Posts tagged racism.
“White women face the pitfall of being seduced into joining the oppressor under the pretense of sharing power. This possibility does not exist in the same way for women of Color. The tokenism that is sometimes extended to us is not an invitation to join power; our racial “otherness” is a visible reality that makes that quite clear. For white women, there is a wider range of pretended choices and rewards for identifying with patriarchal power and its tools.”
—Audre Lorde from “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” in Sister Outsider
- Boyfriend: Hey, did you hear about those riots in Egypt?
- Friend: Psh, I don't care about those sandn*****s anyway.
- Me and boyfriend: (silence)
- Friend: What? Too soon?
- Boyfriend: Dude...she's arabic.
- Friend: Oh, where from?
- Me: ...Syria.
- Friend: Oh, Syria isn't that bad.
- Made me feel unsafe.
to dovetail with my previous post, here are the links they sent forth!
- Article: An Open Letter To All Appropriators
- Article: What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation?
- Article: Appropriation - The Reality of Indigenous
- Article: The Critical Fashion Lover’s (basic) Guide To Cultural Appropriation
- Article/Except: Native Stereotypes In The Dominant Culture
- Article: Common Portrayals of Aboriginal [Native/First Nations] People
- Article: The Impact of Stereotyping on Young People (in relation to First Nations)
- Articles: Readings on Cultural Respect
- Article: Racism: A Primer
- Graphic/Commentary: Racism: What People Think It Means, What it Really Means
- Zine: Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?
- Zine: Wanting to be Indian: When Spiritual Searching Turns Into Cultural Theft
- Documentary: Reel Injuns
- Documentary: The Canary Effect (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3, pt 4, pt 5)
- Documentary: White Shamans Plastic Medicine
- Interview/Commentary: Commercialization of Native American Spirituality
- Indigenous Directory: Indigenous People of Turtle Island
- Educational Source: Reality Check! Indian Images
Tell you what? You can have all that stuff back AND we’ll throw in White Entertainment Television and stop shooting you. In return we’ll take the 90% of the seats in Congress, $95,000 more wealth than the average White family, a 75% home ownership rate to your 48%, lower interest rates, 83% of the board seats in Fortune 500 companies, better healthcare, a 4 year longer life expectancy than you and dominance of the other 5000 television channels. We’ll also need about one out of every eight White men to report immediately to prison. Feel free to rock, paper, scissors that shit amongst yourselves. Nice doing business with you.
by Tim Wise
For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.
White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.
White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.
White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.
White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”
White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office—since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s—while if you’re black and believe in reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), you’re a dangerous and mushy liberal who isn’t fit to safeguard American institutions.
White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.
White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto is “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.
Let’s see if I’ll lose followers for this amazing wall of text. Bring it on.
“You are one of my oldest friends’ newest love. I was so excited to meet you, and so happy he’d found a person that made him happier than I’ve ever seen him. I thought was a bit rude that every time I came near you walked away and then found it strange how dismissive you were at his exuberant introduction “This is one of my best friends!”, he was also excited for us to meet. So it was really, really um, well fucked that your response was “and you’re a N*GGER.” “