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goddesscru:

america-wakiewakie:

questionall:

Why White people are not coming out against the racism in Ferguson. He is dead on.

I could chill with this dude.

I want to thank this man for telling some serious truth. And he didn’t do it in a way that makes him come off as disingenuous. It’s not patronizing. It’s just honest. We don’t ever get that much out of the people who consider themselves “progressive”. He definitely has the right perspective on it. Plus, I just really like that he’s fired up about it. That gives me hope.

 
Elijah Hamilton is spot on about a few things.
My own father used to call me a “N—-Lover” whenever I called attention to, or spoke out against, the daily crap that gets perpetuated.

The only way to fight against this is persistence. …and patience. :\

"You’re not protecting the people and you’re not protecting property, so why are you there?" 

"Is it ok to break the law or not? Because the cops are breaking the law left and right. It’s state law that officers wear a badge and their badge number is visible. They blocked our air space so the press cannot view what’s going on. They’re firing tear gas and projectiles onto people’s lawns, into people’s homes, at people on their private property. So is it ok to use violence to get what you want or not? Because a cop blew the head off of Michael Brown. Shot a teenager six times but Michael Brown’s the savage cuz he pushed a guy in a convenience store?"

"We need to re-tell stories as they actually happened without injecting opinion and fervor and political gain into it…"

All this noise about what Michael Brown did or did not do is irrelevant. Even if he is the person seen in the security video strong arming the store clerk, that does NOT excuse the actions of an overzealous, possibly racist, cop. The last I heard, here in America anyway, shoplifting is not a crime punishable by death. So all you people grumbling about how this young man wasn’t innocent kindly shut the hell up.

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heidi8:

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice. 

I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action. 

antisjwyellowfang:

Just your daily reminders:

  • Racists are a problem
  • White people are not
  • Homophobes are a problem
  • Straight people are not
  • Transphobes are a problem
  • Cis people are not
  • Sexists are a problem
  • Men are not

And most importantly,

  • Hating an innocent person solely because of their race, sexuality, or gender makes you a fucking asshole

(Source: egalitarianyellowfang)

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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(Source: micdotcom)

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?