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Eye Color Discrimination as Racism: Story Concept

im writing a story set in 21st Cen. where theres racism but everybody is black  And the racism in my story isnt based on skin color but a hierarchy based on eye color. The hierarchy would go: purple eyes, brown eyes, blue eyes, and green eyes with purple-eyed people being the least privileged at the bottom and green-eyed people being at the top with the most privileges. I was wondering if this was a good system to explore the effects, injustices, and horrors of racism? I didn’t want to use our form racism based on skin color cause I wanted to only have black characters in my story. Thanks!

This really comes off to me as if you want to make a point about how Black people can be “just as racist” and shift any blame away from anti-Blackness enacted by non-Black people. 

Stories about colorism among Black People are okay to write. They need to be written in fact, but that’s for Black people to write about. 

~ Alice

I’m personally turned off by stories that make comparative situations for racism (ex: alien discrimination replaces the concept of racism) as opposed to just, ya know, confronting actual racism!  Those stories only seem to work for me when there’s intersectionality that notes how x is another branch of discrimination alongside with others.

Why do you feel the need to use a Trojan horse to approach the topic of racism? Don’t be afraid to address it head on - whether in an alternative or present day setting.

Although these racist-symbolism stories have been done well, and perhaps you should read and watch a lot of them, the point of the author’s message can still easily be missed by the target audience, and can feel like erasure for people who actually experience discrimination for their race, orientation etc.

I didn’t want to use our form racism based on skin color cause I wanted to only have black characters in my story.

Colorism is a thing, which is discrimination or favor based on the darkness or lightness of one’s skin. It occurs within and outside Black communities and other non-black groups and is quite insidious.

But Alice made a good point; why are Black people being portrayed as racist/discriminatory? 

I know the Jane Elliot Blue vs. Brown eyes experiment illustrated racism to people who hadn’t faced it, aka white people. I’m not seeing how well it translates here with the use of Black people.

I think this concept or anything like it is best left to Black people and/or the very, very well-researched. Not just on Black experiences but on racism, colorism, ethnocentrism, discrimination, etc. As it stands, this story needs restructuring and a clearer concept. 

~Mod Colette

Get Out was okay like it just seemed like a very long skit than an actual fucken horror like you could have went so many different ways of using contemporary racism as horror like he could have went so fucken far but I guess he knew if he did it wouldn’t have gotten funding. like I can tell he had white people in mind when making this movie

if a person of color is telling you that you’re being racist you need to recognize it and apologize. if a gay/bisexual person is telling you that you’re being homophobic/biphobic you need to recognize it and apologize. if a transgender person is telling you that you’re being transphobic, recognize it and apologize. if a woman is telling you that you’re being sexist, recognize it and apologize. the line is not yours to be drawn.

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Desmond Cole and others are giving a much needed reality check on the hashtag #WhatyoudonotknowaboutCanada (which is largely filled with dismissive Canadian stereotypes aimed at US Voters wanting to flee to the ‘utopia’ that is apparently Canada).

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Clergy had the most incredible response to police using Black mugshots for target practice

In December, while visiting a shooting range in Medley, Florida, National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant came to a horrifying realization: Members of the North Miami Beach police force, who had just left the facility, had been using mugshots of young black men for target practice.

In response, these clergy members created #usemeinstead

The United States of Racism, a broad timeline:

1776-1865: Racists with whips.

1865-1880: Racists mad at Black folks coming up too quick.

1880-1930: Racists with ropes wearing they mama bedsheets setting fires.

1930-1965: Racists only leaving the white side of town to make mixed babies and beat you for voting.

1965-1995: Racists moving to the suburbs and taking all socioeconomic resources with them.

1995-2017: Racists blending in with nice accidental racists who refuse to know any better.

2017: Racists in MAGA hats.

today I had my political science class

and it was awful. Trump supporters were everywhere - people who weren’t even registered to the class came in to gloat.

I raised my hand and said I was more terrified of Trump supporters than I was of the man himself, because they want people like me (queer) dead - and was immediately shouted down with “I don’t hate gay people!” and “not all supporters are racist/misogynistic/homophobic/etc” and I wasn’t able to even finish what I was saying.

But I’ll say it now: even if you yourself are not any of those awful things, when you cast your vote for him, you enabled thousands of people to be open and PROUD about their bigotry.

If you’re a Trump supporter and you REALLY aren’t bigoted? I expect you to be out in the protests and the rallies and protecting the people you say you don’t hate. I want you rallying in front of LGBT+ safe spaces and keeping out everyone who wants to harm them. I want you speaking up for women, POC, and Muslims when you see them being harassed. I want you volunteering at planned parenthood. I want you to defend the disabled and chronically ill to your last breath. I want you supporting Jewish communities. I want you chanting “Black lives matter” in the streets. I want you calling out people who are saying the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic things you say you’re not.

You’re not bigoted? Prove it.

Otherwise, your silence is violence. Against every minority in the US.