white skinned privilege

White privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. 

Source: Wikipedia 

I have never really understood exactly what a ‘liberal’ is, since I have heard ‘liberals’ express every conceivable opinion on every conceivable subject. As far as I can tell, you have the extreme right, who are fascist racist capitalist dogs like Ronald Reagan, who come right out and let you know where they’re coming from. And on the opposite end, you have the left, who are supposed to be committed to justice, equality, and human rights. And somewhere between those two points is the liberal.

As far as I’m concerned, ‘liberal’ is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle-class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privilege, then they are ‘liberal’. But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you’re talking to Adolf Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges.

—  Assata Shakur

coolcat001100  asked:

I have only recently learned about the concept of "white coded", from your Twitter. Do you think you could explain more about this? I might have an idea of what it means, but I want to make sure I'm as close to the truth as I can be.

I understood the concept but was using the wrong term prior to this. I was using white passing, but âpihtawikosisân did a great thread on white coded tonight so I’m using that now.

White coded means you’re seen as white. It applies to light skinned Indigenous people (and other non-white folk).

People assume we’re white and treat us that way until we tell them we’re not. And even after we tell people we’re not white, we are still treated ““better”” (ugh) than our brown relations.

Light-skinned folk are Indigenous or non-white, but we have different experiences than our deeper skinned relations. We have never experienced living while brown in a white supremacist society, and can’t truly understand it either.

So we have this privilege. We’re not consciously choosing to pass, so “white passing” isn’t quite right. It’s just that our outward appearance has a lot of the phenotypic markers that people associate with “white”. So we’re white coded.

You can see that thread here: https://twitter.com/apihtawikosisan/status/825833386266730500

I’m going to reblog this ask onto my native/feminism blog too I think.

The “Fair” Treatment of Women in Modern Bollywood

Let’s talk colorism.

Discriminating against dark skin colors while praising light skin colors undoubtedly damages and divides our society. We like to believe that colorism is a strictly Western issue, but let us not forget how prevalent and insidious colorism is in Southeast Asian nations. India’s entertainment hub, Bollywood, is indeed guilty of perpetuating this glorification of white skin - deeming it pure, sexy, and a symbol of high class (or in this case, caste). 

Bollywood has churned out images of light-skinned, almost white, actresses time and time again. When producers default white skin as the standard in their movies, millions of consumers end up swallowing this damaging view of what Indians, particularly women, look like. Not only do foreigners see this as a representation of Indian women, but Indian women themselves internalize that white standard. So when young girls say they want to be like Katrina Kaif, they want the long locks, beautiful light eyes, slim body, and subconsciously…the white face.

White skin has been pervasive and subliminal in nature with the inflation of light-skinned actresses in film. However, it also manifests itself quite obviously. Exhibit A is a song/music video from the Bollywood movie “Roy” called “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan” (literal translation: White Wrists). Below are some of the lyrics from the chorus:

Mann jaa ve…mainu shopping kara de
Please agree…take me shopping
Mann jaa ve… romantic picture dikha de
Please agree…show me a romantic movie
Requestaan paayiaan ve..
I request you…
Chittiyaan kalaiyaan ve
White wrists
Oh baby meri chittiyan kalaiyan ve
Oh baby I have fair-complexioned wrists
Chittiyaan kalaiyaan ve
White wrists

So do the lyricists believe that white skin is a woman’s ticket to having a man “wrapped around her finger” so he can finance her material gain? By the logic of the lyrics, a man (particularly, an Indian man) would not be interested in spending his money on a woman unless she showed off her “white wrists.” So here we must realize that not only do men aspire to espouse a light-skinned woman, females can also perpetuate colorism by capitalizing on their own light skin privilege.

Of course the lead in the video, Jacqueline Fernandez (tracing her multi-ethnic roots to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Canada, India, and Bahrain) to be light-skinned for the music video to bring its lyrics to life. However, Fernandez has what seems to be white backup dancers as well.

I would have expected other light-skin Indian women as props in a Bollywood music video, but clearly, actual white people would get the message across more directly. Not only should you have light skin to be desired and warrant the “male gaze,” you should surround yourself with white women to show you are as far away from the “typical” Indian female image as possible (as if Bollywood has not done that already for its industry by casting Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra in nearly every film out there.)

What about that confederate flag guitar in the music video’s introduction, though?

Did this slip through every crew member’s hands when filming on set? Arguably, we might not expect Indian filmmakers to be well-versed in every aspect of United States history. However, that a white supremacist symbol landed in a music video celebrating white skin is nothing short of appalling and almost eerily coincidental.

Perhaps we ought to excuse these actresses for participating in discriminatory media. We may argue that years of colonialism bred internalized racism and, therefore, Eurocentric beauty standards. After all, colorism has weasled its way into Southeast Asian society so pervasively, that skin-whitening creams like Fair & Lovely are openly advertised on television and insisted upon customers in drug stores.

However, is demanding diverse representation of Indian women too much to ask? I used to be proud of myself for having lighter skin than some of my colleagues and family members, but now I realize that it was all systemic and a result of consuming tainted, harmful, and inaccurate media. I am no better than an Indian woman darker than me because of difference in skin color. There is no excuse for deliberately silencing their voices and erasing their images. I demand dark-skinned women in my movies. I demand dark-skinned women in my soap operas. I demand dark-skinned women exist outside of a portrayal of the impoverished. I demand dark-skinned visiblity and celebration.

Edit: This post has been corrected to correctly identify the actress as Jacqueline Fernandez.

Colorism in South Asian Bridal Makeup

YouTube has quickly grown into a platform for makeup artists around the world to showcase their talents and tutorials. Now, anybody can follow along a video in the comfort of their own homes or snap a screenshot for a local makeup artist to copy on their faces.

Many hopeful brides have looked towards makeup artists on YouTube for wedding makeup inspiration. South Asian brides in particular (such as those of Nepali, Bengali, or Indian descent) typically don more dramatic or glamorous makeup looks in comparison to “natural” Western looks. Eyeshadow colors usually match the lengha, suit, or sari and overall looks are especially time-consuming.

However, South Asian bridal makeup is only skin deep - with face makeup significantly lighter than that of the bride’s true skin tone. Bridal catalogues may not make this case so apparent, but “before and afters” of YouTube videos show stark differences in skin tones.

One cannot deny that makeup made this bride significantly lighter than she is naturally. It is a clear indicator of the rampant colorism and favoritism of white skin within the South Asian community on the so-called “most important day of a woman’s life” (which already trivializes a woman’s worth in the first place).  Some may argue that flash photography creates a “white caste” on the bride or model. However, camera crews surround the bride with lenses all day or all week - capturing the images she will look back on for years. The white-washed photos, videos, and albums survive.

Not only do we see dark-skinned women transforming with foundations multiple shades lighter than their true tones, we see white-passing or white models.

Above, popular singer and model Bambi Bains can be considered white-passing: having features that “pass” for European

This model with blue eyes and white skin furthers this systemic subliminal messaging that “white is beautiful”. Anything darker must be lightened or not portrayed at all.

In a world where women are subjected to the margins, especially in diverse South Asian communities, the oppression multiplies for darker-skinned women. Although weddings may appear to focus on brides (and brides only), this further relegates her value to appearance alone. Her appearance must be fair. If she was “blessed” with fair skin, the privileges amass. If she falls somewhere in the middle, she can be fixed with makeup. However, if she is too dark, she is worthless and no man will ever marry her.

Our young girls and women deserve to see diversity in media. We need to divert the imagery from whitewashed into a kaleidoscope of different undertones and colors. Let us rejoice in our beauty because dark-skinned women are beautiful, radiant, and deserving of representation.

hithereizzihere  asked:

Im working on a comic that takes place in a fantasy world where the characters would be racially/culturally similar to people from india, the middle east, and rromani people. obviously the visual element takes away alot of the "white by default" problem. im concerned that my lighter skinned characters will be considered white simply because they are the lightest members of the cast. white people do exist in the world, but not in the area the story takes place. advice?

Avoiding Whitewashing: Coding Light-Skinned Characters

Whiteness is a social construct. That means our society creates it. It is a collective understanding. The only reason why “white” exists as a race category is because it’s used to grant privilege to lighter-skinned Westernish European people. The rules for what counts as “white” make no rational sense because it’s not about rationality; racism is not rational. (Otherwise, why wouldn’t Irish people have always counted as white? But they didn’t for a long long time, and many Irish people still face the consequences of being seen as less-than simply for being Irish).

So, if you have a novel that is *not* set here, and racism doesn’t work the same way —then guess what? There are no “white” people in your work. There can be paler people! There can be light skinned people. But the only way to have “white people” in your work is if you transport the category of “whiteness” and put it in your work. 

You can choose how you “code” people and their cultures. And that’s why fantasy fiction is so “white” - because it’s dominated by white male authors who just transferred their racist thinking into a fantasy setting. It’s why there’s a lot of colonial thinking and British imperialism in Western fantasy. 

But you don’t have to do things that way. And because of the way white supremacy works, you can work super hard to *not* code your characters as white, and white supremacy will barge in and claim those characters for themselves anyway.

In my opinion (and this is just me, being all flibberty-flabberty), you can get away from having “white”-coded people (or having people assume that all your paler skinned people groups are white) by having a range of skin colors within individual cultures, for one. And for two, not defaulting to “white”. Not having a surfeit of pale, Anglo-Saxon-Nordic-whatever folks be the only ones that matter in your work. 

And this is also a comic, right? You can do a lot with visual representation. Clothing, dialogue, hair styles, face shapes and features can all go a long way.

~ Mod Stella

35 of the most common forms gaslighting

1. “You bring up the race card a lot.”

2. “You’re just too sensitive.”

3. “I don’t let those things bother me.”

4. “Did I say that?”…“No, but you impli—” “Oh, no? I didn’t? Okay.”

5. “What are you talking about?”

6. “They’re just as black as you! I see no difference.”

7. “I don’t see color.”

8. “Race is a social construct. It isn’t real.”

9. *talks about lack of representation for black/dark-skinned women* “I see black women, especially dark-skinned ones, on TV all the time. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

10. “It’s usually black people who say the most racist things about themselves, not white people.”

11. “Black women are the ones who hate themselves, not others.”

12. “Women are the ones who mostly uphold gender roles and patriarchy, not men. In fact, women are the ones who expect us to be masculine.”

13. “Black people kill themselves more than whites.”

14. *relciams misogynoiristic slur for sexually active black women* “But aren’t you ashamed? That isn’t a good word. You should be ashamed when someone calls you that. You’re not that at all.”

15. “We picked the best ones for the position.”

16. “It’s not about skin color, it’s about prettiness.”

17. “You’re just jealous.”

18. “You’re a hater.”

19. “You should be happy that another black woman/man is succeeding instead of bringing up their light skin and/or being half/part-white/non-black.”

20.  "We’re all black.“

21. "We all bleed red.”

22. “You’re obsessed with race.”

23. “You’re just insecure.”

24. “It’s just my opinion/preference.”

25. “If we had a space for white people, we’d be considered racist.”

26. “If we had a beauty blog for light-skinned black women, we’d be colorstruck.”

27. “It’s okay to say black women are beautiful but if we say other races of women are beautiful, you’ll get mad.”

28. “I can’t help who I love. I just don’t like black/dark women.”

29. “I don’t see the issue of letting in non-black people in historically black spaces. We just now let you in our organization that was exclusively intended for white people even though it never specified which people can join. It just says, ‘An organization for men/women.”

30. *says there’s less than 5% black students on campus* “Yes, we do have black and other minorities here! I see more (hyper-visibility) blacks on campus than whites! Look around!”

31. “You’re sexist because you don’t believe men need a Men’s Empowerment Week!”

32. “Rihanna hit him first. If you don’t fight like a nigga (muster up the courage and strength typically portrayed upon [black] men against them), you won’t get hit by a nigga!”

33. “It’s okay for a woman to say and do this, but not a man?”

34. “There’s no such thing as agnostic. Jesus doesn’t accept people on the fence. You got to come to God and Jesus your own way. You either believe or you don’t. You can’t be a Christian and not follow the whole of the Bible. Do you even read the Bible? (even though I’ve analyzed it better than their dogmatic asses)”

35. “If someone offends you, you have to be nice about it. Don’t get angry and yell at them. They won’t listen to you if you’re mean.”

‘liberal’ is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle-class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privilege, then they are ‘liberal’. But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you’re talking to Adolf Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges.
—  Assata Shakur

(Pictured) an albino African woman. There has always been white albino Africans amongst the darker Africans for centuries. Scientists have proven that the reason for Caucasian/light skin is due to skin pigments. Lack of sunlight and more exposure to cold weather cause blue eyes, lighter skin and fair-haired colors. More proof that we all come from Africa. We are all just different shades of black evolved over millions of years. The only thing that separates us is our different cultures and what we choose to believe.

The Coloured Man

The Coloured Man becomes oppressed by society’s norms and regularities. In the effort to fit in “The White Mans” world, they subconsciously stand out. See The Coloured man is persecuted for being himself, yet is he not human? His maltreatment gets treated for 1 weeks worth of publicity and that’s how the White Man hides from the topic on inequality. See the “White Man Privilege” is such a taboo subject, because The White Man has never needed to face inequality, so by default they will always set claim to the fact that there is no such thing. We support the Black Lives Matter Movement, but an outcry for All Lives Matter started to appear, out of jealousy, or because they just wanted to hide The Coloured Mans cry.
The year 2016 has flown by yet, opportunities for advancement are hindered by the mere colour of thy skin. Since when did the colour of skin determine ones intellectual capacity. Racism is real, even if it’s behind office doors in reference to a small joke. The only time I heard someone be racist to a White Person was in primary school. They were called a “milky bar button” this was hardly offensive, yet she called my friend “a piece of black shit”. However, because the White Individual cried, my friend was put in isolation and forced to apologise, it was all so bigoted for me to fathom at my young age. From tender ages we are exposed to such prejudice, yet all The Coloured Man wants is the chance to live a life without judgment, to be measured by his mental content without being questioned by the colour of his skin.

~Naz

As far as I can tell, you have the extreme right, who are fascist, racist capitalist dogs like Ronald Reagan, who come right out and let you know where they’re coming from. And on the opposite end, you have the left, who are supposed to be committed to justice, equality, and human rights. And somewhere in between those two points is the liberal. As far as I’m concerned, “liberal” is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle-class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privileges, then they are “liberals.” But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you’re talking to Adolph Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges.
—  Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
How I learned about White Privilege

This morning I read an article on Buzzfeed, that breaks down (in very simplistic cartoon form) the concept of white privilege. View the entire article here - (This Comic Perfectly Explains What White Privilege Is.)

The cartoon explains a general concept of white privilege and provides some statistics to support its premise. But, it does not truly get at the heart of what white privilege is, now does it explain, how people, as individuals (not a collective) benefit from this system. Because, let’s face it. America is an individualistic culture. And “if it does not happen for me, then it does not exist.”

During my time in college, I explored the concept of white privilege, thanks to a few of my awesome professors at North Carolina A & T, including Dr. Theresa Styles, Dr. Derrick Smith, and Dr. Stephen Ferguson. We explored this concept from multiple aspects – Philosophy, Journalism, Criminal Justice System, Historically, in Literatures…etc. I could quote the statistics of disparity and injustice in America. I could recite the prose of famous writers who suffered under the hand of this system. I understood the impact that years of blatant and systemic racism molded the American fabric and American culture today. I knew about Affirmative Action, and I knew about the privatization of prison. I understood all of those concepts. But I never completely grasped, how white privilege, can impact and effect the psyche of an individual at the most fundamental and rudimentary level until, I could truly understand how it effected me. After all, I am a middle class African American woman. 

This is how I, a middle class black woman (truly) learned what white privilege is. I hopped off of the Metro one morning and began my normal, half-mile trek to work.  It was a chilly day, so I made sure that I walked swiftly. I worked in near the Foggy Bottom metro station, so daily I would cross paths with individuals of all kinds. As I was walking, a young white woman was walking towards me. I noticed that she had on a beautiful blue wool coat. I noticed that her legs were bare; she did not have on any stockings or tights.  This seemed unusual for me, because it was so cold out. As I walked closer to her, I made more observations of her legs. They appeared to be perfect. No blemishes, no scars.  

When we finally crossed each other, I noticed that she had a band-aid on her leg. I thought “hmmph, she had a band-aid on her leg, I could hardly tell from this close up. I could not tell from far away. I wonder what kind of make-up she puts on her band-aid to make it blend in with her skin so well. Wait!? Her skin and the band-aid probably ARE the same color.”

Here I am, a black woman, and I could never imagine wearing a band-aid that would completely blend in with my skin. I immediately had flashblacks to my days as a dancer, when we would have to dye our “nude” convertible stockings to match our skin tones. I realized white women do not have to do this? I thought it was natural. From such a young age, I had been trained to adapt what is/has been traditionally, designed, and purposed for white women to accommodate my needs. Dye your stockings, spray-paint your ballet shoes; wear band-aids that are so pale everyone knows you have a “boo-boo.” Wear nude bras that can still be seen through your clothes. 

#whiteprivilege Band-aids that match your skin.

anonymous asked:

Okay so if I'm understanding this correctly, being a white Latin@ means I'm white passing and basically viewed as white, but does that mean I shouldn't identify as a mixed person of /color/?

from http://thisisnotlatino.tumblr.com/faq

What is the difference between white, white-passing, and light-skin privilege?
White - you have white ancestry.
White-passing - you do not have white ancestry, but you can pass off as white.
Light-skin privilege - you just have light skin and can oppress those who are darker than you, this is colorism.
(!!!) Just because you have light skin does NOT mean you are white-passing, and having white ancestry does not always mean you are white-passing (in that case you are a POC: refer to next Q).

I’m a white latinx, am I a POC?
Probably not. white skin + white passing + white parent/grandparent/etc = white privilege.
Do not speak over POC Latinxs about racism/colorism. You benefit from white privilege. Please refer to this post if you are confused. However, this is still incredibly circumstantial, hence probably

Who is an example of a white latinx?
Christina Aguilera. White ancestry + white skin + white passing = white privilege.
And would you consider her a Person of Color? No. Does she still have connections to her Latinx heritage? Yes. (Refer to following Q).

If I’m a white latinx and not a POC, can I still practice my culture and identify as Latinx?
Yes. Here is an explanation.

Apparently, Almay has this new line of foundation or some shit, and it’s tag line is celebrating the fact that there are only three shades rather than 100. And I’m like this is exactly what white privilege, light skin privilege is, in makeup. There are three shades two are basically two slightly different shades of white, and then there’s like a tan shade. 

There’s 100 shades for products because people come in 100+ different shades. Ugh. Almay go bankrupt you fucking suck. 

White and light-skinned woc with all these privileges really are delicate. By that, I mean the mere mention of racism and colorism can send them into a catastrophic hissy fit. They cry like babies when dark-skinned and/or black women have blogs dedicated to them only. “What about ALL women? What about my attention?”  They cry when you mention they have light-skinned, white, Eurocentric, thin, and beauty privilege. They can’t take the idea that as women, they contribute to other women’s oppression. Whether it’s direct or indirect, they are oppressors. 

  “But it’s not our fault men like us better.”

  Oppressed women don’t hate you because cishet men prefer you. They hate you for perpetuating the idea that you’re better, prettier, and smarter than oppressed women. They hate you for encouraging cishet men to dehumanize oppressed women while they prop you up as superior. They hate you for ignoring your own part in oppression and crying internalized misogyny when other women point out your privileges. You deliberately use your tears and “pain” to divert back to the “delicate” woman with beauty privilege card who is bullied by the mean ol’ oppressed women. It’s not even about cishet men liking you “better.” It’s about you having systematic advantages over us. It’s about you having the likelihood of receiving a job,  education, less jail sentences, and less profiling. Privileged women have been coddled so much by society that they’re easy to upset because they can’t fathom believing other women have it worse than them.

I don’t hate you because you’re White.

I hate you because you deny the fact that you have numerous privileges that make it easy for you to succeed in life while I’m obliged to work twice as good and my darker sisters have to work three times harder than both of us.


White people, Mixed people… know your privileges.