I usually don’t do things like this, but I had bacon this morning and thus am in a giving mood, so. Here you go: Alex’s Guide to Being a Somewhat Decent White Person, in 30 Quick, Easy Steps! (If you can’t handle sarcasm, turn away now)
Note before we begin: This guide is nowhere near all inclusive, and my PoC followers, please feel free to add more, if you’re feeling inclined to do so.
Also note that I do not speak for all PoC.
1. First things first: Recognize that if you’re white, you’re going to fuck up. 100% money back guarantee. Even if you don’t want to, you will. There’s nothing you can do about that. You could be the most anti-racist white person ever. Great. You’re still going to fuck up. Don’t let this discourage you, though! The good news is this: Nobody expects you to be perfect and nobody expects you to not fuck up. We just expect that when you DO fuck up, you take your call-out like a fucking adult, recognize your mistake, apologize, and then move the fuck on, and try your hardest to not make that mistake again. Maybe learn something in the process. That’s it. No, really. That’s it.
2. Recognize that as a white person, you have white privilege whether you want it or not. You have it. Recognize that you benefit from your white privilege, whether you want to benefit from it or not. It’s not a choice. Recognize that because of your white privilege, you benefit from the oppression of PoC, regardless of whether you think that’s fair or not, regardless of whether you want to or not. You don’t get a choice in it any more than we get a choice in not having those same privileges. That’s not something to feel guilty over, it’s something to be conscious of.
3. People of Color are human beings. With actual feelings! And actual lives, and concerns! We feel physical pain! We feel joy! We break our arms, and do silly things, and do serious things, and like leisurely activities! W O W Z E R S
4. Racism is privilege plus power. White people can’t be victims of racism. You have the most power. PoC have no power over you whatsoever. We can discriminate against you. We can be prejudiced against you. We can’t be racist against you. We don’t have the power to oppress you. The end.
5. Approach everything critically. Nearly everything is built upon white supremacist ideals.
6. If you find yourself calling out PoC for how they handle racism, yet have nothing to say to the actual racist, it’s time for you to go the fuck away.One thing I’ve noticed both on Tumblr, and in real life, is that when a white person starts acting racist, other white people will remain silent, but the second a PoC says something against that white person, other white people will come out in defense of that white person’s racist behavior (“You’re being so harsh!” “Strong language like that will get you nowhere!” “How are they supposed to learn if you won’t educate them?” etc etc etc) . That’s unacceptable in ways that even Lemongrab can’t articulate.
7. When your skinfolk are acting out, it’s on YOU to call them out, especially when you see them harassing PoC. If a PoC wants to speak up, let them. But there’s a difference between collecting your folk (always welcome) and flat out talking over us/speaking FOR us (big no-no). Learn the difference.
8. It’s not our jobs to educate white people on their racism, so don’t expect us to. There are PoC who do like to educate, paid or unpaid. Go see them. For an alternate option, open Google and you’ll have all that shit at your fingertips within seconds. But when a PoC is calling you out, they might not feel like giving you an in depth history lesson on the background of that particular act of racism, and to act like they owe it to you is entitlement. If we feel like educating, we will. In fact, there are plenty of Tumblr blogs created with the sole purpose of educating you on racism. Racismschool is a perfect example.
9. That being said, listen to PoC when they talk about racism. If you prefer listening to white people talk about the racism PoC face, rather than listening to PoC, there’s a problem. Tim Wise and other white people say something about racism, and y’all act like this is brand new information and omg he’s BRILLIANT wow so insightful. No, bitch, we’ve been saying this shit for CENTURIES, and white people are just regurgitating what WE said. It’s just that when PoC talk about our experiences, we’re seen as ~reverse racist~ and emotionally biased, and somehow, white people are able to talk about racism objectively even though they have no experience with racism aside from fucking people over with it.
10. If it seems to you that “no matter what white people do, there’s no way they can interact with a PoC without offending them,” then that says a lot about how you view anti-racist discourse, and it’s time for you to take a step back and try again. Instead of reading it as, “white people fuck up everything” try reading it as “I’m frustrated with white people/white supremacy, and here is why…” Most of the shit you read from us flat out GIVES you the answers you’re looking for in one way or another. It’s really not that hard. Stop looking too far into shit.
11. Instead of getting defensive and trivializing issues because you don’t think it’s a big deal why are you so offended by this you’re being over sensitive the world is so PC omg bawwwwwwwww …… LISTEN. And even if you don’t get why what you did/said was offensive, understand that it WAS offensive, period, and just don’t do it again. Sometimes, understanding isn’t necessary, and sometimes you won’t be able to understand, no matter how hard you try. You don’t have to; just stop.
12. Stop saying “nigga.” This goes for white people AND non-Black PoC alike. It’s not cool for you to do it. Black people say it to reclaim it. White people say it, why? Y’all have nothing to reclaim with that word. Non-Black PoC have no business using it either.
13. Yes, that means in songs, too. Y’all can’t sing it just because it’s part of the lyrics. Either mute yourself for half a second, or stop listening to the song until you can gain enough self control to shut the hell up for one word.
14. Seriously, if you aren’t Black, you can’t say it. Ever. EVER. EVER.
15. While we’re at it, when you use a racial slur and PoC who fall victim to that slur call you out on it, for god’s sake, stop saying it.
16. Recognize that the world doesn’t revolve around white people, despite the ways in which the world will try to tell you it does. (For instance, don’t call us non-white, because that makes, once again, white people the default human and everyone who isn’t white becomes a niche or subtype. You probably didn’t even realize that’s what you were doing, did you? Which is what I mean when I say that this shit is subtle, and engrained in us to the point where it’s hard to detect. Which is fine; sometimes, you just don’t know. It happens. Just be aware that you can only use “I didn’t know” as an excuse once. After you’re informed, you have no excuse. By the way, for future reference, “PoC” will work just fine.)
17. PoC don’t owe you shit and it would behoove you to not act like we do; when you’re ignorant, we don’t owe you niceness. If you did something that dehumanized us, why would you expect us to be nice to you anyway? That’s abuser logic, racism, and fucked uppedness all rolled into one disgusting package, and if you expect us to swallow it either whole or in pieces, you need to get slapped with a cactus, to be frank.
18. Don’t appropriate. If PoC walk around in our own things, we get harassed, assaulted, told to go back to our countries, viewed as suspicious, and at worst, killed. But when white people wear them, it’s cute, trendy, and omg, you’re so worldly. Our cultures are not costumes, fashion trends, or objects to be picked over, the pretty parts taken and the rest discarded. Even if you’re wearing it to appreciate our culture? Don’t. Appropriation isn’t appreciation, it’s disrespect. Period. (And if you think that “Well then maybe you should take off your jeans since those are from white culture and you’re appropriating har har” is an intelligent response then please dip your lips in hot wax, because no no NO.)
19. “NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE—” Shut the fuck up.
20. Just because one PoC doesn’t find something racist to be offensive, doesn’t mean that it suddenly isn’t offensive, and that it’s okay for you to continue on with whatever you’re doing. For examples, see 15.
21. If you’re being called out for something, recognize how much energy this person is out right now. Seriously, calling people out isn’t fun, because we KNOW how it’s likely to be received. We KNOW what people are likely to think about us. We KNOW how people are likely to take a call out.We KNOW that nine times out of ten, we’re just going to be shut down. We have to pick our battles; if we called out everything, we’d be calling shit out every second of our lives. (And it’s not fair that we have to let some things pass silently, because that gives the impression that what was said/done is okay and not problematic, which isn’t true) It’s not fun. It’s not something we look forward to doing. So when we DO do it, please just listen. Please recognize that it’s not us trying to kill your fun or ruin your day, or us hating you or thinking you’re a terrible person. We’re just trying to gain back the piece of our humanity that you put your foot all over.
22. Being called a racist isn’t worse than whatever racist act you just committed/racist thing you said. So save your boo hoo hurt fee-fee tears for somebody who gives a fuck because I guarantee it won’t be us. Also, being called out for doing something offensive doesn’t mean we called you racist. It doesn’t even mean we think you’re racist. It means you did something problematic and we’re trying to correct you on it so that you won’t do it again.
23. So you got called out and it upset you. Go cry me a god damn river. Guess what? Being called out isn’t SUPPOSED to feel good. It’s not supposed to feel like a pat on the back. Expecting a call out to feel good is like denying somebodies humanity and then expecting them to give you hugs and cookies in return. No, it’s not LIKE that, it IS that. In the same vein, if you get called out by more than one person, and choose to listen to the one who you think was nicer about it? Then fuck you. Both are people expressing their hurt and both are valid, and for you to ignore one in favor of the other—and especially to praise them via “Thank you for being polite/carrying on an intelligent discourse rather than screaming incoherently/etc etc etc” is tone policing as well as trying to set up a Good PoC, Bad PoC dichotomy, and fuck you very much if you engage in that.
24. Whatever racist thing you did or said, you’re not the first white person we’ve dealt with who has done/said it. You’re probably somewhere in the thousands. Know what that means? We’ve dealt with others exactly like you, several times over. That gets annoying the second time around. By the time you strike, we’re fed up with it. So if we just tell you to fuck off, please respect our wishes and do so. We deal with micro-aggressions and blatant and subtle racism day in and day out, every single day, from the day we are born until the day that we die. So if we aren’t the nicest to you, don’t get mad at us for not being polite enough. Be mad at yourself for having done/said something racist and making our day just a little bit shittier with your ignorance. Your racist acts are your fault. You did em. Don’t get mad when you have to deal with consequences for them. If we’re old enough to deal with racism at fucking two years old, then you’re old enough to deal with the consequences at 15, 16, 20, 30,56, 89, 314.
25. Keeping all of the above in mind, remember that we’re all individuals. The best way to deal with PoC is by treating us like the human beings we are, and being constantly aware of your privilege. When you fuck up, apologize, try not to do it again, and move on. It’s not that hard.
26. Cracker isn’t a racial slur. Neither is honky. Neither is curdled milk, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, or white bread. Let it drop. Sorry you aren’t oppressed for your skin color, white people. It must suck not having to deal with racial oppression. Truly. I’m sorry for your misfortune.
27. Intersectionality or shut the fuck up. PoC come in all flavors. We’re queer. We have mental health issues. We have disabilities. We deal with sizeism, misogyny, ableism, and so on. If you think bringing up race in conversations about other oppressions is inappropriate, then take a long hard seat and stay down until summoned.
28. “It’s just a word, it only has as much power as you give it.” NO.
29. Having a PoC spouse, S.O., family member, acquaintance, co-worker, doesn’t mean you can’t be racist or do racist shit. You can, you have, and you will again. And if you make that argument and use them as your get out of jail free card, you’re being racist in that moment because you’re turning them into an excuse to combat being called out for acting like a fucking fool.
If the above is too difficult or too much for you, then there is an alternate solution:
1. Stay away from all PoC, and don’t engage with a single one until you’ve changed your attitude because the last thing PoC need is to be exposed to your ignorance and lack of consideration for their humanity.
Remember that there’s way more than what I’ve listed. Anything here that upset you or made you feel uncomfortable, you should go back and read again, and question very carefully why it made you upset, and then confront your issues. And if I somehow pissed you off, just remember… you asked.
Okay no stop. Some of this was brilliant. It was great, well done, I congratulate you.
But *you* sound quite a fair bit racist with what you’re saying here.
Did you miss the part where she said it’s impossible to be racist against white people?
1. “If you’re white, you’re going to fuck up.”
How about a rephrase? “If you’re human, you’re going to fuck up.”
Also you’re fucking up right now.
2. “Recognise as a white person you have white privilege”
Right. In certain situations. I’m white, and I have been the victim of racism. I couldn’t give a fuck if hundreds of people tell me that because I’m white it doesn’t happen - NO. That is fucking bullshit. It’s not nice. Really. And then saying that implies it’s not happening. Would you appreciate it if someone said you’ve never been the victim of racism? Exactly. Approach the idea of equals. Don’t try to overshoot.
We are not the victims of racism. Not ever. It’s a load of bullshit. You’re wrong and you’re stupid.
There is nothing systemic that can be done to either of us due to our driven snow complexions and our Euro shitwater-drinking heritage. Not. A. Single. Damn. Thing.
3. “People of colour are human beings”
Yes, and so are white people. Why are you using the term ‘people of colour’? Are you saying that because my skin is a shade or two lighter than yours that makes us entirely different brands of humans? I’m red on the inside, and so are you.
Wow, that was fast. Pulling the we all bleed red bullshit.
Newsflash, dipshit, we do all bleed red, but some folks bleed more.
POC bleed more than white people. Black POC bleed fuck tons more. So there is way the fuck more red being lost by the actual and real victims of racism than by anyone like you and me. Ever wonder why that is?
Of course not, you’re a stupid willfully oblivious racist. But if you did wonder why that is, it would be cuz of all the dehumanization of POC. Which is why she specified about the humanity of POC. Cuz that gets denied. Unlike for white folks.
4. “White people can’t be the victims of racism”
YOU SAYING THIS IS DISGUSTING. Change the word ‘white’ for ‘black’ or ‘asian’ or ANYTHING. Now do you see it is wrong!?
I hate you. I actually hate you. If you change the word white for Black or for East Asian then you’re talking about POC who are the actual victims of racism. We benefit from racism. White supremacy privileges us. I just… I can’t even make words right now.
You are so stupid it hurts me.
You tell me I can’t be the victim of racism when I have been physically abused for it. I’ve been bullied as a child for it. Get the fuck out if you’re trying to pretend that you’re preaching equality because if that’s what you think it is you are SORELY WRONG.
You haven’t been bullied or physically abused due to racism. That’s bullshit. If it was due to racism than our people would be systemically getting that shit. We don’t. You got bullied due to other factors. Gender probably played a role. Economic class may have come into it. And sometimes people are just individually douchefucks.
That’s not racism. And since you’re white, I can guarantee it wasn’t racism.
6. “If you find yourself calling out PoC for how they handle racism, yet have nothing to say to the actual racist, it’s time for you to go the fuck away.”
This is true. But aren’t you doing exactly the same thing by making this post?
No. Stop. You are bad at thought and thinking. And it is on purpose. Stop.
7. “When your skinfolk are acting out, it’s on YOU to call them out, especially when you see them harassing PoC.”
No. It’s on everyone to call them out. They’re your “skinfolk” too, I don’t care what colour you are. You could be fucking purple for all I give a shit.
Purple people reference: Check.
White people are our problem. They’re our people. It’s our job to handle their shit.
Just like I’m handling your shit cuz we’re both white and you’re being an enraging ignorant racist douchefuck.
8. “It’s not our jobs to educate white people on their racism, so don’t expect us to.”
It is your job to educate *everyone* on their racism. Why do you give a shit if it’s a white or black or green person being racist? THEY ARE STILL BEING FUCKING RACIST.
I really wanna punch you in your face right now. You seriously don’t get what racism even is. Who the fuck do you think you are to say who should educate who on racism WHEN YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT RACISM MEANS.
9. “listen to PoC when they talk about racism. If you prefer listening to white people talk about the racism PoC face, rather than listening to PoC, there’s a problem.”
How about listen to those who talk about racism regardless of their colour? I agree there’s a problem if you feel more comfortable in those scenarios, however I think you suffer from the problem yourself. I doubt you’d much appreciate me talking to you about racism, huh?
I’m going to pretend you’re not stupid as day old dog shit and also that you know what racism means so that I can tell you that listening exclusively to white people like you and me about racism is dangerous.
It centers our voices and decenters the voices of POC. This erases POC (a major part of racism and white supremacy) and allows mistakes made by white people like me AND ESPECIALLY YOU, YOU UNAPOLOGETICALLY RACIST BITCH YOU, to get perpetrated as fact about racism, further hurting POC.
10. “If it seems to you that “no matter what white people do, there’s no way they can interact with a PoC without offending them,” then that says a lot about how you view anti-racist discourse, and it’s time for you to take a step back and try again.”
That’s a broad statement that generalises someone based on the colour of their skin. I do not approve. You go on to say “instead of reading x, try reading it as y” No. Why should I? Why not instead of WRITING x, WRITE y!?
Why not instead of talking x, you never fucking talk again, ashflower.
12. “Stop saying “nigga.””
Why? Saying it is one thing. It’s when someone *uses* it that it’s a problem.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU. USING A WORD INVOLVES SAYING IT. SAYING IT IS USING IT. IT IS A WORD. SAYING A WORD IS ONE OF SEVERAL HOWS TO USE IT. LIKE WRITING IT. WRITING IT, LIKE SAYING IT, IS ALSO USING IT.
WHY. WHY ARE YOU STILL BREATHING. WHY HASN’T YOUR COGNITIVE DISSONANCE AND LOOPING MOON LOGIC NOT IMPLODED YOUR BRAIN.
13. “Yes, that means in songs, too.”
Really? You’d be offended if I sang along to a song that had the word nigga in it? Really? I like a piece of music. Why the fuck can’t I sing along? I’m not gonna be mad if you sing a song about how you love killing puppies, just as long as you don’t start killing puppies…
I hate you so much. Your existence makes me want to kill puppies.
14. “Seriously, if you aren’t Black, you can’t say it. Ever. EVER. EVER.”
Are you being serious?
ARE YOU BEING SERIOUS? Cuz I seriously can’t figure out how your cognitive dissonance hasn’t killed you yet so I’m praying that this is just a horrible, awful, poor taste, racist bit of satire of ridiculous racists that you shouldn’t have done in the first place.
15. “when you use a racial slur and PoC who fall victim to that slur call you out on it”
I assume by this you mean that you’ve said a naughty word, oops, and you’ve upset someone, and they told you they’re upset. Brilliant! They had the courage to do so! Unfortunately you didn’t have the presence of mind to avoid the situation but hey, I agree on this point. Just treat it like any other fuck up and apologize appropriately.
I do not agree with “PoC who fall victim.” If *anyone* falls victim to that slur you better apologize.
Only POC can fall victim to a racial slur.
I just… good god. I don’t think words can pierce your skull.
16. “Recognize that the world doesn’t revolve around white people, despite the ways in which the world will try to tell you it does.”
in this ENTIRE FUCKING POINT you go back on what you say yourself!! Seriously listen to yourself here! “don’t call us non-white, because that makes, once again, white people the default human” but then you go on to use the term “PoC” WHAT THE FUCK? Seriously? C’mon you’re almost doing so much good work with this fucking post and then you go and undo it! I will not think you are being racist by calling me white. That’s because when you look at me, it’s what you see, and my skin colour falls into that category. Why, then, should we not allowed to be able to say “black”? If you’re saying it in a fair enough context, and you aren’t actually doing any discriminating by saying so, why the fuck do you care if someone is pointing out what you are? I don’t cry every time someone tries to put a name to my hair colour and gets it wrong.
You don’t get to tell POC what to call themselves. Especially when you still don’t know what racism means.
17. “PoC don’t owe you shit and it would behoove you to not act like we do;”
What, and all white people *do* owe you shit? What a load of fucking bullshit. I don’t give a damn if one white guy somewhere had some black guy as his slave. I am not about to ask you to do the sweeping, and I’d bloody well hope you’re not about to tell me I owe you for it! Don’t hold someone accountable for the actions of another. I cannot stress this point enough!
Except our actions continue to perpetrate white supremacy (you’re doing it now actually) so we do owe POC. And we benefit from white supremacy so even if neither of us have ever done a racist act in our lives (which is bullshit cuz you’re a virulent racist just from now as proof and I’ve fucked up plenty) we still owe POC.
18. “Don’t appropriate.” I’m just gonna agree with this point and not dissect the rest of that paragraph. If you’re reading this still, you probably damn well *know* the point I’m getting at by now.
The point that you don’t know what racism means and you should never ever ever ever speak again cuz you’ve managed to stupid yourself so hard that you forgot that saying a word is using a word?
19. ““NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE—” Shut the fuck up.” Oh really? If you’re gonna claim that no white person ever suffers racism, how dare you not expect someone to turn around and try to tell you otherwise? Please, open your eyes to how hypocritical you sound with all this.
There’s no hypocrisy cuz you’re wrong. You’re wrong. Wrongwrongwrong.
22. “Being called a racist isn’t worse than whatever racist act you just committed/racist thing you said.” I agree on the bottom half of the point here - that getting “called out” (as you put it) is because you’re trying to stop the event happening again. Good, make progress.
Being called a racist *is* worse than whatever act you just did that wasn’t racist. Don’t throw the word “racist” around so much. It has a huge load of motherfucking power like you wouldn’t believe, especially these days. If someone deserves it though, damn right you tell it to their face. I will, have, and probably will do again before the day I die.
You really don’t even understand what power means if you think the word racist has more power than racial slurs.
25. “ Keeping all of the above in mind, remember that we’re all individuals. The best way to deal with PoC is by treating us like the human beings we are, and being constantly aware of your privilege. ” NO NO NO NO NO NO
Yes we are all individuals!
No - you should treat EVERY human being like the human being they are
And NO DO NOT BE “aware” of the privilege
You’ll just fucking preserve it’s existence. If you think it’s a “privilege” to be put above someone else like that then you deserve to be put below them. If you think you’re being treated unfairly positively, it may sound ridiculous, but call it out. Help a fellow human out, no?
…I’ll admit, I’m not surprised that you don’t know what privilege means either.
26. “Cracker isn’t a racial slur. Neither is honky. Neither is curdled milk, cottage cheese, mayonnaise, or white bread. Let it drop. ” Are you SHITTING ME? Seriously?! And then what you GO ON TO THEN SAY
”Sorry you aren’t oppressed for your skin color, white people. It must suck not having to deal with racial oppression. Truly. I’m sorry for your misfortune” Really? Okay you just dropped yourself in a hole with that one
How the FUCK would you react if I changed those words so that they offended you? Why the fuck do *you* get to decide if I’m offended by something? I don’t decide for you. I’m an individual remember.
How the fuck do you know someone’s entire life story from anything? How do YOU know they haven’t had to deal with racial oppression? Stop being such a hypocrite, my goodness…
No. Nope. Stop. Your wrongness continues to build.
27. “ Intersectionality or shut the fuck up. ” Good. Now please take this ideal of yours and apply it to white people too, please. You sound like you’ve met some serious fuckers - but don’t let them turn you into one in “retaliation.” Don’t let it be your excuse.
Oh hey, you don’t know what intersectionality means either.
I’ve lost track of the words you don’t know the meaning of.
30. “Stay away from all PoC, and don’t engage with a single one until you’ve changed your attitude because the last thing PoC need is to be exposed to your ignorance and lack of consideration for their humanity.”
STAY AWAY FROM ALL HUMAN FUCKING BEINGS IF YOU CAN’T TREAT THEM ALL THE SAME.
If only the power dynamics of the world were all level. If only all human beings were treated the same by society. Then that advice would be valid. But silly me, you would have to also understand what power means (and you probably don’t know what dynamics mean either. Or even the word world.) so you’re not gonna understand this paragraph at all.
You’re just a few steps away from outright hatred on all whites.
With you representing us right now, even I wanna hate all white people.
don’t let anger pull you further from what you’re preaching yourself.
And there’s the tone argument. Surprisingly late.
Anyways, Ashflower, this is the Morally Bankrupt Mayonnaise Collections Agency. We’re here to remove you and your blistering whiteness from the premises before you spray any more disgusting worthlessness anywhere else.
Please step into the garbage can for disposal. Make sure to keep your arms and legs inside the can at all times as they may get sheared off while we launch you into space.
Your local collections agent.
walk into a forum on writing POC and interracial relationships, and say you don’t see race. you get a cookie for you colorblindness. really. it’s in the mail, but i bet dollars to a monkey’s ass that everyone in your book turns up white.
write whatever the fuck you want, but don’t bring your im beyond race bs to the party.
reason #249385934 i cant do writing groups with complete strangers.
Alanis played God. SURELY Idris can play James Bond
“Save the Pearls” is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next “The Hunger Games.” The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’”
It uses blackface as a plot device.
In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”
THE MIND IT BOGGLES.
why is this happening? Ryan Murphy, why do you hate human beings and progress?
i lurve CHOPPED
but people really like to expose their sexist/racist/ignorant asses on this show.
this woman just said she would use her $10,000 of prize money to go to South America so she could learn Spanish so she could communicate with the guys she works with.
they caught the reaction of the indian guy next to her. it was amazing
Study finds: “White kids are far more negative about racial interactions than Black kids are” (by AlloCanada)
exactly what i said. this shit is taught.
There’s been a lot of talk these last couple of weeks about “hipster racism” or “ironic racism”—or, as I like to call it, racism. It’s, you know, introducing your black friend as “my black friend”—as a joke!!!—to show everybody how totally not preoccupied you are with your black friend’s blackness. It’s the gentler, more clueless, and more insidious cousin of a hick in a hood; the domain of educated, middle-class white people (like me—to be clear, I am one of those) who believe that not wantingto be racist makes it okay for them to be totally racist. “But I went to college — I can’t be racist!” Turns out, you can.
People benefit from racism—hell, I benefit from it every day—and things that benefit powerful people don’t just suddenly get “fixed” and disappear because Halle Berry won an Oscar or whatever. Modern racism lives in entrenched de facto inequalities, in coded language about “work ethic” and “states’ rights,” in silent negative spaces like absence and invisibility, and in Newt Gingrich’s hair. And in irony.
When people are trying to be sensitive about race but they don’t know what to say, they usually go with, “Well, race is a complicated issue.” Except, no, it’s not. Race is one of the least complicated issues that there is, because it’s made up. It’s arbitrary. It’s as complicated as goddamn Santa Claus. Oh, that guy’s mom was half-black, which makes his skin slightly more pigmented than mine, which therefore means that he’s inherently 12.5% lazier than me? Science! Um, no. What’s actually complicated is our country’s relationship with race, and our utter ineptitude at talking about it. We suck. I mean, I work on it every day, and I’m still a total fuck-up. But this new scheme someone came up with—where we prove we’re not racist by acting as casually racist as possible? Not our best, white people. Not our best.
Racism is like a wily little bacterium. It doesn’t just roll over and die once we swallow our antibiotics—it mutates and evolves and hides itself in plain sight, and then all of a sudden, fuck, my arm fell off. Dickhead bacteria. (Sidenote: arm for sale!)
A long time ago (not really!), it was socially acceptable to own people. Then it wasn’t, but it wassocially acceptable to murder people if they looked at your wife. Then it wasn’t! Yay! But it was still okay to say that people whose skin color you didn’t like weren’t allowed to be around you. And so on. Eventually we arrived at the point (now) where it’s socially unacceptable in mainstream culture for white people to say denigrating things about people of other races. But just because the behavior has been suppressed, that doesn’t mean people’s prejudices have simply disappeared. And white people haaaaaate being told what to do in our own country (fun fact: not actually “ours”)!
So racism went underground. Sure, you can’t say racist things anymore, but you can pretend to say them! Which, it turns out, is pretty much the exact same thing. There are a couple of strains of “ironic racism” making the rounds right now, and a couple of typical defenses.
1. “Tee-Hee, Aren’t I Adorable?”
This category includes things like wide-eyed acoustic covers of hip-hop songs, suburban white girls flashing gang signs, and this Tweet from Zooey Deschanel: “Haha. :) RT @Sarabareilles: Home from tour and first things first: New Girl episodes I missed. #thuglife.” See, it’s hilarious, because we aren’t thugs—we are darling girls, and real thugs are black people who do crime! Oh, hey, can I call you back? I need to sew more ric-rac on my apron. I hope a black person didn’t get into my ric-rac Kaboodle and steal all of it! JK, LOL. RIP, Whitney.
(Now, I’m obv not saying that Zooey Deschanel is some terrible racist. I don’t know her, although I did sit next to her at a restaurant once, and she ordered “olives.” She seemed lovely, and she didn’t call anyone the n-word for the entire meal. But I’m saying that we are all kind of bizarrely cavalier and careless these days, throwing our most deeply-considered morals under the bus for the sake of a few cheap jokes. It’s weird, and we owe the world a little more critical thinking.)
2. “Recreational Slumming.”
Wherein privileged people descend for a visit inside the strange, foreign spaces of othered groups. Like, I don’t know, IHOP. Or that “scary” bar in the south end. Then they go home again. Catchphrase: “It’s soooooo ghetto, but I actually totally like it!”
3. “Ummm, I’m a Writer and I’m Trying to Write in Here!”
This is Lesley Arfin crowing about the majestic power of the n-word, and white kids whining that it’s “unfair” that black people “get” to use “it”. You know, because words are powerful and words are Arfin’s craft and would you take the color red away from the best painter on Twitter??? And besides, don’t you just find Arfin to be so RAW and DELICIOUSLY NAUGHTY? It’s all tied up with the deliberately obtuse people who conflate “freedom of speech” with “immunity from criticism.” You “can” say the n-word. Go ahead and say it if you want, Skrillex. And I will go ahead and give you the world’s most sidewaysiest eyeball forever. Because it hurts people. Why do you want to hurt people?
4. “God, Don’t White People Suck?”
Okay, I get what you’re trying to do here—having some fun at the expense of the oppressors while setting yourself up as one of the “cool” white people—but mainly what you end up doing is implying that black people don’t like informative radio or TED talks. Stuff White People Like: having the best brains! Isn’t it great that we can make fun of ourselves while still reminding you that we’re better than you?
And the thing is, when these things get called out, there really is no defense. But they try:
“No, don’t you see? I’m just showing how I’m so down with [minority group] that it’s totally cool for me to make jokes at their expense. Because we are just that kind of tight bros now.”
No. You cannot unlock some secret double-not-racist achievement by just being regular racist. Otherwise Bill O’Reilly would be president of the NAACP.
“But it’s a JOOOOOKE.”
Here’s the thing about jokes. They only work when they’re aiming up. I wrote this in another piece recently, but I’m just going to plagiarize myself: People in positions of power simply cannotmake jokes at the expense of the powerless. That’s why, at a company party, you never have a roast where the CEO is roasting the janitor (“Isn’t it funny how Steve can barely feed his family? This guy knows what I’m talking about!” [points to other janitor]). Because that would be GROSS, and both janitors would have to work late to clean up everyone’s barf. Open-mic comedians, I know you think you’re part of some fresh vanguard in alternative comedy who just discovered that a lot of black ladies don’t like it when you touch their hair, but pleeeeeeease just stick to stuff about how your stupid girlfriend is a bitch. (Just kidding. Please never speak again.)
“So I’m not allowed to have a genuine interest in another culture?!!?!??!”
First of all, privileged dickweeds wearing Urban Outfitters “Navajo” panties, I didn’t realize that you excavated those in your anthropological field work. My bad. Carry on. And second of all, again, you “can” do whatever the fuck you want. You “can” wear whatever you want, say whatever you want, and think whatever you want about whatever you want. All the time! Yaaay! But if a group of people comes to you and says, “This thing that you are doing is hurting us,” and you keep doing it for fun, then you are a dickweed! Like, you know we had an actual genocide here, right? A deliberate extermination of human beings? Right where your house is? So maybe just err on the side of sensitivity.
“Yeah, but we have a black president! Isn’t racism over?”
Okay. That’s probably the most racist thing you’ve said all day, imaginary amalgam of all the careless hipsters in the world. You know how you can tell that black people are still oppressed? Because black people are still oppressed. If you claim that you are not a racist person (or, at least, that you’re committed to working your ass off not to be one—which is really the best that any of us can promise), then you must believe that people are fundamentally born equal. So if that’s true, then in a vacuum, factors like skin color should have no effect on anyone’s success. Right? And therefore, if you really believe that all people are created equal, then when you see that drastic racial inequalities exist in the real world, the only thing that you could possiblyconclude is that some external force is holding certain people back. Like…racism. Right? So congratulations! You believe in racism! Unless you don’t actually think that people are born equal. And if you don’t believe that people are born equal, then you’re a fucking racist.
But you know what? At least that’s sincere. And at least sincere racism isn’t running around Brooklyn wearing artisanal suspenders and masquerading as enlightenment. Give me sincere racism or give me no racism at all, but enough with this weaselly shit.
- Lindy West for Jezebel
“Here’s what I am: A human being. I’m a woman.
Here are some things about me: I love cartoons. I love to draw. I can dance. I love the beach. I am a great swimmer. I suck at it, but Russian is my second language. I love folk music and pop and rap and jazz and some country and metal. I’m pretty freaking polite, especially to strangers. I’m a little obsessed with PBS. And I have three black siblings who can claim the same things. My sister’s Russian is excellent. I am not abnormal. Plenty of black kids come from great homes and have perfectly regular interests.
Here’s what I am not: A joke. A piece of entertainment. I don’t now and never want to be a nanny. I’m not that great of a cook. I’m not quick to anger. It would take you a while to realize you’ve even pissed me off. I’m a quiet storm, baby. I’m not promiscuous to other people’s detriment. I don’t dance or sing on cue. I don’t do stand up, nor do I have plans to be on a sketch comedy show. I have no idea how to break and/or enter. I have no interest in any sort of violence, at all. My diet doesn’t consist of watermelon and fried chicken. No one in my family would be a suitable spokesperson for Popeyes. With my blackness, I cannot help you win a golf tournament, get a publishing deal, out wit plotting angels, reunite you with your estranged family member, cure you of your awkwardness in dating situations (though this is something I like to play when I’m bored) and any other magical thing Hollywood would have you believe.
Here’s what I’m tired of seeing: Authors who turn to the stereotype. Authors who claim they are not in control of their characters. Authors who set characters in diverse urban areas and omit every bit of diversity. Token minority characters. We were not put on this Earth to play supporting roles. Please believe me.”
this is bonkers.
I am blogging you to inform you, if you have not been informed already, about the several racial incidents that have occurred on campus during this past week.
1) On Wednesday of last week, The phrase “No Niggers Please! :)” was written on the outside of a black girl’s dorm room door erase board. The girl, who was extremely in shock, was moved across campus within a hour by the Hall director.
2) A few days later, a black doll was found in the Bio-medical Science Building hung by a homemade noose, made out of green Mardi Gras beads.
Several other racial slurs and terms have been vandalized on walls in several residence halls during this week and according to students the faculty in the buildings wash the slurs away and refuse to do anything about it.
A week after the first incident, today, the President of Michigan State University sent a campus wide email generally informing all students about the racial incidents that have been occurring. She then proceeds to say that she supports the first amendment right even though it may offend most people. The email showcased no compassion or remorse towards any of the students that were attacked.
Tonight, the Black Student Alliance, held an Emergency Town Hall meeting entitled “Stop Racism”. Hundreds of students of all different races, though mainly black, came together to discuss the incidents that were going on campus, share testimonies and experiences with racism on campus, and lift their voices to hopefully spark a revolution; and yes a spark was created.
The energy within the meeting was historic. I just want to share one quote with you by the opening speaker:
“If action is not taken then we will shake this campus to its core with our voices.”
All Multi-Racial groups on campus are saying “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” and I’m happy to say that a Revolution is approaching.
Wow, what a shitty president. And why did that girl have to move but no investigation as to who did it took place? What an unsturdy learning situation. My heart goes out to ya’ll for having to deal with that!! If you need support in the form of letters saying this is an outrage or anything along those lines, let the word by known!! Shake that campus if you have to.
Reach Out To A Woman Who Needs Support
If you haven’t heard already, the woman pictured here is named Patricia Spottedcrow. She sold $30 worth of marijuana in the state of Oklahoma and was sentenced to 12 years in prison with no probation by a judge (Pritchett) who retired a month after her sentencing.
Judge Pritchett had seen several cases worse than Patricia’s yet, her sentencing was much harsher on her. One case in particular, a woman (wife of a deputy) was arrested for hiding marijuana in her underwear. She apologized to the judge and served not a single day in jail.
Patricia had never been arrested for anything before and this was her first arrest & conviction. 12 years for 30 dollars worth of marijuana with no probation.
Now, most of you know that this is pretty horrendous. Sentencing a mother of four children to prison for 12 years completely hurts the children and ruins the lives of all involved.
Her kids are being taken care of by her mother now but they cannot afford to visit her.
This means Patricia is extremely isolated in prison. Her one year old doesn’t even recognize her anymore.
Studies have shown that prisoner’s mental health relies on support from outside of prison. Prison as many of you should know, is not the healthiest place to be. It is isolating, confining and can be a scary place to be. Especially for 12 years without probation.
Take five minutes of your time and write a letter to Patricia about anything. Support, your day (like a penpal), a poem, anything to keep her company. Send your e-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
-Put her name in the subject line. -1,000 words or less. -Text only. -Remember prison guards/officials will be reading through it as well.
More information about this project here.
News article and video about her case here.
A reblog with some action. Will be doing this.
Black Stunt: HEC says students ‘didn’t want to offend anyone’
Anthony Morgan was walking through the Univerité de Montréal campus on Wednesday when he saw something that stopped him in his tracks: a group of white students, their faces painted black, waving a Jamaican flag as they chanted “Smoke some weed! Yeah mon! Yeah mon!”
“It was never something I expected to see in Montreal, much less on a university campus,” Morgan told The Gazette. “Being black and of Jamaican descent myself it was just completely jarring. It was humiliating as though your race is somehow a costume for baffoonery, as though somehow I was invisible or less than a person. It was really tough to have to walk by that.”
“What’s alarming is that this isn’t someone who accidentally let the n-word slip mid conversation,” he said. “That’s obviously bad but this was an event that was planned for weeks. It’s a problem that in the hours of planning this took no one stopped to say maybe this is wrong.”
Source: Montreal Gazette
i’m not understanding the point of this. why would this be ok?
and this is the issue, white folks think shit like this is funny. the ignorance is astounding.
Halloween is upon us. Just wait and see how many of your co workers are in black face. If they aren’t someone at their party will be. I gurantee they won’t understand your obvious shock and disdain for what you will see in the party pictures.