radical people of color

PSA: Trans people don’t owe you anything!!

Things that are not your business; 

  • a trans person’s birth name
  • the status of a trans person’s transition (especially medical)
  • whether a trans person is transitioning at all
  • “comparison” photos of a trans person before and after coming out
  • what genitals a trans person has
  • what body type a trans person has
  • details of a trans person’s sex or love life
  • any type of “proof” that a trans person is trans
  • literally anything about a trans person’s life or experiences

anonymous asked:

As long as you acknowledge you're wrong and trying to radicalize naive tumblr users into hating all white people, and futhermore have no argument, I'm fine with whatever psychotic vile language you think makes you right. The point is, "racist!!!" isn't a weapon that can only apply to someone based on how you've chosen to define it. It isn't a way for any ethnic group to demonize any other ethnic group they have a problem with. Take several seats and crack open a history book. Choose not to hate.

As long as you acknowledge you’re wrong

A white proverb right here, always wanting a Person of Color to be wrong lmao.

trying to radicalize naive tumblr users into hating all white people

What. Okay powder boy, my post never said anything about ALL white people. It specifically mentions “white people” and “bigoted white people.” Seriously, what is with all these paper mache ass tears about “all white people” on every post People of Color make?

And on this “radicalization” you speak of, there’s nothing radicalizing about calling out the shit white people (in general) do. My post is a discussion (and call out) for a reason. Even so, if it takes “radicalization” for people to fight back against white supremacy (which white people are so complicit in, benefit from, and uphold) then so fucking be it. A “radical” is someone who wants a complete socio-political change and I have actually claimed the label many times throughout my life (not on Tumblr though). Some of the most inspiring leaders all throughout history were “radicals” and I’m sure you can think of a few. I’d rather be someone who wants change than to be a whiny ass sour cream patch of shit who tries to police everyone’s post about racism.

futhermore have no argument

Lmao you have no idea what I have in store for you, cream cheese.

I’m fine with whatever psychotic vile language you think makes you right

Um, here we go again with white proverbs. White people always think that People of Color are trying to be right or wrong. I don’t give a fuck whether I’m right or wrong. What I care about is the awareness, discussions, and actions that contribute to combating racism and white supremacy (among other oppressive forces and isms, including your little ableism right here).

The point is, “racist!!!” isn’t a weapon

NOBODY IS USING RACISM AS A WEAPON. Racism is racism. You get called out for it, then you take it in as a lesson, learn from it, make efforts to change, and move on. Why the fuck do you vanilla sprinkles always think racism is being used as a weapon? It’s because you HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF RACISM NOR EXPERIENCE IT so when People of Color talk about racism, it’s something that will harm the benefits of your white fucking privilege.

based on how you’ve chosen to define it

White proverbs again. Anytime a whitey doesn’t agree with a Person of Color, it’s always a “you’ve chosen to define it that way” or a “that’s your belief” as if racism is a fucking opinion or belief lmao. The reason why America is so slow at passing (and acting on) laws regarding progressive change among issues like racism, reproductive rights, climate change, and etc. is because we have a bunch of white men in congress who think all these issues are opinions and beliefs to be debated over. People of Color and women each make up less than 20% of congress.

It isn’t a way for any ethnic group to demonize any other ethnic group they have a problem with

Nobody is demonizing you white demons. You’re already a white demon so how can I demonize you lmao. And it’s not just one ethnic group versus another ethnic group. It’s one race versus the whole fucking world with your selfish, greedy asses. “Problem” is also an extreme understatement considering that People of Color in America have been oppressed by white people for centuries. But hey, let’s pass it off as a little problem.

Take several seats and crack open a history book.”

You have no idea what you just got yourself into lmao. Actually, let me crack open a cold one with myself real quick. Maybe three or five for that matter, arguing with you white demons.

Anyway, did you know that white demons invaded almost 90% of all countries in the world? So what continent do you want me to start on first?

Let’s take a peek at how white people ruined Asia:

Obviously I’m not gonna put every country but let’s move onto Oceania, not a continent but it includes Australia and Pacific Islands:

Let’s move on to Africa:

How about South America:

Then we go to North America:

That was tiring. Obviously not the best sources but there was a lot to go through.

Choose not to hate

The epitome of white proverbs. After all the shit whiteys have done to everyone, they go and say shit like this.

Angry Asian Guy

Brooklyn anti-gentrification protester in downtown Brooklyn. Too many working class people are being pushed out of their homes and are being replaced by luxury buildings and venues. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many people of color, immigrants, and the poor can no longer afford to live in their homes. 

On Radical Self-Care, Theatre, and The Failed Project of Being Good To One Another

I wrote this ‘manifesto’ for an academic conference called ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education). Pardon the academic jargon. Feedback welcome.

            The fact is this: queer people of color are under siege in the contemporary neoliberal moment of post-raciality, homonormativity, and the continuing upward distribution of wealth. My research is a direct response to this. I theorize radical self-care. For me, radical self-care is a theatrical and activist performance praxis of affective and political sustainment for queer people of color that foregrounds, in its rehearsal and production processes, a collective, liberatory, analysis of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, body size, nationality, and so forth. Within radical self-care, artivist performance suspends the structures of feelings associated with living through systemic inequality so that queer people of color might be healed and energized into direct collective action in the movement against such systems. Direct collective action is so crucial in this context because power is never voluntarily given away and a practice of self-care is nothing if it does not actively strive to dismantle the systems that necessitate it. My project confronts ableist and colonial neoliberal logics by privileging an ethic of interdependence and thus debunking the assumption that self-care necessarily implies an individual taking care of themselves by themselves. In short, radical self-care is a praxis of community care and collective action, we need each other and we need sustainable movements aimed at dismantling systemic oppression.

            Having thus briefly described my project and its ethics, I wish now to address one of the central ethical questions of my project and its implications for our work in the theatre: what does it mean to be good to one another? As a baseline, I believe that being good to one another means recognizing each other’s needs, accounting for them, and collectively ensuring that all of our needs are met. As such, truly being good to one another should be erotic as Audre Lorde describes the erotic. Goodness requires intimate communal knowledge and action. It requires the fullest possible understanding of the other and a refusal to turn away from them and their needs.

            Now, as theatre and performance makers, scholars, and spectators I am sure we have all heard some version of the following statement: ‘you can’t expect every performance to account for everyone or everything. There is no politically perfect performance!”  Of course, I couldn’t disagree with this statement more. We MUST expect every performance to account for everyone and everything. Let’s not get it twisted. The dismissal of political perfection in performance emerges from a white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal logic that would privilege neoliberal economies of theatrical production over the material and affective violences that such a statement inevitably does to marginalized communities, queer communities of color among them. This logic is lazy, and it is harmful. It says- 'there is no way that no one walks away from my show without being offended, so why worry about it?’

            Why worry about it: nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu says “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” If we put this quotation in conversation with the notion of politically perfect performance, it suggests that those of us who are not, to the best of our ability, actively and always using our performance practices to disrupt all forms systemic inequality and oppression have chosen the side of the oppressor and are especially complicit in systemic violence. No one in this room is innocent. We are not doing good enough. We must do better.

            But, how? What does this mean for our practice? This means that it is no longer appropriate to uncritically stage or restage stories with white straight male protagonists engaging in heteronormative narratives. We must, rather, center trans women, queer women, fat women, indigenous women, disabled women, black women and other women of color, yes, ALL WOMEN- on our stages and in our narratives. Furthermore, it is no longer enough to stage allegories and metaphors for racial and sexual justice without casting people of color and LGBTSTQIAGNC individuals. Make the metaphors explicit. It is also no longer enough to engage with theatrical production without being mindful, intentionally and simultaneously, of topics so broad as settler colonialism, prison abolition, reproductive justice, disability justice, accessibility and so forth. It is no longer okay, nor was it ever, to engage in rehearsal processes without an explicit and careful engagement with the identities of those in the rehearsal room and the identities at stake in the material being produced. To all of the many compelling critiques of identity politics, I respond thus: I am unwilling to let go of identity politics because identity politics are unwilling to let go of me.

            Now, of course, I understand the impossibility of the artivist dream that I’m describing. No matter how intentional and precise we are with the bodies, symbols and signs that we put on stage, we can’t control the way those signs will signifiy to an audience with diverse subject positions and relationships to power. We can’t. Singular performances yield multiple meanings, some inspiring and empowering, others dangerous and hurtful. This is the magnificent risk of our craft.

            What’s more, no matter how many books we read, how many ally trainings we participate in, or how sharp an analysis of power we think we have, we can never totally know one another. We will never have a complete knowledge of how not to hurt another human being. We can have a million conversations but I will never know what it feels like to live inside your body and the meanings that are attached to it. You can never truly know what it feels like to live inside my body and the meanings that are attached to it. And if we can never truly know one another, how can we ever truly be good to one another?

            The project of being good to one another is, ultimately, a failed project. But we must be good to one another; we must try and fail and try again and fail again and try forever more. A performance of political perfection is always already a performance of failure. The so-called politically perfect performance has all the color and distance of José Muñoz’s queer utopian horizon. We are not yet queer, we are not yet liberated, and therefore, every single performance we enact, whether on stage or in the everyday, must strive for political perfection, must move ALL of us closer to liberation. And we will fail- we know that we will fuck up and someone will get hurt-  but we must still do everything we can to battle collective ignorance and redistribute capital. A practice of radical self-care for queer people of color requires this collective commitment to failing better in order to flourish. Queer people of color deserve to flourish.









“Displacement is not innovative (Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network)”

This anti-gentrification protester stands in downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many People of Color, immigrants, poor and working class people can no longer afford to live in their homes. Their homes have been replaced by luxury buildings and venues.

Photo credit: Cindy Trinh

Source: activistnyc 

We’re trying to have our very first zine out by mid-December!

But what should the very first ‘Radical Mental Health Collective for People of Color’ zine be about? Let’s chose the topic together. Relevant topics include anything that relates to your mental health/illness, as it is shaped by your identity as a person of color.

Leave a comment, send us a private message, or an e-mail with your ideas and topics. We’ll chose a topic by Monday, Nov 16, and submissions will then by accepted till Dec 1st!

This project is open internationally to anybody that identifies as non-white or as a person of color. Tell your friends about it.

Contact us:

- radpocminds@gmail.com

- radpocminds.tumblr.com

- facebook.com/radpocminds


*Reminder to white friends and allies: show your support by reblogging this, supporting with monetary donations, fundraising, and sharing relevant information on your own social media, and NOT taking over the conversation. Refrain from commenting unnecessarily if possible, send us an e-mail or private message instead (if you are serious). Do not assume anything, and respectfully ask instead. We do NOT have time for your white guilt or feelings.

“Youth of color in the streets of St. Louis and now everywhere have been unlocking a beautiful new paradigm for this country. Blackness may be the keyhole but innovating new models of shared power is the key to real justice for all. I believe we’ll completely change the game as we continue to evolve a national movement led by people of color with a radical analysis of power.” -Sarah

transbianca  asked:

body swap with height difference and lots of awkward ensuing clumsiness AU (thalianca ya know i had to maybe you can even experiment with tall bianca and short thalia while i take forever to finish the vampire au)

“This isn’t possible,” Bianca whispered to herself, in a voice that wasn’t her own. “How can any of this be possible?”

She looked in the mirror, hands grasping at her face and eyes wide with horror. Except, it wasn’t really her face and the hands she moved weren’t really her hands, and the electric blue eyes that stared back at her most certainly weren’t her eyes.

Bianca stared hard into the mirror, but only Thalia Grace stared back.

“Give it a rest,” Thalia said. She stood a bit away, with Bianca’s arms crossed and a scowl on Bianca’s face that didn’t belong. She kept her posture slack, relaxed even, but Bianca could see the tremor fighting its way through her body. Thalia was just as shaken as she was.

“What am I going to tell my parents?” Bianca said next, running Thalia’s hands through Thalia’s hair. It was too short. Too radical. Too many colors. Bianca didn’t associate with people who did that to their hair. To people like Thalia, who wore leather and pierced her eyebrows and skipped class to go smoke behind the gymnasium. If it hadn’t been for archery club, Bianca would’ve so far led a very happy Thalia-free existence. “What am I going to tell my teachers?”

“Nothing, obviously,” Thalia remarked. “I’m the one with your body and voice, in case you hadn’t noticed yet.”

“And you’ll do nothing of the sort,” Bianca snapped, rounding on Thalia and nearly falling in the process. She manages to right herself on a nearby table, body racked with tremors. Wearing Thalia’s body was like wearing a wet coat three sizes too small. No idea how she got in, no idea how she was going to get out.

“There really isn’t anything you can do about it,” Thalia replied. “I mean, what’re you going to say? ‘Help! I’ve fallen into Thalia’s body and I can’t get up!’”

Even though Thalia had Bianca’s voice, she still raised her pitch and threw a hand to her forehead.

Bianca’s face flushed at the overly-dramatic display. “I’d ring your neck right now if you weren’t in my body,” she said, quietly.

“Can you reach? I’m actually liking this new height. Might need to do some clothes shopping, though.” She picked at the fabric of Bianca’s green cardigan with a look of mild disgust.

“Do it and I’ll wear a pink dress tomorrow.”

Thalia’s eyes flashed. “Ever gotten a tattoo before, Di Angelo?”

“Ever tell your parents how much you love them?” Bianca shot back.

Thalia seemed to swell for a moment, using all her new height to tower over Bianca. Bianca held her ground as best she could, wishing she had the motor control to stand on Thalia’s tippy toes.

After a tense second Thalia relaxed, or at least lost the murderous look off Bianca’s face. “You’ll never be able to pull me off.”

“Juvenile delinquent is a lot easier than well-rounded involved student, I assure you.”

“Teacher’s pet.”

“Social reject.”

Ok, so the intentions of Islamic extremism are becoming well known… cause western non-muslims to hate Islam. Alienate the West from Islam so that they can take advantage of the disenfranchisement of oppressed muslims and subsequently radicalize them. It is a recruitment tool. 

The tactic is the exact. same. thing. when it comes to White supremacy. Dylan Roof said it himself in his manifesto. Commit acts of radical violence against African Americans and other People of Color in order to further alienate white people from People of Color. They do this in hopes of radicalizing more white people to their cause. 

The last thing ISIS wants is for the West to love and care for the Muslim population. The last thing White supremacists want is true racial reconciliation between white people and People of Color.

Don’t take the bait with ISIS and don’t take the bate with White supremacists. 

being trans, especially with other marginalizations, makes for a very lonely life sometimes. its hard to find people like you where you are. so just remember, we’re here. like if you need people to talk to, most of us are totally open to being messaged as long as our boundaries are respected.

i cried because i couldn’t see Darkmatter perform because i dont get to see many radical nonbinary people of color. ever. i have one black nonbinary friend. and it gets rough. so believe me when i say, we get it. not every city has groups and centers. not every group or center is even worth going to or safe to go to. not everything is accessible. some of us live in small towns and dont have cars and can’t just go to a big city and meet people.

so consider us your friends and network. if you’re not part of the gatekeeping nonsense, if you’re trying to unlearn bigoted behavior, and you need other trans and non-cis people to talk to, we are here.

-Mod Virgil


Hello from my new bedroom

I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of selfies, subversion of the male gaze,  the radical implications of self-validation for queers / people of color, and how American beauty ideals are intrinsically linked to white supremacy. u feel me?

Can we talk for a second about the fact that the women’s rights movement was triggered by women who wanted to attend a conference to end slavery and weren’t seated? Do you see that?

Do you understand that it was Frederick Douglass who supported Elizabeth Cady Stanton when she said women should work toward suffrage at the Seneca Falls Convention? Other abolitionists at the convention said this was too radical?? Are you following?

How about the fact that trans* people of color were the largest group involved in the Stonewall Riots, which was the event that triggered the gay rights movement? Are you getting it?

Do you understand? Our suffering has common roots. Much of the progress we’ve made has been a result of other marginalized groups showing up for us.

Please don’t sit here and act like your feminism is exclusive to white heterosexual feminine women. Please don’t act like your dedication to equality only applies to your culture, to your ethnicity, to your heritage.

Abso-fucking-lutely, different groups experience different prejudices and our culture very clearly affords certain rights and privileges to some groups more than others, but it is by showing up for each other in the face of these discrepancies that change has been historically possible.

Listen when your neighbor is harmed, and do something about it. Make room in your own movement for your neighbor to stand in solidarity with you.