Mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta vandalized in a racist hate crime this morning.

Residents of the city are ‘dissociating’ themselves from this racism (‘act of a few bad apples’), yet expect all Muslims to respond and react to the Ottawa shooting. This guilt-by-association is exactly how racism and racial profiling operates. And also, who the hell are white settlers to tell people ‘to go home’ as if whiteness is Indigenous to these lands - its not!. Oh and another wtf - wtf is up with the repeated “Canadian-born men” when referencing the suspects.. aren’t Canadian-born men just ‘Canadian’? This semantic contortion is deliberate - it continues to cast terrorism as a racial import and places racialized people as constant Outsiders (regardless of ‘citizenship’), which justifies draconian laws like the Stealing Citizenship Act and now the new proposed policing and surveillance powers that Harper has promised.

We need to reject the politics of fear and racism, refuse to be complicit in ongoing wars of empire-building locally and globally, and maintain our solidarity across movements and intensify - not weaken - our dissent against the state

—  Harsha Walia

Hey just saying

Dear White People was excellent and its really important to see it. not just because its an actually independent film instead of being just an aestheticized Indie. Not just because it deals with racial issues but specifically because of the way that it deals with its subject matter.

So many films that deal with racial issues (or for that matter any kind of social justice issues) do it in this really Somber, Obviously Oscar Bait’y way which is bullshit because it puts the discussion of those issues as being this solely “arty” “intellectual” endeavor that exists for Intellectual Liberals and the academyand fuck that. Racism, sexism, queerphobia, classism are the stuff of every day life and the discussion of these issues should be readily available to everyone ESPECIALLY THOSE SUBJECTED TO OPPRESSION. And it should be explored as an element of life with all of its shittiness and fighting back rather than this liberal guilt/wank fest that exists perversely in order to objectify the oppressed and turn their oppression into a spectacle they can’t escape from. One of the most important parts of the movie is that at the end they role a series of blackface parties that have taken place in the recent past. It confronts its white viewer and says “don’t just see this as some fictional bullshit THIS SHIT HAPPENS”

Its a really important movie yo

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Danielle addresses the lack of diversity at YouTube conventions.

lcrev91 said:

I really didn't think what I said was racist. I don't hate black people at all. I wrote that really fast and without really thinking. I am truly sorry. I don't hate people because of the color of their skin. I just hate stupid people. Stupid people of every color. I hate a lot of white people as well. I also have many black friends. I don't think lesser of them. And I don't know who posted this originally I don't know how to use tumblr. I am just really stupid sometimes I am sorry.

Yeah you seem really sorry.

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A friend of mine who lives in Hong Kong was sharing her distress over the protests in Hong Kong a few weeks ago.  She explained that she was scared for her cousin, who was one of the protesters.  The government of China was using tear gas against their own citizens.

After comforting her, I mentioned that it reminded me of protests in Ferguson.

"What are they protesting?" she asked.

"Different treatment of black and white people," I replied.

Her eyebrows raised.  Surprised, she asked, “Still?

Every “ambiguously brown” person understands how this works in reality: people tend asking point-blank “what you are,” or smugly assume they already know, pinning your brown body down and through, like a butterfly in a natural history archive. Growing up in primarily white suburbs, I had become used to expecting this question, though I won’t say I’m really okay with it.

The tiring game of “What Are You” means someone holding you at arm’s length and scrutinizing you like a specimen (metaphorically, at least). Answering the question over and over to people I’ve just met is tiring and invasive. Friends understand that these questions are a natural progression of building friendship intimacy, but for strangers it tends to mean a lack of self-control, an inability to not ask the question that pops up in their heads unbidden instead of considering the other person’s privacy.
Does anyone really believe that if the feds prosecute that racist Ferguson PD cop Darrin Wilson, that this “proves” that justice can be obtained from a criminal (in)justice system where millions of Blacks/POC are locked up and kept in conditions of slavery everyday, where tens of thousands [or more] have been killed with impunity by cops already, and where white supremacy thoroughly dominates the entire legal and political system, and the American society? This entire system has to go, not be reformed.
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Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

Though an increasing awareness of the importance of racial and ethnic differences among women has led more researchers to include women of color in their studies, the majority of this work focuses on comparison studies between White women and women of color (with a higher representation of Black women than other racial groups). Comparison studies with White women can obfuscate important aspects of women of color’s experiences and can, inadvertently, render the White female experience as the “norm” by which we compare others. Furthermore, women of color’s experiences tend to be compared to White women’s experiences by applying concepts such as the thin ideal as if they were universal. Very little effort has been made to attempt to understand women of color’s lived experiences of body image and eat- ing issues outside and apart from existing theories validated with White women (Bordo, 2009).

Findings across the major areas of eating disorders and body image among women of color are mixed and largely inconclusive. This inconsistency suggests potential methodological issues, but also likely speaks to the fact that women of color represent multiple races, ethnicities, ages, social classes, and immigration statuses. The existing research suggests that the etiology of eating disorders for women of color is distinct from current DSM understanding, varies by racial and ethnic group, and is impacted by age, immigration status, ethnicity, and acculturation. Furthermore, a growing body of research suggests that the constructs that are widely used in mainstream eating disorder research are not meaningful for particular groups of women of color, given that cultural and social group con- texts differentially ascribe meaning to both the physical body and eating/food (Crago & Shisslak, 2003). Studies have only recently begun to look at specific groups (e.g., South Asian women, Iyer & Haslam, 2003) and to examine within-group differences, as well as intersections with gender identity, sexual orientation and identity, and social class.
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Consistently Inconsistent: A Review of the Literature on Eating Disorders and Body Image Among Women of Color by - Handbook of Race-Ethnicity and Gender and Psychology

This book is pretty awesome even though it is expensive.

Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing Your Halloween Costume

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By: Skylar G.               

Halloween is the only holiday of the year in which it is socially acceptable to dress up as another person and consume way too much sugar (and, as you get older, alcohol). While there are lots of options for Halloween costumes, you should always be careful not to partake in cultural appropriation. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t give you the excuse to have a shitty, racist costume. Here are five questions to ask yourself before donning a costume that you’re unsure is racist or not. After all, being a good feminist is about being inclusive and intersectional of all races and cultures.  

1. Am I dressing up like another race or culture?

Is your costume Tiger Lily from Peter Pan? Pocahontas? Are you wearing a feather headdress? Are you wearing a sombrero and holding some maracas? Are you darkening your skin? Changing your facial features to resemble a different race?

If your costume involves a caricature of an entire culture, don’t wear it.

It’s insensitive and racist towards people who actually are a part of that culture. Dressing up like a stereotype of a race or culture is turning an entire group of people into a gross caricature for your entertainment. So don’t do it. People of color’s cultures are not costumes, and don’t treat them as such, even for one night.

2. Would I feel uncomfortable wearing my costume around a group of people of that culture?

Would you feel embarrassed or self-conscious in your sombrero if you went to a Halloween party that was comprised mainly of Latin@s? Your sexy geisha costume at a party comprised mainly of Japanese people? Your Pocahottie costume at a party filled with Indigenous people?  If someone tells you that your costume is offensive, would your reasons reach beyond “it’s a joke!” or “it’s just a costume”?

If you can imagine discomfort at their reactions, don’t wear it. It’s easy to justify your costume to a group of like-minded people who benefit from the same privileges that you do, but it’s harder when you’re facing a group of people that you are dressing up as. My general rule is imagining myself in that room of people and how I would feel wearing my costume. If I felt like I would be called out (and rightfully so), I’m not going to wear it. No costume is worth being a racist.

3. Does my costume involve a sexualized name of another culture? (eg “Poca-Hottie”)

Women of color are frequently sexualized and exoticized much more than white  women. Native women, in particular, have been portrayed as immoral, promiscuous women since the time of Colombus’ conquest of the Americas. Dressing up as a “sexy Indian princess” is just playing into the systematic violence that has plagued these women for almost six hundred years. These costumes are the result of years of systematic rape and genocide.

Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than any other women in this nation, including women of color.  By dressing up as Poca-Hottie (Pocahontas, by the way, was 12 years old when she  saved John Smith, who was much older than her, from execution), you are downplaying the violence, physical and sexual, that these women face every day, by turning it into a joke and something you can take off at the end of the night.

Dressing up like a “sexy” geisha or any other woman of color is not okay. So don’t do it.

4. Does it involve changing the color of my skin?

And no, I’m not talking about changing your skin color to green or purple. Blackface has a direct relationship to racist minstrel shows of the early 20th century. It derived from the transatlantic slave trade, and was used to demean and dehumanize black people at the hands of white people. Blackface has a disgustingly racist and colonial history. Don’t ever do blackface. Ever.                                                                  

Blackface a little too offensive for you? Please don’t dress up like a sexy sugar skull for Halloween either. El Dia de los Muertos is a sacred holiday that has no relation to Halloween. It is a holiday that has indigenous roots and is meant to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. It’s not a giant party here you paint your face to look like a pretty skull while wearing a flower crown. It doesn’t matter if you think the face makeup used to celebrate this holiday is pretty and you’re inspired by it. It’s really shitty when a person’s culture is stripped down and commodified.

There are other, more creative ways to dress up for Halloween that don’t involve darkening your skin to resemble someone in particular or a whole culture.  

5. Could my costume potentially offend people?

If you have gone through these four questions and are now feeling uneasy about your choice of costume, I beg you to reconsider it. Do you really want to be known as the racist, culturally-appropriative douchebag at the party? It’s better to have a boring, unoriginal costume than to be known as ‘That Guy/Girl” who wore a racist costume when they should have known better (I’m looking at you, Julianne Hough!)

 

anonymous said:

i'd like to go see dear white people, but being white, i don't know if there's anything i can do/should be doing to... show respect, i guess. like, to show i'm not there to just check off a point on my "How To Be a Good Whitey™" list or somethin. is there anything i can do in that regard? i hope that made sense :/

Just like, see it?  And don’t be a bad moviegoer/afterwards don’t talk over PoC about it?

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