I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
The Shot Glass Heard Around The World
In 1969, the Stonewall riots — precipitated when the NYPD burst into the famed gay bar and started being their usually abusive selves — defined the modern gay movement.
Among the first to physically resist the police was Marsha P. Johnson, the now infamous transgender rights activist who co-founded S.T.A.R. (Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s.
At 1:20 in the morning on Saturday, June 28, 1969, four plainclothes police officers entered Stonewall Inn and announced “Police! We’re taking the place!"
Officers forced the customers to form into two lines divided by perceived gender and show them their genitals to confirm if it matched the gender on their identification card.
At some point during the raid, Marsha Johnson proclaimed, ‘I got my civil rights!' and then threw a shot glass into a mirror, adding on to the tension and creating an atmosphere of resistance. Some witnesses and historians believe her action is what instigated the riot.
Patrons began to refuse to produce their I.D. and police decided to arrest everyone still at the bar. Those who were not arrested gathered outside the bar and quickly drew a crowd of over 1,000 queers. As rumors spread through the crowd that those inside were being beaten by cops, they began throwing pennies, beer bottles and other items at police.
A drag queen who was shoved by an officer in front of the crowd responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo.
Soon after, an unidentified lesbian was hit on the head with a billy club after complaining that her handcuffs were too tight. She faced the bystanders and shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something?”
Police threw her into the back of a patrol wagons, at that point the crowd became a mob and collectively resisted the police.
Along with Sylvia Rivera, the two transgender revolutionaries created S.T.A.R. and STAR House in which they housed, fed and clothed homeless drag queens and trans* youth by hustling in the streets of NYC so that their children didn’t have to.
Marsha P. Johnson is often credited for inciting the Stonewall Riots, yet she receives close to no recognition by mainstream Gay Organizations and the queer community. I have no doubt that the erasure of Marsha’s participation in the riots and the Gay Liberation Movement is due to her being a black, transgender radical. Had she’d been a white gay cis-male, her name would be permanently embedded in every queer’s mind.
I know Marsha as a courageous queer revolutionary, a queen of Queens, a Stonewall Veteran, a dedicated activist, a mother of S.T.A.R. and a personal idol. She deserves more than anyone I know, to be recognized by the queer community.
In July 6, 1992, Johnson’s body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers shortly after the 1992 Pride March. Friends of Johnson claims she was harassed near the spot where her body was found. The police disregarded this and ruled her death a suicide without any evidence. However, in November 2012, the NYPD re-opened the case.
Click here to watch “Pay It No Mind”, a documentary on Marsha P. Johnson.
white liberal queers shit themselves over Stonewall yet continue to ignore, attack, exclude, belittle, and engage in violence against trans* and queer POC, without which there would be no fucking Stonewall. Know your roots, queer is community.
burn these statistics into your mind. never forget who it is experiencing the brunt of the prison system’s violence
This is REALLY important. Also, look at this chart carefully. All of these people are marginalized yet notice the role of race here though. So when people seek to remove RACE from conceptions of intersectionality, of course purposely ignoring its epistemological origins, ask them WHY.
Yeah, these stats blew my mind yesterday morning. It’s a part of the prison industrial complex about which we never speak.
What’s more, Cece was asked to talk about being placed in a male prison and why she chose not to fight it. I thought her rearticulation of prisons being horrible places period and that she would not be guaranteed safety anywhere was powerful and a good place to build bridges between different movements. It was just a really enlightening segment, the kind which you would never see on other shows.
How white people define equality. Except they are still better.
I’m sorry but I think it’s also unfair and racist to generalize all white people in this way
You aren’t sorry and you are also wrong. This doesn’t “generalize” white people at all. It recognizes a collective action that is real and undeniable. White people do this.
Did I even say “all”?
Yet, you felt the need to jump in and demand that white supremacy can only be criticized so long as qualifiers of “not all” are employed. No. That’s not going to happen. We white people don’t remotely deserve that. Because in case you haven’t noticed, most racist white people ALSO identify as that “not all”. They (you) demand it not out of any sincere concern for the generalizing of white people, but to derail criticism of white privilege and white supremacy.
White people are oppressive. I don’t care if its not all. For me to insist on such a distinct as a white person would be to demand unreasonable restrictions on communication based on imagined inferences just to hamper discussion of an oppression that costs people of color a lot more than hurt feelings. It is EXTREMELY fair to point out oppression done by white people. Especially oppression that very much IS done for the benefit of ALL white people. Cuz I can criticize this with my last dying breath but that won’t make my white privilege go away. It won’t stop racists from seeing the color of my skin and assuming me as a kindred spirit. White people say nonsense like the above to benefit ALL white people even if NOT ALL white people are saying it.
You want to be “NOT ALL” white people? That’s on you. It is YOUR responsibility to act accordingly AND it is your responsibility to never feel entitled to any kind of cookies of gold stars for doing so AND it is your responsibility to respect that no matter what you do people who have been targeted by white supremacy may never feel even a tiny of silver of trust in you. What you don’t do is run around demanding “NOT ALL” qualifiers where “ALL” was never so much as implied in the first place. If that’s the route you take, then you are just the whole problem with “NOT ALL” white people in the first place.
Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students | The Raw Story
A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
“But everyone was racist back then! All our favorite historical figures were racist compared to today’s standards! It’s not fair to judge them based on contemporary ideas!”
Let’s debunk this favorite derailment spawned from the headcannons of the White History fandom.
1. “Everyone was racist back then!” Not true. There have always been equality movements in sects of oppressor classes. There were whites who opposed the slaughter of the Native Americans, who opposed slavery, etc. If you think these historical figures were only racist because the concept of equality didn’t exist, then I’d have to ask you when equality was invented. Truth is, equality has always existed and certain historical figures just chose to be on the wrong side of history instead.
2. “All our favorite historical figures would’ve been racist by today’s standards.” Maybe YOUR favorite historical figures were racist. Mine weren’t. You being able to acknowledge a person as racist but still respect them is just another part of your white privilege. Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony did some bad ass things, and I would love to respect and admire them, but I can’t because one of their main motivations was the idea that black people are not fully human. For you, racism is something that can be ignored when picking a favorite historical figure. For me, it’s a deal breaker.
3. “It’s not fair to judge them based on contemporary ideas!” And why the fuck not? The people that they oppressed/killed with those ideas didn’t get the benefit of the doubt, so why should they? You don’t have to answer that. I already know the answer.
If you consider yourself a fan of history, then own up for it. Don’t sweep it under the rug or try to ignore it. History isn’t some fictional story. It’s real shit that actually happened, and people actually died based on the racism of your favorite historical figures, the racism that you try to excuse, ignore, or downplay. A historian who tries to view racism without a contemporary lens is the same thing as a person who tries to view race from a colorblind perspective: a disingenuous liar trying to hide their preconceived notions behind a smokescreen of objectivity.
read it guys.
i’m not an ace at calling out bullshit but i do try
because there was a time not so long ago that i myself wouldn’t have seen or understood said bullshit
i’m just grateful i woke up to it.
and if any of you white people respond with “wait but I didn’t do that. that was in the past”
i need you to check your privilege
and then drink bleach if you think your hands aren’t dirty
Guilt doesn’t transfer from generation to generation. I am not magically accountable for something my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather MIGHT have done. Also;
>social justice blogger
>telling people to kill themselves
I love that there’s a blog called “this is white culture” that is solely devoted to bad things white people did, not their cultures at all. So I guess I can make a blog called “this is black culture” and post gang and crime records and that’s 100% okay. Or “this is Muslim culture” and make it all about terrorism.
But wait, you cry. Not all black people are criminals and not all Muslims are terrorists. That’s unfair! And racist!
WELL GOLLY GEE DO YOU THINK SO? Because saying that all white people are responsible for the Atlantic slave trade sounds pretty racist to me, given that, you know, that was between the African slaveholders and the British and Americans and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with my ancestors, who were incredibly poor farmers and serfs from Ireland and Lithuania who had to flee to America at around the turn of the century (by which time slavery had already been abolished in the US) because they were being treated like slaves. Even if they had been living in America at the time when slavery was legal they wouldn’t have been able to afford a slave; in fact they probably would have been working with them in the fields and treated about the same, since the first slaves in America were actually white serfs. But please, tell me more about how dirty my hands are because of circumstances surrounding my birth that I could not control and continue to treat me differently based on the color of my skin without actually knowing anything about my heritage, I’m sure that isn’t racist at all!
there is a thing called white privilege that our society is based on. if you’re white, you reap the benefits of our racist society. whether you like it or not. okay? my ancestors were in Ireland when slavery happened but i’m in America now and i’m still white and i still have white privilege and i still benefit from all the shitty things that happened. it’s a fact and we all have to deal with it. and people of color are allowed to be pissed off.
just like women are allowed to be pissed about sexism
and LGBTQ people are allowed to be pissed about homophobia and transphobia
et cetera and so on.
and if you say anything different than that you are a hypocrite and you need to reexamine your double standards.
This post is 500 words long, and at the end there is a picture of a truly adorable kitten. If you skip to the end, you are a cheater. And anyway, 43 of the words are in this paragraph, which you’ve already read.
I sometimes talk to people on the internet about white, male, heterosexual, middle-class, cisgender privilege. I don’t do this because I enjoy emotional turmoil, and I don’t do it to seem like a smartypants or show how much better than you I am. I do it because as a white, male, heterosexual, middle-class, cisgendered person I experience unearned privilege every day. I believe this obligates me to do whatever I can to change things.
I can’t give away my unearned privilege, it’s a feature of my identity in this society. People defer to me because of who I am and how I talk. I talk the way I do because of how I was raised. If I said ain’t instead of are not, or axe instead of ask, or if I had dark skin, or if I was a woman, people wouldn’t take me as seriously as they do. That’s a privilege. Everything I’m saying here is backed up by a lot of scientific studies. I know that because I can read. I can read because I’m privileged. And so are you, unless someone is reading this to you, in which case please give them a little side hug for me. They’re doing good work.
Plenty has been written about privilege, much of it is terse and academic, some of it is accessible and fun. Most of it gets ignored by most people who have privilege because, let’s face it, for a privileged person facing a choice between addressing privilege and ignoring it the easy answer is obviously ignoring it. Having the opportunity to do so is a function of the privilege, which is what makes this structure so hard to address. Having the thing makes it hard to see the thing. That doesn’t mean that white people are biologically too stupid to see their privilege: it means that white people are taught from a very young age to see their own racial experience as neutral and invisible.
White people: when was the last time you really thought about your race and how it impacts your life?
Straight people: when was the last time you considered how your sexual orientation changes the way people perceive you?
Upper and middle class people: how often do you worry about being judged as potentially dangerous or criminal because of how often you can afford to do laundry or take a shower?
I’ve only got 54 words left. The world is set up to give some people a leg up and hold other people down. Nobody is doing this on purpose; it’s in the culture and the subconscious ideas passed from one generation to the next. We can change it, but we have to be brave.
Here’s your cat.
Hating an entire group of people for the way they were born is never a good idea. I don’t even care if that group is currently enslaving your people, it’s still not okay. Everybody is an individual, and there’s no “oppression” gene. Hate the hateful individuals who have wronged you, not the countless ones who have done nothing to you besides be born the “wrong” color or of the “wrong” sexuality or of the “wrong” gender. That is never okay. Bigotry never solves anything.
We need to have a talk about what social scaffoldings of oppression look like real fast.
The fact is that, in most cases, you don’t really find people who are openly, vocally, and violently bigoted. (Though this obviously differs depending on what axis of oppression we are looking at.)
Most oppression manifests itself as more systematic, social, legal, financial forces that reenforce marginalization and inequality. These forces do not need evil hand-rubbing snickering villans, ready to commit personal and physical acts of violence to support them. These forces, rather, are supported by attitudes many of which are so normalized and socialized that the privileged don’t notice them. This means that anyone, even normal, nice people can be supporting systems of inequality without realizing it.
The idea, for example, that LGBTQ+ characters are inappropriate for children’s TV. Or that the “way black people talk” is funny. Or that women are just naturally much better at taking care of children. That it’s ok to pretend that there were no PoC in Europe until the trans-atlantic slave trade. Or that a “tranny” (please excuse the slur) is good for a joke. That it’s ok to dress up as an “Indian” for Halloween, and that Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to wear a sombrero and get drunk. These kinds of attitudes are taught in our culture, taught in our media, and reenforce and justify the oppression and marginalization that permeates our culture. These attitudes, held by normal, nice people, are the BIGGEST problem and the biggest source of support for those systems of oppression.
To make it simple: It is not enough to simply NOT be a raging, vocal bigot. You must actively and consciously work to be an advocate for equality if you don’t want to uphold injustice. You must unlearn the shit you’ve been taught and then help others unlearn. Otherwise you ARE the problem. Doing nothing at all IS the problem for most people.
Oh my god did you just take intro to sociology in school wow so impressive. Too bad you’re delusional as hell. Apparently bigotry is A-OKAY until EVERY SINGLE person on Earth becomes an SJW? That’s what I’m getting from your last paragraph. Here’s an idea though: how about instead of waiting for the world to become a unified utopian society, we all try to stop hating individuals for being born a certain way? I think that’s a little more realistic. We can start with you since you seem to be justifying bigotry.
Also, if you’re gonna reply to this, leave out the irrelevant wall of text and save it for somebody who doesn’t have a degree in history and social sciences. I’ve read all that shit way too many times and it has nothing to do with my post.
I like the subtle gaslighting there. Yes, because YOU, sir, don’t agree, I, the woman, am “delusional”. Good job. A+
My point was not that we should “hate people because of they way they are born”, or whatever you think it was. I apologize for not being clearer.
My point is that we AREN’T being bigoted against people because they are born male or white or straight or cis or whatever. However, we do often criticize people who still hold problematic attitudes because of the privileges they were born with, even if they aren’t being intentionally problematic.
For example, there are plenty of nice, wonderful white people who would never intentionally be racist in their life, who still dress up as “Indians” for Halloween. Which is racist. Calling those people out is not targeting them for being white. It’s pointing out that they are doing racist shit, even if they weren’t doing it intentionally. I can say this from personal experience. I am white. I’ve had to unlearn a lot of racist shit over time. I’m still unlearning some of it. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, these things must be unlearned, or you are part of the problem.
it can be so hard to get other people to realize that their way of thinking is wrong. especially if they don’t care enough to try and hear what you’re saying. it’s easier just to ignore it and go about your life the way you’ve always done than to actually sit and try and deconstruct the way bigotry has influenced your own attitudes.
it’s exhausting enough trying to educate yourself, to say nothing of other people. that’s why i have so much respect for “SOCIAL JUSTICE BLOGGERS OH NOEZ” because you guys actually put the effort in. it’s a fucked up world we live in and you can choose to try and run away from it but it’s gonna find you somewhere.
my tumblr is a reflection of my life: geeky fandom shit side by side with my efforts to become a better human being. and if you don’t like it then fuck off. i’ve no obligation to make you comfortable.
“In the original Trek, Khan, with his brown skin, was an Übermensch, intellectually and physically perfect, possessed of such charisma and drive that despite his efforts to gain control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk (and many of the other officers) felt admiration for him.
And that’s why the role has been taken away from actors of colour and given to a white man. Racebending.com has always pointed out that villains are generally played by people with darker skin, and that’s true … unless the villain is one with intelligence, depth, complexity. One who garners sympathy from the audience, or if not sympathy, then — as from Kirk — grudging admiration. What this new Trek movie tells us, what JJ Abrams is telling us, is that no brown-skinned man can accomplish all that. That only by having Khan played by a white actor can the audience engage with and feel for him, believe that he’s smart and capable and a match for our Enterprise crew.”
everything i love gets ruined, eventually
Gonna quickly throw in an epic quote I found on this article.
KJKJ: Gene Roddenberry, with balls of brass, got up on national tv and said, “hey people, if a geneticist took all the best DNA from planet Earth and put it together to make the best human the world has ever seen - he wouldn’t be a white guy.”
This is why I find the casting of a white actor in this role to be so repugnant. They are not whitewashing an Asian role, they are saying that the best genetic material that the entirety of this world and it’s diversity has to offer….still comes from a white guy.
whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy does this shit happen
i am so disappointed
i really wanted to see it. i loved the first one. it was a great take on the show i’ve always loved. and i was psyched for a sequel. but now i just… how can i support this? i’m really torn. god damn it.