do they exist outside of the south

The number of people who have both a black and Mexican parent in that Los Angeles started ballooning in the 1980s and ‘90s, when Mexican immigrants began moving into South LA’s black neighborhoods in large numbers, and people started getting together and creating families.

Like Melissa Adams and Alex Tillman, many have struggled to explain their racial identity to the outside world, and sometimes even to understand it themselves.

Much of this has to do with the fact that biracial identity in the United States has often been understood in terms of black and white. And to the extent that labels are helpful for quickly self-identifying, they don’t always exist for the diversity of racial possibilities that mixed Americans increasingly want to see recognized. When it comes to mixed-race in America, Mexican-American author Richard Rodriguez has written, we rely on an “old vocabulary — black, white,” but, “we are no longer a black-white nation.”

This may be why in LA, many young people who are both black and Mexican are turning to a handy word to describe themselves: “Blaxican.”

An Emerging Entry In America’s Multiracial Vocabulary: 'Blaxican’

Photo: Courtesy of Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Caption: A selection of participants who identify as black and Mexican in Walter Thompson-Hernandez’s Instagram project, Blaxicans of L.A.

anonymous asked:

Maybe a drabble where Dorian and Leo discuss their hot elf BFs?

This isn’t quite what you asked for, anon. Leo and Dorian have a…complicated relationship. I hope this is ok.

Dorian had the damndest luck, or at the very least, a cruel sprite of fate on his shoulder. It was beginning to seem inevitable that he should find himself stuck alone in the presence of the decidedly unfriendly Champion of Kirkwall time after time after time.

“You could leave your message with me,” Dorian told the man. “I would be happy to recite it verbatim the moment he gets back.”

Hawke didn’t even glance his way.

Dorian propped his hand in his chin and stared at the wasted meal laid out on the camp table before him. He’d bribed and cajoled and traded favors for weeks to plan a romantic dinner on the road for himself and the Inquisitor, seen to every detail – down to the lace on the table cloth and the polish on the candlesticks – only for Ryn to be called away almost as soon as they sat down.

Hawke showed up, somewhere into the second hour of Ryn’s absence, and when Dorian informed him he didn’t know when the little Dalish would be back his answer was only “I’ll wait.”

The Champion sat in the chair meant for Ryn, and Dorian felt plummeted into some heretofore unknown hell.

He picked up a spoon, and began to play with what, two hours ago, had been an exquisite onion soup.

“You know,” Dorian said, “It’s really unnecessary for you to hate me as you do. I read Varric’s Tale of the Champion. Your paramour is also a Vint, isn’t he?”

“Husband,” Hawke corrected, his eyes still fixed steadily on the tent flap, watching for Ryn.

“I wasn’t aware you had wed. Congratulations.”

The man didn’t answer. Dorian continued to play with his soup.

“Oh, all right,” Dorian said, as if they were, indeed, holding a conversation. “Granted, it isn’t exactly the same. Our social standings were a bit…skewed.”

“He was a slave.”

“All right, skewed isn’t the right word.”

Hawke grunted. He glanced at Dorian at last, but there was little victory in it. He looked as if he were contemplating cutting his tongue out.

The soup made soft plopping sounds as he poured it from his spoon back into the bowl. “You and I,” Dorian said, “Have a lot in common.”

“I doubt that.”

“We are both unfairly handsome, terribly talented mages, hopelessly besotted with gorgeous elven men.”

Those eyes. Hawke’s golden glare put Dorian terribly in mind of the man’s namesake. He felt, rather, like a rat in a field as the man’s stare fixed on him.

Dorian said, “I’m not the one who held your Fenris’s leash.” He thought he might have seen him, once or twice. At a distance. By his description, he would be hard not to notice.

The Champion was silent for a long time before he spoke.

“Do you honestly want me to believe you consider your Lavellan to be your equal?” Hawke asked at last.

Dorian stiffened. He said, “Of course I do.”

“Would you still,” Hawke pressed, “If you had met back in Tevinter? What if there was a chain around that long pretty neck of his? Would you have even seen him, then?”

Dorian’s answer failed on his tongue. How to explain that he was a different man since coming south than he had been at home? That under his father’s thumb, he had thought only of the pleasure he could manage to squeeze out of the next moment of existence, and had not once taken the time to examine the life he led, much less taken a peek outside the realm of his own selfishness to see the reality of the world around him. It seemed too convenient to claim that he had been rethinking a great many things, since joining the Inquisition and meeting Ryn – that he had begun to look closer at things that he had once simply considered a normal matter of fact.

He waited too long to answer. Hawke pressed his palms into the table and rose. “On second thought,” Hawke said, “I will wait outside.”

jfc stop using “desi” as a synonym for “south asian.” they do not mean the same thing. you can be south asian and not desi! and i’ve noticed the people who do this are mostly desi people, who seem to be unable to conceive of south asian identity outside of their own experience, and who have this strange need for a solidarity that does not actually exist. also, there’s this weird aversion to calling us south asian, which makes no goddamn sense????? the thing i love most about south asian identity is that it allows for the multiplicity of cultural experiences–unlike calling south asians “desi,” which incorrectly lumps all of us into being “countrymen.” 

just to be clear, i’m not at all saying that you shouldn’t call yourself desi if you are desi–i’m just saying, it doesn’t make sense to refer to all south asians as desi. because we’re not.

anonymous asked:

As a South Carolinian, I was offended by your "because they're fucking racist" response to the anon question about SC and the Confederate flag. Alabama's governor was able to order that the flag be removed from their statehouse grounds--SC's governor does not legally have that power. All she can do is "urge" the legislators to do it. In the future, a simple "I'm not from that state, so I don't know about the political/social/economic situation" would be a more fair and open-minded response.

First of all, the governor could have had it taken down temporarily if she said it needed maintenance, so it wouldn’t have been flying while Clementa Pinckney’s body passed by. She didn’t do that.

And the bottom line is this: having the flag flying at all is racist. Requiring a two-thirds majority vote from both houses of the state legislature before it can be removed is racist.

I don’t have to be from South Carolina to know that any attitude about that flag besides, “It’s an ugly and treasonous reminder of a horrible stain on our history, it’s threatening to black people, shouldn’t exist outside of history books, and certainly should never fly on government property,” is racist.

I don’t have to be from South Carolina to say that the state is fucking racist, and do you know why? As a whole, every state in the union is fucking racist. I’m from New Hampshire. We don’t fly confederate flags on any state property there, but you know what? I feel comfortable in saying that my home state is racist. It might not be the same strain of in-your-face, the-South-will-rise-again bullshit that you find in former confederate states, but New Hampshire is definitely a racist place. South Carolina is a racist place. 

The entire country was built on two genocides, and we’re all on stolen land, many of us in cities and towns built by stolen labor.

There isn’t a single state on US soil that can’t be fairly described as “fucking racist.” Your offense is ridiculous. The fact that you seem to be more upset with me for calling your state racist than you are for your state flying a flag of rebellion and white supremacy is laughable.

So yeah. South Carolina is racist. 

And with your screwed up priorities, I’m pretty sure you are too.

winginoverthings  asked:

Agree. Dany is not trying to submit this people to work to give resources and arms to her kingdom or something so it's not equal. But I still think there's something problematic, even when the people had traditions considered "wrong" and those conquering try to "erase wrong practices" like slavery, like incest, like letting deformed children die, it's still done forcefully. Of course it's all better for the people who are being saved but still it's Dany, the outsider, who does it. (cont ->)

I feel Dany is justified, but much of it reminds me of the way “wrong” practices were forcefully eliminated in colonised countries. Here in L.A. even with all the “advances” Spain brought with them, they way they forcefully established their traditions and erased ours was real shitty. Dany executed the masters who were the powerful in Slaver’s Bay. Spanish slained the Incas, and the heads of most indigenous population. It’s not a=b but tiny aspects of it are similar.

Tho I do agree that the ethnic part of it is completely out of the question. Dany is not a racist, she does not have a white saviour complex, etc. She does not think them inferior and she does not think Westeros superior for not having slavery. I think branding Dany as an imperialist is completely wrong. She has problematic aspects. BUT ALL of GRRM characters do, because people are not divided in good and bad people and she’s a girl really making very difficult decisions.

I completely agree with that.  Conquering is almost never a good thing for the conquered culture, because it fundamentally is the imposition of an outsider perspective that doesn’t understand what’s going on and doesn’t have the necessary capacity for circumspection.  Replacing or eradicating a bad practice is such a tricky affair, even when done internally (sad sighs at American domestic policy tbqh).  And Dany grapples with that a lot (as she should).  But, as you say, there’s a difference between an outsider instigating change and an “insider” doing the same.  And the justifications for the change are really well intentioned in Dany’s part.  She also shows a desire to assimilate herself to Meereenese culture as best she can—at least, within what she deems “reason”.  But that’s not the same as if someone of Ghiscari Blood led a slave rebellion and sought to change things from the inside.  

(This is def me having my obsessive filter, but I’d be really curious to see a discussion of Dany’s experience in Meereen through a lens that involves the American Civil War–a slave society whose economic, cultural, even religious to some extent foundations are based on slavery and the slave trade, and then going through the shit that happens with the compromises of the Reconstruction, where everyone compromised, work was left undone, and then it ended because the old political elite still had too much power.  Also the concept of an outside force coming in and instigating a change, without leaving a new infrastructure in place, because yes, American, but the North-South cultural dichotomy was a huuuge thing (and still is in different ways.)  

But regardless of that wonky comparison, I guess my filter is this: I do not believe that a slave society can morph to exist into something new that’s still got remnants of its old self.  Like if you’re going to eradicate slavery, you’re not just freeing the slaves–you have to make it culturally sound through economics, through education, through religion, through every single cultural element, because otherwise you just make new forms of oppression.  Even if the Ghiscari cities had been able to create some level of emancipation on their own, it would have been at the destruction of many historical aspects of cultural pride.  It would have had to be.  Hands down.  So yes, Dany’s an outsider. But she’s not to my mind doing anything that would not have needed to be done to make a free society out of a slave society.  And that’s a hard truth.  But it is one.  And especially if, in her absence/post-departure, people can use her as a symbol to keep pressing change on their own, I feel uncomfortable knocking that on a number of levels, for all it’s got a lot of elements that leave a weird taste in my mouth.  And I guess at this point that’s the dream situation, right?  Like with Dany gone the changes that she made to destroy oppression aren’t for nothing and people are able to keep pushing forward without losing all of their cultural heritage.)

There’s a part of me that almost wishes she’d stay in Meereen–not because of a lot of the shitty reasons thrown around–but because I’d be fascinated to see how she would engage with being a long-term conqueror, and comparing her rule with someone like Aegon I’s (who like…changed a lot of Westerosi structure, but also didn’t, you know)?  I’d just be fascinated to read that story as well.  (Though obvi I want the other one more.)

It's often hard to explain things to white people...

It’s often hard to explain things to white people…and I say that as a white person.

White people have, in most cases, a preconstructed little world of their own where all of their opinions are digested and regurgitated in soothing ways to make them feel good about how they feel.  They have entire programs that exist to tell them that what they feel isn’t “wrong” it’s “justified” or that what they feel isn’t “racism” but instead “caution” or even “pride”.  For people of color, these same worlds and programs exist, but to live their life they are constantly forced to step outside of them and into the giant white people world.  And God forbid a white person finds one of those little worlds and feels uncomfortable in it, because they will do their best to tear it to the ground in the name of whatever warm and fuzzy feeling they are lacking.

One of the craziest examples I see here in the south is street names.  if you want to know how prevalent racial privilege is in America, start looking at street names.

Here’s a scenario for you (white people) if you want to understand what I’m talking about.  Imagine you were talking down the street where you lived and you came to a corner.  You stopped at the corner and looked up at the street signs and you found you were on the corner of:

Bin Laden Blvd and Hitler Pl

You looked it over closely, just to make sure you were seeing it right.  Imaging you went to people who you generally hold to be reasonable and said

“Hey, why are there two streets named after mass murdering psychopaths in my town?”

As soon as you’ve said it, you see those people’s expressions change.  They look at you like you’ve lost your mind:

“Excuse me?!” They say, “Do you know what bad shape the German economy was in when Hitler took office in Germany?  There were no jobs, people were starving in the streets and that man, practically overnight, turned Germany back into a world power and created a Germany where people were able to provide for their families.”

“And, he was a painter!” chimes in your other friend, whom you weren’t actually talking to in the first place.

“And Osama Bin Laden was a hero that fought those heartless Soviets!  When America gave up and turned tail in Afghanistan that man was still fighting to the very last.  And he was religious too!  When was the last time you even went to church, huh?”

The other friend just shakes their head, “I suppose you just want to have another street named after some hippy like Bill Clinton.”

But of course, this scenario is silly, right?  We only name streets after great men in America.  For example, there’s this fantastic street I pass the exit for on I-40 pretty regularly named “E. Lee St”  The E doesn’t stand for east.  Most cities and towns are littered with the names of “founding fathers” like Jefferson who secretly impregnated his slaves and Washington who had his runaway slave chased through the woods and did everything he could to keep her separated from her family.  We have major boulevards and holidays dedicated to Christopher Columbus who mercilessly slaughtered native Americans for fun and sport.  Heck, when you go through Chapel Hill you can’t help but drive on the Jefferson David Highway.  That guy LITERALLY led the crazy slave owning yahoos who tried to secede from this country and we named a highway for him.

So, there were all those white folks frothing with anger when people tried to build a mosque several blocks from Ground Zero because another guy from another country from a crazy sect of the same religion killed some people there and they thought it was going to remind us of that.  Imagine if they named all the streets around the monument after terrorists.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering if racism is still really an issue in America, look up.  The odds are pretty good your on a street named after a white guy who either killer or owned black people.

Be a pagan or general heathen on Tumblr and YOU TOO can participate in moronic arguments that should never happen ever, like:

 - Is Christianity just a cultural appropriation of Judaism? Can the only pure, unappropriated religion come from a child I locked in a box for its entire life with no contact from the outside world?

 - Did the Egyptians practice, like, for real-real slavery or like jk u kinda deserve it slavery? Suck it, Jews!

- Did Christianity steal every goddess ever and somehow cobble them together into the word “Easter?” Even the pagan goddesses that Europeans didn’t have contact with?

- I just started practicing a week ago, but all Christians should stop doing this thing they’ve been practicing from the pagans 2,000 years ago, because does cultural blending even exist???? Excuse me while I drink this bean that came from South America and dress in clothing made by a toddler in Bhutan.

 - Sure worshipping Loki from the Marvel Universe is stupid, but I think the even better question is, isn’t this religious persecution?????????

Come be a heathen on Tumblr, where we’re so fucking ill-read that it’ll make you miss the chucklefucks that made you leave your last religion!

To be honest, I’m not comfortable with how many historical blogs here uncritically use the term POC or white in eras before the 1500s, after which European imperialism started to give birth to the modern concept of whiteness. It is inherently ahistorical to talk about certain Roman citizens being “POC” when the lines drawn were a bit more like Northern Europeans/Mediterraneans, rather than Europe/Africa. The North-South Europe divide still exists today, but it was even more pronounced in the Roman era when the Northerners were seen as savages and uncivilised people to be conquered. 

It’s also an American term and classification outside the Americas sees whiteness differently + has other dimensions like ethnicity. 

I’m inclined to see imposing modern race categories on eras before they exist as not only anachronistic but also something one should not do precisely because it is an inherent perpetuation of the European colonial worldview. Where whiteness is default, which isn’t much use in eras where many non-European civilisations were the most powerful political entities. Not to mention I think it dichotomises multi-ethnic empires that had both Europeans and non-Europeans in a manner akin to the “one-drop rule”. 

Don’t ever f***ing tell me we live in a “Post-racial Society”!
  • Not when my friend gets harassed 3 times in one day after the election
  • Not when my friend has to defend a Latina waitress from the verbal abuse of a white patron.
  • Not when Swastika graffiti is popping up everywhere
  • Not when I’m hearing about friend’s children being told to go back to Mexico for speaking Spanish
  • Not when hijab’s are being ripped off of women’s heads
  • Not when  I’m being told that it’s because “people like me” is why we have problems in America and that I “should go back to where you came from” when I’m 3rd Generation Californian! 

Trump’s awful rhetoric has given breath and life to every hateful thought that has been living in so many people. And if you’re tired about talking about racism, well we’re fucking tired of dealing with it!

So can we put that stupid theory and blind to rest that racism doesn’t exist in the United States of America? Because people need to wake up and see what’s taking place right outside your door to your friends, neighbors…to your fellow Americans. 

Otherwise we’ll never make progress. Your minority sisters and brothers need YOUR help and for you to wake up! Because even although we’ll keep fighting and striving we can’t do it alone.