To me, swearing is just fine. Swear your fucking heart out in my presence. That’s fantastic, have a blast. Just don’t let me catch you saying anything racist, ableist, sexist, heterosexist, transphobic, misogynistic, and generally anything truly hateful and vile. I do not take that shit lightly. Consider yourself warned.
White Person: ANYbody can be racist. No Exception!
Me: PoCs can only be prejudice to you.
White Person: That’s like saying “I can’t be an asshole, cause I’m an asshole.”
Me: Let me draw this chart here…
See this right here? When I say “PoCs can’t be racist,” it’s because the can only benefit from the circles, while White people benefit from the squares, which are the bigger problems.
White Person: So, basically, you’re calling me a bigger asshole?
Me: No. I’m saying that you benefit from systemic, which means that in addition to being an asshole, you got a system to make sure your opinions = a power you can wield.
White Person: Then we should stop being assholes to each other.
Me: But simply being nice while the rules are in place doesn’t help. Besides, you’re assuming that everyone wants to play fair. The reason why we say we can only be prejudice is because you have a system to help you support the racism.
White Person: But if we all stop being assholes…
Me: Is anything I’m saying registering?
White Person: You just want an excuse to be an asshole.
Me: I’m not saying people can’t be jerks. And there maybe times that people may use their race as a distraction. I’m just saying you’re using the wrong…
Why your claims of "reverse racism" are a logical fallacy.
Racism is a social construct, not the way an individual treats you. That is prejudice. If you’re hated, disdained, insulted, bullied, etc., for your race, that is prejudice. Why isn’t it racism? Because there are no societal implications. That bullying doesn’t give you less access to education, health care, representation in media, doesn’t make you a “profile” that is threatening inherently to the world, doesn’t get you aggressively targeted by police, doesn’t get you harsher punishments through the justice system, and on and on and on. Racism isn’t about an individual’s ill intentions or beliefs about another race. Racism is a social construct, a systemic form of oppression that unless you are the target of, you are complicit in and guilty of perpetuating and condoning. It wouldn’t be farfetched to say every single white person in America is racist. Does that mean they are all prejudice? No. Does that mean they all consciously make efforts to disenfranchise people of color or harm us? No. Does that mean they harbor ill will or hate? Absolutely not. However, do they benefit from the privileges of said social construct? Yes. Willingly or not. They do. Period, point blank. And don’t confuse privilege with earned material goods or status. What you worked for, you worked for. Privilege describes unearned means. Privilege would be the slap on the wrist for something that would land a black person in prison for life. Privilege would be walking into a job interview, seeing that all the other candidates were black and the interviewer was white, and having a sudden feeling of relief and confidence. Privilege is what allows someone to not have to know the difference between racism and prejudice. It’s what allows them to dismiss a person of color’s experiences, or try and impose their own as relative, without any true comparison. Privilege is the luxury of being wilfully ignorant with impunity because you are not harmed by the status quo in any way - in fact, it is designed for you, it caters to you, it provides for you, and it shelters you.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wants Western youths to re-examine the “horrifying image that is presented to you as Islam” in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and other recent horrors committed by extremist militant groups.
I’m seeing so many arguments on my dash right now so I’m gonna tell you all a thing. White people CANNOT experience racism. Racism, by the sociological definition, is the systematic and structural oppression of a minority race. This is something a white person will never experience. A minority group, to clarify, does not have to be a numerical minority. For example, when the British invaded India, Indians were by far the numerical majority, but still the minority because they were the oppressed or threatened group. White people can, however, experience prejudice. Prejudice is simply a judgement based on one’s preconceived notions of a group of people. Anyone can experience prejudice and everyone has some sort of prejudice. Once again, racism is the systematic and structural oppression of a minority race. People of color can have prejudice, but really cannot be racist.
Ladies and gentlemen, poison doesn’t always come in bottles. And it isn’t always marked with the skull and crossbones of danger. Poison can
take the form of words and phrases and acts: the venom of racial and
religious hatred. Here in the United States, perhaps more than ever
before, we must learn to recognize the poison of prejudice and to
discover the antidote to its dangerous effects. Evidences of racial and
religious hatred in our country place a potent weapon in the hands of
our enemies, providing them with the ammunition of criticism. Moreover,
group hatred menaces the entire fabric of democratic life. As for the
antidote: you can fight prejudice, first by recognizing it for what it
is, and second by actively accepting or rejecting people on their
individual worth, and by speaking up against prejudice and for
understanding. Remember, freedom and prejudice can’t exist side by side.
If you choose freedom, fight prejudice.
So, I had been seeing a flyer all over social media for a show that recently passed for an LA based artist named Amber Tilden. Some of the posts I’ve seen have been tagged with things like “#chicana”, “#cholafied”, “#womenshistorymonth”, “#familia”, “#homegirls”, etc.
You may have already seen me reblog one of these flyers adding my feelings on the event, but the more I saw about it, the more I’ve been feeling inclined to speak my mind further and explain the context behind my commentary.
The first time I heard of Amber Tilden was months back in 2014, here, during which she was confronted by members of the Xican@ community and others on why a large amount of her artwork is extremely problematic. This conversation covered cultural appropriation and why making an identity in Mexican/Chican@ culture into a costume is damaging. Tilden responded to the criticism/explanation by brushing these members of our community off as “#haters” and “racists”. Also, to my knowledge, she didn’t ask her fans/friends to stop with their horrible comments attempting to tear down this Xicana with derogatory statements on her appearance. (I don’t care if I didn’t like someone, I would never allow that on a page of mine).
So, flash forward to Woman’s History Month 2k15, and Amber Tilden is being focused on and supported by many in and outside of our community, in and outside of Los Angeles. She’s being praised for being this supposed amazing educator, woman supporting the empowerment of other women, and for the artwork she creates “based on her cultural upbringing”…
To many of you there are obvious, blinding red flags…
During her online altercations previously referenced, she explicitly stated her racial background, which made it very clear that that large amount of her artwork is, in fact, cultural appropriation.
This is something that should never be tolerated in our community, regardless of whether or not all of a person’s friends are “Hispanic”. (**Literal gag at use of word “Hispanic”**) As an example, it would certainly not be ok for me to make money off of my very own re-creations of Indian art and wear bindis, just because I grew up in a neighborhood with mostly Indians. Imagine if I took commissions where white people sent me couple pictures, asking me to draw Indian clothing of a particular sub-culture unique to them on said white people? & I said yes??
The fact that people are willing to brush it off as a joke is too, problematic.
When certain people within our communities aren’t taken seriously as valid, valuable members, that can create so much friction and a platform for misunderstandings, disrespect, and even violence between each other, or between us and others. We don’t want to view these people as costumes for amusement or as “disgraceful” or “embarrassing” – because they’re not. We have to be so careful with the way we express ourselves in a comedic sense because a lot of the time stereotypes can be perpetuated and things that shouldn’t be accessible to (in this case) white people, may appear to be accessible.
Yes, a lot of us love Lucy, but she would still get her ass beat if she had been walking around with a blue rag on her shoulder in Southern California. (& let’s not even address how much I hate Kate Moss or Lana Del Rey.)
So, the last example of Tilden’s art I posted I have less patience for… It actually infuriates every fiber of my fucking being.
I can’t believe anyone would actually lighten the skin, eyes, and hair of any brown person…
In the midst of OUR current and ongoing struggles with racism, indigenous hatred within our communities, poverty, gentrification, police brutality, abuse towards immigrants, etc. you would actually fix your pen to do this to one of us? There are just no excuses. You wanted to “decholafy” someone… so you not only make them preppy or whatever, you erase their experience as a woman of color? This is literally violent behavior and I’m so disgusted and disappointed in everyone in OUR community supporting it.
Yes, we all make mistakes. Yes, we’ve all said and done extremely problematic things. Yes, we’ve all been embarrassed and had to learn and grow. It’s when things are being explained to you and you’re being confronted and you still choose to continue your problematic, highly offensive behavior. You’re not taking the time to reflect. You’re not taking the opportunity to apologize and stop. & you’re not a teenager who has the excuse of being young and ignorant.
Being prejudiced against a race is fucking racist. Now stop with this “you can’t be racist towards whites, only prejudiced” bullshit. If you’re prejudice, you’re a racist piece of shit. Sorry about it.