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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged racism

Sep 8 '14
"Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!"
Spike Lee on gentrification (excerpt from speech at Pratt)

(Source: westendblues)

Sep 7 '14
obenibo:

THIS is White Privilege.
This is the price white people who appropriate blackness pay for committing numerous crimes. They get to be successful actors once they drop this “phase”.
Meanwhile a black person would get the most ridiculous of prison sentences for even one of these.
HE BLINDED A MAN. HE HAS A HATE CRIME UNDER HIS BELT.  And he’s a successful actor.
Y’all need not worry about Justin Bieber. He’ll be just fine.
Unfortunately.

obenibo:

THIS is White Privilege.

This is the price white people who appropriate blackness pay for committing numerous crimes. They get to be successful actors once they drop this “phase”.

Meanwhile a black person would get the most ridiculous of prison sentences for even one of these.

HE BLINDED A MAN. HE HAS A HATE CRIME UNDER HIS BELT.
And he’s a successful actor.

Y’all need not worry about Justin Bieber. He’ll be just fine.

Unfortunately.

Sep 4 '14
Aug 15 '14
jcoleknowsbest:

nezua:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

Cops.

I want y’all to understand something… THE POLICE IN THIS COUNTRY CAN ARREST A WHITE MAN WHO IS ARMED WITH MACHINE GUNS WITHOUT INFLICTING ANY HARM ON HIM…. he can shoot up a theater or a school and they still approach him as if he’s a human being… take all that in… but then again it’s not just amerikkka that displays this lack of regard for black bodies… I can go many other places in this world and see the same thing….

jcoleknowsbest:

nezua:

laliberty:

kv96ic28:

This is how the police in the USA handle someone who is “resisting”.  Notice his “resistance”.

The eagerness with which the rotund cop scampered in to tase the unarmed black man with his hands in the air further serves to demonstrate how so many cops join the force for power-tripping opportunities to dish out abuse just like this.

Cops.

I want y’all to understand something… THE POLICE IN THIS COUNTRY CAN ARREST A WHITE MAN WHO IS ARMED WITH MACHINE GUNS WITHOUT INFLICTING ANY HARM ON HIM…. he can shoot up a theater or a school and they still approach him as if he’s a human being… take all that in… but then again it’s not just amerikkka that displays this lack of regard for black bodies… I can go many other places in this world and see the same thing….

Aug 14 '14
Jul 22 '14

this-isnt-your-captain-speaking:

You ever feel so overwhelmed by racism that your stomach and your head and your heart hurt and you feel like screaming until your throat bleeds but you have to sit quietly so you don’t upset your nice, normal White family and a little part of you is dying but you can’t even speak? That’s kind of the worst.

Yes. Nothing like fighting years of whitewashing and conditioning to hold onto the truth, only to be stigmatized for it. X

Jul 15 '14

visualize-materialize:

tashabilities:

dragaljubavi:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

White People Not Getting The Point: A Channel 4 Special (2009)

A documentary special on Jane Elliot and her exercise in teaching 30 adults in the United Kingdom about racism in society, and people who absolutely refused to grasp the point.

these are great examples of white people who do not want to unlearn racism.

they do not want to battle against their white supremacy. they are comfortable being the powers of society. they are comfortable being perpetrators. they are uncomfortable being exposed to their racism. they do not want people of color to feel victims for their differences. but at the same time, they want to be victims, too. hmpf.

the school teacher scared me the most. she was most hardcore about maintaining and defending her racism. and she teaches children! yikes.

This is 99% of white people.

They do this shit on purpose, which is why I’m NEVER talking to them.

I was scrolling through my dash, read this and liked it; carried on thinking a reblog wasn’t necessary given the content of most of the blogs I follow here—I was wrong.

I’ve noticed (for some time now ) that a lot of people who run blogs of the “spirituality/peaceloveunity/new-age/cosmos/positivity” ilk are either entirely delusional or oblivious of their privileged.  Not surprising as most of said blogs are run by white people; some who festishize Eastern cultures; others who legitimately have an interest the in the religions/philosophies; even those who post with the intention of highlighting our unifying human condition via optimistic quotes. 

Despite their intentions I always find myself hovering over the “unfollow” button or rolling my eyes at whatever it is they’re unwittingly espousing. Below are two screen caps: one that I saw a few posts below this one, that caused me to write this post; and the second is an excerpt of Q&A from a very popular Eastern philosophy inspired blog. 


Note the tags and couple it with the commentary

Much like in the video, people who don’t experience racism refuse to see it even when it’s right in front of them. The explanation provided is in itself an assumption. Price difference in dark and light skinned dolls is not isolated to this incident; even the most cursory search can corroborate this.


Way to sidestep what could've been a great teaching experience

I get that this blog is all about trying to help people see things through a different scope. Most people who have taken an intro course to Eastern philosophies “gets” what LazyYogi is trying to do here. But at the same time it sidesteps a perfectly good opportunity to truly open peoples eyes to the actual/factual going-ons known as white privilege.
Again, like in the video, this response is turning it on the person calling out the privilege “This must be the reason for your distrust of any who discriminate in terms of such things.” 

Watch the video provided in the original post, look at those screen caps, read the commentary in this thread.

I’m not saying that these people are inherently bad people, just using them as examples as to how blind people are to this sort of thing. Even people who run blogs of the aforementioned nature have some of the same mentalities as those in the video.

Jul 13 '14
"It grew out of trying to conceptualize the way the law responded to issues where both race and gender discrimination were involved. What happened was like an accident, a collision. Intersectionality simply came from the idea that if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you are likely to get hit by both. These women are injured, but when the race ambulance and the gender ambulance arrive at the scene, they see these women of color lying in the intersection and they say, ‘Well, we can’t figure out if this was just race or just sex discrimination. And unless they can show us which one it was, we can’t help them.’"
Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Intersectionality: The Double Bind of Race and Gender” (via ethiopienne)

(Source: ethiopienne)

Jul 13 '14
"Apparently, women of color were wearing their hair in such fabulous ways, adding jewels and feathers to their high hairdos and walking around with such beauty and pride that it was obscuring their status. This was very threatening to the social stability (read: white population) of the area at the time. The law was meant to distinguish women of color from their white counterparts and to minimize their beauty."
Jul 12 '14

ramielfucker:

"fuck the police" sentiment should always be about fighting the way the police systematically oppress the "undesirable" classes, NOT about being mad that the police bust you for doing things that are fun

get mad when cops shoot at an unarmed black man and then charge him with assault because they hit bystanders, not when a dumbass white dude pulls a prank on police to waste their time and then gets a ticket