white-pass

anonymous asked:

Am I white passing Afro Latina ? Like my mom is Puerto Rican and white passing but her mom has dark skin coarse hair her dad is white passing and my dad has dark skin and coarse hair and both his parents have dark skin and African features I'm light skin and my hair is curly and I have a small nose big lips and big eyes and Idk if I should be allowed to call myself Afro Latina cause my mom is white passing and I have some Eurocentric features.

1. I can’t say if you’re white passing without seeing a picture of you because white passing is subjective.

2. Doesn’t matter what you look like, what culture you were raised in, or whether or not you were raised with your real parents or adoptive parents that aren’t your race. You are Afro-Latina and you have every right to claim that identity and anyone that says otherwise is full of shit.



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anonymous asked:

My great grandmother was half cuban. Would it be wrong of me to consider myself latinx? Would it be appropriation for me to try to learn about and reclaim Cuban culture? I'm sorry, my mama tried to reclaim it, and raised me to believe we are, but having recently found out it was less relatives than I thought has left me feeling not latinx/cubanx enough, so I thought I would ask my fave blogs-yours, and reclaimingthelatinatag.

I’m not a fan of policing people’s heritages based on their “percentages,” though I definitely see why you would feel conflicted about this. 

So, when you say your mom tried reclaiming it, what do you mean? Did she try reconnecting, but didn’t make it according to her standards? Is she still working on it?

My thoughts on this are 1) it’s not appropriation to learn about a culture and 2) if you want to reclaim this go ahead, but check any privileges you may have, such as white or white passing and make sure you listen to those who are already immersed.

anonymous asked:

Are you even native American

Hello nosey nonnie.

Yes I am Native American, but I don’t look it. And no it’s not one of those my great grandmother was Cherokee. I am 2nd generation off the rez Tuscarora, Iroquois Turtle Clan.

This is me and my mother. Yes she is my birth mother, I just got very fucked over in the genes department. I swear I’m adopted but we have many photos of the birth and have several paternity and maternity tests to prove that I fell out of this woman’s vagina.

Here are some more pictures cause I’m pale and I honestly don’t think you believe me:

(My mom actually made every piece of jewelry I am wearing and hand beaded that vest as well).

And here’s pictures of the woman that I blame for my bad genes: My grandmother.

I get told I look like her all the time AND I HONESTLY DO NOT SEE IT, but because I get told I look like her all the time I BLAME HER.

On the left you see my grandpa (full blood native) in his headdress, on the right you see my cousin (also full blood), the great medicine man Mad Bear, here’s a book about him since you seem to be so nosey.

And in case you doubted me, here are a few pictures of me when my ma and I were on the powwow circuit.

This is me with my ma’s regalia (if you call it a costume I will shank you) because a) she had a bad leg day and couldn’t dance and b) mine was not ready and made and I JUST REALLY WANTED TO DANCE. (This is also the day I got burnt ON MY FUCKING HAIRLINE WHERE MY HAIR WAS PARTED. THAT FUCKING HURTS!)

Here’s me in my fancy dance shawl. There aren’t that many pictures of me because a) I fucking hated them b) it’s normally seen as disrespectful to take pictures of dancers out of the circle without their permission and my ma and I were always dancing at the same times AND I NEVER LET ANYONE TAKE MY PICTURE AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE.

So yes, my family is a very rainbow family, I just happen to be the one WHITE passing one. No really…

Here’s me (in the middle if you can’t guess), Bebe and Audree. I like to call this the ABC Rainbow of the Printup family (because my first name is Cheyenne…..I swear our parents DID NOT PLAN THIS). 

And this is another pic of me and Audree YEARS later

Am I Native? Yes

Do I look traditionally Native? No

Does that mean I am not going to label myself as native? HELL TO THE FUCK NO.

Please reblog and share so that people can understand that there are white passing people of color. Yes even some that pass as white as me. We do exist and no that does not give you the right to basically white wash us. I am proud of my native roots and I will share everything and anything you want to know. The more educational resources we can get out there the better. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOOT ME AN ASK. I LOVE IT, but please do not be a dick like this one and phrase it so accusingly. Much appreciated, thank you!

good argument: white passing people have privilege because they are not effected by colorism and they should use this advantage to help others but we shouldn’t invalidate their identity + even though they may look white and their experiences aren’t akin to those who don’t that doesn’t make them exempt from all forms of racism especially even within their own communities

bad argument: white passing poc are white

I once read in a book for class that Native American women are the least represented demographic in US media. I don’t want this to be true in the sapphic community as well.

Here’s to Native wlw who aren’t recognized or acknowledged at all in the media or the community.

Here’s to the Native wlw who are rejected for their dark skin, fierce features, and anything else that should be revered for their defining traits that unify a nation of people.

Here’s to the mixed Native wlw who are rejected for being white passing, too black, too anything and “not enough” Native. Your identity is real and valid.

Native wlw are glorious and important and deserve love in a community meant to uplift those who are forgotten by the rest of the world.

  • Latino is not a race.
  • Mestizo is a race and probably what you meant to say.
  • Latinos are majority mestizos, but not all Latinos are mestizos.
  • In Latin America there is black / chinese / native / white / turkish people… and they’re all latinos.
  • Racism might not be actually the same in LatinAmerica as is in USA, but antiblackness is still prevalent, so is discrimination towards native / Romani / Asian / Jewish people, mestizos and so on.
  • Colorism is real, and white and white-passing people have privilege over dark-skinned people.
  • Xenophobia is real, and it won’t be hard to heard of the discriminations Bolivians face in Argentina, or Peruvians in Chile (these cases also affected be racism).
  • White people have white privilege even in places where they’re a minority.

Goddamn TIRED of seeing all these skinny little trans boys getting worshipped when there’s trans men who don’t pass even if they’re on Testosterone

So cheers to the ones who aren’t the passable.

The ones where:
• you pass until you open your mouth and speak
• there is no hiding that chest
• there is no hiding that ass
• there is no hiding those hips
• you’re a butch lesbian on your best days
• you won’t pass until surgery
• your Google search history contains “get rid of curves”
• the extra weight doesn’t help you pass
• you think you’re unattractive man or woman
• cellulite
• the pear shaped bodies
• the hourglass shaped bodies
• you’re told that you were better as girl
• you were refused a hysterectomy because you might get pregnant
• your body type doesn’t exist on the internet
• the trans shoutout pages make you feel like complete shit
• you get mad at yourself that you hate the trans men that pass better than you or the ones that didn’t have to work for slender flat rectangle bodies
• you still get hit on and stared at
• the trans men of color
• the trans men of color who are white passing and therefore discredited
• your breast tissue causes back pain
• you don’t fit in any clothes… ever…
• the periods make you bedridden
• you’re stuck

@all you ‘’’’’’sapphic blogs’’’’’’, you’ll know yourselves

This might be a little wild, but what if I told you

that black wlw

aren’t??? inherently??masculine??

I know it’s a strange concept but hear me out

Black femme lesbians,,,,,exist

Black(especially dark skinned) femme lesbians can be just as feminine as non black lesbians

I’m so damn sick and tired of going onto every feminine or ‘’lipstick lesbian’’’ blog and seeing nothing but thin, white or white-passing women being represented

What about black girls with flower crowns and soft makeup and glowing skin?

What about thicker black girls who are thick in the ‘conventionally sexy’ areas?

 What about thicker black girls who aren’t but are just as beautiful and feminine?

What about thin black girls? 

What about trans black girls? 

What about black girls who aren’t the same pictures that you people keep reusing over and over again, because it doesn’t matter enough to you find new ones?

Black girls are beautiful

Feminine black girls are ethereal and gorgeous

I don’t care if black women don’t fit your feminine sapphic #moodboards and #aesthetic

Black femme lesbians and feminine wlw are valid 

Stop trying to erase our femininity 

P.S.- This is in no way trying to invalidate butch lesbians, or otherwise GNC female aligned wlwoc. You are all absolutely breathtaking, regardless of how you wish to present.

the funny thing about Blaque Widowmaker™ is that black people in this hell fandom started it as a joke hc and it became super popular bc the only way people tried to disprove it was through anti blackness and it became a joke among black ow fans

literally every argument against it stems out of antiblackness. “She’s french, she cant be black.” france has one of the highest black populations in europe. french names are super common throughout the entire african diaspora.      “she doesn’t look black.” she looked black enough for people to look at her lips and nose and think of a black woman. besides, what do black people look like to yall? What traits do you automatically associate with black people? Why does a nonblack person get to decide what features are black or not? Black folks come in every color there is. “She’s pale in some of her legendaries.” White passing black folks exist. “Her hair isn’t black.” Wigs, weaves and straighteners all exist. Black folks don’t all have one curl pattern either. Yall need to self examine yourselves and think about why black people seeing themselves in a video game character is so damn harmful.

Antisemitism on the Left

Gentiles (AKA non-Jewish people) who talk about social justice seem to be confused or completely oblivious to what antisemitism is.

It’s not just calling for Jewish people to die or being a literal neo-nazi.

I regularly see Leftist/Liberal/Progressive/Social Justice gentiles that claim to be against antisemitism/nazis act incredibly antisemitic, so here’s a helpful list! 

And if you’re wondering WHY something on this list is antisemitic, Google is free!

  • Saying you hate X group of Jews (white Jews, Israeli Jews, etc)
  • Accusing a random Jew (ex: Gal Gadot) of killing children/being a war criminal with absolutely nothing to back up your claims.
  • Calling Jewish people murderers, child-killers, etc. in general
  • Calling Israel a white supremacist state.
  • Celebrating the deaths of Jewish people (yes EVEN if they’re Israeli!)
  • Holding all Jewish people (EVEN Israeli Jews) accountable for the actions of the Israeli government
  • Asking Jewish people their stance on Israel out of any context.
  • Dismissing any group of Jews as “white” (note: this does not include holding white-passing Jews accountable for their conditional white privilege/racism)
  • Ignoring the fact that Jewish people can be of any ethnicity
  • Dismissing the fact that Jewish people are an ethno-religious group
  • Dismissing our connection to Israel
  • Calling a Jewish person you don’t know a reptile/lizard person/goblin (example: The FineBros)
  • Comparing acts of racism/genocides to the Holocaust (there are certain situations in which this is appropriate, but that’s up to Jewish people to decide)
  • Acting like antisemitism isn’t only about discrimination against Jews and includes ALL semites.
  • Acting like Jewish people are privileged for being Jewish (even if they’re white-passing!)
  • Using anything involving Israelis/non-government related Israel events to Discourse about Israel.
  • Bringing up the actions of the Israeli government in response to antisemitism.
  • Acting as if antisemitism is deserved because of the actions of the Israeli government.
  • Giving antisemitic gentiles a pass because they do other kinds of activism.
  • “But Jews voted for Trump!”
  • Inserting yourself into Jewish-only discussions.

Non-Jews are absolutely encouraged to reblog! But this is not an invitation to argue these points!

Jewish people are encouraged to add on!

The Evolution of box braids

Box braids didn’t become popular until the early 80′s when the GOAT Patrice Rushen took to the R&B and jazz scene

But at the time, they weren’t really called “box braids.” They were individual braids inspired by North African cultural aesthetics, especially Egyptian. However, box braids have their roots in our home region, West Africa as well.

Early on, you saw a peep of these beautiful, intricate hairstyle in the late 70′s from the female singers in Oddysey and S.O.S. Band

I believe both singers from these bands appeared with these hairstyles in the year 1977. So box braids have been here in African-American culture for a LONG time. It just didn’t really become a fad until the early 90′s because before then, these hairstyles were looked at as “trippy” Afrocentric hairstyles that artists would wear to get in touch with their African roots. The 80′s was a time where a lot of African-American artists’ fashion were inspired by West and North African roots.

 At the turn of the decade, you began to see box braids become more mainstream with Janet Jackson, Naomi Campbell’s ethereal ass, rapper Yo-Yo, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Then in the mid 90′s, Stacey Dash makes braids en vogue by sporting the famous look in Clueless.

All the middle to upper-class girl caught on to box braids because of this but who should really get credit is the incomparable, Brandy Norwood!

Ask for “Moesha” at the hair salon, and it was say no more.

Mariah’s white-passing ass tried them on for size in her Thank God I Found You remix video and they looked dope!

And then here comes sexy stemme Alicia Keys bringing back our great-great-great North African ancestry in 2001

She made cornrows cool for all the black girls in grade school!

And I almost forgot! Beyonce really made kinky twists hot in the early ‘00s as well

Always looking like somebody’s cool redbone cousin rollin’ up at the family cookout 

Then Christina Aguilera tried to join in on the fun, but we said, “Nah, sweetie. You Latinx but you not afro honey. But you look cute sis”

*fast forward to several years later*

Unfortunately, box braids were no longer as popular as they were in the early ‘00s. Bad, synthetic weaves dyed a tacky brown were in from 2004-2008.

But in early 2013, box braids had a revival!

Thank you, Keri Hilson! You may not be shit, but you did that thing! I always said you was my hair-fashion icon tho. I can’t stunt on you.

We had Zoe Kravitz make braids cool for the edgy, sarcastic and loner black girls like me!

Soon, we saw so many pictures of black girls modeling box braids on Tumblr and Instagram!

Solange soon rocks these braids because she’s hip and poppin’

Then Christina Milan being Afro-Latina, she had to get in on this

Even Tia or Tamera

Soon, these 90′s R&B girls came back for a reunion with their beautiful, braided locs!

We all saw Ayesha Curry try to butter up to the black female community by taking an adorable selfie with her mama 

Now we got Instagram models and actresses making braids en vogue!

(Babyhairs aren’t mandatory and I recommend women with type 4 hair to get these styles. If you are under, I wouldn’t keep these in for very long)

So now box braids are everywhere, and they are the go-to for a black girl’s protective style, especially if they have my hair type! But anyone who is black and of African descent can wear them. You don’t have to have tightly-coiled hair to wear these, but they are what the styles are intended for since the hair is apt for them. 

 And notice something else; none of these styles were coined or invented by white or non-black women. They were all made and adorned by black women. And Patrice Rushen is the Godmother of protective styles. Don’t whitewash these!

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Opre Roma!!!

There were (and are) precious few depictions of Romani women that don’t fall back on negative and harmful stereotypes. We are not allowed to be human- instead we’re told that all we are is fortune-tellers, thieves, and exotic dancers.

Spoiler: We’re not.

Esmeralda & Notre-Dame de Paris are undoubtedly problematic portrayals. But- as a child- it was all I had. Here was a character who looks like me. Here was a character who seemed comfortable in her identity and fought for what was right. She’s stuck with me for a reason. I explore her character for a reason.

Happy International Romani Day. May our generation create characters who aren’t caricatures.

Opre Roma!

{ Feel free to reblog. Our culture is worthy of pride and celebration}