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Nov 7
“If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”
(via nativnuance)

(via thingsthatverbme)


Aug 4

"As though our lives have no meaning and no depth without the white gaze."

(via vaganja)


Jun 6

thefemaletyrant:

biyuti:

biyuti:

TRANSCRIPT.

(Freshly typed. I’m not a professional, but I think I caught everything. Um… no idea how to parse the sentence, but whatever.)

Woman: Uh, everything about our nation and god and everything.

Man: Uh, huh.

Woman: I just want to know, how much do you love your country?

Man: What is your nationality?

Woman: I’m confused.

Man: About your heritage.

Woman: so what is my nationality, what colour are all y’all?

Man: Alright. Let me explain. Let me help you out. Let me help you understand.

Woman: defend it, I love all of you.

Man: At one time, Jewish people lived in Germany,  you understand that right ?

Woman:  I’m German as well.

Man: I know, that is why I asked you what is your nationality. At one time Jewish people lived in Germany, didn’t they?

Woman: Did they?

Man: And during WW1 they fought for Germany, they loved Germany. Until one day Adolf Hitler begins to exterminate them and then they turned on their country and went for a land of their own.

Well, this is what you have to understand: we have served this stinking country. There is nobody more patriotic than Black people. We are the people that die in your wars, build your cities, and raise your children and bleed in your all of your wars and reap none of the benefits.

There is nobody more patriotic than us. There is nobody that served America more than us, until one day we found out that this is the land of our oppressor, this is not our homeland. So we decided to go found our own land. So we decided to go find the land of our ancestors, just like the Jewish people did in Germany.

Know what the, the problem with white people is? You don’t respect anybody’s humanity except for your own. You don’t respect anybody’s pain, except for your own.

You expect Jewish people to hate Hitler and hate the Nazis, but you can’t understand why we should hate you. You can’t understand that because you’re not human. And you’re cruel. And you’re selfish. And if you had any love and compassion in your heart, you would know how much you deserve to be hated. If you had any love in your heart.

You white people are merciless. And you hate to look at anybody as a human being.

How dare you ask us: “have you loved America?”!? [background woman crying, ‘you’re horrible’] We have loved you for forever. And you have always hated us.

We have loved you consistently for 400 hundred years. We prayed to that white Jesus. And we saluted your flags. And we died in your militaries. And you beat us like dogs.

How dare you ask us, “Have we loved you?”!?

I have a question for you. When in the hell have you loved anybody but yourself? [woman crying and pointing, saying ‘you’re horrible’]

Give me Ezekial 35 (? Not sure what is said here)

I’m looking at you square in your eyes and tell you this:

That you are completely cruel. And you know why your heart is broke? Because I’m telling you the truth for the first time in your life.

Your whole life you thought that you’ve been compassionate and caring, but meanwhile, you know what you are? Just another white girl standing on stolen ground, [background, ‘what? what?’] reaping the benefits of bloody fathers.

Woman:  You’re horrible.

Man: That is what you are. Even though you think you’re so liberal and so kind. All you are is another child benefiting off the murder of your father. That is who you reall are. And you should face it. And you should fall on your knees and beg repentance, for your evil, cruel, corrupt selfish life. That you’ve lived here on the bones of the North American Indian, on the bones of the slaves, on the bones of the Puerto Ricans, on the bones of the Mexicans, on the bones of all the poor people. That your father murdered so that you could go to college. And so that you could get drunk and high, and have a good time.

Your father had to murder for that privilege. You understand that, don’t you? Your father had to kill. Your grandfather had to steal. So that you could live like Pamela Anderson [background woman crying, ‘you’re horrible’] in America.

Give me Ezekial 45. That is the truth. I’m sorry. I’m showing you love! That’s love. I’m telling you the truth. Ain’t that real love?

[Woman sobbing. Cuts to music video]

/end transcript

someone was asking for a transciption again…

Still relevant

Know what the, the problem with white people is? You don’t respect anybody’s humanity except for your own. You don’t respect anybody’s pain, except for your own. 

You expect Jewish people to hate Hitler and hate the Nazis, but you can’t understand why we should hate you. You can’t understand that because you’re not human. And you’re cruel. And you’re selfish. And if you had any love and compassion in your heart, you would know how much you deserve to be hated.

And then it goes into a Lowkey video. Yesss. Yes.

(via i-manface)


Jan 8

A quick note about race, ethnicity, and nationality.

freshtittymilk:

crackerhell:

stinkytofumaiden:

gadaboutgreen:

Him: What’s his nationality?

Me: American.

Him: No, I mean, what’s his ethnicity?

Me: Chinese, specifically Han Chinese?

Him: So his ethnic background is Asian.

Me: No, that’s his race. 

Him: GAH! That’s what I meant!

Me: Then why didn’t you ask that? 

Race=Sociological Construct, (Black, White, Asian) 
Ethnicity=Socio-cultural background, (also socially constructed,) (Han Chinese, Cajun, African-American, Latino)
Nationality=Country of Origin, (American, French, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Iranian, ect, ect.)  

Reblogging again because white people don’t understand the difference between ethnicity and nationality.

Guide for every time someone says “I’M NOT WHITE, I’M IRISH/ITALIAN/ETC.” 

Also a guide for everyone who says “I’m not white, I’m Mexican”.

Ohhhhh, I understand! Had a bit of ignorance on those matters. I’d often treat race as ethnicity!

(via sapphrikah)


Nov 8

notesonascandal:

elverdugo:

homonoire:

James Baldwin going the fuck off and snatching edges, roots and all, on the Dick Cavett Show. 1973. 

gonna read gonna read gonna read

(via sapphrikah)


Aug 25
And then, you ask me whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all… whether I approve of guns.

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama!

Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs! Bombs that were planted by racists. I remember from the time - I was very small - I remember the sound of bombs exploding across the street, our house shaking! I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times because of that fact that any moment - someone - we might expect to be attacked.

The man who was in that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bill Connor. He would often get on the radio and make statements like - “N*****s have moved into an all white neighborhood, we better expect some bloodshed tonight,” and sure enough there would be blood shed.

After the four girls - one of them lived next door to me - I was very good friends of a sister of another one… My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class.

In fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of the young girl called my mother and said - “Can you take me down to the church and pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.”

And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place.

And then after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. ❞ Angela Davis on Violence [x]

(via a-bayani-deactivated20121004)


Aug 5

Some REAL white privilege.

mixedbyziggy:

In America, you can be white and commit heinous crimes—lighting up a movie theater, or Sikh temple; mass shootings at a workplace—and you will more than likely be considered mentally ill. Media outlets will work diligently to elaborate your story; your upbringing, childhood traumas.

You will always be sympathized and looked at as a person who wasn’t helped in time.

(via inmidnightblood)


“Teaching kids not to “see” color, denies the fact that people of different racial identities experience life very differently. Only a person living from a position of racial privilege would ever say that they don’t “see” color. It’s a way to avoid dealing with the very real truth that people’s skin color does in large part define how they are perceived by the world.” Julie Gerstein  (via teantitties)

(via breachbangbloom)


Jul 2
tranqualizer:

rusty—shackleford:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

crankyskirt:


ISBN 978-1-935950-05-9 Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp Coming September 2012
What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.
“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann
“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs
I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.

Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.

I WANT THIS YES

aaaaahhhhhh yeeeessssssss

tranqualizer:

rusty—shackleford:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

crankyskirt:

ISBN 978-1-935950-05-9
Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp
Coming September 2012

What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.

“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann

“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs

I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.

Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.

I WANT THIS YES

aaaaahhhhhh yeeeessssssss

(via a-bayani-deactivated20121004)


Jun 21
“[tw genocide, slavery] In the instances when POC say shit like ‘Oh I can’t stand white folk’ or ‘Damn white people’, they aren’t saying ‘Oh I think they are inferior, I want to humiliate them, abuse them, enslave them and wipe out their people!’, they’re saying ‘Damn, after a couple hundred years of white people thinking I’m inferior, humiliating me, abusing me, enslaving me, and trying to wipe out my people, I don’t wanna deal with them.’ The context is completely different.” Briana (via absinthedisco)

(via thingsthatverbme)


Jun 19
rootsdeep:

xenophobia.

rootsdeep:

xenophobia.

(via sapphrikah)


a-bayani:

stuavg:

(Poem-in-progress performed at the Stories of Queer Diaspora event on June 17th, 2012)

Don’t Compromise Me

I am crazy and angry and hurt and healing and pissed off and passionate and beautiful and ugly and queer and brown and I am a threat.

I am a threat to the flimsy definitions of gender, of queer, of mixed race Two Spirit Mexican.

I am a threat to the homo and hetero norms of beauty because my CROOKED YELLOW TEETH SCARRED BODY and ugliness are pieces of my beauty.

I am a threat to the colonizing forces on my land and to the Whites who see me as Other or a ‘special interest’ rather than a human.

I am a threat to the idea that self-injury is harmful because hunny, my wounds bleed truths that your self-help books could never speak.

I am a threat to the idea that crazy people can’t be loved because yes, yes they can be, have been, and will be and yes, they fucking DESERVE to be and yes oh fucking yes do I have my turn comin

You see, I waited in line at the Capitol building like a good lil’ queer liberal to protest for my rights only to feel tokenized, exploited, and shamed for speaking out.

Out, like when I came out as gay and again as trans and again as mentally fucked and I all asked for was love, but received brutal systemic and personal violence, isolation, and abandonment.

So yes, I am a threat on all fronts. I am unapologetically crazy and angry and hurt and healing and pissed off and passionate and beautiful and ugly and queer and brown.

So don’t fucking compromise me.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

(via a-bayani-deactivated20121004)


Jun 13

a-bayani:

grrlyman:

thedailywhat:

Movie Trailer of the Day: Based on first-time director Justin Simien’s own experiences, Dear White People is a satirical look at what it’s like to be black on a predominantly white college campus:

The plot centers on ”four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’-themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.”

The indie project is just 31 days and $25,000 from the big screen.

[crushable]

This looks amazing!

every white person who has ever sent me an ask message anonymously should donate at least $20 (trying to make your guilt at least a little bit productive here)

you know who you are!

(via a-bayani-deactivated20121004)


Apr 10

What PoC are demanding of whites

brazenbitch:

  • Check their privilege, and own up to their whiteness.
  • Don’t apologize for being white. We aren’t looking for sympathy, and we aren’t looking to shame you. We need whites to understand how their whiteness  impacts PoC. Although you yourself have not committed the crimes of your ancestors or fellow white scum, you are all connected through your whiteness and benefit from that system of privilege. We don’t need you to hold our hands and apologize for every wrong doing a white person has ever done in the history of ever, but we do expect you to own up to that history and stop trying to disconnect yourself from the whiteness you benefit from for the sake of “solidarity”
  • Stop claiming racism. Interpersonal acts of oppression=/= what Poc have and continue to go through because of their coloredness. 
  • You are NOT Troy Davis,Trayvon Martin, or a Strong Black Woman. You are the George Zimmerman’s of the world, you ARE the system that was created by whites to oppress, and terrorize PoC. You may worry that your children will grow up and join the patriarchy that fights against you, but you are not the Black Mother fearing that her child will be shot dead in the street for “looking suspicious”. Here is how you show solidarity as an white activist towards PoC
  • Stop nit picking. Maybe ourr grammer is wrong, maybe we mispelled something, maybe you don’t like our “tone” or feel the need to bring up THAT ONE  THING THAT HAS NO RELEVANCE TO THE ARGUMENT BUT YOU FEEL NEEDS TO BE SAID BECAUSE YOUR FEE FEE’S WERE HURT. This is derailing, and because of your whiteness you end up speaking over us. This shit isn’t cool.
  • Claim color blindness. First and foremost this is extremely ableist. The notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity  and be “just humans” within the framework of white dominated culture means that the subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged class whites. This does not create racial harmony nor does race suddenly become obsolete. Rather this thinking creates a fierce cultural protectionism and allows whites to continue with racist behavior unchecked. 
  • Keep changing the definition of racism so that you don’t fit into the definition of racism. 
  • Collect your folks. When you see a fellow white person actin’ a fool, it’s time to take the trash out. 
  • Stop questioning our validity, claim we’re being too emotional or “obsessed with race issues” 
  • Not to expect a damn cookie for meeting the basic qualifications of a decent human being

(via sapphrikah)


I’ll spell it out for all the white folks out there:

dionthesocialist:

  • When POC say we’re proud of our race/skin color/ethnicity, it is a response to the dehumanization and self-hatred that imperialist peoples (read: white folks) have been using as a key tool in our oppression since, well, forever. It is a rallying cry to say, “No, we’re not going to hate ourselves. We’re more than what you make of us. We’re beautiful, talented, and fully fleshed out human beings whether you want to accept that or not.” It is a celebration of all we’ve accomplished in spite of our oppression.
  • When white people say they’re proud to be white, they’re ignoring the massive amount of marginalization that has taken place to get white people where they are today. You can’t separate your existence as a white person from the terrible things that have been done by your ancestors, because you still reap the benefits of slavery, of imperialism, of genocide. The very land on which you’re privileged to live was stolen from the hands of Native Americans, built on the backs of slaves, and is maintained by the military industrial complex which kills brown people all around the world. White pride is a celebration of all whites have accomplished because of the oppression of others.

This is why, again, if you’re proud to be white, you’re a racist.

(via sapphrikah)


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