socioeconomic concerns

worcestersauce  asked:

Is white privilege an actual thing? I've always been pretty cynical to that belief, because I'm from a working class town and grew up near very poor white neighbourhoods, and had friends living in near poverty. I don't know if this belief exists because of the US-centric nature of tumblr, or if some people are looking for a finger to point, but as far as I'm concerned, socioeconomic privilege is the biggest privilege in almost every society. What are your thoughts?

I don’t believe in any “privilege” aside from class privilege.

I think that the “privilege” conversations that Tumblr has is bigoted and myopic. It perpetuates bigoted myths, infantilises those without the “privileged” labels, and ignores the very real and practically identical issues that both “privileged” and “un-privileged” can have.

It also shuts down any real work to change any examples of bigotry and encourages those with certain labels to believe that they’ll never be a success and will always be nothing but a victim. It also victim-blames those with “privileged” labels for personal circumstances out of their control. 

Aside from that, it moves the conversation away from the real issues that individuals and communities may face to make it all about people that don’t go through that, which is utterly pointless and never solves anything.

It’s incredibly harmful, no matter which way you slice it, and I utterly detest it.
Monáe, Mayweather and the Curious Case of the Female Alter Ego

Monáe is guarded, an admittedly private person. I see a young Octavia Butler when she speaks to me, a bit solemn, gifted and scary smart. The type that knows an uncomfortable amount of information. “[Cindi] helps me write and she helps me talk. When I speak about science-fiction and the future and androids, I’m speaking about the ‘other.’ The future form of the 'other.’ Androids are the new black, the new gay or the new women.”

So we have the singer/writer and the android activist fighting for those in the margin, each one containing her own set of ideals that intersect from time to time. Sounds familiar. We’ve got Beyoncé and Sasha Fierce, Nicki Minaj and her quasi British fairy godmother. And let’s not forget Roman. The list of grown-up imaginary friends in the hip hop and R&B world goes on. And it seems to be a particularly female phenomenon.

Yes, the men sometimes have alter egos too. But they are definitely not the dream-conceived, complex characters with motives and socioeconomic concerns like Cindi. Let’s be real: Eminem and Slim Shady are the same person. The men in the game seem to create their alter egos as lyrical contenders or just a neurotic voice that eggs them on (shout out to Tyrese and Black Ty). Most importantly, male alter egos are not allies.

“Cindi is my hero,” Monáe says. “She keeps me in the present. She has encouraged me in times where I don’t want to talk about certain topics that could be freeing and inspiring to other people.”

This inspires me and worries me. First, on that feminist tip, it’s incredibly empowering. Being armed with a complementary version of oneself seems wise and self-sufficient. It returns to the age-old theory of seeking and attaining wholeness rather than looking for someone or something else to complete you.

But female artists and performers are more inclined to allow an alter ego to embrace them. Is it that the community is not supporting them in the right way or do we just expect more from our women, more for our female dollar? Perhaps the industry demands two products for every one badass diva on iTunes. This bodes true especially for our women of color. Two faces, two personalities and a whole lot of Du Bois’s double consciousness for the price of an album.

anonymous asked:

why did you call the hk thing a petite bourgeoisie uprising? i thought hong kong was getting over-policed by mainland china and that's what caused the protesters and stuff?

“This movement attributes many social contradictions inside of Hong Kong not to global capitalism, but to “interference” and corruption from Beijing. Although some of its rallying calls speak to socioeconomic concerns, such as high prices, this movement has historically been completely disconnected from the working class”

“The Hong Kong opposition is dominated by “liberal-democratic” bourgeois ideology. That is, they espouse the abstract “democratic” standard that Western capitalist states also espouse, while never meeting it themselves”

“A January 2014 study by the Hong Kong Transition Project shows that the Occupy Central movement has a definite social base among upper-class and upper-middle class Hong Kongers. Managers and administrators were evenly split in opposition and support. Upper-middle class sectors — professionals and educators, associate professionals, and college students — were the only sectors offering more support than opposition to the movement. The lower-class sectors of clerks, service employees, blue-collar workers, retirees and the unemployed, as well as housewives, responded with overwhelming opposition to the Occupy Central movement. This was clearly not formed as a movement of and for the “99%.”