poor indians

India: does something cool in Science

Rich countries: why is India progressing instead of stopping its poverty? Why can’t she spend that minuscule amount of money on her poor instead? Why can’t she keep her grubby hands grubby and not reach for the stars (literally)? India, leave the space exploring to us sweetie :)))))


India: sends a bunch of rockets in a satellite to outer space for other countries as a business because it’s cheaper when ISRO does it

Other countries: WHY? Why are you so greedy? 100+ rockets?? What’s wrong with you? Why are you wasting your moneeeyyyyy??? USe It on youR goddamN poor?? Look at them.. the snake charmers…and elephants..languishing…..

Honestly the thing that I’m most upset about with the sixpenceee child slave scandal is that we have a real opportunity to raise awareness about migrant domestic workers, but y'all are just seeing the surface and condemning it when there are a bunch of reasons that Made this the norm. One of which is the rampant use of child labor to produce our consumer goods. Another is the crippling poverty and growing divide between the rich and poor that makes this so widespread.
Children who work as migrant domestic workers are (almost always) not being trafficked, and are typically being paid the most in their family, which keeps families from literally starving to death without putting the same children into sweatshops or jute paddies where they’d be in almost inherently unsafe working conditions, having to work absurdly long hours, and be exposed to toxic chemicals. Domestic workers aren’t sold to the employer family, and they can technically leave when they want to, but it would almost always have dire consequences for their family due to the loss of income and regaining of an additional household mouth to feed (which is why domestic workers can often fall into the category of forced labor). Domestic workers are even more at risk of mistreatment (from physical, emotional, sexual abuse to wage theft) than other poor Indians because they tend to become isolated in daily life. Better safeguards and regulation for domestic worker documentation could fix that since it’s mostly in the informal sector currently. That said, better regulation could also fix the manufacturing and agricultural practices, but it hasn’t. Honestly though, it really isn’t as cut and dry as y'all are making it out to be.
Maybe take a sec to learn about domestic workers in South Asia before y'all decide to pop off about the subject. This really is a cultural norm that we’re getting ironically holier than thou about when we don’t have the right to because we also employ countless poor children in developing countries through the goods we purchase. This is just a different iteration of child labor. Google is your friend.

When Good Ideas go Bad: Social Darwinism & Eugenics

I just watched a documentary on the history of racism and the Eugenics movement and I must say that I came away from it stunned. This idea that white Christian civilization was innately superior and due to overspread the world down to the elimination of other “inferior” races was not a German invention. It was a Victorian idea which started in Great Britain by Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle.

It lead to the deaths of 30,000,000 poor Indians during the Great Famine of the 1870s. The Viceroy of British India felt that to interfere with the famine would be interfering with “nature” so hundreds of thousands of pounds of wheat and rice were shipped abroad while the peasants died in their millions. It justified slavery, oppression and mass murder of native peoples on practically every continent.

Proponents of the American Eugenics movement paid for the opening of the first Eugenics organization in Germany in 1911 when Hitler was still trying to be a painter. It was a twisting and contortion of Darwinism and a perversion of science.

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Indian hero called Rajesh Kumar Sharma ..

This guy began educating New Delhi’s poorest children ,, and even went as far as creating a free school for them under a metro bridge.

For two hours every weekday, Sharma leaves his day-job at a general store in Shakarpur – his brother fills in for him – so that he can teach the children .

hello my darlings, my angels! back at it again with another muse and im very excited for this poor, confused indian prince to get his footing in this city! so lets throw out an rp ad! like this post for a starter, no cap for now! just keep in mind im going to be gone all day tomorrow and then i start a new job on tuesday! it might be a bit slow;;

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Devastating to plants and players alike: Rafael Nadal accidentally smacks a plant with his forehand while waiting in the tunnel before his match against Gilles Simon. (x)

anonymous asked:

no disrespect intended to anyone, but I was bothered by this quote by @sydnerain that you posted: "You're on stolen land!" WW shot ugly looks at us. One shouted in her face, "We know, but it isn't our fault!" how do you feel about this? I (a white person) was born here just like everybody else. Do you agree with this person that I or anyone else should have to apologize for the actions of my ancestors? or leave the "stolen land"? where would I go?

hi. thanks for this note. there are many things to unpack here. and i apreciate your query. firstly, it is not the responsibility of poc and marginalized voices to educate white folks on the oppression that has, for centuries, erased poc livelihoods. that is your task, as an american, to illuminate yourself on the troubling and complicated problematics of our nation. i am not saying this is what you are asking for–but i just want to reiterate this as i have come upon many white folks demanding i convince them how white supremacy harms brown bodies. which is exhausting. 

your question is couched in a presumption you have projected onto these native activists, via your quote:

“Do you agree with this person that I or anyone else should have to apologize for the actions of my ancestors? or leave the “stolen land”? where would I go?”

the native activist, @sydnerain, did not call for the exile of white people, but by stating “You’re on stolen land,” she is pointing attention to a historical fact, one that, through our white supremacist educational systems (ie: the good-willed indian helps poor starving pilgrims who then all live happily ever after around a long table eating turkey) has failed to educate american children/people on the devastating effects of native genocide and theft of sacred land. in short, the native activists are not asking you to go anywhere–in fact, if anything should move, it should be your thinking and your heart. i beg you to please not make this about your own projection of an attack on you but to simply hear these women’s claim on their livelihood and listen to their plea for the recognition of their bodies and their land, both of which are still in danger of mass eradication–a danger that for you, as a white person, is not currently present. 

you are not asked to leave the country of your birth. you are asked to understand (more deeply) the blood-soaked roots of that country. 

waking up is hard, but the dream kills.

hope this helps.

love, –ocean 

“I was discriminated against for three things. I was poor, I was indigenous, and I was a woman. You’re always being told you are smelly, lazy, ugly and stupid, or they call you a “caboclo,“ a Brazilian word used to describe native people who have lost their cultural identity and merged with ordinary peasants. 
Why have we as a people been able to continue to exist? Because we know where we come from. By having roots, you can see the direction in which you want to go.
My grandmother couldn’t even speak Brazilian-pt, but my mother and most people of her generation speak very little Wapixana, which means that something got lost there.
Your identity is on your face and in your hair, you can’t deny it. I was the only Indian in my class, so of course I felt different. Plus, we had very little money, which meant I didn’t have proper clothes. But I didn’t want to be a teacher, from the time I was little, I was always rebellious, always making trouble, and I thought I could contribute more than I would working as a teacher. I had already suffered a lot, and seen a lot of injustice done to others.
I saw how my sister was treated, and I found myself wondering ‘Could it be that they turned off the machine so as not to have to spend money on a poor Indian?’ Her death had a big impact on me. 
My boss used to tell me I was wasting my time, that law school was only for people with money. But when the results of the entrance exam were announced, I finished second and he didn’t qualify at all. He was annoyed.
When you work with an indigenous group, you need to have the confidence of others. When I arrive to address a group, I explain who my parents are, who my brothers and sisters are and what community I belong to. Your roots are your identity.
Here we are in 2004, and yet they still have to put up with taunts, the comments about their ‘funny’ hair and the notion that the Indian speaks badly and can’t perform in the classroom. My parents had to tolerate that, but because I move between two worlds, I won’t be submissive. Whenever I saw discrimination against my father or mother or brothers, I would always go in front and fight for them, which would scare them, but I wasn’t afraid.”
-  Joenia Wapixana, The New York Times 2004.

Joenia Wapixana, 42, Brazil’s first female indigenous lawyer, who fights for her people’s rights to their ancestral lands against the encroachment of outside commercial, farming and hunting interests. She also defends the victims of human rights violations and advocates for and educates her people. When she went to the United States to receive a Reebok Prize for her human rights work (2004), she chose to accept the award as Joênia Wapixana, using the name of the tribe to which she belongs.

Indians are poor and living on the streets, begging for food and money

My name is Yvonne and I’m a Singaporean Tamil in my mid-20s. I just wanted to let you know that I admire the work you are doing raising awareness about the ubiquity of Chinese privilege and institutionalized racism in Singapore. A friend alerted me to one of your older Facebook posts on Chinese Privilege, which I thought galvanized a necessary and enlightening debate on the issue.

At first, I also used to believe that “not all Chinese people are racist” because I do have Chinese friends who were aware of and against racism. But it was through reading some of your posts and talking to friends about the issue that I came to realize that racism ought to be seen as a product of systemic inequality,and not simply descriptive of one’s attitude or behaviour. Sure, as an Indian, I can make fun of a Chinese person as much as I want, but I’m not going to have the same social, economic and political privileges as they do.



This brings me to describe some instances of racism I’ve experienced in Singapore.

Age 7: I was quarrelling with a Chinese classmate on the school bus, who then, in a fit of unfiltered childish rage, yelled at me that because I was Indian, I was probably “poor and living on the streets, begging for food and money.” Granted, the girl was seven at the time, but where and how would she have received such an negative image of Indians? Kids say the darndest things to be sure, but they are socialized first and foremost by their parents and family members. This happened almost 20 years ago, but I can’t quite seem to push it out of my head.

Age 12: I was at a friend’s birthday party, and at the time, there were four of us sitting at the table- three Indian girls and one Chinese girl. The Chinese girl decides to tell a joke. “Do you know why Indians are black? It’s because when God was creating humans, he put them all in the oven. He took the Chinese people out first, then the Malays, but forgot about the Indians.”

Age 16: Our Literature TEACHER says, while taking a short break and casually conversing with the class on dating and boyfriends (I attended an all girls’ school and was the only Indian student in my Sec ¾ class): “Ugh, I don’t ever want to date an Indian man.” I was sitting right there…

Age 19: I called up a tuition agency to register my availability to teach tuition, having just passed my A levels with excellent results. The agent on the other end asks me about my qualifications, which subjects I was willing to teach, and finally asked my name. Upon realizing I was Indian, she sheepishly admits, “Uhh..some of the parents may not want to accept an Indian teacher.” “Oh, but why? I think I am perfectly qualified to teach.” “Yes, but some people don’t like the smell of some Indian people…I hope you understand ah…sorry.” She hung up quickly. That was probably one of the most unabashedly disgusting things anyone has ever said to me.

These are just some examples of Chinese privilege and racism I’ve experienced living in Singapore. There are many more but these have stood out in my memory. Unfortunately, a lot of the most cutting forms of racism happened to me as a child and I wish I could speak to every young Indian girl in Singapore and tell her to love her skin, love her hair, love her name and mother tongue, and never let anyone bring her down.



Again, thank you for your commentary and insights into racism here. Singaporeans need to start recognizing why this is a national problem!

Regards, Yvonne

In many Latin American countries Indigenous people are the constant butt of jokes, many common insults are derived from how indian someone looks. If you’re dark you’re a dirty indian if your poor you’re a dirty indian.

We are constantly pushed towards assimilation. Many Peoples don’t have land rights. None. If there are protections many times we’re lumped in with wildlife conservation. Our reservations are wildlife reservations if we’re even allowed to stay on those because they’re our traditional lands that are at least currently under protection from development. But many time we still get kicked out for doing traditional hunting, fishing and farming.