FREE CeCe documentary
This film confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. It is told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece McDonald.
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- Slavery didn’t end with the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Martin Luther King Jr. is not a cudgel to be used as a Yes-Man for any reverse racism propagandist.
- Reverse racism does not exist.
- "Post-racial" < ————- miss every last one of us POC with that shit.
- Racism didn’t end with integration, voting, interracial marriage, POC being on tv, POC being in politics, POC being in films
- Colorism is a direct cause of racism.
- Internalized-racism equates only to a POC bearing a racist mentality to their own individual race(s).
- Interracial marriages and relationships are not the cure for racism.
- Biracial/multiracial children are not the cure for racism or colorism.
- Adopting children of color while saying that their race, ethnic designation, and culture don’t factor into who they are and are either unimportant or irrevelant to their existence is not okay.
- Fetishizing POC is not okay.
- Fetishizing POC can go beyond sexual terms:
Touching POC hair or skin without their permission is not okay.
- "I just want to adopt a ton of asian babies!"
- ”Indian people have such ____ eyes I wish I had them!”
- ”I love the way Latin@s speak with their accents.”
- ”Black girls with good hair are what I live for.”
- ”I wish I were [ Black / Asian/ Latin@ / Indian / Native & Indigenous] because then I could BLAH BLAH BLAH or be BLAH BLAH BLAH.”
- There is no such thing as good hair. Stop shitting on women with naturally kinky hair.
- A woman rocking her weave is just as valuable as woman rocking her natural.
- You can still be racist and be married/be in a relationship with/have children with/have a relative or friend who is a POC
- A POC can internalize racism for their own races and perpetuate white eurocentric beauty standards as well as respectability politics
- Respectability politics and tone policing does not prove any point and only further enables racism/bigotry/ and colorism
- Being bullied by a POC does not mean you’ve experienced racism
- POC can not be racist We can be prejudiced. There is a difference between the two. Run to your dictionaries if you want but unless you are a POC and have experienced racism first hand you do not know what it feels like nor do you have a grasp as to the magnitude of it in your everyday lives or just go here for this wonderful slideshow that explains why not in depth: http://wocinsolidarity.tumblr.com/post/53341129027/and-even-a-bonus-slide-for-any-remaining-queries
- Being victims of racial profiling applies only to POC
- The umbrella term POC refers to the multitudes of races and ethnic designations that are not White. That being said the varying groups of people who are Black, Latin@, Asian, Native & Indigenous have their own layers of racial diaspora within them each with differing languages, dialects, cultures, traditions, politics, economic, and racial conflicts and issues. WE ALL SUFFER OPPRESSION BUT NOT ALL OF OUR OPPRESSION IS THE SAME. It may not be the best term to credit each individual race and or ethnic designations but it is the most understood, try though in conversations to be specific.
- Traveling is not the cure for racism
- Transethnicism is never okay.
- Cultural appropriation is never okay.
- Latin@ is an ethnic designation.
- African American Vernacular is a real language with differing dialects depending on the regions a person is in.
- It is up to POC and POC ALONE as to whether or not we choose to reclaim racial slurs used against us as terms of endearment for our own individual race(s)
- POC don’t want apologies on behalf your race. We want you to use your privilege and take action within your communities to help dismantle racist and discriminatory agenda.
- There is no such thing as the race card.
- Starting off sentences about how you aren’t a racist but [insert your unnecessary opinion or thought as a white person] has already condemned you to be one
- POC don’t owe you any justification or answers. There are books in libraries. There is the internet. DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF.
- If POC do take the time to answer your question READ IT. LISTEN TO IT. THEN READ IT OUT LOUD AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF. We have said exactly what we wanted to say, that is the only answer you need from us. Ask another POC if you must but do not keep pushing they same question on them either.
- There is a difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation. Learn it.
- I don’t have anything more to say. Let the swarm of unfollowing and inbox hate commence. I’ve said my piece.
I have been experiencing and observing WAAAAYYYY more transphobia than ever before. I am posting these here, now, as a reminder to end transphobia and to respect boundaries.
STOP ASKING TRANS* FOLKS ABOUT THEIR GENITALIA.
THE TRANSGENDER BLUES: a mix to help punch that body dysphoria right in the face and to feel just a little bit safer listening to these jams than you do out there in the good ol transphobic world. PLAY
fffuuuuck yeaaah those tunes
In honor of the #stopblamingwhitewomenweneedunity hashtag (started via this Huffington Post article penned by the delightfully clueless Adele Wilde-Blavatsky) I’ve decided to put together a top ten honoring the many interesting methods white feminists employed this year to promote unity between themselves and feminists of color.
From refusing to defend feminists of color against attacks from the patriarchy (or from other white feminists for that matter), to deriding feminists of color for not being feminist enough, to blaming feminists of color’s oppressions on their own cultures (instead of, you know, patriarchy) white feminists sure have a funny way of expressing their desire for unity with feminists of color.
10. When 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the young actress and Oscar nominee, was called a cunt by The Onion in a poorly thought out satire attempt, white feminists decided that not defending her made sense because cunt shouldn’t be a bad word anyway and whatever, it was a joke ok? Anyway, it’s not like white feminists are in the habit of defending other white women against gender-based comedic assaults. I mean, unless you werecalled a slut. Or if Seth MacFarlane sings a song about your boobs.
9. Lily Allen became a white feminist icon for pop anthem “Hard out Here”, a video in which she sings the lines “no need to shake my ass for you cause I’ve got a brain” over a backdrop of black women shaking their asses for you in a demonstration of how brainless they are. Clearly, this video would make any feminist proud, since intersectionality is not a real thing. Even so, this too ended up being an instance of a satire that went completely over the heads of women of color feminists, who mistook the video as a fully clothed white woman singing about her own liberation while using gyrating half-naked black women and hip-hop culture in general to illustrate her point about what empowerment doesn’t look like.
8. And in an interesting turn of events, Miley Cyrus is a also feminist icon for doing almost the exact opposite of Lily Allen, and reveling in her own booty-shaking scantily-clad glory. I say almost because she does this while accessorizing with black women and black “ratchet” culture in many of the same ways that Allen does, since that seems to be the only method white feminist icons know of to drive their feminist viewpoints home. White feminists rushed to defend her from scathing slut-shaming criticism but, once again, very few critiqued her minstrelsy (andeven when they did give her metaphoric black face and cultural appropriation a cursory mention, it was only to say something along the lines of “this deserves attention” just not in this article).
7. Self-proclaimed feminist mouthpieceLena Dunham also skyrocketed to feminist icon status this year when she won two Golden Globes for her hit TV seriesGirls, a show which Dunham believes represents any woman who hasn’t felt her voice represented in the media (to paraphrase her Globe acceptance speech). She has naturally decided to only use upper middle class, college educated white women as the stand in voice for women of a wide range of different cultural experiences, ethnicities and economic backgrounds and has based the show in some imaginary section of Brooklyn, NY where people of color appear to be almost non-existent. But don’t take that to mean that Dunham doesn’t see people of color because she absolutely does; just only when they’vedone something she doesn’t like.
6. Yet, somehow, Beyoncé missed the boat for white feminist icon this year despite the success of yet another album with a number of pro-woman anthems and finally officially declaring her support of feminism. Is it becauseshe’s decided to promote her music under married namejust like Lily Allen has? Is it because sheposed half-naked for the same photographer Lena Dunham posed half-naked for? What exactly was she missing that they had? It’s hard to be surebut there’s been some speculation.
5. Then there’s Michelle Obama, who is apparentlyfailing feminists nationwide through her startling inactionsince themessage she sends by starting the first organic garden on white house groundsis not activist enough. Additionally, using her platform as First Lady to preach good diet and exercise when blacks in America have the highest rates of diet-related illness is an obvious waste of her time, as is focusing on raising her children. White feminists want us to remember that motherhood, especially woman of color motherhood,especially black motherhood, is never radical or feminist.
4. In world news, white feminists continued campaigns against India this year provoked by what they perceived as “cultural attitudes” andbackwards traditions, which have led to India’s recent rape “epidemic” which gained international notice late last year. It’s hard to say howIndian rape culture became the epidemic of choice over rape-culture in western nationswhile having a higher rape conviction rate (about 24%) than many western nations, including the UK (7%) and Sweden (10%), and despite America not only topping the global list of reported rapes per year (including having college campus sexual assault statistics that would seem to make a woman equally as safe in an American dorm as in a Delhi public bus). What we do know is that there is no need to fear;white savior is hereto bring women of color salvation from their savage male counterparts.
3. Speaking of international feminist attitudes, the Ukraine-based feminist group Femen staged what they called a “topless jihad” this year, allegedlyin support of Amina Tyler, a Tunisian woman who was arrested after posting topless photos of herself with feminist slogans painted on her chest. They provided their “support” in the form of a full-scale attack on Islam, and showedtheir solidarity with Muslim womenby calling Islamists “inhuman beasts” and by producing images of themselves profaning Islamic spiritual practices and customs among other forms of encouragement. White feminists thenpatted themselves on the back for a job well done.
2. Although women of color have been attempting to bring Hugo Schwyzer’s racist antics to the attention of white feminists at least sincehis defense of a white woman’s plagiarism of a Chicana blogger’s workin 2008, white feminists seemed to mostly ignore them (and in certain cases even defended him) until he himselfbroke down and admitted his bigotryearlier this year, proving that a white man, evenan attempted murderer and admitted sexual predator, is always more reliable than a black woman. The incident, along with the support Schwyzer received from bloggers at popular feminist sites Feministe, Jezebel and Pandagon, resulted in the creation of the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag byMikki Kendall. The hashtag and accompanying tweets were promptlyreposted on the very site they’d been created to critiquein an effort to encourage dialogue, though it slipped the poster’s minds to advise their readers that the hashtag was about them.
1. Last, but certainly not least, feminist folk-singing icon and Ani DiFranco chose to help black feminists workout their history of slavery issues bymaking music and good vibes for them on a former plantation(and inviting them to do the same for the low price of $1100-$4000 a head). When large numbers of ungrateful women of color expressed outrage at this move, and when DiFranco stayed silent in the face of said outrage, DiFranco supporters took to Facebook in her defense, with one even going so far as to create afake black online personato defend their position. Luckily said persona used enough bastardized Ebonics that black feminists were finally able to successfully understand and accept white feminists educated and enlightened viewpoints for what they were. Unfortunately, it was too late to save theretreat from being cancelled.
Oh well, there’s always next year! Until then…
The Colored Fountain
I don’t know if this is already circulating on tumblr, but I thought I would post it here anyway. An awesome article the shitty things white “feminists” have done in the year 2K13
The reason Jennifer Lawrence is allowed to be a body-positive role model to young girls and “chubby” women is because she is representative of conventional beauty. Jennifer Lawrence’s public image has been built on a foundation of fat girl drag.