depression comix #159
Existing is’t easy. Thank you for being here today. I hope to see you tomorrow <3
I feel that way for everyone reading this. Thank you for surviving, I’m so glad we’re still here.
Omg I really really needed to read this today.
reminder that if your body acceptance hinges on a person’s health it’s inherently ableist and I want nothing to do with it
the other day my little cousin (she half black and white) told me she wanted yellow hair and i asked her why and she said only the girls with yellow hair are called pretty, I want yellow hair so i can be pretty
she is four
representation matters and if you whites try and…
[Image: Three photos. The first shows Laverne Cox, a beautiful Black trans woman with long light colored hair seated, head tilted, across from CeCe McDonald, a beautiful Black trans woman seen from behind, as they speak. The second photo is a shot of a row of prison cells. The third is a picture of CeCe McDonald speaking with the back of Laverne Cox shown.]
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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This is why we need to protect transwomen of color at all cost. All of these beautiful people where murdered this year, and they represent only the most public and brutal murders of transwomen all over the world. This is why cisphobia isn’t a real fucking thing, this is why I hate you because your cissexist transphobic actions lead to the deaths of beautiful and brilliant people.
afropunker heeft gevraagd: hello! I am of a mixed race, and I guess I wanted to ask do you find all white people to be bad? I followed you because I found you fascinating and I noticed a white girl earlier sent you an ask or a comment on one of your posts stating "not all white people are bad" in which you responded "just stop". So yes, I guess I wanted to see what your opinion is on white people?
Ok. Imma answer this once and only once because you seem sweet and they ain’t gonna teach you this shit in school, mmk?
Firstly, let’s break this down. Y’all trying to tell me “all white people aren’t bad”. Bad? You mean all white people aren’t murderers? You mean there are nice white people? You tryin’ to tell me that not all white people laugh when old people fall over? Well no shit then all white people ain’t “bad”.
But if you’re trying to tell me not all white people are racist, well we’re gonna need to talk about that. Let me define some terms first.
- internalized racism: “people of color sometimes adopt a white supremacist mindset that results in self-hatred and hatred of their respective racial group” (source)
- racism: this is a macro-level, institutionalized, systematic concept. It’s behavior motivated by the belief that one racial group is superior to another. When this behavior is implemented systematically, it’s racism. Think “separate but equal” segregation type shit.
- prejudice: this is pre-existing negative ideas and notions about a group without any merit or reasyning behind it. So when you hear “all black people like watermelon”— that’s prejudice. This is micro-level, persynal prejudice.
- discrimination: this is behavior. It’s based off of one’s prejudiced ideas and the *unequal* treatment of a certain group. The whole water fountain shit? Discriminatory behavior.
There are 4 different patterns of discrimination.
- unprejudiced nondiscriminatory: y’all ain’t racist. this is integration.
- unprejudiced discriminatory: this is problematic shit. it’s institutional discrimination.
- prejudiced nondiscriminatory: this ain’t right. it’s latent bigotry.
- prejudiced discriminatory: this that straight up bullshit. it’s just plain bigotry.
Now that we are on the same page with definitions let’s talk about intersectionality. (here is primer on it because there is no easy way of defining this)
Basically, people aren’t 1D or 2D beings. We all carry a shit ton of identities and we are treated in various ways for being perceived as a degree of minority. Here’s a simplified image to help understand that.
So white people ain’t just WHITE PEOPLE. Some experience discrimination (don’t forget the definitions above) based on their sex or gender or class status or able-bodiedness or a million other things! It’s not like white people are incapable of experiencing discrimination. What they *ARE* incapable of is experiencing racism. If you’re like “why?” I’ll try to be clear about it.
White people don’t experience institutionalized discrimination. Our society doesn’t disvalue white people for being white. Perhaps for some of the other intersections I mentioned (class, gender, age, etc), but not for being white.
White people were the main contributors to slavery. This means Eurocentric and imperialist white bodies were like “hey brown/black/red/yellow peoples from places in the world that are different from us! They don’t look/act/speak/learn like I do. They must be less evolved. Might as well profit!!”
This doesn’t mean there weren’t African peoples selling their siblings off to slavery, it simply means that the majority of buyers were white and that the people implementing this system in the U.S.A. were white folk.
In my experience, there are 3 types of “racist white people”. This article puts it best.
- blatantly racist, slur-throwing, KKK members that everyone is familiar with and can recognize as “obviously” racist.
- the “blissfully ignorant”. these people’s main transgression are microaggressions.
- and as that article I linked above beautifully puts it: “Lastly, some of you just have lived in the very white world of our racists forefathers’ design and just don’t have a clue. You genuinely love your friends of color and you value them on a human level and would never want to hurt them. Come closer, love. You’re the one I’m looking for.”
Just because someone doesn’t identify as a LOUD AND PROUD RACIST doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of racist behaviors. This is ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH WHITE PEOPLE. Why? Because they continue to benefit from racism, slavery, apartheid, segregation, white supremacy, colorism, etc etc etc. Whether they want to benefit from it or not doesn’t matter- it’s just how our society works right now. There are ways to work towards being better about that, but that’s another post.
You cannot CANNOT homogenize a group of people. It isn’t fair. So you might have some People of Color who aren’t offended by some of the racist behaviors/beliefs/’jokes’/ideas they encounter, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t a racist behavior.
To further answer some asks:
NO SHIT I SUPPORT INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS. Miscegenation is bullshit.
I don’t mind if white people follow my blog. I ENCOURAGE IT.
MAYBE Y’ALL WILL LEARN SOMMAT.
Like… are y’all not reading what I reblog? All these arguments y’all sending me have been answered if you just LOOK ON MY BLOG.
In conclusion: No shit, not all white people are “bad”. But they do have a habit of perpetuating racist behaviors and lack accountability for that and their privilege. No, you can’t be racist to white people because persynal prejudices are not comparable to SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION. PoC *can* be racist to other PoC. White people can be racist to PoC, NOT the other way around. It ain’t about me “hating” or “disliking” white people. It’s about WHITENESS and PRIVILEGE and a lack of acknowledgement on the part of the OPPRESSOR.
Got it? Good.
“ Just because someone doesn’t identify as a LOUD AND PROUD RACIST doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of racist behaviors. This is ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH WHITE PEOPLE. Why? Because they continue to benefit from racism, slavery, apartheid, segregation, white supremacy, colorism, etc etc etc. Whether they want to benefit from it or not doesn’t matter- it’s just how our society works right now.”
Wow, what a blatant demonstration of reverse racism. I’m not a white supremist, and I totally understand that 99 out 100 times victims of racism are never white. But, I mean, come on. What about white people who live in predominately black societies? Furthermore, you’re not being racist if you’re benefiting from your race against your will. The person who’s giving you the benefits is being racist you dick.
This entire post is actually ridiculous, and I’m ashamed that it got over 10 notes, let alone over 250. I live in Australia, where horrible things have been done to our Indigenous people and continues to be probably one of the most racist countries (source) in the world. That’s not to say that every single white person in a population of like, 15 million white people (btw that’s a gross overestimation of the number of non-white people in a country of 28 million) is racist.
Oh, and when I say ‘racist’ I don’t mean your warped definition, I mean the actual definition: “discrimination or prejudice based on race” (source).
This post is actually being racist… to white people! *shock!* *gasp!* Using the actual definition, if you’re being discriminatory towards white people (because, remember: “discrimination or prejudice based on race”) then you’re being racist, regardless of their race. Believe it or not guys, white people are a race, so it’s actually possible for racism to be used on them. When this guy says that “You cannot CANNOT homogenize a group of people,” then proceeds to stereotype (aka. homogenize) every white person ever, he is being racist while denying the fact that he’s being racist.
The worst thing about this post is that it’s so self-defeating. How can racism ever be stopped when both sides are participating in it? I mean, not to say that this one person represents the entire black community, but the amount of notes it received clearly shows that its an idea supported at least somewhat by blacks and - with want of a better word – black sympathisers.
first off, how dare you reblog this from me.
second off, are you shitting me right now? the definition of racism is outdated and hasn’t been changed for decades and this person is making a definition to help the conversation they are trying to have, because if you go into your beloved dictionary there isn’t really a word for institutionalized racism, is there?
btw, ‘reverse racism’ is treating the group that would be on the receiving end of racism is not being discriminated against and I’m really tired of asshats like you using the word.
also how is the statement you quoted a prime example of ‘racism against white people’? I’m genuinely curious as to how you could possibly think that the discussion of internalized racism is racist against you, a white person.
and yes I understand that you have your own problems in Australia, but that is a discussion not being had here and does not concern anyone in this post. what you’re doing is called derailing, and it’s a stupid way to counter-argue a point.
but seriously, asking people to own up to their casual racism is NOT being discriminatory. and I seriously don’t understand what’s wrong with being a ‘black sympathizer’. because you think people educating themselves about racism makes them bad, yes ok totally.
I’m not really sure if you… read what I said… Let’s do a point by point response
- How dare I reblog this from you? I’m sorry, you hardly have anything in your info to suggest that I could not debate anything you’ve reblogged concerning racism, nor anything else to suggest I couldn’t reblog it. Yours was simply the first post I saw.
- The guy hardly said or did anything to suggest that the definition of racism is outdated, which he probably should have done before giving it a different meaning. Also, no there is not a definition of ‘institutionalised racism,’ but you can, you know, search up the word ‘institutionalised’ and ‘racism’ then put them together…
- Your point either doesn’t make sense, or I’m reading it wrong. When I said ‘reverse racism’ I was under the impression that it meant racism in reverse – so instead of white people victimising black people, it was black people victimising white people. I’m sorry if that was wrong, but I can’t check if it is because the definitions in dictionaries are “outdated and haven’t been changed for decades”… Anyways, It’s a prime example of reverse racism because of the “This is ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH WHITE PEOPLE”.
- I wasn’t ‘de-railing’ the argument. I was providing evidence using an example. Obviously the idea that even in a predominately white country, every single white person is racist is ridiculous, which is what the guy is more or less trying to say.
- When did I ever say that people owning up to their casual racism is discriminatory? And, nothing’s wrong with being a black sympathiser. I was just saying that I would have rather have used a better word than ‘black sympathiser’ because it could sound like being black is something to be ashamed of, which it’s clearly not. That miscommunication may have been my fault, I apologise.
Hey ass hat, a few things.
I’m the original poster. I’m not a ‘he’. Use gender neutral pronouns when referring to me.
"Black sympathizer"? You might be the most racist moron I’ve seen commenting on this thread.
You’re a fool.
Here are some links on critical race theory and videos to help you learn:
- "But the dictionary says"
- "Dictionary definition of racism"
Now shut yo ass up.
Ain’t nobody wanna hear anymore of that diarrhea you call an opinion.
Beautiful commentary from rabbitglitter: white people pls read and learn. Don’t be like the idiot trying to argue with them.
Also like they said above, I would definitely recommend following rabbitglitter. Besides being beautiful and stylish they are so so so great with breaking down what institutional racism is and what it does.
My dog with really adorable bed head. She went back under the covers after this. I know how you feel bb.
"This company’s policies are evil, so I won’t buy from them" - yes okay
"This company’s policies are evil, so I’ll let the $8/hr customer service staff know just how I feel" - please no
ON WHITE FEMALE PRIVILEGE
Across Difference, Toward Liberation: An Introduction to TFW’s Forum
on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism within Feminism
Stop Denying White…
True fact, the #1 beneficiaries of “affirmative action” are white women. Also white women on average make more than Black and Latino men.
Watermelon and Palestinian flag:
"Because it was forbidden to raise the flag, Palestinians used to and still do, take watermelons and cut them in half and just raise them, showing the inside part. The watermelon contains the same colors as the Palestinian flag: red, white, green and black. This way, they have challenged the occupation and its unjust rules. The watermelon, this oval greenish fruit, became a strong symbol in the everyday life of Palestinians. Small and simple gestures can inflict huge outcomes. Small and simple gestures yet creative and smart. The occupier knew the strength of it, so they used to beat up people and merchants who carried or displayed watermelons cut in half."
Text written by Fahd El Hassan:
Yes, Israel did beat and arrest Palestinians for simply holding watermelons cut in half. It’s been known amongst Palestinians, and even documented but whenever I try and tell people they don’t believe me because Israel can’t be that tyrannical. Well it is true, and they are. You couldn’t even be an Artist painting a watermelon without the risk of being imprisoned.
Look and see for your self.
Tonight I learned many things about population statistics and makeup application. Separate things. Not like statistics about makeup use.
Anyhow did you know that if California were a country it would be the 35th largest country, population-wise, and it has more people than all of Canada?
Also the city I live in, Oakland, has more people than the country of Iceland.
BROS FALL BACK is a zine i first stumbled upon this year at Ladyfest Philly. it is a great and important read - it talks about the sorts of deep embedded normalized oppressive behavior we all encounter on the regular. it deconstructs the influence of capitalism and social currency on identity and how that affects interactions within the context of punk shows — but really, shows are like little microcosms of the world at large, so in a way i feel like everything in this zine can be seen as just an example of over-arching dynamics that exist elsewhere in the world too. i’d advise anyone/everyone to keep that in mind, read thru this PDF, and then re-consider the sort of space they take up, whether that be physically at a show, or in conversations (that may or may not have anything to do with punk or shows or music at all) and also in communities (whether those be friends, families, neighbors, music scenes, co-workers, etc.) you can find a PDF of BROS FALL BACK right here.
Click on the link and read the PDF!