Malisha Dewalt is a white woman. She is a white woman pretending to be a person of color and I’m sick of it. Her blog MedievalPOC is historically inaccurate and I have had enough of it. I’m a black woman, and I’m tired of this white woman pretending she gives a shit about people in my community when she doesn’t. I have had enough. 

a few notes on why I dislike girljanitor/medievalpoc: Jewish edition

So I do have screencaps that I can add in case girljanitor/medievalpoc removes any of the existing links here.

Claims Jewishness is just religion; not Jewish, has done no research

Do I even need to say how messed up it is that GJ/Mpoc thinks it’s okay for them to make grossly oversimplified statements about complex Jewish identities (both historical and modern)? They are not Jewish, they do not deal with the complexities of Jewish identity or racialization or othering; they simply decided that they get to call Jews white.

Also, this quote:

Um, no. There are white Jewish people. and there are Jewish people of color. Race does not equal religion. People of color were not marginalized during the European Middle Ages, but Jewish people definitely were.

shows that GJ/Mpoc thinks that Jewishness=Judaism=religion.

This quote:

In contrast, people of color are marginalized in the realm of representation in Art History now, including depictions of Jewish people of color, where white Jewish people are not.

shows that GJ/Mpoc does not actually know that Jews’ supposed whiteness has pretty much no practical application in European art, because Jews are still not seen as white in Europe. This is a fact and you can hear it from many bloggers in Europe; they are simply not treated on strict lines of colorism (of course, in America while much of Jewish whiteness operates on lines of colorism, it also operates on lines of how willing Jews are to align themselves with white supremacy and other such complex things as that). Making this distinction is absolutely useless.

Read the rest of the post if you want. It’s all pretty superficial. 

White Jews

My Grandmother B. was a Holocaust survivor, and Polska Roma. She fled the war, coming to America concealed in a large suitcase carried by a white Jewish family. Today, our family still talks about the debt we owe that family, which perhaps cannot ever be repaid.

Let’s get this straight. GJ/Mpoc has set the stage here for us, so I’ll just sum it up:

  • Their grandmother is a “Holocaust survivor,” so we can assume that this happened during or after 1933 in Nazi Germany. (In another post they say “WW2,” which means that we are setting it at 1939 in Nazi Germany.)
  • Grandmother B is Rroma and not white-passing in Nazi Germany. Believable.
  • The family that carries Grandmother B is Jewish and not just white-passing, but actually white, in Nazi Germany. Bullshit.

Continue on down for a rather short explanation of why this is bullshit.

Rroma don’t pass for white in Nazi Germany, Jews do!

Say whatever you want, but you don’t flee WW2 Germany hidden in a fucking suitcase carried by a Jewish family because you had a little ideological spat with Hitler. You come to this country hidden in a fucking suitcase because you don’t pass for white. And maybe you son does sometimes, and your grandsons tell people they’re “Sicilian” but that doesn’t erase you, Gramma Blake.

Okay, so another quick summary.

  • GJ/Mpoc’s Rroma grandmother (or great-grandmother, they cannot seem to decide) did not pass for white; because she did not pass as white, she was hidden in a suitcase, carried out of Nazi Germany, and brought to the United States.
  • A Jewish family apparently did pass for white; because this Jewish family in Nazi Germany somehow passed for white, they were able to carry a large suitcase that was never checked at ANY point, and left Nazi Germany for America with no problems.

Aside from the fact that this story is almost definitely fabricated, the details of it as well as how GJ/Mpoc talks about it makes it clear that they do not care about perpetrating harmful shit about Jews.

What they say here is basically that in Nazi Germany, Jews could pass as white. (Made more evident in the earlier quote, when GJ/Mpoc says “white Jewish family”!)

Even though at this point in time was when the Nazi party was attempting to return Jews to their original state as (officially) racially persecuted instead of just religiously persecuted, meaning that conversion didn’t make them exempt from persecution–that is, Jews were attacked as a race, not a religion. It doesn’t matter how much GJ/Mpoc wants to pretend that Jews can be white because it’s “just a religion,” NAZI GERMANY IMPLEMENTED LAWS THAT MADE JEWS TO BE CONSIDERED A RACE. AND THEN LAWS THAT OPPRESSED THEM BECAUSE OF THIS.

Jews were not considered white when there were arguments about what made someone count as racially Jewish–namely how many Jewish grandparents were needed to be counted as of the Jewish race. Whiteness was simply not a privilege extended to Jews in Nazi Germany, and it’s fucking ludicrous to think that anyone would ever think that it was. Yet here we have GJ/Mpoc, the person you’ve all entrusted to bring you accurate European history (and accurate representations of race in Europe!), claiming that Jews in Nazi Germany were actually white.

Also, just as an extra note? How does GJ/Mpoc know that the family that carried their grandmother was “white Jewish?” If their Rroma ancestry is supposedly so shut up, how do they know the skin color of their grandmother’s rescuers? (Who probably didn’t exist or were warped for the story.)

That’s all I have right now for call-outs. I might find out more later that they’ve said about Jewishness. They’ve obviously done more messed up things, but this is specifically the Jewish-related things.

why does anybody still take girljanitor/a-spoon-is-born/medievalpoc seriously?

That pile of trash lied about supposed romani relative being saved by Jewish people who supposedly smuggled her grandmother(?) in a suitcase on a ship across the atlantic during the holocaust, solely for an excuse to continue being a belligerently antisemitic little shit.

And she completely ruined a perfectly good blog concept with medievalpoc. She’s a manipulative, bullying, screeching little brat.

Let this be a reminder that Medievalpoc/Girljanitor and whatever the hell other names they go by, is not Native or Romani yet they continue to claim they are. How long does it take for people to realize that they, like Andrea Smith and Rachel Dolezal, are a fraud? We can no longer allow people like this to run around communities (Native, Black, etc.) speaking over and profiting off of us, and spreading inaccurate information in the process. Natives, Romani, and other POC have called them out. This has to end. Enough is enough is ENOUGH! 

anonymous asked:

is there something wrong with medievalpoc? genuinely curious

The person who runs it used to be known as girljanitor—I don’T know what her new url is nor do I give a single flying motherfuck—who is a huge tumblrista bully/brat/scammer, who has claimed all kinds of oppressed identities, with bullshit stories about her oppressed background.

Secondly, her history is shit. And I say this as the currently-inebriated chick who shat out the post “Hi, I’m Gavrilo Princip, and welcome to Jackass.” Her research into poc in early modern/premodern europe is shit, her gathering of original sources is shit, her drawing of conclusions is shit, everything is shit. She sets out with the intention of “HOW CAN I CLUMSILY SHOEHORN BLACK PPL (because of course this is run from an american white ppl vs. black ppl dichotomy because lol whut there r other poc??? whut r countries other then murica??? lol crazy talk u whitesplainer!!!!!!!) and gathers and interprets her data accordingly.

God, what REALLY pisses me off is that a blog about poc in early modern and pre-modern europe is such a FUCKING AWESOME idea, and SOOO necessary, but who’s the first person to become famous with such an idea? a fame-seeking tantrum-throwing tumblr sjw brat who uses it for self-promotion and who SUCKS at history.

Nah, miss me with that fucking bullshit

anonymous asked:

I have a question. What's bad about medievalpoc? I know you get this question a lot, and I apologize for having you guys answer another ask about this.

Mpoc, in theory, is a great blog that strives to show that Europe was not some lily white haven. That people of various skin colors have existed for as long as Europe has been a thing.

In practice, the blog is shit. It’s run by girljanitor, a white girl who pretends to be Rromani and Lakota (or it Latina?) while talking over people from Europe and America who take issue with her blog. She views everything from a (modern) American lens, and refuses to listen to people who are uncomfortable with her. This includes black men, Rromani women, Jewish women, Italians… She’s posted some anti-Rromani and anti-Semitic things. She refuses to get another mod, and it’s ridiculous.

Here are some receipts. If you’re not impressed, I completely understand. There is still a lot of good being done by that blog. It has managed to expose a lot of Americans to things they were never aware of. But, personally, I can’t fuck with it.


like I mean really. the main person leading the charge against MPOC is a raging antiblack racist, white supremacists like factualwiley fuck heavy w omgstop & reblogged their posts about MPOC, POC who support MPOC get racial slurs in their inbox, and 9 out of 10 times the ppl omgstop “calls out” are WOC and 10 out of 10 times omgstop’s targets are queer, trans, and genderqueer.

i mean really. the lack of credibility here and active bias is actually hilarious.

anonymous asked:

Thoughts of FW calling out Medieval PoC?

The post anonymous is referring to. I’m going to get a bunch of angry reblogs and asks. My thoughts? First thing is first, I’m confused on why people are suddenly realizing that GirlJanitor created and is the owner MedievalPoC. Moving on, this is going to be a long post anonymous, grab some popcorn and a drink. 

I’m beginning to take that crew’s claims of being certain race/ethnicities with a gain of salt. First you have Riley/Nikkia claiming to be Egyptian, West Indian Native, Native American, Indian and they pretend to be Japanese on their side blog. I’ve seen comments on sf-drama that Riley/Nikkia went through a phase where they were obsessed with Indian culture and claimed to be Indian and then turned around and began obsessing over Japanese people and their culture. 

Then we have certain people in the crew, like Genderbitch/HexGoddess who become an honorary person of color or in some cases an honorary Black person in arguments. 

I honestly would not be surprised if GirlJanitor turned out to be a white person pretending to be Native American, Polska Roma, and Mexican. An Rromani blogger came to me and they spoke about how they felt that GirlJanitor is a fake. They gave me a few posts, as evidence of GirlJanitor’s ancestry stories did not add up. One of these posts was about GirlJanitor telling everyone their “Blue Spot” myth story. 

They wrote a post about having a “blue spot” and I quote

“The only time I ever met me father was an hour after I was born. He took one look at me and said, "this is my child.” When my mother and her family wondered how he was so certain, he showed them my Blue Spot. All of his family had been born with Blue spots: some of my mother’s family knew of them because of Roma heritage, but I only child in at least a generation who’d been born with one.“

Now I can post the screenshot in case anyone thinks I’m lying. If you are not aware of what a Blue Spot is, it’s actually called a Mongolian Spot or Mongolian Blue Spot or “congenital dermal melanocytosis”. It’s a birthmark. They can be found anywhere on the body but are commonly found on the lower back or butt. They are common amongst Native Americans, Africans (including people of African descent), Asians and Latinos. Whites can get them but they are not as common. It’s not surprising for a Native American to have one, or Rromani to have them since they are of Indian origin. 

When I first wrote this section, I had assumed they (GirlJanitor) were saying that there’s Roma heritage on both sides of their family, their mother and father’s. But I was wrong and it’s easy to assume this since they did not actually state that their father was Native American in the beginning. It was not until I was writing the paragraphs below did I catch my mistake. I had to check the tags on the original post and saw that they had tagged it “Native American” and “NDN” as well as “Blue Spot, Mongolian Spot, Mongolian mole, birthmarks, heritage, truth, medical abuse, dermatology”. I think because of this that people were confused and thought that their father was Rromani. 

To continue, they state this about their Roma heritage

"some of my mother’s family knew of them because of Roma heritage, but I only child in at least a generation who’d been born with one." 

GirlJanitor continues on and explains that they went to a white dermatologist and he “completely flipped out over my spot” and was “convinced it was some kind of skin cancer”. Bullshit. Unless they had the dumbest dermatologist in the world, there is no way a licensed dermatologist would mistake a Mongolian Blue Spot for a type of skin cancer. Mongolian Blue Spots have actually been mistaken for bruises, but not skin cancer!

I also love how they are specific when it came to the ethnicities of their previous dermatologist, Chinese and Indian. Coincidence? I personally do not think so. 

"It is a reminder to me that white people will always try to steal my heritage and who I am.”

Really? If this story is true, it seems more like a dumb dermatologist who thought a Mongolian Blue Spot was skin cancer and should be out of a job. I’m sure there’s more to Lakota people than a Mongolian Spot. 

This entire story feels made up to me. I have a screenshot of someone responding to their post and saying that it’s not an uncommon condition in regards to having a Mongolian Spot. GirlJanitor responds 

“So much :3 for my people with Blue Spots!

My mom’s paternal family is Polska Roma via Germany, so they knew about blue spots but none of my mom’s generation had one.”

Paternal family means on one’s father’s side. Their mother’s father (GirlJanitor’s grandfather)’s side of the family is Polska Roma. The Rromani blogger I talked to said that GirlJanitor switched from paternal to maternal. But in these posts it says paternal. Maybe the blogger I was spoke to had it mixed up or GirlJanitor switched back. 

In a post entitled “[tw: racism, genocide] Apparently it IS fucking genocide celebration day], they write:

"Like seriously. Okay. I get it. I’m 40% Native American, 25% Polska Roma, I’m AFAB and I have a cognitive disability. A lot of people have had a pretty big interest in wiping me off the face of the earth. I’m triply, quadruply "undesirable”

I’m not sure how it’s possible for someone to be 40% Native American. 

“My gramma B. came over to America during WW2 hidden in a suitcase barried by a white Jewish family. My family now tries to deny she as Roma, and honestly think that started well before the current generation, and shit like this is why. I’m just like, okayy, if she could have passed for white, why the fuck did she have to hide??? Every other part of the story changes with the teller except the hiding in the suitcase part, but fuck that shit because I remember my grammar B and I remember how the story went when SHE told it.

If I was her I would have done my best to pass the second I got here, too. My two uncles barely passed, unlike my mom who’s really light-skinned.”

If their grandmother was so obviously Polska Roma and “their uncles and grandfather used to say they were “Sicilian”“. Why would their family deny it? Especially when they clearly seemed to be doing otherwise in the Mongolian Blue Spot post. And if you’re family is constantly denying that they’re Polska Roma then shouldn’t you listen to them? If they keep denying it, it’s probably because they’re not. They also claimed to be Mexican (mestiz@) ancestry they claim. Not sure what the percent is or where it comes from. 

When it comes to their Lakota heritage, they’re not even connected.

Honestly, it’s this kind of reaction to Black Natives and Freedmen that makes me extremely disinterested in connecting with my tribe in any kind of official capacity.

I’m assuming I’m one of those that the OP was directed at-an NDN who’s not enrolled or connected to my tribe because of several of the reasons listed…and since I’m not Black, my heritage isn’t officially denied because I’m mixed.

Of course there are reasons for this as the OP mentioned. The problem is, GirlJanitor is disconnected from their Native American and Rromani heritage but somehow they manage to speak over all of the people who are connected, where raised in their culture(s), etc. Why is this? They know absolutely nothing about any of the groups they try to lay claim to but they are still a giant voice. The Native American community on tumblr recently had a giant blow up where a few tumblr users were named to be fake NDNs or at least disingenuous. I follow a lot of Native American bloggers and I know how serious situations like this are even if I’m not apart of that community. Many Rromani people have also voiced concern over people pretending to be apart of their community.

Why hasn’t GirlJanitor been called out? If they have, why is their voice still raised up high over other people? This probably would not be a problem if GirlJanitor actually listened when people pointed out their mistakes and learned from people, who are more knowledgeable, in the communities they try to claim. And it wouldn’t be a problem if they did not go around posting inaccurate information on their personal blog and on MedievalPoC, which ironically spreads historical inaccuracies while trying to fight them and is simply a terrible blog. 

They have said some inaccurate things about American Rromani

"It can be difficult because many Romani people from bygone eras don’t meet the set of "racialized POC features” criteria in the U.S. By which I mean, most Romani and Roma people who came to the United States immediately began passing for being passed as white. 

Many people have pointed that out to be untrue, and in fact GirlJanitor called one person a “swarmy cunt”. Passing as white years ago was not as easy people on tumblr liked to think, and even in present day, Rromani people still lay low.

There are more inaccurate things but this post is already too long, and people have explained in detail the issues with MedievalPoC and I will reblog/queue those posts after I finish this ask. But in short, I do not like GirlJanitor because they cannot take an ounce of criticism, the blog they run is terrible and spreads inaccurate information, and they run with a group of people who are incredibly abusive. If GirlJanitor’s family stories do turn out to be true, then they need to do more learning than speaking over people. They allegedly have also told people to kill themselves.

If they are lying, and they really are only German American then they need to stop.

When it comes to the other things spoken about in the post, I have my fair share of problems with it. I do not know anything about NLD but I’m not sure how you can say someone is not based off handwriting. PoC (People of Color) is not a racist term; it’s a term that has been misused amongst Tumblr SJ. There are some non-white people who do not want to label themselves as that and that’s perfectly fine. The photo FactualWiley posted of GirlJanitor, the one at the end that looks like someone made a Hitler mustache on them. Because in the original photo it wasn’t there, and I know it was done on purpose and to be malicious and I find it disgusting. Just because they’re German or has German ancestry doesn’t mean they’re a Nazi. 

For right now these are all my thoughts. As I said before I will be reblogging, posting, and queuing some receipts on the GirlJanitor situation. If any questions, send me a message.

I love how even though the majority of people doing call-outs are either

  1. Native
  2. Jewish
  3. Roma
  4. Amazigh
  5. black
  6. some combination of the above

we’re being billed as “white supremacists.” yea good job. It’s not like Native, Jewish, Roma, Amazigh, and black people could POSSIBLY have any reasonable objections to UR FAVE, they’re all just white supremacists. Thank u for blessing us with ur magical brush, thank u for bestowing upon us the white privilege and stripped away our otherness

amateur-autist replied to your post “incomplete list of shitty people on tumblr who have more social…”

What did medievalpoc do?

oooo boy its a long story but @memecucker should have some good links, they’re your go-to for why mpoc sucks

Taken from here

to make a long story short they’re a shitty racist historian who refuses to doublecheck their work and practice responsible scholarship, they’ve been really antisemitic and anti-romani and they keep applying modern american race dynamics to historical social settings where they dont belong, which is just bad history imo. 

I think it’s really important to challenge whiteness in historiography but the way mpoc tries to do it is really irresponsible and damaging and I feel like they perpetuate what they claim they’re trying to combat with their work.

also they aren’t actually native or roma, they’re lying about their ethnicity and the stories they made up about their ethnicity are really shitty and racist

also they’re friends with an abusive scammer pedophile (dtwps) who is a whole other can of worms

medievalpoc pads all her arguments/posts with tons of pictures and text so we can’t pick apart her bullshit, but that’s all it is: bullshit. Implying that anyone who calls her out is a white supremacist, loves white people, would never call out white people, etc. is a diversion tactic and a tool of erasure of the fact that almost nobody working on calling her out is actually white, but she has refused to address her own dishonesty.

“The ridiculous amounts of hyperbolic rumor-mongering that people insist on wasting my time with, and which does overlap somewhat with the harassment as far as I know…it is seriously some of the most dedicated grudgewank I have witnessed.”

Medievalpoc wants to assert that desidere, a woc who pointed out that mpoc does nearly no research/proper periodization (on a blog that exists to be ‘historically accurate’ about Europe) & is also trying to get money out of people to do things that aren’t 100% legal–is somehow harassing her by pointing these things out. Please, this is 101 silencing tactics.

“Do you know why I am easy to attack? Because I am not doing this anonymously, and I never have been. I have not kept my physical appearance, my life, my day job, or my circumstances a “secret”. I go to events in person, I publish and do interviews under my own name (and with my very own face), and I am willing to be held accountable for every word I have written or said.”

Accountable for every word she’s written or said, except “white Jews carried my Rroma grandmother in a suitcase because of their whitey white whiteness and super good connections to Nazis,” apparently. And also, here she admits that it is her own responsibility and nobody is 'doxxing’ her. Also she is like 32 years old but hangs out with a crew that doxxed a 17 year old, she can shut up tbh.

“Apparently some people have also decided that the failure of my face to adhere to whatever racial stereotype they happen to envision when they think of someone mixed race is somehow up to ME to explain.”


“If you want to find photos of me and measure my nose to try and see if my skull shape adheres to whatever messed up notions of obsolete ethnography you hold dear, 1. go right ahead, it’s not like I can do anything about it and 2. kindly jettison yourself from my blogosphere forever. Your racist, disgusting, dehumanizing and misogynist critiques of my body are not welcome here.”

But we aren’t the racists, is the point. It is fucking dehumanizing to assert that people of color, including Rroma people and Jews (who are the ones carrying out this grassroots-style call-outs at the risk of endangering their own safety and mental health), are somehow emulating the tactics that were used to justify our murders. This is sick, mpoc is a sick human being who is using our oppression and tragedies against us and comparing us to Nazis/racial scientists fucking smugly and disgustingly.

P.S. Mpoc/girljanitor hangs around with Kinsey, formerly genderbirth/hexgoddess and now punwitch, who threatened to do Nazi experimentation on a black woman. Don’t believe mpoc when they claim that we are 'ethnographic’ racist scientists for calling out her inconsistent stories (not her face); she forgives this and is now just using for shock value.

She is accusing Rroma people of being Nazi-style scientists for calling out her bullshit story.

Lol fucking sick.

Okay, I did some research. I’m not interested in saying that arrowroot definitely isn’t part of Lakota hunting as I am not Lakota, so whatever information here must be taken with a grain of salt. (And I am heavy judging anyone who claims that it definitely isn’t part of traditional Lakota hunting. Y'all got Lakota friends to back that up?)

First: Arrowroot is a thickener and is cited online as a good thickener for wojapi, a Lakota dish. It seems traditional thickeners were mostly turnip-based; however, it isn’t unrealistic to see the harvest of arrowroot as in-line with traditional harvesting. Groups adapt. Traditions adapt. They are not less traditional because of it.

Arrowroot refers more to the starch harvested from the roots of plants than the actual plants themselves. Therefore, it may be a rather generalized or non-specific term.

Traditionally, arrowroot refers to something known as West Indian arrowroot or maranta; it is native to the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America. It is mostly cultivated in warmer climates. It’s unlikely that the arrowroot girljanitor talks about refers to maranta.

It also refers to Florida arrowroot which is cultivated from another plant native to the West Indies, southeastern United States, Mexico, etc.

It can also mean the tapioca gotten from cassava, which is a South American plant. It doesn’t seem likely that this would be a part of traditional hunting in most areas of the United States that Lakota people would be from.

Kudzu/Japanese arrowroot was introduced in the United States in the 1870s. It is unlikely to be a long-standing tradition to be harvested in the United States.

Even if harvesting arrowroot is not necessarily part of Lakota hunting/gathering tradition, the methods used to harvest the arrowroot could be traditional. It seems that the hunting/gathering traditions include the harvesting of starchy foods, which are primarily found in roots, so it’s not unreasonable at all to say that arrowroot harvesting could be considered traditional. People are not frozen in times, neither are traditions.

All in all I don’t think this discussion necessarily needs to be happening. It’s fine if you want to discuss a plant, but it’s not a way to discredit girljanitor–attacking what might be the traditions of a people is not something I am interested in. Remember you aren’t just talking about girljanitor but also being presumptuous about a group that you’re not a part of, ok?

Also, if anyone who is Lakota would like to contribute to this conversation (in the forms of either talking about arrowroot or why people should not be jumping on this, both are good) then that would also be good.

witchy-moomin  asked:

The "tragic half-breed" thing was actually written by Sherman Alexie about American Indian stereotypes, something about the Great American Indian Novel or something like that. But if GJ is faking their ancestry like people suspect then its gross that they were reblogging it, right. Anyway here girljanitor(.)tumblr(.)com/post/59225998948/how-to-write-the-great-american-indian-novel/mobile

Thank you for the link! I can’t speak on whether or not it’s okay for them to reblog that.

anonymous asked:

Yes, that photo. If I were to take a wild guess, I'd say she's of eastern European Jewish descent and was criticized for that as a child -- which is not the same as being a person of color. Eastern Europeans are still perceived as white. The death threats has nothing to do with passing. It does affect how she interacts with people, and why she's aggressive and unpleasant.

Okay. Possibly. 


I have to wonder how no one knew GirlJanitor was white after reading these responses. This is obviously horribly wrong and flat out stupid. I mean come on, the 40% Native American should have tipped everyone off. I’ve seen countless posts mocking white people who say things like “I’m 1/12th Cherokee” or “I’m 88% Native American” and other things like that and are mocked to no end. But some how GirlJanitor was allowed to slide by. Why? 

“Your dad was enough Mexican to grow a full beard.”

Good lord. 

ulinawi replied to your post:Waitwait, Girljanitor is deliberately disconnected from her “Lakota heritage” but identifies as Two-spirit? I know I’m not native but that sounds really appropriative to me.

Yes. It is. Even if she was really ndn and just chose to have nothing to do with her tribe 2s comes with cultural ties and responsibilities. You can’t choose to turn away from your culture and call yourself 2s it’s literally tied to the culture.