"You distance yourself from “other” white people. You see only unapologetic bigots, card-carrying white supremacists and white people outside your own circle as “real racists.” You put other white people down, trash their work or behavior, or otherwise dismiss them. You righteously consider yourselves white people who have evolved beyond our racist conditioning. This is another level of denial. There are no “exceptional white people.” You may have attended many anti-racism workshops; you may not be shouting racist epithets or actively discriminating against people of color, but you still experience privilege based on your white skin color. You benefit from this system of oppression and advantage no matter what your intentions are. This distancing serves only to divide you from potential allies and limit your own learning."
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS SO MANY OF Y’ALL ON TUMBLR
This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.
Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
- It’s Not My Fault I Was Born White: Basics of White Privilege x
- Racial Divide x
- Endless Examples of White Privilege x
- You Cannot Know What It’s Like To Be A Racial Minority x
- Intersectional Feminism x
- White Privilege Does Not Mean White People Have Perfect Lives x
- White Privilege and White Supremacy: A Presentation x
- You Will Never Experience Racism x
- Understanding White Privilege x
- White Privilege and Double Standards x
- Systematic White Ignorance x
- The Invisibility of White Privilege x
- The Luxury of White Privilege x
- White Privilege: The Harry Potter Analogy x
- Privilege Denial Bingo x
- Privilege and Cost x
- Check Your Privilege 101 x
- Whiteness x
- Whiteness is Not A Culture x
- White Privilege and Racism x
- Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk About Race x
- When White Anti Racists Talk About ~Their Struggle~ x
- White Privilege As A System x
On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:
- Are White People Racially Oppressed x
- White People, the new Racial Minority x
- People Don’t Value Pale Skin!! x
- There Is No Such Thing As Reverse Racism x
- Racism vs. Not Racism x
- But White People Are Discriminated Against In Foreign Countries x
- The Myth of Reverse Racism: Why Cracker is Not N**** x
- Satire: A Step Wise Guide on Being Reverse Racist x
- Racism Against White People vs. Racism Against POCs x
On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:
- The Basics x
- Identifying Appropriation x
- But When We Wear It … x
- Why Can’t I Wear It (Hipster Headdresses) x
- Not Yours x
- If You Take The Bindi x
- White People Do It Better x
- Multiculturalism and Appropriation x
- Cultural Appropriation and Portrayals In Print Media x
- Diminishing the Cultural Significance of the Bindi x
- The Cultural Appropriation Bingo x
- Why We’re Fed Up of Your Responses x
- Identities Are Not Costumes x
- Hinduism And Appropriation x
- Religion and Privilege x
- Bindis Are Cool x
- Exotic India x
- What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation x
- Racism, Bindis and Ganesh Tattoos x
- BUT YOU’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH! x
- Cultural Appropriation Trolls x
- Guide to Being An Appropriating Douchefuck x
- New Age ~Culture Mixing~ x
- In case you’re tired of the prose, here’s poetry x
- Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bindi x
- Appropriating and Sharing x
- Our Culture is A Punchline Until It’s a Trend x
- Homage Or Insult x
- Tattoos and Appropriation x
- Bollywood is Not Synonymous With Indian x
- College Party Costumes and Stereotypes x
- Dotheads x
- Bindis and Racist Humour x
- Hindu Iconography x
- Misuse of Hindu Iconography x
- Your Appreciation Doesn’t Help Us x
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
- Unoriginal Arguments Refuted x
- Quick Checklist: You Might Be Racist If x
- Your Opinion Isn’t Necessary x
- I’m Not Responsible For My Ancestors x
- The Kumbayah Myth x
- Proud to Be White x
- Good White Person x
- We Don’t Hate White People x
- Brutality of Colonialism And Why You Can’t Tell Us To Forget the Past x
- People Who Claim Not To See Race Are More Likely to Be Racist x
- All Races are Beautiful Said the White Girl x
- Race Blindness Is A Luxury x
- Well, You’re Racist For Calling Me Racist x
- I’ve Read About Its Significance, I Know What It Means
- Angry Because Someone Called You Racist x
- We’re Not All Like That x
- People Only Care About This Trivial Shit On The Internet x
- I Can’t Apologize for Being Born White, It’s Not My Fault x
- Why Can’t You Tell Me What I’m Doing Wrong x
- It’s Easy to Be Color Blind When You’re White x
- A Diagrammatic Guide To White Tears x
- Conversations I’m Sick Of Having With White People x
- Why Do You Hate White People x
- I’m Trying To Be Cultured x
- Sisyphean Conundrum x
- What is Your Problem x
- We Are All Human, We All Bleed Red x
- It’s Just A Bindi x
- How Not To Respond To Accusations of Racism x
- I’m Italian And 0.009% Native American x
- What White People Think Racism Means: A Venn Diagram x
- White Guilt x
- White Pride!!!111!!! x
- I Like *Insert Foreign Country* I Want To Live There x
- You Have So Much Hate, Fighting Fire With Fire Won’t Help x
- BooHoo, Don’t Call Me Racist x
- Not Everything Ended With Your Ancestors x
- The Racist Reaction x
- I Don’t See Why That Is Racist x
- Crummy Apologies x
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
I love this op with all my heart.
Here’s a little making-of my Yakuza illustration for the exhibition, Battles without Honor and Humanity, at Floating World Comics in Portland Oregon on September 16.
HOLY FUCK I NEED TO TRY THIS.
Why does it feel like network TV has unspoken rules for POC characters?
Here are some I kinda feel are out there for the past 4+ years:
- No more than half of the cast may contain POC
- These people may only exist as a support for the storylines of their white peers. Any spotlight on their characters must be a very special episode or hastily conclusion to a story arc that barely gets any attention
- The home life and family of POC are almost completely non-existent
- Family members may be cobbled together from mismatch ethnicities and nationalities without protest
- If POC characters are anything but submissive, stand up for their mistreatment or defy stereotypes, they will be demonized by fandom (fandom in general can be a bitch for POC actors) and their actors with receive hate mail.
- The writing staff must have less diversity than the actual cast. Many cultural mannerisms seem to present themselves either from thin air or prevailing stereotypes rather than actual research or even asking the actor involved
- The world that the POC live in must either be Kumbayahville where everyone pretends that there is no racial tension or that race-based incidents don’t happen or a metaphysical war-zone where racial jokes are lobbed at them nearly ever possibility with no reaction.
- Traits that other characters have automatically become negative when a POC has them. Confidence becomes bitchiness. Headstrong leadership is arrogance. Sexiness or sex-positivity opens the door for slut-shaming. Intelligence has to be know-it-all behavior. Any display of anger must be linked to militant demeanor or savagery even when completely justified.
- Under no circumstances must race ever be addressed with any kind of gravity, just passing jokes.
The racial category Asian lumps together widely diverse groups with no common language, phenotype, or culture who come to the U.S. under vastly different circumstances…
How do you mash together Laotian war refugees and Japanese business investors and come up with an average or mean experience?…
So let’s get it straight. The term “Asian” in the U.S. was chosen by Asian American activists as an alternative to the pejorative “Oriental.” The Oriental is the creation of Europeans for whom the Orient was an object of curiosity and a source of riches to be studied and exploited. In modern times, the study of the Orient, especially in contrast with the civilized world of the Occident (aka Europe), solidified an idea of Orientals as exotic, potentially dangerous Others.
Activists back in the 1960s decided they wanted to reject the label Oriental and call themselves Asian American instead. Subsequent generations of Asian Americans have gathered as a coalition under the Asian American banner in order to resist being treated like Orientals. But don’t get it twisted, the idea of an Asian or Oriental race is a creation of white people, not of Asians."
“reports like this are powerful molders of Asian racial identity, popularizing ideas about Asian traits, capacities (and threats), and, of course, always in comparison with the supposed failures of Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans.”
fuck. that. noise.
everyone should read the entire response. for reals.
When someone says “check your privilege” the correct response is not
- I have freedom of speech
- You’re just stating your opinion
- Stop harassing me
- I’m not sexist/racist but…
- Stop being such a bitch
- Everything you say is just opinion anyway
- well you’re just wrong
- omg bitch
The correct response is:
- Thank you for pointing that out
- I will work on that
- Can you point me in the direction of some articles or resources?
- I’ve not thought of it that way before
- I will be more conscious from now on
Resources and support groups for LGBTQ Muslims
- Queer Muslims - A space for queer Muslims to connect, express themselves and share resources. (A real treasure trove of articles, links and book reviews).
- ‘I am not Haraam’ project - a blog for LGBTQ Muslims to celebrate their identities and share their experiences.
Source: the website of the Safra project based in the UK. The full list (which also includes resources not solely targeted at Muslims can be found by clicking here.) However, below is a list of the resources specifically targeted to Muslims.
- Imaan - UK based
A social support group for Muslim lesbian, gays, bisexuals, transgender, those questioning their sexuality or gender identity and their friends and supporters.
- Safra Project- UK based
A Resource Project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual. trans, queer and questioning women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally.
Listserve-dealing with issues concerning lesbian, bisexual and transgender women that identify as Muslim religiously or culturally.
- Safra Project Social Group- meets monthly in the UK, check website events notice for dates and venues.
- Salaam Canada
‘Salaam: Queer Muslim community’ is a Muslim Identified Organization dedicated to social justice, peace and human dignity through its work to bring all closer to a world that is free from injustice, including prejudice, discrimination, racism, misogyny, sexism and homophobia.
- The Inner Circle
The Inner Circle strives to reconcile sexuality and faith, and foster friendship through a positive peer group for gay, lesbian, transgendered and other sexually marginalized persons particularly of the Muslim community, as well as persons of other religions or cultures who experience similar or related challenges, and all those who support our aims.
They provide information through news/events, articles, discussions and life-orientation. They also have experts and qualified voluntary workers to deal with your queries and counseling, assisting individuals in reconciling their faith with their sexuality and dealing with other sexually related issues.http://www.theinnercircle.org.za/
An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as bisexual or who may be questioning their sexual orientation. Anything relevant to the bisexual Muslim community can be discussed on this forum. It is intended to be a safe space for Muslims who are bisexual and who want tomeet other Muslims who are also bisexual.
- Muslim Gay Men
MuslimGayMen is a group for Muslim gay men and their friends and allies.
- Partners of LGBT Muslims
To bring non-Muslim partners (who are in relationships with Muslims) together to discuss issues of common concern.
- TransMuslims (need Yahoo sign in)
An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as transgender, and for those that consider themselves gender variant. This includes anyone that identifies as an MTF (male to female) or an FTM (female to male). Issues of relevance to the Trans Muslim community are welcome on this list, including gender identity, issues of gender socialization in Islam, sex reassignment surgery, and Islam’s views towards transgendered people.
- Queer Jihad
A web site devoted to the needs of GLBT Muslims. Website:http://www.well.com/user/queerjhd/
- Queer Muslims
Resources for GLBT Muslims. Has information about Islam and Transsexuals.
This needs a LOT more notes. Signal boost this people. This is important.
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?”
- Racialicious: Cultural Appropriation- Homage or Insult?
- Zine: Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
- Zine: Wanting to Be Indian- When Spiritual Searching Turns Into Cultural Theft
- Selling the Indian
- Video: Janessa Speaks on Cultural Appropriation
- Book: Going Native - Indians in the American Cultural Imagination
- Blog: Native Appropriations
- What is Institutionalized Racism?
- Canada’s First Nations: The Legacy of Institutionalized Racism
- Book: Power, Privilege, and Difference
- Stereotypes and Prejudices
- Cultural Genocide
- Earthen Spirituality or Cultural Genocide?
- How to Combat Racism in Your Every Day Life
- History is a Weapon
- Why the ‘Native’ Trend is Pissing Off Real Native Americans
- Why Can’t I Wear a Hipster Headdress?
- Lets Talk About Pendleton
- Reality Check! Indian Images and [Mis]Representations
- My Culture Is Not A Trend
- A Critical Fashion Lover’s Basic Guide to Cultural Appropriation
- Cultural Appropriation: Still Refusing To See The Truth
- An Open Letter To All Appropriators
- What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation?
- Appropriation- The Reality of Indigenous
- Native Stereotypes In the Dominate Culture
- Readings on Cultural Respect
- Racism Primer
- Racism: What It Means, What Most People Think It Means
- Documentary: Reel Injuns
- Documentary: The Canary Effect
- Documentary: White Shamans and Plastic Medicine
- Commercialization of Native Spirituality
- Twilight Saga and The Quileute Indian Tribe: Opportunity or Cultural Exploitation?
- Truth vs. Twilight: Quilieute Website Explores Reality and Fiction
- Halloween: Time to Wear Your Indian Costumes
- When Cultural Appropriation Goes Too Far
Other Terms to Research:
- Cultural Appropriation
- Stereotypes /Stereotyping
- Institutionalized Racism
- Oppression/Institutionalized Oppression
- White Supremacy
- White Privilege
- White Guilt
- Cultural Genocide
- Spiritual Appropriation
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.
How to fight low self-esteem
Because low self esteem is so common, especially among survivors, I thought I’d take a moment to address the topic.
We all know how important self-esteem is. A person’s self-image is how they see themselves, and it effects every aspect of functioning. People are programmed to cling to their self-image and ignore evidence that disagrees with it. When a person has an accurate self image, or one that is slightly higher than accurate (which is common), clinging to their ideas about themselves is healthy. When someone insults a person with a good self-image, clinging to self-image helps that person bounce back and function.
But what about negative self-image? No one would try to cling to that, right? Wrong. Most of us know that girl you can compliment all day, but she still clings to the idea that she’s ugly. That’s because she identifies herself as an ugly person. That’s who she is, and she needs to know who she is to function. By telling her she’s pretty, you’re telling her something that doesn’t fit with her ideas about the world, and that makes her uncomfortable. (This discomfort is clinically termed “cognitive dissonance” which refers to a great mental discomfort that happens when your ideas and experiences of the world don’t match up.) So, being uncomfortable, the girl with low self-esteem decides to believe what makes most sense to her. She retreats back to what she knows best: the idea that she is ugly.
If you struggle with self-esteem, you may have noticed this, too. Everyone in the class besides one person says you gave a great speech, but instead of focusing on the praise, you might focus on the one insult. That’s your mind looking to confirm what it already “knows”. How do you fight this? Force yourself to look at it logically.
If your mind is telling you something untrue, correct it. If you think “I’m so stupid,” because you made a mistake, correct that thought. Tell it that you are a smart person who simply made a mistake. If your mind tells you that you’re ugly, tell it why it’s telling you you’re ugly, such as “I’m only thinking I’m ugly because my abusers told me I was ugly,” and then pointing out times when the evidence showed that you were not ugly.
The bottom line is, your brain looks to confirm what it’s used to hearing. If you try to correct every lie with the truth, eventually your brain will become used to the truth and look to confirm it. You will begin paying more attention to the positive comments and actions towards you and dwell less on the negative. That’s worth the trouble, right?
Why Asian Americans Are Not Your “Model Minority”
- Because 14% of Asian Americans live in poverty.
- Because we still face blockades and discrimination in the job market, a.k.a. the “bamboo ceiling.”
- Because America still looks at us like we’re “perpetual foreigners.”
- Because America still looks at us like we we’re the “yellow peril.”
- Because Asian American men are emasculated.
- Because Asian American womyn are exoticized and fetishized.
- Because a significant number of Asian American youth attend public schools that are under resourced and under privileged.
- Because gang violence plagues Asian American communities.
- Because Asian Americans lack representation in politics.
- Because a significant number of Asian Americans are undocumented.
- Because Asian Americans do more than get good grades.
- Because Asian Americans are not quiet, passive-aggressive, or submissive.
- Because Asian Americans raised hell during the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF).
- Because Asian Americans like Yuri Kochiyama and Richard Aoki were part of the Black Power Movement.
- Because Asian Americans had their own movement, the Asian American Movement.
- Because Asian Americans fought for workers’ rights during the United Farm Workers (UFW) Movement.
- Because Asian Americans stood in solidarity when there was no justice for Vincent Chin.
- Because Asian immigrant garment workers fought for equal rights when Jessica McClintock tried to deny them fair wages and a safe work environment.
- Because we have artists like Magnetic North and Blue Scholars.
- Because we are active in the LGBTQQIA community.
- Because we fought and are still fighting for a valid education.
- Because we are reclaiming our hystory and redefining our identities.
- Because Asian Americans are continuously organizing, mobilizing, and fighting for their communities and for our rightful place in this country.
- Because Asian Americans can fucking kick white supremist, nativist, racist, sexist asses.
- Because “model minority” is just a stereotype that attempts to cover the truth and use us as tokens.