Sept. 1 3:42 pm
When I Try To Speak To Other Black Women...
  • Me:"*says literally anything about Black womanhood to another Black woman on Twitter*"
  • White man:"Well, rationally speaking, with no lived experience, knowledge or emotional investment, while denying your humanity or intelligence, I would just like to say, BLAH."
  • Black man:"Well, the real issue is you aren't worshipping Black men enough. Unity. Blah. Me. Blah."
  • Non-Black PoC:"Oh yes, this specifically Black issue that has literally nothing to do with me is about ALL PoC. So let's discuss ME instead. Let's discuss absolutely any WoC except the Black women this is about."

Young black woman being taught not to react to smoke being blown in her face, in a Civil Rights class in 1960.
I think too few people realize that these people needed to be trained to take the abuse they received. It’s all that much more powerful to realize how much work actually went into it.

This banner appeared on ESPN’s Gameday Show between OSU and Florida State. The forced removal and subsequent deaths of thousands of Native peoples, both considered acts of genocide under the Geneva Convention, are absolutely nothing to make light of. This is exactly the racist BS spawned by race-based mascots.

Racist Reactions To My Language On Twitter (And What It Really Means...)
  • Me:"*speaks Jamaican Patwah/Patois*"
  • Racist:"This is America, speak English! No other languages are ever spoken here, and this country founded on genocide/settler colonialism and anti-Blackness/slavery should only involve the languages that I choose to hear, though I encroached your personal space and interrupted your conversation in a dialect that you were not speaking to me in."
  • Me:"*speaks African American Vernacular English*"
  • Racist:"This is America and I don't care if AAVE is actually a language with a structure, discussed by linguists everywhere, and if it is one we will later be appropriative for marketing purposes while continuing to profit from economic violence on Black people. I don't like how AAVE sounds right now and I don't want to hear it, even though I encroached your personal space and interrupted your conversation in a language that you were not speaking to me in."
  • Me:"*speaks Standard American English*"
  • Racist:"What, so you think you're smarter than me, why are you trying to be White? Gonna take my job? Well, you misspelled a word on Twitter, so I am still smarter. Why did you use some big words? They're stupid. I am going to ignore the context and topic of your conversation and mask my insecurity--over never realizing that the lies I was fed about my automatic intellectual superiority are in fact lies--by making jokes about word length versus leaving you alone/not invading your space or actually addressing the topic the words were about."
  • Me:*uses terms attributable to womanist/Black feminist scholarship, critical race theory or other anti-oppression theories/praxes*
  • Racist:"I haven't approved use of these words, so I will call them stupid. It...well...doesn't matter to me that a key facet of White supremacy--with a very long history and reality no less--is degrading the intelligence of a Black woman, or committing epistemic violence, by purposely altering/attacking the language used to describe oppression in order to engage in an ahistorical analysis that supports oppression. I don't like that you can describe my violence with acute accuracy, so I will use violence to critique that perspective. You're a pseudo-intellectual if I don't understand what you are saying, don't want my privilege or violence critiqued with an accuracy that Black thinkers have had for centuries nor want to acknowledge that I am purposely kept ignorant of Black radical scholarship because of White supremacy."
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
  • Tagging a post anti-(insert race other than black) racism is a microaggression, as it appropriates the framework for talking about antiblackness to other racial groups who have different dynamics (ex. saying “anti-asian racism” when you mean orientalism). The only exceptions to this are antisemitism and anti-Romani racism.
  • 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.
New Zealand: Maori woman racially humiliated with shop-lifting accusation over supermarket intercom, and then laughed at.

The mother of a pregnant woman who was wrongly accused of theft over an instore intercom at her local supermarket said staff denied that the incident occurred when she called an hour later.

Cherisse Martin, mother of Rikki Cooper, said her daughter rang her in tears after a female staff member at Countdown Dinsdale, in Hamilton, used the store’s intercom system to track her movements.

Cooper went to the Countdown on Thursday for her weekly grocery shopping when over the speakers she and other shoppers could hear a female staff member describe her as a “Maori girl” who needed to be watched.

A female staff member using the store’s intercom said: “Quick CCTV down aisle one; two Maori girls are down there.”

Shortly after, she said: "The main one is the Maori girl with the big bag on her side."

Cooper continued shopping.

Then came: "The other Maori girl went down another aisle but the main Maori girl is still down aisle one."

Cooper said she surrendered her bag to be checked and revealed her pregnant bump after staff suspected her of putting store goods under her jersey.

Martin said after she received a call from her daughter she immediately got on the phone to Countdown Dinsdale last Thursday evening.

After explaining to the female staff member what her daughter had told her, she was shocked by the tone the manager took.

”I said why on earth did this happen over an intercom? She said that the incident didn’t happen; that she had been there all day and it did not happen.”

Martin believed her daughter, and was horrified at the lack of professionalism shown by the staff.

”I think anyone who has been in a situation where they have been followed, or stared at by staff of any store while trying to buy things will understand how unsettling this experience is.”

[Cooper] had been overwhelmed by the number of people who have had similar experiences throughout New Zealand.

"I didn’t realise how big the issue really is. Maybe something needs to be done to stop anyone else from having to go through this."

Countdown staff initially denied the incident had occurred.

Countdown general manager for operations Brett Ashley said he could not comment on Martin’s treatment because it was an “employment issue”.

About four staff members laughed at her as she left the store in tears, Cooper said.

Source article.

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Warning: This video contains explicit content, if you’re easily triggered please do not watch the video. BBC’s Racism: History- A lynching in Texas in 1916 

White people used to sell postcards with pics of Black people’s bodies hanging from the tree after they were lynched to death.

Israel Announces Massive West Bank Land Grab

Aug. 31 2014

Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke.

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

"We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," a State Department official said in Washington, calling the move "counterproductive" to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June.

Tensions stoked by the incident quickly spread to Israel’s border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, and the two sides engaged in a seven-week war that ended on Tuesday with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

The notice published on Sunday by the Israeli military gave no reason for the land appropriation decision.

Peace Now, which opposes Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, said the appropriation was meant to turn a site where 10 families now live adjacent to a Jewish seminary into a permanent settlement.

Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as “Gevaot”, has been mooted by Israel since 2000. Last year, the government invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site.

Peace Now said the land seizure was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s and that anyone with ownership claims had 45 days to appeal. A local Palestinian mayor said Palestinians owned the tracts and harvested olive trees on them.

Israel has come under intense international criticism over its settlement activities, which most countries regard as illegal under international law and a major obstacle to the creation of a viable Palestinian state in any future peace deal.

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I am a Mexican-American woman and I had a baby with a white man. We are no longer together due to the relationship becoming abusive, some of the last things he called me were “cock sucking Mexican whore” He is the only man I’ve ever had sex with. There were a few times where he would say my baby had darker skin than the day before. My baby has very light skin compared to mine. His mother heard me talking to my daughter in spanish and told me “oh all she’s going to speak is Spanish! How am I going to understand her?” I also knew this woman for 5 years and she still called me different names, my name is [Edited] not [Edited, a different name]. But I think that’s what some white people will do, especially older white people call you another name as a form of disrespect and call it forgetfulness.