next up on white privilege

when you say “i think it should be about the acting ability, not the races of the actors” you are, one, working under the false assumption that actors of all ethnicities auditioned and the best one just happened to be white (the vast majority of casting calls either ask specifically for white actors only or show a decided preference for white actors as the “default race”), and two, basically saying that poc can’t be good actors.

in other words, you’re wrong, and you’re wrong.

anybody else didn’t like paper towns (the book)? it’s just like these two white middle classed privileged kids who live in a bubble think they got it so rough…idk. I just want to read a john green book where they don’t have a perfect life other than the fact that “nobody understands them”

Ferguson’s law enforcement practices overwhelmingly impact African Americans. […] African Americans are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops […] but are found in possession of contraband 26% less often than white drivers […]FPD appears to bring certain offenses almost exclusively against African Americans. For example, from 2011 to 2013, African Americans accounted for 95% of Manner of Walking in Roadway charges, and 94% of all Failure to Comply charges. […]These disparities are also present in FPD’s use of force. Nearly 90% of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans. In every canine bite incident for which racial information is available, the person bitten was African American. Municipal court practices likewise cause disproportionate harm to African Americans. African Americans are 68% less likely than others to have their cases dismissed by the court, and are more likely to have their cases last longer and result in more required court encounters.
Cultural appropriation is a term that isn’t often heard in daily conversation, which means it’s inevitably misunderstood by those who feel attacked by feminists, sociologically-informed bloggers, and others who use the term.

– Jarun Uwujaren, “The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation”

maura. this article. i love it.

erikadprice’s thing got me thinking about being a kid and being aware of race and gender. because i’m going to admit that one of the pillars of the diverse media credo – that kids feel it when they don’t have any role models that are like them – while i believe absolutely impacts other people of underrepresented groups, never really felt true to my own experience? i read about white kids and sometimes imagined that they weren’t white and never noticed. i’m pretty sure that up until tenth grade i subconsciously thought i was white. (there’s actually a really funny story about a seventh-grade freudian slip in there somewhere.) tenth grade was when my parents finally loosened  the reins and i started going to other people’s houses and noticing that they didn’t take their shoes off when they went inside. it still a thing that bugs me about white people. 

but when i read erikadprice’s ohio portrait, it got me thinking about other ways in which we have a sense of ourselves as other, and i remember – in fifth grade we did a “wax museum,” where we presumably stood as still as fifth graders can get until someone came up to us and pressed the button to make us “go”, upon which we delivered a biographical speech about the person we were impersonating. it was way better than the awfulness of “ohio portrait #115”. there were a few baseball players, some presidents. my next-door neighbor was betsy ross.

and i remember being maya lin, the designer of the vietnam war memorial, and thinking back on that – where did that come from? why on earth did this relatively obscure architect and designer pop into my head? why can’t i remember learning about her, but i can remember thinking that she was basically the only historical chinese-american woman? why did that matter to me?

it matters to me now, obviously. but back then, when i was a mildly racist ten-year-old who, if asked, probably would’ve said that anyone could be whatever historical figure they wanted, race and gender be danged, who had basically zero self-awareness of the way the body she was in impacted the way she was perceived by the people around her – what arcane processes happening in her brain made her pick the only historical figure she could think of that was “like her,” like me? why did it take her so long to notice that it did, in fact, matter?

hey y'all, because of a variety of reasons, including an incredibly poorly-timed migraine (that i am still actually somewhat experiencing), my poor life management skills, and my flight home today, i am only now able to access tumblr

as a result, this blog is basically becoming a ferguson blog for the next few hours, at least. if you have self-care reasons for wanting to avoid ferguson, i’ll be tagging everything with #breaking, so i suggest blacklisting that or temporarily unfollowing. if you don’t have self-care reasons for wanting to avoid ferguson but just feel uncomfortable because of white guilt reasons, please unfollow permanently.

peace out. stay safe, y'all.

something important to understand about the justice dept.’s report on ferguson (highly recommend reading the whole thing if you have time but it’s literally a hundred pages and i don’t blame you if you don’t) is that the extremely vivid description of a police force with no checks and no accountability is not unusual.

there are a dozen ferguson police departments – small, brimming over with white supremacy and ferocious greed, with little or no watchdog journalism focused on their activities – in every state.

City officials have frequently asserted that the harsh and disparate results of Ferguson’s law enforcement system do not indicate problems with police or court practices, but instead reflect a pervasive lack of “personal responsibility” among “certain segments” of the community. […] Court records and emails show City officials, including the Municipal Judge, the Court Clerk, and FPD supervisors assisting friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and themselves in eliminating citations, fines, and fees. For example:
* In August 2014, the Court Clerk emailed Municipal Judge Brockmeyer a copy of a Failure to Appear notice for a speeding violation issued by the City of Breckenridge, and asked: “[FPD patrol supervisor] came to me this morning, could you please take [care] of this for him in Breckenridge?” The Judge replied: “Sure.” Judge Brockmeyer also serves as Municipal Judge in Breckenridge.
* In October 2013, Judge Brockmeyer sent Ferguson’s Prosecuting Attorney an email with the subject line “City of Hazelwood vs. Ronald Brockmeyer.” The Judge wrote: “Pursuant to our conversation, attached please find the red light camera ticket received by the undersigned. I would appreciate it if you would please see to it that this ticket is dismissed.” The Prosecuting Attorney, who also serves as prosecuting attorney in Hazelwood, responded: “I worked on red light matters today and dismissed the ticket that you sent over. Since I entered that into the system today, you may or may not get a second notice–you can just ignore that.”
* In August 2013, an FPD patrol supervisor wrote an email entitled “Oops” to the Prosecuting Attorney regarding a ticket his relative received in another municipality for traveling 59 miles per hour in a 40 miles-per-hour zone, noting“[h]aving it dismissed would be a blessing.” The Prosecuting Attorney responded that the prosecutor of that other municipality promised to nolle pros the ticket. The supervisor responded with appreciation, noting that the dismissal “[c]ouldn’t have come at a better time.”
* Also in August 2013, Ferguson’s Mayor emailed the Prosecuting Attorney about a parking ticket received by an employee of a non-profit day camp for which the Mayor sometimes volunteers. The Mayor wrote that the person “shouldn’t have left his car unattended there, but it was an honest mistake” and stated, “I would hate for him to have to pay for this, can you help?” The Prosecuting Attorney forwarded the email to the Court Clerk, instructing her to “NP [nolle prosequi, or not prosecute]this parking ticket.”
* In November 2011, a court clerk received a request from a friend to “fix a parking ticket” received by the friend’s coworker’s wife. After the ticket was faxed to the clerk, she replied: “It’s gone baby!”
* In March 2014, a friend of the Court Clerk’s relative emailed the Court Clerk with a scanned copy of a ticket asking if there was anything she could do to help. She responded: “Your ticket of $200 has magically disappeared!” Later, in June 2014, the same person emailed the Court Clerk regarding two tickets and asked: “Can you work your magic again? It would be deeply appreciated.” The Clerk later informed him one ticket had been dismissed and she was waiting to hear back about the second ticket.
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anonymous asked:

Why do you support people who rob stores and try to kill police officers? You should be ashamed of yourself.

lol “why do you believe black people have a right to exist you should be ashamed of yourself”

“why did you take the time to educate yourself about what happened and know more about the situation than me you should be ashamed of yourself”

“i came out to be racist on the internet and i’m honestly feeling so attacked rn”