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What is Racism? Racism 101

(I have a page on my blog dedicated to defining racism. Bookmark it for future reference when educating someone on what it really is.)

On Tumblr, the internet, and the world, there are plenty of definitions and explanations for what racism is. Some of them are right, some of them are wrong, and most of them are long, abstract, babbly, bourgeois, and filled with big academic words. This is a bare bones definition of racism simple enough for the average person on the street to understand.



What is racism?

Before defining racism, we must first define these fundamental concepts:

Race is a category that classifies people based on physical (phenotypical) characteristics, such as skin color, hair, hair color, nose, eyes, ears, etc.

Prejudice is a negative belief or opinion about person or group of people perceived to be inferior.

Discrimination is an negative action against a person or group of people perceived to be inferior.

Power is the capacity or authority to influence people to think or act in a particular way.



Okay, now we can define ‘racism’ :

Racism is the use of power and prejudice to racially discriminate against a person or group of people. Since institutions possess the most power in society, racism is an institutional force. Therefore, racism is synonymous with institutional racism.

A good rule to keep in mind: All forms of racism are examples of racial discrimination, but not all forms of racial discrimination are examples of racism.



Example:

If White boy Billy tells Black girl Shaniqua that she’s a nappy headed hoe, he’s not being racist, he’s being racially (and sexually) prejudiced.

Now, if Billy calls Shaniqua a nappy headed hoe in class and then takes some scissors and cuts a piece of her beautifiul afro, he’s still not a racist. He acted on his prejudice and therefore racially discriminated against Shaniqua. Billy is too young to wield the power to complete the fusion to full fledged racist.

But, if the school suspends Shaniqua for not cutting her afro because it doesn’t obey school policy, then the school administrators, including the principal, are racist. They used their power to discriminate against Shaniqua for the way she looked.

For more examples check out my #racism posts, which is like a mini blog about racism.


Vocabulary

White people - People born in Europe or of European-descent.

People of Color - Non-white people who share an oppressive experience of white supremacy and racism.

White privilege - An elite status of racial advantage given to White people over people of color simply for being white or of European-descendent.

White Supremacy - A system that institutionally upholds whiteness as superior, the crème de la crème, and discriminates people of color for allegedly being inferior.

Colorblindness - The idea that race is invisible and not real and that therefore racism does not exist.

Afro-Latino - A Latin@ person who identifies with their African roots.

African Diaspora - A scattered population of African-descended people throughout the world with a common African origin.

Myths:

  • Race is a social construct, therefore it’s made up and we don’t have to worry about racism. We are all part of the human race.

Yes, race is socially and politically constructed depending where you go. However, that doesn’t mean we should become colorblind.  Even though race is arbitrarily defined, people all over the world are still being categorized into a racial hierarchy with Black people at the bottom and with people of color being discriminated against. Race may be a debatable reality, but racism definitely is not.

  • Black people and people of color can be racist too.

Negative. People of color do not possess the power to oppress white people. It was Europeans who first created a system of slavery that categorized people into a racial hierarchy with White people at the top and Black people at the bottom in order to gain profits. No Black person ever in the history of humankind has designed such a system based on racism.

Therefore, racism also means white supremacy and it is and always has been fundamentally anti-Black.

If people of color in a position of power discriminates against white people, then that is only racial discrimination. Reverse racism is therefore not possible.

  • Not all white people are racist.

True. However, since racism is synonymous with white supremacy in this current global structure, only white people have the capacity to be racist. People of color can only be racially prejudiced and discriminatory.

  • Racism is over, slavery was 100+ years ago.

Negative. Slavery is still legal in prisons in the United States. The 13th Amendment states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Even outside prisons, people of color continue to be disproportionally underrepresented and discriminated againsst in virtually all institutions in the United States and the world. Also, the majority of wealth in the U.S. still rests in the hands of white people.

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There is no shortage of stereotypes plaguing media portrayals of Asian-Americans. Regardless of their platform, the stories we do or don’t tell about Asian people in the United States have not only enshrined harmful misconceptions, but have made a diverse network of cultures in this country invisible. There are a lot of lies that need to be corrected — and it starts with how Asian Americans are identified in the U.S.

The case for reparations is...pretty fucking solid

“It is not possible to comprehend the significance of slavery either as an economic institution…without understanding the role that cotton played in the economic development of the North as well as the South.

In 1790 the United States faced the same obstacles to economic development that beset underdeveloped countries today. The most formidable obstacle…was the development of an export market that would attract foreign capital and stimulate internal growth.(But America’s export market was in deep trouble in the late [18th] century. Since there was no domestic industry to speak of, the chief exports consisted of raw materials and agricultural products…It was cotton that eventually provided the United States with an export staple that could sustain an expansive export market.

The invention of spinning machinery and the power loom in the late nineteenth century revolutionized the manufacture of cloth, leading to the first textile factories and generating an almost unlimited demand for raw cotton… As cotton production became more profitable, the South… became one of the most specialized agricultural regions in the world…Cotton gradually emerged as king, not only of the southern economy, but of the American export market as well. By 1860 cotton constituted 60 percent of American exports; by contrast, its nearest rivals, flour and tobacco, together accounted for less than 20 percent…

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When it comes to transracial adoption, questions of socialization and race are inseparable. When the myth that race alone relegates children to foster care is debunked, conservative policymakers and advocates claim­ing to abolish racial discrimination in the child welfare system lose the central point of their argument. Additionally, the ostensibly altruistic sal­vation narrative of transracial adoption in which White families alone are deemed capable of “saving” Black children from the fate of urban poverty, crime, drug addiction, and chaos reads distinctly like a 1990s ur­banized version of the “White man’s (or family’s) burden” of “civilizing the natives.” In fact, the insidious nature of this argument is apparent in the conservative political discourse advocating adoption as a “solution” to the “social ill” of “illegitimacy.” Alongside the language regarding the “best interests” of children through the promotion of “color-blind” adoptions, is the discourse of children as a risk, threat, and unsocialized menace to civil society. In this perspective children and teens in the inner city threaten to become a generation of criminal “super-predators.“
—  Sandra Patton, Birthmarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America (2000).
We have no reason to harbor any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors; if it has abysses, these abysses belong to us; if there are dangers, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
—  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Borgeby gard, Fladie, Sweden, August 12, 1904

I saw a post not long ago where the writer asked that why did Hiccup change his green shirt to red(RTTE) then back to green(HTTYD2).

And all I could think about was that maybe it was because Astrid.

Maybe after a little make-out session, Astrid had to hurry back to her hut at Dragon Edge(since their hut is close to each other) she quickly grabs the first shirt that comes to her way - and that’s Hiccup’s shirt, the red one.

And when Hiccup tried to dress up and just couldn’t find his shirt so he just grabs something while he’s searching. During it, he just met Astrid and - wow. She looks so good in red.

So when Astrid says that she’ll give it back to him, he’s just:

“No, keep it.I still have a green one in one of my boxes.

@rachlette so I’m gonna make two different posts about the races and their creator deities as well as some common aspects and traits among the different sects and the other one for my two main ocs I’ve made so far. also I forgot to include Fire among the aspects whoops. the Aspects are genderless as well. skin color and gender or lack of have no impact on society. a lot of my Races are just revamped myth stereotypes lmao

Life: created vampires. ceremonial clothing is usually dark red for blood. even if theyre not vampires they tend to have longer lives than regular. a lot become scholars as they live to see much. are generally secluded. usually human in shape but its not a definite trait. the Pillar is (our equivalent of) a chinese trans man I havent named yet. a very common trait and a sign of Life is if someone is awake more than the usual capacity.

Death: I havent decided on a Race yet but I’m thinking something like the undead? they live and age and all that but their hearts beat incredibly slowly and require much less nourishment than other Races? yeah I think that sounds good. idk about the rest

Sun: created the avian beast Race. ceremonial color is black. the avian qualities vary from person to person, some are entirely bird but huge and able to communicate and some have beaks and feathers mixed with skin. the Pillar is an avian black cis man. a common trait of Sun is being strictly diurnal - awake at dawn and asleep at dusk. to the point of inconvenience.

Twin Moons: (older: Strength) werewolves lmao. qualities vary just like avians. the (current, beginning) Pillar for the Strength Moon is a (latinx equivalent) bigender person who changes their clothes to express what their pronouns are for the day. a common trait for the Moons is an aversion for daylight or being nocturnal. (younger: Wisdom) the Pillar is a cis brown woman, literal sibling to the Pillar of the Strength Moon. both Pillars are werewolves.

Forest: created elves. the Pillar is a (latinx) cis woman of elven Race. common trait is minor control over plants or animals being attracted to them.

Earth: dwarves. the Pillar is a white trans woman of dwarven Race. common trait is earth affinity and building.

Stone: trolls. can be either jewels, metals, or common stones such as gravel etc. some water created ones live below sea level with the mer. the Pillar is agender and made of Ardosia Multicor granite. a common trait is stone affinity and melding.

Fire: idk lmao I’m thinking dragon people

Sea: mermaids! :D all kinds! some are able to transform and take to land. the Pillar is one of these and bigender with pacific islander skin. also fat. common trait is water affinity or water breathing no matter what Race.

Sky: humans. the Pillar is a korean cis man. sky affinity too lmao am I getting lazy? maybe

you can mix and match any character with Race and Divinity. (not literally divine just who they worship). when talking about Race they usual refer to them as were, human, elven, etc but in formal situations their Race is referred to as “born under [deity]”. when talking about who they worship its as “Child(ren) of [deity]”. eg: an elf born under the Forest who was raised as a Child of the Sun and who later began to exhibite a trait of Life. it can kind of sound wonky and I hope to fix that up. Race is not definite of what Divinity someone is its just the most common among Children. those with more religious souls sometimes get tattoos or do specific acts in honor of their deity.

In 1941 the antropologist Ashley Montagu first proposed that the human species had no races in the biological sense; by the 1960s this was the dominant view in physical anthropology and evolutionary biology; and it has been the consensus view in those fields for decades. Scientists now agree that all that exists is gradual variability in what people look like, and in their genetic makeup, as one travels around the planet. In other words, while scientific knowledge has been moving away from race, census terminology has been reifying it.
—  Jefferson M. Fish, The Myth of Race (2013)
We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares have been set around us, and there is nothing that should frighten or upset us. We have been put into life as into the element we most accord with, and we have, moreover, through thousands of years of adaptation, come to resemble this life so greatly that when we hold still, through a fortunate mimicry we can hardly be differentiated from everything around us. We have no reason to harbor any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors; if it has abysses, these abysses belong to us; if there are dangers, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
—  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
White People With Backhanded and Hyperbolic "Compliments"
  • White person: "Wow you are so articulate!"
  • Meaning: "Unlike those 'ghetto' Blacks, you can read! Be thankful that I noticed this!"
  • White person: "Wow OMG I wish my hair was like yours!"
  • Meaning: "I am fully aware of the history of Black body dehumanization and how this--a child of White supremacy--has created colourism, which impacts perceptions of hair texture, but since so many Black women are wearing their hair natural and the only way I know how to interact with that is either through reaction formation or jealousy, as oneupmanship seems to be the core way that us Whites interact, I present you this nonsense comment. I will ignore how structural power favors my hair and thereby say I want the same hair as you. And the fact that I am White means you should be especially honored!"
  • White person: "Wow your post is so well-written!"
  • Meaning: "I don't really understand any of the complicated topics you discussed, either because they are intraracial ones or they concern intersectionality beyond a level that I am willing to study, so instead of the more annoying compliment of calling you 'articulate', I will focus on grading your essay for syntax and diction."
  • White person: "That tweet was so amazing, I am going to tattoo it to my face 20 times!"
  • Meaning: "I seriously do not know how to engage you without hyperbole. I only know how to be either disrespectful or extremely hyperbolic and phony. My bad."
  • White person: "You're so smart and I don't trust anyone but you with this, so can you fact check this article!"
  • Meaning: "I really don't give a fuck that what I sent you may be triggering, it is unsolicited and I am not paying you as a fact checker in a journalistic capacity. I simply want to show up in your Twitter mentions to prove what a great ally I am by disregarding your emotions and clearly set boundaries. Honestly, I only posted this link to show how 'in tune' I am with 'race relations' and such."
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White History Month Giveaway!

To celebrate White History Month…a giveaway of some excellent white history-related books, a Kindle, and Amazon gift card.

1st

  • $75 Amazon gift card

2nd

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You must be:

  • following
  • 18+ and in the U.S. (trying to adhere to tumblr giveaway rules as much as possible)
  • comfortable sharing your address

You can like the post for an extra entry, and winners will be picked using a random picker at the end of March.

Ninety-three percent of blacks are killed by other blacks. I would like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this. What about the poor black child that was killed by another black child? Why aren’t you protesting that? White police officers wouldn’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.
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Rudy Giuliani perpetuating a dangerous myth about Black-on-Black crime

The study he’s citing also found that 84% of of white victims are killed by white assailants. 

Stop thinking thoughts I don’t like.

Stop saying things I don’t like.

Censor yourself.

Stop being you.

Stop trying to protect it

Stop liking yourself

Don’t take pride in yourself, it makes you too difficult to deceive

Hate yourself

Hate who you are

Hate where come from

Hate your ancestors

Hate your history. Because if you don’t we can’t prey upon you, we can’t sell you useless shit, we can’t control academia, we can’t control your history or what you learn and we can’t control public speech unless you do

So please, hate yourself. Stop thinking thoughts that I don’t like.
—  – SJWs and redditfags that think they are way too cool for school

dieeisenkaiserin  asked:

Hey Ban, what's your opinion of the Hamilton musical's portrayal of King George III as a spurned "yandere" ex significant other?

A bit basic, a bit childish, but understandable when it comes to converting real-life history to a musical stage production. Obviously the real George III wasn’t throwing love-induced temper tantrums over the Thirteen Colonies (not that it didn’t all have an effect on him emotionally). I’m more distressed that they didn’t cast him with an African-American, a black George III would’ve been badass. Gotta maintain that “snooty English master-race” myth I guess. Us Brits are all evil don’tcha know? ;)