uppity negro

Black Women, Class and Poverty

Anonymous asked: I have a black woman as one of my protagonists and she was once the queen of an empire and killed a tyrant, but someone else (a white man) claimed that THEY were the one who killed him and so he took the throne away from her and demoted her to a low class citizen, and this is where the story actually starts; her in low class, him as king. I was wondering how people would feel if that’s how she was portrayed, but throughout the story she steadily progresses into a respected, powerful woman again?

I think that this is a very realistic plot because it happens all the time (well not necessarily the comeback bc we usually don’t get that opportunity, but the whole white men taking credit and status from black women is very real). 

Explore why people opt to believe the white man and not her. But writing a poor black character is always tricky, so stay away from harmful stereotypes in that regard. i.e. Don’t make her blackness the reason the people believe her to be poor rather than a former royal. 

In your case, you also have to stay away from the “uppity negro” stereotype. Don’t make her look down upon the poor, feel like she’s better than them or have her distance herself from them. Try to find a balance. 

~ Mod Brei

Thank God I have a car.

I’d be an angry black man if I had to take the bus & BART everywhere.

I’m too refined for that shit. 

That, and I get stabby when I’m irritated.

“The first black president had his legitimacy challenged for not being a ‘real’ American, people compare us to monkeys, and those charged with protecting us can shoot us with impunity. Even my own success is a double-edged sword, as my personal wealth serves as one more step in the propagation of the narrative that physical labor - in the form of competition for the edification of the white owners of the teams and the corporations that own the league, the arenas and the merchandising apparatus - is the only path to achievement for young African-American males.

“So ingrained is the idea of African-Americans as beasts of labor that to raise my voice against the racism that still exists - to stand not as a mule or an ox, dumb and complacent, but as a man with pride and dignity - is to court controversy for not being sufficiently ‘grateful’ to a white America that thinks service to them is honor enough.

“I imagine that if a cartoonist were to attempt to dismiss my accusation they would not be able to think of a scientist, a philosopher, an artist or a business leader who found success and acclaim despite the color of their skin, but would instead dredge up other examples of the ‘ uppity Negro.’ Those men stereotyped as race-baiters and troublemakers, known only for stirring up resentment among the good African-Americans who reassure White America that all sins racial have been forgiven and we are all now brothers under the same sun.

“It would certainly be embarrassing for them, that their attempt to undermine my  point would only reinforce it thanks to their own blind prejudice.”

anonymous asked:

People like you are the reason I'm voting for Trump.

Your response to a post saying Kylo Ren needs to die unredeemed because too many people defend and empathize with evil, murderous white men is to say you’re voting for the closest thing to Kylo Ren because you read a post on Tumblr saying fictional crybaby space N*zi Kylo Ren needed to die unredeemed, thereby proving the point of the OP: People like you are the reason Kylo Ren needs to die unredeemed

This came out a few days ago, but I forgot to post it at the time.

Draw your attention to panel three, because this is something that has been bothering me for about as long as Barack Obama has been in the national spotlight: the idea that it’s his job to cure America of its racist history, or that the perpetuation of racism is a failing of his.

The patently insincere line that so many conservatives have parroted goes ‘It’s such a shame that America is so divided. I thought Obama was supposed to be a uniter.’

Yes, blame the black man for being black and through his very existence and success inspired hatred in people already geared towards resentment of those ‘uppity Negroes.’ Blaming the victim has always struck me as a passive move, a hand wave to dismiss genuine concerns by pretending the universe is inherently fair and just and we all deserve what fortune deals us.

But this takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Acting as if you don’t understand that of course the success of a black man would invite hostility and violence from the wide swaths of racism still permeating the country goes beyond the self-delusion that no one ever suffers unjustly. This requires conscious, deliberate lying; to others, if not to oneself.

I don’t even know if I have to say this, because it should be so obvious that even someone as thick as Gorrell can intuit it, but here goes:

IT IS NOT THE JOB OF ANY SINGLE BLACK MAN, OR ANY MEMBER OF A MINORITY, TO TEACH WHITE PEOPLE TO STOP BEING RACIST.

It was never Barack Obama’s job to educate white people about shit that should be apparent, and the continued existence of racism in this country is a failure of America (white America, at least), not Obama.

As we go forward we’re going to see tons of discussion about Obama’s legacy. There’s a lot I approve of, a lot I disapprove of, and a lot where I think he failed to act one way or another. But the issue of race and racism in this country was never his burden to carry, and I would say that any ink or breath spent on assessing or grading his performance on it is automatically wasted.

anonymous asked:

with all due respect, I found "Google is free, my time is not" a little unnecessarily rude? idk I don't wanna be rude either, by saying something about it bc you're right, they could have googled it. but simply telling the person what they should look up on google or politely suggesting they try google first and then ask for clarification from you if needed is just nicer? idk what I see is someone trying to educate themselves only to be talked down to, and Idk that it was handled right..?

I really want you to stop and ask yourself why you sent this to me and who and what you think you’re helping or protecting with this. Because this reeks of tone policing to protect white privilege. 

Additionally, you seem to be laboring under the delusion that my purpose here is to be “nice” and that you get to be the arbiter of how I blog and respond to asks and then issue notes on whether I handled something “right” (which seems to mean handling ignorant white anons asking about manifestations of racism they can easily Google with kid gloves and spending my precious time educating them when they have a plethora of tools available to educate themselves).

What you see and what I see are completely different things. I’d already answered multiple anonymous asks about the very same thing and told those folks to use Google as well. There’s a handy dandy search bar on my blog that someone could’ve used and typed in “fuck your paper bag” and TA DA the original announcement post of Dark Skin Appreciation Day would’ve shown up. Or just put the tag in the Tumblr search bar ffs.  

They weren’t attempting to “educate themselves,” they were asking me to educate them. I am not an educational conduit. I’m a person.

I’m tired of white people treating me and other Black folks like unpaid teachers who are and should always be at their beck and call when they decide they have questions about race and racism. Basic questions. Questions that I learned the answer to at a young age because I had to live through the racism and couldn’t be ignorant of these realities if I wanted to survive. That white people get to be out here unaware of the paper bag test makes me as livid as the time a white boy from Alabama at my law school watched a video about the violence and murder white people resorted to in order to prevent integration of southern schools and was completely oblivious and actually shrugged and said, “I just thought the transition was…smoother.” 

So, I’m no longer inclined to be a part of the structure of white privilege that allows and encourages white people to remain ignorant of the ways in which they have and continue to oppress PoC, but requires that on the off chance a white person sees PoC doing and saying things white folks don’t understand/know precisely because of their white privilege, that PoC have to drop whatever they’re doing and hold that white person’s hand and politely and nicely explain the racism PoC have been forced to endure and white people allowed to ignore and golly gee PoC better coddle their privileged fragility and be sure to explain it in a way that doesn’t make the white person feel anything close to a negative emotion or else the white tone police will swoop in because how dare you talk to a white person like that you uppity negro. 

I’m not here to tap dance for you.

Teachers get paid. Black labor is no longer free. If you want me to expend intellectual and emotional labor to teach you something you can easily teach yourself, you can pay me. My PayPal link will be up soon. Your current bill is $65. 

But here’s a free note: you’re the one who didn’t handle this right. Your ask should simply read, “with all due respect, you’re right, they could have googled it.” 

I’m not surprised that Anthony Mackie is playing an uppity negro in that Black or White movie. Literally, people are tired of race, according to him, yet he is in a movie about race.

It is with great regret and consternation that I must report that it is 2016 and I just saw a white blogger defend the murder of Black fictional characters by remixing the age old white racist proverb of "we gave you uppity negros freedom and jesus what else do you want" with the new and fresh “BITCH you asked for diversity!” so you can’t ask for good representation too! This world can only be cleansed with fire.