I’m watching Into the Wild and I don’t understand why everyone is all about it because all I can think is “Fuckin’ white people, gettin’ bored and going off to die in the wilderness ‘cause they ain’t got better shit to do”.
Thanks bro, because thats why he did it, right?No, but this romantization of the wilderness combined with (rich) white guilt about the “decay” of civilization was a futile and misguided effort to find oneself. We see this all the time with shit like Eat Pray Love. You don’t see POC doing this and ask yourself why - that wouldn’t fly. POC hitch hiking? No one would pick them up. Poc having enough time and money to do this? Unlikely. Yeah, he gave away his inheritance but he could have come back to a comfortable life if he wanted. In a society where its hard for a poc to even land a job I don’t find this admirable at all. From a common sense standpoint, why would you go into the wilderness without knowin basic survival skills? To find yourself or some uncharted land? You know what that sounds a lot like? Colonization. And then this dude gets a movie made about his life, like some glorified Boy Scout who’s camping trip went wrong. Sorry, but that’s some white people shit right there. And don’t call me “bro” in hopes you can belittle my opinion of this matter. Don’t like it, don’t read it. Yeah, it was awful that he died but let’s call it what it is and stop romantisizing it. He’s not Therou (sp?). Nature isn’t yours to fuck with. Seriously white.people.shit. Done. Don’t even try to argue with me.
On Graffiti, Women of Color Writers, & Yarn Bombing
Anonymous asked: what do you have against yarn bombing?
I’m p. sure I’ve briefly discussed this topic before. I’ll check if i tagged the original text and repost, but essentially my disdain with yarn graffiti is that it is a phenomena whose origins are an exercise in privilege. White feminists used yarn bombing as a way to ‘counter male-dominated realms of street art and graffiti’ (see here, here, here, here, here and here.) and forcefully insert themselves into a subculture made up of poor people of color, primarily black and latino youth.
The lumping of graffiti and street art alone raises red flags as it fails to acknowledge how the emergence of street art has negatively impacted women writers of color. While I don’t want to get into an in-depth discussion between graffiti and street art (because it is a ton to delve into), we must note two important and relevant distinctions which separate these realms—race and class. Graffiti (graffiti as an element of hip hop and not solely the act of writing on surfaces w/o permission) has always been an art attributed to kids of color from a lower socio-ecomomic background and is for the most part looked down upon as vandalism. While ‘street art,’ a relatively new art-form, has long maintained a white middle class majority artists as well patrons and is considered a legitimate art which has gained prominence as well as commercial succe$$.
Now, white feminists ignore these important distinctions and offer yarn graffiti as an alternative w/o understanding that although sexism is a problem that persists the graffiti world, we cannot ignore the problems of racism and classism that are contributed by these co-optive side-graffiti arts which both street art and yarn graffiti can be included in.
If there is going to be a change that challenges these issues it should be done from the bottom up. Women of color exist in the graffiti world. It is insulting that these feminists believe they’re solving our problems as women when they have no idea what it is to be a woman writer at the bottom of the graffiti hierarchy, especially when their solution is one that will never be criminalized/looked down upon but instead be seen as cute and edgy but most importantly an art that will be welcomed by mainstream culture.
in the end, yarn graffiti is simply yarn art made by probably racist women (first yarn art was attributed to a group who went by the name ofknittaplease—that name is questionable AF) who got bored and thought just because they liked a life that was foreign to them they would create a graffiti offshoot to cater a need of belonging while at the same time writing off women of color who have long participated and fought against misogynistic attitudes in graff culture.
It ain’t cool, and I ain’t down with it. Sorry for the long response, but i hope this answers your question.
"Stay Away From My Elves": Racism in Epic Fantasy Fandoms-Damned if you Do, Damned if You Don’t.
Like I said before, I think adding poc into things JUST for the purpose of inclusion is just as bad. But I don’t think adding them in to a fantasy story that has been around for decades with a very strong and dedicated following is the right way to do it. This isn’t about racism, this is about fucking with my fandom.
Stay away from my elves.
I’m all for being happy that a black person wrote a fantasy book with black protagonists, just as themselves, largely (though not entirely) away from any color related power struggles, letting them exist on their own merit and showing the obvious fact that fantasy characters don’t all have to be pale.
It would be nice if the responses weren’t “FUCK YEAR! FINALLY A BOOK FOR US! TAKE THAT YOU HORRIBLE, BORING WHITEYS”.
However I do fail to see how ‘race isn’t a conflict’ as someone (I think) mentioned above, when it’s really just about black supremacy, not white supremacy. BUT HEY DON’T MIND ME. I prefer not to read fantasy with an agenda, even if it’s in my favor.
I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely. I do not withhold judgment based on skin color.
You know, I kinda have a problem with this, as well. I’m white, but one thing I’ve made a major point in my life is to never see skin color. If you had told me this book was part of a wonderful fantasy series that would have been fine. If you had told me the protagonists were people of color and the antagonists where white: still fine. But you had to drive home the thought that it’s so superior just for those reasons, and that’s unsettling.
I mean seriously, you SJS Skidmarks whine and bitch about how authors don’t include enough “non-white” characters in their books. Then when an author DOES do so, you whine and bitch because they aren’t the star or the main character. And when an author makes one a pretty important character you complain about THAT.
Seriously, kindly write “racist” on a club and beat yourself to death with it. It’s what you want, anyways, but no one would likely care enough to humor you. You can make the club any color you want, though I think we can all guess what color it’d be. Funny thing is, regardless of that? It’d still be stupid and incredibly ironic.
“Naturally Thresh would be a black man,” tweeted someone who called herself @lovelyplease.
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue,” wrote @JohnnyKnoxIV.
“Why is Rue a little black girl?” @FrankeeFresh demanded to know. (she appended her tweet with the hashtag admonishment #sticktothebookDUDE.)
“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,”@sw4q
“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote @JashperParas
But wait! Let’s not forget the Fan-made movie that was uploaded and waddled its way around the internet well before the ACTUAL film came out, which has OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS AND FEATURES A BLONDE, WHITE RUE, AS WELL AS DOZENS OF COMMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH “BETTER” IT IS THAN THE ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
According to the filmmaker:
I know that Rue is described as being dark skinned in the book, but I wanted to show Savanna’s acting. I think she would make a good Prim though.
Everytime I watch this, I always think it was so much better than the movie. This vid is just epic. It captures the whole feeling of the book. It’s realistic, and for that reason it’s completely awesome.
On A Glass Of Milk
The fact that adult consumption of milk is perceived as normal by most people is primarily a function of the forcible exportation of white European culture by white imperialism. Because biologically speaking, it is incredibly abnormal for anything but an infant to drink milk.
What people typically refer to as “lactose intolerance” is actually the natural state of every mammalian species — adults cease to produce the enzyme lactase and hence lose the ability to digest milk. However, most white people and some people of color have a genetic mutation which causes them to lose the ability to shut down lactase production.
Here’s the interesting part: the European version of lactase persistence — traced back to the “Funnel Beaker” culture of Northern Europe — is the only one that has been spread globally. Other lactase persistence mutations have not been widely spread outside their area of origin — in fact, non-European persistence mutations are so rare that none were positively identified until 2006.
In other words, the normalcy of milk and milk products is almost entirely a product of how effectively whites have imposed their diet and associated culture on everyone else. Milk isn’t actually good for you unless you can digest the stuff, and most people of color can’t. If we’re exposed to it on a regular basis we usually become resistant enough to drink modest amounts without becoming sick, but we still can’t gain any actual nutrition from it.
I mean like dairy products like ice cream and cheese are big in the Philippines but I never thought about how weird it was that all of us actually have to drink soymilk.
Leonardo DiCaprio cut his hand while the cameras were rolling on the set of Django Unchained and kept moving through the scene, never breaking character, and his real-life bloodied hand made it into the final version of the film. During one take of that scene, DiCaprio unintentionally slammed his hand into glass, creating a gash that later required stitches. But that didn’t stop him from doing his job. As his hand bled quite visibly, DiCaprio kept going, even using the hand as a new dramatic prop. At one point he smears his bloodied hand over Broomhilda’s face in an act of evil dominance. And Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) looks horrified as he does it. (Perhaps Washington wasn’t acting!) And that was the take that director Quentin Tarantino kept in the film. (Source)
ewww, what the fuck? that shit is unsanitary. leo should know better.
No. So I knew about Tarantino keeping that take of Leo’s cut hand, but during the movie I kept wondering if there had been a cut before he smeared blood all over her face. Because, fuck that. I would have snapped out of character REAL fast if someone’s actual blood got smeared in my face. Fuck that ‘do it for the movie’ bullshit. The punch to his nuts would have been on some fiery shit.
Uhm, I don’t know what Leo has in his blood, so him wiping his blood on another person is GROSS AS FUCK. What if Leo has herpes simplex II???!!
like, this shit is so insidious on so many levels.
on so. many. levels.
Whiteness automatically assumes that they are clean all the way down to their bodily fluids and functions,
With no respect for the boundaries of people of color.
And if she broke character and protested, trust me,
Kerry Washington would have been looked at as ‘unprofessional’ and not nearly as ‘devoted to the craft’ as Leo.
Cause the good white man is a TRUE thespian, and we should all read how he did this and be impressed with his commitment to his character.
(Clipped conversation FOR THIS RIGHT HERE - bankuei):
I am a HUMAN and not a “white girl”.
This is my favorite type of white tears, absolutely 100%. Because it always, always, always serves as an admission of unacknowledged privilege.
Know why you don’t like being called “white girl”? Because you’re used to being the default. You’ve always just been “a girl.” But for the rest of us, that qualifier has always been there. When you’re a POC, you’re not just “a girl.” You’re “that Indian girl,” or “the black chick,” or “the Asian guy, I think he’s Chinese or something?”
You can go on and on about how “we’re all human, race isn’t an issue!” but that’s not what this is about. Being called “white girl” tells you that the person you’re dealing with isn’t going to give you the free pass you’ve always received for being white, and that scares you.
bolded for emphasis. great reply/commentary.
Ok, white people, I’m sorry.
Poor white people, you have it so so so hard.
It must be so difficult getting benefits in every avenue of life because of your skin tone.
It must hurt so much benefiting from stepping all over PoC, and benefiting things that push our faces into the mad.
I can only imagine how agonizing it is for you when we ask you to stop standing on us so that we can get on our feet.
I can imagine that it must suck having PoC be disgruntled with you because you refuse to acknowledge that you’re standing on our necks, and because you refuse to acknowledge that you benefit from others standing on our necks.
It must be so hard, being asked to “Get the fuck off of me because you’re hurting me when you do this.”
I mean shit. That’s probably the most painful thing in the world, it’s surely more painful than your feet digging into our backs.
I understand. It’s hard to get through life without stepping all over PoC, and making a conscious effort to not step on us or shit on us while you navigate the road called life must be so, so hard. \
Regarding how your actions affect other people is the most difficult thing in the world to do and it takes so much effort and requires you to actually think. So how dare we ask you to t ry not to shit on us or step on us anymore! We should just lay there and take it, and allow you to dig your heels into our spines as much as you please.
But instead of being good little non-whites, we’re just complaining about how much it hurts, and yelling at you to get the fuck off of us, and gosh, that’s just so awful of us, how dare we expect you to treat us with any sort of decency.
And how can we expect you to treat us with decency when you don’t even know how, damn it!
Poor poor white people.
I weep for you. For nobody has known pains and struggles greater than yours.
It must be so hard being white.
Just kidding, CRY HARDER I LOVE IT, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK
ALL of this! Too awesome for words.
Omnibus of scumbags
Some responses to things I’ve seen on my Dash today, compiled here so as to spare you from multiple posts about people being ignorant jerks about stupid shit:
Tard the cat: The owners are shitty people and the name is ugly ableism. I have no patience for people defending them. You can think the cat is cute without justifying or minimizing its owners shittiness. See: How to be a fan of problematic things.
Wil Wheaton: Or how not to behave when you’re being called out for doing something stupid. Don’t double down on a mistake by deflecting criticism for it or whining about your feelings. Intent isn’t magic. Good intentions don’t erase bad actions or consequences. Ovary up, apologize, learn something from your mistake, and move on. Can’t be arsed to do that? Goodbye.
People against Black James Bond: This doesn’t erase English culture. There are and have been black people in England for centuries. Also, James Bond is a fictional character. Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, Churchill and Jane Austen are all real people. Changing their ethnicity or race would be weird, but there’s absolutely nothing about James Bond as a character that makes him essentially white. He’s a debonair British spy and ladies’ man. Nothing about those character traits = whiteness. If you think they are, then you need to take a good, hard look at yourself.
Fighting hate with hate: It’s misleading to equate the hatefulness of bigotry with the anger of the oppressed. Context matters. The hatred of oppressive bigots is unwarranted, unjustifiable aggression toward marginalized and disempowered peoples for characteristics they can’t control. The hatred of the oppressed is a reaction to that aggression—it didn’t spring from nowhere. Let me repeat this: bigotry is aggression. An aggressive response to bigotry is the self-preservation instinct kicking in. Treating the two things as though they were the same is wrong.
James Gunn: is a homophobic, misogynist sack of shit. See what I did there?
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.
"Lee Siegel’s essay, “Rise of the Tiger Nation,” [drawing parallels between Asian American and Jewish American experience] will undoubtedly provoke sharp reactions both within and outside the Asian American community. The fact that I was mentioned as an example of Asian American success (I won “Survivor” during the controversial thirteenth season when the contestants were divided by race), combined with the shirtless photo of me that accompanied the article, has already caused me some consternation. […] My friend, Jeff Yang, has written an excellent response explaining why blanket assertions about Asians and Asian Americans are misguided, so I won’t try to articulate the same points here in less articulate fashion.
However, I do think it’s worth highlighting one critical difference between Jews and Asian Americans that Siegel’s essay doesn’t touch upon. In general, Jews are more easily able to assimilate into American society because of the absence of easily identifiable physical traits that distinguish them from other “white” Americans. For example, Jon Stewart is Jewish (he was born “Jonathan Leibowitz”), but most people would never know this If he didn’t make reference to his Jewish background. By contrast, one of the drivers of the enduring “perpetual foreigner” stereotype for Asian Americans is the fact that we obviously look different from whites (as well as blacks). Consequently, it often doesn’t matter if we were born in the US, educated here, work here, or even Americanize our names – the immediate presumption that many people make upon seeing us is that we’re foreigners because we don’t look conventionally American."
Yul Kwon, shirtless or not, makes a point that’s so obvious — literally in your face — that it really doesn’t need to be said: Asians don’t look white and can’t pass for white. Asians will never be seen as “fully American” in our lifetimes; that’s just the way it is. It doesn’t bother me one bit. In my view, it’s not something we need.
"Apparently, to newscasters, Blacks vote for Obama because he’s Black. But Whites vote for Obama because of his policies."
IKR but when white ppl vote for someone because their white, which is all the time, that’s totes ok!
Have ya’ll seen the whole slew of new Assassin’s Creed III commercials? I seriously can’t see projections of the white historical imagination without laughing anymore.
“The time is now at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
o god no
wudnt wan’t that
cant imagne who wud do tht
such a free land
keep us out uv bondge g.wash
eagles fli free
What if I told you that just because you don’t think of yourself as racist, you can still internalize racist attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs?
The question of whitewashing in our media is a brilliant one: it is in fact racist to use other people’s cultural practices, symbols, food, and clothing as if it were a backdrop to make your show ‘badass’, while never including any people actually of that culture.
Firefly does this.
It is not racist to ask, given how much of the show purports to be about Chinese people, where exactly the Chinese (or Chinese-American, or Asian-American) people are. So lemme get this straight, China beat everybody in the Space race and then disappeared and so… white people?
Well, that’s an interesting way to rearticulate American fears of the Chinese Other, erasure of that Other, and incorporation of ‘safe’, ‘nonthreatening’ elements of Otherness.
It’s also racist.
It’s part of systemic racism - as a system, racism depends on people to keep it going. Individual people don’t need to do much to keep it alive. They just need to buy into the idea that white = the default race, that Otherness is polluting and therefore in need of erasure or control, and that this is Just The Way It Is. They also need to buy into the notion that speaking out against these things - from the genocide through to the ‘little’ things like whitewashing in the media - is somehow wrong in itself, a betrayal from fellow white people, and complaining from the PoC being erased or whitewashed.
You don’t have to do much to participate or benefit from this system, and you don’t even have to think about it - in fact, I’m beginning to suspect, the less you think about it, the better it works, because you won’t see what’s going on in front of you, on your television, in your news, on your YouTube.
I used to defend shows like Firefly, and participated in the convoluted logic that if people didn’t like the Chinese elements in the show, they were racists. I believed my white friends who pushed this logic. It took a long time - and a lot of fights with those friends, actually, before I realized where the racism in such a sentiment is:
It’s predicated on the notion that Otherness is pollution. Let me be more direct:
It’s built on the idea that nonwhite people and even their culture are polluting.
That’s internalized racism hard at work, trying to cloak itself in the vestiges of Otherness.