(TW: unapologetic racism)
1. I can freely berate, hate and discriminate against white races and cultures without fear of repercussions or being labelled a racist by anyone — even the white people I openly discriminate against
2. I can access an array of free benefits for education, employment and substance abuse that white people cannot simply because I am a person of colour
3. I can turn vast, sprawling and pristine European, Australian, Canadian and British cities, towns and villages into ghettoes and not be blamed for enacting forceful segregation, mass crimewaves and general psychological torment on the peoples previously living there
4. I can go to a hairdressers, stores and clubs with expectations of the patrons being part of my race exclusively
5. I can always rely on affirmative action to help me when necessary
7. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is, despite never inventing the wheel, or indeed achieving anything beyond basic European architecture
8. I can openly criticize those who try to impose their values on my race (such as altruism, forward planning, moral decency and prosperous civilisation) yet I can interfere in whatever Europid community and cry racism when they express their grievances
9. I can go into a country illegally, be tolerated, commit some of the most heinous crimes, and only suffer deportation as punishment.
9.2. I can have groups of white people such as Amnesty International protest against my deportation, leaving me free to drain my victims’ society until such time as I am deemed free to terrorize them once more
10. I can claim any and all benefits for ancestry and culture despite not practicing anything native to my mother country, and having about as much in common with them as Europeans
11. I can disregard the existence of black slave owners, and enforce slavery was entirely racial rather than class based
12. I can adopt any and all other cultures and be tolerated, mostly white, while maintaining that our own cultures should be preserved and exclusive to its race of origin
13. (if applicable) I can enter a new country and sue, attack and protest because a custom in a totally different part of the world is frowned upon in my culture
14. I can claim I am equal to a race with typically higher intelligence than my own, and that we are all equal, unless the race is lesser
15. I can abuse privilege under the guise of equality
16. I can reject any and all scientific evidence proving any inferiority of my race, and in turn claim the scientists who studied, researched and proved these things are racist and have them globally shunned and discredited
A sample response to “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. Much more to be published.
An essay by three people, each from different European cultures, with entirely different political stances sharing common ground.
M.S., P.V., E.M.
YOU CAN NOT ACHIEVE EQUALITY THROUGH PRIVILEGE, REPARATIONS AND BENEFIT FOR ANY RACE OR GENDER. IF YOU WANT EQUALITY, THEN ACT AS AN EQUAL, ANY USAGE OR SEEKING OF THE FORMER ENFORCE RACIAL SUPERIORITY OR ACCEPTANCE OF INFERIORITY.
Well, if this isn’t 100% proof that Europeans are racist trash, I don’t know what is!
Also the ones that are trying to pretend they’re facts are ALL factually incorrect…
And the rest ignore how the world actually works for some delusional bizarro world where backwards is up and down is penis.
Oh good lord. I’d answer this point-by-point but it’s late so I think I’ll sum it up to the “greatest hits” of these raging racist douchenozzles.
-What planet do you live on where “I can freely berate, hate and discriminate against white races and cultures without fear of repercussions or being labelled a racist by anyone — even the white people I openly discriminate against”?! Haven’t you heard of all the accusations of ~reverse racism~? People of color get PLENTY of backlash for not complying with whiteness. (Was it not a person of color defying whiteness that even inspired you to spew this bile all over Tumblr?) White-on-black crime is something that happens on a daily basis and people barely bat an eye at it, but when a black-on-white crime happens, the media pounces gleefully on a chance to paint black people as violent. And yet you talk about ~reverse racism~ at the end of this point. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, folks.
-Ever heard of white flight? The reason why “I can turn vast, sprawling and pristine European, Australian, Canadian and British cities, towns and villages into ghettoes and not be blamed for enacting forceful segregation, mass crimewaves and general psychological torment on the peoples previously living there” is not because of any people of color. It’s because white people got scared of people of color moving to the cities, packed up and took their tax money with them, and left the new ethnic neighborhoods to rot, while simultaneously imposing draconian laws on the new residents—THAT’S what led to the crime. All by white stimuli. (Ever notice how breaking the law is all “patriotic” when 18th century US colonists do it, but “barbaric” when anyone else does it? That’s whiteness, baby!) And what you call “forceful segregation” people of color call “banding together for survival.” Trust me, they weren’t keeping out any white people, the white people didn’t want to touch THEM with a ten-foot pole, racist fucks that they were!
-Nothing could make you sound more like the horrific bastard spawn of Rudyard Kipling and Carolus Linnaeus (the latter of whom classified black people and white people as different species) than referring to ethnically-white people as “Europids.” But hey, clearly you’re longing for the days of the Empire On Which The Sun Never Sets, with the Union Jack flapping and brown slaves waiting on your hand and foot, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
-“I can claim I am equal to a race with typically higher intelligence than my own, and that we are all equal, unless the race is lesser” Okay, you really ARE a neo-colonialist, Victorian Social Darwinist racist (and ableist!) fuckwad. Cheerio, old chap, I guess you’ve never heard of this brave new world where schools left behind by my aforementioned white flight are woefully underfunded and therefore deprive poor children of color of a decent education?
Apparently I’ve come across someone so enamored with the 19th century that they can’t have fun with trifles like top hats and pocketwatches without bringing along the horrific racism for verisimilitude’s sake.
Well said! ^
Whitewashing is racist.
Yes it really is. All whitewashing is racist and it’s extremely harmful.
I’ve noticed a lot of PoC people seem to have this reservation about calling whitewashing racist. In my opinion, I feel like the real reason this is is because they don’t know the real definition of racism. AND BEFORE YOU GO GOOGLE IT and give me the dictionary.com or the Merriam-Webster definition, DON’T.
What is racism?
I’d like to point you to the real definition (1, 2). The dictionary definition is not accurate since it wasn’t written by people who actually face racism, those people would be People of Color (everyone that’s non-white). In a short sentence, white people do not face racism, PoC do.
I also have this feeling that people do not really grasp full what whitewashing really is.
So what is whitewashing?
Whitewashing is the practice in which a person (director, producer, a fan, etc.) takes a character who is originally of color in canon work, and replaces them with a white actor or a white FC claim (role-playing games.)
It is also used to describe the entertainment industry’s attempt to make a PoC character look more “white” in order to appeal to the white masses.
Are you understanding this sparky?
People have said whitewashing isn’t racist because people do it subconsciously.
WRONG! It’s still racist! But whitewashing does happen subconsciously. Though this reason can only apply to books, not tv shows or movies. Yes people, white and PoC have whitewashed subconsciously, I have even done it. Why is this so? The media and in society in general, constantly projects that white is the norm and everything that is not white is…well…abnormal. Because of this, People of Color (unless miraculously they grew up in a home where diversity was projected) at a young age have learned this, have absorbed this.
So when continuously being told or shown that white is normal, people have tendencies to read characters as white. An example of this would be what some people did to Blaise Zabini, a character from Harry Potter. He was given no real description until book 6 and was described as “Blaise was a tall black boy with high cheekbones and long, slanting eyes.” So up until book 6, some people saw him as white male or even a white female. After book six when he was given a description, people continued to write him as a white male or white female in their fanfiction stories, draw him white in fanart, and use white actor/actresses for FC claims for him. This still continues today.
Basically at a point subconsciously whitewashing isn’t a good excuse, especially when people call the person out about it. When a person does whitewash subconsciously, when they read a character as white, and a person calls them out about their whitewashing, the simple thing for the whitewasher to do would be to fix the fanart, FC (face claim), etc. Personally they become racist to me, when they refused to fix their mistake and instead spend the entire time making excuses for themselves. And then end up not fixing their mistake.
Also just because someone says they did it “subconsciously” doesn’t mean it’s always true. People also have reading comprehension problems, just look at the Hunger Games fandom.
Which brings us to the people who just do it on purpose. Yes, those people are out there. These are the people who refuse to believe a character is of color. Yes! Out right refuse. They are also the people who defend whitewashing and chuck it off as “It’s just a FC claim” “It’s my own artistic interpretation!!1” “I just always saw her/him as white” “I just felt like they were white”. Hey, guess what!? Your FC claim is racist. Your artistic interpretation is racist. Your reading is awful. And your feelings suck.
Not only is racist, it’s also disrespectful to the novelist, comic writer, comic artist, etc, that you so claim to admire, who made that character a Person of Color. Let’s time I checked, it’s their work and I’m pretty sure they knew what they were doing when they made that character, of color.
Back to this again. It is not just the individual it’s also the community the individual is apart of. Again, society projects this “White is Right” and “The whiter the better” which leads to PoC to have internalized racism. ((TW: On the Links) Examples of self-hate: Skin Bleaching [1, 2, 3], Asian Blepharoplasty ) Sometimes the individual doesn’t do any of these things, sometimes they just harbor hate for themselves.
PoC fight self-hatred every day, it’s a constant battle. For People of Color to stand up against racism is a great feat. None of the people who advocate against whitewashing is immune to falling back into internalized racism. None of us are immune to making mistakes either. And PoC who have not gotten to this place are not to be chastised or looked down upon (Something I need to remind myself constantly) because getting to that place is extremely difficult. Especially when you have so many obstacles stacked up against you.
So what the hell was this random, long, rambling post about. Simple. Whitewashing is racist and it’s harmful.
Because when a person whitewashes, when they take a character of color and make them white, what their saying is is Brown or Black skin is ugly.
Are you responsible for equal media representation? Is it your duty to defend anti-whitewashing?
YES! Everybody is responsible for ending whitewashing. Actors/Actresses, directors, writers, producers, the person who work with the lights, and YOU! The consumer! Stop going to see these whitewashed movies. Spend your money somewhere else. The only reason these filmmakers continue to watch these movies is because you go out and spend your movie to go see them. Support films with a diverse cast. Support novels and graphic novels with diverse characters. If you’re a upcoming filmmaker, writer (novelist, screenwriter), comic artist, etc. feature some People of Color in your work.
Avoid stereotypes! People of color are not caricatures. We are people. Learn, Learn, Learn, Learn. And then do some more learning. I think I can speak for all of us when I see we are tired of seeing this.
We want to see more of this
(If I missed something or you didn’t understand, ask. I forgot half of the stuff I was going to say. lol).
My Experiences as an Ace and a Mixed POC
I like to link the two together, because coming to terms with both of them have had great similarities for me.
I am a mixed POC. I am 3/4 black and 1/4 white. My grandfather on my mother’s side was (was because he’s dead now and did the year I was born) a white Portuguese man, his wife a black Vincentian. My father’s parents are both black Vincentians. (Vincentians is the term for people who are from St. Vincent & the Grenadines).
With that out of the way, growing up mixed was hard for me. For someone who is 3/4 black, it only really shows up in my facial features. My skin is quite light due to my mother (who despite being mixed equally can pass as white 99.9% of the time, skin and features included. Accent not included, as she has one). In elementary school I always tried to be friends with other black children considering how my schools were a sea of white faces. Most of my friends, because of this, were white. People knew I was mixed. I knew I was mixed. But back then, I didn’t think about colour much. But I still felt a feeling of “not belonging.”
I hit high school and the feeling of not belonging got even worse. Again, I tried making friends with other black kids but I just could not fit in with them. And it hurt terribly. I was told by a girl that “[I] wasn’t black. [I] was red.” I was made fun of by other black kids at my church for “not being black enough” because of how I acted.
By then I had mostly white friends, with a few Asian friends and Indian friends. But probably 1 black friend. This didn’t make it any better, especially among my white friends. They knew I was black, but at the same time they didn’t. I was visible to them, but invisible at the same time (to quote Invisible Man by Ellison.) They would make racist comments around me. I hated it. One day we were all sitting at our usual table in the cafetorium. A group of black kids were behind us, playing dominos and being loud. One of my friends snarled in a disgusting tone
“I fucking hate black people.”
I was in such shock. I immediately shot back a “Oh thanks.” And I was given a “I wasn’t talking about you” response.It was at that point that I knew I could not fit in within that sphere either.
I went through a stage of being no where. “Not black enough to be black and not white enough to be white.” My parents behaved the same. “How can you be black and not like rap/hip-hop?” and “You act/dance/play with your hair like such a white girl.” I told my father I really wanted to go see my favourite metal band in concert one day. His reply was “You’d be the only black girl there.” I would tell them that I am mixed, and they would say “No you’re not. You’re black. You can only be one or the other.”
I hated being mixed. It took me a long time (in fact, just right before I went to university) to except the fact that it is okay to be mixed. It is something I cannot change, and it is apart of me. Yes, I am black. But I am also mixed as well. And that’s okay. By saying I am mixed, I do not reject my blackness. I embrace being both black and mixed. Both are important to me.
Realizing that I was asexual went through a sort-of similar path for me. I felt the same “out of place-ness” growing up that I did with being mixed. I couldn’t connect and relate to the same experiences when it came to sex and dating and attraction. I felt awkward. I felt wrong and broken.
When I stumbled upon the term asexual, at first I thought “This is me! I found me!” but I then had a second thought that perhaps it wasn’t. The term still floated in my mind, but I was very unsure. Leaving high school, I adopted the term. I was asexual.
But I hated it. I had broken up with a boyfriend in grade 11, and during the summer before university I explained to him how I believed that I was asexual during out relationship. Things started to click with how I had behaved and how I felt. I was never sexually attracted to him. Things started to make sense.
But despite making sense, I hated being asexual. I hated how it made me feel so different. Again, as if I didn’t belong. I would tell others that I was asexual and they would tell me you could only be either gay, straight, or bi. Nothing more, nothing less. Friends called me some horrible names and told me some horrible things. It hurt and only made me hate myself more. With my newer boyfriend, I felt as though I could not love him how he wanted because I was asexual. I felt horrible. I took out my anger and pain on my artwork, and channeled all those feelings into it.
I believe that accepting that it is okay to be mixed and there is nothing wrong with it helped me to quickly accept that it was okay to be asexual. Despite people telling me otherwise, I learned that there was nothing wrong with me. That I was okay. That I was “normal” despite believing for so long and being told that I was “abnormal.” And it felt so good.
I was at peace. With being black and mixed and being asexual. I was finally happy with me.
Do I still deal with racist shit in the racist society I live in? Yes. I do. But I feel that by accepting myself, I am in a better place in deal with how society feels about me. I am able to defend myself and my heritage and speak out against racism. I am no longer afraid to call out my friends on the harmful things they say, whereas before I would never do so because of how much I hated myself.
Accepting my asexuality has helped me too. I now have some clarity on the issues I face, and I can face them without hating myself over it. Again, I’m in a better position to face those problems.
Accepting that I am black and mixed and how it is okay greatly helped me accept my asexuality. All three are apart of who I am as a person. Despite what society feels about me, I am okay with myself. It is okay to be black and be mixed at the same time. It is okay to be a gray-romantic asexual. I am normal.
It drives me mad that one of my long-time friends is an incorrigible anti-ziganist. She is so intelligent otherwise, why the fuck does she buy into that? She just made a comment on Facebook that she was more upset about being called a “gypsy” than the fact that her car got smashed, because “gypsies” don’t go to private school and get PhDs.
It’s true that many don’t because the marginalization of various peoples termed “gypsy” - Romanichal, Rroma, Kalderash, Sinti, Pavee, Ursari, what have you - has made it difficult for them to combat their oppression by us, gadje.
And I just so badly want to point out the existence of Drs. Petra Gelbart and Ian Hancock, and even people like Qristina whom I have followed for a while on Tumblr who is brilliant and as far as I know is working on a Master’s degree, and also tell her why so many of these people (but not all! not all!) do not succeed, and that it’s because of people who look and think like HER, people who look like ME, who make this happen.
But I know it will fall on deaf ears. And that is terrible. Because when we politely point out people’s errors and ignorance they should graciously accept the new knowledge they’ve been given and use it to make themselves better, more tolerant and accepting and helpful and kind people. And they don’t. They would rather strive to generalize than to just come to terms with the fact that they are racist and rely too heavily on discriminatory and hateful preconceptions.
^^^THIS, SO MUCH THIS.
(And yes, I am working on a Master’s degree, but it has NOT BEEN EASY and I still struggle.. and that struggle is why I am not getting my PhD… most likely. That struggle is why it has taken me SO LONG to actually graduate with a BA in anything…. and why I am still here, still going to school, still trying to “get with the (white) program”….)
It makes me cry to read that this is so bad that you’ve decided not to get your PhD. You’re a human being. You deserve better than to be discriminated against, stalked, harassed, and otherwise persecuted for your ethnic background!
French Socialist Party presidential candidate calls for internment camps for the Roma
In a February 12 interview on Canal Plus TV, François Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for president in the upcoming elections, proposed as a “solution” to the presence in France of Roma European Union (EU) citizens “the creation of camps … to accommodate them”.
The association of a “solution” in relation to specific racial groups with special camps can only bring to mind the period of Nazi rule in Europe, during which not only Jews and homosexuals, but also Roma and gypsies were rounded up and sent to extermination camps. This was not lost on many French people.
Hollande called for the establishment of “European rules to avoid our experiencing this constant to and fro [of the Roma]. Let there be camps that we can decide on, that is, to avoid these people settling just anywhere … [to] enable these people to go back to Romania … and not then return to France”.
Put more concretely, the Roma would be rounded up, and after their improvised encampments were broken up, they would be sent back to Romania, the same policy the present right-wing government of President Nicolas Sarkozy is pursuing.
The “Socialist” Hollande’s innovation is to suggest the building of internment camps and then preventing the Roma from returning by some sort of frontier control. Hollande is here attacking the free movement within the EU of these European citizens, one of the few progressive measures European capitalism temporarily conceded in the Schengen agreement in 1985.
Ruling UMP (Union for a Popular Majority) deputies pounced on Hollande’s statement to justify the brutality of the governments’ current policy. On RTL radio, minister for apprenticeship Nadine Morano, a rabid racist, claimed that she was “profoundly shocked” by this “outlandish proposal … We [the government] were the ones who organised the dismantling of the Roma camps with legal procedures, in accordance with French law”, while “Mr. Hollande is proposing the creation of camps for Roma in France.”
An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Roma, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, have legally come to France since their countries joined the European Union in 2007. According to the BBC, ten other EU countries, including Germany, Italy, Denmark and Sweden, which also welcomed Roma, are likewise introducing deportation policies. Measures adopted by a number of European states, including France, limit access to work and residence rights for Romanian and Bulgarian migrants until December 12, 2013, when the restrictions will end. It is clear that Hollande would not want to end these restrictions but, rather, extend and reinforce them.
It is difficult to distinguish Hollande’s statements from Sarkozy’s infamous Grenoble speech of June 30, 2010: “We’ll examine the rights and welfare entitlements, currently available to foreigners living in suspiciously irregular circumstances.… The general rule is clear: illegals must be directed back to their own countries”, said Sarkozy. He had already asked the interior minister “to put an end to unauthorized gypsy settlements. These are lawless zones not to be tolerated in France”.
EU commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding accused the Sarkozy government of “discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin or race” and of calling into question “the common values and laws of our European Union”. She described the French policy as a “disgrace”. She implicitly compared the actions of the French government with those of the fascists during the Second World War. In the event, she backed down and Sarkozy has been able to continue with this “disgrace”.
Hollande is currently justifying Socialist Party-dominated town councils’ current practice in relation to Roma settlements. Essonne Info reported that on February 13, his campaign manager Manuel Valls, mayor of Evry, “by a mayoral municipal decree … called on the préfet [police chief] to clear by force the children and their parents and bulldoze their encampment”. There is no report that the mayor offered them alternative accomodation.
Discussion about the closing of frontiers between EU countries flared up in 2011, when Tunisian refugees fleeing state repression and devastated living conditions through Italy were prevented by the French government from crossing the Italian border, where they were legal, into France where many had family and friends.
The announcement of Hollande’s Roma “solution” came only days after the controversy created by Martinique deputy Serge Latchimi, who said that minister of the interior Claude Guéant’s comment that some civilisations were superior to others was close to Nazism. Hollande refused to support Latchimi’s position.
Hollande is appealing to the most backward elements in French society and distancing himself from wide layers of the population deeply opposed to the brutality of the state’s attacks on fundamental human rights.
When accused of being “soft” on illegal immigrants, Hollande likes to cite his election programme: “I will conduct an implacable struggle against illegal immigration … Legal residence will be granted case-by-case on objective criteria”.
The Socialist Party candidate did not offer any criticism of minister of the interior Guéant’s proud achievement of expelling 32,912 undocumented immigrants in 2011, up from 28,026 in 2010, a 17.5 percent increase.
In response to a remark by Sarkozy suggesting that Hollande favoured mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants, the Socialist Party’s Mireille Le Corre, in charge of “immigration-integration” policy, insisted: “François Hollande … is not for carrying out mass legalisations, but for re-establishing a fair and transparent procedure. Foreigners whose circumstances do not comply with a possible legalisation will go through an expulsion procedure, under conditions which respect their rights and their dignity”.
Hollande’s anti-immigrant positions are reinforced by the fact that the entire bourgeois and petty-bourgeois “left”—the Socialist Party, Communist Party, Left Party and New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA)—worked actively with Sarkozy in Islamophobic campaigns to ban the burqa and, before that, the Muslim veil in schools. They are now all mobilising behind Hollande in the presidential elections in April-May to enable the French bourgeoisie to ride out the economic crisis by destroying the rights and living standards of the working class as is now under way in Greece.
There are no words for this. You wonder why we’re angry; why we won’t stand for your bullshit. Look at this. LOOK AT THIS. A white woman attacking a Rroma mother AND HER BABY. I’m literally crying right now, here in my chair, in the office at work. It’s something I’ve dealt with in my life more than once and something I fear every day. I don’t even “look” particularly Rroma now. I just don’t know how you can sit there, in your privilege and comfort and deny this happens. LOOK. Vo! Gaadži dukhavel pe do čhajorjake dake!!!
[Photo Source: Anthony Cronin/Flickr] Details:”I was walking down Moore Street Dublin on a Sunday when I was passed by a family of Romany Gypsies and then I heard behind me a bunch of Irish teenage girls shouting abuse at them and thinking they were very funny. They then picked up old fruit from the stalls and were throwing this at the Romany Gypsies, this escalated as the Gypsies responded verbally. Then further as one teenage girl found old stallholders chair and ran after the Gypsies hitting the woman pictured from behind. The woman tries to protect her baby wrapped in her arm in blankets”
I wonder if, after taking pictures, he actually tried to do anything about this. Or is this just one of those “scenic Ireland” photos…
This is the last photo in the series. He doesn’t state whether he got involved or not—my assumption is not. Most people don’t want to get involved in things like this, for whatever reason. However, I’m not so angry at him: he documented it, and to me, a fellow photographer, that’s doing something. Much more than all the others who are standing watching in this photo.
My question for all of you reblogging this is:
Would you honestly (truthfully) step in? REALLY? I’ve been on both ends of this—watching, feeling useless and tiny and incapable—and the person being beaten for being Rroma. I’d step in now—but only because I have enough anger in me to beat that little white shit senseless.
I’m small and physically weak, I’m sure, And I know that if I were in an on-looker’s situation here, I wouldn’t know what to do or how to react. I would be shocked.
Maybe I’d go and push the assailant - maybe not. At the least, I would call the police.
But physically disrupting this… I don’t think I’d be very capable.. I’m usually out with my dad or brother, though. Never being even in a similar situation, or verbal harassment, I have no idea what I would or wouldn’t be capable of. But I don’t think I could possibly just walk past.
I have a similar amount of anger, as well (though it’s from being discriminated against for having disabilities). So, I think if I saw something like this happening and there weren’t too many people around (since I can’t function well in crowded situations), I might have slammed my body into this girl to prevent her from connecting with the woman and child.
Also, seriously I hope this was shown to the Dublin police. They might be able to ID this girl, caught in the act on film. Does anyone know how to contact them and bring this to their attention?
Hello, children. Guess what? Segregation still exists and this is the most segregated city in the United States.
I live in the dark red region and honestly, I wouldn’t want to live in any other section of the city because the best people live right where I do. Unfortunately, the non-blue regions are the only parts of the city that flood when it rains to the point where FEMA has to step in, have the worst transportation, some of the worst crime rates in the U.S., the worst poverty rates (the street next to mine has a 60% poverty rate and that’s “decent”), the worst unemployment rates (the Black community ranges between 30-50%), the worst potholes (I watched a car fall into a 20 foot sinkhole last summer), the worst schools, the worst healthcare, the worst everything.
Scott Walker reinforced these segregationist policies while he was County Executive and as governor. He even made Milwaukee its very own skid row. That’s why if you come to my neighborhood, you don’t dare pretend segregation is a thing of the past or even utter Scott Walker’s name because it’s brutally personal.
Segregation didn’t die with the 60s. It’s still very much alive. Now get that “segregation is dead” garbage off of my dashboard before I make you wear that on a sandwich board and walk the streets here.
Czech party drafts petition against discrimination of the majority by the “Gypsy minority”
News server iDNES.cz reports that one of the parties in the local municipal coalition governing Ústí nad Labem, the Party of Health, Sport and Prosperity (Strana Zdraví Sportu Prosperity - SZSP), has drafted a petition demanding an immediate end to the “discrimination of majority-society members” by the “Gypsy minority”. Political scientists say the party is reaching out to its voters through what are rather extremist practices and statements.
The title of the petition is: “Petition for an immediate end to the moral, physical and financial discrimination of all who uphold the laws and work by inadaptable population groups, in particular the Gypsy minority.” “We have called the state of affairs as we see it. This is our proposal for solving it,” party chair Zdeněk Kubec told iDNES.cz.
In the petition text, the party demands, among other things, the introduction of laws that will take strong action to reduce crime. The text also demands the state stop giving advantages to the “Gypsy minority” and the abolition of state support for nonprofit organizations that are “doing a brilliant business in privileging the Gypsy minority.”
The petition’s introduction also includes the following statement: “We are not extremists, we are not racists, we are educated people and athletes.” However, Miroslav Mareš of Masaryk University in Brno says that to a certain extent, parties that make such statements are encroaching on the dominant area of traditional right-wing extremists’ activities. Local civil rights activist Miroslav Brož says that “mainstream politicians are legitimizing fascist opinions in society.”
This is not the first time that a local politician in the north of Bohemia has used such vocabulary recently. The Vice-Mayor of Cvikov, Jaroslav Švehla, said last Tuesday at a meeting of mayors in the Česká Lípa district that Romani people are not “inadaptable”, but rather have very rapidly adapted to a system that makes it possible to steal, not work, and live on welfare.
“Let’s call things by their real names. The Roma do not want to work, they don’t want to learn, and even if there were a thousand jobs available in the Česká Lípa district, they wouldn’t go to work. For most Roma who have not been working for 20 years, it is the case that this is a trade passed on from father to son,” Švehla told iDNES.cz.
European racism in action. I really don’t see how a minority can discriminate against a majority….
“YOU don’t have enough life experience”
I hate that, my mom thinks I will suddenly agree with her once I am 40 about how there is reverse discrimination against whites, and how because of the quota system people of color who don’t “deserve” the job will get it over the white person. And how it’s so much easier for a person of color (and an illegal Mexican immigrant) to go to college over me because of scholarships aimed at them (and how it’s “racist” that there can’t be scholarships for white people.)
(Did you know once my mom tried a few weeks ago to get me mad about the illegal immigrant scholarship in California by saying that “they” can go to college and I can’t?)
I will agree with her that there is some people of other races that are racist against whites. But seriously, it’s not as common and they don’t have as much of a voice. WTF.
And you should of seen my step-dads face when I mentioned white privilege and white male priviage. “What fucking privilege DO I HAVE? This is something I WANT TO KNOW! I have no fucking privilege.”
wtf right now they are saying “Remember that time she (me) read online that someone had died and I asked ‘are you sure’ and she said yes just to find out she didn’t die? And she is saying she can trust what she reads online!”.
Uhh…. I never did?
My mom said if I call her a racist one more time there will be serious consequences…..
(oh they also said it’s harder for white people to go on welfare, just because my mom had a bad experience with this black woman who wouldn’t give it to her easily when she needed it)
Will delete this post soon, if they even knew I posted this….
Omfg, this is…. this… I can’t find the words. Suffice it to say that the sooner you can get out of there, the better. How dare your mother threaten you like that??
It’s stories like this that put my family problems in perspective: my parents screwed up with me in numerous ways when I was a kid, and they deny some of their privilege (the haves vs. have-nots kind), too, but at least they understood racism for what it is, and they’ve never denied having white privilege.
I hate that this has become a meme. Let me try to articulate what, exactly, is wrong with it.
First of all, the meme-ification of this undermines the impact of the original campaign: namely pointing out racist Halloween costumes (or costume party costumes) as racist. It’s rude and disrespectful to those involved in the campaign to make fun of it and tell them that their voices don’t matter.
Let me specify why this version of the meme does it even more than the rest of them: it is the closest to the “spirit” (as interpreted by the meme makers) of the original campaign, and being ridiculous, makes the campaign look ridiculous.
The original campaign is in NO WAY ridiculous. Blackface is racist. Dressing up as a “Muslim Terrorist” is racist. Dressing up as a sexy (or accurate) Geisha is racist and sexist. Dressing up as a sexy First Nations member is racist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface All you need is in that first sentence. By blacking up all you are doing is feeding into this historical precedent wherein you are reducing all black people to this one image. It proves you do not think of them as people but as images and stereotypes.
Similarly, the “Muslim Terrorist” costume reduces an entire religion practiced by many people in many cultures to one violent, harmful stereotype.
Dressing up as a Geisha is glorifying an aspect of Japanese culture that you probably know next to nothing about and was in many cases oppressive to the woman.
Dressing up as a sexy First Nations member (or in any of the major chain store-sold costumes) also portrays a stereotype. However, this stereotype also places the First Nations people firmly in the past, erasing their image in the present.
Now, tell me again why you think this meme is funny.
Why is this seriously a meme.
What they said.
(although if Daleks were real I’d actually have legit compunctions about this. I’ve actually had in-depth discussions with people about genocide in Doctor Who and what implications it has for our world. That’s part of the reason why I really enjoyed the “Evolution of the Daleks” episode, in that The Doctor feels compelled to keep what he believes at the time to be the last-ever Dalek alive because he thinks even the species that is hell-bent on destroying his own and has already killed off almost all the other Time Lords does not deserve total extinction. “Boom Town” is also a really good episode for thinking about this kind of thing.)
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