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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.

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

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?

A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. “Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks. “Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare.”

Farewell, sir.
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies
By Faith Karimi, CNN
(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.
The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.
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Farewell, sir.

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

By Faith Karimi, CNN

(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.

The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.

read more at cnn.com

idling-in-the-breakdown-lane:

thatfriendlyblackguy:

cartelcoco:

bana05:

thehuskybro:

Brother broke it down in two minutes and some change, especially on that “Honorary Blackness” bullshit and the Negroes in that locker room that had Incognito’s back

Tell it.

I felt this in my BONES. Yall “Hood pass” givin negroes need to watch this and feel ashamed.

Man…Shannon can tell it.

Dude is emotional.  and rightly so.

Dear white people, if you know something is offensive, why do it? If you’re not sure, don’t do it.

We have to stop with the excuses. Stop pointing the finger. It’s not about the words that “they” use. It’s about US! It’s about “our” choices.

Even in jest, I never called a friend the big six letter no no. Why would I treat a friend that way?

It’s true I don’t know much about hazing, but I do know there’s an unwritten line that should probably not be crossed. So why do it? It doesn’t make you more of a man. It demonstrates your stupidity!

thinkspeakstress:

Welcome back to Shaming Racists: the Halloween Edition! Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

Caitlin Cimeno, also known as Kt Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Employed at Our Market Package Store.

Greg Cimeno

William Filene from Quincy, Massachusetts.

This is all public on facebook. All three pictures can be found on Caitlin Cimeno’s Instagram, @ktcimeno.

There’s no question that the three of them are racists, but Caitlin disgusted me by taking an unconsented picture of somebody else’s little girl, somebody else’s child, and using them as the target of racism for a facebook status. I’m including that too because how nasty do you have to be? As if the Halloween photos don’t answer that question.

Let me add that this stuff right here, EVERYBODY, is the reason you can’t darken your skin to portray a Black person. Because this is used to dehumanize us. Whether you intend to or not, you are perpetrating Blackface.

IT. IS. RACIST.

Caitlin Cimeno, Greg Cimeno, and William Filene are three of thousands. But justice will be served where it can. For them to make a mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death is disgusting, as is every single person praising them in the comments and every person defending them.

Look at how little value Black lives have in some people’s lives. Look at how today, yes, in 2013, our deaths are something to be laughed at, mocked, and our bodies worn as a Halloween costume. This is how we are dehumanized. Only one of thousands of ways.

Happy fucking Halloween.

This is not just racist. (As if that weren’t enough) These ghouls are mocking the senseless death of someone’s child!! You can be sure, if black folks dressed as a bloody JonBinet Ramsey there’d be hell to pay!!

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Taking pictures of little girls that you don’t know is creepy, and smacks of pedophilia!!