for all us non american folk

Regarding the issue of Net Neutrality.

I know I’m flooding you guys with posts on the whole Net Neutrality thing, but you know I wouldn’t if it wasn’t SERIOUSLY FUCKING IMPORTANT.

Please, guys, no matter where in the world you are, you CAN do something to help. Check out the resources in those posts I reblogged. This doesn’t just hurt those of us in the US, it will have a ripple effect that will be felt around the world.

If the basic right to communicate is revoked by the FCC in these United States, all your favourite independent artists, writers and musicians will suffer. Your favourite Youtubers will struggle to be able to put their videos online. The writers whose work you read for free won’t be able to put their writings up online and get the donations from their fans that helps pay their bills. The musicians won’t be able to sell their recordings on iTunes and Amazon. Entertaining podcasts like Welcome To Night Vale will no longer be able to release new episodes without fighting to be heard. 

And on a personal note…

If Net Neutrality is gone, you won’t be able to read my work or communicate with me. Because I won’t be able to afford the additional costs just to get online. And being able to write for and talk to you guys means the world to me.

But that’s not even the worst part.

The worst part is the social ramifications. Abuse victims looking for a way out reach out to online non-profits. Suicidal people have been talked down from the proverbial ledge by their online friends. Trans folk find acceptance here on Tumblr and on Facebook even as they’re being mistreated in real life. This free-flowing global communication aids so many people… and all of that would be destroyed in an instant if Ajit Pai and his cronies have their way. Everyone will suffer. 

THIS IS WHY WE NEED NET NEUTRALITY.

Help your American fan-friends out, however you can. Sign petitions and spread the word. The FCC is pretending they can’t hear us, but they might listen to you.

And for my fellow Americans: This is not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue. Our basic human right to communicate with each other is being threatened.

Don’t just sit there. DO SOMETHING.

All That Matters

A/N: Okay all my works have been angst (with the exception of crack fics), so I feel the need to write some cute ass fluffy shit so I can prove to everyone that my heart isn’t a black chasm of nothing. 

Description: Everything begins to fall apart for Spencer and Y/N’s wedding day and they calm each other down.

Originally posted by sweetg


“It’s all ruined! Ruined I say!” Penelope screamed running into the room.

“What – what happened?!” you panicked.

“The flower arrangements got shipped to the wrong address, the minister is stuck in traffic, and Spencer’s pants!” she exclaimed breathlessly.

“Spencer’s pants?” JJ, your maid of honor, asked.

“He decided to go take a little walk outside –

“In the rain?” Emily cut her off.

“Yes…. And anyway, he tripped over some rocks and now his pants are all wet and muddy,” she explained.

Oh my God, oh my god. You were freaking out. You had been planning this day for two whole years and it had already gone to shit.

“No, no, no,” you paced back and forth.

JJ got up to comfort you, and Penelope started to pour a drink into a glass.

“Y/N, listen it’s okay. We’ll run to the store, get Spencer some pants. The minister is on his way and that’s what’s important,” she said softly as she rubbed your back.

“And the flowers?” you demanded.

“I don’t know……” JJ mumbled.

“WELL HOW AM I GONNA HAVE A WEDDING WITHOUT FLOWERS, JJ?” you screamed.

JJ jumped up, startled. Emily stared at you wide eyed. And Penelope started approaching you glass in hand.

“Sweetie here, this will calm you down,” she said, holding a glass of red wine in her hand.

“Penny, you’re a lifesaver,” you grabbed the drink from her hand. “Maybe all I need is a little alcohol to unwin-

SHIT! Midsentence your hand slipped, and you’d accidentally poured the drink all over the top half of your dress. The red sunk in between the lace embroidery, and bled into your strapless bra. All that could go wrong had went wrong. You sat yourself down on the white ottoman and wept.

“Y/N, sweetie, I’m so sorry,” Penelope mumbled. She reached for some tissues on the table and began to clean you up.

“Stop….” You muttered. She didn’t hear you. “Oh my fucking god, Penny, stop!” you yelled.

She looked up at you, tears stung at her eyes, “I’m sorry, I was just trying to help,” she sniffed.

“I know, honey. It’s not your fault,” you sighed. “This day just sucks,” you crossed your arms.

Emily walked over to you and touched her hand to your shoulder. “Look, I know everything isn’t going how you thought it would, but think about what matters,” she consoled. “You love Spencer, and he loves you. And one day you guys are going to look back at this day and laugh.”

“Yeah,” you mumbled. “Will you guys excuse me for a moment?” you asked, as you began to leave the room.

JJ ran over to the door and blocked it, Penelope followed. “No, no you are not going to get cold feet right now!” JJ scolded.

“We aren’t going to let you hurt Spencer like this!” Penelope added.

“Guys, relax. I’m just going to talk to Spence,” you explained.

JJ and Penelope exchanged a look and nodded. They believed you.

“Very well,” JJ hesitated, walking away from the door.

“And Y/N,” Penelope pointed straight at you. “Don’t you dare let him see you,” she warned.

You sighed, she was always one for being superstitious. But you nodded nonetheless for the sake of appeasing her. You opened the door and made your way down a bright hallway. It was honestly beautiful, unlike the deranged bridezilla walking down it. The glimpse you got of yourself in the side mirror was horrendous. All the crying you did reduced you to a panda, your dress looked was stained, and your hair was disheveled from your constant pulling of it.

When you finally made it to Spencer’s dressing room, you extended your arm to knock on it. Before you had the chance, however, Derek stopped you.

“Woah there, Pretty Girl, what do you think you’re doing?” he asked.

“Derek, I just wanna talk to him,” you rolled your eyes. “I’m freaking out, and Spencer is the only thing that will calm me down right now.”

He paused. “Okay fine, just don’t let him see you.”

“You too?” you groaned.

“Pardon?”

“Did Penny make you all superstitious too?”

“Hey, Y/N, it isn’t about superstition, it’s just a wedding tradition,” he defended. “But go ahead and talk to your Pretty Boy, I think he could actually use you too right now.”

“Thanks, Derek,” you smiled.

“I’ll give you two some privacy,” he said, walking out of the hallway.

You waited until Derek was out of the clear before knocking on the door.

“Spence, you there?”

“I think so,” he whimpered.

“How are you doing?” you asked.

“Pretty bad, how about you?”

“I’m not so good either,” you replied. You crouched down so you were now sitting on the ground and hugging your knees. “I thought everything was going to be so perfect you know?”

“Yeah, me too. I ruined my pants,” he commented.

“I heard….but it’s okay. I ruined my dress, so we’re both a mess,” you chuckled slightly.

You heard him laugh as well. “Hey, Y/N, I know neither of us are the superstitious, so do you maybe want to go outside and talk to each other? Away from all this.”

“I’d love that,” you smiled. “I’ll go out the backdoor you can…..

“Window, I’ll go out the window.” He offered.

“Okay, just make sure not to fall down again,” you joked.  

“Damn you, Mrs. Reid,” he retorted.

You laughed again and headed for the backdoor. You looked around every now and then to make sure no one saw you. When you reached the door, you scanned the hallway one last time. No one. Delightful. You opened the door and immediately were greeted by heavy downpour. You squinted slightly to look for Reid. The visibility was so bad you couldn’t see anything within ten feet.

“Y/N, over here!” Spencer called out.

You turned your head around, and saw your soon-to-be husband sitting on a long white bench. You pulled up your dress so you didn’t trip on the steps and walked over.

“You look stunning,” he complimented, standing in front of him now.

“Yeah right,” you scoffed, sitting yourself down. “I look awful.”

“Y/N, you want to talk about awful? Just look at this,” he pointed to his extremely dirty pants.

“We can both be messes together,” you giggled.

“You’re my mess though,” he kissed the top of your head.

You rested your head onto his shoulder and sighed. “I lied to Penny and said I wouldn’t go see you.”

“She would freak if she knew we were here,” Spencer commented.

“Yeah, she would probably be showering us with four leaf clovers, horse shoes, and rabbit feet,” you laughed. “Why are rabbit feet considered lucky anyway? Seems weird as hell.”

Spencer wagged his finger, his classic sign before a rambling session. “The common North American myth originates from the African-American folk spirituality known as hoodoo,” he began. “It’s said that rabbit’s feet are lucky because of their reproductive habits, so carrying a rabbit’s foot was thought to help with fertility.”

“Oh, well we don’t have to worry about that for a while,” you said.

“If Garcia knew about that, I think she would give us rabbit feet non-stop. She always loves a potential godchild to spoil,” he chuckled.

“I can’t wait for that,” you beamed.

“For kids?” he asked.

“All of it. I can’t for us. I can’t wait for us to get married, to have kids, and I can’t wait for us to grow old together,” you answered.

“Me neither, Y/N,” Spencer gushed.

He leaned his forehead into yours and pecked you on the lips.

“Ready to go back inside?” you whispered.

“Absolutely,” he smiled.

You both got up, and held hands. You weren’t freaked out anymore. 

You had Spencer, and that’s the only thing that mattered.

7

Another thread from IDW GI Joe writer Aubrey Sitterson, on why he changed the character Salvo—a white dude with a bodybuilder physique—into a dark-skinned, dreadlocked Samoan woman with a body type like a pro wrestler or powerbuilder. Text copied and edited together here, with a few notes for clarity:

My thread on lasers in G.I. Joe/Scarlett’s Strike Force was well-received, so let’s talk about something else that has upset a very vocal group of fans: The change from Salvo’s original appearance to the current, as drawn by @musashinoelegy, @IliasKyriazis & @nelsondaniel

For the uninitiated, Salvo first showed up as an action figure in 1990. Quite some time ago, years past the property’s peak era. Since then, while never one of the most popular Joes, he’s become a cult favorite because LOOK AT HIM. He’s rad in all the best early 90s ways.

Importantly, however, Salvo had not yet shown up in IDW’s continuity. I know it doesn’t matter to some folks, but it was important to me that we honor what came before by not retconning characters and stories.

I wanted to use Salvo because, again, LOOK AT HIM, but at the same time, the Joes, which had changed to an international team, were in desperate need of some non-American characters. At the time, I joked that Decepticon Skywarp was the only one.

Also, being entirely honest, as great as the design is, in 2017, a big, heavily muscled white guy with a shaved head, massive guns and a t-shirt that reads THE RIGHT OF MIGHT gives off a vibe that reads way too alt-right for me.

So I decided to change Salvo’s gender and race, recontextualizing something that could have been read as problematic instead into something empowering. And what’s more powerful than badass female wrestlers!? That’s why I sent [illustrator] Giannis [professional wrestler] Nia Jax images for reference.

Every time the Olympics roll around, images like these [photoset of Olympic athletes of diverse heights, muscle tone, body mass, and body fat] get shared widely. The point of them is that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. The commonly held idea that you have to look like a fitness model to be an incredible athlete is bunk.

My thinking was that if Salvo was chosen for G.I. Joe in order to carry and fire hilariously massive weapons, she should be built for strength. More powerlifter, less bikini model. More thick limbs, less abs showing through t-shirts.

And Salvo wasn’t the only character that got this treatment. Shipwreck also grew thicker as drawn by @musashinoelegy & @IliasKyriazis. (We haven’t shown any of @nelsondaniel’s similar take from Scarlett’s Strike Force yet!)

But while some folks noted that Shipwreck had put on some pounds, his appearance didn’t inspire the outrage and, frankly, vile, hateful comments that Salvo’s has. When people were calling for my head a couple months ago, one of their biggest complaints was our new Salvo. 

And while it’s not a one-to-one comparison (Shipwreck is still a Hispanic man, whereas Salvo has changed to a Samoan woman) I think the overwhelming differences in response are telling. Certain people don’t want to see women of color, especially larger WOC in their comics.

And because the mere existence and depiction of larger WOC is so unacceptable to those people, that makes the representation of larger WOC all that much more important. G.I. Joe, as a concept, has always been about inclusion and inclusion means EVERYONE.

I’m proud of the work that we’ve all done on G.I. Joe and are currently doing on Scarlett’s Strike Force. And while I wish everyone loved and adored it, there’s something to be said for ticking off the right people, which we clearly have.

G.I. Joe and the new Scarlett’s Strike Force have been designed from the ground-up to be inclusive and aspirational. While I’m not perfect on this stuff (@MairghreadScott checked me on a thing early on – many thanks for that), it is something I strive for.

I keep calling G.I. Joe “The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe” and Scarlett’s Strike Force “The Best Action Comic Ever” and inclusivity is a huge part of that. If the books weren’t inclusive, neither of those claims would hold any water.

Finally, at the risk of seeming self-serving: Reading and RTing threads about inclusive comics is great, but what’s even better is BUYING inclusive comics so they can keep getting made. Scarlett’s Strike Force hits stores 12/27. Ask your local retailer to order you one today. 

It’s especially interesting for me as a reader to see how Shipwreck is spun—a fat vegetarian character is entirely unheard of in comics, and it’s strongly implied that he’s at least flirty with fellow Joe dude Gung-Ho, if not outright in a relationship with him.

White people in Haitian vodou, again.

There have been a series of messages in my ask box hitting the same point in several different ways, based on a bunch of things I’ve posted recently regarding the participation of white folks in vodou.

It’s not a lie or even a stretch of the imagination that white folks, in general, are fucking AWFUL when it comes to anything that has to do with minority anything. We generally kick down the door, grab what we want, head home, and then repackage and sell it at a profit, which inevitably robs the original owners of life and livelihood. It happens ALL THE TIME with Haitian vodou (looking at you, purveyors of random objects covered in veve, so-called paket kongo, lwa ‘elekes’, lwa ‘conjure oils’, ‘voodoo dolls’, and on and on and onnnn) and it has for a long, LONG time. Entire religious movements have been made on the backs of a white kidnapping of aesthetic ideas of Haitian vodou, and they thrive in parts of the US, with so-called places of worship filled with only white folks, the wrong drums, a so-called priye ginen crammed with Kabbalah and other white people babble, and plastic maraca stand-ins for asson.

It’s not okay, but that’s an unpopular opinion in the US because the idea of easy-access spirituality is kind of the flavor of the moment and folks who have learned traditionally get shit flung at them for speaking up. Another topic for another time.

None of that, though, precludes a white person being legitimately involved in Haitian vodou in an appropriate way, which involves going to the actual community of practitioners–real live Haitian folks practicing a Haitian religion–and presenting oneself in the hopes that the spirits and the community will find a place for you. It’s not easy, and it requires a LOT of work–not only are there practical considerations like actually traveling to that community, learning the language/songs/prayers/dances, ways of interaction, and more, but there is the work of decolonizing yourself and the way you move in the world. Coming into Haitian vodou as a white and/or non-Haitian person is voluntarily entering into cultural deprogramming. Whiteness is not the center of the universe and it’s not a consideration in the flow and function of the religion, beyond if you can be trusted as a white person, since white people exploit Haiti all the time.

These are tasks white vodouwizan can tackle right off the bat in the US, where that is a hard enough task. Confronting our inherent in-grown racism is a large task and it is solely on our shoulders–it is not the responsibility of the Haitians that may welcome us to participate. Haitian sosyetes that welcome white folks often go out of their way to bring in outsiders–white or not–as softly as possible, since they are well aware that white folks don’t have a culturally-based religious upbringing, nor have most white folks seen anything like vodou before. That doesn’t mean they are holding our hands while we sort of blink in the sunlight of being in a place where we are the minority, the outsider, the one who gets looked at sideways. That increases thousandfold if you go to Haiti, where distrust can be blatant and where there is largely no cushioning available–Haiti is a hard place and vodou is a hard religion.

The central function of vodou in terms of who is welcome is two-part–the community/people and the spirits. No one can make their way into the djevo without the support and approval of the community who in turn supports that djevo and the support and approval of the spirits who own that djevo and the community that supports it. If the community won’t have you, the spirits can’t overrule that. If the spirits won’t have you, the community should not overrule that (and it will go terribly for them if they do–think initiatory chamber on fire, people dying during kanzo etc). That extends to who is welcome at public ceremonies, too. Reactions range from the spirits having shown up, looked at a person, and literally asked them ‘what are you doing here’ (mild side) to a spirit literally chasing someone out of the temple while screaming and attempting to stab them with a knife (the hole are still in the door that the spirit stabbed instead). I have been at fetes that have ground to a halt when someone showed up who was not welcome by the community showed up and had to be dealt with.

If all of those musters are passed, there are still layers of approval from the spirits that come via divination and direct interaction–NOTHING is done without approval from the spirits, and their approval is sought after frequently. It’s not a matter of just showing up and, bam, you’re in. It’s layers and layers of commitment, work, and approval. The community watches and the spirits watch, and things develop.

Most criticism of white folks in the religion comes from people outside of religion, who carry a Western view of religion and community where showing up means tacit approval and where things are simple and clear cut. This leads to pronouncements of ‘no, only Type Of Person can join vodou’ or ‘it’s closed except for Black folks’, which disregard the actual cultural function of vodou and show a lack of understanding of how skin color is conceived of in Haiti.

From where I sit, this has three main causes:

1. Lack of perceived agency for Haitian vodouwizan and the spirits of vodou. Either Haitian vodouwizan can open their mouths and declare who is welcome in their religion, or they cannot. Either the spirits have agency to decide who they will bring into the religion, or they don’t. Speaking for or over Haitians has a simple root cause–racism and bigotry. Since Haiti is a country that has a long and complicated relationship with poverty, this often translates outside of Haiti to Haitians being simple or unintelligent, which is misplaced. And, of course, many Haitians are people of color, which leaves a lot of people feeling like they can speak over them. 

Declaring who a spirit will call is super interesting, because it makes me wonder why someone is seeking out a religion while discarding a core tenet of the religion (the lwa are act of their own volition, to satisfy their will and desires and to serve the will and desire of the master of the universe). If you can’t support how a religion functions, then perhaps seeking out a community that doesn’t have that tenet is a better choice.

2. Haitian vodou is not an African religion, it is a HAITIAN religion. While vodou has roots in Africa and the Middle Passage, it is a distinctly Haitian religion that is deeply, DEEPLY rooted in Haiti and Haitian culture. Bwa Kayiman–the rite that both started the Haitian revolution and really codified what Haitian vodou is today–held at it’s core a realization by those enslaved Africans who would become the first Haitians that they would never be able to return to Africa and that Haiti was now their home and their children’s birthright, so things had to change to account for that. Lumping Haitian vodou into a pan-African worldview erases what makes the religion vodou–it cannot be separated from Haitian culture, at all, without losing what vodou is.

Pushing Haitian vodou into a pan-African paradigm sets up Black folks who are interested in vodou for a really hard time because it communicates a unifying ideal that is just not present. While non-Haitian Black folks may blend well in a religion where most of the adherents would be assigned Black/African-American by a US census taker, the same cultural challenges will be present them as a white person would face–language, cultural understandings, etc. If anything, non-Haitian Black folks can face bigger scrutiny in the religion than white folks do. It is understood that white folks generally won’t know their ass from their head when they show up but someone who can visually be mistaken to be Haitian? Why don’t they know what is going on? How come they can’t turn? Don’t they know any Kreyol?

Birthright CAN exist for Haitians in vodou, but it doesn’t really extend past that.

3. There is a deep and growing need for religious and spiritual spaces for Black folks and other people of color that are only available for Black folks and other people of color. I don’t have a lot to say about this because it’s not my place, beyond that I think that’s a vital and important thing and should be supported by any person who wants to step under the ally umbrella. Vodou as a religion, though, has been open to non-Haitians and white folks for long, long time, and so cannot and does not provide that. I know that there is a lot happening in various corners of pagan and witchcraft communities for Black folks and people of color in general, and I am happy to amplify anything I see about that for folks who might be interested.

So, there’s that. I welcome more discussion and questions on vodou in general and vodou and race in specific if people have them!

anonymous asked:

why is the gays bad? tbh ive become so desensitizrd to that microaggression im not sure anymore



it’s dehumanizing. When people refer to a marginalized group as “The [Groupname]” it implies that the group is a unified collective (rather than acknowledging folks with that shared identity as individual people with their own perspectives and lives), and often is used to project political meaning or conspiracy symbolism onto the group. 

Rule of thumb, don’t trust any non-gay person who says “The Gays” or “The LGs” because they probably have some prejudice where they are assuming all gay people are connected in some destructive political goal or societal conspiracy like “The Gays want to destroy the American Family™” or “The LGs want to kick everyone else out of the Queer Community™” 

When gay people ourselves reclaim it, it’s a form of satire. 

anonymous asked:

why does it bother me so much when people say they want a spanish girl or categorize all latin people as spanish I can't quite explain it but like you're smart explain to me why it makes me mad please lol

Hey Anon! Thanks for thinking I’d be able to help put words to your thoughts. I also find this phenomenon problematic and pretty annoying actually.

3 points.

1. Fetishization of Latinxs and especially Latinas:

People have come to believe that Latinas are sexually available, romantically desirable and domestic. Many non-latinxs find these stereotyped ideas of Latinas as desirable traits for a partner. It’s extremely problematic to use stereotypes of a group of people to be the basis of a sexual and “romantic” desire. Fetishization of Latinas is unfortunately linked to sexual harassment, assault, abuse and rape. A good blog, reclaimingthelatinatag does a pretty awesome job at discussing the effects of fetishization of Latinas.

2. The misidentification of “Spanish”:

For a long time, many have used the term “Spanish” as an ethnic or racial identity when referring to all folks of Latin American background. This is a very ridiculously false thing to do because calling a person “Spanish” is basically saying someone is from Spain. Even if the person calling someone “Spanish” knows the person isn’t from Spain, they still use it. I even hear Latinxs use it to refer to themselves. It’s awful.
We’re not from Spain. I don’t even know of Latinxs of spanish descent who identify as Spaniard, so why has it become acceptable to call all of us Spanish? It’s annoying, problematic and brings me to my next point.

3. Erasure of ethnic and racial diversity.

Latin America and the Caribbean is racially and ethnically diverse. Calling us Spanish people is like calling us Spaniards. Just as in the last point, it is problematic because we are not from Spain. Some may have ancestors from Spain but not all.
Calling us Spaniards also connects is all to European ancestry and it ignores the diverse backgrounds in latin america. We have asian descendants, African descendants, European descendants, and indigenous people living in Latin America. Latin America also has huge Middle Eastern populations. Basically, there’s a lot of diversity and it’s unfair to say that we are Spaniards (even if it’s not on purpose) especially because some of us have absolutely no spanish ancestry.


I refuse to let someone call me Spanish, and if you’re Latinx and not from Spain, you should refuse it too.

anonymous asked:

Bitch stop being so anti-American. You evidently know nothing about what's really at stake for certain groups of people in the US. Talk about a victim complex.

All the Americans who will be hurt by a Trump presidency- non-white folks, LGBT+ folks, disabled folks, the poor, muslims and other non-Christians have my sympathy and I truly hope you’d all pull through. If you’re coming at this angle as a Trump supporter tho, then fuck off. 

But I’m gonna assume you’re not and, you know, just think for a moment. You’re here in my inbox telling me I have a victim complex. Think about that for a moment. 

Have you any idea how much US foreign policy affects us? Any damned idea at all? Your soldiers and your military bases are already in our countries. Your country has nuclear warheads. Your country has the biggest blue water navy in the world. Your country toppled and instated leaders at its own will for its own ends. Your economy is tied to all others- if you go down, so do we. And it looks like your next president will be an unhinged man who doesn’t even know anything about global affairs, who is easily baited and vindictive and takes everything personally? Who has laughed and treated nuclear proliferation so lightly? Who has said on TV he sees nothing wrong with having your soldiers commit war crimes- not that they haven’t in the past, but brazenly proclaiming it like this does seriously undermine the basic respect for international human rights law. Why does anybody else even have to try, if the police man of the world openly says fuck it? It may not be much, but just the very fact that these basic rights were at least recognised by nations, even if they didn’t always follow them, was crucial for people to have something to point to. We can’t even trust your next president not to engage in nuclear proliferation; he wants to hand out nukes like candy in Asia and I can tell you my family there is afraid this kind of talk will start an arms race and inflame nationalist sentiment and then aggression- and then all of us will be reliving 1941 again. 

Please don’t tell me not to be so anti-American, when we will feel the consequences of these election, but unlike you guys, we could not cast a vote in it. And I didn’t even say anything like haha fuck I hope the US burns to the ground. I was expressing my dismay with the results. I don’t want the US to burn to the ground because guess who will be the collateral damage when an empire collapses? 

And by the way, yes, actually a lot of us overseas know how the election will impact vulnerable groups of Americans. Because our media here has been providing extensive wall-to-wall coverage as though it were a local election. Because that’s how important American elections are to the world. 

FYI on the "50th Anniversary of Selma:Bloody Sunday"

While the white liberal media and President Obama go down to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, where over 500 hundred civil rights activist were attacked while marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, let us remember two things to keep in mind.

1. The Edmund Pettus Bridge, where bloody sunday took place, was named after a racist KKK leader, and it still bares his name today.

2. While liberals pat themselves on the back about all the progress we have made let us remember that the very right (Voting Rights) these folks were marching for back in 65 is being trampled upon today. Thousands of African Americans cannot vote because of non-violent drug offense. When speaking of voting rights Felony Disenfranchisement is often left out of the discussion.

anonymous asked:

i'm african american & i just wanted to tell you that i really appreciate the fact that you're an AA who has pride in their heritage & isnt afraid to call other people (especially other black people) out on their disrespect for us. considering our relationship with other african groups in the diaspora, do you think we should allow other blacks to participate i our culture so much and why? i think it's annoying that we're forced to share everything we've worked for with people who dont like us.

I would be ok with other black folks freely participating in my culture if there weren’t this inherent anti-black-american sentiment with them that I think is hardly ever acknowledged when these conversations come up on tumblr… you WILL NOT be able to participate in MY culture and then hate me at the same time… if that sentiment wasn’t there then it wouldn’t even be an issue to me…

I also find that many of the non-usian black folk who feel that they should freely have access to black usian culture would shit 7 bricks if african americans even attempted to partake in their cultures…. i understand that culture is sacred and has the right to be protected… but i don’t (I do actually but it would take a much longer response to unpack it all) understand why this gets thrown to the wind when it comes to African American culture specifically… it’s literally up for grabs..

I also can’t talk about this without acknowledging that white supremacy fuels this tension… white supremacy told us lies about ourselves and each other and we believed them..

The origins of the word “nigger” and “nigga” are specifically American. I was right the other day. The only scholarly text available is called  Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word by Randall Kennedy, which holds itself as the authority atm. He’s a lawyer, so it isn’t much of a cultural analysis, but the facts are presented here. 

It is distinctly African American Tradition, so my question still stands: non-AA identifying black folk, why do you feel entitled to this word, nigga? Was it used to offend, belittle and demean your ancestors between 1619 to the 1860s? If not, why do you want to reclaim something that was not used to demean or offend you in it’s original American cultural context? You don’t have that specific experience.

The “to white people, we all niggers” response does not suffice btw. You sound like a lightskint person.

anonymous asked:

1) Iggy has a black boyfriend so how is she racist? 2) Why can't she rap with an accent? People who sing country music fake accents all the time.

Ever heard of Donald Sterling and his recent racist comments? His own girlfriend is Black and Mexican! Having a non-white partner doesn’t mean Iggy isn’t racist. I shouldn’t even have to explain this, it’s so incredibly simple.

After reading through all of my followers contributions into what AAVE is… it’s a dialect and is specific to African-American folks. It has SIMILARITIES with southern accents, but isn’t the same thing.

To use it to jazz up your act IS cultural appropriation. It is very apart of Black culture and for her to be doing that means she is essentially mocking those who do speak that way - and have done so for their whole life. And don’t be thinking that just because she’s been in the U.S for a while that her accent has become that way. No. She is Australian, and it shows when she talks. It’s all a fake act. 

Keeping in mind that she IS a racist, she’s also a misogynist, homophobe + many, MANY other undesirable things. 

Not even going to address the part about country music, you know it’s not the same thing.

C: The term poc is one of the silliest things that could’ve come out the black community. As a young black American female, my experiences are never going to be similar to someone of a different race, gender, nationality, etc. I understand wanting to confront white supremacy in A)merica but race is far too complex for us to be lumping every non-white person together as if we all go through the same thing when that’s far from the truth. Not only that, but any time I hear or see the term “person of color” I think back to the days of segregation in America when white people would call blacks “colored folk” as an insult.


The term didn’t come from the black community and it is not the same thing as “colored.” (Source)

-Admin K

Emery says:

We noticed in our climate survey that people are interested in having mods with traits that we already have - for example, followers have requested mods who are: 

  • ace (Ren and Emery)
  • aro-spec (Ren, Emery, Liana)
  • dealing with depression/anxiety (honestly I think all of us?)
  • BPD (Haruka, Ren has BPD traits)
  • religious (Emery, Haruka, Fox, Ren, Liana)
  • Jewish (Emery, Fox, Liana)
  • genderflux (Haruka)
  • disabled (Ren, Phoenix, Emery)
  • dissociative (Ren, Emery, Haruka)
  • fat (Phoenix, Ren)
  • pagan (Ren)
  • non-American (Chrissi, Jay)
  • nonbinary (Ren, Emery, Fox, Haruka)
  • binary male (Phoenix, Jay)
  • psychotic (Ren, Chrissi)
  • ADHD (Ren, Liana)
  • CPTSD / PTSD (Ren, Haruka)
  • a system (Ren)
  • have violent urges (Ren, Haruka)
  • eating disordered (Emery, Haruka, Fox, Phoenix, Ren)
  • agender (Ren is in the family!)
  • genderfluid (Ren)
  • pansexual/panromantic (Chrissi, Haruka)
  • Buddhist (Fox)
  • sexual assault survivors (Emery, Phoenix, Chrissi, Ren (ish))
  • have sensory processing disorders (Ren)

So clearly y’all don’t know us as well as we had thought - or hoped - so please check out our (improved) mod bios, which will be worked on in the coming days, here!

Of all the identities folks wanted represented, the only ones we don’t already hold, as far as I know, are: Black, Christian, blind, HOH / d/Deaf, intersex, two-spirit, autistic, Muslim, bipolar, and then a number of specific nationalities, including Middle Eastern, Russian / Scandinavian, Australian, South/east Asian, Asian, Central / South American, and Canadian. Though we do have mods who, for example, are Asian (Haruka, Fox), we don’t have mods who live in Asia. Currently we only have two non-American mods, and we recognize that as a shortcoming.

Ren says:

I haven’t felt comfortable talking about this until recently, but I’m discussing the (likely) possibility of being autistic with my therapist. That doesn’t mean our team doesn’t still need autistic folks, but it does mean that I may be able to talk about autism-related experiences (although not all - I am very aware that I have been “allistic-passing” for a very long time, and that means I’m not qualified to talk about every single aspect of being autistic).


So! For our next round of mod applications, we’ll be focusing on people who are:

  • Black
  • Native / indigenous
  • Latin@ / Hispanic
  • Muslim
  • South/east Asian
  • living outside of America
  • intersex
  • autistic

Please note that applications are not yet open. We are waiting until some of our younger mods are done with AP testing - that will be about two weeks from now, and then we will make another post regarding mod applications. :)

Hey, did you all think we forgot about Turkey Day?

So yeah, blah blah genocide Native Americans blah blah it’s come again. In years past I would be for a cheap giggle about fucking puritans at plymouth. But given this year and what we’ve had to deal with at every single fucking holiday since I’ve been on board - INCLUDING FUCKING VETERAN’S DAY - I think we should make an honest attempt to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Starting now until midnight before Turkey Day (and yes, non-US folks can join in our Thanksgiving too - it’s next Thursday in case you’re wondering, on the 26th), please PLEASE share anything you feel thankful for that you feel safe in telling us.

Bonus points if it’s about triumphs in the betterment of humanity. Even if it’s small stupid shit.

- Kuzco

PS - while we’re at it, pray for people who work on the dreaded 27th…BLACK FRIDAY. *thundercrack*

anonymous asked:

sorry this is nothing to do with sexuality/gender, but you all seem to know quite a bit about cultural appropriation & I was wondering if having dream catchers is ca? my gran was very interested in them & knew a few na's one of which gave her one

Fox says:

A quick Google search informs that most Native Americans from tribes which use(d) them agree that dream catchers are okay for non-Native folks to use, as long as they’re moderately educated on them and they are not in the form of tattoos.

It’s even further acceptable if you purchase them from actual Natives instead of hipster shops that get them from Asia. Dream catchers are meant to be handmade.

Also, funnily enough, I was just reading about this a few hours ago because my girlfriend and I bought a dream catcher together and we wanted to make sure we were placing it in the proper spot. It should be in a doorway or near a window where light will shine through it.