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The immigrant: Inequivalent exchange

navk:

 

I “stole your job” 
just to stand a chance 
against your standards

You stole my culture
for your own enjoyment

Made me it exotic,
cashed out on
a claim for diversity
and multiculturalism

Made the colour of my skin
and the sounds of my celebrations
and the spices of my food
a local attraction

Hell

I thought we were even


— Nav K

what's extreme is people like you not realizing that sometimes diversity can go too far. When characters are made black or disabled or gay for no reason it hurts the story and it hurts the cause of the people who are supposedly being represented.

Anonymous

blue-author:

I like how you sent me an ask claiming that no one says a thing except people rhetorically making fun of the position that no one actually holds, and then you send me an ask clarifying that you hold exactly the same position.

I’m kind tempted to just not address anything else you said and just marvel in the perfection of that.

What’s the reason for making a character white? What’s the reason for making a character straight? What’s the reason for making a character abled or neurotypical or cis?

When you assume that making a character Other relative to yourself weakens the narrative, you’re revealing a terrible thing about yourself: that you can’t imagine that those people have backstories and inner lives the way that you do.

Every single person in a fictional narrative is ultimately there because a writer decided they needed to be there, but when the person looks like you and matches your expectations, you accept that this person who was made up for the plot had a life full of events that led them to the point where they’re appearing on the screen or page.

But when your expectations aren’t met, you start saying it’s forced. You can’t accept that events led them here because you don’t grant them the kind of life that you know you have. Your empathy does not extend to them. 

Look at how many white people think they can relate to a little girl in an industrial orphanage who falls in with a capitalist robber baron during the Great Depression more than they can relate to a little girl in the foster system in modern New York who falls in with a career politician, all because of a difference of race. The original Annie’s situation and world were only slightly less alien to us than the Victorian period, but making her white somehow makes her relatable in a way that a little girl who clearly exists in our world isn’t.

The fact is, empathy is linked to imagination and we can (and do!) relate to people who are literally alien beings in literally alien worlds. The choice not to relate to Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie—or a Black or gay or female or trans video game character—is a choice to shut off both imagination and empathy. 

The failing is not with the narrative, it’s with you.

boom

Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …

After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …

At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.

- Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal. (via nezua)

stand-up-comic-gifs:

He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)

Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to comprehensive data released Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

In the first analysis in nearly 15 years of information from all of the country’s 97,000 public schools, the Education Department found a pattern of inequality on a number of fronts, with race as the dividing factor.

Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students do not offer any Algebra II courses, while a third of those schools do not have any chemistry classes. Black students are more than four times as likely as white students — and Latino students are twice as likely — to attend schools where one out of every five teachers does not meet all state teaching requirements.

“Here we are, 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the data altogether still show a picture of gross inequity in educational opportunity,” said Daniel J. Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project.

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The New York Times"School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines."

In twenty fucking fourteen.

(via inothernews)

American conservatism is still, after all these years, largely driven by claims that liberals are taking away your hard-earned money and giving it to Those People.

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PAUL KRUGMAN, writing in today’s New York Times, "That Old-Time Whistle."

The absolute truth in 27 words.

(via inothernews)

stand-up-comic-gifs:

Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)

Twitter Mocks The White Man March

clutchmag:

Twitter Mocks The White Man March

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So this past weekend’s White Man March  really happened, but apparently with only tens of people rather than the tens of thousands organizer Kyle Hunt anticipated.

Not only was the racist event a flop, but it also quickly became the mock of Twitter, generating more posts than protestors. Here are a few tweets to start off your Monday morning:

STARTED FROM THE TOP NOW WE HERE #WhiteManMarchProtes…

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The best one was “I AM SICK OF BEING TREATED LIKE 5/3RDS OF A PERSON”

She calls it ‘backwards logic’, tells me with a smile

About that one white girl who was killed in South Africa for being white,

Murdered by black men

(who had been crushed beyond measure by an apartheid regime)

"So you see," she says, "Racism goes both ways”

My tongue is trapped, thrashing beneath the tidal wave of words I wish to unleash, but I bite it, suppress it,

Quell the rage for a moment.

You see, I know we all bleed red,

but it’s not your blood coursing down the streets, painting cities

and countries and continents crimson

It is not your people who have been enslaved, colonised, suppressed,

Hundreds of years of their history corrupted and destroyed

(“Don’t get so angry”, she says, “History isn’t now”)

But even today they are beaten down and force fed your ideals

Whiteness is beautiful

Whiteness is employable

Whiteness is power

Do not tell me that you can understand the sorrow

Of a language dying upon my lips because it holds “no use” in a Western society

Do not tell me that you can understand the frustration

When our history textbooks shows us a sea of white faces, glossing over the slaughter of indigenous peoples in five lines

Do not tell me that you can understand the weight of longing

For a homeland and a different night sky, sun warmed stones beneath your feet and a loving grandmother drying out spices on the rooftop

Do not tell me that you can understand the tears when

This land I am standing on, born from, rejects me day after day, labels me ‘other’ although I am rooted in its soil as much as you

Do not tell me that you understand these words-

You will understand what a racial slur is when it is hurled at you like a

projectile, shattering your skull and ringing in your ears by an old woman,

too old to change,

and again by a white boy, pretending he is one of the gang

and again and again by a white girl, too sheltered by pale skin to even begin to understand the meaning of oppression

Don’t tell me emotion has no place in this discussion, that the

anger in my blood will not set this world to rights when we are “already equal”

Let me tell you this:

We can pretend the word “race” is taboo, and still be racist

We can say inequality is over and still have oppression

We can pretend that the death of a white girl all those years ago, is a racial crime without context

We can pretend that the millions of my people dead are nothing more than a statistic, written in ink instead of blood.

My friend, we can call it ‘backwards logic’

But that will never make it true.

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- On being told white people can’t use the n-word; A poem by N.

(via galifreyy)

maarnayeri: “We all know that there are language forms that are considered impolite and out of order, no matter what truths these languages might be carrying. If you talk with a harsh, urbanized accent and you use too many profanities, that will often get you barred from many arenas, no matter what you’re trying to say. On the other hand, polite, formal language is allowed almost anywhere even when all it is communicating is hatred and violence. Power always privileges its own discourse while marginalizing those who would challenge it or that are the victims of its power.” - Junot Díaz

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