*racism

I’m seeing some white people say they didn’t like Formation BUT just fucking WWWWAAATCH. Give it a month or even more there will shirts, sweaters and other merch with song lyrics from Formation slapped on there. There will be white cis gay males once again saying Beyonce makes them feel like they have an inner black woman. White girls will want to have our “negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils”

White girls will “twerk” to this song and dance to it without knowing the real meaning of it and be HAILED by black men who are fetishized by them and state “White girls are winning” all the while shaming black women for dancing to this song.

White people will say they dislike this song now but once they notice they can PROFIT and gain ATTENTION/POPULARITY from this song, you bet your sweet ass they gonna be throwing out AAVE talking about cornbread and hot sauce as if they understand black culture.

White people love to steal shit from black people especially when they see the shit we do becoming popular.

Originally posted by fiercegifs

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Beyoncé is one of the rare artists who actually use their power to shine the light on injustices. Beyoncé deserves ENDLESS respect for promoting the Black Lives Matter movement in her new video. #Love it!

New Zealand’s indigenous incarceration rate is 3 times worse than that of the United States.

Native Americans make up 1.7% of the US population [1], and 2% of its prison population [2].

By contrast, Maori, the native peoples of New Zealand, make up 14.9% of the New Zealand’s population [3] yet 51% of its prison population [4].

“100% Pure New Zealand” [5]? More like 100% Pure Bullshit.

#RethinkNewZealand

Sources:

  1. http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-10.pdf
  2. https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_race.jsp
  3. http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/quickstats-about-maori-english/population.aspx
  4. http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/snapshots-of-nz/yearbook/society/crime/corrections.aspx
  5. http://www.donotlink.com/i6mt

Confession

Why do white people think it’s funny to call black people stereotypical black names or not learn the names of specific black people and constantly mistake black people for other black people? There is this white boy in one of my classes who constantly calls me by the name of another black girl who is also in our class. Don’t get me wrong the girl is pretty, but we look NOTHING alike. We are different complexions, I have braids and she has long weave, and we have different body builds. This boy has called me by this other girl’s name so many times that I’m starting to think he does it just to be an ignorant ass. The first few times I brushed it off and corrected him because I was used to white people mistaking me for other black people all my life. 

Today however, I kind of snapped on him because I was just really fed up at that point, I mean it was literally the 7th time he’d done that! He came up to me while I was with my friends and called me by the other black girl’s name and I was just like “I don’t know how many times I’m going to have to tell you this, but that is NOT my name. My name is _____. Please stop calling me anything other than that.” I can tell he was really embarrassed because his entire facial expression changed and he started apologizing repeatedly before walking away. My friends (two white girls) told me that I was being mean and that he probably wasn’t good at remembering things so I should have cut him some slack. 

Really though? I think 7 different occasions of having to correct him on what my name actually is and the fact he can remember the names of the other Becky’s and Susan’s in our class proves to me he is fully capable of remembering the names he only cares to remember. My name is of Yoruba origin and I find it to be pretty unique. If they aren’t butchering the hell out of its pronunciation, they’re calling me by another black girls name or a name that sounds more “fitting” to their image of blackness. I’m sick of it, and I know many other black girls/boys can relate too. I feel like it takes away from our individuality; it’s a further reminder that they see us all the same at the end of the day.

In the early colonial period, when settlements remained relatively small, indentured servitude was the dominant means of securing cheap labor. Under this system, whites and blacks struggled to survive against a common enemy, what historian Lerone Bennett Jr. describes as “the big planter apparatus and a social system that legalized terror against black and white bondsmen.” Initially, blacks brought to this country were not all enslaved; many were treated as indentured servants. As plantation farming expanded, particularly tobacco and cotton farming, demand increased greatly for both labor and land.


The demand for land was met by invading and conquering larger and larger swaths of territory. American Indians became a growing impediment to white European “progress,” and during this period, the images of American Indians promoted in books, newspapers, and magazines became increasingly negative. As sociologists Keith Kilty and Eric Swank have observed, eliminating “savages” is less of a moral problem than eliminating human beings, and therefore American Indians came to be understood as a lesser race—uncivilized savages— thus providing a justification for the extermination of the native peoples.


The growing demand for labor on plantations was met through slavery. American Indians were considered unsuitable as slaves, largely because native tribes were clearly in a position to fight back. The fear of raids by Indian tribes led plantation owners to grasp for an alternative source of free labor. European immigrants were also deemed poor candidates for slavery, not because of their race, but rather because they were in short supply and enslavement would, quite naturally, interfere with voluntary immigration to the new colonies. Plantation owners thus viewed Africans, who were relatively powerless, as the ideal slaves. The systematic enslavement of Africans, and the rearing of their children under bondage, emerged with all deliberate speed—quickened by events such as Bacon’s Rebellion.


Nathaniel Bacon was a white property owner in Jamestown, Virginia, who managed to unite slaves, indentured servants, and poor whites in a revolutionary effort to overthrow the planter elite. Although slaves clearly occupied the lowest position in the social hierarchy and suffered the most under the plantation system, the condition of indentured whites was barely better, and the majority of free whites lived in extreme poverty. As explained by historian Edmund Morgan, in colonies like Virginia, the planter elite, with huge land grants, occupied a vastly superior position to workers of all colors. Southern colonies did not hesitate to invent ways to extend the terms of servitude, and the planter class accumulated uncultivated lands to restrict the options of free workers. The simmering resentment against the planter class created conditions that were ripe for revolt.


Varying accounts of Bacon’s rebellion abound, but the basic facts are these: Bacon developed plans in 1675 to seize Native American lands in order to acquire more property for himself and others and nullify the threat of Indian raids. When the planter elite in Virginia refused to provide militia support for his scheme, Bacon retaliated, leading an attack on the elite, their homes, and their property. He openly condemned the rich for their oppression of the poor and inspired an alliance of white and black bond laborers, as well as slaves, who demanded an end to their servitude. The attempted revolution was ended by force and false promises of amnesty. A number of the people who participated in the revolt were hanged. The events in Jamestown were alarming to the planter elite, who were deeply fearful of the multiracial alliance of bond workers and slaves. Word of Bacon’s Rebellion spread far and wide, and several more uprisings of a similar type followed.


In an effort to protect their superior status and economic position, the planters shifted their strategy for maintaining dominance. They abandoned their heavy reliance on indentured servants in favor of the importation of more black slaves. Instead of importing English-speaking slaves from the West Indies, who were more likely to be familiar with European language and culture, many more slaves were shipped directly from Africa. These slaves would be far easier to control and far less likely to form alliances with poor whites.


Fearful that such measures might not be sufficient to protect their interests, the planter class took an additional precautionary step, a step that would later come to be known as a “racial bribe.” Deliberately and strategically, the planter class extended special privileges to poor whites in an effort to drive a wedge between them and black slaves. White settlers were allowed greater access to Native American lands, white servants were allowed to police slaves through slave patrols and militias, and barriers were created so that free labor would not be placed in competition with slave labor. These measures effectively eliminated the risk of future alliances between black slaves and poor whites. Poor whites suddenly had a direct, personal stake in the existence of a race-based system of slavery. Their own plight had not improved by much, but at least they were not slaves. Once the planter elite split the labor force, poor whites responded to the logic of their situation and sought ways to expand their racially privileged position.


By the mid-1770s, the system of bond labor had been thoroughly transformed into a racial caste system predicated on slavery. The degraded status of Africans was justified on the ground that Negros, like the Indians, were an uncivilized lesser race, perhaps even more lacking in intelligence and laudable human qualities than the red-skinned natives. The notion of white supremacy rationalized the enslavement of Africans, even as whites endeavored to form a new nation based on the ideals of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Before democracy, chattel slavery in America was born.

—  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander (2010).
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Josephine Baker, a.k.a. Freda Josephine McDonald, June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975.

Badassness: Josephine grew up poor in St. Louis, Missouri, dropping out of school at 13 to be a busker and supporting herself with her dancing. At 15 she joined a vaudeville show and then moved to New York during the Harlem Renaissance to perform in Broadway revues. She found her home and fame in Paris, where she was adored for her erotic dancing and performances at the Folies Bergère. She also starred in 3 French films.

Everything this woman did was badass: she was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture (Zouzou), adopted 12 children from all over the world, owned a pet cheetah named Chiquita (as well as a pet gorilla, pig and goat, parrot, monkeys, mice, and snakes), and was close friends with Grace Kelly, a.k.a. Princess Grace of Monaco. She was also active in the US civil rights movement, speaking at the March on Washington and leveraging her position as a popular entertainer to boycott segregated venues.

To top it all, Josephine was a spy for the French Resistance in World War II. She would gather information about German troops movements at society parties, and would carry intelligence info around Europe written in invisible ink on her sheet music, or pinned to her underwear. After the war Jospehine received medals of honor and was made a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor.

Bisexuality: Josephine was confirmed as bisexual by her son, Jean-Claude Baker, in his book, Josephine: The Hungry Heart. Josephine was married 4 times. Although secretive about her relationships with women during her lifetime, 7 of her relationships with women have since been confirmed (including fellow badass bisexual Frida Kahlo), and she was rumored to have had dozens more affairs with people of various genders. In fact, she was so loved that two men once dueled over her with swords in a cemetery (no one died - she let them fight for a while and then calmed them down).

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Racism against MENA Jews in Zionist/Anti-Zionist circles

This is now a little more general rant than the personal one before. This something that is really important to me to brings some knowledge into it what MENA Jews are facing.

Basically we are in-between. No matter what we do and what we say, we get attacked. One time you are a White Supremacist and then you are a Muslim in disguise. 

You call us White supremacist. And all the time who I got called that it was from actual white persons. From people who don’t even know how it is to suffer from it. Like try to be a brown Jew in a European country. You get all. From anti-semitism to even islamophobia because people assume you are a Muslim. White supremacy hurts us, don’t call us White supremacist. It hurts us daily. Also, you need to understand the background of MENA Jews. Our countries kicked hundreds of thousands of us out. It didn’t happened long time ago. You can’t expect us to be Anti-Zionists when you don’t even know what trauma we are still going through?! We didn’t and don’t have the comfort as you as a probably white American. This all mainly came from Anti-Zionist circles. 

You call us a Muslim in disguise. At what point are we that now MENA Jews need to prove their Jewishness? We are Jewish as you. Not just as white as you. And I actually think that this statements is also offensive towards Muslims because it implies that being Muslim is something bad and anti-semitic. This came all mostly from Zionist circles.


I usually don’t ask for it, but I’d appreciate if this gets shared/reblogged and would love if people add something to it if they want to. I’m also open for discussion as long as they are not insulting. 

This is something that gets forgotten way too often. 

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Everybody has to see this.

I like how this woman only manages to trash talk the black police officer. That says a lot. 

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

If a POC tells you that you’ve said/done something racist, shut up and correct yourself.

If a POC tells you that you’ve said/done something racist, shut up and correct yourself.

Don’t try to fight the POC on what you said/did. Don’t try to justify whatever you said/did.

IF A POC TELLS YOU THAT YOU’VE SAID/DONE SOMETHING RACIST, SHUT UP AND CORRECT YOURSELF.

cw: racism, food

Racist shit like this really infuriates me. 

One, we don’t all eat dogs! Two, if you are living in a western country, NO Vietnamese restaurant is going to have dog on the menu, flat out. Three, to the Vietnamese people who DO eat dogs, it’s just another meat source for them just like your precious beef, and they don’t eat their family dog. I mean you don’t go around asking white people who own pet pigs if they’re going to eat their pet pigs, do you? 

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