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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged privilege

Mar 2 '14

kerrywashingten:

 So now you’ve decided that the one thing you want is my daughter, my child, mine! What I made. What I created.

(Source: mindykaeling)

Feb 23 '14
"You and Anderson Cooper have the same coming out calendar week in common, but in many obvious ways, you couldn’t be more different. Anderson Cooper is an heir to one of America’s great Industrial Age fortunes and a network professional whose maleness and whiteness backed by his considerable accomplishments guarantee him work. You are a young Black man from New Orleans who fled your still struggling city. You didn’t arrive in Los Angeles with generational wealth and privilege, only the beautiful lyrics and melodies that danced through you and your dream of making it in a music industry whose sand castles were crumbling."

Excerpt of dream hampton’s message to Frank Ocean  (via sexualsportswear)

Oh my god I have fucking shivers

(via slutaeyang)

(Source: erohwid)

Feb 22 '14

saltysojourn:

Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.

#White Savior Industrial Complex
(if anyone knows the cartoonist, please let me know! the only souce I could find was uncredited)

Jan 18 '14

Anonymous asked:

Do you not believe hate breeds more hate?

blue-author:

cishits:

I believe “hate breeds more hate” is a phrase that

  1. is used to blame the victims of hateful actions for those actions
  2. deliberately ignores the source of the hate
  3. excuses the oppressor
  4. attempts to control how the oppressed react to their oppressors

If Person A says something cissexist to Person B & Person B responds aggressively, Person B is not “breeding more hate.” Person A is obviously already hateful. Person B has every single fucking right to be angry. 

We have every single fucking right to be angry.

If the people who said this really believed that “hate breeds hate”, they would understand Person B’s reaction and be addressing their advice towards Person A.

Nov 1 '13
blackinamerica:

asugarprince:

theatlantic:

Why Doesn’t the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Education?

Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right.
Read more. [Image: Ron Edmonds/AP Photo]


because the constitution was based on the madisonian model, which was made up by james madison literally because he didn’t want to give the impoverished, indebted majority the ability to participate in governmental affairs
the us political system was designed to privilege white, educated, wealthy property-owning businessmen since the very beginning.

Also… Europeans based their Education system off of the Greek system… Those who could afford to be Educated got educated…
Plato once said that He wished Greeks were more civilized like the people in Egypt where everyone was educated…
IRONY 

That’s why Europe had "Great Thinkers" Because not everyone in Europe was Thinking..

He wished Greeks were more civilized like the people in Egypt where everyone was educated  #Decolonize your mind.

blackinamerica:

asugarprince:

theatlantic:

Why Doesn’t the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Education?

Every country that outperforms the U.S. has a constitutional or statutory commitment to this right.

Read more. [Image: Ron Edmonds/AP Photo]

because the constitution was based on the madisonian model, which was made up by james madison literally because he didn’t want to give the impoverished, indebted majority the ability to participate in governmental affairs

the us political system was designed to privilege white, educated, wealthy property-owning businessmen since the very beginning.

Also… Europeans based their Education system off of the Greek system… Those who could afford to be Educated got educated…

Plato once said that He wished Greeks were more civilized like the people in Egypt where everyone was educated…

IRONY 

image

That’s why Europe had "Great Thinkers" Because not everyone in Europe was Thinking..

He wished Greeks were more civilized like the people in Egypt where everyone was educated  #Decolonize your mind.

Oct 7 '13
"

To survive, subjugated people must understand people with power, but the reverse is not true. When members of devalued groups have a critical awareness of their positions, they earn a standpoint that may allow them to see the world with less bias.

Standpoint theory claims that marginalized groups can generate unique insights into how a society works. Women, minorities, gays and lesbians, people of lower socioeconomic class, intersexuals, transsexuals, and others who are outside the cultural center may see the society from perspectives that are less distorted, less biased, and more layered than those who occupy more central social locations. Marginalized perspectives can inform all of us about how our society operates. Maria Lugones and Elizabeth Spelman (1983) point out that dominant groups have the luxury of not having to understand the perspective of less privileged groups.

They don’t need to learn about others in order to survive.

"

- Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, & Culture,

Julia T. Wood (via lola-forizzle)

Another reason why I’ve never truly envied my oppressors. Who’d wanna condemn themselves to an entire life of such ignorance and ineptitude?

Oct 3 '13
"

If you’re a boy writer, it’s a simple rule: you’ve gotta get used to the fact that you suck at writing women and that the worst women writer can write a better man than the best male writer can write a good woman. And it’s just the minimum. Because the thing about the sort of heteronormative masculine privilege, whether it’s in Santo Dommingo, or the United States, is you grow up your entire life being told that women aren’t human beings, and that women have no independent subjectivity. And because you grow up with this, it’s this huge surprise when you go to college and realize that, “Oh, women aren’t people who does my shit and fucks me.”

And I think that this a huge challenge for boys, because they want to pretend they can write girls. Every time I’m teaching boys to write, I read their women to them, and I’m like, “Yo, you think this is good writing?” These motherfuckers attack each other over cliche lines but they won’t attack each other over these toxic representations of women that they have inherited… their sexist shorthand, they think that is observation. They think that their sexist distortions are insight. And if you’re in a writing program and you say to a guy that their characters are sexist, this guy, it’s like you said they fucking love Hitler. They will fight tooth and nail because they want to preserve this really vicious sexism in the art because that is what they have been taught.

And I think the first step is to admit that you, because of your privilege, have a very distorted sense of women’s subjectivity. And without an enormous amount of assistance, you’re not even going to get a D. I think with male writers the most that you can hope for is a D with an occasional C thrown in. Where the average women writer, when she writes men, she gets a B right off the bat, because they spent their whole life being taught that men have a subjectivity. In fact, part of the whole feminism revolution was saying, “Me too, motherfuckers.” So women come with it built in because of the society.

It’s the same way when people write about race. If you didn’t grow up being a subaltern person in the United States, you might need help writing about race. Motherfuckers are like ‘I got a black boy friend,’ and their shit sounds like Klan Fiction 101.

The most toxic formulas in our cultures are not pass down in political practice, they’re pass down in mundane narratives. It’s our fiction where the toxic virus of sexism, racism, homophobia, where it passes from one generation to the next, and the average artist will kill you before they remove those poisons. And if you want to be a good artist, it means writing, really, about the world. And when you write cliches, whether they are sexist, racist, homophobic, classist, that is a fucking cliche. And motherfuckers will kill you for their cliches about x, but they want their cliches about their race, class, queerness. They want it in there because they feel lost without it. So for me, this has always been the great challenge.

As a writer, if you’re really trying to write something new, you must figure out, with the help of a community, how can you shed these fucking received formulas. They are received. You didn’t come up with them. And why we need fellow artists is because they help us stay on track. They tell you, “You know what? You’re a bit of a fucking homophobe.” You can’t write about the world with these simplistic distortions. They are cliches. People know art, always, because they are uncomfortable. Art discomforts. The trangressiveness of art has to deal with confronting people with the real. And sexism is a way to avoid the real, avoiding the reality of women. Homophobia is to avoid the real, the reality of queerness. All these things are the way we hide from encountering the real. But art, art is just about that.

"
Sep 23 '13

Anonymous asked:

I love how white people will tell PoC to take responsibility and do better but as SOON as you call them on their racism they want to say something like "but it's not my fault I wasn't taught!!!" I honestly try to say that I don't hate white people because that would be wrong of me,but deep down (actually not so deep down now) I do. I reeeeally do. And they don't understand nor will they ever understand in this lifetime. -sigh- God please help me ( actually please help them).

#they could spend their entire life “reading #they still wouldn’t fucking get it #because “reading” without action is just another fucking attempt to own the situation #yet again

Sep 23 '13

alisonofagun:

witchpriest:

iambickilometer:

gayngreen:

petition to rename allies sidekicks

  • sidekicks help u win ur fights but are never the heros
  • sidekick sounds more sporty
  • sidekicks are expected to screw up occasionally
  • u can fire ur sidekick
  • 'straight sidekick' is way more alliterative

 (via motherfuckingsassmaster)

I really like this. It automatically centers the marginalized and positions the members of oppressor classes on the side of good as supportive secondaries. It also implies action: the sidekick isn’t just someone who agrees with the hero’s cause and hopes they accomplish their goals, the sidekick is the spunky teenager who takes orders and helps out.

and main characters are usually and justifiably mad reluctant to take on them on so the sidekick has to EARN their place by them because it’s truly an honor to help the real heroes, to “take orders and help out” YES.

Too bad oppressors are by definition far more interested in leading and “saving” the oppressed rather than alleviating oppression tho.

Sep 22 '13

gradientlair:

wrcsolace:

This shit is brilliant. Its Nicki playing her rapper persona being interviewed by a (white) reporter ‘Nicole’ from Elle magazine (BTS for an actual photoshoot she did for Elle.)

I  love how like deep this shit is. From how vapid and uncaring Nicole is (she ask questions but is clearly barely concerned about the answers) But also to the kind of distant and underwhelmed the Nicki character is.

Like she meta’d her own life.

Yes! We genuinely have to discuss how brilliant this is. Just yesterday on Twitter I was talking about how Black people have to “know” who White people are yet the reverse is not true. What I said on Twitter yesterday was:

The reason why some Whites engage in White Gaze 101 voyeurism towards Black people is their lives, not ours, are centered as “everyday normal.” If they have substandard educational exposure, no contact with Black people offline, minimal at work and stereotypes via media? They dunno us at all. So when I come around and fit into no stereotype they accept as fact, they flip and engage in voyeurism versus real connection/communication. It’s literally like a case of strangers. One knows EVERYTHING about other because no choice not to when oppressed. Vice versa isn’t true though.

Privilege means not having to truly “know.” James Baldwin explains why this is in one of the essays in The Cross of The Redemption. And here is Nicki clearly portraying how this works at a basic level even when the matter of celebrity is not at play. This is genius. She has wowed me again!