jige asked: There are POC's who believe/acknowledge that race is an arbitrary concept, though...? Beside that, beliefs and choices are, by definition, concepts or ideas. Are you high? The **feelings** of an internet blogger doesn't dictate the definition of a thing, and it doesn't change that "race" literally is a artificial concept that has changed with time and social context. "Race" was made up by racist people who wanted to create arbitrary, non-static borders so they could control populations.
It’s not as if racism isn’t a very real issue, but that’s not the point. Racism itself created and perpetuates the idea of race. The word “race” wasn’t even used until like 400 years ago. It was made up… get this… BY racist white aristocrats to distinguish “superior” Celtic/Germanic peoples from literally everyone else, including other types of white Europeans. It wasn’t until the 1800s that it was used to distinguish between whites as a whole and everyone else.
When you assert that “white people shouldn’t tell me that race isn’t real,” you’re still subjecting yourself to a bullshit racist concept that was made up and enforced by white slave owners hundreds of years ago. There’s nothing wrong with identifying as black, white, Korean, Navajo, whatever, but they’re still completely made up. It’s not about ignoring differences either, or being “colorblind.” The thing is… Everyone alive right now homo sapiens sapiens, and “sub-species” is a racist farce.
And it is white people who often create concepts, but then try to debunk anything that conflicts with their views. When people talk about racism, a white person says, “Race is a concept!” to avoid the talk of race. So “we’re all human,” right? Is that where you’re trying to go? You and others can make it seem like people’s identity is a “bullshit concept,” but only someone who knows nothing of basic biology would believe we’re all the “same” when it comes to genetics. Racial inferiority and superiority was a concept, not simply identifying someone as a race. A group of people who come from the same genetic and phenotypic background are not “construct.” Race may not be real to persons who don’t have the time to worry about the troubles of racism, but it is very real for those who have to deal with that everyday. Race is VERY real to poc, and by going along with “Race is a social construct!” it’s just a diversion to talk about the issue of racism.
White people need to stop telling me my race, choice, and beliefs are a concept.
Obviously there are a lot of non-racist, kindhearted white people in the world. That’s not the problem. The problem are those small groups of white people in power who use their tactics to harm us. If one white person says, “All black people…” it’s seen as the truth and it affects our role in society. A racist white person’s negative words is powerful, and people fail to see that. Also, the problem is not white women, it’s racist white feminists who slander black women. They also encourage the belief that the black community is ran by women, not men. Basically saying black women are the oppressors, and misogynistic and internalized racist black men believe it. I don’t want to deal with people who’s idea is to slander a group of people to “replace” their role.
Anonymous asked: Do you think black women shouldn't team up with white women when it comes to racism because feminism is really only a place for white women's rights, not woc? I care about rights for women like me, but it's hard to sympathize with white women when they're so privileged above us.
lol I consider myself to be involved with womanism, but I don’t disregard basic feminism. I believe women deserve rights the same as a man. I believe all women are considered subordinate to the white, straight, cis male because of patriarchy. I don’t disagree with white feminists who talk about women’s role in society, but still acknowledge they are standard to femininity. The problem isn’t white feminists, it’s white feminists who show underlying racism towards woc. They acknowledge a universal oppression for all women without intersecting race. It’s easy for them to say race doesn’t matter when they are white and the standard of beauty.
Jennifer Lawrence can talk about loving oneself and how she too is a victim of the standard of beauty, but she has more of a chance of being seen as beautiful with her short (cute) haircut than a black woman. A homeless white man in a nice suit has a better chance at getting a job than a black man and vice versa for women. I understand what you mean, though. It’s hard to identify with a lot of white women who talk about women’s rights, because they usually don’t apply to us. It’s usually a complaint like, “We’re always seen as weak, gentle and the damsel in distress!” We don’t get that. We’re seen and treated brutally. A woman in my writing group made a joke about how a girl was using her feminism powers to get what she wanted with her boyfriend. I thought, “Correction, she used her white women powers.” Because the same tactics white women use to surpass patriarchy doesn’t always work for us. But hey, I’m basically cool with any white woman who can debate about women’s rights with me, but don’t get offended when I say, “As a black woman…” I don’t see how you can be a feminist and not acknowledge how black women are seen in this society. I don’t care if you are white, if you don’t see it, you’re probably just don’t want to or racist.
Anonymous asked: Why do people care so much about the Holocaust, but not slavery? it wasn't only Jewish people who were in the Holocaust. Nazis hated blacks, gays, and others just as much. A white Jewish kid from school told me his ancestors had it a lot worse than ours and how ours weren't shot on the spot. What do you think?
There are many white people who like to believe because they happen to fit into a marginalized group such as LGBTQ, ethnic groups, or are apart of non-Christian religious groups or no religion at all, it makes them think they have authority over poc who may to a certain extent have privilege over them, e.g. religion, economic, education, and sexual orientation. However, they forget they still have white privilege. Or how it’s people in their groups who are anti-black. I remember in Biology class freshman year of high school remarking, “I’d probably be discriminated because I have a disability.” Someone said, “Nope. You’d be long dead before they even knew you had a disability or your religion. You’re black. Maybe because you’re a woman too, but your being black is enough for them.”
As for the “who had it worse” scenario, that is simply asinine. I will not get into that because they simply can’t be compared. Maybe someone else can aid me with that. I do think racists who happen to be of an ethnic group that had their own marginalization from white supremacy just want to use the events to stifle what black people all over the world went through. “You want black people to be treated better?! What about other minorities! You only care about yourself!” Notice how many white people only care about other European ethnic group’s history of oppression when people say reverse racism does not exist. They forget it was white people themselves who oppressed those groups. Tell your classmate to do research on slavery, colonization, the Middle Passage, and their affects on black people around the world before making it sound like it was a picnic in the park, and then tell him to eat shit.
Anonymous asked: that---was not what I said, and you know that, you come off as overbearing self righteous, stop acting like that, you keep calling everyone names noone, was crying racism- placing insults when you reply to me,how are you to educate anyone? what kind of teacher calls others idiots repeatedly and expected to listen I understand history -- You're not a stupid blackie?what. if i called you that i would be insulting my race what's up with you I never said any of those things you're saying them
That’s you and others. You come on my page trying to contradict what I say. You might as well call me an “idiot” because that’s more or less what you are implying the way you speak to me. You don’t have to outwardly call me a name to insult me. I’m not here to educate, I’m here to talk about facts and for people to agree or disagree. But if you disagree on something that is right, you are wrong. I call people daft when they refuse to do any research. They want to argue instead of listening, and then act shock when people say, “You’re so stupid!” That is an act of frustration, not callousness. It’s not mudslinging, that’s just giving up on trying to discuss with others when it comes to sensible debates, and they’re not wanting to see how wrong and fallacious they are. I don’t have to say YOU’RE saying those things to make a hypothetical point.
Anonymous asked: (cont) we're people here -we can understand each other if we speak to each other like human beings about privilege girl,without disrespecting each other for real now
I don’t have the energy to be “nice” to people who are just going to abuse the act of politeness.
People do have a point when they say there are light-skinned people with Afrocentric features, which duh, they’re black. Of course a lot are going to be more or less resembling the phenotype of Afrocentrism. It was never said otherwise. Here’s an example, the Rihanna vs. Karreuche thing. I think Rihanna is obviously prettier, but Karreuche is mixed race (half Vietnamese and black) who’s phenotype is not as Afrocentric. Rihanna has a rather wide nose which makes her more distinguishable as a black woman compared to Karreuche and Beyonce. Rihanna gets a lot more namecalling for being “ghetto” than the formers. Also, I feel people may support Karreuche (she has stans lol) because her facial features aren’t as threatening as Rih’s. I’ve heard them say she was prettier while Rihanna was an “ugly monkey.” I’ve even heard people try to call Nicki ugly, which I actually think she’d be prettier with less makeup, but that’s her call. The same is said about Keisha Cole who is also mixed. And then if you read Faith Evans’ memoir, she explained how she felt she received many racial profiling in her youth. So light-skinned black people aren’t devoid of racial profiling or abuse, they are just less likely to receive them than a dark-skinned black person. But the thing is, if a racist cop were to see an olive-skinned person who looks non-white, they will get them. It happens to light-skinned Latinos who aren’t classified as white and it happens to light-skinned African Americans.
Anonymous asked: Holy crap i wiki'd this,UM its worse than I thought, okay i take everything back,I'm really sorry I think I might of opened my mouth too soon I admit I was wrong I owe you an apology actually-well my parents are both dark skin always told me to work hard because "imblack" they didnt teach me/this/growing up?but I didn't imagine it was this terrible once i read up about this,I think it's just people's lack of understanding of this in the race,they don't know that this has an influence today?-AA
Anonymous asked: instances where whites treat light blacks with more respect than brown or dark blacks, what is the light skinned person suppose to do besides speak out against it? I disagree when u say most times It has nothing to do with features & only w skin colour. Features do play an important part especially natural hair. whites dont feel threatened by u as long as they know you're trying your best to be/look like them. they would put a dark girl w long straight hair before a light girl w 4C hair texture
I don’t know, how about not accept fractions of white privilege if you’re so proud to be black!?!?! What is a light-skinned person supposed to do?! They can’t help but have privileges? I’ve said many times before to look up colorism on the internet, you all still refuse to do so. We’re told to use our heads, but you can’t use it when there’s nothing stored in it. Features do not play an important part in a society where light skin is favored. You can state otherwise. The only time features work if it’s two persons of the same skin color who looks “less threatening.” But if you have light skin, you will be seen as “better” for being closer to Eurocentrism. You have light skin, therefore you have privilege. You have light skin, therefore you have privilege. You have light skin, therefore you have privilege.