Whiteness as an ideal has become a global, has become the global default and as a short hand for beauty, superiority, purity, advancement, civilization has incredible social force.

Darkness by extension is linked to the inferior, the ugly, the primitive, the criminal, the malignant, the alien, danger, disorder. Throughout our world, skin lightness impacts perception of a person’s beauty, affects marital prospects, job prospects, social status and earning potential.

While racist ideology is valorizing whiteness and demonizing darkness have been in circulation for hundreds of years, new mass media and communication technologies have come together to create a whiteness industrial complex that helps to amplify the old colonial message that white is right and light is beautiful in the process granting whiteness in an unprecedented global currency. In our world whiteness has become one of the dark lords great rings of power, as much a legion of the imagination as it is a technology and one does not need to be Fanon to recognize the profound damage that this sinister system inflicts on the psyche of people of color worldwide. How it alienates us from ourselves, how it dehumanizes us, how it makes us loathe ourselves and privilege the people who oppress us over those who share in our oppressions. How it makes us doubt the humanity of people of color and our own humanities. How living in the system makes one, how living in a system that make one abject causes fractures on a psyche. How living under the tyranny of whiteness burns the skin, deforms the eye, racks the body, and breaks the mind.

—  Junot Díaz

If I say, “Black lives matter,”

and you think I mean, “Black lives matter more than others,”

we’re having a misunderstanding.

If I say “White privilege is real and it means White people have some unearned social advantages just because they’re White,”

and you think I mean, “White privilege is real and it means White people should be ashamed of themselves just because they’re White,”

we’re having a misunderstanding

If I say, “We have a problem with institutionalized racism in our legal system,”

and you think I mean, “We have a problem with everyone being racist in our legal system,”

we’re having a misunderstanding.

If we are having these misunderstandings, where are they coming from and what can we do about them?

a-sea-lion asked:

Hi, if you could answer privately, that would be cool. But if I say something offensive or if you just wanna use this ask as a teaching moment or whatever, that's cool too. Whatever you want. So, I plan on adopting, and I've been going through your page and I've seen a lot of adoptees who feel frustrated/angry/upset with their adoptive parents or with the way they were raised. I really don't want my future child to have to go through that. I want to raise them in the best way possible. I 1/3

We post very regularly about the child trafficking, racism, cultural genocide, and abuse (often sexualized abuse) in the adoption industry, and how it exploits countries recovering from imperialism and war.

For you to reduce and attribute all of this systemic violence to “frustrated/angry” adoptees is so racist, classist, and ableist, it’s clear you’re unfit to be an adoptive parent.

It’s so gross and oppressive of you to come into a space clearly dedicated to supporting adoptees and foster care survivors and exposing the massive adversity we face, and use OUR time and effort just so YOU can feel better about acquiring a child through a system that’s proven to be corrupt.

You have some very disturbing entitlement issues to children born from marginalized backgrounds and cultures. We will not honor your request to publish privately. Now go away and leave us alone.

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My thoughts on the "Wear it Purple" day

I think this is great. We should do everything we can to make being queer and young as stress free as possible in this shitty heterosexist society.

What I don’t like is how the White LGBT politico-industrial complex shoves all 8 of its Gay Marriagey fingers and both thumbs into the pie. They complain about Christians indoctrinating children into an anti-gay agenda, and yet they attempt to do the same with their own political agendas. There IS such a thing as being queer and NOT supporting mainstream LGBT assimilationist politics, and young kids should be exposed to several positions. They aren’t, and I don’t like that at all.

End rant.

When Heroin Hits the White Suburbs
Suddenly it’s not a crime problem, it’s a health problem.

One public official after another, in states both “red” and “blue,” has pressed in recent years to treat increased heroin use as a public-safety problem as opposed to a criminal-justice matter best left to police, prosecutors, and judges. This is good news. But it forms a vivid contrast with the harsh reaction a generation ago to the sudden rise in the use of crack cocaine, and from the harsh reaction two generations ago to an earlier heroin epidemic .

What accounts for the differences? Clearly policymakers know more today than they did then about the societal costs of waging a war on drugs, and dispatching low-level, nonviolent drug offenders to prison for decades. The contemporary criminal-justice system places more emphasis on treatment and reform than it did, say, during the Reagan years or when New York’s draconian “Rockefeller laws” were passed in the 1970s. But there may be another explanation for the less hysterical reaction, one that few policymakers have been willing to acknowledge: race.

It is now axiomatic that although the crack epidemic of the 1980s devastated communities of color, the legal and political responses to the crisis compounded the tragedy. Crack was an inner-city drug, a street-corner drug, a drug of gangs and guns that white America largely experienced from a distance. Powder cocaine, the more expensive version of the drug, found its way to more affluent users. The federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act, passed in 1986, imposed mandatory-minimum sentences that were far harsher on users of crack cocaine than on those found with the drug in powdered form. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced that disparity in sentencing from 100:1 to 18:1, but that remains a striking gap.

New less-lethal ammunition being tested by Canadian, U.S. police
by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, August 25, 2015 Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause...

“Critics argue the alternatives are merely a stopgap to a much bigger problem.

“I’m for less militarization of the police, but the main problem and the main deterrent for these different incidents of police violence is holding the police accountable,” said Brock Satter, an organizer for Boston-based Mass Action Against Police Brutality.

“I don’t think most of these situations are accidents. These are incidents of abuse of power and racism,” he said. “To me, that’s not a problem you can solve just by using a different weapon.””


subtitles are auto-generated, and relatively accurate.

Lorenzo & JoNina Ervin speak on B.A.F. the prison system, & Lorenzo’s book “The Anarchism & The Black Revolution..The Idea Of Black Autonomy”

[image description: a black and white photo of 6 black people protesting in front of the entrance of a building. four are sitting on the front step, while two people are standing behind them holding signs. one of the signs says IN TEXT: BLACK AUTONOMY BLACK SELF-DETERMINATION end text. in front of the door is a police officer. on both sides of the image are vertical black strips. the strip on the left has the word “Black” and the strip on the right has the word “Autonomy” end description.]