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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged decolonize

Sep 21 '14

colourlssgreenideas:

riots are breaking out in glasgow right now, scottish flags are being burned, people are making nazi salutes, there is racism and sectarianism and god knows what else, there are supposed stabbings, people are being beaten up purely for voting Yes, but the bbc has decided that a news story more worthy of being reported is the first iphone 6 owner dropping his new phone. the anti-scottish bias from the bbc is reaching new levels of absurdity

Sep 14 '14

note to followers

the ONLY people I maintain this space for are myself (decolonizing my mind) and fellow orphans, adoptees, and foster kids.
And to a certain extent, POC and indigenous parents looking to protect their communities against ethnocidal “Kill the Native, Save the Child” programs both international and domestic.

If you belong to one of the aforementioned groups, feel free to get in touch. There are a surprising number of class bastards on here, which is glorious, but it can be hard to find peers because there aren’t so many who post about adoption and orphanhood, which is also cool though, you do YOU bbs. <3

If you don’t belong to one of the aforementioned groups, you’re welcome to introduce yourself, but I really don’t give a fig one way or the other if you stick around, and I definitely don’t care about educating you. Sorry not sorry. 
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(Source: brandx)

Sep 5 '14
"A clear example of the types of definitions and control in regard to imagery of Maori people can be seen in the recently acclaimed film The Piano. There is little doubt in my mind that Jane Campion is a film maker of great ability and repute. However, the depiction of Maori people in the film leaves no stereotyped stone unturned. What we have in The Piano is a series of constructions of Maori people which are located firmly in a colonial gaze, which range from the ‘happy go lucky native’ to the sexualised Maori woman available at all times to service Pakeha men. The perception of Maori people given in The Piano is that our tipuna were naive, simpleminded, lacked reason, acted impulsively and spoke only in terms of sexual innuendo, with a particular obsession with male genitalia. For Maori people The Piano is dangerous. It is dangerous in its portrayal of Maori people linked solely to a colonial gaze, that is uncritical and unchallenging of the stereotypes that have been paraded continuously as ‘the way we were.’"
Leonie Pihama, “Are films dangerous? A Maori woman’s perspective on ‘The Piano.’”  (via filmantidote)
Sep 2 '14

Having white parents sucks because…

this-isnt-your-captain-speaking:

incognitohappenings:

1) They don’t understand your everyday experience with microaggressions.

The most frequent response I get from my parents when I talk about a microagression directed towards me is: Maybe they (usually a white person) is having a bad day and didn’t mean it.

This complete dismissal of my lived experience, my TRUTH, does irreversible damage to my mind, my body, and my spirit. 

2) They stutter and falter when they talk about race or ethnicity.

They have a hard time naming race and ethnicity. Seriously. It’s like watching someone with a bad case of constipation. Uttering anything along the lines of Asian, Filipino, White, Black, South Asian, etc…is difficult for them. And if they manage to form a coherent thought it’s communicated with a pretentious air, like they’ve bestowed a magic gift of knowledge on me.

3) They tell me, “You’re being really mean right now” when I’m ranting about race and adoption.

Which really just means: Shut up and don’t talk about race because it makes us uncomfortable. Oh, and: Your anger is uncalled for.

This list isn’t finished. All you transracial adoptees know that. We live difficult and complex lives. If you have anything to add to the list, reblog and add.

4) Everything is somehow my fault. If we’re talking about adoption and I’m expressing how difficult it was to grow up in a White family, in a White town and my parents get upset? It’s my fault.

Microagressions? Definitely my fault.

I’m upset because of racism? My fault, I shouldn’t have been reading about it/watching that/talking to those people/idk, existing in a racist world (this is the one that really blows my mind).

5) They dismiss or ignore my life experiences and then feel hurt that I don’t want to tell them things.

Yesterday I mentioned that I had read an article about how it’s documented that Black women have a more difficult time getting hired and how it made me feel discouraged about my job hunt (in a light-hearted, chuckling, ‘isn’t that the darndest thing’ way because you have to be cute and easygoing about it, of course) and both my parents

….just ignored me. They didn’t say anything at all. In the next few days, my mom will almost definitely talk to me about how I need to stop reading about racism because “it’s so negative.”

6) Having to physically defend myself as a child against violent racists at my über white school, then coming home and being disbelieved that I’d done NOTHING to provoke the assaults.

7) The complete and utter erasure of my birth language, which yes, I knew and spoke actively when I was first adopted.

8) Having my vocal antiracism and perfectly harmless, non-Eurocentric behavior be derided and pathologized as “attachment disorder,” which in Western adoption circles is commonly referred to as “serial killer syndrome.”

Sep 2 '14
onlyblackgirl:

theafrocentrics:

panzondaground:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

thesoftghetto:

trebled-negrita-princess:

theafrocentrics:

carlofscar:

thefropharaoh:

theafrocentrics:

ubercrabby:

UGH SHUT UP AND STOP CRITICIZING OUR GENERATION FOR WHAT CHOICES OUR FUCKING ANCESTORS MADE. NO WONDER IT NEVER ENDS. OUR RIGHTS ARE ALL EQUAL NOW, SO LET IT DIE. BE KIND TO DECENT PEOPLE, AND FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE. THERE ARE SCUMFUCKS IN EVERY RACE, COLOR, AND CREED.. THAT PART IS UNAVOIDABLE.

Shut up about us getting murdered??? What? If it ain’t all of you then it’s a whole damn lot. We’re getting killed for existing rn and all you care about it your feelings.

"Are rights are all equal,now."
Are they really?

I’ll get over slavery when people let go and forget about 9/11

^

White people are so angry for no reason

"Our rights are all equal now" &lt;— White people never cease to crank out gems such as this. 
Make no mistake about it, NO ONE is criticizing you for what your ancestors did, we are criticizing you for what you all are doing now..


But alas..we have to shut up. Okay..

soon as she pressed post she knew she fucked up

There’s still an elephant in the room here. It’s called generalization. Yes, some scumbag white people did some racist shit. They ripped apart families and I can’t even relate to that pain. That, however, is NOT an excuse to hate all white people and take it out on those who are innocent. For years now, a vicious cycle goes on where whites attack blacks and then blacks hate whites even more; thus provoking further attacks. The snake keeps eating its own ass. Racism is uncontrollable and it’ll never go away unless we as a SOCIETY can come together and eradicate those ideals. Of course I know I’ll draw flak from speaking my mind, but fuck you this is America.

This bitch just equated actual oppressing and killing to hating because of oppression. Y’all kumbiya bitches really be willfully ignorant.

no one on this post said let’s hate all white people. Get over yourself.

onlyblackgirl:

theafrocentrics:

panzondaground:

prettyboyshyflizzy:

thesoftghetto:

trebled-negrita-princess:

theafrocentrics:

carlofscar:

thefropharaoh:

theafrocentrics:

ubercrabby:

UGH SHUT UP AND STOP CRITICIZING OUR GENERATION FOR WHAT CHOICES OUR FUCKING ANCESTORS MADE. NO WONDER IT NEVER ENDS. OUR RIGHTS ARE ALL EQUAL NOW, SO LET IT DIE. BE KIND TO DECENT PEOPLE, AND FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE. THERE ARE SCUMFUCKS IN EVERY RACE, COLOR, AND CREED.. THAT PART IS UNAVOIDABLE.

Shut up about us getting murdered??? What? If it ain’t all of you then it’s a whole damn lot. We’re getting killed for existing rn and all you care about it your feelings.

"Are rights are all equal,now."

Are they really?

I’ll get over slavery when people let go and forget about 9/11

^

White people are so angry for no reason

"Our rights are all equal now" <— White people never cease to crank out gems such as this. 

Make no mistake about it, NO ONE is criticizing you for what your ancestors did, we are criticizing you for what you all are doing now..

But alas..we have to shut up. Okay..

soon as she pressed post she knew she fucked up

There’s still an elephant in the room here. It’s called generalization. Yes, some scumbag white people did some racist shit. They ripped apart families and I can’t even relate to that pain. That, however, is NOT an excuse to hate all white people and take it out on those who are innocent. For years now, a vicious cycle goes on where whites attack blacks and then blacks hate whites even more; thus provoking further attacks. The snake keeps eating its own ass. Racism is uncontrollable and it’ll never go away unless we as a SOCIETY can come together and eradicate those ideals. Of course I know I’ll draw flak from speaking my mind, but fuck you this is America.

This bitch just equated actual oppressing and killing to hating because of oppression. Y’all kumbiya bitches really be willfully ignorant.

no one on this post said let’s hate all white people. Get over yourself.

Aug 31 '14
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Gary Foley, Aboriginal rights activist, Australia

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Gary Foley, Aboriginal rights activist, Australia

Aug 31 '14
Native Filmmakers Shoot Dystopian Drama on Pine Ridge Reservation

It’s 2085 on Pine Ridge. The reservation has been quarantined and borders guarded by the military for 30 years. Sparked by the ramifications of the Keystone XL pipeline, the war between the government and the insurgency lasted for eight years and resulted in the dystopian setting that provides the background for "The People," the inaugural project from Indigene Studios.

Based out of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Indigene Studios was co-founded in April 2014 by Willi White, Oglala Lakota, and Angel White Eyes, Oglala Lakota and Ojibwa.
“This is our way of giving back to our communities but also expressing ourselves,” White said. “Non-Natives always come here and sell the same narrative to the mainstream media. We want to change that narrative and give a voice to the stories that are already here.”
Click-through to their IndieGoGo campaign!via Indian Country Today Media Network

Native Filmmakers Shoot Dystopian Drama on Pine Ridge Reservation

It’s 2085 on Pine Ridge. The reservation has been quarantined and borders guarded by the military for 30 years. Sparked by the ramifications of the Keystone XL pipeline, the war between the government and the insurgency lasted for eight years and resulted in the dystopian setting that provides the background for "The People," the inaugural project from Indigene Studios.

Based out of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Indigene Studios was co-founded in April 2014 by Willi White, Oglala Lakota, and Angel White Eyes, Oglala Lakota and Ojibwa.

“This is our way of giving back to our communities but also expressing ourselves,” White said. “Non-Natives always come here and sell the same narrative to the mainstream media. We want to change that narrative and give a voice to the stories that are already here.”

Click-through to their IndieGoGo campaign!
via Indian Country Today Media Network

Aug 27 '14
lakotapeopleslawproject:

Please Keep Sharing and become a Member at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka to help create a foster care system run by Lakota, for Lakota and end the corrupt practices of the state of South Dakota.The children of the nine Lakota tribes of South Dakota, over the past ten-year period, have been ten times more likely to be taken by the state than White children. Every year since 2001, an average of 742 Lakota children have been seized and forcibly removed from, not only their Lakota parents, but, indeed, from their entire Lakota tribe and culture by the State of South Dakota and “placed” in all-White foster care settings. Approximately 10,000 such Lakota children have, therefore, been essentially kidnapped from their Indian culture since the beginning of this century. Although Lakota children make up less than 13 percent of the child population of the State of South Dakota, they make up over 60 percent of all of the children presently in state foster care institutions and non-native homes in the State of South Dakota. Lakota foster care children are indeed “money-makers” for the State of South Dakota, which classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby authorizing the State of South Dakota to collect up to $79,000 per child, amounting to some $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.
This must stop! Please show your support by becoming a member.

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Please Keep Sharing and become a Member at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka to help create a foster care system run by Lakota, for Lakota and end the corrupt practices of the state of South Dakota.

The children of the nine Lakota tribes of South Dakota, over the past ten-year period, have been ten times more likely to be taken by the state than White children. Every year since 2001, an average of 742 Lakota children have been seized and forcibly removed from, not only their Lakota parents, but, indeed, from their entire Lakota tribe and culture by the State of South Dakota and “placed” in all-White foster care settings. Approximately 10,000 such Lakota children have, therefore, been essentially kidnapped from their Indian culture since the beginning of this century. Although Lakota children make up less than 13 percent of the child population of the State of South Dakota, they make up over 60 percent of all of the children presently in state foster care institutions and non-native homes in the State of South Dakota.

Lakota foster care children are indeed “money-makers” for the State of South Dakota, which classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby authorizing the State of South Dakota to collect up to $79,000 per child, amounting to some $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.

This must stop! Please show your support by becoming a member.

Aug 26 '14

this-isnt-your-captain-speaking:

onlyblackgirl:

If you’re pissing off white feminists, you’re probably doing feminism right. 

Ain’t it the TRUTH

Aug 24 '14
  • society: *blocks access to educational resources, silences and erases minority voices and actions in media, forces dissenting opinions to be censored or blunted, refuses to publish or broadcast minority-made minority-led media*
  • society: if you want representation, just make it yourself! it's not like there's anything stopping you!