Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.
"The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything."
"You’re drunk in a bathtub
with a red cup full of Birthday Cake flavored vodka
wearing a headdress
made of neon Dollar Store chicken feathers.
You’re half naked in a grassy field
with drugstore lipstick smeared under your eyes
and wearing moccasins from Urban Outfitters.
You can’t wait for Coachella
so you can finally smoke a peace pipe in a tepee
and find your Spirit Animal.
You think Native American culture is so beautiful
and clumsily show it with your
hashtags on tumblr and Instagram.
But when actual Indigenous people tell you that
Gypsy, Squaw and Red Injun are all racist slurs
Headdresses are sacred
and war paint on your white face is insulting
“I’m just appreciating your beautiful culture!
I’m 1/16th Cherokee.”
Ignoring the fact that running around
naked in the woods on shrooms
will not connect you with any tribe
and that your great great great great grandmother
along with the rest of the Cherokee people
never wore headdresses."
a 14 year old indian kid figured out that if the federal government changed their official font from times new roman to garamond they could save $234 million a year (source)
his name is Suvir Mirchandani
omitting identity from these things is how poc contributions and achievements end up getting erased altogether
his name is Suvir Mirchandani
^^^^^^^ same erasure happening with Shubham Banerjee, that kid who designed and built a braille printer at a cost that’s a tiny fraction of every other model
I’ve said before, calling out is a gift. It is a sign of respect. Because it means the oppressed person believes the oppressor can change.
100% true. i only call out ppl i fucks w/ and respect and only expect it from the same. white ppl and nameless faceless ppl calling me out is just not a thing i entertain
it is most DEFINITELY a gift and those who get called out should be most grateful that oppressed persons are bothering to expend the time…
but I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone here in that when I call out folks, it’s far more for the benefit of those around me who are also oppressed. In refusing to remain silent, I’m decolonizing my mind and fighting for the mental & spiritual health of myself and those I love, who are branded “angry/disordered/murderous" simply for not fitting one’s entire existence into disgustingly abusive status quos
This is a glorious post and OP is on point, I just think the oppressor’s problem to begin with is that they think it’s all about them. It isn’t, and IDGAF about educating much less changing them — that’s not our job, and my words are not for them. X