I have a close friendship with an Aboriginal person, who feels that the concept of ‘otherkin’ is like the use of spirit animal. Aboriginal concepts like spirit animals and the people who can take the form of animals in Ohunkakan (from Lakota) are regularly appropriated. The first you see often being used by white people everywhere, and the whole concept of otherkin, she feels, is like taking the concept from the Ohunkakan stories.

She says she feels weird about posting this, so I’m posting on her behalf. She doesn’t feel like she has anyone to talk about it, because of the way it played out when otherkin first became popular on tumblr, and because she doesn’t want to disrespect identities…but at the same time, when that identity itself is stepping on cultures and partaking in appropriation, that makes things interesting.

I know there were comments of otherkin appropriating trans people’s language and terminology, and I don’t know the resolution of that, but this is a whole other thing entirely.

How do the rest of you feel?

I seriously wouldn’t put this past them. At all. To be ‘inspired’ by Ohunkakan stories. And just steal it. For their already blech IDs.

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yeah, i’m still mad. and I don’t care.


Omg. I’m still raging mad about this comment

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

“tattoos on their own and yoga on its own are just things people do, and it would be almost impossible to pinpoint ownership”

Because I’m pretty sure that the ‘people’ she is referring to is white people. 

Just things white people do everyone. Just things. 

Not important cultural practices. Nope. Just things. 

And, seriously, almost impossible to pinpoint ownership.


Because everything, absolutely *everything* must be understood in a western, capitalist framework of private property. 

(and seriously? No. Just because something is communal, traditionally held knowledge does *not* mean that no one ‘owns’ it and, thus, white people can just take that shit.)

If you ever find yourself making this comment or asking these questions wrt appropriation. Stop. Pause. And maybe go for a little walk. While you do so, contemplate you complicity in colonialism. 


“But?!?! I Can’t Be Racist Because…” [SHORT FILM]

“But?!?! I Can’t Be Racist Because is the first short film brought to you by theliberatedzonetv to commemorate the 47th anniversary since Malcolm X’s assassination.

“But?!?! We Can’t Be Racist Because…” touches on the issues in a day-to-day and global context of white supremacy in order to try to open up the in-depth discussion and understanding that we need so desperately.

Is racism a thing of the past?

Are white people victims of racism too?

Do you feel uncomfortable/awkward when white people emulate Black culture?

Does Black culture ‘belong’ to everyone?

Does suffering in Africa have nothing to do with people living in Europe?

Are YOU aware of how you fit into the white supremacist structure enforced by imperialism?


Please use this as a resource and the comments by co-producers Shamim Kisakye, Iman Hussein and Lizzie Phelan in education establishments, youth and community groups and amongst your friends in order to open up the discussion about the modern day manifestations of white supremacy.

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Just Another College Student: ladyatheist: White people, we need to have a talk. When your kids ask...






White people, we need to have a talk. When your kids ask you for an “Indian themed,” “Asian themed,” or something along that line party, it’s ok to tell them no. Let me repeat that, IF THEY ASK YOU FOR A PARTY BASED ON A RACIST ASS STEREOTYPE, TELL THOSE LITTLE FUCKERS NO!

Really? This is the assumption? That every Caucasian little snot is out there to throw the most ignorant and culturally offensive known party to man? What about the ones of us who actually give a damn about the culture? For my 12th birthday I had one of these “offensive” themed parties. It was Asian themed. I called it that not because I could not differentiate the many different cultures in Eastern Asia, but because I knew I had elements from different parts of it. While it was mostly inspired by Japanese themes, I had some decorations and food that were Chinese in origin (well, as Chinese as American Chinese food is considered).

Before having this party I read up on the cultures I was using for a theme. I learned the differences between dragons in China and Japan, I learned origami and made little paper kimonos to put on my invitations. I even made little clay daruma dolls for my guests to paint the eyes on. Outside of party purposes, I learned about the schools, history, entertainment (Kabuki theater, not just J-pop), which way to properly cross a kimono and other things about these cultures. True, I learned more about Japan than China (as evident of my using mostly Japanese examples), but the research was still enlightening.

Instead of assuming that kids are just going dumbly throw a party and run around with chopsticks in their hair while squinting their eyes, maybe take into account that some kids will learn respect for these cultures, and are not trying to demonstrate their dominance over a culture rather than show how much they appreciate it and are grateful for the diversity this planet has to offer. If kids want a party like that then have them research the topic first. Learn about the cultures before hand. Learn what is or is not acceptable in those lands. This goes for anything; from an Asian party, to Oktoberfest, to a Fiesta, etc… Make people learn, not just assume before hand. I guarantee that will make the party more fun and interesting.

I’d rather everyone have an opportunity to learn and to correct poorly conceived notions rather than just sticking them in a princess dress or a cape and letting them run free.  Why not learn from this unique experience that is a party? Hell, when I had my Wizard of Oz themed 8th birthday, I made sure to read the original novels and not just watch the heck out of the movie. I could quote L. Frank Baum as much as I could the movie songs. I feel it’s more mentally stimulating and memorable if you make a connection with the material before hand.

TL;DR- Racism is bad. Blindly appropriating things is bad. Research and learning are good. Do not assume before throwing any themed party. Learn why certain things mean what they do. I believe this is more valuable than just having a Hello Kitty or Superhero party (which all have their place, mind you). Give people the chance to taste the foods and experience a little bit of the culture you are portraying. Give them more than just assumptions to think by.

Can we talk about the fact that white people really think they’re doing something good when they appropriate cultures though? Like, I need someone to explain that line of thought to me. “Oh hey, I know your people were denied the right to live in peace, practice your religions, or preserve your cultural products. But I want to play in those things now & I’ll call it a learning experience so you totally shouldn’t be offended!”

I love how they admit to appropriating two different cultures, reading about one of them (because that makes it totes not racist guise), throwing that shit together for a party, and then expecting us to be thankful for it. Like, is you really serious right now???

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A Daily Riot.: Update: Culutral Appropriation Do’s and Don’ts



A Daily Riot.: Update: Culutral Appropriation Do’s and Don’ts


Given that the old cultural appropriation resource learning list is being passed around more frequently now, and that some of the links on it no longer work, I thought it was high time to release an updated list. These links pertain primarily to the appropriation of Native American/First Nations cultures, spiritualities, and items. However, it’s important to note that cultural appropriation is not limited to the Native American/First Nations. Cultural Appropriation is something that racks the African American, African, Asian, Romani, Indian, South Asian, Maori, and many people and places around the world. It can (as it often does with Native/First Nations) perpetuate racist stereotypical caricatures of Native peoples, as well as colonization, and cultural genocide. i.e. you could be participating in genocide today even if you’re you or your ancestors did not partake in the first acts of colonialism.That is something to be aware of.

Before I send you to the list, I will satirically tell you in the tradition of the (blasted) “Two Wolves” story:

A wise person sat with an ignorant person and said “You can bring a horse to water, but you can not make it drink.” The ignorant person looked at the wise person perplexed, and the wise person said, “Will you drink the water?”

Reblogging this because of reasons. Important reasons.

Reblogging this in the hopes that some white douche with dreds will read this and shave their head.

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[W]hile right-wing commentators have often accused African-Americans and other minorities of exploiting their “victimhood,” the Right has learned over many decades the political power that comes from framing issues as “hey, we’re the victims here.” And, often the Right’s exaggerated “victimhood” has been accompanied by violence toward the supposed “victimizers.”

For instance, in the South of the 1950s and 1960s, white segregationists portrayed themselves as the victims of “outside agitators” and a “liberal Northern press” intent on destroying the South’s “traditional way of life,” i.e. white supremacy. Thus, many white racists saw the murder of civil rights workers as a legitimate act of self-defense, the protection of “states’ rights.”

This chip-on-the-shoulder “victimhood” has remained an element of American right-wing politics ever since. Whenever truly discriminated-against groups, such as blacks and women, have demanded their rights, the Right has cast the reforms as attacks on American traditions.

In recent years when gays have sought basic civil rights, their struggle has been spun as an aggressive “gay agenda” assaulting Christian values. That was the ugly climate in 1978 when a conservative San Francisco city official, Dan White, assassinated Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected public official, and his political ally, Mayor George Moscone.

More recently as gays have sought the right to marry, they are accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. A “Defense of Marriage Act” is deemed necessary to protect heterosexual couples. You see, even though the gays are the ones actually facing discrimination, they are portrayed as the “victimizers” and heterosexual couples are the “victims.”

In many other cases, the Right has found “victimhood” a powerful political motivator. For instance, the Right rallied white male college students around their “persecution” from “political correctness,” which often involved a college administration punishing boorish conduct like shouting racial slurs at blacks and yelling sexual insults at women and gays.


Dangerous Right-Wing ‘Victimhood’ (via ryking)

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Why is it so hard for white people to listen?





Its a common complaint of the anti-racist: white “allies” forcing conversations within POC communities to include them, even when they have nothing meaningful to add. Why, after so much explanation, do well-meaning white people still do this? 

I think it has something to do with how we are built. Its human nature to try and worm your way into conversations that don’t include you. We are incredibly self-referential beings; we process information by trying to find commensurate experiences which we can relate to. I think everyone has that instinct, that urge, to fit ourselves in to someone else’s narrative, even if we don’t belong. So the act of shutting ourselves out and simply listening to someone else is unnatural and extremely hard to do, but it is a necessary skill to learn, because it is a form of political respect.

Brown people, through a lifetime experience and training, know when a conversation doesn’t include them. Sometimes, the exclusion makes sense. For example, what do I know about what its like to be a WASP? I objectively know what my neighbors here in Connecticut have gone through, but I can’t really relate to the experience of being the daughter of a Boston Brahmin alcoholic who believes in hiding family dysfunction underneath a thick veneer of social pretension. I can read novels and plays about it, I can listen to my friend’s stories about what that kind of life is like, but I can’t claim to have subjective knowledge of that particular cultural experience.

No matter how similar elements of my own culture and history are to hers, they are not the same. There’s always going to be a separation there, and that’s only natural. After educating myself, I can claim to speak knowledgeably about the subject; but I will never own the subject. I’ll never know as much as someone who has lived that experience. 

POC are used to being outsiders in a society which is dominated by the stories of white people. Often, these are culturally-specific stories, and we understand that we do not belong in them. We understand that non-inclusion in a narrative about Italian-American immigrants does not necessarily mean a lack of respect for our own existence. We know the importance of working through your own issues with other people who are like you.

Erasure happens when we aren’t allowed to tell our own stories, when it comes our turn to contribute to the cultural marketplace. Erasure happens when we are denied ownership of our own narratives by others, who cite the ideal of the “melting pot” as an excuse. Erasure happens when your audience rises up to police your words, when your audience is unsatisfied and unnerved by seeing you in a position of power, and therefore insists that you change your story to include them. Erasure happens when your audience doesn’t understand that it is, in fact, an audience, and instead believes that it deserves to be a voice, up on that pulpit, side-by-side with you. Erasure happens when members of your audience refuse to be educated, refuse to expand their minds to accommodate the knowledge that you just dropped into their worldview.

When brown people demand the ability to talk about themselves without their words being conditioned by the intrusion of outsiders, they are simply asking for the same privilege that is accorded to members of the dominant culture. 

Because white people are raised to believe there’s nowhere we don’t belong. It’s the Manifest Destiny of our race, one big lie that we all share. And because white is treated like the default, we think our experiences are the default, too. Learning to STFU comes later - that’s the lesson most of us need to learn, because we’ve been learning since birth that being born white makes us the royalty of racism. It’s not right and it needs to stop, because the very essence of humanity is having compassion for someone whose circumstances and experiences are different than our own.

Yup. If whiteness isn’t the first and foremost thought, then they flip the fuck out, and accuse PoC of “reverse racism” when we aren’t giving lip service to their asses.

White people are basically taught to be libertarians from day one. They’re taught that “everyone should be allowed to say anything and go anywhere” is a rule that all people live by, and if you don’t live by it, you are being oppressive. To deny this theoretical “everyone” every access and every space is considered an “-ism” In school, they taught us that racism was over. They taught that it ended with Jim Crow. Even if they didn’t say “racism is over”, in my high school, where there are exactly 3 black teachers (and have always been exactly three black teachers since the school’s opening, like there’s a quota or something), do you think the white teachers would imply anything but?

Of course not.

These things are so ingrained into their lives that the thought that other people don’t live that way is literally brain crushing.

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My friends lil’ sister’s Kreayshawn diss! Goes all the way in!!!

“oh you think you swag’ cuz you got black dudes in yo’ video?!”

“you’ll go to hipster hell for that!”

 can we talk about AWESOME?

Love thissss


This is what it looks like to PWN someone. 

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