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america-wakiewakie:

1) Colorblind

What they say:

“People are just people.”  ”I don’t see color.”  ”We’re all just human.”   “Character, not color, is what counts with me.”

Response:

“Colorblindness” negates the cultural values, norms, expectations and life experiences of people of color. Even if an individual white person can ignore a person’s skin color, society does not.

Claiming to be “colorblind” can also be a defense when someone is afraid to discuss racism, especially if the assumption is that all conversation about race or color is racist.  Color consciousness does not equal racism.

2) Reverse Racism

What they say:

“Blacks cry ‘racism’ for everything, even though they are more or just as racist as white people.”

Response:

Let’s first define racism with this formula: Racism = racial prejudice + systemic institutional power.

To say people of color can be racist, denies the power imbalance inherent in racism. Although some Black people dislike whites and act on that prejudice to insult or hurt them, that’s not the same as systematically oppressing them and negatively affecting every aspect of their lives.

People of color, as a social group, do not possess the societal, institutional power to oppress white people as a group. An individual Black person who is abusing a white person, while clearly wrong, is acting out a personal racial prejudice, not racism.

3) It’s Not Race

What they say:

“It’s not race, it’s economics.”  ”Classism is the new racism.”

Response:

“Being Black and middle class is fundamentally different to being white and middle class.” This is what  Dr. Nicola Rollock, a researcher at The Institute of Education at the University at Birmingham in the U.K., said after researching the issue.

For the report, “The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes,” Rollock and her team looked at African-Caribbean families in particular, and confirmed that there is a Black “middle class”  who work very hard to do the best for their children. But researchers also discovered that social status and relative wealth do not protect Black people from racism.

Racism is a reality in the lives of  Black middle-class families and it extends to the upper class too, as Oprah Winfrey would agree based on her widely reported racial-profiling incident at a Zurich boutique last year.

4) Blame the Victim

What they say:

“Blacks are not willing to work hard.”  ”Blacks feel entitled and want everything handed to them.”  ”Blacks hold themselves back, not racism.”   “We have advertised everywhere, there just aren’t any qualified Blacks for this job.”

Response:

When blame-the-victim tactics are used, it provides an escape from discussing the real problem: racism. Therefore, the agents of racism, white people and their institutions, can avoid acknowledging a system of oppression exists.

As long as the focus remains on Black folks, white people can minimize or dismiss our experiences and never have to deal with their responsibility or collusion in racism and white privilege.

5) Deny, Deny, Deny

What they say:

“Blacks are unfairly favored, whites are not.”

Response:

This form of denial is based on the false notion that the playing field is now level. When some white folks are expected to suddenly share their privilege, access and advantage, they often perceive it as discrimination. White people’s attacks on programs like affirmative action and Black History Month are usually rooted in this false perception.

6) Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps

What they say:

“America is the land of opportunity, built by rugged individuals, where anyone with grit can succeed if they just pull up hard enough on their bootstraps. So Blacks need to pull themselves up from the bottom like everyone else.”

Response:

U.S. social propaganda has convinced many people that an individual’s hard work is the main determinant of success in the country. This ideology totally denies the impact of either oppression or privilege on any person’s chance for success, and pretends that every individual, regardless of color, gender, disability, etc.,  has the same access to the rights, benefits and responsibilities of society.

It also implies that Blacks have only their individual character flaws or cultural inadequacies to blame, and not racism.

7) Racism Is Over

What they say:

“Blacks live in the past. We dealt with racism in the 1960s with all the marches, sit-ins and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.  Laws have been changed. Segregation and lynching have ended. We have some details to work out, but real racism is pretty much a thing of the past. They need to get over it and move on.”

Response:

The absence of legalized, enforced segregation does not mean the end of racism. This denial of contemporary racism, based on an inaccurate assessment of both history and current society, romanticizes the past and diminishes today’s reality.

If there is no race problem, there would be no school-to-prison pipeline in Mississippi that leads to the arrest and sentencing of Black students for infractions as insignificant as wearing the wrong color socks.

New York City’s Stop and Frisk policy that led to 400,000 police encounters with innocent Black and Latino New Yorkers, would not have happened.

If there is no race problem,  why is a Black person 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates?

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apollyptica:

If we want our community to be inclusive, you need to listen to our points of view. 

There is no homogenous experiences in the ace community. What aces of colour deal with is not the same as what white aces deal with. 

Asexuality does not exist in a vacuum, and must be examined and talked about in a critical fashion. 

You must understand that there are groups of people who have had asexuality (different than our understanding of it but still the same word) forced on them or have been hypersexualized beyond compare and cannot access asexual spaces in the same way due to racism. 

Asexuality (and things like it) have an old history in certain groups, and it is vital to understand that. 

You can’t approach the experiences of aces of colour from a white perspective; you can’t. Because you won’t understand. 

Our community is multicultural, and it is important that our discourse reflects it. 

I’m reminded of what I was talking about at the International Asexuality Conference at the Asexuality and Ethnicity panel I was asked to be apart of: “You cannot parse my asexuality from my race. They are not separate. You cannot fully understand my experiences if you break them apart.” 

We are apart of this community

If asexuality discourse does not actively include aces of colour or have our voices dominate in discussions of our experiences with racism and the impact it has had on our asexuality, then it will be inaccurate. 

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black excellence

No, human excellence.

Let’s talk about set theory! In mathematical logic, we have a subfield called “set theory” where we study how items are collected into groups.

Providing a sort of logical bedrock, set theory informs foundational mathematics and computer science, among other fields, and continues to be a topic of mathematical research.

Sound too esoteric? Okay, you’re familiar with Venn diagrams, right? Venn diagrams are an example of basic set theory.

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And you know how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? There we go, more set theory.

So, Black people are group within the larger group humans, i.e. all Black people are humans, BUT not all humans are Black people.

As you can see in the photograph above, Keven Stonewall, the Chicago teen who may cure colon cancer, is Black. Keven Stonewall’s membership in other groups such as humans, Chicagoans and teenagers occurs simultaneously; consider “Chicago teen.”

Why do we say “square” when we could say “rectangle”? Because “square” conveys useful information, including “rectangle”—as well as a refinement.

When we say Keven Stonewall is an example of Black excellence, we mean Keven Stonewall is an example of Black excellence.

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Why I Chose Not to Be Involved in Whitelandia | Walidah: the Bad Sista

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Why I Chose Not to Be Involved in Whitelandia

By Walidah Imarisha

I’ve recently had folks contacting me from across the country, even all around the world, about the upcoming documentary Whitelandia: Black Oregon/White Homeland (a play on the popular show Portlandia), which purports to explore the history of racism and white supremacy in Oregon. It currently is in the production stage, having publicly put out a trailer and launching a successful kickstarter program to fund it.

People having reached out to me about this film for several reasons. One is that I present a public program called “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History,” which features an interactive timeline I developed looking at the history of race, identity and power in Oregon.

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But people also reached out to me because up until just a few weeks ago, the Whitelandia trailer featured clips of me speaking on this topic. Folks assume the footage of me means I have signed off and given my support for this project. It’s a good assumption to make - unfortunately in this case it’s dead wrong.

The truth is, Whitelandia’s producers (who are both white) used the footage of me without my knowledge or permission. They took it from a program of mine that is available for viewing on youtube. I also learned recently I am not the only one who has had this unfortunate experience. At least two local organizations th have said Whitelandia used footage from their projects without consent, credit, or notification. In addition, the Whitelandia creators told several media sources I was involved in the project, telling one I was an advisor to their project, before I had ever met with them.

More than just really bad filmmaking practices, these incidents speak to deeper issues of white privilege, appropriation and domination.

And more than just using a clip of my program without permission, the producers stated several times, in our one face-to-face meeting as well as in various emails, that my timeline, my research and my analytical framework I put forward in my public scholarship form the spine of their film. Again, without my input or even knowledge. This situation, where my work as a Black female scholar has been used by two white filmmakers without conversation, credit, compensation or control reeks of intellectual colonialism.

When I addressed these concerns with them, their response was to say it would be impossible for a film like this to exist without my scholarship and research, and that, moreover I was the “primary historian” on this subject. This alone shows how very little research the producers have done on their own. My name may come up when you type  “Oregon Black History” into google (which feels like is the extent of their research), but I have only been presenting about this for three years. My scholarship itself rests on the backs of and beside dozens of historians, community leaders, cultural workers - the vast majority of whom are from Black communities in Oregon, who have taken on the monumental task, some of them for decades, of preserving, caring for and sharing this history.

To say my work is the only work out there is indicative of the problems with this film, the lack of connection with, and knowledge of, the Black community, evident in their preparation and approach.  When we met, the producers only mentioned a couple connections they had sought to establish to the Black community. They had no concrete plans about relationship building or accountability processes, and beyond saying “Folks will get to tell their story in our film,” they had no ideas about compensation or support for the individuals and organizations who would be giving their time and energy for these filmmakers to use. I expressed my concerns to them about all of this. I talked to them about what steps they had put into place to build relationships with the Black community. I asked them how they would support work being led by the Black community now, about accountability to the community, about control, credit and compensation for individual community members featured in the film, and the people like me they were asking to be advisers and conduits to the community. Their answers were vague and didn’t feel thought-out to me. Their actions since have confirmed this, and have led me to request they remove me from the trailer, as well as not use my framework for their film.

To me, this means the making of Whitelandia replicates the same oppressive dynamics they are seeking to explore in their film. This is the historic relationship the Black community has had with the larger white power structure – one where  individuals, organizations and institutions come into the community and take what they want - without conversation, without dialogue, without recompense.

The framing of the original Whitelandia trailer (which has since been taken down) felt to me like it portrayed Black communities as passive victims. My entire program and scholarship aims to show that while Oregon was created as a white homeland, enacting many laws,  including Black exclusion laws,  to further that aim, there have always been Black communities in this state. That is due entirely to the resilience, creativity, determination and community building of Black people. The fact that Black communities exist at all in Oregon – where Black peoples’ very presence was a criminal act written into the Constitution – is an incredible thing. I believe anyone who had done the real research into this history would see this work through that lens.

My other concern is that this film raised a significant amount of money on a kickstarter using the faces, voices and stories of people who were not asked, and did not agree to it. I did not agree to be part of this project, and certainly not a part of a kickstarter campaign. It seems the majority of their money came from small donations, funded by everyday people who believe this is a vital topic that needs to be explored and shown on a larger level. People who thought they were funding a film rooted in and deeply connected to communities of color in Oregon, which unfortunately is not the case.

Do I think the two Whitelandia filmmakers are “bad” people? No. I believe they are white people who had good intentions. Unfortunately, intentions alone, without work, education and accountability, will not stop exploitative dynamics from happening. In fact, they often ensure systems of oppression will be perpetuated, especially in a place like Portland, which prides itself on espousing a liberal politic that actually serves to perpetuate institutional racism. The very existence of Portland as this white playground – as it is portrayed inPortlandia – is predicated on the exclusion, containment, and exploitation of all communities of color. The excess resources that allow Portland to be such a “liberal livable city” – as long as you are middle class and white – are available because Oregon never intended to serve the needs of anyone but its white population. Without a deep commitment to antiracism, not just vague platitudes about diversity, I believe all this state, this nation, and this film will do is further entrench the inequalities that communities of color have resisted for hundreds of years.

Shifting paradigms of power requires more than just good intentions from those who are privileged – it requires constant reflection, humility, accountability and, especially, recognition of and responsiveness to, the leadership of those directly affected. I believe that as it stands now, Whitelandia’s production practices (and ultimately the film itself) will do nothing but replicate the systems of oppression they are purporting to critique in the film.

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The term “PoC” (people/person of color) is thrown around loose and fast on Tumblr, and many times quite inappropriately as well. This can lead to the erasure of lived experiences, neo-imperialistic projections onto non-Western contexts and ultimately can reinforce white supremacy in turn. I find the rampant abuse of this term on and off of Tumblr (but especially on this platform) to be exasperating to say the least. It’s one of many reasons that I’ve grown increasingly tired of even engaging with conversations on here, but a recent conversation I had with another friend, who has already left tumblr, prompted me to write this short list for one of my Tumblr major pet-peeves. 

So with that let us begin, HOW NOT TO USE THE TERM PoC (in 2 steps):

1. Non-Western Contexts

As a Nigerian I find this to be especially irritating. I have seen people throw race into the #BringBackOurGirls conversation, even as Nigeria is a more than 99% “black” country where we do not even consciously identify as black ourselves because (ding ding) basically EVERYONE is black! We do not see ourselves as black in the context of Nigeria, but now we are suddenly “persons of color”? I can hear my Nigerian aunties hissing at the thought even as I write this.

I also once saw someone on tumblr call Ghana a “majority PoC” nation and I was absolutely floored. In yet another country where people don’t even identify as black, suddenly they are now “PoC” as well? This is Western centrism and cavalier neo-imperialistic projections of Western racial politics onto the wider world in action. Race is a social construct which varies tremendously from place to place, and taking a flat view of race on a global scale is myopic to say the least. Calling Nigeria and Ghana nations of “PoC” is not only flat out wrong, but it is an erasure that reinforces Western hegemony in turn. We want nothing to do with your word “PoC” in our countries, as it has no meaning in the context of our lives there.

At this point it’s important to remember that the term “PoC” is a Western political term for organizing in Western contexts against white supremacy. Again, it has no use in a country like Nigeria or Ghana where basically everyone is “black” (by our definition, even though, again we must note that people from these countries don’t even consciously identify with a racial marker like “black” until coming to the West). It also has no use in other “majority PoC” nations. For example, how useful is a term like “PoC” in a country like Saudi Arabia, where there is brutal, local Arab supremacy rooted in a largely independent history as well? How useful is it in any east Asian country where not even “Asian solidarity” exists given the history and tremendous animus between various peoples in the region? The answer is short- it doesn’t apply. Context is critical. Please stop abusing the term “PoC” in non-Western contexts. When you do so, you’re talking over people from these countries, being Western-centric and erasing their lived experiences in turn. Stop.

2. When antiblackness and other specific forms of racialized oppression occur

As a community, many of us black people are still mourning the loss of our murdered son, Trayvon Martin, killed by antiblackness and failed by a virulently white supremacist and antiblack justice system. Yes, other PoC are victims of racial violence and hate crimes all of the time, but this specific tragedy was a black tragedy. Trayvon Martin was killed in that neighborhood because he was a black boy whose black body was immediately interpreted by George Zimmerman as a security threat that needed to be tracked, followed, and ultimately extinguished and destroyed. Again this is antiblackness in action.

But to my great surprise, in the midst of our grief, we find other PoC waxing long about this being a “PoC tragedy.” No, it’s not a PoC tragedy, it’s a black tragedy as he was killed for being black. Stating blandly that this is just about some general struggle that all “PoC” go through is a form of violence against black people and an erasure of the particularities of our struggle as well. People love to do this with black tragedies in particular, piggy-backing on our pain, but similarly, if someone told me that the murder of Vincent Chin, who was killed for being east Asian-American, was a “PoC tragedy” I would also be horrified and disgusted.

In short, stop it. SPECIFY the form of oppression at play, because without doing so you are simply erasing lived experiences and perpetuating white supremacy and the violence against the community in question. Stop it.

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And there you have it. It sounds simple doesn’t it? Don’t apply the term “PoC” to non-Western contexts and specify forms of oppression when you can in Western contexts. But people regularly fail to do these two simple things- perpetuating violence, white supremacy and Western dominance against marginalized communities across the globe. Please do use the term “PoC” as a political organizing tool in the West— I understand its use and importance there and do use it myself in specific ways to encourage solidarity. But I simply have no time for any of the above and hope that one day the abuse of this ostensibly useful term will finally stop. 

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Once again, I feel compelled to thank Tumblr.

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In response to a general post about Captain America/Steve Rogers, someone posted about Isaiah Bradley. Since I never heard of this character before, I looked him up … and immediately discovered references to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Apparently, Marvel intended his origin story to directly reference the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (aka Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment) instead of an accident akin to that of Bruce Banner. [Reference: Truth Be Told: Authorship and the Creation of the Black Captain America]

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Between 1932 and 1972, The U.S. Public Health Service conducted a study on the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American sharecroppers in Alabama. They never told the men that they had syphilis and the men were never treated for syphilis. Meanwhile, penicillin was readily available and accepted as a medical treatment for the deadly disease. The significance of this infamous study, besides its inhumanity, is that it led to the creation of federally-mandated Institutional Review Boards to oversee experiments involving human subjects and the Belmont Report.  [Reference: Tuskegee Syphilis Study]

I’m no expert on Marvel, so I can’t comment on the significance of the fact that they insisted on referencing this unpleasant side of American history in their “black Captain America”. I would rather see more recognition of the character himself so his story would actually be well-known (go Google it). The fact that he exists, however, is encouraging.  

So, thank you Tumblr for reminding me that even though we use this blogging platform for funny gifs …we can also use it as a basis for education and expanding our understanding of history, law, politics, racism, and classism. By the way, the Belmont Report and its history were required reading for my university’s introduction to the study of history. The department chair wanted to impress upon us the importance of Institutional Review Boards if we decided to interview people for our history papers. 

Isaiah was all things considered a very recent character, but he stands as very important because he’s a testament to a dark side of American history that most of pop culture, but especially comic books (which are largely built on nostalgia) rarely touch upon.

He was a pretty big deal because both Marvel and DC have a really strict reverence for the Golden Age (the first big comics boom during the late 30’s-40’s), so the fact that they were not only willing to insert a character like that into the Captain America mythos, but also in a way that directly references heinous shit the U.S. actually did, was very controversial and important.

I hope to god this character eventually makes his way to the MCU.

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Portland drivers ‘clearly’ show racial bias at crosswalks, PSU study says | Oregon Live

Racial bias doesn’t stop with education, employment, health care and criminal sentencing. It’s also prevalent at crosswalks in Portland, according to a new study of traffic psychology.

Conducted in downtown Portland, the joint Portland State University and University of Arizona study found that twice as many drivers failed to yield for black pedestrians than those who were white. Meanwhile, black pedestrians typically had to wait a third longer for cars to stop for them when they had the legal right of way.

With fewer motorists yielding for them, minorities are more likely to take greater risks to cross the street, which might factor into why they’re disproportionately represented in U.S. pedestrian fatalities, the study concluded.

"In a fast-paced activity like driving, where decisions may need to be made in a fraction of a second, people’s’ actions can be influenced by these subtle attitudes," the study said.

The results come at the same time as the Smart Growth America’s annual "Dangerous by Design 2014" report (PDF) showing the most dangerous U.S. Cities for pedestrians. Despite a string of deaths in the final weeks of 2013, the Portland metro area was ranked the seventh safest for walking, according to the group’s “pedestrian danger index.”

Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians died along American roads — 16 times the number killed in earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, the report showed. Another 676,000 pedestrians were injured.

Nationally, African-Americans have a 60 percent higher rate of pedestrian deaths than whites, the Smart Growth America study shows. Meanwhile, it’s 43 percent higher for Hispanics.

For their study on racial bias at crosswalks, PSU researchers Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Tara Goddard, and Arlie Adkins, of the University of Arizona, chose an unsignalized but clearly marked crosswalk near Southwest Park Avenue and Clay Street.

It’s one of downtown’s most used midblock crossings, where yielding isn’t influenced by cross traffic or turning.

Kahn, Goddard and Adkins dressed the six test subjects – three white men, three black men, all in their 20s with the same height and build — in the same clothing and had them approach the crosswalk in the same manner. “Each pedestrian did 15 crossing trials,” the study said.”These trials resulted in 168 driver subjects.”

The research team stood out of sight and recorded whether the first car to approach yielded, how many cars passed before someone yielded and the number of seconds that elapsed before the pedestrian was able to cross.

The black pedestrians got passed by twice as many cars and waited 32 percent longer than white pedestrians, the researchers said.

Goddard said she had expected to see some differences, but the stark contrast in how pedestrians of different races are treated shocked her.

"It’s amazing to look at something you thought might be subtle and to see it instead so clearly," Goddard said.

She added, “Racial bias applies to so many areas of life, so it makes sense that it takes place in traffic. But nobody has looked at it like this before.”

At the same time, Goddard said it would be wrong to say many Portland drivers are racist just because they didn’t yield for a black man waiting at a crosswalk.

Rather, driving is a fast-moving activity “with tons of stimuli” that relies heavily on reflexes and motorists are are likely acting on subconscious impulses, she said.

The researchers said they understand the small study’s limitations.

Goddard said she and her fellow researchers hope to acquire a grant to collect more data on driver demographics, which were only collected for the driver who yielded during the pilot study. They also want to test different types of crosswalks and the inclusion of gender as a possible influencing factor.

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Hello friend! As a fan of Joss Whedon's work I find it very important that I am fully aware of all the bad stuff he has done so that I may be able to appreciate his work but not fall into hero worshiping a dirt bag. Feel free not to go in depth or even answer but if I google searched it I doubt I would find anything negative about him.
mo-betta mo-betta Said:

yours-queerly:

cassandrapentaghast:

GENERAL TRIGGER WARNING

He’s transphobic.

He’s ableist.

He’s racist and sexist.

No seriously, he’s really racist.

He supported Patton Oswalt’s rape jokes, anti-semetic jokes, and racist jokes.

He’s very Orientalist.

He’s just really, really sexist.

He has whitewashed several characters in the Marvel universe. (more here)

He erased a character’s genderfluidity in order to make them a girl, which is really binarist of him.

Whedon has repeatedly infantized female characters, and when he’s not doing that, he’s punishing them for being sexy, or punishing them for being women. It’s an audacity that he gets so much praise for being a feminist, when he hurts women just as much as the next man.

Whedon is dangerous because he uses hurts women and is worshipped by many as women’s savior in entertainment.

(for more information on whedon’s general shittiness, go here)

PSA: Joss Whedon is a piece of shit