addressing privilege

lilypetite  asked:

A person is asking me "what is the solution to white privilege?" and I have no idea what to say to him. Could you help me respond? While I think that privilege is an issue, asking for a solution to it makes it seem like one day we could eradicate it completely.

Well, that’s a very difficult answer because white privilege is so ingrained throughout society, at least in America. But…

Eradicating white privilege starts with white people. In general, People of Color are already aware of white privilege and we write up all kinds of articles and posts that try to explain and combat it (and have been for decades). However, the constant denial by white people makes white privilege difficult to address. White voices are the majority and have more power than voices of color so when People of Color address white privilege (or any kind of issue), we are seen as whiners and “SJWs” to white people.

This doesn’t mean that People of Color can’t change anything because we surely can but the difference in power means that white people also have to accept white privilege and address it themselves. And even when People of Color do change things, it still benefits white people because they have the most power and are still in control of most, if not all institutions. All white people have to do is pretend like they care about societal issues and make up a few pro-inclusive policies and bam, they reap all the benefits that weren’t even made for them.

TL;DR: White people have to deconstruct themselves all throughout society in every institution possible. White people’s existence should be to both de-power themselves and empower People of Color just as our existence has been to de-power ourselves and empower white people for centuries. This doesn’t mean white people will become slaves, face genocides, get bombed, or anything like that. It just means that People of Color, NOT white people, should have the power to rebuild or expand a society to fit everyone.

Angry Asian Guy

ourqueenfelinefatale  asked:

Do you remember the specific comic where Superman's white privilege is addressed? I would love to read it.

Okay so I found the comic I was looking for and the specific panels I remembered. Unfortunately, it’s less awesome to reread it. Which… sucks. It’s an issue of Action Comics I think, where Lois is interviewing Diana while dealing with her own internalized misogyny (it’s a thing…)

And this conversation happens:


Okay so while it brings up the clear fact that Superman came as far as he did because he has the privilege of looking like and being raised as a conventionally attractive white man (comparing him to both J’onn Jones and Black hero Steel), it’s also still very “well it’s not his/Diana’s fault that they have privilege and at least they use their powers for good”.

Which is not cool and I’m sorry I got your/everyone’s hopes up about this comic.

While the panels do spell out the basics “if Superman didn’t look white, he wouldn’t have the freedom he does to maneuver” which pokes even more holes in Supergirl’s whole “white aliens experiencing racism/if they date it’s interracial/whatever” nonsense, it’s not done in as progressive a way as I swore it did.

If you want a comic that more explicitly looks at the privilege Superman has and directly compares it to the lack of privilege a Black hero has in the same/a similar world, io9 has this piece up about Icon #16 which pits Superman up against his Milestone analogue Icon (who was raised as a slave in the South and whose slowed aging/near immortality means that he’s lived through some of the most dangerous times in history to be a Black man.)

It doesn’t get resolved the way I wanted but as with the other comic, this was written in the early 1990s and well… few comics ended the way I wanted them to, back then.

If you want me to try and hunt down the issue for you, let me know and I’ll answer you privately, but here’s a scan from the issue that io9 posted within their article:

This comic though, better than the one I’d mentioned earlier, is a much better example of the privilege Superman has and how that informs the kind of hero he is and how much power he has.

I’m sorry for my mediocre memory and i hope Icon #16 is more satisfying!

(I’m going to add a link to that post back to this so people can see this because man, while I wasn’t wrong about the comic… I wasn’t hella correct about what I was remembering. Ugh.)

1/5 of the biggest girl group on the planet just came out, and that is a big fucking deal.


Not only did she come out she penned a letter in which she stood up against bigotry and hatred, she addressed privilege (including her own), and she called out hypocritical Trump supports…

Let me say that again, she took what is one of the biggest moments of a queer persons life (coming out) and instead of making it about herself she used her voice to shine a light on the worlds many injustices.

By doing this countless people and of course Fifth Harmony fans out there, who struggle with there sexuality have just seen their hero come out and say ‘hey look its ok, I’m like you and I’m living my dream’. I can not put into words just how important that is.

She has also told the world in no uncertain terms what is happening in America and across the world right now is not ok and she isn’t going to stand by and watch this shit happen, she is going to educate and she’s going to fight.

Lauren Jauregui, you are incredible. You are beautiful, talented, passionate, intelligent and so brave.

You have just changed lives, and make no mistake about it, you’ve just saved lives too.

I’m so insanely proud of you, you’re an exceptional human being.


anonymous asked:

i think it's so important for katya to talk about the double standards for black queens while addressing her own privilege. bc it's one thing for jasmine to go in on trixie like that but it feels like what acid did to kim was almost worse??? kim was stressed and she was being comforted by seeing one of her closest friends and hearing her voice, and acid started just like? tearing into her and calling her stupid in front of her friend who was trying to have a sentimental moment?

Exactly! This was a risky move in Katya’s part, especially since white feelings are the most fragile things in the world. She could have just stayed quiet and played it safe which has clearly helped a lot of white celebrities in terms of keeping their fame. Now it’s just entertaining to see white people lose their shit over what she said lmao And what Acid did was way worse than what Jasmine did. Not only did she ruin Kim Chi’s moment, but Trixie also wasn’t even in the room to stand up for herself. Out of drag race, I’m sure Acid is a genuinely good person. I’ve read about people’s experiences when it comes to meeting her in person, but that doesn’t excuse what she did to both Kim Chi and Trixie.

Who knows, maybe she only did that for the drama of it all but it’s definitely not right.

Reasons to watch ABC's The Fosters

-The show is centered around a interracial lesbian couple with one biological child and two adopted Latinx twins. They come to foster two siblings who have been placed in one different foster home each year because of situations they end up in.

-One of the moms is a badass lady cop (her work partner is her ex husband) and the other mom is an intelligent assistant principal of her kids’ school.

-They very openly talk about race and sexuality.

-Talks about how messed up the foster system is and ways to change it.

-There is a transgender character who is ACTUALLY PLAYED BY A TRANS PERSON. His Tumblr is tomphelan9.

-Actually really good plotlines and stories.

-A bisexual character who uses the word bisexual.

-The show addresses white privilege and police brutality.

-The show covers rape (including female-on-male rape and statutory rape).

-Jude and Callie’s siblingship is adorable!

-The show has two young gay boys who date and have a very chaste, not sexualized relationship.

-Alex Saxon is on the show and he’s very aesthetically pleasing. (His hair, damn.)

-A good portion of the main characters are queer or people of color.

-The show normalizes boys wearing nail polish and encourages people to be themselves.

-Covers heavy topics like turning to prostitution, abuse/rape, drugs, alcoholism, suicide, mental illness, etc.

-Promotes feminism.

-Very clever and funny moments added in. Dialogue feels very natural.

-REPRESENTATION! In one episode, there was a genderqueer character who used they/them pronouns.

-The whole show is centered around a loving family.

-The line “DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does.”

-Lesbian wedding.

-It’s also on Netflix and Hulu if you don’t have cable.

There are probably so many more reasons, but I encourage people to watch the show! Sorry if I repeated some points. Yeah, the show is kinda cheesy sometimes, but there are ground-breaking episodes!

anonymous asked:

i don't Get tht post abt part white poc like. Yah ik they're my family but like. idk how to explain jst made me feel weird bc i don't see how making fun of white ppl is Bad even if ur part white as long as u like address u got privilege cause ur part white? am i making discourse outta nothing,

Yes u are

They have strength and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested neither by crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history.

Workers of my country: I want to thank you for the loyalty that you always had, the confidence that you deposited in a man who was only an interpreter of great yearnings for justice, who gave his word that he would respect the Constitution and the law and did just that. At this definitive moment, the last moment when I can address you, I wish you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in which the Armed Forces broke their tradition, the tradition taught by General Schneider and reaffirmed by Commander Araya, victims of the same social sector which will today be in their homes hoping, with foreign assistance, to retake power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.

I address, above all, the modest woman of our land, the campesina who believed in us, the worker who labored more, the mother who knew our concern for children. I address professionals of Chile, patriotic professionals, those who days ago continued working against the sedition sponsored by professional associations, class-based associations that also defended the advantages which a capitalist society grants to a few.  

I address the youth, those who sang and gave us their joy and their spirit of struggle. I address the man of Chile, the worker, the farmer, the intellectual, those who will be persecuted, because in our country fascism has been already present for many hours – in terrorist attacks, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railroad tracks, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to protect them.  They were committed. History will judge them.

Surely Radio Magallanes will be silenced, and the calm metal instrument of my voice will no longer reach you. It does not matter. You will continue hearing it. I will always be next to you. At least my memory will be that of a man of dignity who was loyal to the workers.

The people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated either.

Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free men will walk to build a better society.

Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!

These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason.

—  from Salvador Allende’s last broadcast to the Chilean people on 9/11/1973, shortly before his murder by a US backed coup that same day.

I don’t get why people hate Macklemore so much?

Like he stands up for everything that is right. He stand against what is wrong with the society. Got married on June 26th because that is the day everyone in America got the freedom to marry who they love. Address White Privilege, stand against racism, always always make sure that people understand that hip-hop comes from the black culture.

What more do you want from the kid?

White Privilege and White Tears: The Get Out of Racism Free Card

I had recently seen friends of mine post a graphic on their Facebooks that meant to address white privilege; which I assume is based on a tweet some half wit made. It goes something along the lines of, “No one is saying that just because you’re white you don’t have problems. We’re saying that you don’t have problems BECAUSE you’re white.” I’m sure some of you have seen these cute backpeddling quotes getting posted around.

No one is saying that just because I’m white I don’t have problems? Weird, because I remember being deep into some twitter conversing, talking about how when I was young I went to a predominantly black school and got beaten up all the time for being white. The response to that? “Oh, save me your white tears”. What brought along the dialog was reading tweets that discussed the inherently flawed idea that you can’t be racist towards white people. 

“White tears” is a common theme with these extremists when it comes to white people who discuss their problems. You see it in their rhetoric all the time. So I guess because I don’t get harassed by police, and because my family didn’t endure slavery, or suffer from the effects of gentrification, all of a sudden I don’t have Type II Bi Polar Disorder (diagnosed by a real doctor, for all of you self diagnosed, phony assholes that think mental illness is cute), and that I didn’t grow up around meth addicts, and have to live in a house in the winter at times with no heat, having to boil pots of water in order to take a hot bath.

The truth of the matter is that pointing out white privilege has only 2 total intended outcomes, and the apply to different demographics. For white people, the people who seem to love to spew the white privilege rhetoric the most, it’s the new “I’m totally not racist”. It’s their way of playing the race tensions safely. That’s not to suggest they actually are racists deep down; but you sure won’t see these guilty white people giving up their jobs for a person of color. You won’t see them actively digging into finding out if their company is engaging in wage paygaps on the basis of race. You won’t see them helping out at a Boys and Girls Club in the fucking hood. It’s all talk as far as white people are concerned; if you see a white person shitting out the white privilege grief - chances are they’re really full of shit, and you could probably easily make them look like the frauds they are if you simply call them out.

The other means to create a further racial wedge, likely because their experiences made them convinced that white people have historically ruined everything in their paths. They want you to check your white privilege, but they don’t quite want to tell you what the fuck that even means, because they don’t know what it means. They honestly believe that in the 21st century, the us vs. them is still black and white, and not a matter of the rich, connected, and powerful, vs the poor, disenfranchised, weak. Now, they might tell you to use your privilege to help in the fight against racial injustice - but they don’t really tell you how to do that either, and again it’s because they don’t have any understanding of how things work in the real world.

The notion that we as white people cannot relate to the black struggle may all and well be true. Black people who struggle refuse to empathize with the idea that white people have no more pull in anything than they do. Do they think that if white people step up when a cop is about to beat a young black male, that they’ll all of a sudden stop? Do they believe that people legitimately give a shit about what we have to say because we’re white? That all of a sudden our protest means more? That our vote counts more? They forget that this country was bought and sold a long time ago. It’s a VIP club, and neither myself nor them will ever fucking be invited; because we don’t have the right name, our mom’s and dad’s weren’t from the right blood line, because we don’t have bank accounts with seven figures in them.

The thing is, I think deep down, they do realize this. They know that every average white person has no ability to do a fucking thing more to help their plight outside of the simple strength in numbers, which has nothing to do with our DNA. But it’s not about that. It’s about blaming someone, and jacking a clever philosophy as a means to do so, while still sounding PC, and not hateful. But I’m a big believer in context. As innocent as the whole “white privilege” term means to come across, there’s literally nothing you can do with it. The whole idea is to erase the rest of your identity, and anyone tells you otherwise is a fucking liar. Because the moment you talk about the problems you do have, that they might not have, you get told to fuck off with your white tears. Your problems are insignificant. Hey, put your problems aside and use your whiteness to do something for people who aren’t white. Because that’s a thing you can do. If you write to congress and send them a piece of which you skinned yourself as proof of your white brotherhood, surely they’ll listen to you and pass prison reform, end mass incarceration, and end racial profiling. Because that’s how it works!

The irony, I suppose, is that I’m pretty vocally for civil rights, and ending various injustices. And nothing this ultra left wing PC manufactured outrage culture does is going to change that for me. But don’t sit here and dismiss my own hardships, throw me into a demographic where I’m only considered by my skin color, then tell me that just because you’re doing so doesn’t mean you’re saying you don’t think I have own problems I have to deal with, concluding by telling me to feed you my white tears when I explain my problems to you. Circular logic doesn’t suit anyone.

Pokemon Go as a model for how social privileges affect social interactions.

So I don’t really play a lot of games, but I wanted to play Pokemon Go to understand the social phenomenon and mechanics, and it’s been pretty useful for getting some thoughts in order. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about how Pokémon Go works as a really good tool for addressing issues of privilege in a quantifiable way, by watching how it works in different communities and how different people are able to play.  

This is by no means a criticism of anyone who is enjoying the game, a suggestion that people shouldn’t play it, or that anyone should feel badly playing it, but it is a critical look at how geography, VR mapping, and crowdsourcing reinforce certain types of privilege, and how it’s very easy to see how people with certain types of lives are more capable of succeeding as Pokemon Go players. 

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A Different Path RP Continued...


Jon groaned at the sight of the household guards stationed in the hall, and immediately began to wonder which room was Clara’s. He decided to exercise his princely privileges and addressed them, trying to sound as much like his father as he could.

“I would like to speak with Lady Clara, please, Sers,” he stated confidently.


I present to you Ekaterina Alexandrovna Romanova, or “Katya” to those who have earned the privilege of addressing her as an equal. This long-lost member of Russia’s most notorious royal family was thought dead after the Revolution. Little did the hopeful Bolsheviks know that it’s not so easy to kill a cat. Almost a century later, Ekaterina Alexandrovna has resurfaced to rule over a small but loyal household in central Ohio, where she will live out the rest of her days in comfort, finally acknowledged as the empress she was meant to be.

I’m a bit tired of the way ~internet feminism~ can end up being more dismissive and critical of women attempting to engage with progressive politics and feminism than they are of men and women who don’t address progressive issues at all.

Most people are dumb idiots when they first start talking about this stuff, myself included, yourself included. Collectively we all need to be a bit kinder to each other, give each other a bit more space to grow and learn. Of course this is probably much easier to say as a holder of all the privileges of being white able-bodied neurotypical educated employed not-overweight straight-enough and cis. Lots of times the calling-out will be about intersectionality, and that kind of calling-out does need to happen (by those who have the spoons) so that we can all hear and be better. But it doesn’t need to be outright condemnation every time.

When a very young woman with a large platform throws her entire career away to call herself out, and in doing so addresses her many privileges (including cultural constructs of beauty, exploitation in the fashion industry and previous cultural appropriation)… it is just so very exhausting to hear people accusing her of doing it for her own profit. If she can use her voice to speak out about this and also make a comfortable living in the process, that is fantastic. If more people pay attention to her for doing this than taking a photo in a bikini, that is fantastic. What are the alternatives? Continuing to be beholden to the commercialisation of her body? Or suddenly disappearing and changing careers with no awareness raised whatsoever? Would that be somehow more ‘pure’? Does it help anyone?

I’m not suggesting Essena’s perfect. Her ideas about what she’ll do next are still taking shape. She’s young and figuring it out, like we all are.  But if we keep taking people down for trying to do the right thing then we’re going to scare them away from trying at all.