felt the need to talk about how hard you work to fight anti-racism?
—Have you ever felt that you are necessary to anti-racism?
—Have you ever, at any time, spoken…
—Have you found yourself getting angrier at racist displays than the PoC around you?
—Have you found that when racist things happen around you, the PoC comfort you?
I despise people who try to explain to me why I should be offended or hurt about something. I once had a white person try to give me a lecture on why I shouldn’t straighten my hair while she got all emo about an episode of Tyra she watched once where they were talking about black self-hate. ‘Your natural hair is beautiful.’ UH YEAH I KNOW…YOU POINT?
lol i love these white people
they think they’re so awesome, don’t they?
Shitty anti-racist ‘allies’ are like those shitty ‘friends’ you don’t consider friends because they keep hurting you, but THEY still think they’re your friend, and they’re not going to take no for an answer, so they keep showing up at your parties and calling you at home even after you’ve stopped picking up thanks to caller display, and if you tell them to shape up or fuck off, they get all, ‘Nuh uh! I’m your friend, so I’ll always be your friend no matter how bad I, I mean, things get!’ And if you like, break your arm or something, they’ll show up at your hospital room, but only to go on and on about how seeing you hurt hurts THEM so much, and don’t you see how sad and teary they are? And half the time, they were probably the one who broke your arm while trying to ‘help’ you too.
That made sense in my head and while I was typing it out, but I don’t know.
Basically, shitty allies like this are kind of like Nice Guys. Never taking “no” for an answer, invade your life and everything you do, and do a bunch of underhanded shit and never take responsibility, yet think you should forever accept them because they’re just oh-so NICE to you. Not like one of THOSE white people.
Holy shit, that is perfect. I’d also add in that Nice Guy™ Anti-Racist ‘Allies’ will look at you hanging out with your other POC friends, telling jokes about your own culture and using reclaimed slurs, and they’ll be all, ‘Why do those POC want to hang out with POC JERKS rather than a nice anti-racist ally like ME? POC just like being abused! Why does no one love me and my awesome anti-racism? And some POC would rather deal with an upfront racist than a covert colourblind racist like me? Why?’
Also, “Well, no wonder they complain about experiencing so much racism! They act like that with their PoC friends, so it’s no wonder white people don’t like them! Gosh, it must be because they’re insecure! If ONLY they can see me as the good white person I am…!”
This is why covert and subtle racism is a thing. Because white people can use passive-aggression and emotional manipulation like this to practice their unchecked racism on PoC. And what makes it worse is that they say they’re “allies.”
All of this ^^^^^^^^^^
so much truth in this thread!
onemoresolo asked: You're ignorant. That Ron Paul bill wasn't racially motivated, it was about taking the decision-making powers away from the federal government and back into the hands of the individual states. Only a moron would think that states would suddenly start racially segregating schools if that bill passed. Read up. It makes infinitely more sense for a local school district to decide how to handle matters than it does the federal government. You're just grasping for straws with this one. 1984? C'mon.
aw, you’re gonna come at me with this bullshit, man? for the sake of this argument, let’s put aside the fact that ron paul is a dirty fucking racist in nearly everything that he does. I’ll put that way over there next to Ron Paul Is A Misogynist Douche and Ron Paul Hates Poor People and Ron Paul Is A Goddamn Liar.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are some links for you:
Now, I already know what you’re going to say: “But Mark, those people aren’t all in a position of power, and most white people aren’t racist, and no one would really vote to segregate schools, come on, you’re reaching.”
It took me less than five minutes to find all those stories. It took less than five minutes for me to begin to paint a network and systematic example of how racism is still brutal, violent, and COMPLETELY FUCKING PERVASIVE in the United States. If you do not believe that schools should be segregated by race, there is no need to individual states to decide that on a state-by-state basis. That human right and that civil right is UNIVERSAL, and that is the whole goddamn point of it being A FEDERAL LAW. No state should be allowed to segregate ever. So why leave it up to them?
Right, because you’re white. Let me spell this out for you, William DiRienzo: I do not trust the vast majority of white people to vote in my best interest. I do not trust most of America not to vote for segregation. I don’t like using this word much anymore, as online discourse has almost rendered it meaningless, but this ask you’ve sent me is the most egregious display of white privilege I’ve seen in a long time. It is a luxury for you to insist that no state would vote for segregation. Bullshit! Are you kidding me? Look how many states have already banned gay marriage. Are you seriously tryin to step to me with this fucked up bullshit about having faith that your fellow white brothers and sisters are gonna actually not vote for something like that?
It makes infinitely no sense for any local school district to decide matters of HUMAN RIGHTS over the federal government. There are some matters that should not be up to a popular vote, and segregation is absolutely one of them.
Oh, right, I’m not an angry latino enough for you, so I’ll throw that in for good measure: