I was doing an interview once, and this guy goes, “So you must be pretty psyched about all this ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ stuff?”
And I was like, “Um, yeah, I am.” I have no idea why though. I had nothing to do with that movie. It’s just some people that kind of look like me are in this movie that everyone loves, and winning Oscars and stuff.
And then I was like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are white people just psyched all the time?” It’s, like, “‘Back to the Future’! That’s us! ‘Godfather’! That’s us! ‘Godfather Part II’! That’s us! ‘Departed’! That’s us! ‘Sunset Boulevard’! That’s us! ‘Citizen Kane’! That’s us! ‘Jaws’! That’s us! Every fucking movie but ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood’ is us! We are white people! Suck our dicks!”
”—Aziz Ansari, “Are White People Psyched All The Time?” (via ceedling)
“no sorry, this graveyard was here before your town was incorporated so they can’t possibly belong to your relations”
Let’s put those remains on display.
Did u kno that white ppl INVENTED science????
hmmmm good point.
we should gather & display these remains for cultural appreciation.
I mean, brown people invented culture (just ask a white North American; they don’t have a culture of their own, so that’s why they have to appropriate everything—which is kind of a compliment, anyway), so y’know, if anyone knows what makes for good culture & cultural posterity, it should be us, amirite?
“Black children in America are never innocent. Innocence looks like Dick and Jane, our bright-eyed tour guides through the idyll of green lawns, lazy bike rides down hop-scotched sidewalks, and the mystery meat treasure of sandboxes under blue skies that sparkle into eternity. From the 1930s into the 1960s Dick and Jane taught America how to read the American dream. Picture book primers with these two characters snaked through every schoolhouse from the Deep South to the rugged West of African American “Promised Land” reveries. Before the mainstreaming of phonics, the Dick and Jane primers were the first to provide sight reading instruction supposedly grounded in average everyday life. In their sun-kissed freckle-faced average-ness, Dick and Jane schooled America in the cultural literacy of suburbia and the holy trinity of nuclear family, heterosexual marriage, and white supremacy. Neat, well-dressed, ever-courteous, they established the template for a “normal” childhood of perfect single family homes in segregated subdivisions that would be tethered to the world’s largest interstate highway system in 1956. Father was breadwinning and boozing. Mother was homemaking and Easy-Off sniffing. Spot the family dog brooded faithfully at brother Dick’s side, primed to rip off the balls of any intruder. Government subsidized Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans and GI Bill funded college educations smoothed the pathway for Dick and Jane’s nuclear bootstrapping. Black vets and black families needn’t apply.”—
remember those tweets about people not being as sad about rue dying in the hunger games because she was black? remember when people said they envisioned her as a “innocent, blonde, White girl” even though she was described as black in the movies?
Dysconcious racism is a term coined by Joyce E King (in the Journal of Negro Education, Spring 1991, JSTOR, but you can get it through Google, too) as “the uncritical habit of mind (i.e., perceptions, attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs) that justifies inequity and exploitation by accepting the existing order of things as given.” It’s pretty much the reason why Moff’s Law exists as a comment policy on pretty much any blog that seeks to analyse pop culture.
You know when people say stupid sh-t like, “there will ALWAYS be racism,” or “people have ALWAYS been prejudiced towards one another” and “human beings are just like that”? And, like, what the fuck kind of argument are you going to have with that kind of statement, anyway? It’s not like there’s any kind of untruth to them; it’s just that it’s a really f-cking lazy thing to say and absolves people of any responsibility to actually think and address the problem of, you know, RACISM!
Dysconscious racism in steampunk is part of a larger attitude of escapism, usually exhibited by people who just think steampunk (and other kinds of fiction) is a fantasy, and whenever you try to engage with them about the political implications of their very problematic ish (whether it’s literature or world-building or whatever), they get their “Why Do You Have To Be So Political About This?” tantrums on and “Suddenly The World Is Ruined and it is Totally Your Fault” because you brought it up, so there.
”—Adding to the anti-racism lexicon, Jayme Goh (via racialicious)
i’ve never been told by a puerto rican that i wasn’t a puerto rican.
but i have been told by a white grad student (who is currently doing research on latinos) that i am not a real puerto rican.
I have been told by whites and other latinos that I’m not puertorrican, or I’m not puertorrican enough. Why? Because I don’t know. I like “white people stuff” or my pale-ass skin, or because I have “good english” and accented spanish, or because I’m a bitch, or because my parents didn’t have enough money to take us to PR when I was little.
I’m jealous you never got that shit from our own people, but I wasn’t that lucky. I have gone my entire life hearing over and over again that I am not enough of something, or too much of something else.
“Apparently, what “Black people should be like” is being physically Black so that racial integration can be seen but not culturally Black, for example, display any of the behaviors of an assumed authentic Blackness.”—
Dolores Huerta, the civil rights, workers and women’s advocate who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America in 1962, was named one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the the United States. The awards will be presented at the White House in late spring.
ok I’m literally disgusted by all the ‘academic’ type anonymous bloggers who have been following POC on tumblr without ever introducing themselves and claim to be studying said POC *in general* (but are btw very suspicious-seeming and imply that they’re creeping on aforementioned POC bloggers as some form of [in]formal research project)
not only is that gross and awful, but I want to let y’all know that if you’re using any original content a blogger says or posts without their consent you’re breaking copyright law, human rights protocol, as well as the set of human subjects requirements all accredited 4-year institutions in the US have agreed upon. those institutions, legally speaking, own any work you create while under the auspices of the institution (ie everything I write, published or not, up until May 14, 2012 will be property of UC Berkeley), and will be subject to legal ramifications if you are breaking those protocols. they will not have your back in that situation, and will promptly punish and disown you in an attempt to save themselves. consider this a warning of what can happen if you don’t respect POC bloggers as human beings.
This makes me almost want to delete. I’ve got a shit ton of these faceless assholes and they “like” shit on my tumblr, including my personal entries. I’m well aware of what I got myself into on a public blog but this shit makes my skin crawl!
I wanna take all the white chicks who think wearing war bonnets is cute and stick them out in the woods somewhere and make them EARN those feathers. Like, legit make them compete against other white girls in battles to the death. For every heroic act in battle, they can get a feather. If we’re lucky, they’ll all kill each other.
“It did not take long for me to understand that crossing class boundaries was not easy. My class values were not the same as my college peers’. I resented their assumptions about the poor arid working class. I did not find black bourgeois elites to be any more aware of my world than their white counterparts.”—