Dear (allegedly non-racist) Skinheads,
Ya’ll fucked up.
Instead of owning the fuck up to the rampant and often violent and militant racism and white supremacy in your scene, the rampant and often violent and militant racism that you, an allegedly anti-racist skinhead, allow, you decide to shout down the black girl, one that grew up in the punk scene for her lived experiences with skins.
You’re beyond ignorant.
I know of SHARPs. One of my favorite people up on here is a SHARP. I know of the black roots of the skin subculture. I know about the black skinheads and the black roots of English punk. I dig the roots of the subculture, music, and the style a lot actually, and am interested in it.
But, more importantly, I know of the racist appropriation of that culture, both by raving supremacist racists AND by allegedly non-racist white folks who felt it was totally within their right to steal from black culture and even at times dare to claim it was some sort of homage to blackness when we never saw the profits or the visibility for ourselves. That’s right, you’re all inherently racist because you’re fucking jockin’ shit that doesn’t belong to you. I know about my experienced with low-class angry white power thugs and brats whose shaved head and ample usage of the confederate flag didn’t make me think “how dare they wrongly appropriate the skinhead culture” but “oh shit, I need to take care of myself before I possibly get bashed”. I go to shows, I don’t ponder and consider whether the guy in the doc martens and thin black suspenders might be a SHARP or might wanna stomp my face in, I just assume the latter and move the fuck on. Yeah, I care about myself and my safety first! Wow! That’s a funny thing about this whole anti-racism, pro-POC position that you don’t understand-you listen, advocate and care for us, our decisions, our lived experiences, our narratives over anything else, especially over silly, condescending, nitpicking, whitesplaining subcultural misnomers or misunderstandings. But as always, whiteness is first and foremost concerned with whiteness. I shouldn’t be surprised.
What I don’t stand for is you daring to claim the anti-racist tagline for yourself. Don’t you fucking dare. You’re just as racist as your white supremacist breathern, if not more. At least they’re not cowards hiding as alleged allies, undermining POC secretly, prioritizing themselves over us in their acclaimed egalitarian political beliefs.
Also, you’re stupid basic assholes for still summing up all of racism and all racial prejudice and white privilege to Nazism. What the fuck is that? You lack nuance.
Fuck you, tired assholes
PS-Just because you have that Dead Kennedys patch with the swastika crossed out DOESN’T automatically make you anti-racist. It just makes you a basic punk like the rest of them.
I still reserve the right - for the sake of my own safety and the safety of others I love - to assume that if you’re white you are racist in some way(s) unless you prove otherwise. And that goes triple for if you’re a white skinhead. This shit is called survival. And you are a racist if you can’t respect that. Cry your river elsewhere.
Hahahaha. This book has been a little disturbing but it still makes me laugh.
Burma’s Punk Scene Continues to Fight Repression Underground
By Alexander Dluzak, in Rangoon, SPIEGEL
The punk band Rebel Riot stands on a makeshift stage in an abandoned restaurant on the outskirts of downtown Rangoon, Burma’s largest city. They wear their hair spiked straight up and studded leather jackets. “Saida! Saida! Saida!” singer Kyaw Kyaw barks into the microphone, “Resistance! Resistance! Resistance!” The drummer pounds away at his set while the guitars reverberate through the room. “No fear! No indecision! Rage against the system of the oppressors!” Kyaw Kyaw howls.
The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed sub-category. He’s got esprit up to here. Right now he is preparing to carry out his third mission of the night. His uniform is black as activated charcoal, filtering the very light out of the air. A bullet will bounce off its arachno-fiber weave like a wren hitting a patio door, but excess perspiration wafts through it like a breeze through a freshly napalmed forest. Where his body has bony extremities, the suit has sintered armorgel: feels like gritty jello, protects like a stack of telephone books.
I absolutely love this photo so much. I instantly fell in love with it. <3 All my favorite things in one.
Amazing costume done by the even more amazing Korin! http://korinchan.deviantart.com/ Go visit her DA for more of her breath taking costumes!
Photo was taken by http://andreaoftheland.deviantart.com/ who as you can see DOES AMAZING PHOTOS OMG
Another one of these cyberpunk sketch things. Think I’m going to compile them now.
Before TAQWACORES was born, there were already South Asian punks, Muslim punks, and the whatnot, you know, only that the world ignored them. There was an excellent short story called With Your Tongue Down My Throat (published in 1987/88) written by Hanif Kureishi, which involves British Asian youths (Pakistani and South Asian), punks, and South Asian immigrants, set in England during the early 1980s. Read it or die.
I HAVE TO FIND & READ THIS
Why I hate the term Steampunk
and a few things of the sub-culture/style I both loathe and adore.
A quick search of google images brings up these first:
I could dig for more, but if you know what Steampunk is about, then you get teh picture. Anachronistic Victorian garments, useless industrial flair, steam-driven technology that borders on fantasy. Victorian Fantasy with a faux industrial sheen.
Punk on the other hand, brings up images like this:
There’s a touch of a dichotomy here, I would like to point out.
Punk, is about anti-establishment, it’s about fighting back against a broken system, it’s about the powerlessness and rage of the poor and dispossessed. Even Cyberpunk, which tends towards the dystopian, often comes across as disassociated with the poverty that springs from.:
It’s not that I have a problem with these styles, it’s the painful misappropriation of the word punk that is my issue. In the defense of cyberpunk, I have seen more that tend towards the underside of culture than the rich and flashy, especially since the earliest forms of cyber-punk dealt with social dehumanization and technological empowerment. But Steampunk is basically aping the upper-class Victorians, who helped form the core of the culture which Punk fights so relentlessly. Let us call it what it is Victorian Fantasy, and stop pretending it has any punk in it.
If it did, there would be more 19th century bums with shoddy industrial tools and genuine representations of the multitude of cultures and classes at the bottom of the heap. Industrial rebels, revolutionaries, malcontents, lower class, minorities and those criminalized by Imperialistic Forces. That’s what punk is about. Not glorifying and white-washing a brutally racist and expansionist empire.
In defense of the Victorian Fantasy scene; I think the style is delightful, and much of the art and writing coming out of it is downright awesome. There is a lot to be said for using times like the Victorian era and re-imagining them, especially a point in history as full of change as the Victorian era; but there really is no punk in it. Sorry.
Hate me, yell at me, etc, so on and so forth. Or don’t. That’s also cool.
PS: If you know of people who have genuinely fused punk with the victorian fantasy style, please, show me :)
Also, fuck steampunk.
AFP - Indonesian sharia police are “morally rehabilitating” more than 60 young punk rock fans in Aceh province on Sumatra island, saying the youths are tarnishing the province’s image.
Since being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray.
And then they wonder why the kids of today are so angry.
This moral policing is sick making and unIslamic. Someone please tell me of even ONE instance when the Prophet (peace be upon him) ever forced ANYONE to conform like this, much less got a band of Sahabis together to physically abuse people for the sake of conformity? The Prophet (peace be upon him) didn’t even do such things to non-believers - who he let live in peace in their own way as long as they weren’t actively harming Muslims - much less to treat Muslims in his community like this.
And ffs, this isn’t Sharia either. Sheesh…
Top right made me want to cry
Punx Is Oppressors
A story I’ve heard from many people is how hypocritical punx and anarchist punk types can be when it comes to policing people’s bodies and choices. While punks without anarchist politics can be just as fucked up as conservative christians or homophobic bro dudes, we do hope for something a bit more from those that “circle the A” in a serious way. Many will be anti-certain kinds of oppression, usually the big, easy to figure out ones like sexism and racism. Some will be body positive, sex positive, anti cop and anti capitalist. This is all great, any step in the right direction is a good step.
While many who take their politics seriously are body posi and supposedly reject mainstream ideals of attractiveness, a lot of punks still police other people on how they should look.
I have had many friends shamed by “radical punks” for starting to looking punk, not looking punk, for changing what sort of punk you they like (from street into crust, from crust into goth, hardcore to crust, hardcore to skin, whatever), for changing how they look and essentially telling them, you are poser, no matter what you do. Love the music? Don’t care. In Portland, most people who move here change into d-beat/crust punks because that is the local music scene.
Who cares if someone changes how they look every fucking day? If it makes them happy, why does it matter to anyone else? Why is it any of your business what someone does with their body? Why do you think you have the right to tell someone who they can or cannot be? How dare you tell someone that they are “fake” or not a “real” punk. I am sick of this bullshit high horse some folks get on when they think they’ve been in the “scene” for a few years. This is why I don’t give a fuck about the “scene” and I befriend people for their political beliefs.
None of us were born with bullet belts around our waists. None of us came out of the womb with a discharge tattoo. Everyone starts somewhere, and most of us change throughout the courses of our lives. ~*~get over it~*~
Fucking stop policing how other people look. It is not okay.