Representation matters!

Representation matters!

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queerintersectional:

Hi y’all

I am not a twitter expert yet, but I decided to give it a try ~( ^-^ )~

So if you are interested, follow me @ https://twitter.com/Iamaleviathan

I am going to South Africa Sunday and will tweet and blog about my encounters with post-apartheid Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Oppressed groups are frequently placed in the situation of being listened to only if we frame our ideas in the language that is familiar to and comfortable for a dominant group. This requirement often changes the meaning of our ideas and works to elevate the ideas of dominant groups.
Privilege is invisible only until looked for, but silence in the face of privilege sustains its invisibility.
You can totally be a feminist who has insecurities. Feminism isn’t about pretending we all feel like Wonder Woman, it’s about being honest when we don’t, and having the conversation on why that is.
You cannot use someone else’s fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it.
concerning sexuality

desert-snail:

what does LGBTQIA mean?

  • lesbian – a female- identified person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another female-identified person.
  • gay – a male-identified person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another male-identified person.

This is good introduction about gender

Because women of color experience racism in ways not always the same as those experienced by men of color and sexism in ways not always parallel to experiences of white women, antiracism and feminism are limited, even on their own terms…
The failure of feminism to interrogate race means that the resistance strategies of feminism will often replicate and reinforce the subordination of people of color, and the failure of anti racism to interrogate patriarchy means that anti racism will frequently reproduc the subordination of women

supermaxcombo asked: I just went through a little bit of your blog, love it. I haven't come across this on your blog but I have on others; do you feel that its impossible African American people to be racist? If so why do you feel that way.

blackvoiceonearth:

supermaxcombo:

blackvoiceonearth:

Hey #supermaxcombo! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Your question is very interesting and I have heard it in a broader sense: “Can black people be racist?”. Maybe my answer will be more thorough if I refer to black people in general. I feel this  depends on how you define racism and what societal effects of it you’re referring to when labelling someone a “racist” or an occurrence “racism”. 

If I look up the definition via Google I first find this definition:

rac·ism

noun
noun: racism
  1. 1.
    the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
    • prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
This definition, which on the surface I do not deny, means that any human being could be racist, as long as they acknowledge the existence of races and believe in a hierarchy of races.
However when the question is asked if black people can be racist, I do not think of someone’s thoughts or attitudes on an insignificant micro-level (that only counts in a situation where the black person and the non-black person are both privileged [think of equal opportunities, same amount of wealth, ownership of real estate, enough savings to stay unemployed for several years, kids are in private schools, they both drive nice cars, the economic crises had no effect on their personal lives, they have never known emotional, financial or physical struggle the average Joe goes through] therefore both part of the rich minority on earth).
I think of policies, institutions and skewed distribution of opportunities and wealth. I compare the payed reparations to the Jews with the demanded (and payed ) reparations from Haiti to France. I reminisce one the unapologetic cruel treatment of the Congolese in the 50’s and the Western cry for human rights, during the Korean War in the same decade. I reflect on Namibian Genocide skulls still being touched and investigated today by Germans, while these same Germans are very apologetic about the Holocaust. I think of inequality by birth due to the colour of your skin. This takes me to another definition I found on dictionary.com:
Racism
noun
1.
a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human 
races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2.
a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering 
such a doctrine; discrimination.
3.
hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Definition 2, has a huge effect on POC globally, while the ones who ,more often than not, live unscathed by such policies are labelled “white”. I use quotes because I do not believe in human races. Human races were the different human species living thousands of years ago (Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthalensis and our species Homo Sapiens Sapiens to name a few).
I say globally, because justice doesn’t have the same definition in Western nation states as it does in 3rd World countries for the same crimes, committed by the same Western businesses/people (Think of Glencore and its former boss).
This is not only due to institutional racism, yet the root of this problem is white supremacy. Remember, a white supremacist is simply someone who believes in the white superiority idea. So it could be anyone, including some black entertainers.Think of neo-colonialism or to make it easier think of the current bleaching cream fads, it all shares the same root problem. The idea that the European “race” is superior and anything close to it is “better” then the “other”,on every level, is in fact ruining us. Just look at the documentary “dark girls”.
So can a black person think racist thoughts, express them and hurt someone with that kind of thinking?
Yes in all ways. White supremacy, black supremacy and other forms of supremacy. People’s feelings were hurt over a Miley Cyrus concert, so imagine if someone would call an open-minded, leftist, nice white person a “slave master” for dating a black person? That would sting like a MF.
Does the existence of racist black people in the West, effect the status quo in any way?
No.
Does it matter if a black person is racist?
At the moment not really unless, you are a white person in a situation where racism towards white people can hurt your opportunities, wealth, protection or simply end your life. For instance, in a country that is racist towards white people (like Zimbabwe), a white person might be legally killed due to racism. But those countries are often reacting to past white supremacy, the historical hurting and killing of their own, so even there the conditions are rooted in white supremacy ever touching the population.
Do you consider yourself a racist?
No. I do not believe in a hierarchy based on “race”. I do believe in a hierarchy based on character, characters are the results of nature and nurture. Nurture that is filled with white supremacy produces adults that have the ability to cause issues for POC, whether they are POC or not. That, I do have a problem with. But people who don’t understand how white privilege and white supremacy work, who believe there is no racism in the world or that the only racism is racism you can point out and prove, are people who will label people and situations racist, without understanding what it is they are referring to.
I hope this answers your questions and if you have any more, feel free to ask them!
Peace

Oh god I love you, you need a TV show or something more people need to hear this. I have yet to run across another person on Tumblr that thinks the same way as I do. :’) im going to send this to everyone I know.

Thank you so much. Ill definitely have more questions for you later.

Thank you so much for your compliments and support!

This is an interesting article about the question of Black people can be racist.

To imply, however, that all women suffer the same oppression simply because we are women is to lose sight of the many varied tools of patriarchy. It is to ignore how those tools are used by women [and enforced by men] without awareness against each other
You can’t say “I don’t do politics”, because silence is a political statement
cruiseorbecruised:

RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Danger of Overpolicing Language by Our Lady J.

" people who have had the formation of queer identities delayed by social suppression, we need to remember the importance of play in our adult lives. The current class war within our community and its overpolicing of language threatens the core of our creative abundance. Are we really willing to sacrifice the heartbeat of our queer identities in order to calm the hissing ego of fanaticism?"

cruiseorbecruised:

RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Danger of Overpolicing Language by Our Lady J.

" people who have had the formation of queer identities delayed by social suppression, we need to remember the importance of play in our adult lives. The current class war within our community and its overpolicing of language threatens the core of our creative abundance. Are we really willing to sacrifice the heartbeat of our queer identities in order to calm the hissing ego of fanaticism?"

ethiopienne:

Interview with Diamond Sharp, a Chicago-born poet based in DC.

Great interview!

ethiopienne:

Interview with Diamond Sharp, a Chicago-born poet based in DC.

Great interview!

Failure to critique US empire allows feminist projects to be used and mobilized as handmaidens in the imperial project.
There remains an uneasiness with discussing American racism alongside the myth of American exceptionalism, because the myth is easier to digest. We continue to be asked to stop. We continue to be told we’ve won enough.

Emancipation was supposed to be enough. ‘Separate but equal’ was supposed to be enough. Brown v. Board of Education was supposed to be enough. The Civil Rights/Voting Acts were supposed to be enough. Affirmative action was supposed to be enough. A black president is supposed to be enough. Yet, here we are, facing mass incarceration, food insecurity, chronic unemployment, the erosion of the social safety net, income inequality, housing discrimination, police brutality and the seemingly unending deaths of our young people at the hands of police and armed vigilantes. Pardon the ‘profound gloom.’

What some call depression or pessimism, I would call impatience and rage. Our impatience and rage is what has produced progress. That we are still impatient and angry reflects not black people’s failing but how far America still has to go. My question/challenge to white people who claim to be on the side of equality and justice: when will you get just as angry that these things have been done in your name?