“I am slowly learning that some people are not good for me, no matter how much I love them. I deserve someone who is gentle and kind, because my soul is getting tired. Realizing that I deserve something good is one of the first steps.”—Michelle K., Why I Need To Say Goodbye To You. (via michellekpoems)
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. Hatred is hatred no matter who started it or who deserves it, white people suck we all know that but your not helping by adding more hatred I love my girlfriend and one one day were going to make beautiful Carmel children I hope they never see his kind of hatred on either side of their culture but I know better
"caramel children"? First of all I hope you know that not all mixed black people are light skinned, your children could be really dark skinned, totally white passing or anywhere in between. Second of all, I hope for your children’s sake you stop quoting Martin Luther King without any knowledge of the context of his speeches, or any of his real aims (hint hint it wasn’t be nice to white people to convince them to stop killing us). I hope you educate yourself about racism and white privilege because unless your children are white passing they will definitely be faced with institutional racism and to have a father who refuses to acknowledge that will only make their experiences doubly worse. I feel sorry for your future children if your reaction to a blog where people discuss multiple experiences with racism (including being stalked and sexually harassed) is to think that we created this blog to hate white people, rather than to give ourselves and other people of color a much needed place to vent, rant and seek support. I honestly feel really sorry for your future children if you are going to choose to remain ignorant like this. They will probably end up ranting about you on tumblr or some similar site.
hi, i know this question seems out of left field, but did you ever post an article about the use of colors--how white europeans generally avoided bright colors, and traded these with african and indian (iirc) ethnic groups for goods, and thus a lot of orientalism is founded on the use of ~exotic bright colors or something like that? if so, do you have a link to it? :<
“That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice. So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc. But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X. So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis. So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah. Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win. This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent.”—