commentary-on-racism

I feel a certain sadness when I see an LGBT person advocating for all aces to be LGBT. It shows that they have been disconnected from their own history, kept ignorant of the forces which oppress them, blinded by neoliberal notions of “inclusivity” and valuing the feelings of oppressors over the safety of the oppressed.


Cishets are prioritized in literally every context except for LGBT specific ones, and seeing LGBT people actively attempting to undermine those safe spaces because some basic boring cishet can’t handle being left out of the one single thing they have no legitimate claim to in the first place only serves as a stark and harrowing reminder that there really are no safe spaces.


The only reason I have any degree of patience for LGBT people who openly advocate for cishet inclusion is because they are LGBT. I understand wanting to preserve people’s feelings and make everyone feel good, but the ace community has spewed so much angry homophobia, transphobia, ableism, racism, antisemitism, serophobia, classism, and sex-shaming rhetoric that I’m not sure I feel comfortable around ace people anymore. I don’t want to be sexualized against my will, and I’m especially not willing to be sexualized by a group claiming to face the same problems I do despite an ever-increasing mountain of evidence to the contrary.


In summation, I hate all cishets, but I hate cishet aces the most because they refuse to acknowledge their cishet status, and rather than devote their attentions to the ace community and its goals, they parasitize the LGBT community and pin the blame on gay people. They use slurs which are not theirs to use and when they are called out on it, they respond with more homophobia. They have proven time and time again that they do not care about the safety and well being of LGBT people.

I can't get over the symbolism of Alec in white and Magnus in black at the wedding... Like ying & yang, the light and the dark, demons and angels, two polar opposites uniting as one...

Originally posted by shadowhuntersseries

In the shadow world, black symbolizes armor in battle, and white symbolizes mourning…  Magnus was ready to fight for his love that night [“when that love comes back to you, you must do everything in your power to fight for it.” ~Ragnor], and Alec was ready to, essentially, die [what Lydia did “saved my life. So I should go thank her.” ~Alec].  

Oddly enough, Alec is usually the man of war, and Magnus is the man who cannot die…   The subliminal undertones of war and death was fitting for the two of them, but the way the tropes were switched is intriguing.  Even the fact that Alec was the bold one in that moment, and Magnus was the quiet one ready to do what he was told, is another example of their typical roles being swapped.  It kind of exemplifies how their two personalities have meshed, and how they are two sides of the same coin.  In the end, the sad symbolism of the colors they wore that night was washed away with joy…they found each other, and nothing has been the same since.  

And for that, I’m glad.

To Hell with Elie Wiesel

Before Israel’s 1967 war, the most famous advocate for the memory of the Shoah was a Holocaust survivor named Bruno Bettelheim. He was a psychologist who warned that the lessons of the Shoah were universally applicable. After Israel’s 1967 conquest, Elie Wiesel became the foremost purveyor of the Holocaust because his brand of Jewish exceptionalism and Holocaust mysterianism resonated with Zionist apologists. 

  • On Afro-Judaic relations: “The people who take their inspiration from us do not thank us but attack us. We find ourselves in a very dangerous situation. We are again the scapegoat on all sides… We helped the blacks; we always helped them… I feel sorry for blacks. There is one thing they should learn from us and that is gratitude. No people in the world knows gratitude as we do; we are forever grateful.” (This was after the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, and the American Jewish Committee went to court to oppose affirmative action).
  • On the presence of Muslims at an interfaith Auschwitz ceremony: “Were we not forgetting … Mufti Hajj Amin el-Husseini of Jerusalem, Heinrich Himmler’s friend?” (The Mufti supported the Nazis, but had no role in the Holocaust. Wiesel insinuates that all Muslims bear some responsibility for the Holocaust).
  • He tried to get an international conference on genocide in Tel Aviv cancelled. The reason: academic sponsors included sessions on the Armenian Genocide, against the wishes of the Israeli government. (Elie Wiesel is therefore a Holocaust denier of a different sort.) 
  • Charged $25,000 plus chauffeured limo to speak at events.

DO NOT LIONIZE ELIE WIESEL. HE HAS TRANSFORMED THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST INTO A WEAPON FOR NEOLIBERAL COLONIALISM.

NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE, NOT JUST US.

okay but…. i feel kind of bad for gamzee, he was heavily coded as a mentally ill kid with substance addiction issues and abuse/neglect (and very obviously not white) plus he was literally being mind controlled for the majority of the comic, and we have no idea how many of his actions were actually his own and how many were because aranea/lil cal made him do gross shit

if vriska can get a redemption arc after literally abusing someone for years, throwing them off a cliff and non-consensually kissing them then why cant the mentally ill character get the same treatment

and sidenote: when everything got retconned from the timeline, gamzee got shoved into a fridge with a bunch of dead bodies for god knows how long despite nothing happening yet in that timeline. maybe my homestuck lore just needs some brushing up on cos it’s been years, but it really does seem pretty unfair, in general

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Maria Campos-Pons, Spoken Softly with Mama, 1997, Multimedia Installation

I will display two pieces by the Afro-Cuban artist Maria Campos-Pons, both of which examine Afro-Cuban female identity and provide artistic commentary on feminism, racism, and their intersectionality within Cuban culture. This first piece exhibited by the artist is Spoken Softly with Mama, which was first exhibited in New York in 1998, and it places a “strong emphasis on modes of expression rooted in Santeria practices at the center of the project”. (12) The projected video in the multi-media installation piece captures the image of a familial scene involving a young girl and her mother. Their conversation is soft and whispered, showing close intimacy between the characters. This work is a nod to her Afro-Cuban female family members, who were all descendants of Nigerian slaves forced to the island of Cuba. Her mother, grandmother, sisters, and aunts are all featured from afar are shown exchanging stories and trinkets. The multi-media exhibit features embroidered silk and organza on top of ironing boards with photographic transfers, cast glass irons, cotton sheets, and projected video tracks like the one discussed previously. Spoken Softly with Mama is a symbol of the Afro-Cuban woman’s experience on the island and integrates personal memory and experience to represent this. Like La Familia, it places women at the forefront of the artistic piece which is a mode of empowerment for Afro-Cuban women.

jus saw an artist, who, in an effort to be racist but still completely appropriate the aesthetic of ‘spanish speaker’, declared that mccree was white but of ‘european spanish decent’

this is the same person who made that comic (which in hindsight, not a great comic to reblog) where mccree starts insulting morrison like crazy and calls him a cracker, despite the fact that the op considers mccree white. starling commentary on racism op!!!!! WOW!!!!!!

The normalization of violence in American culture desensitizes us from atrocities. These numbed emotions and miniscule reactions allow destructive behavior to pass us by and fades away from our memory after a short while unless we were the ones who experienced it.
—  Lesson learned from The Boondocks E5S1 Date With The Health Inspector
Five videos you need to watch in the wake of the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Stop sharing murder videos by jesstheindecisive


My anger is completely justified by Ahsante the Artist:


What this video if I die by Nathan Zed:


“But what about Black on Black Crime?” by This Is A Commentary:
[WARNING: Extremely graphic content in the beginning of this video, you can skip ahead to 0:43 to avoid it]


How white people can help by The1Janitor:


Fellow white people, listen to these people. Listen to black people tell you about their experiences. We will never fully understand what it is like to be black in America, but we have to try. We cannot speak over black people right now. Listen. Just listen.

tbh, it’s really starting to tick me off that so many more people are upset by that travesty of a natasha/bruce storyline than by the fact that the most iconic Romani Jews in comics were turned into whitewashed Nazi supporters. 

Today's sociopolitical and literary commentary brought to you by The Hunger Games:

Remember that the riots in the districts didn’t start with Katniss, they started with Rue. Remember that the fight didn’t start with the bravery of a white girl, but with the death of a black girl. Remember that the life of the black girl got erased by the life of the white girl.

Its weird how literature is written to mirror reality.

TL;DR: Dear White People.

SPOILERS for the movie Get Out, don’t read if you haven’t seen it yet (trust me, go see it)!

First of all, everyone should go see the movie Get Out. It has nearly a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for a reason - funny, terrifying, and such important commentary on racism in our society.

This is a horror movie - I shit you not, you will definitely at least jump a few times, if not wet yourself - but what terrified me the most was a comment made by another white girl as we were leaving the theater.

We had a very active audience, so a lot of talking at the screen occurred, such as “Bro she crazy, get your ass outta there” “BRO” and “AHHHH” - and during a couple moments of triumph in the film, everyone (myself included) cheered for the protagonist.

Anyway (and this is where spoilers happen, so again don’t read if you haven’t seen Get Out yet!!!), as we were leaving the theater, another white girl said “I can’t believe they were all cheering after he shot her, that was scary”. For anyone who has seen the movie, OF COURSE WE CHEERED WHEN HE SHOT HER, THAT BITCH WAS CRAZY!!! *I* can’t believe that you found *that* part of the movie to be scary. How *could* you empathize with the LITERAL SERIAL KILLER WHITE PEOPLE over the innocent, persecuted, insulted, *tortured* black people in the film?? The fact that she said this after watching that whole movie terrified me more than any part of the movie itself. What, were you a little uncomfortable being in a theater full of mostly people of color who were cheering that a white woman (SERIAL MURDERER) was killed? Because that’s how people of color feel all the time in rooms full of white people talking about how “racism like that doesn’t happen anymore”, “reverse racism is the real problem now”, “Trump isn’t that bad - at least it’s not that nasty woman!”.

Let me tell you a little something, fellow white people. Reverse racism doesn’t exist. Sexism towards cis, straight men doesn’t exist. Religious prejudice towards Christianity doesn’t exist. You cannot be a victim of institutionalized prejudice when your cohort is not oppressed/suppressed/persecuted by societal structure. Maybe someone was rude to you, or inconsiderate, or insulting, which obviously isn’t cool, but you have never been prevented from doing something you wanted to, accused of something you didn’t do, or attacked for no reason other than your race/gender identity/sexual orientation/religion if you are white, cis, male, straight, or Christian. You are privileged. I'mma just repeat that for the people in the back: *you are privileged*. Maybe you did work your ass off to get to where you are, but someone without your privilege would have had to work *harder* to get to the same place, because our society, as it is now, by nature holds them back for just being who they are.

The most glaringly, painfully obvious example? In order for a black man to become president, he (and his wife) had to be Ivy League educated, with a perfect family, no scandals, no inflammatory remarks - top of the line, all of the time. And even then he was loathed (and continues to be loathed) by so many people. In order for Trump to become president? Literally be white, cis, straight, Christian, and male. He can do and say and lie and persecute and strip away our rights all he damn well pleases, because “thank God” he’s not that “nasty woman” with her emails and her lying and her money. Because Trump doesn’t have money. Or lie. Or have a private email server. Or subjugate women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, Muslims in particular but also Jews and other religions. Literally all of the things you condemned Hillary for, he has done - plus far, far worse.

My dear, fellow white people - can we stop lying to ourselves that attacks on Trump are “reverse racism”, “sexist”, or “a part of the liberal agenda”? This election was a battle for gender equality that cis women (and everyone else, in my opinion) lost. Every time you apologize for something Trump says or does, every time you walk out of a movie where the white people are literally serial killers and you SYMPATHIZE WITH THE SERIAL KILLER WHITE PEOPLE - every time, you prove people right about how prejudiced white people are. Get your shit together. Get informed. Support the right causes. Support the right people.

**EDIT** P.S., and MORE SPOILERS here: I am so, *so* happy they chose to have the TSA friend be the cop who shows up in the end - I hella cheered when that happened. I was so afraid it was going to be the racist white cop from earlier in the movie, who would have sympathized with the SERIAL KILLER WHITE GIRL and thrown our awesome protagonist in jail. We NEED movies to start having happy endings for black people and other people of color - and way more representation of Asian, Latinx and Hispanic, Native American, and everyone else I’m not thinking of right now in the media - even if it’s “not realistic”, because think about what that even implies; happy endings for people of color are “not realistic”??? Start with media: represent and treat well all sorts of different people of color, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religions - reality will (hopefully, *hopefully*) follow.

And P.P.S.: What about Andre though??? 😭

This line actually feels like we’re in a time machine and we actually get to speak truth to the real Jefferson — things that we could never say to him.

This was a guy who wrote more eloquently about liberty than most of the founding fathers, but didn’t actually live it. He lived on a plantation with hundreds of slaves. He really participated in this brutal system. So this moment is really cathartic.

But there are lots of moments where slavery is mentioned. There’s a moment in “Yorktown” where Lauren, who was the fiercest abolitionist out of all of them, says, “Does this really mean freedom? And Washington, who is a slave owner, says, “not yet.”

So we are constantly reminding you that this freedom thing is in quotes because it doesn’t apply to most of the people that live here.
—  Lin-Manuel Miranda on Hamilton’s response to Jefferson in Cabinet Battle #1 (from his Genius annotations)
10 Things You Probably Misunderstood About People Who Post About Social Justice

I ran @whatwhiteswillneverknow for 4 years so far and I have read pretty much a lot of… opinions. As well as answered them in all sorts of ways. Sometimes informative, somethings scarastic, sometimes comical, but always trying to at least educate.

So, I’m going to give you my personal list of 10 things people who are “anti-social justice warriors” probably misunderstand about certain concepts.

1) Culture Appropriation is real. But you can still appreciate culture when people from that culture invites you in.

There is a difference between people appropriation and appreciation. There is a thing as “cultural exchanges” (raman and pasta are a delicious example). It’s actually a good thing when someone is inspired by someone else’s culture. The harm comes when you try to eliminate the source and invalidate the original meaning. Listen when people talk about it. 

2) Telling people that they should “speak English” is actually degrading.

English is the most popular language on this site and you’ll have no problem finding English-speaking people in different parts of the world. However, when people come to an English-speaking country and they speak a foreign language, saying things like “they should learn English” or “you’re here now, speak my tongue” is difficult. 

But in order to fully understand that, maybe you need to watch a film.

3) Saying “there are more important things in this world than what you’re talking about” is dismissive.

Sure, stuff like cultural appropriation, diversity in media, and who died in the latest Game of Thrones isn’t as important as “job development” or the current political environment, but we are all capable of caring about more than one topic. Matter of fact, wouldn’t it be easier to talk to someone if you first acknowledge them like “I know how it feels to lose a program. I’m still waiting for them to produce season 3 of Young Justice!” and then after getting them to agree that Young Justice is a complex story with excellent animation that shouldn’t have been pitched to 10-13-year-olds to sell toys, we can talk about how awesome Bernie Sanders is?

Bottom line: There maybe topics that are not apporiate depending on when and who you’re talking about it. If my first thought on the “Nightly Show” if I’m ever invited is “Why they cancelled Young Justice” than what I think about Congress blocking Supreme Court nominations, then maybe Larry Wilmore has the right to tell me “Young Justice is gone. Deal with it.”

4) Saying “stop racism and discrimination” is a blanket and vague statement and should only be reserved for protest signs.

It’s like doing the two-step dance… easy to do, predictable, and some people still can’t even do THAT correctly. Everyone can say it, but unless you’re actively doing something about it, you’re just dancing around the subject. (Get it? Dancing around? I kill me.)

5) There are things that you may not agree with, but at least have some empathy.

There are concepts in this world that you may never really understand. There’s stuff about myself that I don’t fully understand yet. However, one thing I do understand is psychological projection, a human construct in which a person would cover their own insecurities by projecting them on others. Problem is, it took me years of maturity to fully understand this.

So, I say unto you… you should at least feel empathy for people. All humans are capable of empathy. 

You may not like children, but you probably don’t want to see one get run over by a car. You probably may not like rap music and it’s subject matter, but if a Black child is run over by a car and you think “one less criminal off the streets”, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your own worth.

6) Yes, a hive mind can be dangerous.

This one I personally witness. I can’t deal with people who don’t really think for themselves. It’s harmful when they just blindly agrees with an influential person and attack anyone who disagrees with them…

… even if that person is me. Learn to think for yourself and be able to tackle the issues. It will benefit you more.

7) There is a difference between people asking questions to learn and people who are trolls. 

It’s a hard thing to figure out, hence why I try my best to pay attention to their actions rather than look at their body of work. It’s easier to just talk about what they said wrong than to use what they said wrong to draw up a final conclusion.

8) Pulling out dictionary meanings are pointless in a debate about that very word you’re defining. 

It’s amazing how many people love to post up screenshots of a dictionary to just dismiss things as if the dictionary is as the absolute authority on concepts. The only point a dictionary plays is in a meaning of a word, nothing more, nothing less. 

It has its place when it comes to defining words. But it doesn’t have a place about how the words are used in every little circumstance. So, telling us what the word means as a way to shut down the conversation is at best immature. 

9) Saying “talking about it will only bring more of it” is dismissive and damaging.

Do you think I like to talk about racism? No. Do you think I like acknowleding that I got an ego somethings? No. But not talking about it doesn’t help. If we don’t keep things in check, it can hurt people. 

If we don’t talk about racism when it happens, we can’t acknowledge that there is a problem, and therefore the problem won’t be solved. If my girlfriends can’t talk about my ego, I may do things that may harm myself in the future.

See how all that works? When you at least put things in check, it’s step 1 towards change (or in my ego-tripping case, to prevent myself from making mistakes. BTW, I have to use a personal example here because it helps to show that by not acknowledging a flaw, it only helps to make it worse.)

10) We need to remind ourselves that we’re not above critisim. 

There is no exception to the rule. Strive to be “good” but don’t think you’re “better than other people”. Just because you acknowledge something doesn’t mean you get a cookie and just because you’re helping people doesn’t mean you belong to that community. At the end of the day, while one more person who empathize with us might be one less person who doesn’t, there’s 10 more probably could care less.

scenario: you’re talking to a black friend about a celebrity or a show or a movie. you really like this thing and you’re talking to them about it and ask them their thoughts. they say “_____ is really antiblack.”

what do you do?

a. immediately go “well, I didn’t see it as antiblack…”

b. go “I get that it’s antiblack but here are all these good things/this is why I still like that”

c. explain why the thing is antiblack (”this celebrity has a different context for racial things!”/”non-black characters also faced the situation the black character faced!”)

d. acknowledge that the other person has every right to hate this thing and keep that in mind in the future

the correct answer is d! because really, when they say “yeah this is antiblack so I don’t fuck with it” the most important thing for you to do is recognize that they are hurt by all forms of antiblackness and don’t need to hear you get in your feelings about it

and I really don’t need to hear my friends bring up antiblack shows/celebs when I’ve expressed my discomfort with them.

hmm i know my commentary on how racism, colourism and “fatphobia” affecting how people see me is valid, but i think sometimes i lean too much on these injustices with little effort trying to navigate myself around it