- Last man standin’ collect bounty on all who fall.
- Got to have a price on your head to play.
Hell yes I need dis.
Anything to counteract the bullshit out here! I need dis!
"I believe that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King. The truth is, I think Martin Luther King would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. And I believe wholeheartedly that’s essential to liberty."
…if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding…there would be no country.
Who would’ve built it? Pasty white people burning up in the sun and skin-cancering themselves trying to raise crops and make money with absolutely no suitable agricultural skills whatsoever?
That, or there would be no white people. What, you think you can just forcibly take millions of people from their homeland in chains, bring them to some new place, tell them to make you a bunch of money, give them a gun, and they’re just gonna set it to the side and harvest your rice and indigo?
I’m sorry, where they do that at?
And let’s not forget how the NRA promoted gun control back in the 1960s when there were too many angry Black Panthers and white people got scared of colored folks with weapons.
So no, Mr. Ward, you don’t get to tie the plight of my forefathers in with your need to feel manly and powerful in a world where your importance diminishes by the hour. You take those issues up with your therapist and Viagra. I am not here to help you get your rocks off.
The angry black SJWs on here want all of us whites to accept we are guilty of racism and apologize for being white…
How about they apologize for being black?
Not that I actually agree with that cause no one should apologize for their race. But some how what I just said was exceedingly racist but for some reason what they are asking isn’t. Why?
Because white people owned slaves a long time ago. That’s usually what their arguments amount to.
Lemme break it down. My grandparents were immigrants from Germany back in the 40’s. There is no way they possibly owned a slave, no way anyone in my family history owned a slave.
Lots of people fall under this category alright? Even if they don’t, no one who is alive now owned a slave and no one who was a slave is around now either.
The holocaust happened in far closer recent history and you don’t hear the Jews citing that ALL the time for why they feel oppressed and yes Jews are a hated on minority in this country but since most of them are white here, I guess you’d say that doesn’t count.
You need to realize that no one is saying there isn’t such a thing as racism. No one is arguing there isn’t oppression. No one will tell you on this blog that these things aren’t a problem and don’t exist.
However, they shout on and on about how you can’t be racist, that only white people can, and the mere fact that they exist makes them racists is extremely ignorant and why we feel the need for rebuttal.
You spout on and on about how YOU ARE ALLOWED TO SPEAK YOUR MIND and we will allow you too but the moment we do you tell us to SHUT UP and we can have NO PART OF THE CONVERSATION.
Well the first step to fixing a problem is creating an open dialogue in a mature, public forum. If you don’t allow both sides to speak on the issue you will never get equality. So if you disagree that White people can have opinions on this, you ultimately don’t want equality and what you are looking for is either genocide of white people or a world where we are all subservient to you.
I won’t let either happen, no matter what it comes down to. Stop pretending you want something you actually don’t. Stop acting like children, looking for reasons to be offended, putting words in people’s mouths, and making people feel guilty for things they can’t help.
So as ridiculous as it would be for a white person to ask a black person to feel guilty about the color of their skin, the opposite is just as ridiculous and racist as well.
Anyone wanna take a crack at this?
It’s Christmas Eve and we’re too tired.
Actually… we’ll take a crack at some things…
We’re not looking for genocide of White people. We’re looking for White people to be aware of their own ignorance of present day laws that help keep the current order of things the way it is.
You can have a part of the conversation as long as you know two things:
1) When to actually shut up and listen.
2) When to REALLY listen.
Listening is something that most people of your caliber fails to comprehend. We can speak about a simple point, but then you turn into one of the few things:
- Using Historical Figures Quotes without consideration of the context
- Saying “Slavery is over, get over it” (That’s like saying “get over rape!”)
- Use present day celebrities/personalities as examples of “oppression is not real”
Your family is from a foreign land. What the fuck you want, a cookie?
Yes, we said what the fuck you want, a cookie - simply because we have foreign land parents too!
Your skin = benefits. You will get benefits. Illegal United Kingdom people will get more benefits than legally colored US Citizens.
So, you want to be part of a solution? Try LISTENING and STOP JUMPING CONCLUSIONS because we’re tried of talking and educating.
The more and more I’m thinking about it and seeing their posts in these tags, the more I believe this is the one that jumped in on that post about the blogger who got attacked with eggs and was called a racial slur, and then made it about herself. But it’s just a guess.
In any case, I like how they say that we must create an open dialogue because as pointed out earlier today, dumblrfeminist doesn’t want an open-dialogue.
Blacks and Asians: Revisiting Racial Formations
Volume 3, Number 3
Transforming Ethnic Studies
Tokyo Bound: African Americans and Japan Confront White Supremacy
Yellow Power: The Formation of Asian-American Nationalism in the Age of Black Power, 1966-1975
Jeffery O.G. Ogbar
East of the Sun (West of the Moon): Islam, the Ahmadis, and African America
Linking African and Asian in Passing and Passage: The Pagoda and the True History of Paradise
B-Boys and Bass Girls: Sex, Style, and Mobility in Indian American Youth Culture
Sunaina Marr Maira
Building the Antiracist, Anti-Imperalist United Front: Theory and Practice from the L.A. Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union
Adding: ‘Left or Right of the Color Line: Asian Americans and the Racial Justice Movement’ from ChangeLab
… You know, and Asian people and all kind of folks you know, there was no problem with Russians you know, it’s very important that the future be hopeful and that’s what this is.”
Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek The Original Series and on why she asked to be in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Black people see themselves in the future.
We see ourselves shining bright in the future.
If anyone needs evidence that the colonialism still permeates that US in a significant era, just look at how black people are never good enough to speak for themselves. Recently Ann Coulter stepped forward with statements regarding civil rights and that those rights are only for “The blacks” and other marginalized groups shouldn’t affiliate themselves with it. Voter ID fraud measures that have targeted low income areas with a focus on black people. Because rather than to try and engage with us “savages” it just be better to reinstate the poll tax to vote.
I dare you to ask anyone to ask why African American’s primary vote Democratically and you’ll get answers literally saying black people don’t know any better like we’re some dog or animal.
Black people are never asked for our opinion. How we’d like to be treated. How we can fix problems with this attitude thinking that we are “escaped slaves” and are just running wild.
Hey guess what I like playing pokemon. Can you actually believe it? A black person playing a video game. :/
Overall and ending this. Some people really need to pick up the phone because we blacks have been tried to get an answer to some serious questions for a long time.
No, You Can’t Touch My Hair
Earlier this afternoon I was at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park public pool with my kids. We were having a pretty good time. And that’s despite the fact that some random old man hobbled by me and said, “Nice tits.”
I was pretty shocked by his comment but he was gone before I could respond. To make things even stranger, he proceeded to walk over to an overweight pre-teen boy and say the same thing to him!
It was definitely a crazy moment, but it was a gorgeous afternoon so I contented myself with watching my sons splashing in the water and reading “O” magazine.
Unfortunately, the madness wasn’t over. A few minutes later, a woman, a white woman, approached me, her hand extended toward my head. “Ooh your hair is sooo pretty. Can I touch it?”
I immediately leaned away out of her reach and said, “No.”
Her response? A shocked and outraged, “Are you serious? I can’t touch your hair?”
“No, you can’t,” I replied. I guess she’s never seen my #donotpetmyafro hashtag on Twitter.
Indeed, she had the nerve to look confused and offended as she asked, “Why not?”
Really, lady? You want me to explain to you why I don’t want you to touch my hair? Let’s see…
Because you’re a STRANGER.
Because I’m not an animal in the zoo.
Because this is my body and I don’t have to let anybody touch any part of it, EVER, if I don’t want to.
Because my black ancestors may have been your ancestors’ property, and had to smile while they got touched in ways they didn’t want to, but I am not YOUR property and never will be so you’d best move your hand away from me.
I was so overwhelmed by anger that my mouth opened and no sound came out. I think my eyes must’ve had shown what I was feeling because she made this weird face, turned on her heel and huffily walked back over to her towel.
Unfortunately her towel was maybe 10 feet away from mine. Just great.
The pool was closing in 20 minutes so I yelled a five minute warning to my kids and got busy packing up our stuff. That’s when I overheard the woman talking smack about me to her child.
“I’m a nice person and I try so hard to be nice to THEM, but I’m tired of trying to be nice to bitchy black women.”
My kids hopped out of the water and began drying off, all while she threw me dagger looks and ranted to her child. “All I wanted to do was touch her hair. What’s the big deal about that? She should be happy I asked to touch her hair.”
My eight year-old caught on pretty quickly, “Is she talking about YOU, mommy?”
It made me so angry that my sons were being exposed to the situation. I wanted to hit something. I wanted to drag the woman to the side of the pool, hold her head under water and scream, “*&#*%^ TOUCH THIS!”
Instead, with as much dignity as I could, I hustled us out the door, tears of pure rage pricking my eyes.
I couldn’t go over to her and explain why her request was not OK. Why should I have to explain, especially when I feel like nothing I would’ve said would’ve made it right? The only thing that would’ve made it all better is if I’d said, “I’m sorry you’re upset. Go ahead and touch my hair.”
She wanted to objectify me and have me go along with her request, a request that smacked of racial superiority and privilege. But when I didn’t like it, Ibecame the problem.
I know there are those who’ll think this woman’s behavior has nothing to do with racism and subconscious privilege, and is instead a matter of someone being rude and unable to respect personal boundaries.
Being rude and being racist are not mutually exclusive things. In this situation I’d say that this woman’s attitude — a black woman, with all her afro-y exoticness must let me touch her hair because I’m curious and I did ask— is both rude AND racist.
In addition, her subsequent comments gave voice to the prevalent racist American stereotype that black women are bitches. But, like so many, this woman failed to recognize what role her own attitude may have in any negative interactions she may be having with black women.
With her comment that I should’ve been happy she said my hair was pretty, I found myself feeling like I could’ve been the slave that the missus had deigned to notice. “Isn’t our colored woman’s hair cute?”
I know there are those who think black women should let folks from other backgrounds touch their hair. How else will we learn about each other, right?
In that line of thinking, I was just being mean to someone who was merely trying to be open minded.
Here’s the thing: I don’t really like people touching my hair, period. I don’t care who you are.
I don’t ask to touch other people’s hair, either. But if we have a relationship where we’re really good friends and a piece of lint has blown into my hair and you’re offering to get it out for me, OK, you can touch my hair.
Otherwise, let me say unequivocally, please don’t try to use my hair as some sort of cultural learning experience. And don’t expect me to be all, “Oh thank you, missus! You sho is thoughtful to notice ole nappy me!”
You want to know what a black woman’s natural hair feels like? Get your own black female friends and ask them, not me. That is, if you can stop thinking we’re bitches long enough for that to happen.
On the car ride home my sons rapid-fired question at me. They wanted to know what had gone down. As I explained to them what had occurred they were shocked and angered. “How dare she try to touch your hair! You’re not her dog!”
Hours later, my eldest son keeps hugging me and saying, “I’m so sorry that happened to you, mommy. She had no right to treat you like that.”
No, she had no right. But sadly, I’m sure this will not be the last time I have to say, no, you can’t touch my hair.
I keep having discussions about Disney films and how racist many of the classics are, but the subject that I most fall upon is the 1953 version of Peter Pan, which holds an absurd breadth of racial stereotypes that there are musical numbers and plot sequences directly the product of such racial stereotypes of Native Americans. Certainly, the film’s portrayal undoubtedly permeated into the pretend games of children and their perception of how Native Americans behaved - I know this movie influenced me to wear feathers in my hair, pretend to do Indian tribal dances, and say “how” over and over.
The defense I hear most often from people is that films like Peter Pan “were not racist at the time they were made.”
What they really mean is that white people didn’t think it was racist at the time they were made. The film is just as racist then just as it is now. The fact that people can say movies like Peter Pan were “products of their time” negate that actual Native Americans have been vocal about their objections to the homogenization and stereotypical portrayal of their cultures and their race for literally centuries, but white people just didn’t listen to them. The constant apologism that something “wasn’t racist back then” implies that it is white society that deems what is racist, rather than the people of color directly affected and portrayed. Again, if it is racist now, it was racist then.
Also, children buy into these stereotypes, but children didn’t make this film; grown men did. It was a grown man who wrote the original Peter Pan story and its stereotypical portrayals of Natives. People talk about white creators back then as if they were little kids who didn’t know better. We shouldn’t give them an easy reprieve because a bunch of grown men “didn’t know better” to consider that Native Americans were people and not caricatures. If you like Peter Pan, you can like it, but we shouldn’t downplay its racism nor make excuses.
Pro-tip: I am not “colored,” I am not “a black,” and I’m definitely not a “negro,” “n***er,” or “n***a.” I am a Black PERSON or PERSON of color. Get that shit straight.
These comic strips are the truth well some of them at least
ALL OF THESE COMICS ARE BULLSHIT. TOTAL AND COMPLETE FUCKING NICE GUY MISOGYNISTIC BULLSHIT!
I don’t know who makes these comics but I hope they get hit by a car.
This is the nice guy (tm) Black men addition
The poor fucks that believe this shit. Anything to stroke their ego and blame all the ills of the world on Black women. Poor “nice” Black guy. Why won’t anyone suck your dick? There is NO WAY in the world you’re a prick. Nope! You don’t come off like and insufferable bastard whose company most people wouldn’t enjoy. Its EVERYONE ELSE and never you. You totes don’t sound like a piece of work.
Its doesn’t matter you don’t have a working grasp of structural oppression, reality and more often than not you perpetuate oppressive shit. You’re totes enlightened
Why white radicals shouldn’t criticize Barack Obama
Nobody white can tell me how to feel about Barack Obama. I don’t care if you are a radical…you can’t tell me how the fuck to feel about him. You are white. You know the facts. You don’t know the experience. I know the facts. I know the experience. Barack is my brother. My brother may do horrible things but he is no less my brother for it.
Sometimes when I hear white radicals & revolutionaries criticize Barack I wanna say, “Very true but how about you shut the fuck up for a minute. Let’s talk about genocide & the other 43 presidents.” I’m a Black man. Everytime I see him on TV, I want to shake his hand & hug him & protect him. I want to tell him how beautiful his wife & children are. I want to assure him that he is loved by our people- Black people. I’m so upset with him & his decisions. I’m so upset at the blood on his hands. This is a trail of unfulfilled promises.
I am a revolutionary but my love for President Obama does not betray my politics. I have to defend him. He is a Black man like me & we must defend each other. I will not leave him to the wolves. I will not let him drown without reaching out.
I don’t think I’ll vote for him. I probably won’t even vote. But if I did push that damn button in support of him…I will not recant or repent.
So to my radical white comrades…think about what the fuck you say about Barack Obama. He might not be shit to you….but he is MY brother.
This really speaks to me.
As a ‘radical’, and an undocumented immigrant from a nation that is being drone-striked and destroyed by Obama’s policies, I do not support much of what he has done and do not think establishment politics offer any solutions for the real problems of our society.
Yet when I see white leftists just trash talking Obama over his corporatism or his foreign policy (without necessarily being victims of these processes), itsinfuriatingto me.
I’ve had a lot of people leave me messages about how I’m an Obama sympathizer because I reblog pictures of Michelle or Barack being cute and charismatic. I don’t agree with the institution of the Presidency or what Obama has done in many cases, and HATE liberals who defend him without looking at facts— but when I want that Grant Park speech I am near tears. He has a special place in the hearts of many many many people of color, he has a sincerity and down-to-earthness that completely baffles me when I hear that he orders the deaths of US citizens or deported 1 mil immigrants.
It’s a tough place to be, certainly, but if you are a person of color and you see how he is ripped apart for the stupidest things in the worst ways possible— attacked for nothing more than being a Black man. We live in a very contentious political moment but I promise you the Republicans would not be this crazy if he wasn’t Black.
All this is to say is that there are great and legitimate and important criticisms of Obama, and no one should use his cult of personality as an excuse for the lives that have been destroyed by the US and by his policies. There’s no good answer but white radicals need to understand how conflicted many people of color are with his presidency, and respect that before they go blathering on and on about him being the sum of all evil.
This has been heavy on my mind for a few months
During my senior year in high school my class went on our last retreat. The retreat was fun we played games, talked about feelings, etc. normal catholic school retreat shit. And a lot of our teachers and students made speeches and junk (mines was quite frankly the best speech I ever pulled out of ass at the last second). And then it came time for principal to make her speech. She cool and all but damn that lady can talk fivever but that’s not my point. The purpose of everyone’s story is to inspire us and give us life advice and such. She told us the story of how her father came to Cleveland. He was from Slovenia right before it became Yugoslavia. He left in the middle of a civil war and his entire family had been killed and he was only 18. He arrived in New York didn’t speak a lick of English, had like 30 bucks (in back then money it was like 1930’s/1920’s), and the clothles on his back. He decided to go to Cleveland because he heard a lot of Slovenian immigrants lived there and they even had a church. He arrives in Cleveland at like 2 in the morning. He lost, he’s broke, he doesn’t speak English, he’s alone, he’s in a brand new place, he’s only been in America for like a week or so and this is only the second city he’s seen in his entire life (used to farm life). But then a police officer notices he looks scared and decides to helps him.
Now here’s the part of the story that loses me and a good chuck of the (mostly) black, inner city youth audiance. The police officer took him back to the police station, gave him a place to spend the night, helped him find a job in the steel mill (one of the best industries in Cleveland), and took him to the Slovienian church were his people were happy to help him ajust to life in America and they lived happy ever after.
My reaction was best summed up what one of my classmates yelled out, “I bet if he was black he would have went to jail.”
Now clearly that wasn’t the moral of the story. The point she was trying to get across was “don’t be afraid of huge ass changes in your life because someone will be there to help you”. But you know what I intially heard? “The police are your friends and will go out of their way to help a fellow American.” My high school prinicpal is by no means a complete asshole. She seems to understand to a certain extent that there’s a different set of rules for (poor, black) than there are for her (Eastern European but still white, middle class). But somehow she cannot apply that concept to historical America.
Now I’m going to tell you another story about how my grandmother (RIP Granny) came to Cleveland. My grandmother was born into a share cropping family in Alabama. Share cropping, for those of you that skipped that paragraph in American history, was pretty much slavery but you were paid next to nothing and you could leave when you got good and ready but you stayed because you had nowhere else to go. Her parents worked for the same people that owned their parents/grandparents (slavery: not that damn long ago). One day the Great Depression hit and the neo-slave master (call them what they were) decided to pay them even less. Now my grandmothers parents decided to go up North because the South pretty much sucked but they all couldn’t afford to leave at once. So my great-grandaddy wrote to his brother, who left for Cleveland in pursuit of work, asking him to take them in a few at a time (it was about maybe 4 or 5 of them including my granny, her parents and her sibling). They decided to send my grandmother up first. She was five. Traveled on a train. Alone. At five because no one could afford a ticket to go with her. Did I mention they (great grand parents and older siblings of my grandmother) worked 10-12 hour days and it took them months to afford ONE train ticket. Oh yeah and she had to sit in the colored section. And it’s my understanding that occassionally the colored sections of trains were crowded as shit/didn’t have seats. Imagine spending your life savings to send your youngest child to a town you’ve never seen to meet someone that she’s never met and the person taking her in has never seen her. I’d be terrified but that’s beside the point. So my grandmother made it to Cleveland and my great-granduncle found her with ease. It was summer and it was hot as fuck. But my great granduncle couldn’t afford trolley tickets back to his home (an attic apartment with an outrageous rent). He couldn’t afford them because he worked as a waiter. His expectations were that once he got up North he’d be able to find a good job in a STEEL MILL but couldn’t because those were good ass jobs and therefore they had to make sure that all the white folks had first dibs on those jobs. So he put the small child on his shoulders and walked a good 15 miles back home without complaining.
For those of you that lacked reading comprehension skills and can’t put two and two together my strong, healthy, more-than-able-to-work-in-steel-mill great grand uncle was deny a good paying job because he was black, right around the same time my high school prinicpal’s dad was given a job on the spot despite the language barrier. Please don’t misinterpret this story as being anti-immigration. I’m glad that we live in a nation that was willing to assist a genicode survivor without even thinking twice but what about the domestic genicode survivors (i.e black people). After slavery we got pretty much got nothing. Not even a fair wage or an equal opportunity. I’m the 9th or 10th (12th?) generation of my family and I’ll be the first one to get a college degree. My high school prinicipal and her sibling (who’s about 40 years older than me) had their degrees (bachelors, Ph.D’s etc.) as second generation Americans. My dad and my prinicipal are about the same age. Guess which one can barely read and write because they had to drop out in the 8th grade and guess which one opened their own school?
Yes I unstand that white immigrants had it hard in the 19th and 20th centuries but don’t try and act like it was just as bad as it was for the African Americans. At some point someone out there decided to give y’all grandparents/parents a chance. We ain’t get that…
Karp’s comment and the multiple faces of black pain
This post is about some of the sneaky, self-righteous, judgmental, demeaning and down right stupid and ignorant comments made by some black people regarding the outrage Karp’s words caused among other black people on this site, proving me once again that if voices are all equal, opinions definitely aren’t.
It is more or less a letter addressed to black Tumblr.
I felt compelled to write this post because I think this issue illustrates what is problematic within most pro-black movements and it can also be applied to some extend to life in general: The total lack of compassion and understanding between people of a same oppressed group - here, black people.
Each of us is walking on a unique path of life with personal motives, hence we all experience blackness and white supremacy with the same individuality we we live our lives. Some of us come from countries where the word ‘colored’ is a slur, others don’t. Some of us come from places where a phenotype defines an identity others don’t. Some of us were born and raised at the heart of white supremacy, others weren’t. Our journeys as black people within white supremacy are so personal that it often happens that, the pains and scars that some of us get on the way, may not be understood and/or shared by other black people. So we all experience our blackness differently and I want to stress this: There is no right or wrong way to live your oppression - obviously as long as you do not actively try to silence, shame, dehumanize or adopt oppressive tactics and behaviours in order to hurt your peers. And this is where the problem lies.
I have been on this site for about a year now and most of the tensions within what I would call ‘Black Tumblr’ takes roots in the fact that most are truly convinced that blackness and black rage/pain are something carved in rock. While like I have said previously, they are NOT things of their own and are inseperable from the heart and soul of those who experience them. Consequently, believing such a fallacy - i.e that blackness is a thing in itself - many NEVER make the effort necessary to relate and/or understand the motives of other black people. This obviously leads them to adopt self-righteous postures that result in them shaming, silencing and hurting their black peers. This is basically all I have seen during all those months spent on this site, people thinking that the way they experince blackness is the only that is and that should be; hence any rage or pain, they can’t relate to or do not understand is illegitimate. They don’t try. Actually no one really tries to understand the other. It is funny because we all have this thing in common, our blackness, but as long as we do not understand that we experience it in unique ways, that commonality would mean nothing. Blackness, black pain and black rage have as many faces as they are black people!!! Damnit!!
So one can imagine my reaction when I saw comments such: “Why are they all up in uproar because of that post, they are ridiculous.”, “I see nothing wrong with what he said, so why don’t they shut up!”, “If this upsets you so much, you just can’t handle the real world, get off Tumblr!!”. This kind of comments were made by self-righteous and imbecile cocks, at the high of their insensitivity, convinced that if something do not shock or hurt them as a black person, it should be the same for every other black person. Henceforth, these comments shame and try to ridicule other black people in the way they experience their blackness.
To some of you, black folks out there who think that Karp’s comment is harmless and feel the need to belittle and laugh at black people considering leaving this platform: You obviously have never woken up to tens of racially abusive messages in your ask box. If you had, you would know that Mr Karp and his minions, do not give a flying fuck and do not consider the use of the n-word hate speech, they may actually threaten to ban your black ass for defending yourself. Mr Karp does not offer support of any kind to black people victim of racism on his fucking website and this is absolutely unacceptable!! Especially when we have psychos like Sophie Von Bayern roaming around, when black women fighting for having their voices heard and respected, are mercilessly harassed and receive death threats almost daily, when aerial views of several bloggers’ houses and their personal information are published without their consent!! People fear for their safety and Karp’s comment is about YOUR safety as a black person on his website too!! You don’t get it?? Fine. But what about you keep your unintelligent verbal vomit to yourself instead of trying to shame and ridicule others??
Basic rule of human decency: NEVER EVER TRY TO BELITTLE, SHAME, MOCK OR RIDICULE THE PAIN AND RAGE OF ANOTHER BLACK PERSON - EVEN IF YOUR BLACK ASS CAN’T RELATE!!!!