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jean-prouvairy:

year-0f-the-kyle:

It never has.

This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.

THANK YOU

Agreed! But…

People who are discriminated against have a right to be angry. The trick is using that anger productively.

Education is the best weapon against *isms and *phobias.

As I’ve said before, I’ve occasionally been the bonehead. If it wasn’t for some very patient friends who took the time to explain to me that what I was saying or doing was hurting them, I might never have grown as a human. So, while I agree 100% that hate does not end hate, I will not criticize those who have been wronged for expressing their anger.

Now back to cute kitten GIFs. ;)

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The Reality of Dating White Women When You're Black

talldarklefty:

This is a good article and touches on some of the issues, thoughts, and feelings that i know that i’ve dealt with personally. Overall just an interesting read

You’ve got to read Ernest Baker’s insightful piece. I know from experience how politics can affect dating someone of a different race but heterosexual black men have to deal with a whole extra layer of it. Dating shouldn’t this damned complicated! 

Anyway, please click the link and read the article. It’s really important.

weezyns:

cjaquay:

Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)
Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 

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Indeed.

weezyns:

cjaquay:

Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)

Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 

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Indeed.

South African Comedian Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah talks about apartheid, interracial marriage, and coming to America.

and he does it in a really funny way! :))

Affirmative Action is Not the Answer

walterblakeknoblock:

Affirmative Action is Not the Answer

On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, the Supreme Court upheld the right for Michigan to abstain from taking racial preference into consideration when admitting students to public universities. Every year, around the time when students find out whether they did or didn’t get into the colleges they applied to, this comes up. Primarily, it is black students who believe that they deserve lower standards to get into schools because their race puts them at a disadvantage and that it is the school’s duty as a public institution to promote diversity on campus. Opponents of affirmative action believe that admission should be a blind process and any privileges that would potentially account for a more likely admission should be ignored by the institution. I have lived in Michigan for most of my life and I think that it is important to also note that the only time affirmative action debates arise is when students don’t get into the University of Michigan, the most prestigious university in the state and home to some of the best programs in the country. There is something wrong with the conversation we are having.

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Reblogging this because I think Mr Knoblock’s argument is worth reading.

My views on this issue are a little different. I missed out on college because we couldn’t afford it and I sure as hell wasn’t going to apply for loans that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pay back. But that was MY issue. It had nothing to do with whether or not a black student was admitted in my place.

Before we dismantle Affirmative Action, we need to address the disparities in our grade school educational system, which Knoblock briefly touches on.  Why, for instance, are schools in predominantly black neighborhoods so underfunded? - I live in Philadelphia. Our schools are a mess! We can’t afford to pay our teachers but we’ve got plenty of money for administrators. :\

If our elected officials were really patriotic, they’d spend more time and energy on education. But that’s a-whole-nother issue. :\

No matter what side of this issue you stand, you really should click the link and read Walter Blake Knoblock’s opinion piece.

policymic:

Watch: The real way Fox News talks about black people

Fox News celebrated Black History Month with five-second clips highlighting the achievements of African-Americans. However, as Media Matters excellently points out, “Let’s take a look at how at how Fox News covers issues that affect African-Americans throughout the rest of the year.”

The video shows the network typically frames discussions about African-Americans and blackness around criminality, cultural degeneracy and racial inferiority, painting a very broad, disrespectful and stereotypical image of a diverse group that has made great contributions to American society.

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comedycentral:

"These people think Lincoln started the Civil War because the North was ready to kill to end slavery, when the truth was the South was ready to die to keep slavery. You’re welcome, libertarians: I just unfucked your facts." -Larry Wilmore

…and they’re still not over it. :\

odinsblog:

Think about it for a sec…about how the entire script ʇoƃ pǝddıןɟ in both the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, and how what passed for “reasonable fear” was, in fact, a racist, angry, *armed* and grown ass man, initiating a confrontation—with an *unarmed* minor—then escalating that confrontation, and then being murderously violent, and then after all of that, still saying with a straight face, “well, I thought they were about to become as violent as I already was. And they were Black. So I had to kill them”
AND THEN SOMEONE ON THE JURY GOES: OK, I CAN TOTALLY SEE YOUR POINT

odinsblog:

Think about it for a sec…about how the entire script ʇoƃ pǝddıןɟ in both the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, and how what passed for “reasonable fear” was, in fact, a racist, angry, *armed* and grown ass man, initiating a confrontation—with an *unarmed* minor—then escalating that confrontation, and then being murderously violent, and then after all of that, still saying with a straight face, “well, I thought they were about to become as violent as I already was. And they were Black. So I had to kill them”

AND THEN SOMEONE ON THE JURY GOES: OK, I CAN TOTALLY SEE YOUR POINT

It is safer for you to hate me. It is safer for you to judge me. It is safer for you to criminalize me. For ignorance serves fear. The fear of knowing me protects you from having to love me, because if you knew me, you would love me, and by loving me, you would have to question your fear, and by questioning your fear, you would have to challenge that fear, and fear is what has held your world together. So… It is safer for you to hate me. It is safer for you to judge me. It is safer for you to criminalize me. For fear is your GOD.

Quincy LeNear Gossfield via Facebook (via quincylenear)

Reverse-Ranting

icantbelieveitsnotbuddha:

Reverse-sexism isn’t a thing, people. Neither is reverse-racism. Reverse-sexism would be gender-equality. Reverse-racism would be racial-equality. I get the point people are trying to make, but to me it seems to downplay the fact that if someone from a “minority” prejudges someone based on the colour of their skin or the particular plumbing they were born with, that it somehow isn’t racism or sexism.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a typical white male who feels put-upon when criticized. It truly bothers me that reverse-racism and -sexism (maybe we should call them “revenge-racism and revenge-sexism”, or more appropriately, “racism” and “sexism”) are given a pass in society. “It’s okay. They’ve been the subject of prejudice all their lives. They’re allowed to do exactly the same thing that was done to them.”

How can anyone heal from the damage of oppression if, after the oppression is largely lifted (note, I said “largely lifted”; there are certainly still changes to be made) they are given the green-light to retaliate against their oppressors in exactly the same way (i.e., by making prejudgments based on nothing more than physical characteristics)?

Revenge is never a solution to a problem, especially if after the revenge you still have to live in a society with the target.

Have white males behaved badly throughout history? Absolutely. I think most people would agree that they have. Does it help when the victim does the exact same thing? No. Eventually, someone has to forgive or we get nowhere.

I agree. The problem with “revenge” racism or “revenge” sexism is that it targets those who may have had little or nothing to do with your oppression. It’s like keeping the entire class after school because one kid was an ass. As a gay man, it would certainly be understandable for me to trash every heterosexual I ever saw, but it would be counterproductive.

That being said, allow me to share a few thoughts.

First, ask yourself if perhaps the person mistreating you is having a bad day. It’s not always about racism or sexism, unless of course epithets are being tossed your way.

Second, when a woman or a person of color directs their anger in my direction, especially online, I don’t take it personally. If I know deep in my heart that I have done nothing to deserve such treatment, I ignore it. They don’t know me. There’s no amount of arguing that will change their mind. Besides, arguing may in fact make it worse. When it happens in person, the only thing you can do is try not to overreact. — We all live in our own realities. When people doubt the intelligence of a Latino who speaks little English, you can hardly blame him for his resentment.

It’s not right to lash out at white males just because they’re white and male, but there is a little thing called “White Male Privilege”. White males can walk down a street in the middle of the night without fear of rape. White males are less likely to be carded at a bar. White males can walk through a department store without being followed or shot by security. I can’t change the fact that I am a white male, but I can be aware of how I affect the world around me. Perhaps if more of us were a little more aware, there might be less distrust of white men.

And yes, if you treat a white person badly simply because (s)he is white, are you any better than any other bigot?

…but what do I know?

90skiddsolotoowild:

minn2x:

As a black person this makes me really proud but at the same time it really frustrates me because the news never focus on the positive qualities of blacks which in reality actually out weighs the negatives but the media only focus on the negatives.. why does a 4 year old black boy cussing makes huge media headlines but a 4 year black girl genius does not……that’s what really frustrates me. 

I LOVE MY PEOPLE!! Keep Thriving and being great and extraordinary!! ✊✌️👍👌

Reblogging this for all the young people who never see people like them achieving great things. You have value. All things are possible when you try.