oppose racism

anonymous asked:

In all seriousness, I'm curious what ANTIFA's plan is. You can silence people, but you can't make them vote a certain way. If you want to prevent Trump's reelection, you would need to kill millions of people. I'm sure that's not your plan, is it?

In all seriousness, Anon, you seem to be mistaking antifascism with a political party or ideology.  Antifascism is simply a movement that is dedicated to opposing fascism, racism, and related forms of bigotry.

That said, it’s probably true that the overwhelming majority of antifascists would like to see something other than a fascist government in power in the United States, but as antifascism is a non-sectarian movement, antifascists are unlikely to agree on what would be the ideal replacement nor on how to get there.

Grassroots campaign shuts down far right art gallery!

The Shut Down LD50 campaign can happily disclose that the landlord of the LD50 Gallery has asked the tenants, Lucia Diego and Alexander Moss, to vacate the premises. The gallery sign has been taken down from the building at 2–4 Tottenham Road, Dalston, London, and there is no indication that any future events will be taking place in the space. As of April there will no longer be a racist cultural centre operating in Hackney.

Shutting down the gallery is the result of sustained campaign work by many political and community groups, Hackney residents, cultural workers and journalists. We thank everyone involved for their dedication. At the same time we have to recognise that this is only a first step. More needs to be done both to prevent LD50 and its organisers from restarting their project elsewhere, and more generally to ensure that our communities and cultural institutions are kept free of the influence of the far right.

We urge people inside and outside of the art world to refuse to work with Lucia Diego and Alexander Moss. They have actively supported the development of a fascist culture in London. The speakers they hosted often promote mass violence against oppressed peoples and political opponents. The LD50 representatives have done next to nothing to disassociate themselves from such views. There is every reason to believe that they will attempt to resume their public promotion of racist ideas if given the opportunity. Not giving fascism a platform or a voice is an effective non-violent means of stopping them.

It is also important to learn lessons from our activity up until now. As a loose affiliation of friends and associates the Shut Down LD50 Campaign worked collectively alongside established community groups. We have worked mostly anonymously in order to protect ourselves. This was especially necessary after Lucia Diego published the personal details of opponents for potential use by the online far- and alt-right (including open advocates of political murder). When we oppose fascists we need to protect ourselves from their tactics of intimidation.

We must continue to think about how to oppose racism and fascism more broadly. Whilst some of the events at LD50 were openly fascist, it is clear that the space also took inspiration from the more everyday forms of political authoritarianism that have proliferated during the last few years, including Trump. Shutting down fascists in the long term requires that we transform the culture in which they can begin to gain popular and institutional support (and the art world is not the neutral space it often believes itself to be). We need to be able to ask larger questions, such as how to oppose Britain’s own violent border regime.

One way is by working in and alongside the many groups who helped to support our campaign. All of these different organisations are doing exceptional work in the fight against racism, fascism and oppression. Their struggles are becoming increasingly necessary, and we encourage you to get involved with them. To that end, we include a list of groups who have supported us below.

Shut Down LD50

56a Infoshop, Anti-University, Artists For Palestine UK, Arts Against Cuts, Autonomous Centre Edinburgh, BARAC / Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Base, BDZ Group / Boycott Zabludowicz, Black Lives Matter UK, Boycott Workfare, Cleaners and Allied International Workers Union, Cops Off Campus, Digs / Hackney Private Renters, Disabled People Against the Cuts, DIY Space for London, Goldsmiths UCU (University and College Union), Independent Workers Union of Great Britain,  Jewish Socialists’ Group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, London Anti-Fascists, MayDay Rooms Staff Collective, Movement for Justice, Mute Magazine, Novara Media, PCS Union Culture Sector Group, Plan C London, Radical Housing Network, Roots Culture Identity Art Collective, Scottish Radical Library, Sisters Uncut North London, South London Solidarity Federation.

Eye Color Discrimination as Racism: Story Concept

im writing a story set in 21st Cen. where theres racism but everybody is black  And the racism in my story isnt based on skin color but a hierarchy based on eye color. The hierarchy would go: purple eyes, brown eyes, blue eyes, and green eyes with purple-eyed people being the least privileged at the bottom and green-eyed people being at the top with the most privileges. I was wondering if this was a good system to explore the effects, injustices, and horrors of racism? I didn’t want to use our form racism based on skin color cause I wanted to only have black characters in my story. Thanks!

This really comes off to me as if you want to make a point about how Black people can be “just as racist” and shift any blame away from anti-Blackness enacted by non-Black people. 

Stories about colorism among Black People are okay to write. They need to be written in fact, but that’s for Black people to write about. 

~ Alice

I’m personally turned off by stories that make comparative situations for racism (ex: alien discrimination replaces the concept of racism) as opposed to just, ya know, confronting actual racism!  Those stories only seem to work for me when there’s intersectionality that notes how x is another branch of discrimination alongside with others.

Why do you feel the need to use a Trojan horse to approach the topic of racism? Don’t be afraid to address it head on - whether in an alternative or present day setting.

Although these racist-symbolism stories have been done well, and perhaps you should read and watch a lot of them, the point of the author’s message can still easily be missed by the target audience, and can feel like erasure for people who actually experience discrimination for their race, orientation etc.

I didn’t want to use our form racism based on skin color cause I wanted to only have black characters in my story.

Colorism is a thing, which is discrimination or favor based on the darkness or lightness of one’s skin. It occurs within and outside Black communities and other non-black groups and is quite insidious.

But Alice made a good point; why are Black people being portrayed as racist/discriminatory? 

I know the Jane Elliot Blue vs. Brown eyes experiment illustrated racism to people who hadn’t faced it, aka white people. I’m not seeing how well it translates here with the use of Black people.

I think this concept or anything like it is best left to Black people and/or the very, very well-researched. Not just on Black experiences but on racism, colorism, ethnocentrism, discrimination, etc. As it stands, this story needs restructuring and a clearer concept. 

~Mod Colette

“Joining” Antifa

Folks! Folks!  Listen, we enjoyed this running joke of decreeing who can/can’t “join” antifa and giving everyone membership numbers but we just want to be totally clear with all y’all that we’re just joking around here.  

Antifa isn’t a club or organization - it’s a movement of people opposed to fascism, racism, and bigotry in all its forms.  So just like being an environmentalist or a feminist ≠  “joining” environmentalism or feminism, you can be an antifascist by standing against fascism.  Sometimes that will mean joining or forming antifa crews, and sometimes it won’t.

We are, however, accepting applications for black bloc membership.  

NO, WE’RE JUST KIDDING AGAIN!  

See?  

C’mon now.  

mumblytron  asked:

Opinions on wearing Mjolnir? I've had one around my neck since I started practicing a few months ago but, since I'm in America and white, I've begun to worry about coming across as, well, racist. I'm reluctant to remove it because I like how it looks, and it makes me feel connected to the gods, but I don’t want to send the wrong message to people and communities I actually support. Thoughts?

Do you have a “Black Lives Matter” pin, or other things you could wear (pins, patches, whatever) that the bigots in heathenry are likely to NOT be into? Rainbow jewelry, antifa symbols, things supporting feminism, etc.

If your other talk and other actions around people you have ongoing relationships with (classmates, coworkers, family, etc.) are clearly opposed to racism, those people will know what you’re for, so your Mjolnir shouldn’t give them the wrong impression. As for people you meet in passing, my thoughts are that you can either also wear something to show a clear stand against racism, tuck it under your shirt when you’re out, or try to not worry about what strangers think.

– Fjothr

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#DumpTrump: Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country is only the latest outrageous example of his racism. A coalition of student, Muslim, antiwar, immigrant and anti-racist groups are gathered outside of Trump Tower in New York to oppose the racism being promoted 24/7 by his campaign and the media. 

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Is there life after death?

Can you trust your memories?

Are we the only life form that is self aware?

Can we believe what we see?

Should we focus on today or tomorrow?

Would we be as inventive if our thumbs did not oppose?

How come racism isn’t dying out faster?

What are numbers?

What are you pretending not to know?

Is the universe real?

Should we focus on today or tomorrow?

Is one thing actually worth more than another?

can we experience anything objectively?

How powerful is knowledge?

Why us?

anonymous asked:

I would be very curious to hear your opinions on how what you people are doing is almost detail for detail how the Soviet union got its start in Russia, like I'm not accusing you of anything or trying to be hostile, I'm just genuinely curious, and if you don't know what I'm talking about the book "Gulag Archipelago" is a Very critically acclaimed book from back in the day that details the uprising of the Soviet Union

Oh yeah of course!  How could we not see the comparisons between a nonsectarian international movement of people devoted to protecting human rights by opposing fascism, racism and other forms of bigotry with a peasants’ movement to overthrow Tsarist autocrats that really kicked off when the Imperial Guard slaughtered hundreds of unarmed protestors marching to the Winter Palace on Bloody Sunday, which led to massive general strikes and retaliatory mass executions carried out under orders of Tsar Nicholas II, leading to the creation of the first Soviets and constitutional reform and setting the stage for the February Revolution of 1917 -  itself kicking off when the Tsar failed to put down a general strike with repressive military force and led to the surging popularity of Lenin’s Bolsheviks party, the October Revolution, the first soviet government, and the Russian Civil War, which in turn beget the system of gulags Lenin set up to repress political dissent?  

It’s almost as if an international movement disrupting and opposing fascists and racists using creative confrontational tactics taking place today, 100 years after the Soviet revolution, has nothing at all to do with any aspect of Soviet history* or something.  You might as well be comparing tumblr to a casserole, given the complete and utter lack of commonalities between the two.

Maybe you missed/misunderstood this part of The Gulag Archipelago: “That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; …. Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.”

Hope you’re not turning in anything on this important book for a school paper, because you’re not getting a good grade on it, Holmes!

(*except for Soviet resistance to Nazi occupation, of course!)

   

So we all talk a big game about opposing racism, but I can’t help but notice that whenever a leftist action is criticized for anti-Semitism, a whole buncha fuggin losers come out of the woodwork and get all like, “Well actually sweaty my friend Steve’s grandmother is 1/16th Jewish and I don’t think it was anti-Semitic so you’re wrong uwuw”

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amazing women series
Madam C. J. Walker

  Madam C.J. Walker was born as Sarah Breedlove in 1867, the first child in her family born into freedom after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Her parents and five older siblings were slaves on a plantation in Louisiana. By the time of her death in 1919, Madam Walker was the wealthiest black woman in America and the first self-made female American millionaire.
   Sarah began experiencing hair loss at a young age. Hair loss was a very common problem at the time: people found it difficult to bathe and wash their hair as often as we do today because most lacked access to things like indoor plumbing, central heating, and electricity. So, she began experimenting with different products and home remedies, eventually creating her own shampoos and hair treatments. She named her company after her husband at the time, Charles Joseph Walker, and began selling products such as “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower” and “Madam Walker’s Vegetable Shampoo”. Designed specifically for black women, her hair products were completely unique at the time. She began selling her products door-to-door, and teaching the women she met all about hair and scalp treatments.
   Her business was so successful that she was soon selling her products across the United States. Sarah’s daughter A’Lelia ran a mail-order business from Denver while Madam Walker travelled the states, finally settling in Indianapolis where she opened her own factory. After establishing her headquarters there, she expanded her company internationally to Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. Her company employed thousands of people, including many African-American women, and was the largest African-American owned business in the nation.Not only was Madam Walker create incredibly successful business against all odds, she also used her wealth to oppose racism and support institutions to assist African-Americans. She said that she wanted to be a millionaire not for herself, but for the good she could do with it. 

  

They say you shouldn’t settle for just being “not racist”, that you should be actively anti-racist. While I agree, I think you can take it a step further: you should also be anti-race altogether. By that, I don’t mean some liberal conception of “colorblindness”; I mean that you should actively research the political origins of race and educate yourself on how racial designations are arbitrarily crafted by ruling classes for their material interests. Similar to Manifest Destiny, there’s nothing scientifically real about race, but people are still structurally privileged or oppressed based on the social construct of race, as wielded by a ruling class in a stratified class society. There’s nothing innocuous about racial designations – they were set along a hierarchy at their conception, with whiteness sitting at the top. With all of this in mind, it becomes necessary to acknowledge structural racism and oppose white hegemony; seeing as these structures are held in place materially by a capitalist class society, the logical conclusion is to fight said system that elevates a white-racialized bourgeoisie and disproportionately oppresses people who don’t fit that “default” notion of humanity.

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#DumpTrump: Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country is only the latest outrageous example of his racism. A coalition of student, Muslim, antiwar, immigrant and anti-racist groups are gathered outside of Trump Tower in New York to oppose the racism being promoted 24/7 by his campaign and the media. 

haveninstitute  asked:

I'm a white Jewish writer. I want to write about anti-semetism in an alternate American Southeast. I was planning on having the most openly Jewish charecter also be African-American. However, I recently saw a post encouraging white writers to not have storylines directly focusing on the exprience of overcoming racism, which makes a great deal of sense to me. My question is, if I want to directly deal with issues based on my own expriences of anti-semetism, should I have her be white instead?

Writing from one’s own experiences: Antisemitism 

I feel like when white writers write stories about racism (as opposed to having a Black MC have to deal with racism on the side of Some Other Plot) they’re taking attention away from the voices of Black writers writing about the racism they’ve actually experienced.

My own preference would be for you to keep your Jewish character roughly the same phenotype as you if antisemitism is the focus of the plot, because writing your own experiences of oppression gives you an authentic voice, which adds a certain value to the writing. Also, the nuance of antisemitism is probably different based on how white you look so your experience may not mirror the experience of the average Black Jewish person in terms of what kinds of reactions you get from white gentiles. This is your story, the story of you, the story of how YOU’VE been hurt. Why not keep it personal?

If you do wind up keeping her Black, make sure you read lots of blogs/nonfiction/fiction by Black Jewish writers because your experiences are not theirs. Here’s a Black Jewish voice to start with, because I’m obsessed with food: Michael Twitty’s post for non-Jewish Black people on how Chanukah works at a Jewish house.

​–Shira

Yulin.

If you disagree with Yulin but tell people to shut up about it because they aren’t vegan or vegetarian, you either aren’t truly concerned with animal welfare or do not see how you contribute to stopping support for animals.

Any support against the torture of animals is positive. Basic truth.

The problem with Yulin is the brutal torture of cats and dogs. To oppose this is not racism or disrespect for another culture. It is the opposition of the torture of animals. The treatment these living creatures suffer when kept in horrific conditions, beaten, tortured, blowtorched, skinned alive and then boiled alive, is the problem.

A lot of meat eaters have cats and dogs as pets, therefore the identify and empathise easily with these. In an ideal world that level of empathy would be applied to all creatures. The approach that would HELP ANIMALS would be to find ways to help people empathise with more species. Attacking people simply closes them to your argument/opinion.

While you’re arguing on the Internet an animal is in a cage watching what I described being done to other animals. That’s the issue.

nikko-the-curious  asked:

Do you ever reject submissions? If so, then what are some characteristics that define rejects?

Yes, we reject submissions fairly frequently, almost always because they didn’t follow the rules on the submit form. The first rule is that a submission has to be a quote or dialogue - stories like “so we fought a dragon and I rolled a nat 20 and sliced its head off and it was epic!”, or “so our dumb fighter went up to a trap and rolled a nat 1 and it blew him up” don’t qualify. The other rule is that we won’t publish anything blatantly offensive. This includes, but is not limited to, rape jokes, homophobia, transphobia, real-world racism (as opposed to fantasy racism), and a handful of sex acts that are likely to squick most readers. 

Occasionally we’ll get a submission that is neither funny nor amusing, but just leaves us scratching our heads or saying, “well, that happened…?”. We suspect some of these are inside jokes, but since the thousands of people who follow this blog won’t have the context to find them amusing, we don’t publish them. Likewise, quotes involving blatant GM power abuse or other unpleasant player-on-player conflicts are usually rejected. 

We also can’t publish quotes sent via ask box or chat, due to Tumblr limitations. So sometimes quotes that would otherwise qualify, aren’t posted because they were submitted via ask or chat instead of through the submit box