Fighting privilege, prejudice and ignorance

“If you choose to do social justice work, you are going to screw up – a lot. Be prepared for that. And when you screw up, be prepared to listen to those who you hurt, apologize with honesty and integrity, work hard to be accountable to them, and make sure you act differently going forward.” (http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/?upw)

 

The groundwork for the “doll test” can be found in Massachusetts and Arkansas. Dr. Kenneth Clark conducted scientific tests in both states. It was an integrated setting in Massachusetts and a segregated setting in Arkansas. Black children in an integrated setting hated themselves more than they did in a segregated setting. Thus, the answer for mentacide was integration. Clark conducted an unscientific test in South Carolina. This was the basis for Brown v. Board of Education.

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Fandom should be no safe haven for bigots.

fandomsandfeminism:

Bigots should always been uncomfortable in fandom space.

Bigots should feel threatened in fandom space.

Bigots should be rubbed the wrong way, turned off, and annoyed by the diversity within canon and celebration of diversity within fandom. 

Bigots should be shunned from fandom unilaterally. 

Bigots should never be tolerated in our spaces.

When I was a teenager, I believed the narrative around me. I believed that bisexuality was only a stepping stone to being a lesbian or just a phase or something girls said to get attention. Movies, TV shows, and brainless teen magazines as well as the gay and straight people around me diagnosed the feelings I had as being some phase. At best, I thought I was just a really progressive ally, and this would all go away. But I also feared that I was actually certifiable, because I crushed hard over girls at school, and, as my poor parents could tell you, I also obsessed over boys — the boys didn’t really like me back, but that’s another story for another publication.

If you know me, it’s no shock that I was a very social, boisterous kid. What no one knew, though, was that I actually felt incredibly isolated for the few years we lived out in the suburbs on Long Island during high school. I guess you really can’t be what you can’t see, and until I got to college, I knew no queer females of color my age in media or in real life.

There are way more examples out there these days for young women trying to figure themselves out than there were in 1997. Still, I know that some 13-year-old black girl is Googling “Can you like girls and boys?” I want her to know that she can. And it’s completely all right. She’s not crazy. She’s not the only one with a crush on her female best friend and her male lab partner. Her feelings are valid, and no one can take those feelings away from her.

My Bi Choice | Michelle Garcia for the Advocate  (via gaywrites)

comedycentral:

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly faced off over white privilege on last night’s Daily Show. Click here to watch the extended interview.

nukirk:

oneextrahourintheballpit:

whatever-joey:

So in New Hampshire, the annual Pumpkinfest was interrupted with bloody riots and…well…twitter answered the call. 

This is my home town. It never fucking ends in Keene. I have so much to say about it. But to clear things up, the rioting was not AT pumpkin fest. The rioting was started by a massive college party at off campus housing. Swat teams contained it to that area and Pumpkin Fest, which is an annual family friendly event, went on as usual. Pumpkin fest was an excuse for the college kids to party, but was not the cause or location of the riot. 

There was tear gas, rubber bullets, the tank (that was mocked by john oliver) was brought out, and police are being called in from VT, MA, and major cities in NH to help control it. 

Some party-goers got violent and destructive and then got violent against police and medical personnel who were trying to help the injured. This turned into the riot where they were setting fires and flipping cars. The entitled shitheads are treating it like a joke, and, lbr, of course they are. I bet most of these kids were raised to laugh at authority. I bet their parents bailed them out their whole lives. They have NOTHING to fear. They’re taking selfies in front of the swat teams. It’s white privilege at it’s finest. And it will inevitably be covered that way by the media.

I’m glad black twitter took notice. It’s weird that I was blocks away from this but that the Pumpkin Fest was completely unphased. It was only at night when I went back to my car and had to drive through herds of college students taking up the side street who could’ve decided to fuck with me at any given time that it was real to me.

Keene has become an incredibly bizarre place to live with domestic terrorism/gang behavior which is basically ignored by police because the people doing this are rich and white. It’s not just college riots. Look into Free Keene and their bullshit. There’s too much to unpack to even begin to make people understand what’s going on here.

It’s been hashtagged “pumpkinfest” because early news reports tied them together. 

damnitoba:

religious homophobes think that as long as they’re polite about their hateful views it’s not gonna count as hate well it does and it literally kills people and you stay silent with that “I love you but I don’t support your lifestyle” you don’t fucking deserve the right to say you love us it’s a goddamn LIE

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oikaast:

hitlerch4n:

ledi-babushka-soski:

weloveinterracial:

Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home
‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar.  18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.
The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.
Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day.  DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home.  The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.
When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.
“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.
When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.
“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad,” DeShawn later told reporters.
During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face.  When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.
When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.
“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.
“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.
The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.

Now this is something to bring attention to.

Yes


So tired of people.

oikaast:

hitlerch4n:

ledi-babushka-soski:

weloveinterracial:

Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home

‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ Police pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

A North Carolina teen was recently assaulted and pepper sprayed by police in his own home, after he was mistaken for a burglar.  18-year-old DeShawn Currie has been living with foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler in Wake County, North Carolina for about a year.

The Tylers love DeShawn as their own son and they have taken him into their home, in hopes to provide him the safe and loving environment that he needs to thrive in the most important years of his life.

Unfortunately, some of the Tyler’s neighbors were not familiar with the family dynamics of the home, and decided to call the police to report a burglary when they saw the young man entering his home after school one day.  DeShawn did not climb through a window or struggle to get inside, but simply walked through the unlocked door of the home.  The only thing that actually made his neighbors suspicious, was the color of his skin.

When police arrived on the scene they treated DeShawn like a criminal without asking any questions.

“They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door, I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?” DeShawn said in an interview.

When DeShawn asked the officers why they were in his home, they pointed at photos of white people hanging on the wall and told him that he was lying.

“I’m feeling comfortable, I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was white kids on the wall, that really made me mad,” DeShawn later told reporters.

During the entire altercation, police were shouting profanity at the young man, and pointing multiple guns at his face.  When DeShawn stood firm and insisted that he was in fact in his own home, police attacked him with pepper spray.

When Stacy Tyler came home from work she saw her son DeShawn in the driveway being treated by paramedics for the injuries that police had inflicted.

“My 5-year-old last night, she looked at me and said, ‘Mama I don’t understand why they hated our brother, and they had to come in and hurt him,” Stay Tyler told reporters.

“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” father Ricky Tyler added.

The police department has defended their actions, saying that that DeShawn did not obey the officer’s orders to the letter, despite the fact that they were intruders in his home and had no right to be there barking orders at him.

Now this is something to bring attention to.

Yes

So tired of people.

(Source: weloveinterracial)

takingbackourculture:

If you’re white, do not apologize for racism. Do not give us your pity of what we POC go through daily. Use that energy to stop your own kind, educate your own people, and help end racism with your white privilege. 

littleoases:

All excellent books. Mine (the green one) is available here, with a free preview of the first 3 chapters here. Props to my sister for magicking this pictograph to life. 

littleoases:

All excellent books. Mine (the green one) is available here, with a free preview of the first 3 chapters here. Props to my sister for magicking this pictograph to life. 

Our reluctance to say sorry when we’ve been wrong often causes more harm than our original offense. We argue, we gaslight. We force the person we’ve harmed to justify, over and over again, their right to feel hurt by our actions, and then we still deny them that. We make them the enemy, we become the injured party. We demand apologies for having to think of ourselves as less than good people. And we don’t learn.

The World is Not Your Fucking Oyster

thedappledsky:

  • Other people’s cultures do not exist for white people to seek their spiritual enlightenment
  • No one owes you an education, and initiation, or a history lesson simply because ‘you want’
  • No one has to include you in things because ‘you want’
  • No one has to hold their tongue, sweeten their words, or chop up sentences to make white people feel better about history- colonization, slavery, genocide, ect.
  • No one should be ‘grateful’ to you for your interest in said culture

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