“i really hate white people, white people contribute nothing to society and they’re stupid”
said in a language and alphabet invented by white people
white wearing clothes made by white people
on a machine that was invented by white people
living in comfort because of white people
probably in a country that was built by white people
By that I’m sure you don’t mean the alphabet invented by Egyptians, right? Because that would be ridiculous. It would be like you were saying Egyptians were white or something.
I’m pretty sure most clothes we wear aren’t made in the western world because corporate pigs produce overseas. But if you mean white people invented CLOTH, then, again, you’re wrong. Not to mention that they didn’t invent DYE either.
I live in a country stolen from indigenous people and then built on the backs of people of color. While white people sat around and sipped lemonade and rewrote history to make themselves the heroes. Where do you live?
White people are funny because their knowledge begins and ends with the white washed propaganda that they tout as fact.
Let’s all get a hearty laugh out of this.
- Her racist brownface V Magazine cover
- More brownface
- Posing with people in blackface
- Appropriating and sexualizing the sari
- Appropriating and sexualizing the burqa
- Appropriating the niqab, and wearing it together with a purse with the word “cunt” written on it
- She’s ableist and uses a wheelchair during her performances
- Using an antiziganist slur
- Refers to gay people as “the gays”
- Uses trans*phobic slurs: “I look at photos of myself, and I look like such a tr*nny!”
- When addressing media rumors that she’s trans*, she said, “I really am a lady! I’m not quite as outrageous as I look - underneath all this I am deeply moral and actually a really nice girl”. She insinuated that trans* women are not really women, and that they can’t be moral or nice people.
- Uses ableist slurs: “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s r****ded.”
- More of her trans*phobia
- Use of slurs and pejoratives in her Born This Way lyrics: “no matter black, white, or beige/ chola or Orient-made”. Discussion and analysis in the link.
- Addressing the media firestorm over her weight gain: “Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?”
- 70 Percent of Anti-LGBT Murder Victims Are People of Color
- While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned.
- Report: Immigration Status and Race Affect Domestic Workers’ Pay
- Once convicted, black offenders receive longer sentences compared to white offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission stated that in the federal system black offenders receive sentences that are 10 percent longer than white offenders for the same crimes.
- Marijuana Prohibition Turns 75, Blacks Three Times More Likely to be Arrested Than Whites
- According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.
- A number of states have bans on people with certain convictions working in domestic health-service industries such as nursing, child care, and home health care—areas in which many poor women and women of color are disproportionately concentrated.
- African Americans were twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.
- The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime and population rates. The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color: 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.
CNN breaks down the numbers: > Nearly nine out of 10 people “stopped and frisked” under a controversial New York Police Department policy in 2011 were African-American or Hispanic.
yo i’m gonna just reblog this once a day because it’s unacceptable.
repeat after me
- you can be heterophobic
- you can be cisphobic
- you can be sexist towards men
- you can be racist towards white people
- i have listened to one of my best friends cry his eyes out over skype because he feels like a horrible person simply because he is a straight, white, cis male
- tumblr if you make a grown man cry because of something he can not control you know you’re fucking doing something wrong
No. No. No.
There is no systemized hate of heterosexual people. There is no systemized hate of cisgender people. There is no systemized hate of men, nor is there systemized racism against white people.
You are wrong and you have no concept of how this society works at all.
Your friend was hurt and I understand how this must make you feel, but let me make myself clear: you have NO RIGHT to equate the suffering of minority groups with the hurt the members of privileged groups like your friend receive. The hurt that your friend has experienced is real but the reality is he is not likely to be targeted for being straight, white, and cis, and even less likely to be bullied, beaten, or killed for it.
Your friend has cried once over his treatment at the hands of other people. A lot of the members of minority groups cry every single fucking day because of people like him, and it is disgraceful that you should try to downplay this by spouting your unoriginal reverse oppression bullshit.
Your friend now feels horrible for being something he can’t help being? Good. Maybe now he has an extremely small inkling of what it’s like to be queer, or female, or of colour. Maybe his feelings of shame will bolster him to do something good for the people our institutions are condemning, instead of turning around like you and trying to “even the playing field”.
The systematic oppression of minorities is not a Tumblr-exclusive phenomenon, and neither is your bass-ackwards thinking. It happens everywhere, every day, all the time. But if your biggest concern is that some folks on a blogging website made your buddy cry? Then you have some serious fucking rethinking to do.
As a minority group that regularly battles prejudice, violence, and ignorance from governments, hate groups, and the like, LGBTQ people know what it’s like to be discriminated against.
That’s why the gay community tends to pride itself on being anti-discriminatory and accepting of people from all walks of life.
Unfortunately, the gay community is not devoid of casual racism. Even though, in theory, people should know better, certain forms of racism in the LGBTQ community have become so normalized that they get brushed off as minor.
Before I go on, let me define the kind of racism I’m talking about to avoid confusion. Racism, in an institutional sense, is race-based discrimination from a position of power or privilege.
This means that a gay person with white privilege can be racist toward gay people of color and people of color in general.
I’m not talking about mustache twirling, KKK-grade, Hitler level racism that’s so obvious anyone with any sense of human decency would banish it from their mind.
I’m talking about the “little” things, like the fetishization of black men by gay white men, the stigmatization of Asian men by gay men of other races, mainstream LGBTQ campaigns with little racial awareness, and racial “preferences” that can be innocuous, but at times reflect an underlying prejudice.
As normalized as they are, they suck for LGBTQ people of color who are not well represented in either their own racial communities or the mainstream LGBTQ community.
The lack of acceptance from either group puts a strain on how safe LGBTQ people of color feel in a lot of the spaces they occupy.
So if you’re a white and LGBTQ and you want to make sure that LGBTQ spaces are as safe and inclusive for everyone as possible, here are some steps you can take to support people of color and be more racially aware.
1. Be Aware of Intersectionality
Be aware that your experience of being LGBTQ and white is not representative of being lesbian and Asian or gay and latin@, or queer and black. Awareness of intersectionality means recognizing that LGBTQ people of color can be discriminated against not as people of color or as LGBTQ people, but as both simultaneously.
For example, if you’re a gay white woman and you’re already aware of how your gender and sexuality intersect, remember that race is yet another intersection, and not a negligible one. In most cases race is highly visible, apparent from birth, and connected to cultural identity and family affiliation.
2. Don’t Think That Being LGBTQ Lets You Off the Hook for Being Racist
Keeping intersectionality in mind, understand that just because you’ve faced discrimination doesn’t mean you understand every form of discrimination or are immune from being discriminatory yourself.
We all have some form of privilege, and acknowledging your privilege when it comes to race means acknowledging the unconscious ways in which you can also be racist.
In the past, when I called out someone (who happened to be gay) for being racially oblivious, his response was that, as a gay person, he can understand what it’s like to be discriminated against for being black.
Here’s why I disagree with a statement like that: if a person who has directly experienced racism is telling you that you’re being racially oblivious and you dismiss everything they say because “I’ve been discriminated against too,” you’re devaluing the experiences of people of color just as much as the institutions that continue to exclude them.
When LGBTQ people of color call out other people in the community for being racist, they don’t want you to tear your clothes apart and fall to your knees weeping with white guilt.
What they want you to do is check yourself, listen to what they have to say, and be more aware of experiences besides your own.
Seeing casual racism in the LGBTQ community isn’t about demonizing white people or making people paranoid about causing offense.
It’s about making sure we’re all self-aware enough to check our cultural blind spots and truly listen to and value other people’s experiences.
3. Know Casual Racism When You See It
What does casual racism look like in LGBTQ spaces? A lot like casual racism everywhere else.
Casual racism thinks mixed race people are “exotic,” penis size is determined by race according to “some studies” that probably don’t exist, black women are aggressive, and just about every other common racial stereotype under the sun.
Really, stereotypes fuel casual racism in all its forms.
Casual racism also thinks that LGBTQ people have transcended all responsibility for dealing with racial issues.
For example, if you’re a queer person of color who wants to vocalize a racial concern in a predominantly white queer space and casual racism rears its head, you could be accused of being divisive (extra irony points if you were pointing out divisiveness that actually exists).
Sometimes casual racism masquerades as inclusion or open mindedness. For example, there are some gay people who go out of their way to date someone of another race just to say they’ve done it.
Such gays then receive the Congratulatory Cookie of Open Mindedness from people of color for letting us sleep with them.
But not really, because dating someone because of their race is as ridiculous as rejecting someone because of their race.
The same applies to predominately white gay groups that go out of their way to snag token people of color (oblivious to the fact that these spaces don’t always feel inclusive to the people of color in question).
Tokenism may seem progressive on its surface, but it’s really just another form of othering.
So if you see casual racism, remember it. And talk about it.
Notice if you’re ever guilty of it and, if you are, take responsibility for it.
I would say explain it to other white LGBTQ people, but it’s frustrating when it takes a white person saying the same thing people of color have been saying for ages to convince other white people to change their actions.
Instead, tell them to take the race related concerns of LGBTQ people of color seriously – as in listen to us.
As LGBTQ people ,we get silenced all the time, told we’re too sensitive, told not to flaunt our sexuality.
Sexual minorities of color can find themselves silenced further when their concerns about race are dismissed by the predominantly white, mainstream LGBTQ community.
Let’s keep working to change that.
What are some other ways we can help make spaces more inclusive of LGBTQ people of color? Please share in the comments below!
Jarune Uwujaren is a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism. A Nigerian-American recent graduate who’s stumbling towards a career in writing, Jarune can currently be found drifting around the DC metro area with a phone or a laptop nearby. When not writing for fun or profit, Jarune enjoys food, fresh air, good books, drawing, poetry, and sci-fi.
Step 1) Find a blog where a person of color (PoC) discusses racism. It doesn’t matter if they do it on a regular basis or not and it definitely doesn’t matter if they label their blog as a social justice blog. As a matter of fact, it’s probably best if you go for the blogs that are not labeled as social justice blogs.
Step 2) Completely derail one of their posts. Just go in there and completely miss the point. Make sure to mention that you “understand the point” but be sure to go in a completely different direction for several paragraphs. Some important things you must do while derailing are:
- start with the phrase “I’m not racist, but”
- put PoC in quotation marks and talk about how much you don’t see color
- complain about their tone
- ask them to explain simple concepts that can be found in a Google search
- state how words don’t hurt people
- state how saying cracker/bitch is “just as bad” as saying n**ger (If you’re a feminist, make sure to emphasize that saying bitch is worse than saying n**ger because it “oppresses all women equally”)
- don’t censor n**ger
- if you’re vegan, compare PoC and their oppression to livestock
- if you have body mods, compare someone not liking your body mods to racism
- if they mention slavery, tell them to get over it and/or tell them that Africans did it too
- if you’re accused of racism, talk about your PoC friends/family/partners (black is the preferred race but any will do)
- state how you’re no longer an ally because they were mean to you (it doesn’t matter if you really were an ally or not, just say it)
Step 3) Go to that person’s blog and send them messages covering the exact same topics discussed when you derailed their post. This is when the real fun starts! (Can be done anonymously or non-anonymously.)
Step 4) If they tell you to stop, don’t listen! Keep sending messages. Make sure your messages are peppered with stereotypes of their race, cultural appropriation, racial slurs, and borderline abusive language. Also, be sure to let them know that you’re enjoying their pain. If they block you, send anonymous messages to them or (if anon is turned off) make a secondary blank blog to send them messages from.
Step 5) When they begin to retaliate, go to your blog and start begging for sympathy. When making the post to appeal for sympathy, be sure to leave out what you did in steps 1-4. If it must be mentioned, simply state that all you did was reblog one of their posts and they “randomly” started being mean to you. (This may require you to delete the posts of your blog if they’re too incriminating.) Make sure to emphasize how depressed/suicidal you are but do not under any circumstances mention the mental/physical health of the PoC. Make them out to be an evil bully who wants you to die.
Step 6) Make passive aggressive/condescending posts about the PoC on your blog. Make sure to tag them in a few. You want to make sure that they see it.
Step 7) If the PoC finally gets fed up enough to post your IP address, threaten to call the police on them. Use that one post to “prove” how mean the PoC and all their friends are. Send it to tumblr support with a very good sob story. You can also use it to garner even more love and support from your friends while the PoC is bombarded with even more hate and vitriol.
Step 8) Follow them. It serves the dual purpose of creeping them out and allowing you to keep track of everything they say just in case you want to repeat this cycle at a later date.
I get so mad every time I see someone refer to “the social justice bloggers”
I’ve unfollowed people for that before and I’ll unfollow people for that again.
because if you honestly believe that using the internet to talk about oppression in society is somehow less worthy of respect than using the internet to talk about dumb stuff like funny cat pictures and TV shows
and you automatically invalidate a person’s opinions and experiences just because they use their blog to talk about issues society wants you to ignore
and you try to police how someone handles their personal struggles (“oh, so and so has a good message, but they’re so aggressive, they should be a little more polite and maybe then I’d listen to them” meaning “I’m not going to listen to you until you give me the respect and obedience I deserve, because I have power over you”)
and you use “social justice blogger” as a pejorative
then you are without doubt a high quality, grade A, farm fresh piece of shit.
~Social justice warriors~ don’t call people out on their bullshit because we like it. ~Social justice warriors~ call people out because our lives depend on getting the privileged around us to see us as actual human beings, since society insists that we aren’t.
My safety relies on trying to get the neurotypical, male, and straight people around me to understand that I’m still human, and that my autism and gender and sexual preferences don’t change that. The safety of trans* people and people of color relies on trying to convince the white and cis people around them that they are also human and deserve to be alive, because the rest of the world thinks they don’t.
And if you mock someone for trying to make other people see that, then fuck you.
Yes, this is good, Hussie.
And if you have a problem with it & think that the homestuck fandom couldn’t take a joke, do suck a fucking dick. I’m tired of you dumbass people.
This explains it all & if you still can’t understand it, there’s no hope for you.