me and naia had deep black girl talks about how white feminists interpret black female empowerment and she brought up all the back lash against beyonce’s “girls” song and it really just hit me why white women have such a hard time being empowered and recognizing that song as a feminist anthem.
really it’s because it’s not for them. the language that beyonce and black women like nicki minaj use to empower each other and lift one another up is not their language. they really don’t recognize it and can’t respect it because it isn’t in their tongue. when you hear a line like “i think i need a barber, none of these hos can fade me” that’s steeped in black culture and black language and black affirmations. it goes over their head. and what do people do with shit they can’t understand and what do white people do with shit they can’t relate to and aren’t invited to partake in? they criticize it. they find the biggest rock to throw and i really think that’s the biggest issue white feminists have with our black girl heroes like beyonce and nicki minaj.
they just don’t fucking get it and they feel excluded from these powerful anthems of black femaleness and the bitches are just mad about it.
it’s because white feminism is obsessed with equality with white males and male power, whereas black feminism presented by beyonce/nicki minaj/etc is about complete and total supremacy and the recognition of one’s self as the higher power. beyonce says no one can “fade her” aka “take her” aka she’s on top; she doesn’t have an equal, male or female. she’s not looking for equals. black feminism has more than just sexism to overcome; it’s racism and queerphobia and transphobia and other things that make it difficult to just be satisfied with gender equality. so why stop there? why not just make yourself supreme hero?
After LAPD officers arrived in riot gear and a helicopter to shut down a party, many students said the department was unfairly targeting students of color.
Remember everything I’ve been documenting about the multimillionaire business of G4S in the administration of detention and deportation of undocumented people in Europe? The above quote comes from a court proceeding in the UK yesterday.
“There is an enormous gap between the way the country presents itself and imagines itself and projects itself, and the reality of this country… But you’ve gotta really be interested in that, and sometimes your mindset, you know, doesn’t allow you to see it. I mean, how many people do I know who work in a building where every single person who makes that building possible is Latino, you know? And yet when you ask them, ‘Do you know any Latinos?’ they’re like, ‘Nah. Really? The Latino community’s growing?’… So, of course, I do think there’s already, for some folks, that old story that we’ve been carrying about ourselves that gets reinforced everyday on the news, and every day on television and in the movies, and even in the culture of books. That old story is tenacious, and it’s hard to kind of move that enormous boulder in a new direction.”
Junot Diaz, author and professor: http://www.junotdiaz.com/
Moyers, B. (Interviewer) with Diaz, J. (Interviewee). (28 December 2012). Moyers and Company.[Television series episode]. New York, NY: WNET.
- rescue three white women who have been missing for a decade, and a baby
- become a national hero
- pull and even bosser move and tell the fbi to give the reward money to the victims
- media decides to dig into your past, and bring up your criminal record.
wonderful time to be black in america.
This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth criminalized.
- She was doing a science experiment
- She’s being charged as an ADULT
- She’s being charged with a FELONY
If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination, employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.
There is a petition up … spread the word.
Hey, remember this from yesterday? Go ahead and hit up the petition.
10 actual Indian actors who could’ve played Khan Noonien Singh instead of Benedict Cumberbatch: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Naveen Andrews, Sacha Dhawan, Kal Penn, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Aamir Khan, Kabir Bedi (who should’ve been the original Khan anyway)
it’s called AAVE, you FUCKTRUCK
I hate how people here think that “proper general English” is the only way to speak English and all the others are considered “idiocy” like if language has anything to do with intelligence. I’m not even from the U.S. and I know this better than most of you.
Below is a list of all English dialects in North America:
- New England English
- Inland Northern American English (includes western and central upstate New York)
- Mid-Atlantic dialects
- Inland Northern American English (Lower peninsula of Michigan, northern Ohio and Indiana, Chicago, part of eastern Wisconsin and upstate New York)
- North–Central American English (primarily Minnesota, but also most of Wisconsin, the Upper peninsula of Michigan, and parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa)
- Midland American English
- Southern English
- Western English
- Hawaiian Pidgin
White people are so fucking dense, stop normalizing your lives. Not everything is relative to YOU and YOUR reality. There are cultures all around you that you know nothing about. You do not know every walk of life. There is shit you don’t understand fuckhead.
Let’s imagine that instead of sending a handful of investigators from the ATF and the Chemical Safety Board to West, Texas, we marshaled every local, state and federal resource available to discover the exact sequence of events that led to the explosion. Let’s imagine that the question—Why?—became so urgent that the nation simply could not rest until it had overdetermined the answers. We’d discover that OSHA hadn’t inspected the plant in 28 years—did this play a role in the disaster? If it’s found that the company that owns the plant, Adair Grain, violated safety regulations, as it had last year at another facility, we might call it criminal negligence and attribute culpability. But would we ascribe ideology? And which ideology would we indict? Deregulation? Austerity? Capitalism? Would we write headlines that say—Officials Seek Motive in Texas Fertilizer Explosion? And could we name “profit” as that motive in the same way that we might name, say, “Islam” as the motive for terrorism? Would we arrest the plant’s owners, deny them their Miranda rights and seek to try them in an extra-legal tribunal outside the Constitution, as Senator Lindsey Graham has suggested we treat US citizen Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? Would we call for a ban on the production of ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia? Would we say that “gaps and loopholes” in our nation’s agricultural policies were responsible for the tragedy, as Senator Chuck Grassley has suggested about immigration in the Boston bombing case?
No, we won’t. We won’t do any of these things, because even if the West fertilizer plant disaster is ultimately understood as something more than “just an accident,” it will still be taken as the presumed cost of living in a modern, industrialized economy."
fun fact: iraq, pakistan, afghanistan and saudi arabia have a higher percentage of women in the government than the us & the uk
another fun fact: white people tend to get very angry when you point this out to them
ah white feminists, can y’all take note?
The grotesque racial and ethnic stereotyping of former decades has been largely purged from the mainstream, but only to be replaced by less offensive, yet nonetheless stereotyped, signifiers. Non-Europeans living in a European-dominated society absorb these standards themselves, and not only are continuously made to be aware of their “otherness,” but adhere, out of necessity, to the Eurocentric system of signification. If an American of Asian descent wants to create a children’s book intended to build self-esteem among Asian American children and educate other children about Asian American experiences, she must first make sure the readers know that the characters represented are Asian, and so, consciously or not, she resorts to stereotyped signifiers that are easily recognizable, such as “slanted” eyes (an exaggerated representation of the epicanthic fold that is often, but not always, more pronounced in East Asians than in Europeans or Africans) or pitch black, straight hair (regardless of the fact that East Asian hair can range from near-black to reddish brown, and is often wavy or even frizzy). So it is that Americans and others raised in European-dominated societies, regardless of their background, will see a circle with two dots for eyes and a line for a mouth, free of racial signifiers, as “white.”
Japan, however, is not and never has been a European-dominated society. The Japanese are not Other within their own borders, and therefore drawn (or painted or sculpted) representations of, by and for Japanese do not, as a rule, include stereotyped racial markers. A circle with two dots for eyes and a line for a mouth is, by default, Japanese.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Japanese readers should have no trouble accepting the stylized characters in manga, with their small jaws, all but nonexistent noses, and famously enormous eyes as “Japanese.” Unless the characters are clearly identified as foreign, Japanese readers see them as Japanese, and it would never occur to most readers that they might be otherwise, regardless of whether non-Japanese observers think the characters look Japanese or not."
and for the next god-knows-how-long i am going to have to be terrified of both the person/people who committed an act of terror in my city AND the very people who are ‘sworn’ to protect me (who i already have reason to be scared of). i’m not saying this to bitch. i’m saying this to put something into perspective.
the mythical “saudi national” rumor has branched out into hundreds of sub-rumors now, while the boston PD denies having even taken in anyone as a witness or otherwise yesterday.
all i know are two things:
1. the person/people who committed yesterday’s act of terror is/are still out there
2. if i don’t make a point of ‘laying low’ (eg, wearing sunglasses, long sleeves that cover my the skin on my arms, avoiding eye contact with people, by NO means wearing ANYTHING ‘too muslim-ish’), i am inherently at risk of being jumped (my uncle was attacked and had his nose broken on the street in new york after 9/11), harassed (i’ve already been called ‘taliban’ & other slurs on the street in boston before), or sexually assaulted. even if i do take ‘precautions’ there is still a higher risk of this happening now.
people are calling for mass-deportation, mass-detainment, concentration camps. this is not the first time in my life this has happened. the first time, i was 9. it is just as terrifying now as it was then.
i do not even wear hijab. and i am afraid for my life.
essentially what i am saying is if you are not making sure you are prepared to stick up for & protect your muslim brown friends, you’re doing something wrong.
The indifference of it.
This was the problem and would be ever after, the block on which she sometimes feels her whole being stumbled: that he (and so she) became so unspecific. In an instant. That the details didn’t matter in the end. Her life until that moment had seemed so original, a richly spun tale with a bright cast of characters— she: motherless princess of vertical palace, their four-story apartment on Victoria Island; they: passionate, glamorous friends of her father’s, staff; he: widowed king of the castle. Had he died a death germane to this life as she’d know it— in a car crash, for example, in his beloved Deux Chevaux, or from liver cancer, lung, to the end puffing Caos, swilling rum— she could have abided the loss. Would have mourned. Would have found herself an orphan in a four-story apartment, having lost bother her parents at thirteen years old, but would have been, thus bereaved, a thing she recognized (tragic) instead of what she became: a part of history (generic).
She sensed the change immediately, in the tone people took when they learned that her father had been murdered by soldiers; in the way that they’d nod as if, yes, all makes sense, the beginning of the Nigerian civil war, but of course. Never mind that the Hausas were targeting Igbos, and her father was a Yoruba, and her grandmother Scottish, and the house staff Fulani, some Indian even. Ten dead, one an Igbo, minor details, no matter. She felt it in America when she got to Pennsylvania…that her classmates and professors, white or black, it didn’t matter, somehow believed that it was natural, however tragic, what had happened. That she’d stopped being Folasade Somayina Savage and had become instead the native of a generic War-Torn Nation. Without specifics. Without the smell of rum or posters of the Beatles or a kente blanket tossed across a king-size bed or portraits. Just some war-torn nation, hopeless and inhuman and as humid as a war-torn nation anywhere, all war-torn nations everywhere. ‘I’m sorry,’ they’d say, nodding yes in agreement, as one says I’m sorry when the elderly die, ‘that’s too bad’ (but not that bad, more ‘how these things go’ in this world), in their eyes not a hit of surprise. Surely, broad-shouldered, woolly-haired fathers of natives of hot war-torn countries got killed all the time?"
Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi student who was injured during the violence in Boston yesterday is a witness, not a suspect. That clarification has become important in the aftermath of Monday’s tragic events. False and racially coded reports have surfaced over the past 24 hours speculating that the Saudi student in question was somehow responsible.
Here’s more from the Washington Post:
The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s and is in the United States on a Saudi scholarship to study at a university in the Boston area.
The federal officials’ explanation echoed comments by a Saudi official at the country’s embassy in Washington. The embassy official said that a Saudi national has been questioned as a witness but is not regarded as a suspect. The Saudi official cited information provided to the embassy by U.S. law enforcement officials.
“We’re not aware of any Saudi suspect or Saudi person of interest,” said the Saudi official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary nature of the information.
The young man sustained serious injuries and reportedly volunteered to have his home searched by investigators, according to the Post.