reblogging again for more commentary.
[WARNINGS for white supremacy/appropriation/apologism/white-whine/tokenism]
I’m to keep to my culture and ignore all others. I cannot incorporate things from other cultures into my daily life because I’m white.
When I was little, I was bouncing on the neighbors trampoline when one of the little boys from down the street told me that I was racist because my ancestors had slaves. I cried. When I was in middle school, a little boy spat in my face and when the principal asked him why he did it, he said it was because I’m white. It didn’t take too much growing up to realize that these boys didn’t know what they were doing or the implications of what they did. They were taught to think and treat white people a certain way. When I tell these stories, I’m sure plenty of people involved in this ongoing discussion will say “oh this white girl’s just complaining,” but in this, you would be assuming some complex things about me. First of all, you would be assuming I’m privileged, and therefore I have no right to complain. You’d be assuming I had money and therefore political power. Granted, the history of race in this country is complex and the issues individuals face due to race certainly spills over onto our generation, but the underlying issue is class. Because of the oppression minority people have faced in the past, they are cut off from many opportunities, pushed into the lower class with few ways out. But guess what all you Tumblr people don’t know, my personal story. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that even the connotation of the color of my skin gives me an advantage in certain situations. When I get pulled over by a cop in my hometown, I don’t have to worry as much as my big black male friends. But, when my friend seeks to point that I have a lot of Mexican friends, it is to show that I understand the culture. It is what I grew up in too! I grew up in a low income, lower class (my family included) area where I was immersed in cultures from anywhere imaginable, predominately Mexico. Just because my immediate family didn’t participate in Dia de los Muertos does not mean I was excluded from it. To assume that I don’t understand the significance of Dia de los Muertos because I am white is, and take a guess, racist!
She understands Mexicans because she grew up in a low income, lower class area with her big Black male friends. And she cried. She’s not racist though, we are. LOL Someone needs to get their cousin.
[image: animated GIF (link to GIF): Queen Latifah in the movie “Set It Off”, flipping the bird and looking disgusted.]
^ yeah, this too. so, so much wrongness here.
[WARNING: talk of violent white supremacy (n-word/abuse/harassment); zhounder’s apologism]
BLACK OUT! At Occupy Philadelphia
We had a Black Out! at Occupy Philadelphia. Why?
Saturday, two sisters were called Niggers by two of the volunteers at Occupy Philadelphia at the cell-phone charging stations. They were also told to go back to Africa, and that each white man should own a slave. When the sista’s called security, security asked them to leave the premises because they thought they were apart of the UHURU movement. Even if they were a part of that movement, they should not have been asked to leave without any mention of their verbal and spirtual abuse.
So a small collective formed a drummer’s circle and started a rally, only to be met with on-lookers who didn’t understand why there was a Pan-African flag at an “American” event. We were called racist. People kept coming to us to tell us that all of us are people and that race is behind us!
When we wanted to address the people at the people’s assembly, we had to beg to get a spot on the program. They kept asking us if we were going to be violent. We eventually told the gate-keepers that we were going to be given the mic, or we were going to take the mic. We eventually got our spot.
As the sister was talking about her experience, there were some members in support - but many of the people were asking us to hurry up and finish, one guy using signals to get us to hurry up.
We spoke out about RACISM IN THE 99 percent.
We spoke out about how nobody was taking about the racist foundation of coporate greed.
How do we talk about classim without taking about racism?
We were called racist because we empowered ourselves and stood up for what was right.
Man, fuck you Philadelphia.
this is why I almost never, ever say What The Fuck… to reserve it for instances like this in which no other phrase can properly describe my reaction
This was not the only racially motivated incident in the past 5 days. This city is a piece of shit when it comes to race and it breaks my fucking heart we can’t just shut the fuck up for 5 minutes and listen to our damn neighbors’ experiences and concerns. So many wounds in this city and so much fucking stuck up, nonsensical, full of shit privilege in so-called progressive activists - I could honestly cry at this point today. Fix it, Philadelphia. Step the fuck up for once in your broke-ass, choke-in-the-face-of-every-opportunity, inferiority-complex-having, screw-you-buddy-mentality life and get it the fuck together. Key word there: together. No group can do this alone.
1. Stop dismissing racial concerns in the movement. You cannot ignore centuries of history and current lived experience because “that’s not what this is about”. For POCs it has always been about that. Every damn second of every damn day. Fuck you.
2. Make it clear to everyone at every opportunity that oppressive language is unacceptable and unwelcome. You have a mic and attention - fucking use it.
3. Take a good look at who’s doing safety and what they’re trained to do in these situations - there are problems there, as well as some great people. Address the problems.
4. Respect. Understand there are different perspectives, especially regarding law enforcement and incarceration. Understand MOVE may have been “20 years ago - get over it already” to you, but it still burns for Cobbs Creek and West Philly. It’s as emblematic of the world as anything is to you.
5. Criticisms of individuals and factors of the movement do not necessarily need to diminish it. Don’t get defensive or dismissive. This is an opportunity to build strength, heal old wounds, and rebuild communities but only if we listen openly and whole-heartedly, respect each other, and address our internal problems. Do otherwise and we’ve already failed.
Thank you, ladies, for sharing with us. I am so very sorry, and so very angry, and so very ashamed.
Don’t break my heart again, Philadelphia.
As a security (actually called Safety) person at occupy Philly I have only one clarifying statement to this, all parties involved were asked to leave the area including the racist white persons. Other than that I have to say that this is a rather shortened but accurate portrayal of the incident. Since that incident all safety persons are required to attend training for De-escalation, Nonviolence training and some have attended Sensitivity training.
When the PoC had an open meeting I was unfortunately on shift and unable to attend. I am hoping they have another meeting and that I can attend.
Just for the record, I am a white, (former) middle class, middle aged, male. I try to be as anti racist as someone with my privilege can be.
@complex-brown: if i’m whitesplaining or taking over this thread or anything like that, i’ll back off.
@zhounder: i find a few things very unsettling about your response:
- assuming it is true that the racist whites were also asked to leave [and i’m not totally sure i should believe you], that does not change the fact that the people being harassed and abused were asked to leave.
- you seem to be setting yourself up as more of an authority on what happened than complex-brown — you feel your apologist “clarification” is needed and you also seem to feel that your confirmation of the rest of the events is needed before complex-brown’s account is to be believed. the fact that you’re not only security but white security makes this extra creepy.
- both the above-mentioned attitude and cookie-seeking seem to be prevalent in the paragraph about the meeting. it seems to me that your statement about trying to be anti-racist is also cookie-seeking.
- it seems like your main concern here is PR for the movement, trying to make it seem like things “aren’t really that bad” or something. like, you seem to be implying that things will improve now, that a few training courses will get rid of the racism in the movement. and your saying that the racist whites were also asked to leave is another example of this attitude.
[RACISM WARNING] This School is making me slowly become racist against asians
My dorm ahs an entire international floor right? They’re all asia. I don’t know they’re chinese, japanese, korean, whatever.
All I do know is that they keep stinking up the goddamn kitchen with their fucking forgein food an it makes me want to puke. I actually have to hold my breath if I want to cook something in there.
And Like, if anyone knows me, they know all I eat is the maericanized chinese and japanese food. But this shit. That they make. Oh my god. it’s terrible.
Sweetie, nobody’s making you racist. You just are.
Congratulations, you fail at being a decent human being.
Not only racist, but apparently also does not understand how to use the spell check function.
ROFL… shutupkristina, please take your own advice. Shut up.
Anyone know where she goes to school? I wanna go cook some really smelly stuff right in front of her door…
Maybe shutupkristiina if you don’t like your dorm you should just leave.
I was about to consider that maybe you have a disability that causes you to become nauseous at certain smells (goodness knows I sometimes have that problem too) but given how you targeted Asians specifically and your racist language, I’m not going to give you a pass.
^ commentary. @shutupkristina: posts like this… seriously, what’s the point, other than JUST BEING RACIST FOR THE SAKE OF BEING RACIST?
WARNINGS: whitesplaining racism-supporting “NO, YOOOOOU!” garbage; ableist appropriation of term “color blind”
Ok so let’s have a little lesson in economics and crime rates in cities. What made it the worst place in Philadelphia was the CRIME, and for the most part, the highest amount of crime in a city happens in the lower income sectors, the two are very seldom exclusive of each other. And guess what, there were all kinds of people living in poverty there. POVERTY IS COLOR BLIND, it does not inherently affect one race more than another strictly due to the color of their skin. I’ve lived next to Camden NJ ever since I moved out of that neighborhood, which is UNFORTUNATELY riddled with poverty and crime, which is not the fault of the people living there, it is the fault of the corrupted government not serving it’s people to the fullest.
How dare you imply that I think I’m better than the people that lived in the same neighborhood as me. I was an infant, just a little girl. I remember hearing gun shots from my bed room window and our house was broken into twice. I was not better than my neighbors, I am not better and I never will be. They are people all the same, and for you to think that I have such ignorant views of the world around me is slander, since you know pretty much nothing about me. I live in a diverse neighborhood in New Brunswick, and cherish the culture that exists because of the locals. My boyfriend helped create a program to help the illegal immigrants in the area get the proper medical services and food for their children. I have a large diverse group of friends who come from various different economic and social backgrounds and I respect and love them all the same. How dare you assume that because I simply stated that I’m tired of the hate that goes on on both sides, that I’m suddenly an racist elitist. I’m not going to sit and argue that there isn’t social injustice in the United States, but it’s good to know that it isn’t just happening to peoples of a certain race or ethnic background. It’s happening to everyone. And what an ignorant point of view it is to have that suddenly people care because it’s the “white” people who are suffering now, when EVERYONE is suffering now.
And also, what guilty conscience of mine is speaking now? Because I don’t believe I’m hurting financially any more or less than any other person in the United States? That I’m not hurting more or less than another student buried in student loans or a family trying to pay back a mortgage? I worked hard throughout high school to graduate with a fucking 3.8 GPA, 11th in my class. I worked part time jobs since I was legally able to at the age of 16, and yet for all my hard work, I’m 30k in debt, for a school I dropped out of and another 30k for the schooling I’m currently enrolled in. And there are millions of people who worked just as hard or probably even HARDER that are in my place or worse. I pay my own fucking rent, bills, food, school, EVERYTHING. I’m 20 years old and have had to work for EVERYTHING I have in my life right now, and I would gladly give the US government my hard earned money if it helped people, ALL PEOPLE.
It’s people like you who spread hate in the world; you think you’re doing everyone a favor by pointing out flaws in peoples arguments, telling them they don’t care about the world they live in simply because they hold an opinion. So how about instead of posting hateful remarks which you know no doubt will be responded to, go volunteer in a soup kitchen, write letters and make phone calls to your senators and representatives asking them to stop cuts on social programs, donate money to organizations for the homeless and disenfranchised, and stop thinking that chewing me up and spitting me out (which failed horribly BTW) is really going to change the bad things happening in the world.
“POVERTY IS COLOR BLIND”
And that is the only “point” I’m gonna take time to refute as this entire rant is so willfully ignorant of reality. But continue to whine about how white people have it just as bad as everyone else! Don’t ever click those links I provided to become a more informed citizen!
you are far more racist than I am, or ever will be if this truly is your opinion. “You must be white here?” Are you for real? You are totally not for equality if this is the opinion you hold. We’re all human beings, we have the same problems, although there is a clear history of discrimination and intolerance in this country, it is our duty as human beings to put aside our differences and work to break down barriers, both racial and economic. These are issues we need to stand for as Americans and they effect all of us. Don’t tell me I can’t understand something simply based on the color of my skin.
All men are created equal…
@maaaaaaag: NO WE DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS. there are some overlaps, yeah, but WHITES LIKE US ARE NOT TARGETED BY WHITE SUPREMACIST OPPRESSION. WE ARE NOT TARGETED BY RACISM — IN FACT WE BENEFIT FROM IT. and saying “NO, *YOU* ARE RACIST!!!!!” when people call you on YOUR racism is not even an argument. you are just totally unwilling to consider liquornspice’s points. you’d rather self-righteously troll than, i don’t know, ACTUALLY CONSIDER ANYTHING. we whites are racially privileged under white supremacist systems — THIS IS A FACT. whites like us under a white supremacist system CANNOT KNOW WHAT RACISM IS REALLY LIKE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, and BENEFIT FROM RACISM, so we often spout garbage like yours that demonstrates our willful ignorance of the truth about racism — THIS IS ALSO A FACT. you’re being willfully ignorant and swimming in your white privilege. AND POINTING THIS OUT DOES NOT MAKE LIQUORNSPICE RACIST AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE [and in fact IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE RACIST AGAINST WHITES UNDER A WHITE SUPREMACIST SYSTEM].
and again, your using the term “color blind” the way you do is ableist appropriation.
If you don’t think there should be a fat, ugly, or gay princess you don’t really understand what Disney is all about. It’s about inspiring all people to love themselves and reach for their dreams, not about traditional values and good looks.”
you clearly don’t understand what Disney is about.
it’s a children’s entertainment company that teaches good morals.
Y’all gay people, fat people, ugly people don’t have good morals! We need to protect the children from them because only straight mostly white skinny princesses can teach good morals! The rest of you need to be hidden from society because you teach kids to be bad!
Right, so that racist ass depictions that Disney has had TOTALLY means that they push good morals. Peter Pan and it’s racist ass monolithic depictions of Native Americans, The RACIST AS FUCK pickaninny Sunflower the Centaur from Fantasia, The Song of the South? All in good moralistic fun, huh???? Quit PLAYIN.
^ reblogging for commentary by sourcedumal and feministslut.
Black Men | British Prisons
Last year…for every African Caribbean male on campus, there were two in jail
- Trevor Phillips, Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture, 2004
At the end of December 2005, one in four of the prison population, 19,549 prisoners, was from a minority ethnic group - a rise of 2,000 in just three years. This compares to one in eleven of the general population.
Overall black prisoners account for the largest number of ethnic prisoners (57%) and their numbers are rising . Between 1999 and 2002 the total prison population grew by just over 12% but the number of black prisoners grew by 51%
In 2002 there were more African Caribbean entrants to prison (over 11,500) than there are to UK universities (around 8,000)
Prison receptions of all known Black and Minority Ethnic groups increased by 37 per cent between 1998 and 2002 - more than 8 times the increase for white prisoners
Black British prisoners make up 12 per cent of the prison population and two per cent of the general population.
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
Suheir Hammad - First Writing Since
The Palestinian American poet’s experience of 9/11 and racism.
one more person asked me if i knew the hijackers.
one more motherfucker asked me what navy my brother is in.
one more person assumed no arabs or muslims were killed.
one more person assumed they know me, or that i represent a people.
or that a people represent an evil. or that evil is as simple as a
flag and words on a page.
we did not vilify all white men when mcveigh bombed oklahoma.
america did not give out his family’s addresses or where he went to
church. or blame the bible or pat robertson.
and when the networks air footage of palestinians dancing in the
street, there is no apology that hungry children are bribed with
sweets that turn their teeth brown. that correspondents edit images.
that archives are there to facilitate lazy and inaccurate
and when we talk about holy books and hooded men and death, why do we
never mention the kkk?
so many tears
TW for racism, harassment. Racist policemen doing the harassment.
Walking around Covent Garden last Tuesday, I found myself nearly knocked over by a speeding police car with no sirens or lights down a small street. I thought it was strange: such hurry and no warning system.
As I reached Tesco in Covent Garden, I saw six heavily armed police officers surrounding some-one. I walked past and saw a small, middle aged, Indian man. He was holding a white charity bucket in one hand. Two police officers were standing behind him telling him not to move and to spread his legs; they were going to search him. Another two officers were taking all his belongings out of his small beige rucksack and reading every piece of paper and asking him about its contents. At the same time another officer was asking him who he was, what his name was and why he was behaving suspiciously. Someone else was going through his wallet. The man spoke broken English and he did not seem to quite understand what was going on. He kept saying he was collecting money for charity and you could see from his body language and the way he was looking at them that he was stunned and very scared.
These men were tall, heavily built, all Caucasian, talking loudly, moving him around physically, going through his things and saying he had been reported for suspicious behaviour. Someone, they said, had seen him collecting money for charity outside Covent Garden station and had called the police saying they had seen a terrorist. You could feel the adrenalin rising in these men as they went through his bag and I remembered the terrible outcome with Jean Charles de Menezes six years ago.
If a Caucasian man or woman had been standing outside Covent Garden station with a charity bucket and a rucksack would someone have rung the police reporting a ‘possible terrorist’? Do people go around calling the police every time they see a Big Issue seller? Or one of those chuggers? They look more threatening half the time than this small framed middle-aged man. But then, Jean Charles had no padded jacket on and did not jump over any tube barriers, as was first alleged. He was not even carrying the dreaded rucksack. But he was the wrong colour. The colour of a terrorist.
They spotted me watching and I felt myself get worked up. I wanted to cause a scene. To let people know what was going on here. I said ‘Racists’ out loud. They heard me and none of the armed men could look at me in the eye. But an Asian bobby who had turned up couldn’t stop eyeballing me. I stared right back.
After reading all his personal papers, and telling him they thought he could be a terrorist, they had to admit they had found nothing. They formed a ring around him. They could see me watching, so they blocked my view. The biggest of them was laughing and asking where he should go next? ‘To the next brown man’, I suggested. He ignored me. People walked by but no one could see what was happening because they had ringed him in. It was clear now that he was not carrying a bomb- so now they formed a tighter ring around him- to hide what? The fact that they had been searching a man based on the colour of his skin, perhaps?
After half an hour the armed police officers left. Two plain clothes were left taking his details and the Asian bobby kept eye balling me. I had nothing to hide. I eyeballed him back. Eventually they walked away and the man was left crouching in the street putting his things away. I went up to him and put my hand on his shoulder. Asked him if he was fine. I did not want to scare him. I told him I had seen what had happened. He seemed wary and said yes he was fine. I said I would have been scared, I was scared because of how many men there were. And his eyes started to fill with tears and he said yes he was scared but he was okay. He asked me my name and where I was from. He said he did not understand why he had been stopped. I told him it was because he was carrying a rucksack, he did not understand what that word meant, and because he was brown. He understood that with resignation.
Just as I was asking him if he needed anything the Asian bobby turned up again. They had been sitting in the police car watching me. He looked down at where I was crouched with the man and asked me if I was okay. I said ‘yes thank you fine’. He would not move. He looked at my brown paper bag from the teashop in Neal Street. There was a terracotta tea pot in there and some jasmine tea. I told him I did not have a bomb and would he like to arrest me for being brown too. He said nothing. I said I am having a private conversation please would you go away. He said I heard you called us ‘racists’ and I wanted to explain that we are not and I am Asian as well. Good for you, I said. You stopped this man because of the colour of his skin. He started to say no and get quite pushy. Provocative, I would call it. I was not going to be riled. I told him I was exercising my human right to have a private conversation, he was disturbing this, he had no legal right to stop me from speaking to someone and to go away. He would not go away. He said he wanted to explain to me why they had stopped this man. Perhaps he thought I was from the press. Perhaps he thought this would go further. I turned my back on the bobby and finished my conversation with the man. I wandered dazed and upset into Tesco to get away from the meddling bobby, who would not even let me extend some generosity to the man they had just harassed.
After aimlessly moving through chillier cabinets and food aisles, I went to leave and there he was, resilient, by the entrance, with his white charity bucket. He was not making any noise. Just silently standing there with his bucket collecting for charity. We spoke some more. He seemed stunned but he thanked me for being kind to him.
This incident is a sharp reminder of what the so-called ‘war on terror’ has done to us. Take this incident and change a few variables. The man had a beard and was wearing Muslim dress. The man was younger, resented being stopped, and resisted the police. The man had no papers to prove who he was. The man didn’t speak any English. The man had a Koran on him and anti-war literature. The man knew people who wanted to teach him a lesson for annoying his neighbours, and who reported on him. All these and you are one step closer, perhaps, to cases like those of Baber Ahmad and Shaker Aamer, who is still languishing in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Wrong place, wrong time, and most definitely the wrong colour.
Really worthwhile read.