tw: racialized violence

anonymous asked:

Don't use the words gypsy as description or in the eyes of well educated people. But is it alright to use it in dialogue? Idk but I feel like it's a still commonplace word despite certain social sites trying to inform the public. And isn't given a huge negative connotion as obvious other words/slurs. Or at least for me I still heard ppl use it commonly. Of course it's more of a generalization, if nothing else (and of course that isn't a positive thing either).

Using Slurs because it’s “Commonplace.”

We’ve talked about using slurs in your writing (do’s and don’ts). Just because it is commonplace doesn’t make it less problematic. Non-Black people using the n-word, people using schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder interchangeably, etc.

It doesn’t give anyone an excuse. Contemplate why you want to add it in the first place. For shock? For “realism”? Is it really worth it to alienate and hurt the people targeted by those slurs?

Please don’t use the slur and really really contemplate your reasons why you thought other people using the slur was reason enough to use it in your writing… and go through our Racial Slurs tag.

~ Mod Alice

So what you’re saying is that, despite numerous Rromani people telling you that it is a SLUR, it’s ok to use because “everybody’s doing it”? Just because a slur is common place doesn’t mean it’s not a slur. I don’t care how people use it, frankly.

That word has been spat at me multiple times and used to hurt me and my family. Variations of it were burned into my cousins flesh in the 1940s. Don’t you dare come in here with those excuses.

-Mod Tasbeeh

anonymous asked:

About the shooting... Why do people call him terrorist? Is it because of a solid evidence, or because thats what news would call him if he were muslim? Just curious, since in my country they just said it was "probably" a hate crime

(I’m white as hell and I feel like I’m not entirely qualified to answer this question, but I am going to try. If anyone would like to add to this, please do. Hell, rip my words to pieces if you think I deserve it. My heart goes out to those of you that are suffering because of this. I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through.)

Okay. Let’s say someone kills people just for the sake of killing people, right? They kill because they want to, and because they enjoy it. It’s a game to them. They feel no remorse. They are a psychopath. A serial killer. That person is evil, but they are not a terrorist. They have no agenda to perpetuate. They are genuinely deranged.

Now let’s say there’s a white man who is unapologetically racist, homophobic, sexist, bigoted, and overall a terrible person. This person sees a gay black woman and chooses to hurt her just because of what she is. That is, of course, serious business, and he is a terrible person. There is nothing in the world that could justify his crime. But it wasn’t planned. He was motivated only by his own anger and prejudice, and it was an isolated incident. It was a crime of passion and hatred. That’s what a hate crime is.

This wasn’t either of those things.

This man, the one we’ve all seen on the news, had an agenda. He is a white supremacist, and a proud one at that. He targeted a sacred place, a church. Not only a sacred place, but a place with historical and cultural significance to black people. The people he killed were defenseless. He knew he was going to kill them before he even saw their faces. He planned this. It was all purposeful. 

It wasn’t random. He wasn’t insane. This was an act of terror. 

This was meant to instill fear in the black community. It was meant to make them feel unsafe. It was meant to “put them in their place,” probably, as disgusting and terrible as that is. This man hurt innocent people in the name of perpetuating white supremacy.

And if that isn’t terrorism, then what is?

On September 15, 1963, 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by four Ku Klux Klan members, killing four black girls and injuring 22 others. Today, we remember the tragic loss of life that proved to be a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement while recognizing that racial violence against black Americans persists to today, over 50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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In pertinence to the police brutality faced by Martese Johnson last night in Charlottesville, VA. In a sea of upper class whiteness wherein the majority of such students REFUSE to admit their own exceeding privilege, that of which epitomizes the campus community itself, it is so very important for students at the University of Virginia to respond to this injustice loudly and fervently, to educate ourselves on systemic and racialized violence, and to stop pretending these issues don’t exist merely because we do not want to admit that we are all a part of this issue.

So I highly suggest that any and all trans woman avoid the blog (Massive warning on this link for transmisogyny) female-realities. She thinks that Joseph Scott Pemberton murdered Jennifer Laude out of anger over being “sexually assaulted” (basically that tired old trans women who don’t disclose are engaging in rape by deception). It’s been a while since I’ve seen this level of disgusting openly displayed by a TWEF and it’s not a good thing.

anonymous asked:

Funny how people are tossing up the hammer murder. It's already been dealt with. Those whites who constantly search for ' reverse racism' only do it when they're feel 'threatened'. We had notorious serial killers who preyed on blacks (Jeffery Dahmer and Albert Fish), a lynching case where a black pregnant woman had her fetus ripped out and stomped on, and authorities who basically use 'black panic defense' to shoot us down. And whites lock their doors when a black guy passes by.

We expect citizens to deal with harassment and then keep the peace and then never act out. I’m not saying that violence is always productive but I am saying that I do respect Black people as human beings and part of what that means is understanding that rage is a legitimate response to being mistreated repeatedly by those in power.
—  Dr. Brittney Cooper

anonymous asked:

One of my first racist experiences was being told by my older white neighbor I couldn't play with her and her sisters because she was white and I was brown. After I told my mom and she went to her mom, they claimed that I had called her "white trash." Keep in mind I was like 6 and was sobbing because I couldn't believe they would lie like that. After that she would beat me up for being black, once with her strangling me in the front yard while her mom watched, sitting on her porch.