terrorist joke

Call me a terrorist and threaten my pay? Enjoy your nuked careers, yuh heathens.

(long story. tl;dr is at the end)

I used to work in hospitality in a metro known for it’s obscenely huge tourist population, you know, the city built around the Mouse. I was a manager for the recreational division of the hotel. So one day, my boss (who we’ll call Mary for the purpose of the story) comes into the shared managers office and starts rummaging around for something, and strikes up a small conversation about work related minutiae with me. It’s important to note she is actually 2 tiers above me, but was acting as head of the department while searching to replace my previous boss who recently quit (great guy by the way, huge loss to the company).

As we’re talking, she abruptly stops and says “By the way, you need to shave your beard, you look like a terrorist and I don’t employ terrorists”. Haha, funny joke between colleagues, right? Nope. I am half Indian and I do look middle-eastern, and have been taking this kind of shit since middle school. Plus, we’re not close, at all. So I reply as calmly as I can muster, “Hey, I get you’re trying to be funny, but on my end it comes off as pretty ignorant, so I’d appreciate it if you chilled out with the terrorist stuff” to which Mary retorts “Oh, I’m ignorant? We’ll see how ignorant I am during your annual review”, and proceeds to walk out of the room in a huff. My jaw dropped so low I could taste the floor.

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Deckard Shaw’s character development
  • Fast 6: *kills Han without remorse as a message to Dom and his group*
  • Furious 7: *is a complete asshole, delivers an angsty speech to his comatose brother in which he swears revenge, wrecks Hobbs' office and nearly gets Hobbs and Elena killed, destroys Dom's house and endangers Brian's child, pulls out a gun in a street fight, allies himself with a terrorist*
  • F8/Fate: *jokes around with Hobbs, is a mama's boy, is a complete dad around Dom's baby, is a protective big brother to Owen, is revealed to be a misunderstood good guy who was once a hero like Hobbs*

To see this spread, to see people not caring and saying it’s just a joke.

It’s revealing your true mask that you absolutely do not care about Jews. That you only see us as a punch line. That you don’t see us as human beings.

It makes me want to cry. This is such obvious antisemitism. And to see people you respected or people you never in a million years would have thought would harbor antisemitic ideas are showing support.

This is a perfect example of how insidious antisemitism today is.

Him using Hitler, Jews, and the Holocaust as punchlines is blatant antisemitism.

But defending these actions as simple jokes? Would you be as appalled if your precious YouTube personality wore black face? What about making a Muslim terrorist joke?

If you support these men and their actions, you are antisemitic. Full stop.

Before you have a knee jerk reaction and deny it, please think and consider why that is.

Antisemitism is insidious and creeps into anywhere. You may consider yourself someone who stands so strongly for social justice. But if you defend this as just a joke, you’re an antisemite.

Please, I’m begging you all to put aside your rabid love of this man and try to see it from our perspective. Listen to us when we explain why it’s dangerous, why it’s a gateway, why it is horrible and hurtful.

That’s all we ask. Is to listen and try to understand.

If you believe in social justice, you must try and understand.

I would get on my hands and knees and beg you to think about this. To consider that we are human beings who have been persecuted for years. We have always sought safety but have never found true safety. Please consider that we fight for our lives every day. We fight the creeping insidious worm of antisemitism. In jokes, in media. To hear friends or coworkers make jokes. Too see graffiti.

We are never safe. And all we ask is to just understand our feelings.

I’m begging every single one of you that supports PewDiePie to just listen and to just try to understand. Consider our perspective. You can go on thinking it’s funny if you wish, it is difficult to change opinions on the Internet. But just try and understand. Try and empathize or at least sympathize.

anonymous asked:

Regarding henna. There is an Indian lady who does henna and eyebrow threading at farmers markets here I live. She does traditional as well as things like butterflies, hearts, and stars for kids who can't sit long. Would it be appropriation to have henna done from her. I've always heard it wasn't ok for white people to wear traditional henna designs. Similar to how white people pay have box braids/cornrows done by black ppl who are willing to do it for them, but it's still appropriation :/

I really can’t speak for how other desis feel about this, just how I personally feel about it. I genuinely don’t like people who want henna when Coachelle comes around, and then the rest of the year they’re making terrorist/dirty immigrant jokes about brown people. I guess it depends on the person, if they have genuine respect for someone else’s culture. Like some of my friends could probably get henna and I wouldn’t mind because I know their values/the way they respect cultures, yet I have other “friends”/coworkers that I’d get annoyed with if they got it. Maybe others can give input to this? :/

Edit: Glad that a lot of the responses share my sentiments. It really depends on the individual’s treatment of our culture, plus it IS important that you support South Asian henna artists.

Non-white passing half-Iranian

My mom is from Mazandaran (a province in northern Iran) and my dad is swiss; we are living in Switzerland.

I was born here, I grew up here, I’ve never known another home and growing up I had always thought of myself as swiss (well, that changed a bit lately, but anyway). The only difference between me and my white friends was the way I looked and my ~foreign~ name.

So naturally it bothered me that it always had to be me who was asked where I was from, or what language I spoke and where my parents were from. It confused me. Could I not be as swiss as my friends, just because I’m overall darker? I already was more of a shy kid, but always being singled out for being ~different~ made me really self conscious. When I started Elementary School, I had already stopped speaking persian and over the years I almost completely unlearned it.

Beauty Standards 

Though by now I am kinda pale-ish (but still not white passing lol), I tan quickly and as a child I spent a lot of time outside, so I had pretty dark skin. Which I didn’t like back then. My other concerns were mostly how hairy I was compared to others. Having very thick hair with a tendency to fluff out, I liked to wear it short during summer so I didn’t get to hot. But combine that with thick eyebrows and my older brother’s clothes I wore (what, they were spacey!), and I often got asked wether I was a girl or a boy, which made me even more insecure, because all my friends just naturally looked ‘girly’ with their long hair and thin eyebrows and light skin.

I still sometimes feel bad because of my ‘middle-eastern’ nose, although it’s actually kinda small? It’s just the hook that throws me off. But I’ve made my peace with it, on good days I even love this hook.

Racism/Microagressions

Being asked multiple times in stores if I work here; from age 14 onwards.

Butchered spellings/pronouncing of my name with people not even trying to get it right, like, it’s not that hard. My name already is spelled as phonetically as possible.

‘O.M.G. you don’t even have an accent!!!!1!’

‘Say smth in your language!!!’

‘Oh so you speak arabic?’ please don’t

'Doesn’t your religion say (insert idiotic thing)??’ Um, my religion? I’m (technically) christian?

Culture and Identity

Growing up in Switzerland, I am well acquainted with our customs here. But since most of my maternal relatives live in Iran and my mom and I aren’t really close, I’ve been distanced from her culture.  I’m still in the process of finding my identity but I’m pretty sure I won’t identify as swiss anymore, or at least only as half-swiss. I’m relearning persian and I’m informing myself about my mother’s culture -my culture- and I’m also hoping to go to Iran one day soon. I never really was accepted as swiss, I guess I was kind of the only one who thought of myself as swiss, because everyone else, including my own parents (my mom hoping I’d show more interest in her culture and my dad often being asked where I was from or even if I was his child) had always seen me as  a foreigner to some degree. But that doesn’t really bother me anymore. Maybe I’ve really never been swiss, but being persian is more than okay with me now.

I am however very grateful that the fact that I’m not straight (at least I don’t think I am? I’m kinda undecided) is not and will probably never be a problem, as many of my friends aren’t either and my parents are pretty accepting.

Family Issues

My mom and I not getting along all too well sometimes makes reconnecting to persian (and mazandarani) culture hard. I learned the arabic/persian script by myself and I’m doing most of my research alone too. The few times my mother’s relatives come to visit were fun, but the communication was kinda hard with my very limited persian skills. I do enjoy family get-togethers though; my relatives are mostly nice and fun, the food is amazing and i love hearing persian spoken around me; it reminds me of my early childhood, when my brother, my cousins and I used to all sleep together in my room on the floor when they visited.

But I don’t want to deny my swiss family either; which is the main reasons I’m not sure whether I still kinda want to identify as swiss or not. I spent a lot of time with my paternal grandparents, and though I think they weren’t all too happy at first when their son (my dad) married a foreigner (my mom), they do love having me and my brother around. They also helped me feel better about myself through my childhood, with my grandma always telling me how pretty my dark eyes were, and how lucky I was to have naturally curly hair and stuff. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel sad that I never really got to meet my maternal grandparents.

Food

Persian food definitively beats swiss food. I literally can’t live without rice and ghormeh sabzi. Also the sweets, oh my god. Every time my mom’s relatives come to visit I go up one clothing size and it’s so worth it.

What I’d like to see more of:

Real, diverse  and most importantly, positive representation of ME people!

ME LGBT+ people! Yes, we exist!

ME representation in children’s media!! This is so important!!!

What I’d like to never ever ever see again:

Terrorist jokes.

Fantasy-Villains that are very obviously inspired by Middle Eastern cultures, or rather, by stereotypes about those cultures.

Exotifying us.

Using ME people as barbaric idiots who all die at the hands of the ’“’”“heroic”“’”’ whites in movies.

Illegal immigrant jokes

White people making fun of the misogyny in ME countries when it’s literally just as bad in their own.

ME people being racist towards other POC. Like… why. Esp all this anti-blackness is so sad. Can’t we just collectively decide to dislike the west, instead of each other?

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While we’re at it, I also want to address Alison Abdullah, the “Muslim” representation in OINTB who I don’t think represented Muslims at all. Like as a hijabi woman myself, I found nothing relatable about Abdullah. Other than the constant jokes about her being a terrorist, there was virtually nothing to show that she was actually a Muslim woman. There was nothing authentic or realistic about her character.

I remember when I was in school and the girls used to ask me and my hijabi friends if we wore our headscarves in the shower, or to bed. Which are two ridiculous and preposterous questions. The fact that Abdullah virtually never took off her hijab, despite being surrounded by solely women for the majority of her screentime does not represent my experience as a hijabi woman. The fact that the only time Abdullah takes off her headscarf is at the very end of the season makes no sense. The fact that she does it in the open yard where anybody could have seen her hair, included male prison guards, does not represent my experience as a hijabi woman. 

Nor did Alison Abdullah represent any tenants of my faith. Though she spoke of knowing East from West because she prays to Mecca five times a day, we never see Abdullah actually praying to Mecca at any point. We don’t see her even own a prayer rug. We never ever see her practise her faith. And while I think that Muslim women should be able to aggressive and loud and what-have-you, but for the sole representation of a Muslim woman to be all of those things instead of upholding standards of peace in accordance to her faith is disappointing.

Representation is not creating a character and tacking on a religion. It’s actually understanding what that religion is, understanding the nuances of a character who would adhere to that faith. It’s adapting her character to that religion, understanding that her character would actually be affected by her beliefs. Representation is NOT creating a Muslim character in order to make jihad and terrorist jokes. So no. OINTB does not got points for creating a “Muslim” character. Abdullah does not represent me as a Muslim woman, nor as a hijabi.