basically anyone who really shames people for buying their kids shoes or for buying themselves a manicure while poor doesnt understand poverty
poor people often have a lot of disposable income, more than you think, cause they live on cash
they often do not have any means of transforming that cash into assets or into longterm wealth
so yes i had a lot of toys and nice things as a poor kid because you can buy toys at the dollar store too
and like you can pay a lady 10 dollars in cash to do your nails professionally
but you really cannot scrimp, at least not anymore (maybe decades ago you could) to buy yourself a house or to invest in stocks or other things that guarantee financial protection
poor people are liquid- thats why they may have material goods including nice cell phones but they broke ass will always be broke
hell, even banks and financiers EXPLOIT the liquidity of poor people; cash advance places in the hood and the proven empirical facts that cash deposits from banks in low-income neighborhood go towards major investments and are used as liquid assets by big businesses
keeping poor people in cash and banks in poor neighborhoods are major transfers of wealth in this economy
so please spare me your policing of some lady who decided to get some shoes
i can say personally, too, it’s easier to spend fifteen bucks on a dinner out or on a pair of shoes now instead of saving it for that eventual nicer house, or car, or something - because you do need that food, you do need those shoes, and you have the cash then. a nicer pair of shoes than dollar store keds is more attainable than a ten thousand dollar car, and it just gets to this point where…everything you own is shit, and if you can have a nice dress? if you can have more expensive food? if you can buy the brand name two dollar progresso soup instead of the 89c store brand? you feel like you’re treating yourself. it’s pathetic but it’s true, you feel like you have nice things.
I’m sure I’ve reblogged this before, but man the look on the faces of middle class kids when they are told that saving money is a privilege, as is having a bank account in the first place.
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Manipulative people who purposely push your buttons in a subtle way in order to get a visceral reaction from you are shitty people. They will try to convince you that YOU’RE the manipulative, crazy, and irrational one for simply reacting to their manipulative bullshit, and then try and make it seem like they’re the calm, logical one.
Be advised to fuck them up at every opportunity.
Reblogging because it’s relevant to my life right now.
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POC in Europe Masterpost
“There were no POC in Europe during the medieval ages!!/they probably never interacted with the whites!!”:
The last one is actually during 16th century I believe,but you get the idea. Most of these are Moors who traveled to many of countries in Europe including, GASP Scotland.
Considering that Africans Muslims conquered most of the Iberian peninsula in the early 8th Century CE, and ruled there for nearly 800 years, until the Reconquista finally overcame the last Muslim state in 1492, I’d say it’s more than just fairly likely that people of color were frequent visitors to Europe.
Also, Marco Polo’s journey’s to Asia took place in the 13th Century CE. Given what we know of cultural dissemination (look at the history of India, for one thing), there is no reason to suspect that there were no travellers in the other direction, as well.
Trade, of course, has been taking place between Europe and other lands for a very, very long time. It is well-known, for example, that gunpowder and firearms were invented in China, and gradually made their way west to Europe. The Arabs acquired the knowledge of gunpowder in the mid 13th Century CE, and around the same time, European forces found themselves facing cannon and guns for the first time.
We know that Arabs were quite proficient with sailing, and by the medieval period had established themselves throughout most of the known world in the Eastern hemisphere.
Clearly, the idea that the people of Europe rarely, if ever, encountered or interacted with people of color from Africa, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and/or Arabia, perhaps even the archipelagoes of Southeast Asia/Oceania is ludicrous.
Yet, whenever a story is told that includes people of color where white people have been led to believe there were none, we hear creys of historical inauthenticity or anachronism.
"Here’s something you may not realize: Gun ownership has been declining for decades. According to the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, in 1977, 54% of American households had guns. By 2010, the number had fallen to 32%. Yet gun sales are at record highs. That means that existing gun owners are buying more and more guns. It’s not enough to have a hunting rifle over your mantle; you need an entire arsenal, just in case the government falls, society disintegrates, and you have to protect your cave — sorry, your home — from the marauding hordes.
That’s exactly what the gun manufacturers want you to think, so you keep buying. They know that hunting will never again be the pastime it once was, and as more Americans move from rural areas to the suburbs and cities, their natural market withers.
That “responsible gun owner” politicians talk about, the one who reverentially passes down to his son the bolt-action rifle his father gave him? That guy isn’t good for business. The manufacturers need the other guy, the one who fears he may not be all the man he could be."
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You do not tell POC what is and is not offensive, dehumanizing, oppressive, or racist. You do not tell POC how to react to offensive, dehumanizing, oppressive, and racist content.
This is the same for any group that does not have privilege. Those with privilege do not get to tell those without what is and is not offensive, dehumanizing, oppressive, or racist. It does not matter how those with privilege meant what they said or did, because they are not the oppressed group that it is directed to/at/or about. Just like in any conversation, you can mean one thing, but the other individual’s experiences determine how it is received.