Caught this when my post popped back up on my dash— WHO THE FUCK EDITED OUT "Brown Lives Matter" from my post. You ain’t fucking with what I’m saying, don’t reblog. Don’t change my words. I meant them and won’t be bullied away from Black/Brown solidarity. Another friend said maybe it’s a regional thing, folks not recognizing the severity of which Brown folk face brutality from the police. In Florida, my Brown fam came out and rode with me on Trayvon Martin, and in turn, Black folk showed up for Reefa Hernandez. Saw the same out in LA. Chill with this shit yall. We need to be in this together. #staywoke #farfromover

anonymous asked:

So, there's a post going around tumblr about how Holocaust was not about white people and if white people were killed it was 'cause of them being gay or disabled, and it makes me want to punch walls because I'm Russian and have some Polish blood, and my relatives were massacred exactly for their ethnicity which is by worldwide standarts is as white as it gets. (sorry to bardge in like this but sometimes you seem like the only sane person out here and I'm fucking upset)

I saw that yeah :-/ There is a tendency to forget that the Nazis also saw Slavic people as “subhuman” and planned to exterminate them, to empty Eastern Europe and create German “Living Space”, as per Generalplan Ost, I don’t believe the Holocaust should ever be framed as a “who suffered the most during it” race to the bottom, but all the same, it is incredibly important not to erase any group of people who suffered in that hideous genocide. 

I checked it out, and it seems OP saw the messages, apologised and said they would correct it, but I understand it’s always hurtful when erasure occurs, especially when the post has been circulated already.

Sometimes I feel discussing Nazi racism in terms of whiteness is kind of counterproductive though, because people tend to view it with the US idea of whiteness, which is quite colourist. And it muddies the entire thing because Nazi racism was very much based on ethnicity; imo it’s not so much about being “white” but being part of their envisioned “Aryan race”: ergo you could have light skin and blonde hair but if you were Jewish, Rroma or Slavic, that’s not Aryan because your ethnicity counts. Not to mention the Japanese were “honorary Aryans”. It was not just because of the Axis alliance: Hitler’s racial theory also put quite a bit of stock into civilisational superiority, and he’d mentioned how the age of Japanese (and Chinese) civilisation was evidence of racial supremacy. I feel like seeing it in terms of whiteness doesn’t quite capture the full picture?

European racism itself doesn’t really have a coherent idea of whiteness imo; it’s all about lining up with that majority ethnic group conquering everybody else. Light skin is part of that dynamic since many people in Europe are fair-skinned, and that’s obvious when you introduce non-Europeans to the picture. But between similarly light-skinned European ethnic groups, ethnicity + culture matters a lot and operates as a criteria to dehumanise. 

There was certainly an element of whiteness (they thought Africans were inferior), caricatures of Jewish people in Nazi Germany always drew them dark-skinned and looking foreign. But all the same, I guess I feel Nazi racism is understood better if one situates the “Aryan/Nordic” race as being at the nexus of power in Nazi Germany, rather than the idea of “white” which seems more colourist. This better allows for an understanding why the Nazis were also fanatically obsessed with murdering people who by US standards, would be considered “white”. I mean in general, European racism till today is still very ethnicity-based, not just colourist. 

Frida Kahlo be like: capitalism is evil and fuck industrialization 

Modern day Frida Kahlo “fans,” be like: let’s take her life/art and have it become another commodity that can be sold in our consumer oriented society. I’m talking iphone cases

American Apparel t-shirts,

and quirky postcards that whitewash her and take away her cultural identity that she loved so much

bayuncadas asked:

how do you feel about non black poc using "we can't breathe" because I find it highly inappropriate considering it's black people that are being killed for just existing and non black poc (myself included) won't face that kind of violence.

I agree that it’s very offensive because as maarnayeri described so well, Eric Garner’s murder by Officer Daniel Pantaleo was a lynching. Eric Garner was suffocated to death because he was black, and so stepping in as non-black people and saying “We can’t breathe” is an offensive erasure which perpetuates the very antiblackness that killed Eric Garner and gets all of us black people killed every single day in this country. 

I really just wish that white and non-black POC “allies” would take the half a second necessary in rallies to think about the chants and how repeating some of them contextually is inappropriate and hurts black people more than the so-called “good intentions” behind them will ever help us. Solidarity requires, no demands, at least 2 seconds of reflection, but most non-black “allies” refuse to give us even that, which is more telling than anything. 

and that post has other people tagging it “racism” and “white people” 

when the documentary was very much more about economic inequality in India and about the city authorities (who are mostly other Indians) not giving a shit about their fellow countrymen because they are poor and their lives are seen as expendable. 

i mean…it seems kind of perverse how whiteness always attracts attention and has everything credited or attributed to them. Like with colourism in East Asia, where the preference for fair skin has long predated any European contact. But I see many conversations that blame all the craze for skin whitening on whiteness and completely omitting this background, which is thousands of years older. Yes, nose jobs and double eyelids are influenced by Eurocentric beauty standards but the skin lightening component has older roots, and this contribution is crucial to understanding the preference for fair skin today. 

the fact that everything is uncritically made to be about white people, even if it’s ostensibly to attribute bad things…is catering and centering whiteness. it’s catering and overprivileging whiteness when issues get distorted and reframed around whiteness at the expense of accuracy. 

nightanddayitsnoellieellie asked:

I'm really confused about what "respectability" is. Could you please explain it?

Respectability politics is the idea that if an oppressed group is well educated, polite, and nicely dressed- according to the dominant group’s standards- that they will not face violence from their oppressors. 

Put another way, it’s the idea that the more you act/talk/dress like a middle class, college educated, cis gender, heterosexual white person- and the less you act on or speak up about your own culture,- the less danger you’re putting yourself in.

It’s an ideology of victim-blaming, erasure, and fear. And it doesn’t even hold true. In this type of culture of dominance, an oppressed group can never be “respectable” enough, no matter what they do. If one group is seen as the norm, any group that deviates from the norm is considered Other, and no amount of respectability can change that. 

You don’t overthrow your oppressors by trying to please them.

bhvandip asked:

In regards to number of black people killed, what about the Indians who were murdered, bullied, and mocked for being a certain color or having an accent? Why do Americans simple ignore this growth of hate?

This is what happens when you talk about antiblackness and mourn black tragedies as a black person, non-black POC can’t help but go “well WHAT ABOUT US” even if it’s a conversation specifically centered in antiblackness. It reminds me of when I went to a Mike Brown rally here in DC 2 months ago and a white Latina women shouted out during a pause in the rally, “well this doesn’t just happen to black people, you know!" I was floored that even as thousands of black people stood around her on the brink of tears mourning our slain brother, Mike Brown, that she still had the gall to violently disrupt our moment of collective grief, pretending in her ahistorical fantasy world as if police brutality has not always been centered around the policing and control of black bodies in this country.

And this brings us back to you and this ask. Your derailment is not just disrespectful, it is a form of violence that perpetuates antiblackness. If we were talking about an issue that specifically affected the Indian community and not black people, would you have me here going- WELL WHAT ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE? No. That is derailment, it decenters the conversation away from the affected group in question, it minimizes their voices, erases the underlying issues, history and nuance of that community’s specific racialized experience in this country, and it is a form of violence against them. But why then do non-black POC love to do this with black tragedies and issues that specifically affect us as black people? Why do they wear hoodies and carry signs saying that “we are all Trayvon/Mike Brown” when they will never be Trayvon or Mike Brown as non-black people? Why do they have the gall to come into my inbox with bullshit like this? They can’t help but derail all of our conversations and make it about them, and in doing so lay their antiblackness bare for the world to see. Comments like this show that they don’t care about black life at all and will exploit our loss, struggles and pain to their own ends to try and crawl ahead in white supremacist power structures.

And most importantly- Did I call for you? Did I ask for your opinion? Are you relevant in any way shape or form to the specifically black issues that I typically talk about on my blog? Nope. So why are you even speaking? You have a blog and clearly too much time on your hands, so why don’t you stop wasting my time and go write about the issues affecting your community? That way we all can build actual solidarity by centering each other’s voices on issues specific to our own communities, rather than co-opting moments and discourse that isn’t about us. Because newsflash: sure our struggles are connected as POC, but antiblackness is not and will never be about you as a non-black person.

Asks and comments like this are never about actual solidarity, they are about exploiting moments and conversations about black people and antiblackness and using it to their own ends, and I’m not having it. 

[Link to video in question]

What Transgender People Really Think About Sarah Silverman’s Fake Sex Change

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has a new campaign called the Equal Payback Project, which, under the guise of “crowdfunding the wage gap,” seeks to raise awareness about the very real disparity between how much women get paid compared to men in the U.S. They launched the fundraising effort with a new video starring comedian Sarah Silverman, who is facetiously preparing to undergo a sex change so that she can earn as much as a man does.

The video has gotten rave reviews from mainstream outlets. E! Online praised the ad as “humorous” and “thought provoking.” Us Weekly joked that Silverman found the “perfect solution” for beating the “vagina tax.” Even Time Magazine highlighted the “risqué” ad, describing its plot as Silverman deciding that “it’s easier to just get a penis.”

Transgender people — those who might actually weigh the decision to undergo transition-related surgeries — had a very different reaction to the clip. Many have been criticizing the video on Twitter, and a few shared their thoughts with ThinkProgress about why they feel its shtick trivializes their experiences as transgender people.

Rachel See, a transgender lawyer in Virginia, told ThinkProgress that “being used as the punchline of a fundraising campaign by a group that should be our ally made me sad.” Though the ad suggests Silverman’s salary would go up, See explained that “transgender people routinely face discrimination for transitioning. Many lose their jobs, or find that they have a harder time getting a job.” Indeed, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) found that in 2011, transgender people were four times more likely to be living in extreme poverty than the general population and faced double the rate of unemployment. As activist Janet Mock quipped on Twitter Wednesday, tagging the NWLC and Silverman, “Sex reassignment doesn’t help one advance in workplace. Ask one of the most underemployed populations: trans people.”

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis similarly chided the video Thursday afternoon. Ellis acknowledged that the humor was probably “well intended,” but suggested that it “missed the mark” by not acknowledging that “for transgender people, the workplace is usually a very hostile environment. And that’s not really funny at all.”

It’s nonetheless true that many skeptics of transgender equality accuse transgender individuals of transitioning for selfish reasons. Sarah McBride, Special Assistant for for LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress, notes that there are “widespread societal prejudices and misconceptions” that people transition for “some sort of sexual or financial advantage.” But as See points out, many trans people do not even undergo surgery because they cannot afford it. The NTDS found that no more than a quarter of trans people had undergone some form of genital surgery. Though about 43 percent of trans men had had chest surgery and another 50 percent wanted it, only 2 percent had undergone phalloplasty (the construction or reconstruction of a penis), and 72 percent of them didn’t even want it.

Likewise, See points out that the video problematically defines gender by reducing it entirely to a person’s genitals. In response, she posed the question, “Is a transgender person who has not yet had genital surgery any less of a man or a woman? That’s what the NWLC is implying in their ad.”

But that’s not to say that transgender people don’t have something compelling to add to the conversation about the gender wage gap. McBride told ThinkProgress that transitioning was an “eye-opening experience” because she learned not only about prejudice against transgender people, but the effects of sexism as well. “My qualifications and talents did not change when I transitioned, yet in the eyes of many people, they did,” she explained.

Likewise, trans men do acknowledge that they experience male privilege after transitioning. Lou Weaver, a trans advocate and educator in Texas, said that after transitioning, he could ask for more money to do my job. “Before [transitioning],” he recalled, “I did not get paid as much as my male counter parts even though I had as much experience.” But the advantages he has a man only persist so long as he doesn’t reveal that he’s trans. If he outs himself, he’s told that he will “always be female” and that he is “not a ‘real’ man.” When faced with such detractors, Weaver counters, “I do not need a penis to be a man.”

NWLC did not respond directly to a ThinkProgress request for comment, but did post a response to the controversy Thursday afternoon. The statement from NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger notes that “our work includes all women” and highlights some of the financial challenges transgender people experience. As to the content of the ad, however, the statement seems to defend its premise as comically “ludicrous,” arguing, “The Equal Payback Project uses Silverman’s brand of absurd humor to draw attention to this ludicrous situation — it was not our intent to make light of the serious issues transgender people face.”

Greenberger does not explicitly apologize for the ad, but she does include a promise to do better by transgender people: “We will share statistics about job discrimination faced by transgender people as part of the Equal Payback Project. And we commit to using some of the resources raised by this project to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by transgender women and men.”

The Equal Payback Project has raised just over $80,000 as of Thursday afternoon, but nowhere on its page does it currently mention transgender people.

Helpful Tagging Information
  • Failing to tag a post as “transmisogyny” and instead only tagging “cissexism/transphobia” when the attack is directed at trans women (ex. use of the t-slur) is an act of erasure and violence.

  • Failing to tag a post as “antiblackness” and instead only tagging “racism” instead of "racism" AND "antiblackness" when the attack is directed at black people (ex. use of the n-slur) is an act of erasure and violence
  • If you tag anything “hispanic” or any variant of that word I will side eye you. I hate that gentrifying word, it’s an attempt to make my people palatable by emphasizing our connection to whiteness. 
  • Transphobia isn’t really as coherent as a concept as cissexism is: the words are basically interchangeable, but I favor the latter, because the violence faced by people who are not trans woman is more based in assumptions that they cannot be what they say they are (cissexism) rather than repulsion (described by transphobia). That repulsion is almost always directed at trans women only, described in transmisogyny.
  • It’s good to tag both cissexism and transphobia, because people blacklist the word transphobia, but when you talk about oppressive structures that ALL trans people face, use the word “cissexism” and when you talk about violence faced by trans women call it “transmisogyny,” because that is what it is.

About Orange is the New Black's erasure of Piper's bisexuality Lindsay King-Miller writes: "It’s as though this show (and really, almost all fiction) exists in a parallel universe where everything is the same except that the word "bisexual" was never invented. … the bi erasure in Orange Is the New Black doesn’t seem to come from individual characters so much as it emerges from the fabric of the show itself, particularly since the characters on the show who erase or disrespect Piper’s orientation are never portrayed as wrong or flawed for doing so. … Contrast this, for example, with the portrayal of Laverne Cox’s Sophia, a trans woman. It would be absurd to tell a story about a trans woman that features no discrimination, and Orange doesn’t try. But the show does offer Sophia ample opportunity to respond to transphobic policies and comments, to speak out against the way the system and people within it attempt to dehumanize her, to tell her own story in her own words. Piper, on the other hand, almost never gets to correct anyone for projecting binary assumptions onto her.”

badmoodrings asked:

how do you feel about white allies participating in these die ins? there's going to be one on my campus later and i was thinking of participating but I am now realizing that as a white person, that is most likely over-stepping my boundaries

Is it the blood of white people pouring through the streets? Are white bodies the ones being debased and dehumanized in our society? Are they the ones being shot down in cold blood and having their bodies left to bake in the sun for 4 hours in front of their family before being carted off in an unmarked van like Mike Brown? Are they the ones being choked to death by police as they scream “I can’t breathe” 11 times like Eric Garner? Are they the ones being killed for carrying an Iced Tea and Skittle at night like Trayvon? Are they being gunned down on playgrounds like 12-year-old Tamir Rice? Being shot down in their living rooms like 7-year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones? Having their heads slammed into the pavement and killed like mentally ill Tanesha Anderson?


So how does it make sense that white people and non-black POC are lying down for “die ins” which represent the number of black people being killed in this country due to antiblackness?

Erasure of antiblackness will never be solidarity, and when non-black people participate in die-ins and place their bodies as “stand ins” for black bodies, they are colluding with white supremacy and obfuscating the fact that this is a black experience. Making it visually appear like you will ever be gunned down like that is erasure of the fact that these are black bodies in the streets not your own. This is erasure, which is always a form of violence and not solidarity. 

The history of blackness is also a history of erasure. Everybody has told the story of black people in struggle except black people. The black people in the struggle haven’t had the means to tell the story historically. There were a million slaves but you see very few slave narratives. And that is intentional. So what was powerful in the context of Ferguson is that there were many people able to tell their story as the story unfolded.
—  DeRay McKesson (x)
What "Gentile Privilege" Looks Like

I think the Romani could probably understand this, as well as other diasporic groups with which I’m not as well acquainted, since their oppressions in many ways mirror anti-semitism. Some of these points will sound generally diasporic and, if so, those points are not intended to exclude other diasporic peoples. Most of these points are targeted at majority ethnicity people in the Western World, most specifically the United States since that’s where I live.

But if I had to explain “gentile privilege,” it would look like this.

Gentile privilege is:

  • Never having to ask “is it safe to call this country home?”
  • Never having to ask “when are they going to turn against us like everyone else did?”
  • Never having to watch the same patterns of oppression occur against your group while haters of your group victim blame you because if it’s been happening for 2000 years there must be a good reason for it
  • Never being constantly judged by the actions of your worst members while the majority culture erases the fact that the members of your group that they like are part of your group
  • Never having to cringe when someone like Bernie Madoff shows up in the news and fearing that you are all going to be blamed and punished for this somehow
  • Never having your ethnically distinct features be the short-hand for evil and ugly in popular culture (applies mostly to Ashkenazim)
  • Never having your very existence erased because your group is supposed to look like one specific subset of your group, a point which the majority culture drives home so sharply that members of that subgroup internalize it and have to deprogram themselves
  • Never having to hear that you don’t look like what you are as if it’s a compliment
  • Never having to debate with people outside your group about who is actually a member of your group as if they have a say in the matter
  • Never having people pretend to be members of your group and try to destroy your culture, religion and ethnicity from within
  • Never having people deny your oppression because you don’t fit into their neatly predetermined categories
  • Never having your group’s success in an industry be treated like an evil conspiracy to keep out people from other groups (see Jews control the Media, Jews control banking, Jews control Hollywood)
  • Never having to constantly negotiate whether or not to ask for Holidays off because “You have too many Holidays and you must be making them up”
  • Never having to spend two to three months every years listening to music, watching tv specials and being bombarded with advertisements related to a holiday you don’t celebrate while occasionally the majority culture will throw you a few nice gestures about a minor holiday they assume is important because it happens around the same time.
  • Never having people steal or redefine your words and then tell you that you’re using your own words incorrectly
  • Never having people use your group’s very name as a slur
  • Never having to work on your sabbath when the majority culture doesn’t have to work on theirs
  • Never having to deal with blue laws that won’t allow you to operate your business on a sunday to protect a sabbath you don’t practice
  • Never having to navigate between your religious and secular obligations since the rest of the world doesn’t recognize your religious obligations as being part of the mainstream culture
  • Never being accused of believing something you don’t by members of the majority society who think they know what you believe because their religion is descended from yours despite 2000 years of divergent theology and despite their group’s oppression of yours for the majority of that span
  • Never hearing people dismiss or deny a genocide that killed millions of your people in living memory
  • Never having people who did not have relatives in that genocide demand that you acknowledge the other victims of that genocide while those people deny that it was actually truly targeting you specifically at all, despite being a clear majority of the victims and having endless screeds, movies and laws created against you 
  • Never having to hear people act like that recent genocide is somehow an isolated incident and ignore the fact that the systemic oppression of your people started long before and has continued ever since and is only getting worse in recent times
  • Never being accused of being exactly like the people who committed the genocide against your people
  • Never having to see people try to reclaim the symbols of the people who committed that genocide against your people despite those people never having owned that symbol in the first place
  • Never having to live with the cognitive dissonance of believing that your people need a safe homeland because of the oppression your people have faced for thousands of years with the recognition that its creation is causing enormous horrors for another people
  • Never having to deal with a near total lack of solidarity when you point out your present-day oppression to people who claim to be interested in “Human Rights” and “Social Justice.”
  • Never having to constantly point out to people that you suffer from the majority of religiously motivated hate crimes in your country because your listeners believe that your oppression isn’t a big deal
  • Never having to remind other oppressed minority groups that the people who hate them hate you too and fearing that you will be accused of being privileged and racist for doing so
  • Never having your concerns about oppression of your group in the diaspora be dismissed because the person is opposed to your ethnic state, not your ethnicity and don’t you know that there’s a difference
  • Never having to watch people from countries that committed acts of expulsion and genocide against your people ignore and deny that they created the millions of refugees who moved to your controversial ethnic state
  • Never having to watch the people who want to end your ethnic state express total apathy for the fates of the members of your ethnicity should that ethnic state be erased, despite their countries’ complicity in causing the conditions that made moving to that state necessary for their survival
  • Never having people outside your group only acknowledge your oppression when a celebrity they don’t like is involved 
  • Never having people outside your group only care about famous members of your group when they find out that they are “othered” in a way other than being a member of your group, despite them having been murdered for being a member of your group
  • Never having people outside your group become dilettantes about a specific part of your religion and only a specific part of your religion that is supposed to only be studied by members of your group who have decades of background in study in the whole of your religion because it’s “mysticism.”
  • Never hearing people from other groups declare that you aren’t your group, they are.
  • Never having people categorize you as a race or religion based solely on which definition will make it easier for them to hate, persecute, erase or appropriate you.
  • Never being accused of stealing other peoples’ children to murder them for religious rituals
  • Never being told that oppression olympics are wrong except when it comes to you

There’s probably a lot more. But I figured this needed to be written. 


Disc One

Becky Hill - Caution To The Wind

Eeelke Kleijn - Mistakes I’ve Made

Roksopp - Monument (The Inevitable End Version) feat. Robyn

Erasure - Be The One

Snakeships - Days With You (feat. Sinead Harnett)

Zara Larsson - Rooftop

Take That - These Days

Lights - Running With The Boys

Clockwise - Hopeless (feat. Holly Vance)

Tove Lo - This Time Around

AlunaGeorge - Supernatural

Kylie Minogue - Golden Boy

Avicii - The Days (feat. Robbie Williams)

Beyonce - Drunk In Love (Joachim Garraud Remix)

Jennifer Hudson - Dangerous

Richard Marx - Like The World Is Ending

The Pierces - Creation

Erasure - Stayed A Little Late Tonight

Perfume Genius - Fool

Banks - Warm Water




Disc Two


Robin Shulz - Sun Goes Down (feat. Jasmine Thompson)

DedReckoning - Only Child (feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor)

TIEKS - Sing That Song (feat. Celeste)

David Guetta - Dangerous (feat. Sam Martin)

Mike Mago & Dragonette - Outlines

Florrie - Free Falling

Bright Light Bright Light - An Open Heart

Erasure - Reason

Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods

Bea Miller - Young Blood

Night Terrors of 1927 - When You Were Mine (feat. Tegan & Sara)

Charli XCX - London Queen

Moko - Your Love

Electric Youth - Runaway

Modern Talking - Brother Louie (2014)(Bassflow 3.0 Radio Mix)

Ella Henderson - Mirror Man

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Kiesza - Losin’ My Mind (feat. Mick Jenkins)

MO- Never Wanna Know

Chloe Howl - Disappointed

The Beautiful Girls - Control

Kyla La Grange - Big Eyes