I gotta tell you, this is a classic white people move; this call for “unity.” And I say this as a white person myself. We love to tell people who are pointing out racism; who are protesting inequality that they’re the ones trying to tear us apart.
Us white people, we don’t have to live with racism. We don’t have to see it. It’s transparent to us. We can choose not to look at it. As long as we’re not saying the n-word, or writing “whites only” above the water fountain, we think we’ve done our part.
Our skin color means that we can choose to look past wealth disparities, or job discrimination, or discrimination in the legal system, or cultural hegemony, or any of a thousand other ways that we’re given the upper hand by our laws and culture. But people of color know what’s really going on, because they live it. Even rich people of color who get to be on tv, like Randy Moss.
And if people of color say something about racism, we say back that they’re attacking our unity; that they’re not doing their part to hold the country together; they’re not turning the other cheek enough. But why is holding the country together their job?
This whole, “You’re promoting division” thing is a trick. It’s a feint.
Protesting racism doesn’t tear us apart. RACISM tears us apart.
Listen, here’s the deal fellow white people:
(People of color, go take a break. Relax. Go have a sandwich. This part is between me, Trent Dilfer, and all my other white people out there.)
White people - It’s not people of color’s job to protect us. It’s not their job to make us feel better. It’s not their job to end racism. Ending racism is our job! WE made it, let’s unmake it.
When someone tells you about racism; when someone protests racism, when they point out racism, they are not the source of the problem. RACISM is the source of the problem. And WE are the source of the racism. And we have the power to change it.
JESSE THORN, commenting on Trent Dilfer’s finger wagging at Colin Kaepernick, and white people’s responsibility in ending racism. Related post »here
One facebook user posted the picture and tagged UND saying, “the problem is growing worse here at UND.”
Earlier this week, University of North Dakota students stole an African-American student’s phone and posted photos of themselves in blackface with a caption reading “Locked the black b*tch out.” It referred to the fact that the girls locked the fellow student out of a dorm room.
The school’s president released a statement Thursday saying that he is appalled that within 48 hours two photos surfaced of students in blackface mocking the African American community.
I have been disappointed to learn that we have people in our university community who don’t know that the kind of behavior and messaging demonstrated in these two photos is not ok, and that, in fact, it is inexcusable… It is abundantly clear that we have much work to do at the University of North Dakota in educating our students, and the entire university community on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and respect for others.
Waiting on the bullshit apology and “we arent racist” statement. #Hate it!
Trump has pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), if passed by congress. It was first introduced in the House on June 17, 2015 and would effectively legalize anti-LGBTQ discrimination across the board, including among employers, businesses, landlords and healthcare providers, as long as they claim to be motivated by a firmly held religious beliefs.
A United Nations working group has a damning comparison that United States law enforcement might want to note. In a recent report, the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent likened police brutality to racially motivated hate crimes of the 19th and 20th centuries.
“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” the report read.
As the Washington Post reported, the Equal Justice Initiative estimates that 3,959 African-Americans across the south were killed in “racial terror lynchings” between 1877 and 1950. By comparison, more than 170 black people have died in police shootings in 2016 so far.
Afrocentricity is about centering Black experiences. Not white ones.
Every Black culture in the world has had to deal with white imperialism and damage from white violence. Wakanda is a fucking *break* from that everpresent violation.
I’m not saying white folks can’t think Black Panther is a badass. He is. What I’m saying is this: he doesn’t belong to us. T’Challa does not belong to white fans to define. Do not insert your white favorites into essential roles in Wakanda. Do not think T’Challa is here to serve white characters. DO NOT insist T’Challa must fall in love with any white characters. It’s racist and unfair to black fans.
I get that as white fans it’s exciting to meet a totally new culture and character, and that it’s exciting to imagine Bucky getting the human interaction he deserves, and that fugitive Steve is weird and you want them to find a home. T’Challa has been quite generous as a character to help them both out of the kindness of his heart.
But giving white folks a presence in Wakandan culture perpetuates a long-standing problem. It is racist. And it increases racism in our fandom. It harms other fans. ESPECIALLY when you put Nat, Steve or Bucky or Darcy or ANY white person in LEADERSHIP positions in Wakanda, or as a fixture in T’Challa’s love life. That’s not okay. Just stop.
(And seriously? Darcy? An unaccomplished, comic relief character being the love interest for the king of a Black population? It’s offensive.)
Have you noticed that we went 12 movies without a black female character having *a speaking role*? A SPEAKING ROLE. TWELVE FUCKING MOVIES. And the two black women who finally get a chance to speak in Civil War come and go rather quickly. That’s just not okay. That’s not fair. Black skin is still shunned in the MCU. Realize that and realize how much that hurts people. Realize how UNFAIR it is.
Realize that decisions you choose to make about Wakanda and about T’Challa’s love life will absolutely either contribute tomisogynoir or lessen it. It’s your choice.
Black Panther and Wakanda are not about us. They do not belong to us. Inserting ourselves in there harms other fans…. fans who may already be wary of what a systemically racist Hollywood is going to do with this story. Stop. If you are doing ANYTHING in your fanfic, fanart or metas with T’Challa, you need to be listening to what black fans are saying about the character. You’ve got to realize he is not our character to define.
There are better ways to treat fellow fans. There is more respect we can show.
In 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the national anthem at the 1968 Summer Olympics to draw attention to racism. The result then? Outrage. 48 years later, @kaepernick7 and @e_reid35 kneeled on the sideline to send the same message. The result now? Still outrage.
Today, we’re going to talk about deaf people and police brutality. We’re also talking about the fact that if you are deaf, but also part of another marginalized group, you have a higher risk of being a victim of police brutality. And that needs to change.
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Obama called the museum necessary because “It reminds us that routine discrimination and Jim Crow aren’t ancient history, it’s just a blink in the eye of history. It was just yesterday.” People “should not be surprised that not all the healing is done,” said President Obama. The 400,000 square foot museum includes over 34,000 items within 11 collections that tell the story of African-American history and culture through sports, music and performance, military history, civil rights, and more.
President Obama mentioned the importance of unity between cultures during his speech. “And so hopefully this museum can help us talk to each other. And more importantly, listen to each other. And most importantly, see each other. Black and white and Latino and Native American and Asian American — see how our stories are bound together. And bound together with women in America, and workers in America, and entrepreneurs in America, and LGBT Americans,” Obama said Saturday.
The museum features several LGBT artifacts, including a famous photo of a man holding a sign that reads “I’m a black gay man,” from the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995. The museum will also have a playbill on display from The Colored Museum, a sketch series from Tony award-winning playwright George C. Wolfe, about African-American life from a satirical perspective. One of those sketches features Miss Roz, a black transgender woman.
I hate the narrative people have like “you’re angry so im not gonna listen to you”, especially when it comes to subjects like racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.
Like youre not not listening to me because im angry, you’re not listening to me cuz youre a bigot and youre using my anger as an excuse to justify your bigotry and simultaneously try to pass the blame off to me
Its a tired excuse akin to “theyre only homophobic because theyre secretly gay”, which is used to pass the blame of the source of the oppression to the oppressed party in a similar way
The oppressed will always be angry, because we are oppressed. Having a system placed against you for your entire life isnt a happy thing.
Its almost like we’re angry for a reason.