Christians: here's something to shut up about

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Anonymous asked: I have gay christian friends, they think it’s okay to be gay, I don’t agree but I love them. I don’t know what to do or think or just pray, honestly it makes me so sad. I feel wrong because you’re supposed to rebuke christians living in sin, right? :(((( Save me lol [edited for length]

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Unka Glen answered: I get lots and lots of questions just like this, and they all make the exact same point, I know what the Bible says, and I want to uphold that, but I have friends who are gay, that I love, and I have no interest in being ugly towards them, so what’s the Christian way to respond?

like this… CHRISTIANS, PLEASE LEAVE ALL GAY PEOPLE ALONE. THANK YOU.

Please pick something else to obsess over. Anything else. Move on. Talk about something else. Everyone in the known universe, especially gay people, are aware of what the Bible says about homosexuality. We got it. The word is out. You can stand down and leave the ball in their court.

Also, no, you’re NOT supposed to rebuke Christians living in sin, not unless you are mentoring/discipling/pastoring someone, and you’ve earned the right to be heard. Nobody told you or I to be the sin police. Besides, everyone is a sinner committing some kind of sin right now. Ya wanna know how I know that? Because, since Jesus left the planet, we haven’t had any perfect people down here.

Also, if you really want to rebuke a sin, rebuke who Jesus rebuked: religious leaders who singled out particular sins for special persecution and rejection of others, without building bridges between those people and God. Of course you might end up rebuking on yourself to start with, but that’s usually a good place to start.

Also, Jesus said that He didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it (John 3:17, that’s the verse right after the most famous verse in the Bible). So do you really think, after saying He wasn’t there to condemn the world, that He was looking for you or I to condemn the world? Nuh-uh.

I work with prison inmates, gang members, and drug addicts, people who are rejected by society, and people who assume they’d be unwelcome in church. Do you honestly think I would get any ministry done if I said, “okay, step one, admit that you suck and you’re a big fat sinner”?

I preach good news, grace, and forgiveness of sins…even sins they don’t realize are sins yet… I’m not in the world to preach a lack of sin, and neither are you. We’re here to proclaim the good news that a relationship with God is available to everyone, no matter what.

In conclusion, and I can’t overstate this enough, Christians: please leave gay people alone. Move along. Nothing to see here. Hey, here’s an idea, work on poverty, that’s mentioned a LOT in the BIble. It’s okay to say nothing if you’re not sure how to avoid sounding like a jerk. The Bible can speak for itself.

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White Character Meeting PoC for the First Time

Anonymous said: I’m writing a story set in 1920s London and I have a few cherished non-white characters. One of my main POV characters is a young Irish boy who moves there and has lived in quite an isolated area, so I’m struggling to write realistic ways he would react to them without making him seem bigoted or stupid, or use racist slurs idek

Well, it might be realistic if he made some othering commentary if he’s never interacted with People of Color before. How he proceeds after he’s learned is a better reflection of him. Depending on how much he’s heard of certain PoC, he might hoard some stereotypes just from prejudices he’s heard in his town about so and so people.

That doesn’t mean he would believe them, but say if he was told a stereotype about Black people and meets one for the first time. He might think to himself “oh, that wasn’t true at all.” If you’re trying to avoid making him offensive, he’d probably keep that thought to himself, though, or realize the wrongness of the statement!

Or perhaps he dismissed the prejudices from the get-go, not choosing to believe hearsay that generalizes a whole people.

You don’t have to go on the opposite spectrum and make him super-tolerant-non-racist wonder boy who is hyped up for being super-tolerant and non-racist either, though if he does have some curiosities about the people he meets, no need to linger too much on it.

I’m not sure how young your character is, but my experience living in a predominately white suburb for most of my life (and encountering white kids who’ve probably never seen a black person before) has always been lots of open staring. Not in fear, but wonderment? Or maybe confusion.

So there’s a potential of oogling if he’s never encountered a person with dark(er) skin or not-white or white-passing in general, but if someone clears their throat or somehow lets him know he’s staring he can apologize and tone it down in the future. After he’s over the initial “Shock” it shouldn’t be a problem though.

I also know PoC who’ve had white kids exclaim things like “your skin is brown/dark!” or mention the contrast between their skin colors.

I imagine he’d notice and describe the People of Color for their differences, such as skin color, features, or manner of speech and clothing if they differ from other London residents. From there, it can be just that; a notice or mention. He doesn’t have to marvel on their differences and could engage with them respectfully as he would with white people.

 ~Mod Colette

Right wing conservatives always complain about visible minorities “not contributing”, which is an erroneous statement to begin with, then when we do well, integrate, become professionals, and contribute greatly, they complain about how we are “taking over “. How about just working on your own prejudice, racism, and xenophobia issues instead!

8 children have been found dead in a Cairns home. This horrific tragedy comes only days after 2 people were killed at the end of a 16 hour siege in Sydney in which a cafe full of people were taken hostage. This has been a devastating week in Australia, and our hearts go out to all those who have lost parents, partners, siblings, children, and friends. As humans we are strong with the love that binds us together, but weak with the hate that drives us apart. "If love could have saved you, you never would have died."

Wilson aired a series of stereotypes that pluralized Michael Brown. In the Renisha McBride case, Theodore Wafer, who was convicted in her killing, kept saying “them,” kept talking about “them.” It was them versus me, and I was terrified.

There was that stereotyped plural in everything he said. He was describing not even a human being, he was describing a terrifying shape onto which all kinds of historical fear [about the black body] were projected.

Dehumanizing. Beastializing. Cartooning. That’s precisely the danger of prejudice and stereotypes. That you don’t see the human being in front of you, you see a template, a projection, a hallucination of your worst fears that makes the fear greater than the situation that you’re actually in.

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anonymous asked:

Whites can have racism happen to them too! Just like sexism! Can happen to everyone no matter what gender or color, etc.

Babe, I know you have good intentions and I totally see where you are coming from.

Let me first start with, racism is different with racial discrimination and prejudice. The UN does not define racism because it is a very broad term and needs sociological arguments (sociologists/experts who study society) to be backed up.

According to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,

the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

Now, after finding out that racism is different from racial discrimination, then let’s find out the definition of racism. This opinion I am also laying out on the table come from white people, and sociologists who are white. My friends who are white explained this to me. I used to believe the same principle as you. However, the issue is with the word, racism, itself. Nowadays, it is thrown lightly… And the word holds such a broad meaning that it requires history, the laws of society, social norms, for the word to be backed up and applicable. While I am not disregarding your opinion, I would just like you to be open-minded, and see the sociological perspective of the word, racism.

Firstly, “intolerance or hatred for another race” is not the definition of racism. The dictionary’s view of racism is unfortunately wrong. And scholars have also argued with this and a white man himself published this article arguing with the idea that the definition of racism in the dictionary is “too white” and flawed.

So now, we just found that out. What is racism? Before, we can understand this, we have to understand what is the meaning of prejudice and discrimination. This powerpoint slide photoset (with 48k+ notes) explains the meaning of racism and why reverse racism does not exist (why it is impossible for white people to be subjected to the proper definition of racism)

So after reading that, what did we find out?

Prejudice is feeling of dislike for a racial/ethnic group and belief in this dislike. Discrimination is acting upon that prejudice or performing harmul actions towards those you have prejudice against. 

And for the moment we are all waiting for, racism is institutionalization of this discrimination which is then perpetuated in society. The keyword is, institutionalized (or institutionalised if you follow UK spelling). This textpost explains what is racism and why reverse racism (racism against white people) cannot happen or exist.

To quote:

Racism is when intolerance in government laws, attitudes and ideals of a society are ingrained in a culture to the point where patterns of discrimination towards a certain race are institutionalized as normal. If you keep this in mind, you’ll understand that reverse racism doesn’t- and can’t- exist.

There is another saying “Racism (or sexism) = prejudice + power. POC (people of color) can be prejudiced against white people. But they can never have power, i.e. a whole system of structured support that backs them. White people often don’t understand how much power they have. Just ONE white person has more power to do actual harm to a black person than one hundred black people do to that white person. A white person can KILL a black person without any consequences, while if the situation was reversed you can bet the killer wouldn’t see the outside of a prison cell for a long, long time.

The reason why white people cannot be subjected to racism is because of the laws of the land, societal norms, and history that backs up this argument. Racism is not the act of one person discriminating, but a whole population operating in a social structure. People of color can not be racist because they don’t have that power in a society controlled by white men.

White people are the privileged race and I know you may say, “but I dont think I am”, “I consider all race equal”, “i dont believe one race is superior to the other”, etc. But if you look at the laws of the land, you should understand that white people benefit the most out of the system. An example is cultural appropriation. 

Imagine this scenario to understand the meaning of that word:

A native american being mistreated, exploited, prejudiced, etc by white americans in the 1800s. They were mocked and discriminated against for their culture (specifically their religious practices and lifestyles, as well as their clothes)

Now imagine these same americans (white), 200 years later, taking your culture and making it into a “game” or “dressup”. It’s disrespect, because its once again your oppressor taking what is most important to you, your culture, and basically changing it into something thats “for fun” or dressup. Example, artists I love for their music but are problematic. Lana Del Rey in the Ride music video when she wears a Native american outfit. Katy Perry dressing up like a geisha (if you watch and/or read Memoirs of a Geisha, you should understand why their culture should be respected and considered sacred), dressing up like an egyptian, etc. 

This phenomenon is happening right now because of media. So this is one big example why white are the privileged group. Another example is immigration laws for Mexicans in the USA, poverty being prevalent in third world countries… There are various examples worldwide which support the argument why people of colour are oppressed by society in general. 

To quote the previous textpost link, i attached above

White people can never call someone else racist against them because that ‘someone else’ does not have the power to OPPRESS them. The person has the power to be mean.To hurt feelings.But not to OPPRESS.

THAT is the key difference. When a POC is mean to you, they are JUST being mean to you. Their entire society is not ACTIVELY discriminating against and oppressing you. Their society is not one where it is difficult for them to not be racist against you.

But yours is. And you need to accept that.

It is true that white people can be discriminated and experience prejudice for their race in countries where white is a minority. And discrimination and prejudice is morally wrong. However, it cannot be considered racism because if you consider the whole world and society as a whole, white people are the privileged race. I am not saying that white people being subjected to discrimination and prejudice is a lower degree compared to a person of colour being discriminated or prejudiced. Both are equally wrong. It is just the term, “racism”, is not applicable for white people. This is also the same for heterophobia. An already oppressed group cannot do the oppressing. An employee cannot fire their boss because they do not have the power.

Imagine there are two people. One white person and one person of colour. Considering all social factors, history, norms of society. A white person is given by the world, 10 apples. Whereas a person of colour is given by the world 3 apples. Or perhaps 3 is too less, lets make it 4. Actually lets make it 5. Or even 6 if you think we are progressing now with diminishing racism.

When you say that a white person can be oppressed by a person of colour, the person of colour is taking 1 apple away from the white person. So 10 apples - 1 = 9. That’s the number of apples the white person is left with. And the person of colour from 6 apples gains 1 more, thus ending up with 7. Even if that person of colour took 1 apple away, one still ended up with less than the privileged person. 

You cannot say the person of colour is born with the same number of apples because that is not what the majority of society is showing at the past and present.

White slavery did happen and does happen (very minimal today however). But we have to look at the bigger picture. White people being “oppressed” is 1/4. Considering that argument, more PoCs are still oppressed by the current system worldwide making 3/4. These are the facts, look them up. Also, this is not the oppression olympics and I really do not understand why it is hard for white people to acknowledge their privilege and just be aware. Like it actually is more respectful if you just accept this fact. It is not being a white supremacist. Also do not say that it is up to the person to think that their race is superiour to another hence makes them racist. Racism relates to system of powers. And in the world we live today, the white race is the most powerful. You just have to accept this.

When you are saying that the white race (yes, race not individual people) can be oppressed, that is saying that your sociological privilege, which is ascribed to you biologically, is being taken away from you and you are making it about you. When you say that the racism definition in the dictionary is progressive, and you are mentioning we all have the same blood, you see no colour. You are erasing histories, cultures, experiences of people of colour to “stop” racism or make the problem disappear by making everybody equal. You are discrediting the reality that inequality exists. 

Same goes with feminism, and LGBT rights. These groups strive for equality, and represent groups that are already oppressed. There is alot of things wrong in the worldwide system. It is good that there is progress going on but possibly after two generations is when we can fully realise this. Unfortunately, at the present, it is still not enough and many issues still have to be addressed and handled.

This parallel is why we cannot fully accept the idea that all races are equally privileged.

Now before throwing in insults saying, I am biased, etc. I love white people okay, and alot of my favourite celebs and male crushes are white. Does not mean I do not like people of colour. I mean, I am Filipino so i’m a PoC. But yeah, to understand the word, racism, it requires alot of education.

I studied Sociology, and I learned these. My teachers were white and they explained that although time is changing, and progress is happening, PoCs are still oppressed. Examples are police targeting, racial profiling, prison sentences. If a white person goes shooting everybody in a building, one will be labelled as “mentally ill” however if it was a black person, it is mostly the case that one will get racially profiled for it. Here are 17 deplorable examples of white privilege. See what white privilege gets you?

But then, it is hard to accept for some and alot of people, I understand. So if you don’t agree then I respect your opinion but I do think it is wrong if you think reverse racism exists. Honestly, like i said earlier, I thought racism can happen to white people, and i got corrected by a white person that it is the wrong term to classify it as. So if white people like them know/accept that this is the definition after reading into academic texts, and studying society, I dont see why it should be difficult to accept this fact. And if you wonder why I decided to write all this, well, besides me studying this.. I think it is very important that both white people and PoC understand racism, privilege, and discrimination in respectful ways that allow us to live harmoniously rather than at odds with each other.  It does not change the fact that every race can be discriminated. There is just a proper way of classifying the prejudice/discrimination that had occurred. And don’t be mean, rude, and discriminating towards anyone in general.

A protester confronted an officer in St. Louis: “Why do you all hate us so much?” The officer responded, “I don’t hate you, ma’am.” She replied with “I don’t want to hate you, I’d rather hug you.” And when he said, “Then hug me,” she promptly put her arms around him, and they embraced.

The TV media won’t show you this, because it doesn’t sell nor fit into their political bigoted agenda

anonymous asked:

When a POC lashes out at the white people it is to be understood and weathered, as they don't mean it but are simply frustrated at their lot in life and at the people who oppress them; it is an accidental hatred caused by the white man and the systematic abuse the POC has suffered. Which is why there can be no racism directed at whites.

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Racism is not based on systematic oppression

Racism is not based on systematic oppression

How many fucking times does this need to be said

Racism is based on RACIAL PREJUDICE

Denying a black person help because they’re black? Racist.

Denying a Mexican person a job because they’re Mexican? Racist.

Bullying a white kid because he’s white? Racist.

Killing an Asian because they’re Asian? Racist.

If you are treated negatively because of your race, no matter what it is - whether you be black, hispanic, asian, white, nordic, indian, native american, russian, german, middle eastern - It is racism. No matter where you are, it is racism.

Because racism is based on RACE, you fuckwit.

-Kat

So this is us. This is my family. I posted recently about two white police officers stopping me walking home from school. I’ve reblogged photos about oppression and how tired I am about the hypocrisies of America—land of the “free.” Being adopted into a white family, it took longer for me to truly realize what it’s like to be black in America because as a I had this mindset of, “Okay if my own (white) family loves me, then everyone loves me. And therefore, people don’t hate other people based off of race.” Naive? Maybe. I mean, I read about racism in books, saw it on TV and even on the streets on occasion, but admittedly, I was still very uneducated on the issue. Today, do get angry about being stared at when I walk into stores, being the butt of an offensive joke or having white kids at school who listen to Kanye or Tupac finding it acceptable to call me their “nigga.” Even more maddening is when their actions are expected to be justified by a simple, “Becca, go to an all white school in Orange County so ‘what else did you expect?’”

Having said this, let it be clear that while I am angered by the atrocities and views an unacceptable amount of Americans have toward black people (and many minorities), in no way am I bitter towards White America as whole. Just look at my family. One of the gifts of being in an interracial family is seeing two sides to the world; it has showed me that love is possible between anyone. Some days when I turn on the news or read an article written from the perspective of a presumably, white, upper class, Republican American with view that either overtly or subtly express a disdain for minorities and “the direction of America.” In these moments I have to stop myself from pointing fingers or to start ‘how awful white people are’—-because succumbing to darkness and hate is the easy way out. I’m incredibly blessed to have living proof that this country has the capability of getting along through my the love of my gorgeous family and amazing friends of all backgrounds. People who would give their life for me. We can do this, America. I have faith. Want proof? Just look above.

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Prejudice & Discrimination: Crash Course Psychology #39

In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank tackles some difficult topics dealing with prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. 
There’s a lot here, so let’s get started. 

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