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White Privilege Glasses

If only white people could see the wildly racist white supremacy culture that dominates America and prevents minorities from living a peaceful and happy existence. #Hate it!

Why what Irish people experienced is not the same as what Black people experience

Just for Black History Month, I’m going to explain something that should not have to be explained: Why what you believe Irish people experienced is not the same as what Black people experience  (emphasis on the tense of the word “experience”).

I hear this argument a lot when the struggles of Black people are brought up and when White Privilege and the lack of white oppression are pointed out. You hear things like “ White people have been discriminated against, have you forgotten about the Irish?” or “White people were enslaved too!” 1. All white people are not Irish, and 2. yes, those things are true, Irish people were discriminated against. Were.

This is where the parallel between the struggles of Black an Irish people abruptly ends. Surprise, it’s a false parallel. o be short, I will list out why these are not comparable experiences

1.  Discrimination against Irish people in America ended in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as they became integrated into the dominant white culture and keeping Irish “slaves” became more expensive; discrimination against Black people is alive and well, drinking ice-tea on the porch of a your local enshrined plantation.
2. Yes, Irish people were enslaved; however, this term is suddenly broadened whenever this argument arises. Irish people were taken as political prisoners and indentured servants and then sent to the “New World” to work. While sometimes this was forcibly, it was also voluntary in some cases and indentured servants, as humans in the eyes of slavers, were allowed far more autonomy than chattel slaves.
3. Irish people in America do not have to worry about being pulled over, harassed, raped, or killed for looking Irish, but that tends to happen if you look like a “thug”.
4. I don’t hear people calling for an end to St. Patrick’s Day because it further divides us and it’s selfish of Irish people.
5. Anti-Blackness crosses more bounds and does further leaps than most forms of hatred known today. It is almost global. People will bleach their skin to stay away from Blackness. The same people in America that follow me around the store will be following me, my children, and their children’s children in a multitude of other countries without thinking twice. Black is seen as suspicious, dangerous, uneducated, “ghetto”. The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of “Irish” is green.

To be frank and short, stop proposing these false parallels because you know that’s what they are. The reason why even though" Irish people were enslaved, you don’t see them bitching" is because they aren’t still affected by it today. So, please have several seats and let us relish in our Blackness and the one short month of the year you have a slightly harder time avoiding it.

I know artists are usually supposed to keep their mouths shut and just post pictures, but I think I’ve decided what kind of artist I want to be and it’s not the kind to hide parts of my person for maximum viewage or likes. I am a proud supporter of Blackness and my Black womanhood and that affects my art deeply. So, enjoy!

It’s astonishing that even after all this time, black women are still having to fight to simply be acknowledged as human beings with legitimate emotions, desires, and fears. People still have to be convinced or taught to see us as people, not the brunt of some joke.  We’re always seen as  caricatures or archetypes. When will we finally be able to just be without justifying and explaining our existence as multifaceted individuals.

New Zealand’s Bachelor TV show star paints himself in brownface.

And, being perpetually ignorant shitheads, New Zealanders of course didn’t see anything wrong in this.

Their media figured “Green didn’t dress up in blackface. He dressed up in an Indian outfit. At best you could accuse him of brownface, but that’s not actually a thing with more than a century of baggage, is it?”

That’s the quality of discourse on racism in New Zealand.

If you want to educate the fuckwit white journalist who tried to trivialize brownface you can do so through twitter @hdpa or Facebook.

FUCKING HELL.

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Super Bowl 50 reflects how the NFL, its fans and America deal with race

Even if you’re not a football fan, there’s plenty of reason to tune into the Super Bowl on Sunday. Lady Gaga’s singing the national anthem, Coldplay and Beyoncé will be at the halftime show, and it’s the league’s 50th anniversary of the big game.

And there’s also this little fact: The on-field match-up between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers is a referendum on how the league, and its fans, deal with race.

In the lead up to the Super Bowl, Newton has spoken frankly about how discussions of race have colored perceptions of his play. “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,” Newton said after winning the NFC Championship game. “[B]ecause they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”

Who they can compare him to are icons like Manning, who’s often described as stoic and studious.

It’s an age-old comparison: White players are praised for their intellect, while black players are known for their athleticism. It’s also a racial fallacy.

Statement to the media by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, on the conclusion of its official visit to USA, 19-29 January 2016


The rest of the world is concerned about racism in America probably more than our own government. 

Below you can see the extracts from the latest statement made by UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. Or you can see the whole text here.

UN:

During the visit, the Working Group assessed the situation of African Americans and people of African descent and gathered information on the forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance that they face. We studied the official measures and mechanisms taken to prevent structural racial discrimination and protect victims of racism and hate crimes as well as responses to multiple forms of discrimination. The visit focused on both good practices and challenges faced in realising their human rights.
We welcome the recent steps taken by the Government to reform the criminal justice system and combat racial discrimination and disparities.
The US has a growing human rights movement which has successful advocated for social change. Following the epidemic of racial violence by the police, civil society networks calling for justice together with other activists are strongly advocating for legal and policy reforms and community control over policing and other areas which directly affect African Americans.


Despite the positive measures, the Working Group is extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans.

The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today. The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population. Lynching was a form of racial terrorism that has contributed to a legacy of racial inequality that the US must address. Thousands of people of African descent were killed in violent public acts of racial control and domination and the perpetrators were never held accountable.
Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynching of the past. Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Recommendations:

The following recommendations are intended to assist the United States of America in its efforts to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia and related intolerance:
- There is a profound need to acknowledge that the transatlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity and among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and that Africans and people of African descent were victims of these acts and continue to be victims of their consequences. Past injustices and crimes against African Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice.
- Monuments, memorials and markers should be erected to facilitate this important public dialogue. Education must be accompanied by acts of reconciliation, which are needed to overcome acts of racial bigotry and legacies of injustice. To accelerate the process of desegregation, federal and state legislation should be passed recognizing the experience of enslavement.
- Community policing strategies should be developed to give the community control of the police which are there to protect and serve them. It is suggested to have a board that would elect police officers they want playing this important role in their communities.
- In imposing the sentence, the welfare of the family of the accused should be taken into account, with particular attention to the best interests of the child.
- Targeted measures should be developed with the community to raise awareness and reduce crimes against LGBTQI community, in particular against transgendered women.
- The Working Group encourages the government to undertake impact-oriented activities in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
The Working Group welcomes the cooperation and engagement with the international human rights system to combat racial discrimination. We hope that our report will support the Government in this process and we express our willingness to assist in this important endeavour.

The construction of the refugee as rapist adds crime to an otherwise abstract dislike of the foreign “other.” It also whets a sense of German nationhood, its urgency predicated on protecting white German women from encroaching hordes of brown men. Taken together, the exclusion of foreigners, once a worrisome iteration of burgeoning racism, is now repackaged as a feminist necessity.
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White New Zealander on the bus saying “shut up you fucking nigger…I don’t want to be a nigger like you” (1:16) to a young person of color.

Next time you boil New Zealand down to scenic landscapes and Lord of the Rings, remember that this is the shit you are silencing.

#RethinkNewZealand

Maori students were punished till they bled for speaking their own language instead of English

“You’d be hauled out in front of the rest of the class, in front of your own whanau, and told to bend over. The teacher would have - he had this container, which had a number of vines of supplejack out of the bush not far from the school… You’d bend over and he’d stand back and give you, what they called it then, six of the best,” Dover Samuels [a Maori political veteran] said.

“On many occasions, not only did it left bruises behind on my thighs but drew blood.”

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/282955/‘i-was-beaten-until-i-bled’

anonymous asked:

asians are inherently smarter because the culture values education a lot more, so parents typically focus on educating their children while westerners focus on other things such as sports, etc. this also breeds competitiveness between asian classmates, thus motivating asian students to work harder and eventually becoming smarter. so yes, asian students aren't "born smarter" but they definitely have the upbringing that makes them more successful academically. care to agree/disagree?

disagree.

first of all, you cannot lump all asians together into a single stereotypical view of a culture. asia is a vast continent with a variety of cultures, and the term “asian” is broad. this is a generalization that does not hold true for all asian cultures, families, and students.
your statement combines all of these different ethnicities, cultures, and people of the largest continent of the world into “one culture” which really isn’t adequate. the upbringing of asian students will vary greatly from family to family based on a variety of things such as the parents themselves, ethnicity, and the country that they are living in. you cannot guarantee academical success from such a factor like that. there are simply too many variables.

besides, asia is not the only continent that values education highly. what about the stigma surrounding people who don’t graduate college in the expected four years, the people who go to community college, the people who choose to take a gap year, the people who switch their major, etc etc etc. they are all pursuing their education but are still deemed by some people as “not good enough.”
i would say that’s a considerable value that people place on education.

there are asians who focus on other things such as sports, the arts, and music as well as the stereotypical math, science, and technology. there is a huge spectrum of the work ethic among asian students that can range from “does not care” to “works very hard.” how can you be so sure that asian students will work harder? how can you be so sure that competition will develop in the first place with every asian student?
furthermore, this supposed “competition” does not necessarily give motivation. what about the asian students who don’t fit with this stereotypical standard and feel miserable and worthless about it? what’s so motivating about a standard and competition that only makes them feel like they are defined by a grade or a score?

all in all, the reasoning that you brought up is rather generalized and stereotypical. we are not inherently “smarter” because we are asian. we work hard to achieve the grades and gpa that we want. we are a product of our own efforts and that should not be invalidated.

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Kenney's 'Racial Slur' Against Sajjan Causes Stir In India
One prominent Indian politician wants to see the Conservative MP "be admonished and reprimanded."

A Conservative MP’s outburst toward Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan earlier this week has riled parliamentarians and spurred calls for an apology — in India.

Amarinder Singh, a popular Punjab politician, criticized Jason Kenney’s alleged request for an “English-to-English” translation of Sajjan’s remarks earlier this week about the government’s plan to combat the so-called Islamic State.

Singh, who is a current member of Parliament in the Indian National Congress, tweeted on Friday that the remark was an example of “racial humiliation.”’

He expanded on his sentiment in a statement obtained by India Today, describing Kenney’s remarks as “outrageous” and “clearly and undoubtedly racial.”

He urged the Opposition MP to apologize to Sajjan or “be admonished and reprimanded in accordance” with Canadian parliamentary law.

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