Shiny Happy Fists of Rage

Hello.

I generally like blogs about anti-racism, feminism (womanism), science, religion, books, vegan recipes, my various fandoms, knitting, and funny shit.

So as you might expect, this blog of mine is some amalgamation of the above.

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You know you love it.

My fandoms:


* Mass Effect
* Dragon Age
* Avatar (TLA and LOK)
* Arrested Development
* Community (sorta)
* Star Trek (DS9 and TNG)
* Song of Ice and Fire
* Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
* Doctor Who (sorta but not really anymore.)
* Popular Science (Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, etc.)
People on My Dash
Posts tagged "White privilege"

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and adding commentary like:

You have to admit, this very amazing of her. She isn’t as young as she Used to be and she still goes out there ad does…

or

Independent of any comparison. This is still a fucking awesome picture

or

This isn’t racial, its on party lines, FOX NEWS said that, so which side do they root for? just take a guess

or even

Omg it’s a baby….  I hate racism, because A it’s super wrong and DISGUSTING but secondly because EVERYTHING is subject to racist backlash, so many things that would otherwise be benign are tied into racism.   I’m sorry that racism exists.  I’m sorry that even though our society is supposedly advanced that we still don’t accept people as equals.  

Dudes, the comparison is the point of the post.


I find this absolutely fascinating.

I posted a picture detailing a concrete example of society’s anti-blackness, and people respond by telling me how cool the original picture is.

ASLKDFJSKDJFAL

It’s like if I posted a picture of a necklace design that Urban Outfitters stole from some Indie Etsy store. And people responded saying “REGARDLESS OF THE CONTEXT SURROUNDING THIS PICTURE I HAVE TO SAY THAT URBAN OUTFITTERS HAS GREAT TASTE IN JEWELRY”

Ugh.

Btw, I side-eye everyone who says “I’m sorry that racism exists” or “I’m sorry that other people are still racist” on principle. But they get an EXTRA HARD side-eye when they say it in response to someone pointing out racism.

Cause then you’re not sorry about racism (otherwise you’d be responding to the actual content of that person’s post), you’re just derailing because you’re uncomfortable with the topic.


In an article published in the latest issue of Dutch fashion magazine Jackie, the magazine offers a little advice on how to dress like Rihanna without looking like the “ultimate niggerbitch.” That’s right. No typo there. Check out the full English translation below:

“She has street cred, she has a ghetto ass and she has a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate niggabitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it. But Dutch winters aren’t like Jamaican ones, so pick a clothing style in which your daughter can resist minus ten. No to the big sunglasses and the pornheels, and yes to the tiger print, pink shizzle and everything that glitters. Now let’s hope she won’t beat anybody up at daycare.”

"So I was at a party recently and I was having a conversation with a woman who was telling me about how she was traveling around Africa last year, and she even learned some African.

Yeah. She learned … African.

To which I replied, ‘Oh that’s so interesting! It’s funny, I’ve actually been trying to learn Asian this year.’

And then she replied, 'Asian isn't a language.'


The only thing worse than an idiot is an arrogant idiot.”

-Hari Kondabolu

onegracelesslady:

How is it that “white privilege” is something thrown around so often to people who are light skinned? “White privilege” is pretty much going away in the majority of everywhere. Especially the US as I know it.

White privilege is separate from economic privilege. You personally don’t have to do anything to benefit from white privilege. It’s what other people do, the way that other people treat you (and the difference between the way they treat me), and the way that society looks at you and people of your race that makes you privileged.

Also, light-skinned is used to refer to people of color who are lightly melanized. Zoe Saldana is light skinned. Halle Berry is light skinned. Aishwarya Rai is light skinned.

Julie Andrews is white. Ke$ha is white. You are white. Not light skinned.

People of minorities and new immigrants get so much just for being who they are.

Yes, like: 

1) disproportionately being stopped by police officers,

2) disproportionately jailed for crimes that are disproportionally committed by white people,

3) comprising a disproportionate percentage of the poor and unemployed.

When was the last time someone got a free ride through college for being white?

Alumni scolarships, niche scholarships, sorority/fraternity scholarships, scholarships aimed at white people (yes, they do exist.)

Everywhere is so culturally diverse that from where I am from, and most places I have been, there really is no certain “privilege.”

Lol privilege.

"Diversity" does not erase privilege.

Everyone gets an equal chance. Everyone who uses “white privilege” as an excuse as to why someone of light skin is the way they are is stupid. This whole issue is stupid.

Minorities and people of color automatically get the top of the stack for colleges, for jobs, for anything.

This is just a ridiculous claim. Check out this study.  They sent in equally qualified resumes for jobs. Resumes with “white sounding names” were 50% more likely to be called back than those with “black sounding names”.

Also check this study out: White felons received call backs or job offers more often than blacks with no criminal records.

Yes, you read that correctly. Black men without a criminal record were called back *less* often than white men with a criminal record.

So no, POC don’t get the top of the stack for jobs. It’s actually better to be a white convicted felon than a black man.

Not white people. So go ahead, say that this is my view because of my “white privilege.” Go on, JUDGE ME BASED ON MY SKIN COLOR. Hypocrites.

Pointing out racism isn’t racist.

Earlier today, I was talking to one of my (white, cis, male, straight) friends, and we got to talking about abortion. He said he was generally pro-choice, but that it “became tricky” when the guy wants to keep the baby when the pregnant person wants to have an abortion.

I quietly threw a fit, regained my composure, and then started explaining that no matter how much a person wants a child, they have no right to force another person to remain pregnant,  people have a right to their own bodies, etc, etc.  He eventually recanted, and tried to explain where he was coming from. He said things like, “Yeah, well, I haven’t thought too hard about this,” and “I’m not really into politics at all.”


“I’m not really into politics at all.”


And while I’m sure he meant this to provide some sort of reasoning for his viewpoints, (many of which he admitted (after some back-and-forth) were problematic), I realized that I was actually becoming more frustrated.  Because he has the privilege to decide to not care about politics.

He doesn’t have to worry about many of the things that people like me worry about. No one’s trying to take away his right to govern his own reproduction, for example. The things that make it harder for people like me to exist in this country are very often directly tied to politics and government, and so it behooves me to be cognizant of these issues.  

I can’t afford to not care about the government putting limitations on abortion rights.
 
I can’t afford to not be enraged about police brutality.

I can’t afford to not care about the growing economic disparities between the rich and poor and disproportionately large economic burdens being placed on the poor and people of color.

I can’t afford to not be disgusted by the poor education in POC/poor areas of the country.

I have to care about politics, because these are not theoretical discussions for me.

 

instrumentalsftw:

…so i can write about it better? :/

Yes it’s bad. The struggles of minorities and other marginalized groups are not there to provide inspiration for your art.

poweroflight replied to your post: rhymeswithchelsea replied to your post: I…

I cannot and will not attribute success or blessings to the fact that I am white. God, yes. My hard work and toil? Absolutely. No one can take those things away. Just like I won’t attribute anyone else’s blessings to some ambiguous factor.

I really want to make sure you saw what Rhymeswithchelsea wrote, so here it is:

again this is a fact, not an opinion. racism is INSTITUTIONAL, not individual. it’s about opportunities being afforded to some and denied to others in order to perpetuate inequality and keep white men in power.

Your hard work and toil have certainly contributed to your successes, but what has *also* contributed is the fact that you are white. It has. As a whole, people of color are less successful and less blessed that you have been. This is not because they just don’t work as hard (and to imply this is actually super racist) - it’s because the odds are stacked against them. People of color who have made it to the same level of success as you have had to work harder, and they have had to overcome more difficulties. This is unfair, and something that we need to work to correct

I want to stress that this is not to demean your successes and your hard work, but to put them in perspective.

I absolutely believe there are still inequalities and they need to be fixed. Racism is horrible. I have many friends from many countries and love them. But the idea of "privilege", to be frank, bothers me. Maybe because I come from a family of Greek (illegal and legal) immigrants (still considered white for whatever reason) but I just don't think there is any ground for a write-off of "privilege"..
lemuffinmistress lemuffinmistress Said:

"I absolutely believe there are still inequalities and they need to be fixed."

Yes, I agree with you here, most definitely. And thhe fact that you understand this is what lets me know that you understand the concept of white privilege, even if it bothers you. The idea of white privilege is that there are inequalities and they must be fixed. 

"But the idea of "privilege", to be frank, bothers me."

I can understand this, too! The idea of being on the upper end of an inequality can be very uncomfortable, especially when you don’t want to and you want everyone to be equal. But uncomfortable as it is, it is true.  I do want to clarify a few things about white privilege, because it can seem like an accusatory term:

  • When we say that whites have privilege, we’re not saying that being white means you have a perfect life. It just means that this society favors white people over people of color. 
  • We’re also not saying that we can write white people off because they have privilege. What we *are* saying is that we want white people to recognize their privilege and then help us fight against that unequal balance of power. We aren’t trying to reverse it so that people of color have more privilege, or so that whites  are in position of less power to people of color. We just want to eliminate the inequalities in the balance of power so that everyone will TRULY be on an equal playing field.
  • This requires that white people be made aware of the unequal playing field. If you’ve gone throughout your entire life unaware of the imbalance of power, it can be shocking and uncomfortable to be suddenly made aware of it. In our society, people of color UNDERprivileged in, and the flip side of that is that white people are OVERprivileged. 
I get what you're saying, and I've heard that too. But here's my issue. You claim that more white people smoke marijuana than black & latino do. First off, I don't think that will ever be an accurately obtained statistic, let's be real haha. But more more importantly, you attribute the fact that more black and latino people end up in prison for the act to the idea that whites are privileged. Can that really be the only option? The law says it's an offense for allSo it can't be systemic racism..
lemuffinmistress lemuffinmistress Said:

""The law says it’s an offense for all So it can’t be systemic racism.. ""

Exactly! Well, to the first part, at least. It’s an offense for all. If it’s an offense for all, then the percentage of whites who use marijuana should be equal to the percentage of whites in jail for having used marijuana. But it’s not.  What this is suggesting is that it’s LESS of an offense for whites, because they are not punished as harshly as people of color are.

If the majority of people committing a crime are white, but whites make up a minority of people in jail for having committed that crime, the reason for that disparity is most definitely a result of systemic racism.