white people politics

Dear Tumblr:

You can appreciate an artists’ work, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

You can enjoy an entertainer’s content, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

You can enjoy an actor’s talent, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

You can enjoy a musical artist’s music, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

You can respect your elders/authorities, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

Last but not least, you can still be friends with someone, even if you don’t agree with their political views.

Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.
—  Audre Lorde

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when virtually every race in human history engaged in the slave trade?

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when white people were enslaved by Arabs?

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when they were the first in the world to legally end slavery?

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when white people risked their lives to help free black slaves from their Arab captors?

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when hundreds of thousands of white Americans died in a civil war partly to end slavery?

Why do white people get the blame for slavery when there are still 46 million people enslaved today – none of them in white countries?

I know people are disappointed with PK’s statement but honestly I’m not surprised? I’m more surprised by people’s response because like, a) he’s never been super political in the first place, and b) have you seen the shit this man goes through just for being himself? Sports media started a whole campaign against him last season just for getting too excited during his cellies. Not to mention everything surrounding and leading up to his trade to Nashville, from the Habs higher ups especially.

Like, you read his statement and it all sounds like he’s trying to assure the Preds higher ups that even though he has a loud personality and is energetic he won’t start a ruckus and go against the team’s decision (which the PR had announced earlier that day) to not protest. He even went so far as to explain why he couldn’t keep still during the anthem (citing both adrenaline and possibly undiagnosed ADD) even though that’s a super common thing in the league. This man is already anticipating all the shit that the media is gonna throw at him if people do start protesting. Honestly, after Montreal I just wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t feel completely secure in his position on the team.

Idk, I just want y'all to remember that he already gets so much shit for being a dark skinned black man with a lot of personality and being really fucking good at what he does. You’re allowed to be disappointed (I kind of wish he at least spoke more in favor of the protests as a whole even if he wasn’t gonna do it even tho I get why he might not of) but let’s not act like he was suddenly obligated to lead some sort of revolution against Sidney Crosby or whatever this weird vibe is i’ve been getting these last few days.

People who equate Wakanda not allowing its country to be ravaged by Imperialism like the rest of Africa to capitalists “hoarding resources” are being racist and also sound ignorant. First, capitalists exploit resources for profit, they don’t share them equitably so that the whole society can succeed.  They don’t protect land and resources, they exploit them for the benefit of a small group of people. Second, Wakanda participates in world politics and had sent aid workers to Lagos. T’Chaka was assassinated while he was participating in such a process. Third, none of your white favs or their countries of origin represent any of these values you are talking about, so why are you so upset when Wakanda comes on the scene?

Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing
“fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you. 


Listen up white people

Recently there has been some people on social media trying to take back thier support for Donald Trump. But as you and I know that’s not how to democratic system works.
I hate to be so blunt on this topic but, if you voted for Donald Trump I see you a step away from being a racists. Even if you voted for him for “ his good experience in business” you were still able to look past the racists sexist actions that man has made. YOU put him in the white house where he’s fucking up foreign affairs and trying to kick millions of people off of healthcare. YOU did that and I will never forgive you for that nor will I forget. *This message is directed at white people because only 8% of black people voted for Trump*

Mr. Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness. That his political life started with denying, without evidence, that Barack Obama is American — that this black man could truly be the legitimate president — is simply ignored. So, too, is his history of housing discrimination, his casual conflation of Muslims with terrorists, his reducing Mexican-Americans to murderers and rapists. All along, his allies have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological. Yet they deny that there is any malice whatsoever in his words and actions. And they dismiss any attempt to recognize the danger of his wide-ranging animus as political correctness.

But the deepest rift is with the apologists, the “good” Trump voters, the white people who understand that Mr. Trump says “unfortunate” things, but support him because they like what he says on jobs and taxes. They bristle at the accusation that they supported racism, insisting they had to ignore Mr. Trump’s ugliness. Relying on everyday decency as a shield, they are befuddled at the chill that now separates them from black people in their offices and social circles. They protest: Have they ever said anything racist? Don’t they shovel the sidewalk of the new black neighbors? Surely, they say, politics — a single vote — does not mean we can’t be friends.

I do not write this with liberal condescension or glee. My heart is unbearably heavy when I assure you, we cannot be friends.