The trans community, trans women of color in particular, is facing an incredible amount of abuse and violence because we destabilize Gender itself. Our community is in crisis, particularly due to the violence of the State, and looking to the State, the same people hurting the community, to help us is a fool’s errand. They will just expand the violent system of Gender to swallow us whole and regulate and discipline so we help reproduce and produce for Capital, White Supremacy, State, and Gender. Liberation will only come in destroying these systems, not in allowing ourselves to be completely swallowed and subsumed by these systems of power. History has shown that the latter will be our fate if we don‘t win the crisis in our community.

Fuck your rich lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. fuck your rich genderqueer Miley Cyrus. I don’t give a damn about celebrities who continue to commodify and profit off an lgbt+ community that was built by the oppressed, particularly trans women of color. Fuck this horrid community that cares more about gay marriage and being part of the military industrial complex while not giving a shit about abused and homeless trans and gay people and the black and brown people being hurt by police brutality and imperialism.

If you're worried about a disabled person and are about to call the police to get them what you consider help, please consider this:
  • Don’t call the police
  • The last thing a disabled person needs is getting harassed by the police
  • The police are a violently ableist and racist institution that exists to attack the oppressed, and by calling the police on disabled folks, you’re participating in that very system of violence.
  • So, don’t fucking call the police on disabled folks.

anonymous asked:

So if a group of people with ethnic backgrounds beat up another person for the sole reason of being white, its not racism? What about during apartheid when white people were stuffed in tires filled when kerosene and set alight? Was that not racism?

I mean, you’re basically trying to goad me as a white person into saying that reverse racism exists, and it’s not going to happen. If you want another perspective on this topic, please go elsewhere as I’ve given my opinion on it and don’t feel comfortable discussing it any further than that. If you want to read more discussion on the term or the concept, feel free to research it. There are plenty of better resources out there than the blog of a 22 year old white girl.

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TW for racism, bullying

NY Teen Overcomes ‘Dark-Skinned’ Taunts to Earn $10,000 Scholarship

“Nosa Akol, 17, was called “burnt toast,” among other hurtful names, but now the Binghamton, N.Y., teen will be the recipient of the 2015 4-H Youth in Action Award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship.

 “Burnt toast.”

“Dark as night.”

“Your mother kept you in the oven too long.”

These were the kinds of racially charged comments that Nosa Akol walked into on her very first day of middle school, which would mark the first time in her life she’d ever been subjected to bullying.

The results were damaging. Nosa admits to The Root that insecurities started to take over. “I felt really insecure,” the 17-year-old student from Binghamton, N.Y., recalls. “Middle school [is] kind of where people start breaking off into their groups, and that’s where I first experienced bullying, and that’s where my insecurities began taking over and just really started to deteriorate me mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Originally from South Sudan, Nosa, who has a rich, dark skin tone, came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 5 years old.

“Growing up in Sudan, everyone there has the same skin tone; no one points that out. And then, growing up in America, everyone has a different skin tone, so [my parents] wouldn’t, even if I had told them about it, there wouldn’t be any understanding. They wouldn’t really know how to deal with it,” she explains, saying that for this reason, she kept the bullying bottled up inside her.

But Nosa’s story is one of triumph and overcoming her insecurities. The Binghamton High School student, who joined Citizen U 4-H as a freshman, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the 4-H Youth in Action Award, the highest honor in the organization.

Still, the humble teen says she’s still processing the fact that she was chosen for the award, which will also make her the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship to a college of her choosing.

This triumphant day might have not come if Nosa had let the bullying get to her. According to the teen, the torment got so bad and had such an impact on her, she would make up excuses so she wouldn’t have to go to school. “I didn’t want to wake up in the morning and go to school. I’d come up with excuses as to why I had stay home,” she acknowledges.

Right now the college-bound teen is hoping to study political science and international agriculture, her mind set on using her degrees to empower women in South Sudan.

“I know that agriculture just does not stop at farming … so I want to find a way to take agriculture and turn it into an education for the women of South Sudan and make that into a business, and hopefully by empowering the women, it empowers the entire community and makes a change and a difference to try and end the violence there,” Nosa tells The Root. “I like to travel, so I don’t think I’d ever stay in one place, so hopefully I’d be able to work in many other countries as well as South Sudan … I just want to travel and help people.”

The ambitious teen also hopes that her story can inspire other kids who want to do something to help their communities, showing them it is possible to effect change, even as youth.

“This generation, we can’t wait for the generations before us or the generations after us to make a change; it’s up to us if we want a better world for ourselves,” she points out.  “We need to stand up and we need to do something about it.”  

Read the full piece and watch the video here

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“I am a professor at Duke University,” the comment reads. “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration. The amount of Asian-white dating is enormous and so surely will be the intermarriage. Black-white dating is almost non-existent because of the ostracism by blacks of anyone who dates a white.”

“The comments were noxious, offensive, and have no place in civil discourse”

anonymous asked:

What've you got against Australia?

tbh the main problem i have is racism probably?? here are some of the highlights:

  • until 1967 indigenous australians were dehumanised and given a citizenship status similar to fauna (Source).
  • from 1901 to sometime in the 1970’s, indigenous australian parents were considered unable to care for their children and the children were taken from them (Source).
  • in the early 20th century there were quotas on how many non-british immigrants could be let into the country (Source).
  • in the past 10 years alone there have been large-scale attacks on various racial groups, including middle eastern and indian citizens.
  • 1 in 5 people living in australia have been a target of verbal racial abuse (Source). 
  • 3 in 4 indigenous australians regularly experience racism (Source).

h3llbender asked:

What are like specific examples of Gender Nationalism? I'm just not 100% clear on what it is if that makes sense///!

Like, it comes down certain trans people wanting to have their genders surveilled and regulated by State and Capital:

  • Wanting official legal recognition of the many (neoliberal) gender identities that have sprouted up, on stuff like our driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, and other official forms of legal identity(official recognition by the state of all these categories will put us under the gaze of the state and that hypervisibility won’t help us but hurt us.
  • Wanted to be included in the military and be an agent of violent imperialist power(Like, fuck any trans ppl who want to serve Empire and participate in war crimes)
  • Wanting to tackle the terrible violence towards trans ppl through hate crime legislation because “it’s important to work through the system, it’s there for us.” (It’s not here for us, the system is inherently violent towards us and even if a legislative solution prevented all other cases of violence towards trans ppl, it would do nothing to stop agents of state violence like police or the military who are often the people who perpetrate this violence. A legalistic solution can’t change society unless the root is challenged and a legislative solution won’t do. The wage gap is illegal but we still have a wage gap)
  • Really, wanting to resolve any of the problems facing the trans community through official political means(legislative, judicial, executive, etc…) (The system is not there for us and we must address the crisis facing our community with political means that work against the system. Liberation will only come in abolishing the system as a whole)
  • Wanting media recognition of trans identities. (Recognition and representation does shit to help the trans community, especially trans women of color. The hypervisibility of trans women of color has meant they have had to face incredible amounts of violence. The gaze of the media means trans ppl are more likely to be recognized and more likely to be exposed to violence. The media, under the system of Capital, State, Gender, White Supremacy, Heterosexuality, and other forms of Power, will never a beneficial one)
  • Wanting to have product lines catering to trans ppl. (The more this happens, the more our culture will be commodified and will just end up like the gross and stale pride festival and parades that have been corporatized.
  • The white supremacist tendency to displace, assimilate, or destroy indigenous systems of relations and relabeling them as gender(even though they’re not comparable to western gender in any way) and project western gender on top of them. (Gender Nationalism is very much part of the project of Settler-Colonialism and Imperialism and we can’t forget that)

Does this make sense?

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“It had never occurred to me that my colour — or lack of it — was an issue for some people, but then I moved to Sydney and apparently it was. People look at me and don’t see what they think is a typical Aboriginal. Thankfully my mother raised me well in knowing where I come from and who I am and I’m proud of that. I’ve never been one to bow down to people who try to question my identity because I don’t fit their mould of what an Aboriginal Australian is supposed to be or look like.” - Shari Sebbens

Excuse me people with G***y in their URL who are following me

There are sooooooo many posts circulating, including on this exact blog on how g* is a racial slur. I mean … really?

If you’re not Rromani, that word doesn’t belong to you.

It doesn’t mean mystical and full of whimsy, in case you were wondering.