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anonymous asked:

How can you defend Islam? Do you any idea what their religion has done to this world? In Islamic states (YES THEY ARE REAL MUSLIMS), women are treated like shit and non-believers are MURDERED! You're a feminist so you should be against them. Obviously, not all Muslims are like that but enough so that millions of people have died at their hands. I'm not hating on you; I'm just disagreeing with you. Sorry if this comes across as aggressive but I'm really angry about the shootings right now.

How can I defend Islam? 

Question is, how can you villainize an entire religion based on the actions of a radical few? 

(Also, Christianity has done some dark shit in its time, and I don’t see Christians getting this reaction and getting made to apologise every time some extremist Christian somewhere does something evil in the name of their faith. Let’s not pretend this is a problem all religions get. This is currently exclusive to Islam.) 

Of course I defend Islam. Who do you think is going to get the backlash now? Muslims. That’s who. And people like yourself are going to make everything worse for them. Do you think most Muslims wanted this to happen? I mean, even now they’re being forced to speak out against something they had nothing to do with, just to defend themselves from being harmed and hated because they share a religion (in name) with the murderers. Muslims in France are having a rough enough time as it is, without this added to their troubles. 

The problem is not Islam. I can’t believe you’ve even come to my ask box with that first sentence. If you’d asked why I defend radical Islamic extremists, I’d tell you I don’t. Islam is not the problem. It’s not Islam. You’re getting into dangerous territory already. 

It’s not your fault. You’re angry, you’re upset, maybe scared. But the media and society is trying to whip you and people like you up into a frenzy where Muslims and Islam become the enemy. Because when people are frightened they want an enemy. When people are scared they swallow lies more easily because they want the world to be black and white. 

You’re playing right into the hands of islamophobes right now. Don’t let it happen. The enemy is not Islam. Hate the radical murderous extremists who do terrible things. They are the villains here. 

And they’re not the only villains either, seeing the disgusting way so many people are jumping on the bandwagon to act like Muslims are now public enemy number one. You know that’s always been there in people, and now they’re using this horrendous shooting as an excuse to be able to speak their islamophobic, vile thoughts without repercussions. 

That’s dangerous. 

Yes, there are corrupt Muslims. I don’t even know why I am still having to say this stuff. Every day I blog about oppression and privilege. Check out my tags if you want to. Do you think I support the evils that have been done in the name of Islam? Seriously? Because I don’t. 

As a feminist I support Muslims because I can see they are being scapegoated right now. How do you think it’s going to be for Muslim women in the west now? It’s going to get worse and worse because people are becoming steadily less and less opposed to people being islamophobic. I’m here for my Muslim sisters. I don’t know who you’re here for, apart from the Islamaphobic media. 

I’d rethink if I were you. It’s easy to imagine the world is made of good and evil, but you know that’s not the way it is. You know the media has an agenda. Don’t fall for it. 

What does white privilege mean today? In part, it means to live in the world while being given the benefit of the doubt. Have you ever been able to return a sweater without a receipt? Has an employee ever let you into a store after closing time? Did a car dealership take a little extra off the sticker price when you asked? When’s the last time you received service with a smile?

Once in my high school journalism class my teacher tasked us with being in a wheelchair for a day, so we can write about the experience

It make us extremely uncomfortable and we wound up not following through with the full assignment

Our teacher was extremely disappointed in us, explaining how this is the gritty work of journalists that wind up winning pulitzer prizes - citing some guy who did a brief stint with homelessness to go on to write an award winning story

She also told us we were too busy worrying about what people thought of us to allow ourselves to do potentially meaningful work

I on the other hand, always thought she took herself and her bizarre brand of journalism a tad too seriously

There’s just something extremely fucked up with this “your story is important, but will only be valuable if it’s told through me, so I need you to let me take ownership over it and have all the credit, and by let me I mean I’m just going to do it anyway because what agency do you have?” narrative in journalism and literature

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By awarding more value to transgender people who “pass” as their gender, we send the message that something’s wrong with being trans.

That message is wrong…

(from Everyday Feminism)

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When someone tells you to “check your privilege” it can sound like they’re personally attacking you. Being defensive is a natural reaction. This video is about checking your privilege and why it’s so important to do when you’re invested in fighting against systems of oppression.

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We have learned from intersectionality that people can be oppressed along more than one axis, such as women of color or trans people of color. But intersectionality also means that people can be both oppressed and oppressors at the same time, along different axes. For example, a white woman has white privilege but may be disadvantaged by her gender. A poor white man may be white and male, but he may be disadvantaged by his class status. An overweight middle class white man may face fat phobia. The word cannot neatly be divided into oppressors and the oppressed.

If we want to dismantle certain structures of oppression (say, gender), we need to not reinforce other structures of oppression in the process (say, appearance, or class). We need to take down all the structures of oppression, whether based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender preference, or appearance.
Our schools and colleges are laying a guilt trip on those young people whose parents are productive, and who are raising them to become productive. What is amazing is how easily this has been done, largely just by replacing the word “achievement” with the word “privilege.”
—  Thomas Sowell 
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@TXPride80 dude my tits are bomb, that’s the least effective way to insult me because you’re just wrong #HappyNewYear // part 1

anonymous asked:

What privileges does a light skinned black person get?

Hey anon, this list was taken directly from bougieblackgirl.com, check out the full article here.

Light skinned privileges include:

  1. Having the ability to deny or not acknowledge that colorism exists.
  2. Be recognized as a symbol of post racism.
  3. It is assumed that you are race neutral when issues of race are raised.
  4. Being standard of beauty in the Black and Latino community.
  5. Being called Black based on the antebellum era one drop rule.
  6. Being racially ambiguous.
  7. People automatically assuming you are mixed and it is seen as a positive attribute.
  8. It is automatically assumed that you are more intelligent than the darker members of your racial group.
  9. Not being seen as angry unlike the darker members of your racial group.
  10. Being considered less threatening by the Eurocentric mainstream based on the color of your skin.
  11. People not making the assumption that you grew up poor unlike your dark skin counterparts.
  12. Being allowed to recognize the variety of your racial/ethnic heritage without ridicule.
  13. Within African American culture being called a “redbone” is regarded as a compliment while being called “darkskin” is considered derogatory.
  14. Having someone tell you that your light skin is better than dark skin.
  15. Can color, dye, relax, or weave your hair without it being seen as an act of self-hate.
  16. The assumption that your relaxed hair and chemically processed curls are your natural texture.
  17. Not being told that, “You are pretty for a dark skin girl.”
  18. Your skin color being valued by some who purposely wants to erase their ethnicity and hates their own skin color.
  19. Taking advantage of skin color privilege depending upon the situation. For example, applying for scholarships for African Americans and Latinos and later passing for other than a minority.
  20. You have a better chance of landing a job than a darker person with the same credentials.
  21. You have better opportunities for education and jobs prospects.
  22. Because of your light skin your relatives may of have had access to Black sororities, fraternities, and other organizations that promoted intraracism.
  23. Your images are reflected in all forms of the Black and Latino owned media.
  24. People who look like you rarely portray the stereotypical maid, downtrodden, Sapphire, and dysfunctional Black women roles on television.
  25. You always play the Black and Latino wife on television.
  26. Being able to be biracial, multiracial, or light skin and still play a Black, Asian, Latino and White person on television when people of a darker hue cannot. 
  27. Not having people in entertainment making songs or comments disrespecting your skin color.
  28. If you are light skin Latino you don’t have to prove it.
  29. If you are a light skin Latino it is automatically assumed that you speak Spanish.
  30. You or your family have much more likely have immigrated to America leaving your darker skin counterparts behind.

**There’s even more that can be added to this list like it being easier to find makeup, not having to worry about how fucked up photography is, seeing yourself represented much more, etc.

This is not to say that light-skinned Black people don’t struggle or experience racism, obviously we all experience racism (this does not include white-passing people, that’s a privilege in and of itself) because we’re Black and white people are white people, but a lot of light skinned people are getting up in arms about being called out on their privilege and missing the whole point and embarrassing the rest of us so what I mean is that racism and colorism are two different things. Colorism is a completely different set of shit that we just don’t experience, period. And for light-skinned Black folk to claim that it’s tougher being light than being dark-skinned is just ridiculous tbh. 

Hope that clears things up. Again, community means accountability. Be accountable for your privilege. Silence is complacency is violence.

Checking Your Privilege

This is a transcript of a video on my youtube channel. The video is fully closed captioned!

When people bring up the concept of privilege, it’s usually met with a lot of resistance. People hear “privilege” and think it means

“everything that you have has been handed to you”

and that’s not really what privilege is. Let me give you an example:

I was raised in an upper middle class neighborhood. That means that I was able to go to a good school,I never had to worry about being in a dangerous neighborhood, I always had access to technology, and there were very few cases in my childhood where money was an issue. I hadn’t really done anything to earn these privileges.They simply existed for me.

See, each of us is born into a world that has history and that history means that there are certain people that will have less obstacles than others. Being raised upper middle class means that it was very easy for me to, for example, pursue an education. Education that has made it easier for me to create the videos that I create. Someone who is of less means has to overcome poverty to gain access to good education and technology. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have to work hard for the things that I have. I absolutely did. But I also recognize that these things were simply more accessible to me.

All of these things aside, my life has been far from easy. I’ve had to struggle a lot harder than a lot of people that I know. And I had to overcome a lot of hurtles, especially as a black trans woman. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t benefited from preexisting structures that have made my life easier.

Acknowledging that is what people mean by “checking” your privilege.

You cannot truly fight for equality while fighting to maintain structures that oppress other people. So it’s important to check your privilege and to be aware that it’s there.

While I can never deny that there are certain areas where I am privileged, I am also at the end of the day, a black woman and being a black woman in this world doesn’t really come with privileges. Being raised upper middle class doesn’t mean that I don’t experience racism, it means that I simply have more tools to cope with it. The reality is that we live in a world where I’m seen as black first and a woman second. We currently live in a society that still very much judges and defines people by their race.

I could have enough money in my pocket to buy the entire store but I’ll still be followed in stores because I’m black. So being privileged in one way doesn’t mean you aren’t oppressed in another. And being oppressed in one way does not always cancel out the privilege that you have in other ways.

For example: I recently made a video about gay misogyny where I discussed Andy Cohen’s interview with Nicki Minaj.

Andy Cohen is a gay white man. His homosexuality, I’m sure, has given him struggle but he is still a white man. Being both white and male comes with privileges in this country that aren’t afforded to black women, like Nicki Minaj.

On the subject of Andy Cohen, the drastic change in representation of gay characters on television is a great example of how certain privileges exist despite specific types of oppression.

Think of just how many gay white, seemingly hetero-normative men are currently on television. Then think how many of them not only host their own television shows, but produce them.

I can’t think of very many gay, black men with media empires behind them outside of Ru Paul and trust me, it’s not because there aren’t enough qualified black men out there. It’s because their face is not the preferred face.

Outside of the LGBT community, think about the fact that Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman have both been the token older black men in film since I was a child. There’s this notion in Hollywood of “if you hire one black person, then suddenly you’re good.” The notion of filling a quota and tokenizing people of color as a means saying “we’re OK” ignores the fact that there are other people who aren’t really being allowed a chance because society has decided that they’ve met their quota.

It’s super important to recognize that the success of a few people does not then mean the problem is solved or that privileges no longer exists.

In other words, having a black president doesn’t mean racism is over.

There are some people who’s possibilities are limited because of existing structures of oppression and privilege.

When my father was my age, he wasn’t able to pursue the things I’ve been able to pursue. And it wasn’t because he didn’t want to pursue them ,it’s because he legally wasn’t able to. Slavery might have been abolished 152 years ago, but the impact of slavery still exists. Segregation in Boston still existed when my father was a child and in many ways it’s still existing today in the education system.

I understand that when it comes to conversations about privilege people can become defensive, but leave your feeling at the door and recognize that we’re having a much larger conversation here. As I’ve said, we’ve each been born into a world that has history and there are certain structures of power that are in place and some of those structures benefit some while oppressing others.

If you are truly invested in changing that, you’ll acknowledge how you benefit from these existing structures. Acknowledging that is truthfully the first step to making those changes because when you are in a position of privilege, you are an asset of change. The reality is that you’re not really helping us fight against these things if you’re not willing to acknowledge them for what they really are. You can say that you’d like things to be better, but if you’re not willing to tear down theses systems, then you’re part of the problem.

 So on that note, I hope this video helps you check your privilege.

As usual, I want you to always remember and never forget that you are beautiful and you are loved 

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anonymous asked:

how do you tell someone w/ an anxiety disorder that they've been taught wrong about social issues without putting them in a massive panic?

As a mentally ill, queer woman of color i don’t really have any sympathy for privileged mentally ill people who don’t have to deal with other types of oppression having panic attacks or whatever when they find out about oppressive systems. I don’t have that option of turning away from this stuff, I can’t ignore it. The world is triggering for me.

Don’t like, scream at the person or otherwise do something to overtly make them panic when you have a conversation with them but other than that just talk to them like anyone else.

-queercomrade