The post anonymous is referring to. I’m going to get a bunch of angry reblogs and asks. My thoughts? First thing is first, I’m confused on why people are suddenly realizing that GirlJanitor created and is the owner MedievalPoC. Moving on, this is going to be a long post anonymous, grab some popcorn and a drink.
I’m beginning to take that crew’s claims of being certain race/ethnicities with a gain of salt. First you have Riley/Nikkia claiming to be Egyptian, West Indian Native, Native American, Indian and they pretend to be Japanese on their side blog. I’ve seen comments on sf-drama that Riley/Nikkia went through a phase where they were obsessed with Indian culture and claimed to be Indian and then turned around and began obsessing over Japanese people and their culture.
Then we have certain people in the crew, like Genderbitch/HexGoddess who become an honorary person of color or in some cases an honorary Black person in arguments.
I honestly would not be surprised if GirlJanitor turned out to be a white person pretending to be Native American, Polska Roma, and Mexican. An Rromani blogger came to me and they spoke about how they felt that GirlJanitor is a fake. They gave me a few posts, as evidence of GirlJanitor’s ancestry stories did not add up. One of these posts was about GirlJanitor telling everyone their “Blue Spot” myth story.
They wrote a post about having a “blue spot” and I quote
"The only time I ever met me father was an hour after I was born. He took one look at me and said, "this is my child." When my mother and her family wondered how he was so certain, he showed them my Blue Spot. All of his family had been born with Blue spots: some of my mother’s family knew of them because of Roma heritage, but I only child in at least a generation who’d been born with one."
Now I can post the screenshot in case anyone thinks I’m lying. If you are not aware of what a Blue Spot is, it’s actually called a Mongolian Spot or Mongolian Blue Spot or “congenital dermal melanocytosis”. It’s a birthmark. They can be found anywhere on the body but are commonly found on the lower back or butt. They are common amongst Native Americans, Africans (including people of African descent), Asians and Latinos. Whites can get them but they are not as common. It’s not surprising for a Native American to have one, or Rromani to have them since they are of Indian origin.
When I first wrote this section, I had assumed they (GirlJanitor) were saying that there’s Roma heritage on both sides of their family, their mother and father’s. But I was wrong and it’s easy to assume this since they did not actually state that their father was Native American in the beginning. It was not until I was writing the paragraphs below did I catch my mistake. I had to check the tags on the original post and saw that they had tagged it “Native American” and “NDN” as well as “Blue Spot, Mongolian Spot, Mongolian mole, birthmarks, heritage, truth, medical abuse, dermatology”. I think because of this that people were confused and thought that their father was Rromani.
To continue, they state this about their Roma heritage
"some of my mother’s family knew of them because of Roma heritage, but I only child in at least a generation who’d been born with one."
GirlJanitor continues on and explains that they went to a white dermatologist and he “completely flipped out over my spot” and was “convinced it was some kind of skin cancer”. Bullshit. Unless they had the dumbest dermatologist in the world, there is no way a licensed dermatologist would mistake a Mongolian Blue Spot for a type of skin cancer. Mongolian Blue Spots have actually been mistaken for bruises, but not skin cancer!
I also love how they are specific when it came to the ethnicities of their previous dermatologist, Chinese and Indian. Coincidence? I personally do not think so.
"It is a reminder to me that white people will always try to steal my heritage and who I am."
Really? If this story is true, it seems more like a dumb dermatologist who thought a Mongolian Blue Spot was skin cancer and should be out of a job. I’m sure there’s more to Lakota people than a Mongolian Spot.
This entire story feels made up to me. I have a screenshot of someone responding to their post and saying that it’s not an uncommon condition in regards to having a Mongolian Spot. GirlJanitor responds
"So much :3 for my people with Blue Spots!
My mom’s paternal family is Polska Roma via Germany, so they knew about blue spots but none of my mom’s generation had one.”
Paternal family means on one’s father’s side. Their mother’s father (GirlJanitor’s grandfather)’s side of the family is Polska Roma. The Rromani blogger I talked to said that GirlJanitor switched from paternal to maternal. But in these posts it says paternal. Maybe the blogger I was spoke to had it mixed up or GirlJanitor switched back.
In a post entitled “[tw: racism, genocide] Apparently it IS fucking genocide celebration day], they write:
"Like seriously. Okay. I get it. I’m 40% Native American, 25% Polska Roma, I’m AFAB and I have a cognitive disability. A lot of people have had a pretty big interest in wiping me off the face of the earth. I’m triply, quadruply "undesirable"
I’m not sure how it’s possible for someone to be 40% Native American.
"My gramma B. came over to America during WW2 hidden in a suitcase barried by a white Jewish family. My family now tries to deny she as Roma, and honestly think that started well before the current generation, and shit like this is why. I’m just like, okayy, if she could have passed for white, why the fuck did she have to hide??? Every other part of the story changes with the teller except the hiding in the suitcase part, but fuck that shit because I remember my grammar B and I remember how the story went when SHE told it.
If I was her I would have done my best to pass the second I got here, too. My two uncles barely passed, unlike my mom who’s really light-skinned.”
If their grandmother was so obviously Polska Roma and “their uncles and grandfather used to say they were “Sicilian”“. Why would their family deny it? Especially when they clearly seemed to be doing otherwise in the Mongolian Blue Spot post. And if you’re family is constantly denying that they’re Polska Roma then shouldn’t you listen to them? If they keep denying it, it’s probably because they’re not. They also claimed to be Mexican (mestiz@) ancestry they claim. Not sure what the percent is or where it comes from.
When it comes to their Lakota heritage, they’re not even connected.
Honestly, it’s this kind of reaction to Black Natives and Freedmen that makes me extremely disinterested in connecting with my tribe in any kind of official capacity.
I’m assuming I’m one of those that the OP was directed at-an NDN who’s not enrolled or connected to my tribe because of several of the reasons listed…and since I’m not Black, my heritage isn’t officially denied because I’m mixed.
Of course there are reasons for this as the OP mentioned. The problem is, GirlJanitor is disconnected from their Native American and Rromani heritage but somehow they manage to speak over all of the people who are connected, where raised in their culture(s), etc. Why is this? They know absolutely nothing about any of the groups they try to lay claim to but they are still a giant voice. The Native American community on tumblr recently had a giant blow up where a few tumblr users were named to be fake NDNs or at least disingenuous. I follow a lot of Native American bloggers and I know how serious situations like this are even if I’m not apart of that community. Many Rromani people have also voiced concern over people pretending to be apart of their community.
Why hasn’t GirlJanitor been called out? If they have, why is their voice still raised up high over other people? This probably would not be a problem if GirlJanitor actually listened when people pointed out their mistakes and learned from people, who are more knowledgeable, in the communities they try to claim. And it wouldn’t be a problem if they did not go around posting inaccurate information on their personal blog and on MedievalPoC, which ironically spreads historical inaccuracies while trying to fight them and is simply a terrible blog.
They have said some inaccurate things about American Rromani
"It can be difficult because many Romani people from bygone eras don’t meet the set of "racialized POC features" criteria in the U.S. By which I mean, most Romani and Roma people who came to the United States immediately began passing for being passed as white.
Many people have pointed that out to be untrue, and in fact GirlJanitor called one person a “swarmy cunt”. Passing as white years ago was not as easy people on tumblr liked to think, and even in present day, Rromani people still lay low.
There are more inaccurate things but this post is already too long, and people have explained in detail the issues with MedievalPoC and I will reblog/queue those posts after I finish this ask. But in short, I do not like GirlJanitor because they cannot take an ounce of criticism, the blog they run is terrible and spreads inaccurate information, and they run with a group of people who are incredibly abusive. If GirlJanitor’s family stories do turn out to be true, then they need to do more learning than speaking over people. They allegedly have also told people to kill themselves.
If they are lying, and they really are only German American then they need to stop.
When it comes to the other things spoken about in the post, I have my fair share of problems with it. I do not know anything about NLD but I’m not sure how you can say someone is not based off handwriting. PoC (People of Color) is not a racist term; it’s a term that has been misused amongst Tumblr SJ. There are some non-white people who do not want to label themselves as that and that’s perfectly fine. The photo FactualWiley posted of GirlJanitor, the one at the end that looks like someone made a Hitler mustache on them. Because in the original photo it wasn’t there, and I know it was done on purpose and to be malicious and I find it disgusting. Just because they’re German or has German ancestry doesn’t mean they’re a Nazi.
For right now these are all my thoughts. As I said before I will be reblogging, posting, and queuing some receipts on the GirlJanitor situation. If any questions, send me a message.