Things They Don't Teach You in School

•Lincoln believed white people were the superior race
•Gandhi hated black people
•The CIA brought illegal drugs into the country
•Ronald Reagan was the devil
•White people mutated from the Dravidian Albinos and would be nothing without POC

The Woke Black Person Test

Ask them the question: “Why is a White person’s hair better than a Black person’s?” If they give any answer besides “it’s not” then they’re not woke. If they can come up with a bunch of reasons black natural features and hair are not as good as White European features and hair, imagine what they think about the shit that actually matters.

All this anti-black rhetoric is killing me on the inside

Everyone wants to qualify black beauty by making it everything but black.

If you’re Somali, they want to say, “Oh, Somali are mix”, as if they aren’t African, because people are brain-washed into believing that what is greatly considered African features are ugly. It’s universally understood that you have to have Eurocentric beauty in order to be attractive, or at least some non-blackness. 

This is why people say dumb shit like, “You’re pretty for a black girl”, or, “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl”. It’s so dehumanizing to know that the full spectrum of human beauty is constantly being broken down to suit the needs of those who are essentially only 13% of the global population. 

We have to learn whiteness in order to be qualified for the job, and we have to learn whiteness in order to be considered attractive, we have to internalize whiteness in order to be accepted by white society, and we have to regurgitate whiteness in order to appear intelligent, or intellectual. 

That shit is insult, dehumanizing, and oppressive as fuck. 

I can’t. 

18 Things White People Seem To Not Understand (Because, White Privilege) | Thought Catalog   

1. White Privilege is being able to move into a new neighborhood and being fairly sure that your neighbors will be pleasant to you and treat you with respect.

2. White Privilege is being able to watch a movie, read a book and open the front page of a newspaper and see yourself and your race widely represented and spoken for.

3. White Privilege is being able to seek legal, financial and medical help without having your race work against you.

4. White Privilege is living in a world where you are taught that people with your skin tone hold the standard for beauty.

5. White Privilege is never being told to, “get over slavery”.

6. White Privilege is having the prevalence and importance of the English language and finding amusement in ridiculing people of colour/immigrants for their accents and their difficulty in speaking a language that is not their native tongue.

7. White Privilege is arrogantly believing that reverse racism actually exists.

8. White Privilege is being able to stay ignorant to the fact that racial slurs are part of a systematic dehumanization of entire groups of people who are and have historically been subjugated and hated just for being alive.

9. White Privilege is not having your name turned into an easier-to-say Anglo-Saxon name.

10. White Privilege is being able to fight racism one day, then ignore it the next.

11. White privilege is having your words and actions attributed to you as an individual, rather than have them reflect members of your race.

12. White Privilege is being able to talk about racism without appearing self-serving.

13. White Privilege is being able to be articulate and well-spoken without people being surprised.

14. White Privilege is being pulled over or taken aside and knowing that you are not being singled out because of your race/colour.

15. White Privilege is not having to teach your children to be aware of systematic racism for their own protection.

16. White Privilege is not having to acknowledge the fact that we live in a system that treat people of colour unfairly politically, socially and economically and choosing, instead, to believe that people of colour are inherently less capable.

17. White Privilege is not having your people and their culture appropriated, romanticized or eroticized for the gain and pleasure of other white people.

18. White Privilege is being able to ignore the consequences of race


I can’t. I honestly can’t believe so much stupidity and IGNORANCE this individual presents. It infuriates me because as Latinos we are far from what he claims us to be. I have yet to hear that any Latino goes out and provokes a shooting at a movie theater or even at a church. I have yet to hear about how we were involved in past terrorist attacks such as 9/11 like he mentions. You want to know why Univision FIRED YOU? because we’re DONE taking insults said being oppressed. We’re DONE with your racist and white pe joining together and trust me that this is ONLY the BEGINNING. we’re starting to Care, to Stand up, and Speak up. #latinosunidos

Do you know how self-centered, self-idolizing, and sickeningly egotistical you have to be to demand someone be grateful to you? Like what type of clown did your parents raise? 

Someone made the comment on how I should be grateful white men took my ancestors out of Africa (which is a common thing for fools to say).

But why? Who are you to demand that I be grateful to a narcissistic, self-centered, delusional clown such as yourself, or the people who led to you believe such idiocy? Secondly, what would make you think in an alternate reality, I would have been born as the same person, with the same race, gender, social, cultural, and national identity as I do now? What idiocy..

Fact Check: All of these men were black” - Upworthy

These hauntingly tragic graphics are part of a ten-part series entitled “#lastwords” by journalist and photographer Shirin Barghi that showcases the last words of several noticeable cases of police brutality against black men, including Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown.

This article by Upworthy showcases the images, while also providing a fact check and description of the horrible events that occured to each of these men. Barghi’s work is a strikingly profound in it’s simplicity, and you can follow her on Twitter, and check out her Imgur, where she continues to upload her work.

Why womanism is important: Womanism: Where All the Women are Black and All the Blacks are Women

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

by Suzanne Forbes-Vierling, PhD

I’ll never forget the day that one of my friends babysat my 9 year old daughter, Jasmine, for a few hours. I returned home to a hilarious sight: There was my German friend Jeannine looking up at me with a resigned look on her face and her waist-length hair slicked back with Ultra Sheen. My daughter had a big ‘ole brush in her hand vigorously brushing the oil into my friends hair. My daughter looking up at my awe-struck face and said “Hi Momma!” as she continued brushing, braiding and oiling away.

It hit me then. My daughter’s response was the result of doing many things to raise my daughter in such a way where she does not internalize white supremacy as superior and black culture as inferior. For example, my daughter attended a K-8 Asian private school in the absence of an African American private school. I blocked BET so she would never know that the station existed. She never watched the horrific music videos from the 90s where portrayals of Black people were at the height of degradation, with sexualized Black girls and gangster Black boys the daily norm. Her psyche during her formative years was free from pollution.

Most importantly, she grew up with strong, self-reliant “aunties”— an exclusive group of Black women from the U.S., Switzerland and the UK, who gathered monthly at my house for sistah circles. She was tiny but she listened to deep, intelligent thoughts and insights from Black women. Everything from relationships to investments to business practices to just being a woman. My daughter saw herself as central. So central – as opposed to marginal – that she thought everyone put lotion on their legs and oil in their hair. She moved forward with full confidence as if this was the way it was for everyone. Normal.

I was overjoyed. As a womanist, I raised my daughter to see herself as germane to her existence.  

Womanism is a term coined by author Alice Walker and defined by Sojourner Truth, Patricia Hill Collins, Audre Lorde and bell hooks.  

These are our intellectual matriarchs.  

A Womanist is a Black woman, inclusive of all social class levels and LGBTQ, living in White male and female supremacy and oppressed Black male oppression.  

Our first Womanist, Sojourner Truth, learned the hard way what it meant to think that one belongs in White women spaces simply because you share the same reproductive parts. In 1858 during a wealthy White women’s rights gathering, she thought Black women were included because words of justice and equality were thrown about. The audience was so disgusted at the sight of a Black woman in their space. Sojourner Truth had to take off her blouse and expose her breasts declaring “Aint I a Woman?”

This has not changed to this day. Most of us have to say “Black Feminist” as a way to introduce themselves into White female spaces formed to battle White patriarchal oppression.

I am always perplexed as to why we dismiss the contributions of Hill-Collins, hooks and others by not carrying the torch that they lit. These are our sisters who gave us a paradigm in which to grow and thrive.

As an academician, researcher and dissertation chairwoman, it is a rule to acknowledge those who made significant contributions in a particular area of study.  


What is the goal of struggling to penetrate feminism when Black women created a paradigm for us? Struggling to explain to White women what it means to live in their world is a complete waste of time. Are we asking White women to acknowledge their privilege? Okay, so let’s say they do acknowledge their privilege. And then what? Are we then asking them to abandon their privilege?  Another thing that aint gonna happen. What is the point?

As if one day – White women are going to wake up and refuse their men of sex and blond children until he grants justice to all. Aint gonna happen. We waste time begging white women for inclusion into their movement when the truth is that we have so much work to do in ours.  

Our issues are major and include economic security and legacy issues for ourselves and families; victimization by sociopaths including those who participate in human trafficking of children and adults, child sex predators, some pastors, and serial killers; the billion dollar business of warehousing  our children in foster care, special education and juvenile detention; LGBTQ justice; internalized self-hate; and transgenerational trauma. And there is much more.

Think we have time to be squeezing ourselves into White spaces?

Womanism gives us our own space as Black women – no explanation necessary. It is so freeing that you don’t even need to say “Black” because we are in our essence of being. Womanism means “Black Woman.” Feminism always requires a descriptor, or a preface. In White feminist spaces, we are considered an aside and we must always qualify who we are with some type of title. For example, I’ve seen  “Urban Feminist,”   “Black Feminist,” Conservative Black Feminist,” and “Center Right Black Feminist.”

Womanism allows us to dive deep into what we want to talk about – whether it be gossiping about a crazy outfit on a singer, a parenting debate or a serious social justice issue. We can work on solutions without having to explain why we are discussing an issue in a certain way. We exist in intersectionality and we are allowed to go there. Feminism leaves us stuck at “hello” constantly explaining why race and social class matters. At most, we get a break out session at some high brow conference just to shut us up. This classic move eases White female leaders’ discomfort by making it a choice for conference participants whether they want to hear what we have to say.

Emotionally, because Womanism allows us to treat our issues as germane, we experience relief, exaltation and almost healing with having the opportunity to talk with one another in detail and for hours, days, months, years. Emotionally, Feminism leaves us in a state of triggered transgenerational trauma after responding to stupid questions about race and class only for White women to deny their supremacy with a “well this issue is really universal – it’s not just about race or Black women only!” That feeling, as many of you know – is not fun.

Womanism honors our scholars who illuminated in print, our experiences and feelings.  Classic analysis that has stood the test of time. Feminism simply does not acknowledge our intellectual contributions. We are really viewed by feminists like a social worker views a family on her caseload.

Over the past 25 years I’ve worked in child welfare, foster care, children’s mental health, higher education. I’m privileged to be in many diverse spaces. I’ve attended many conferences and think tanks funded by wealthy foundations. I’ve never seen Black women get to do a dive into real solutions for Black women’s issues without having to make White women comfortable and safe in the process, lest the solution considered too radical or goddess forbid, labeled as “separatist.”  

We need to stop wasting time struggling for inclusion in White women spaces. We deserve the opportunity to address our issues fully and proactively. Today, more than ever, Black women need to come together in unity. Let’s live out loud and free!
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An online petition addressed to Disney to not cast a white actress to play the role of Mulan in a live-action remake of the animated film, had collected more than 42,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon reports China Daily.

One of the most popular Chinese tales became known worldwide thanks to Disney’s lovable cartoon Mulan, about a brave Chinese young lady that pretended to be a guy and enlisted in the army instead of her father. Along the way, she falls in love and saves all of whole China.

Due to the success of live action versions of animated movies like Cinderella and Alice in the Wonderland, Disney recently announced the same plans for Mulan…

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I love this, I absolutely love this. She is brilliant.