The Access one has been doing the rounds for some time now, but I was waiting for Avaaz to do something as well. It’s great, they’re so efficient regarding numbers. They got several millions against SOPA/PIPA.
Qui est motivé pour faire le tour des librairies/médiathèques/cinés, déposer des flyers #believeinsherlock et accrocher des affiches?
(On pourrait aussi aller voir A Game of Shadows.) J’étais planquée sous ma couette ces dernières semaines, donc je ne sais pas si quelque chose a été fait/ce qui a déjà été fait, dites moi. Je pensais aux librairies et cie en particulier puisque tant qu’à faire, c’est là que nos bêtises auront le plus de chances d’être comprises par quelques personnes ^^ (D’ailleurs, on pourrait inclure un lien vers un site en français, histoire que les gens intrigués sachent où chercher ! Brb, BBC, promoting your illegally-downloaded show overseas for fun.)
Je ne suis pas là ce week-end, seulement demain jeudi, mais je reviens lundi 30 et ensuite je suis super-libre quasiment tout le temps.
“I was afraid, afraid of being lonely and of being permanently fixed. Today, I don’t know whether it was strength or weakness to have rejected this life, to have shut the door of what people call a ‘future’ in my own face, and to remain instead poor and insecure. But at least I know that if there is a conflict, it is for something worth while…What made me run away was doubtless that fear not so much of settling down but of settling down permanently somewhere ugly.”—Albert Camus - Notebooks (via viciousnessinthekitchen)
If a person does not understand racial oppression or more specifically, understand the ways in which white people are privileged in society (socially, institutionally, and etc.) they will more than likely act in a racist way towards a PoC. Even if it’s just something seemingly simple (like a lot of what I’ve witnessed today) which is denying racism exists or derailing the conversation or not wanting to acknowledge the true extent of racism. That is racist behavior, because it undermines my ability and other people of color’s ability to challenge the ways in which our society is racially unjust.
When I experience racism from an individual it falls into 1 of two categories: unintentional or intentional. I guess, since I’m feeling generous, I can say that most of the time it’s unintentional. Due to our educational system and the media we are all taught to look down on people of color. Even people of color are taught to look down on themselves. That is what I meant by saying that we live in a white supremacist society.
To be more specific, white supremacy is not simply wearing a white hood and burning crosses. White supremacy is in action every time children are not taught about the contributions and rich history of people of color, therefore creating adults that think Africa is a country and that all there is on the continent is disease and starvation. Or negating our contributions to this country, which creates adults who are quick to demonize people of color as culturally lacking: lazy, uncouth, immoral, criminal.
From this lack in education, everything else that turns into institutional racism follows. Institutional racism exists because enough individual whites are not fully convinced of the full humanity of people of color (and there is a privilege to maintaining a racial hierarchy of course).
But institutional racism effects everything as far as a PoC’s ability to be successful in this country. How children of color are taught in school (shuffled into special ed & remedial classes at rates too high… and placed into lacking, under-funded schools in general) … there is a direct correlation between not having a quality education and heading to prison. This is also exacerbated by racist policies including but not limited to: police profiling and Reagan’s drug war which is why although whites & blacks use drugs almost equally percentage wise (whites slightly higher actually) approx. 70% of those incarcerated are black. Also, contrary to popular opinion (due to the myth of aff. action working miracles for PoC) we are less likely to be called back for interviews, less likely than an equally qualified white to get a job (unless we’re lucky enough to apply somewhere that doesn’t already have 1 black in the office and hadn’t fulfilled their diversity quota), and we’re less likely to be offered homes (buying & renting). That’s just a few things.
White supremacy is also psychologically implanted via the media. When you turn on the TV and all you see are white people except for a token person of color who is usually a caricature (see stereotypes for more info on this). The media is incredibly powerful in shaping people’s perceptions of the world. There have been a myriad of studies done on this.
All of this being said, if you are educated in America and consume the media in America, you are more than likely going to have negative views of people of color if you aren’t actively challenging what the images and information you are bombarded with.
This also goes for people of color. Internalized racism is very prevalent, amongst PoC. Plenty of black girls, for example, are made to feel inferior because of their skin complexion and because of their features. This feeling of inferiority is accompanied with how many white people will treat black women. We are fetishized and cast aside, often. We are disrespected often. Because white people internalize the superiority that they are unconsciously indoctrinated with. This indoctrination translates into microaggressions, which is a form of racism since it is whites (the dominant group) acting their prejudices on PoC (the not dominant group).
So unless you’re actively thinking about re-learning many things about how blackness is presented to the world, you will be anti-black. That is really true for everyone. When a person becomes racially conscious, they are choosing to evaluate what they’ve been presented with in a critical manner which allows them to truly understand the humanity of people who are not white.
I deal with racism in the form of microaggressions everyday. It’s unintentional mostly, I guess. But I can’t be expected to smile and grin and not care all.the.time. I have my tipping moments. Something triggered me to write what I did that ended up angering so many white people because of how blunt I was, but it’s the truth. Now I have a forreal white supremacist following me (who I blocked, because we don’t play that here). Because white people don’t want to hear the truth. That goes for everything, really. Men don’t want to know how they oppress women. Rich folks don’t want to know how they oppress the poor. Heterosexuals don’t wanna know how they oppress homosexuals. It’s not like white people are unique in privilege denying.
I don’t think I’m being malicious or hateful in anyway. I am simply relaying a truth. Sometimes when I’m triggered I do it more bluntly than I did just now.
I am first and foremost a Christian, and that informs how I try to treat others. But I do get angry and frustrated sometimes. And because I believe in advocating for a better society, I always try to tell the truth no matter how hurtful or confusing it may be for someone who has not walked in my shoes or tried to walk in my shoes.
For most shows, instead of waiting a year or two, yep.
For some, I would pay to download a particular episode in HQ after I got to watch it for free and immediately. And I’m talking, like, 1€ or 2€. (You get DVD boxsets on Amazon for 20€ or less that contain at least 13 episodes and bonuses, okay.)
This was never meant to be a fun and enjoyable activity. It was never meant to be one of those “LOOK BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES, WE’RE ALL THE SAME” kind of things.
Because racism isn’t a fun thing. And unfortunately, we live in a society where we are not treated as equals. AND IT FEELS AWFUL. To the commenters who are up in arms about the treatment of the one white girl crying in that situation- did you even bother to think about the number of times POC have ever cried due to the racism they experience in their day-to-day being? Or the number of times we are permitted to cry? Or that our cries would be heard? Call me a terrible person, but I have no sympathy for the white girl who was crying in the activity because she dismissed the educational value of such a session and didn’t bring a pen or paper. A session which she would later be credited for and advance her educational experience.
If anything, she was being rewarded for enduring a short period of hardship. Where’s the credit I get for the hardship I endure?
Where was the credit for being denied the right to a proper education at the age of 6 because my accent caused me to pronounce all these English words incorrectly?
Where was the credit for being rejected to play any roles as any leading character in a school play because my skin colour was “aesthetically displeasing for the role” (aka too brown)?
Do I get a credit for getting beaten up because someone thought that all brown/ “muslim looking people” are terrorists?
How many credits do I get for being fetishised by white people who thought that Desi vaginas were a gate way to a fantastical exotic world, only to find out that they weren’t and would there for cause harm to you BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T LIVE UP TO YOUR RACIAL STEREOTYPE?
Even now in the work place, do I get a magic credit for being forced to Anglicise my name so “it doesn’t scare the clients”? Or to endure my manager telling me to dress more “professional” so “customers aren’t worried about people like me”?
So, do I get any credits here?
You see, it’s gonna hurt a few white people when I say this- but you all have that privilege of stepping in and out of discussions and situations to do with racism. That girl crying away in that experiment has the luxury of stepping out in an hour or, she has the freedom of saying”I DON’T LIKE THIS I’M MAKING IT STOP”. That’s a fucking privilege. It’s something that I, and many other POC here will never ever have.
So for the next white person who complains about this clip, consider all this before you spill your privilege denial everywhere.
You are the best. And everything is under control *maniac*. Pretend that feelings are reason and that will do the trick, nobody will guess and you’ll be able to act on them without any problem. And where did you get this pic of me ? ^^
Do you mean the first or the second pic? :p Damn. Gifs have no history. They’re small uprooted things, hanging in time. *violins swell* I suppose you’re the second cat with the first cats hiding inside you though. It suits you well. *fond smirk*