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Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes ‘If you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with secondly.

Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans and not with the arrival of the British and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African states and not with the colonial creation of the African state and you have an entirely different story.

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Chimamanda Adichie (via stay-human)

have her new book on hold at the library. piddling myself a bit.

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"Prejudice against women, however, has deep and far-reaching consequences that do a lot more than make them feel bad, for it supports an entire system that privileges men at women’s expense. Sexist prejudice doesn’t just target individual women, for it is fundamentally about women and strikes at femaleness itself in every instance. Each expression of antifemale prejudice always amounts to more than what is said, for it reaffirms a cultural legacy of patriarchal privilege and oppression. When a particular woman is treated as less intelligent, less serious, and less important than the men she works with, for example, this specific view of her is easily linked to the patriarchal idea that women in general are inferior to men. When men ignore her ideas and suggestions or pay more attention to her looks than to her work, they do so with a cultural authority that damages her far more than similar treatment directed at a man.

Since patriarchal culture values maleness, the weight behind antimale prejudice is limited primarily to the individual woman who expresses it and is therefore easier to discount (“She must not like men”). And however hurt men might feel, they can always turn to the compensations of male privilege and a mainstream culture that sends continuing messages of inherent male value. In this sense, the issue isn’t whether prejudice hurts-it hurts everyone it touches. But prejudice against women wounds in deeper and more complex ways than does prejudice against men because the hurt is magnified by a patriarchal system that spreads it by association to all women and that systematically links it to male privilege.

Because prejudice affects women and men so differently, calling antimale prejudice “sexism” distorts the reality of how systems of privilege work. Prejudice against women not only harms individual women, but perpetuates an oppressive system based on gender that harms women more deeply than any isolated instance of hurtful speech or discrimination. Antimale prejudice may hurt individual men, but it isn’t connected to a system that devalues maleness and oppresses men as a result. The difference between the two is so great that we need to distinguish the one from the other, and that’s what words like “sexism” and “racism” are for. Sexism distinguishes simple gender prejudice-which can affect men and women both-from the much deeper and broader consequence of expressing and perpetuating privilege and oppression. Without this distinction, we treat all harm as equivalent without taking into account important differences on both the personal and the social levels in what causes it and what it does to people."

Allan G. Johnson, The Gender Knot (via wretchedoftheearth)

Yellow Fever: Dating As An Asian Woman

persephonemag:

From the article:

People with Yellow Fever don’t want to get to know Asian women. In fact, I would venture to say that they don’t care very much about Asian women at all. They are more concerned with the idea of us—  the notion that we are adorable little kawaii girls or demure lotus flowers or geisha-like sexual objects. Their attraction to Asian women relies on stereotypes that turn us into exotic sexual objects instead of real women. Stereotypes turn people like me into things that are measured against a caricature, and they strip me of the individuality that, frankly, I would probably have been more freely assigned if I were white. It is dehumanizing at best to constantly be compared to a stereotype and to have people chasing you not as a person, but as an embodiment of the stereotypes that they use to define you.

Read more at Persephone Magazine.

(Source: persephonemagazine.com, via queensoucouyant)

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

fantasticalradicals:

I just spent the last 4 hours talking to my white boyfriend about racism.

Like LITERALLY 4 hours of just talking to him, no bathroom breaks or anything

I talked to him about the how I internalized racism as a kid, the way people interact with me because of my Asian-ness, about fetishization, and a whole mess of other things JUST to iterate how strong his own white privilege is.

IT TOOK 4 HOURS

and we’ve been together for three years, so this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about race and racism. 

It was EXHAUSTING. I got emotional through some of it because my culture is such a strong part of my identity and the whole thing was VERY personal

and near the end of it, he responded to what I said with something random, then was like “oh, I guess that opinion is white privilege, too”

and I was like YES *SO HAPPY* YES

AGAIN this is 4 HOURS of a conversation building on 3 YEARS of a relationship

It was SO good for us, but what I realize even more now is that this shit is HARD to talk about for people of color.

The whole experience just makes me angrier at all the white people who act like people of color (that they have no semblance of a relationship with) owe them a thorough and UNEMOTIONAL explanation of their white privilege.

I love my boyfriend dearly, he is my soul mate and best friend, but I got angry with him and spoke sharply to him when he derailed into a detached opinion.

If I can get so angry at someone I love more than anybody else for derailing my story, and forming random opinions that have little to do with what I’m getting at, then WHY THE HELL should I be nice to white people who do privileged shit? Why should any PoC?

Why the hell do they think they can just have all my personal stories of racism?

Why the hell do they think I can talk about this like a math equation?

Why the hell do they think I can just put it in one concise paragraph?

And the times that I see on my dash where people of color DO try to explain, all these racist people do with it is laugh, derail, and do their privilege dance to stomp it away. Then use it in their next post as an example of “people pulling race cards” and “people making everything about race.”

So FUCK tone-policers and FUCK racist people begging strangers for an explanation on their privilege.

Ugh SO much more to say about this, but I’ll end here for now.

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And all the best wishes to you and your boyfriend.

I sincerely think I could never do that… date a White guy. I’m attracted to White guys; I’m attracted to guys of every shade….YUM! but I just feel like finding a White man who isn’t covertly racist (or sexist or homophobic) is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Finding White people who aren’t racist period is already hard enough… Adding romance to the equation just seems too arduous for me. What do you understand about racism? What do you know about White privilege? And all this before I even know if you can make me laugh and if you like to watch movies and cartoons.

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(Source: spaced-cadette, via fyeahcracker)

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If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.

Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!

It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts.

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Sparky at Womanist Musings. (via flowerskss)

(Source: womanist-musings.com, via countonlybluecars)

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It’s not a new idea–we’ve certainly seen it raising its ugly head in media repeatedly, but it’s become popular again–the “flipped prejudice” fiction. Victoria Foyt’s racist Save the Pearls did it for race and we now have the homophobic versions: a Kickstarter for the book Out by Laura Preble and the film Love is All You Need. I hate linking to them but they need to be seen. They both have the same premise: an all gay world that persecutes the straight minority.

So that’s more appropriating the issues we live with: our history, our suffering, and then shitting on it all by making us the perpetrators of the violations committed against us. How can they not see how offensive this is? How can they not see how offensive taking the severe bigotry thrown at us every day and throughout history–bigotry that has cost us so much and then making our oppressors the victims and us the attackers–is? This is appropriative. This is offensive. It’s disrespectful — and it’s outright bigoted.

Y’know, if you actually want to talk about prejudice and persecution and how they can affect people’s lives, why not use actual marginalised people? You want to show how a person navigates a society that has extreme prejudice against their skin colour? Why not make your protagonist a POC? You want to show a society that persecutes people based on who they’re attracted to and who they love? Why not make your protagonist gay?

Oh, but then that becomes a specialist subject, right? A “niche,” dealing with marginalised issues. A POC book. A gay/lesbian book. Totally inappropriate for mainstream audience–when we can take the same story and flip it to bizarre bigot world and make the poor straight, white person the persecuted victim and we’re back in mainstream land. Funny, that.

And don’t tell me it’s for marginalised people, so we can see a world where we’re dominant. Would I like to read a book where marginalised people are the majority and in charge? Sure–but not through the eyes of a poor, oppressed straight/white person who is suffering so awfully at the hands of the big, mean, prejudiced gay/black people. Because maginalised people being cast as evil villains? Been done, and it’s not fun.

If you needed any more proof that this is offensive, just take to the ‘net and start googling these storylines. Google “heterophobia” google “straight or white pride.” Google “reverse racism”; google “anti-white racism.” Google “Christian prejudice.” You probably got some truly vile sites and vile people right there. These memes already exist: from the oppressors, from the hate groups. and from the bigots trying to create the idea of these oppressive minorities have to be fought, controlled and kept in their place or you will become the victims. We already have this narrative: it’s in the mouths of the hate groups, the pro-segregationists, the politicians and the religious leaders denying human rights. In the shadow of these organisations, these books and films read more like cautionary tales– warnings for straight and white folks–than a call for empathy.

Just stop. You want to include marginalised people, then do it. But don’t make free with the severe issues that have shaped and attacked us for generations and appropriate them for your own ends. And certainly don’t do it while making our oppressor’s the victims and the persecuted the attackers in these lazy, shallow, ridiculous worlds.

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Daaaayyyyyuuumm! Paul and Renee lay waste to the entire “flipped oppression” genre as a way to cultivate empathy in privileged folks on the R today! (via racialicious)

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iamabutchsolo:

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.

iamabutchsolo:

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.

(Source: daughterofmulan, via casual-isms)

Southside Remittances: In light of that hatin' White bitch's bullshit NYT article about Gabby's momma

kashbran:

witchsistah:

I’m reminded of how often WW have created a negative, competitive atmosphere with me, meaning they are the ones that initiated it and I wasn’t even thinking that way.  I’m usually just trying to get through my day and suddenly here’s this shifty-acting White chick all salty over me because of some racist misogynistic, anti-BW bullshit she’s got going on in HER head.  It’s the heffa who smugly mentions her address when she finds out I and my husband have a house in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town.  It’s the chick who’s suddenly cold to me when she finds out I’m married AND my husband is White.  It’s the ganch who wants to treat me like I’m at home barefoot in the kitchen and makes all sorts of passive-aggressive remarks when she finds out I am a housewife who doesn’t have to work outside the home when I never in any way presented myself as such.  And I’m left scratching and then shaking my head because I never came at her the way she’s coming at me.

It’s the White bitch who schemes, and all too often succeeds, in getting rid of the Black woman at the job who the guys think is attractive/smart/competent.  The fellas in the mailroom think you’re dope?  It doesn’t matter if this chick is an account executive, you’re about to be gone.  Dress too good for a Black woman?  Obviously, you’re making WAY too much money.  Better talk to the higher ups about cutting your salary or eliminating your job.  Get a compliment about how you do your job from a higher up?  She’ll make sure to meticulously document and broadcast any and every mistake you ever make even if she’s not in your department, even if she’s not your boss, even if she’s the same level as you!

And the thing is, we never realize till the end, or near it, that we were in a competition.  A Miss America on meth.  We thought we were just working a job or talking with peers.  We didn’t know that by not living a low-down, perpetually suffering, dingy, dirty properly shitty Black woman life in front of White women we had enrolled ourselves in a best-woman contest.

And that’s the thing.  We don’t even have to be living absolutely fabulous, lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous lives.  Just not appearing to be ground down into pulp is enough to raise WW’s ire at us.  I worked with a chick who had the nerve to be unpleasantly shocked that I live in a HOUSE.  I didn’t last in that job.  I’ve had WW turn on me when they found out I spoke foreign languages and had traveled and studied overseas.  I’ve seen the green eyed monster from WW when a WM guessed my chrono age to be 15 years younger (and then he really killed ol’ girl with “I thought you were 27 AT THE MOST”) than my actual one.   Hell, I’ve gotten hate from being a housewife and not out there totin’ someone’s barge and liftin’ someone’s bail.

WW have always competed with BW since we arrived on American shores.  Sumptuary laws were passed in America so that BW’s looks and beauty would not rival WW’s.  There were some places where BW were not allowed to wear the elaborate hats and hairstyles WW were affecting.  We could only wear scarves as head coverings.  Those laws were a bust as BW learned how to rock the looks they were allowed to perfection.  We wrapped our heads with such eclat that we all too often caught the eyes of WW’s husbands, fathers and brothers despite the laws desperately trying to give WW a head start in feminine pulchritude. 

The fact that bs article was a WW trying to pit herself against a Black mother was just another instance of WW trying to force BW into competition with them and then trying to twist the rules, change them midway, stack the deck and straight up cheat their way into first place.  Mostly, they just don’t tell you they’re competing even as they do every dirty trick in the book.  It’s like someone deciding to race you by just taking off running and not telling you when to start, where the finish line is or even that you’re racing in the first place all the while strewing tacks and nails all in your way while they’re running.

It’s funny to me, because WW’s insecurity regarding BW is always just under the surface in our relations with each other.  It’s a huge component as to why BW can’t trust WW.  It’s why so many BW are not interested in joining WW’s movements and organizations.  It’s not that we don’t understand feminism or disagree with its fundamental ideology.  It’s that we know you all’s virulent insecurity vis a vis your feelings of White superiority vs. Black women’s capabilities will erupt all over us and we’ll be the victim.  The fact that you all react so outsize to it, messing with and endangering BW’s livelihoods, health, wealth, families make dealing with it and you all so not worth the effort or chance.


I gotta get ready for this in life.

Why “Love is All You Need?” amounts to straight people jacking off onto a movie script and calling it progress.

justaguywitharrows:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821524/

Let’s talk about this movie, tumblr. The premise of this movie is that the roles have been reversed. Instead of straight people being the privileged majority and gay people being the oppressed minority, it’s the other way around. In a world where being gay is normal and straight is not, two heterosexual people fall in love and must face the derision and oppression of the world. 

Seems okay so far, right? WRONG. Here is a list of the reasons why this premise is fucked up, in the order I’m going to talk about them:

1. It is recentering the conversation from being about oppressed people to their oppressors. (AGAIN). 

2. It is privileging straight stories over queer stories. 

3. It is holding up straight people are more sympathetic than queer people. 

4. It /IS/ playing into gay panic. 

Points the first and second. So supposedly this movie is helping the gay rights cause by exposing oppression. You know what would do the same exact thing? Making a movie about gay people being oppressed by straight people. The thing that actually happens. There’s actually no really good reason to reverse the situation. (I know you’re going to argue with me on this, but stay with me. I’ll get to that.) In fact, in doing so, all this movie accomplishes is making the conversation not about the actual people being oppressed. Again. This happens all the time. Most of the time when oppressed people talk about how they are victimized, their oppressors immediately begin trumpeting about how they’re not all that bad and how can those naughty marginalized people be so mean and heartless as to accuse them of doing bad things?

We really, desperately need to stop talking about straight people and start actually talking about queer people. I know this switcheroo seems innocuous at face value but it’s unconscionable to fictionalize our oppression and make the viewer cry for the straight people when they’re the ones hurting us on a daily basis. It’s unconscionable to erase our pain like that. Our pain is real and it kills our own every day. Mapping it onto the bodies that actively perpetuate that pain and death? Wow that’s really fucked up. Like I said, it’s 100% possible to accomplish the same thing, which is exposing the damage of oppression, except actually telling it like it is. Why does it need to be about straight people? Point the third: If you are saying it’s so that straight people can empathize then what you’ve just said is that people care more about straight people than queer people. According to that argument, when straight people hear stories about gay people being oppressed they don’t care. In which case, that’s y’all’s fucked up problem. Maybe you should go stand in the corner and think about why you don’t care about anybody but yourself. 

Finally, I stand by my point that this movie DOES play into gay panic. No, it is not the intent of the movie makers to create a dystopia where gay people have taken over the world and now oppress straight people. But do you see how that is actually the exact story being told? Intent isn’t magic and it doesn’t erase the reality of what is on the screen. How come apparently the way to get through to non-queer people, according to the premise of this movie, is by showing them a reality where queer people are the majority and it causes “straight oppression”. (Excuse me a moment while I laugh like a hyena. Moving onward.) You must be aware, dear reader, that gay panic is a real thing. That real people are genuinely afraid of queer people. Afraid enough to hurt us and kill us and deny us services and our basic human rights. You must also be aware that there are people who regularly complain that it’s too hard to remember not to be heterosexist or cissexist, or just generally not an asshole, and that being “politically correct” is oppressive to their free speech. In case you’re not, those people do exist and us queers know because we’re the ones who have to deal with them. And just because this movie doesn’t intend to pander to that fear doesn’t mean that it isn’t pandering to it anyway. These things don’t exist in a vacuum. Our media is born into a world full of prejudices and oppression and to not be aware of the context into which we set forth our creations is, at best, irresponsible and, at worst, outright harming people. 

So yes. I do know what the creators of Love is All You Need? intended. And I don’t care, because it’s still a fucked movie that offends me and makes my overall life more difficult. If you tried to help a marginalized group and all you managed to do is piss them the fuck off, maybe you haven’t succeeded. And maybe you should listen when they tell you that you’re not helping, you’re just talking about yourself and hurting them in the process. 

(via queerthanks)

leeraloo:

Here’s the deal people: if you hear a woman or a POC (or other oppressed/minority group) make a generalized statement about men/white people/etc., your obligation is not to say, “But… but… but… not ALL of us are like that!” Your obligation is to own up to it and say, “Well, I’m sorry someone did that, and I’ll pay more attention to my actions and the actions of people I’m around so that we can avoid this in the future.” It’s not a cue for you to worry that this person is wronging you by assuming you’re guilty by association. It’s a cue for you to worry about the people who are representing you.

(Source: gertrudefrankenstein, via wretchedoftheearth)

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For every White person who quotes MLK with impunity and tells me to be nicer and more loving, I ask you.

If I told you my partner was hitting me or called me names all the time would you tell me to just love them more?

For every time I have been afraid of being assaulted, raped or murdered by people walking up to me and saying such loving things as, “dirty nigger bitch show me your tits” (said to me from a parked car while I waited alone at a bus stop), messages threatening rape and death- should I just love those people until they are not abusive shitbags?

Oh right of course I should because after all I’m just some Black bitch fucking up White peoples world by not putting up with or loving their racist asses.

Right how could I forget. POC must always be loving and nice no matter what massa says so we don’t deserve the shit we get. White people can only be decent to POC if we deserve it by being really nice and bowing and scraping.

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly an ally or thinking person can suddenly become every asshole who has caused me fear and pain because of the color of my skin.

Shit this world is fucking depressing.

Please stop upholding a system that abuses me when all I actually fucking want is some decency and occasionally the ability to live my life without dealing with all this shit.

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Actual Black Person.: All you need is love. TW for fucking everything.  (via eshusplayground)

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"It amazes me how oppressors always claim their oppression would cease if the oppressed would just do X—knowing full well that if the oppressed did do X, all that would change is the oppressor’s tactics. But the oppression, itself, would remain an immutable fact."

Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)

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If you are some so called “ally” who cares more about how the oppressed TREAT YOU than actual struggles and inequality

hamburgerjack:

If you’re more caught up in TONE

As opposed than the actual fight

Then you’re not an ally.

You’re not anti-racist.

You are the enemy.

You are everything we’re against.

You are fake.

And we see you.

And you do not understand why we will not deal with you.

You collect around yourself others who are just like you and PoC willing to worship you and your ways

To you, equality means agreement and erasure.

You have no notion of what it truly means to be anti-racist, not as an Ally anyway.

“Wah, they’re being MEAN! I’m not going to help them anymore.”

Such is their “argument”

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"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Elie Wiesel (via sonofbaldwin)

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How To Be A Reverse-Racist: An Actual Step by Step List For Oppressing White People

ida-b-wells-b-whippin-yo-ass:

strugglingtobeheard:

blackgirldangerous:

by A.D Song and Mia McKenzie

White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate, and maintain brutal systematic reverse-racism that oppresses white people every day.  As such, we have created this handy list on how to continue this oppression.

1. Enslave their bodies.

Ship them from Germany, Sweden, and other exotic countries. Force them to build entire cities, roads, bridges. Force them to plant and harvest all the food everyone eats. Let an entire economic system be built on their backs, with their blood and sweat. Later, deny them access to the system they have been used to build, and accuse them of being extremely lazy.

2. Steal their land.

If they were here before you, steal their land. This is essential. Basically, just go in there and take it. If you have to kill some of them to get it…no worries. If you have to kill almost all of them to get it…shit, no worries. After you steal their land, make sure you create laws to keep them from ever returning to it. If they try to return anyway, build fences, and let bands of POC vigilantes patrol the borders with guns. If they somehow get past the borders and into your country, no worries, you can always just deport them.

3. Enslave their minds.

From these systems, build a long lasting institution of reverse-racism until all the violence and microaggressions make many white people into suspicious people with a lot of internalized self-hatred, health problems, and mental illnesses. Then deny them access to adequate mental health care. Or, adequate health care of any kind, while you’re at it. ‘Cause, you know, fuck ‘em.

4.  Wipe out and/or appropriate their customs.

Since many of their customs are savage and unworthy of preserving, wipe out their traditions of eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf, playing miniature golf, buying khakis at Banana Republic, and sleeping with thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets. For the customs you think are kinda cool, culturally appropriate from them. Sometimes wear a beret and lederhosen, because Swedish culture is really exotic even though it’s inferior to ours.

5.  Break their espresso machines.

With baseball bats or large hammers. Or, you know, just unplug them all.

6.  Call them “cracker”.

As people of color, we have been rightfully accused of being racist to white people, especially when we call them “cracker”. As we all know, calling them “cracker” is egregiously offensive and horribly shocking because of this long, violent, reverse-racist history.

7. Just keep being terrible to them.

Do everything you can think of to make it so that white people make less money; their children are shot by cops; white women are at higher risk for assault and they are exotified until they no longer seem human; white men are beaten and thrown into jails because they look “suspicious” and “threatening”; they are racially profiled everywhere they go.

8. Make sure most representations of them in the media are negative.

They should almost always be portrayed as pasty, stringy-haired, rhythm-less, sexless, uptight, and booooring. Also, there should be very few representations of them and when they’re portrayed at all, they should always only be the comic relief, the silent exotic sex object, the Debbie Downer, or the incompetent sidekick. They are only allowed to be easily forgettable, one-dimensional characters. Sometimes use POC actors in white-face to portray these white people. By presenting this ONE image of them all the time, you will be able to convince the rest of the population that all white people are like this, thus ensuring a widespread belief in their inferiority.

9. Keep telling them how beautiful they are not.

White people know they will never be beautiful with their boring sour cream complexions and blonde hair (that was actually caused because of mutations). Plaster people of color on every magazine, show them in every television show and movie, and praise them as the most beautiful. When white people cry at these injustices, bottle their tears and sell them as health creams for people of color. Nothing like a soothing lotion made from the pain of white folks!

10. Go bananas!

Force them underground and away from the sun to become even whiter, while you laugh manically like the cruel, bloodthirsty, oppressive person of color you are! Take their thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets to make POC-supremacist flags and hoods and march through the streets, spreading fear and terror. Every time a white person thinks your behavior is unfair or wrong, tell them that they should stop being so sensitive! We live in a post-reverse-racial society now! Jeez.

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