““We know the candidate Barack Obama what he was like. The anti-war government nig … uh … the … uh … America was a source for division around the world.””
Good heavens. The racism is eating him from the inside out.
He probably says n*gger all day long. That’s why it flows out of his gob so easily.
Stay classy Rick Santorum and stay classy, America!
reblogging. video link above, two responses from rosa—sparks below (their tumblr includes reblogs/links to many other responses as well)
- received an email asking me to apply for safe zone co-coordinator
- have received up to 5 emails asking for my participation in “At Risk: Friends in College” training module where you are an avatar and navigate to virtually help friends/students in distress
- 4+ tabs of research on various sources on legal hoops for trans* things such as name change (why can you only find this info on non-gov’t/official sites. problem.)
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Time to Hole Up And a Time to Kick Ass” in We Don’t Need Another Wave (via kru-pa)
always reblog because survival IS revolutionary.
this quote has been in my head today for reasons.
The Application Game
Whenever I do something really embarrassing in public, I’ve taken to asking pretty loudly, “WHO WANTS TO DATE ME?!”
It’s been a great way for me to deal with the fact that I snort-laugh and fall down on a regular basis.
wait, snort-laughing and constantly falling isn’t attractive?
Examples of what white privilege deniers THINK it means to be told to “Check Your Privilege.”
- Apologize for being white
- Believe white is bad or wrong
- Be ashamed of being white
- Feel guilty for being white
Examples of what people ACTUALLY mean when they say “Check Your Privilege.”
- You are inserting yourself into a conversation where you shouldn’t be. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are making my pain about you. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are belittling my pain. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
- You are making my fears concerns and troubles less important than your annoyance about me talking about my experience. Acknowledge what you are doing, apologize and stop it.
If you believe that PoC want you to apologize for having white privilege, you are wrong. To be honest, I don’t get why you would think that in the first place. Let’s pretend for a second that I DO want you to apologize for having white privilege. Then, let’s pretend that you actually do apologize to me. How does that help me in ANY way? You see, some of you believe that we want to take away what you have or we want you to be ashamed of what you have. This is not the case. We want to be treated like human beings and we want you to understand that you don’t get to assert yourself or your feelings ABOUT OUR FEELINGS onto us or into our conversations.
Your guilt over white privilege also does me no good. You feel guilty? Okay and…? What does that do for either of us? If anything, your guilt tends to bring out MORE racism, not less. We don’t want to be treated BETTER, we want to be treated EQUALLY. Don’t pretend you like Black Joe when Black Joe is an asshole. That does not prove to me that you aren’t racist, it proves that you ARE racist because you are ONLY “Friends” with him BECAUSE he’s black.
Again…how does that help me in any way?
So you want to know what you should do about your White Privilege? See the second set of examples and follow them to the letter. Know that even if society tells you otherwise, you are not better, more important or more valid than anyone else. Know that your opinion should not be something you hold higher. Especially in situations you have not personally lived through. Generally, stop making things about you. That’s really the basics. No one believes that things are going to change so drastically that white privilege will disappear. We are all realistic people. It isn’t about taking something away from you. It is about you not trying to add you to our lives. It’s not about you. If you can only remember one thing, let that be it. It is not about you.
Femme is about being a babe inside of your own brain.
It’s about feeling like you are taking care of you.
It’s about knowing that you have assembled a team of experts – friends, partners, chosen family, lovers, mentors – to go through your life with. People who will see you the way you see you, and who aren’t afraid to set you to rights when you need a talking to.
Femme is about trusting your own conceptions of beauty, power, pleasure, and generosity.
If “femininity” is defined according to (sexist!) social expectations and separated entirely from “masculinity,” then Femme is looking over its shoulder and laughing at all those rules.” —
this is something to remember.
woke up this morning and realized i wish i had more femme friends and less internalized sexism
needed this pep talk today
from, ‘The Bad Gay Shouts out the Background’
also this whole article is great.