My family legacy belongs to US alone. It is not for some collector’s curiosity
Hera Syndulla, SWR 3.04 “Hera’s Heroes”
THIS👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽 is why cultural appropriation matters!
This is why sugar skull makeup isn’t just a makeup look, or why feather headdresses are not just clothes, or why dreadlocks and box braids are not just hairstyles!
They are LEGACIES of people and cultures and when they are removed from their original context, they are stolen and the cultures they represent are insulted.
Thrawn taking the kalikori and claiming to honor it is the perfect metaphor for the descendants of colonists and oppressors everywhere degrading and stealing the cultural customs of people they oppress and then further insulting the culture(s) through the continued removal and keeping of those customs, whether they be feather headdresses, dreadlocks, sugar skulls, etc.
Grand Admiral Thrawn “collecting” sacred Twi'lek objects should serve as a sign to any Rebels fans as to what cultural appropriation looks like, what the effects are, and why it’s wrong.
By all rights, Columbine should have gotten the message across loud and clear to kids across the country: don’t fuck with the wrong people or you will end up dead. It didn’t, though, and neither did the killings that came later, because people love victims. Because a couple of kids who were sick of being kicked around killed their oppressors, they wound up making themselves into the bad guys, and made the bad guys into victims in everyone’s eyes. People were too overcome with grief over the senseless bloodshed to think about what had driven the two shooters to do what they did. And for those jocks, having their blood spilled wound up washing away their sins as far as everyone was concerned. Don’t think about what they were really like, turn them into perfect little angels in everyone’s eyes. And, personally, I am not really in favor of giving the world of jocks any new martyrs.
- “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Columbine” by Pab Sungenis
Not when used as a self-identification, and not when used as an umbrella term within the community, at least.
See, here’s the thing: The most common identifier used by bi, pan, and trans people to describe their sexuality? Queer.
Given that multiple studies have shown that bi people alone comprise about half the community, that makes it by far the most common term we use to describe ourselves.
What’s more, it’s not just an identifier: it’s a rallying cry. It’s a banner the whole community has assembled under forever. “We’re here, we’re queer” is a cliché for a reason. It’s a statement of power, and of pride - yes, we’re weird. We don’t fit into the “acceptable” categories cisheteronormative society gives us. And that’s a good thing. It’s a call to demolish those “acceptable” boxes, to build a world we’re all part of.
Its rejection is a relatively recent move by the same homonationalism that brought us “Bi people don’t belong,” the thrilling sequel “Trans people don’t belong,” and the stunning conclusion “Ace people don’t belong.” It’s a deliberate strategy employed by respectability politicians seeking a seat at the table - taking the work we’ve put in and distancing themselves from us so they can tell the straights “We deserve your respect because we’re just like you! We even hate queers!”
(And don’t think it’s a coincidence that the community suddenly forgot the massive, massive overlap between “queer” and “poly” when building the very self-conscious image of two clean-cut upper-middle-class smiling young professional men or women either. Anything that wasn’t “respectable” enough had to go. My deepest thanks to the person who pointed this out.)
In the rush for our place in an oppressive hell, we’ve lost our revolutionary edge, lost our fire, and lost a lot of what drove us in the first place. Fuck. That.
I’m queer, and you will never take that away from me.
we have to be nice to our oppressors at school in order to get an education. we have to be nice to our oppressors at work in order to not lose our jobs. we have to be nice to our oppressors in public so that we don’t have to worry about our safety any more than we already do. we have to be nice to our oppressors in a court of law just so they can have one less reason to abuse us with their power. we even have to be nice to our oppressors at home sometimes just so we dont end up hurt, homeless, disowned or even killed. tumblr is the one place where we dont have to be nice to our oppressors. tumblr is the one place where we can have a voice and it wont have serious real life consequences or threat to safety. so stop fucking telling us to be nice to you. we already are fucking nice to you. how dare you try to take away the one fucking place where we dont need to be.
See, oppression takes many forms. When women do not have the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, that is oppression, and when women or young girls are laughed at and blamed for their own rape in Anytown, USA, that is also oppression. When little brown girls continue to suffer genital mutilation in Africa, that is oppression, and when the preschool to prison pipeline and the capitalist ventures of privately owned prisons in the prison industrial complex disproportionately affect people of color in the U.S., that is also oppression.
Oppression is not restricted to the “Third World”. The U.S. is not a magical land. We are not protected by a force field. There is oppression here, too. And when we talk about it, it does not make illegitimate or lessen the importance of the atrocities that are happening in other countries, and you certainly should not use the tragedies that happen in other spaces in order to distract from or deny the injustices which happen here. In fact, if the only time that you bring up issues in the “Third World” is to silence or shame the activism of feminists in the “First World”, then you should go ahead and stop pretending like you care about issues of oppression.
It’s quite typical for hipster Tumblr pages to post collages with people who wish they were doing anything like they wish they went on a certain type of vacation. There’s one extremely controversial topic - “I wish I was a teen in the 50s.” Usually, we can observe people on the beach or at a malt shop and it looks like an awful lot of fun; if you’re white.
So do you think that being a black kid in 50s would give you an opportunity to visit these beaches or the malt shops? Black people couldn’t even receive a decent education due to subpar and segregated educational system.
The trend went viral that’s why it concerns me and my people.
The 50s were not an easy time for women and minorities and the
downright ignorance in the intention of such posts is concerning and makes me wonder how one could see the bright side in a time that was so dark.
Do not tell me that my anger is not justified.
Do not tell me that I am overreacting to these things;
Do not dare tell me I have no right to be horrified,
When my oppressors are praised as if they are Kings.
and while he may not agree with that racist ass cop’s actions, ezra and his co-director saying that it “wasn’t about race” and basically not choosing a side (which the sides are “stop killing black and brown people police!” and “let the police do they job no matter how nasty they are”) is not helping people!!! it’s the opposite!!!
I get people asking me “why don’t you just tell people you don’t hate men?” And to me, beyond my addiction to sarcasm for all occasions, I’m not interested in acting like feminism and hating men can’t coexist.
There are women and people I know with severe trauma, who DO hate and distrust men, who are in therapy for such things.
I’m not going to participate in telling people that liking men is a prerequisite to feminism. That you CANNOT want to advance your own rights unless you first declare your love for your oppressor.
No one should have to do that. Loving the people who are in power and benefit from the systems that oppress and devalue you should not be something anyone is asked to do before they are allowed to be “certified” for their own liberation.
straight people don’t get space in the queer rights movement, white people don’t get space in movements for people of color, it’s not our job to make feminism inclusive for men it’s /their/ job to make /their/ space inclusive for us