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What a shit show. SO much wrong here

Please note how the main role of the one black woman Pepsi focuses on is to play servant to Kendall while she goes off to “end racism” (or something) by making sure that the police are well hydrated before they don riot gear and go off to the #BLM protests to terrorize all the black activists Pepsi didn’t want represented in their “social justice” ad

And yeah, the BLM activists and Standing Rock protectors who been out there getting pepper sprayed, arrested and worse, got a nebulous non-apology from Pepsi, but Kendall—who has NEVER protested for anything and who has certainly already cashed a very fat paycheck from Pepsi—got the real sincere apology

A couple weeks ago I got an anoynmous message asking me to explain what “reverse racism” was and why people argue it doesn’t exist.
I was waiting for a good time to respond but I can’t find the message. Last night my roommate said that people can be racist toward white people. So I figured now is a good time.

And while I do know that my feed is completely liberal and full of people that hold a like mind toward mine, so I doubt I might find someone that this may trigger but here is some explanations you may share with someone if you hear them spit the “reverse racism” card.

First, the issues behind reverse racism can be caught with issues of semantics and rhetoric.

When we get into the issues of semantics people look at other pivotal and important aspects of racism such as prejudice and bigotry. And while it is true that people can have a prejudicial view towards white people that perspective is not bound by racism. Because by definition racism is the systematic oppression of people based entirely on race that trickles down and becomes an attitude that people hold toward another. In other words it is institutionalized and also exists among individuals. Since white people hold the highest advantage in society they can’t experience racism. Yes, we white people can experience negative attitude towards being white but that is not racism that is prejudice. And they are NOT the same thing. So, that’s the issue with semantics.

The other issue is with the rhetoric which directly plays off of the issue with semantics. White people play the “reverse racism” card in an attempt to undermine the oppression and suffering of those that experience racism. They do this because they want others to look at them as not holding racism, but that in itself is racism because you completely ignore the issues surrounding being a person of color in America. The whole, “ I don’t see color we all suffer. All lives matter.” It’s a rhetoric they play into in order to dissolve their guilt or blend their racism. So, the rhetoric is a completely inaccurate attempt to push the “reverse racist” card. Because the rhetoric does not even play into what they are actually trying to explain. The argument is completely unbounded. And falls short of meaning.

And the reality of racism is that no white person will ever experience the outcomes of racism to the extent that people of color do, and when they experience things like not getting a job application, being denied housing, being denied a job, police brutality, mass incarceration, unequal sentencing it is NEVER based on being white. While, on a larger scale often these outcomes directly come from being a person of color.

So next time a white person cries that they have experienced racism please tell us to check our white privilege. And furthermore, at any point I encourage a person of color to further elaborate or explain further because this is an issue that I completely feel that a white voice should never shout over those that truly experience the discussion at hand. And lastly, racism is beyond more complex than described as above and it’s important to note that I am entirely speaking of the American social construction of racism that exists here. Because I understand it may entirely operate in different conditions in different cultures and countries.
Finish the war in your breath     with a sigh
Come taste the tears     in your own Human eye
Pity us millions of phantoms you see
Starved in Samsara     on planet TV
—  Allen Ginsberg, The Fall of America: poems of these states 1965-1971, “Friday the Thirteenth“
To every “egalitarian” or “pro equality” blogger on this site

How come I don’t hear you talking about:

  • the hyper criminalization of men of color?
  • boys of color being demonized for expressing age appropriate affection towards teachers?
  • the poverty rate of men of color?
  • lower rates of latinx and black men going to college?
  • that black men, latinx men, and native american men being shot up and killed unarmed by police?
  • hyper masculinization of men of color?
  • veterans access to decent healthcare (who tend to be mostly male)?
  • starting petitions to end the draft?
  • disproportionate discipline against men, especially men of color?
  • ridiculously high rates of incarceration for men of color?
  • racism in and of itself?
  • the fact that black preschoolers are 48% of suspensions?
  • the fact that Native Americans experience rates of police brutality and similar rates to African Americans?
  • the fact that black girls are 6 times more likely to get suspended than white girls?
  • the prison industrial complex?
  • talking about Islamophobia?
  • calling out the capitalist system we have?
  • intersectional inequalities that women face (not just misogyny in a vacuum)?
  • the unequal access to education?
  • the fact that there is unequal access to markets and grocery stores?
  • achievement gaps between the races?
  • racial disparities in income


There are so many other concepts that I could have included, but I don’t see you guys talking about any of these things. Before you label yourselves egalitarian and pro equality, take a moment to educate yourselves about widespread inequalities in this country and throughout our world. Understand that bashing feminism doesn’t get things done. Recognize that dictionary definitions aren’t always useful in solving problems deep within our society. Recognize the privileges you have and how they manifest themselves. Listen to people who experience widespread discrimination and are part of groups that experience the inequalities.

I don’t see you guys acknowledging any of these problems, and instead focusing on trivial things. And that is a problem.

ne-revez-pas  asked:

Hello, I saw you comment on a post about how missionaries in developing countries are ruining the cultures/societies of their people, and it really intrigued me. You see, I am about to go on a trip to Nairobi this coming June with the organization Me To We. Me To We is not religious and I'm not a religious person. But, while there I will help build a school and learn about Maasai culture. Do you feel that service trips without the intention of converting/teaching people are still alienating?

I am radically against service trips where people go to “build schools” (or other facilities) in a developing countries, and I find them to be incredibly disempowering and paternalistic at their core. It all boils down to stroking the (usually white) egos of the volunteers to make them feel like “good people” and does NO longterm good for the community.

I just wish people thought more critically about international development and saw through the smoke screen of “aid” that many of these “development” organizations put up as part of the white savior industrial complex. Like it just seems so obvious to me that an organization that goes through all of the logistical and human effort needed to bring “volunteers” to build schools in ~*aFriCa*~ has values that are fundamentally not aligned with those of their communities. They do not have the best interest of locals at heart, at all. 

If they cared about the community, they would be building out local capabilities and talents rather than trying to make a quick buck from western volunteers. They wouldn’t be bringing in untrained (usually) white people from the West without any language skills or understanding of local cultural intricacies to a community that is most at need. Rather than siphoning resources toward making white people “feel good” about themselves and aligning their values with white supremacy and white savior-dom, instead they would be working to give that exact same business to local carpenters and construction workers. Or, worst case, they would bring in people using those same dollars to train community members so that they develop these critical skillsets for themselves and their community at large. Why not actually work in solidarity with a community and build together to improve and develop local capabilities in the longterm? Why must we instead center the white gaze and destructive paternalism, which is disempowering and harmful and only has one longterm impact: making the Western volunteers “feel good” about themselves for “saving the Africans”

It makes me sick.

I also think it’s just so indicative of the deepset narcissism that lies in white supremacy and Western global hegemony that somehow we think that we can “build a school” better than people who are actually from that community. You know the ones who intimately know their needs and those of their communities, far better than the volunteers swooping in for 2 weeks to “save” them. How sick is it that we presume that “expanding our global horizons” can come at any cost, including undermining the fabric of a community, breeding dependency, and pulling resources away from actually building out the longterm capabilities of the people in these communities? I discussed these topics at length with someone who worked in international NGOs for 7 years in Africa and who left incredibly jaded because she saw how the values of so many of these organization was focused on “more NGO, now” rather than doing the more important work of creating communities where the presence of NGOs fades progressively with time as these communities are empowered. 

The structure of the white savior industrial complex is one of disempowerment, damage and harm. Participating in it furthers this destruction and hurts these communities in the long run.

The vast majority of these international aid and development NGOs do not have our best interests at heart, and are simply there to make white people (and other Westerners) feel better for the “good deed” they did once in ~the third world~

It’s horrible.

theatlantic.com
The Racism of Mass Incarceration, Visualized
Coming soon: The Atlantic's October cover story on the effects of the disproportionate imprisonment of black men.
By Jackie Lay, Bruce Western, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, and Ta-Nehisi Coates

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it’s become a normal life event. 

“We’ve chosen the response of the deprivation of liberty for a historically aggrieved group, whose liberty in the United States was never firmly established to begin with,” Western says. 

In The Atlantic’s upcoming October cover story, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the impact of mass incarceration on the black family. You can read the full story on September 15, 2015.

CLICK THE HEADER LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

White evangelical Christians talk about saving African children, but they don’t talk about the plight of Black youth in America. They don’t talk about the adopted African children, now seen by US society as “African Americans”, who are rehomed by their White adopted parents.



Evangelical christianity is hypocritical. Often.

— 

Kevin Haebom Vollmers, Gazillion Adoptees

“Rehoming” is a terrifying abusive practice among white adoptive parents  that amounts to child trafficking. It especially harms Black adoptees who are always perceived as less innocent and more violent.

sorryidonthaveablog  asked:

hello, today i was talking with some friends and they were saying that people can be racist against whites. I said they can't bc racism is a system of oppression that whites benefit from, so they can experience prejudice, but not racism. They said I was wrong and I was being racist to whites (im white too?) and I was just wondering if you have some arguments/ sources I could use if this comes up again.

There’s always pointing out that the effects of “reverse racism” are actually petty and insignificant. Have them explain to you an instance in which they suffered from racism, listen politely, then show them an article about the prison industrial complex and how it disproportionately affects people of color. The government and many private corporations literally profit from throwing people of color in prison. 

If that doesn’t move them, maybe these charts on who is represented the most in Congress will help (hint: the statistics do not in anyway reflect the actual racial make-up of America, which is what makes them so hard to bear). Having a black president is not as progressive as it sounds when you realize that 80% of Congress is white. 

Or, you could talk about the fact that black people have to attain higher levels of education than their white peers in order to have the same chances to be considered for a job. Meaning, a white man with a high school diploma has a better chance of getting a job than a black man with the same diploma. In order for the black man to have an equal chance, he has to have an associate degree or more. This leads to higher percentages of unemployment in the black community. 

So, to sum it all up: people of color (and more specifically, black people) are underrepresented, over-incarcerated, and undervalued in comparison to their white peers. 

To me, that sounds 100% like the system was set up to benefit white people by pushing down people of color. 

Hopefully your friends will start to wake up a bit.

-Mod T

The Evangelical Orphan Boom

Christian advocates of transnational adoption often claim some 150 million children need homes — even though that figure, derived from a UNICEF report, includes all non-Western children who have lost only one parent, and also any children who live with extended family.

Evangelicals from the Bible Belt to Southern California don wristbands or T-shirts reading “orphan addict” or “serial adopter.” Ministries have emerged to raise money and award grants to help Christians pay the fees (some $30,000 on average, plus travel) associated with transnational adoption.

However well intended, this enthusiasm has exacerbated what has become a boom-and-bust market for children that leaps from country to country. In many cases, the influx of money has created incentives to establish or expand orphanages — and identify children to fill them.

The potential for fraud and abuse is high. Of course, adoption problems aren’t limited to Christian agencies, and they don’t originate with them, but some movement insiders say that evangelicals — whether driven by zeal or naïveté — have had a disproportionate impact on the international adoption system.

Source: The New York Times, Sept. 21, 2013 [article linked in title]

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An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after serving just three and a half years of his sentence.

Jon Burge left the minimum-security prison in North Carolina to report to a halfway house in Florida until his sentence officially runs out in February of 2015, the Chicago Tribune reports.

After the 66-year-old was convicted in 2011 of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about police torture, several members of the Chicago City Council called for a reparations fund of $20 million – roughly the amount Burge and his “midnight crew” of detectives have cost Chicago taxpayers over the years in legal defense fees and settlements alone. Aldermen renewed those calls on Thursday, saying it’s time for the city to “make amends.”

Anthony Holmes was one of the victims Burge personally tortured – with methods including electric shock – into giving a confession to a murder he says he didn’t commit. Holmes, who is now pushing 70, spent 30 years behind bars as a result and has yet to see any compensation because the statute of limitations on the torture has run out.

“At least he’s got a pension,” Holmes said of Burge, according to DNAinfo Chicago. “We came out of there with nothing.”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan tried to strip Burge of his $4,000-a-month police pension, but couldn’t overrule a police pension board vote.

As Burge prepares to start his life again as a free man, In These Times took a look at how much the disgraced commander has cost taxpayers through the years

Source

This is a structural problem, meaning that you can replace the people who represent the system and the system will remain the same, until and unless we organize to change it. And so when we say that Black lives matter, that is a political demand. It is a declaration.
— 

Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac)

Quote is from a recent video of her speaking out as the National Coordinator for Black Youth Project (@BYP_100).

I shared this picture today on facebook and I swear the fucking KLAN tried to come after me. HELLA white people started commenting on it, derailing and making it about them because it says white vision. WTF you’re mad because this “generalization” about you hurt your little feelings MEANWHILE PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE OUT HERE FUCKING DYING BECAUSE OF THE GENERALIZATIONS WHITE PEOPLE MAKE. I’m tired of these so called “liberal” white folks commenting on my shit about how they don’t do this or that or they’re not racist, or their Black friend said this or that. All these “non-racists” sure do spend a lot of time on my shit derailing and being defensive, & I LOVE how they make all types of conclusions about shit I NEVER SAID. I have 133 comments on this pic that are all about white people’s feelings instead of the fact that Black men are criminalized, dehumanized, and are dying every day & receiving no justice. 

FUCK YOUR WHITE TEARS & no matter how much you try to silence me, I will continue to speak up! 

takethethirdoption  asked:

I liked the article you posted about the "white savior vacations". It kind of reminds me of when we were doing presentations in our Spanish class a few months ago. This girl did one of those church retreats to Mexico to help build stuff, and our professor (a native Argentinian whose seen some real poverty-stricken places in his day) asked about the people. She said "they don't care about being poor because they're happy just to have family". He was just so goddamned baffled by that. (contin.)

That this white girl went to Mexico with her church, saw some really bad areas, and then do a presentation where she says that they’re happy, not in spite of, but almost because they lack possessions. Ugh. Me, I think instead of paying money for plane tickets, food and accommodations, etc, why not just send the money you were going to use to fund building projects for the locals, for material and manpower. What the hell will a bunch of unskilled teenagers do that skilled locals can’t?

How horrible. Not only was she a horrid white savior, but she deploys the “noble savage” trope as well to ignore the real difficulties faced in the communities she was supposed to be serving. Jesus fucking Christ. And I completely agree with you on what we should be doing instead of shipping unskilled teenagers on ~service trips~.

If Americans want to care about Africa, maybe they should consider evaluating American foreign policy, which they already play a direct role in through elections, before they impose themselves on Africa itself… Let us begin our activism right here: with the money-driven villainy at the heart of American foreign policy. To do this would be to give up the illusion that the sentimental need to “make a difference” trumps all other considerations. What innocent heroes don’t always understand is that they play a useful role for people who have much more cynical motives. The White Savior Industrial Complex is a valve for releasing the unbearable pressures that build in a system built on pillage. We can participate in the economic destruction of Haiti over long years, but when the earthquake strikes it feels good to send $10 each to the rescue fund. …[W]e must do such things [as donating] only with awareness of what else is involved. If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement.

inspirationalinteriors  asked:

Looking through all your great posts (tysm) about the white savior industrial complex got me reminiscing on my old job so... story time? While I was working at a large and well-known international "humanitarian aid" organization, a local university had the idea of sending a group of white college students abroad to a village in an African country to build houses. That alone should be a huge red flag, but this organization jumped all over the idea and the students were soon on their way. (1/3)

The deal is the university will pay for all costs, including the building materials, but the students have to be the ones to build it “alongside the villagers”. While en route to the countryside via bus, however, the program director (whom I should mention was extremely against the idea but these organizations aren’t run by those with country expertise, they’re run by the marketing & financial departments) and donor reps hear that the villagers have already built their own houses. 

So, on the verge of a “PR nightmare”, what does the organization decide to do? THEY ORDER THE VILLAGERS TO TEAR THE HOUSES DOWN BEFORE THEY GET THERE (IN 3 HRS) SO THE STUDENTS CAN SHITTILY REBUILD THEM TOGETHER. This was done in a way that nobody but the reps & higher ups officially knew what happened, but the program director ranted to me after they got back from their trip. Scarier still, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Needless to say, I got the fuck out, but the disease rages on.

[emphasis added mine]

HOLY fuck.