August262014
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”

Toni Morrison (via sarahjeanalex)

even the native ppl of this land have to fucking hyphenate how backwards is that

whiteness is a terrible thing

even my mom and all that generation use “american” when they mean “white ppl in america.” they don’t call other poc “american.” bc that is what they were taught. she’s a fucking citizen and has been forever. i was born here. she does not call me nor herself american

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August122014
August112014

First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.

Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too.

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July202014
8AM

Why representation of POC is important, a three generation trillogy

whtbout2ndbrkfst:

A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.

Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.

Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek

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July192014
thescarletwoman:

Seriously - this girl was betrayed and humiliated by someone she thought she could trust, had her personal life and sex life spread all over the internet, and rebounded to become one of the most famous people in our culture right now. You might say that Kim K and the kardashians are “famous for nothing”, but you have to have some respect for a woman who completely turned that situation on its head and rewrote the script to prioritize her own agency. Our culture doesn’t allow that for too many women, so let’s not forget how impressive that is. 

thescarletwoman:

Seriously - this girl was betrayed and humiliated by someone she thought she could trust, had her personal life and sex life spread all over the internet, and rebounded to become one of the most famous people in our culture right now. You might say that Kim K and the kardashians are “famous for nothing”, but you have to have some respect for a woman who completely turned that situation on its head and rewrote the script to prioritize her own agency. Our culture doesn’t allow that for too many women, so let’s not forget how impressive that is. 

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9AM

jamiejedi:

piksies:

are girls still pretending they don’t masturbate?

I dunno, is society still teaching girls that anything related to their genitals is dirty and impure?

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July172014

gradientlair:

We are in a new age. I don’t think people knew what social media was going to be able to do. But alas, here we are. And the privileged did not expect push back from the oppressed. Not this way. And think about it. The oppressed have always pushed back. Clapped back. Resistance is not new.

But with social media, the voices are harder to silence. I don’t think they accounted for this happening at all. And most Black folks (for example) know that once we achieve something, the rules change. Succeeding is good until we do it. A college degree matters until we get them. Being a writer/blogger and creating your own space is what is recommended, demanded even, until we do it. Then we are “silencing” Whites by not allowing their domination of our spoken word and ability to share it.

Meghan Murphy, an anti-sex work, classist, White privilege loving/denying woman who gets to claim feminism (while many women of colour are rejected and denied space in feminist politics), recently wrote about bad Twitter. BAAAAD TWITTER. RUINING EVERYTHING! Not good for movements at all! Bwahaha. BWAHAHAHAHA. Aww. Are women of colour speaking out so distressing to privileged White women that they want to change the rules? Gee, this has “never” happened before, if “never” means “always, and at least for centuries.” Didn’t earlier this year White women like her promoted the power of feminism online, including Twitter, and even claimed they “started” online feminism? My…how short one’s memory can be when accountability is irrelevant.

Though I wrote this about Tumblr, it applies to Twitter as well, when people try to pretend that feminism on Twitter is a farce or that feminism began with Twitter: What The Hell Is A “Tumblr Feminist?”

I have dealt with trolls and silencers from every direction. White privilege and Whites’ racism. Male privilege and men’s sexism/misogyny/misogynoir. Black men and their need to “lead” any movement in social space (and if they cannot, they insult Black women’s work) that involves Black people at “best” and their misogynoir at worst. White women and their White supremacist feminism? Um…just see my essays of 2013—of the whole year of dealing with this. On cishet privilege, I have cis privilege, though I ID as ace. So I have plenty of privilege there and have tried to support trans people but I am still capable of cissexism, which I am glad to be called out on. As far as being an ace, well, you’ve seen my writing on evolving my thinking on my own life and this ID and the bigotry I face because of it. 

So yeah, I am intimately acquainted with the privileged wanting someone like me silenced so badly that they’ll do everything from troll to threaten me with death. I’m also acquainted with having privilege, though I don’t threaten anyone and want everyone to speak. This doesn’t mean that I want to be lied on—that’s the trend by some “progressive” Whites. They can’t call me “racist” or “sexist” so they decide that I am homophobic, transphobic and anti-sex work without a shred of proof. At least 2 Whites per month accuse me of these 3, with no proof, then apologize and assume we will be friends then. GO AWAY.

Some of the other examples added to this conversation included: @BougieLa mentioned how colourism and light skinned privilege impact this silencing. @Layogenic mentioned the false equivalency of the privileged where they equate losing exclusivity to speak with losing their voice in totality, as if the oppressed can “oppress” them by rejecting domination. @tehkathryn mentioned White G&L people bothered by space for TQPoC since this centers PoC and not Whites. ‏@MochaLisaccino mentioned how White disabled people behave as if they have no White privilege where disabled PoC are concerned.

This is a new age. And while all hierarchies are not unraveled, small voices can and will be heard. Some of us are clapping back. LOUDLY. DEAL.

"The oppressors are afraid of losing the ‘freedom’ to oppress." - Paulo Freire

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2AM
July152014
“In a colorblind society, White people, who are unlikely to experience disadvantages due to race, can effectively ignore racism in American life, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society (Fryberg, 2010). Most minorities, however, who regularly encounter difficulties due to race, experience colorblind ideologies quite differently. Colorblindness creates a society that denies their negative racial experiences, rejects their cultural heritage, and invalidates their unique perspectives.” Monica Williams, Ph.D for Psychology Today, “Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism” (via confusedtree)

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July102014
priceofliberty:

16-year-old girl says her rape went viral: ‘I’m just angry’ 
Editor’s note: It is not our policy to identify rape victims, but Jada, with her mom’s blessing, told KHOU 11 News she did not want us to hide her identity. She says she has nothing to hide and wants the people who did it to be caught.
A young girl named Jada never thought twice about accepting what seemed like a harmless impromptu invite to the home of a friend of a friend last month.
“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”
But what happened inside the home became a nightmare for the 16-year-old high school junior.
“I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”
Jada said the teenage boy hosting the gathering offered her a drink of punch. She believes he spiked it with a drug.  She claims she passed out and had no clue about what had happened until disturbing tweets, pictures and videos started to appear on social media.
Jada said she was raped that night. Kids have been sharing them with their cell phones.
"Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”
Houston Police are investigating Jada’s claims. Her mom asked not to be identified.
“No one’s daughter deserved this,” said Jada’s mother. “No human being deserved this.”
In a way, it’s as though Jada’s been assaulted twice, both inside the house and online. And even though it’s the policy of KHOU 11 News not to identify rape victims, Jada refused to hide.
"There’s no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
In the meantime, Jada remains haunted by the reminders and in pain. She’s hoping police make an arrest soon.
“I’m just angry,” said Jada.

priceofliberty:

16-year-old girl says her rape went viral: ‘I’m just angry’

Editor’s note: It is not our policy to identify rape victims, but Jada, with her mom’s blessing, told KHOU 11 News she did not want us to hide her identity. She says she has nothing to hide and wants the people who did it to be caught.

A young girl named Jada never thought twice about accepting what seemed like a harmless impromptu invite to the home of a friend of a friend last month.

“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”

But what happened inside the home became a nightmare for the 16-year-old high school junior.

“I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”

Jada said the teenage boy hosting the gathering offered her a drink of punch. She believes he spiked it with a drug. She claims she passed out and had no clue about what had happened until disturbing tweets, pictures and videos started to appear on social media.

Jada said she was raped that night. Kids have been sharing them with their cell phones.

"Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”

Houston Police are investigating Jada’s claims. Her mom asked not to be identified.

“No one’s daughter deserved this,” said Jada’s mother. “No human being deserved this.”

In a way, it’s as though Jada’s been assaulted twice, both inside the house and online. And even though it’s the policy of KHOU 11 News not to identify rape victims, Jada refused to hide.

"There’s no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”

In the meantime, Jada remains haunted by the reminders and in pain. She’s hoping police make an arrest soon.

“I’m just angry,” said Jada.

July82014
“First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have
been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that
the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting
the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called
‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the
Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive
time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years!
Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took
place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any
so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories
have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth,
is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of
early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’
social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’
means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short,
the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for
land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people
were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their
‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more
the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and
still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.”

The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
By John Two-Hawks

The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.

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Wow, definitely did not know this but definitely makes all of the sense in the world.  One thing I try to teach my students is that every piece of information was created by someone.  Whether it is numbers, words, or pictures they are all susceptible to the filters of people.  That, in conjunction with the our culture of racism (to say the least) means we must question everything.  

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3PM

wocinsolidarity:

Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 


had to share. These hurt to read. Sisters <3 

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3PM
“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on this earth as though I had a right to be here.” James Baldwin (via ethiopienne)

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July12014

hasmeenah:

primadollly:

kreyolcoco:

fabulazerstokill:

dynastylnoire:

THIS WAS THE FUNNIEST THING OF ALL THE SHOW 

Do they ever take the mom to task for not teaching her Spanish though ? I mean her mom is there.

There was literally nothing funny about this though?

^^^^ that scene hits me right in the *assimilated* child of an immigrant feels. Cause so many parents don’t teach their kids their native tongues (for various reasons) and it hurts us. Especially when we try to connect with those parts of ourselves but other people delegitimize our identity because of a language barrier we are not responsible for.

And before a grade A piece of Shit decides to chime in with “teach yourself” :

1. learning a new language is incredibly hard especially without assistance.

2. Many of us don’t have easy access to quality language learning resources for our mother tongues. 

3. In regards to colonized people, of the easily accessible resources,  most of them are the European versions of the language and not the language of the people. Which means you end up sounding like a stranger.

So yeah, nothing is funny about this at all.

Additional Points:

4. White people are rewarded for learning/speaking more than one language. People of color are ridiculed for that same thing, especially if it impacts any part of their English. A lot of migrant parents think they are protecting us when they don’t teach us our native languages; They think if we only learn English, if we don’t pick up their accent, we might have an easier time in this racist society. Unfortunately, they’re usually right.

5. Learning a new language, especially as an adult, is extremely difficult. Add to that learning disabilities, neuroatypicalities, poverty, lack of resources, lack of time, and it’s nearly impossible.

PREACH

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