Posts tagged "racism"

nathantrumpet:

Just wanted to share this with everyone really quick. The reason is because we need to be aware of what kind of people are within the law enforcement branch. This man forced his way into my moms house (without any proper documentation) AND did not specify why he was arresting my brothers friend. He was asked countless times why and he NEVER answers him. He didn’t even read him his rights!…I’ll post the video up later….smh Louisiana AND Jefferson parish…..

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Georgia Cop Pulls Gun On 5th Grader Building Tree Fort
Omari Grant, 11, of Henry County, Ga., (pictured) said that he was terrified after a police officer pulled a gun on him while he and his friends were building a tree fort in their neighborhood, WSB-TV 2 reports.
Grant, a 5th grade student, says he and his friends often play in the wooded area behind his home, but a neighbor in his subdivision called the cops to complain about their activities. What exactly happened that lead up to the cop allegedly pulling the gun on the boy is not clear, but Grant said he followed the cop’s orders.
“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Grant recalled.
Janice Baptiste, the boy’s mother, filed an excessive force complaint with the department. “So my son was of course traumatized by that,” she said.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Georgia Cop Pulls Gun On 5th Grader Building Tree Fort

Omari Grant, 11, of Henry County, Ga., (pictured) said that he was terrified after a police officer pulled a gun on him while he and his friends were building a tree fort in their neighborhood, WSB-TV 2 reports.

Grant, a 5th grade student, says he and his friends often play in the wooded area behind his home, but a neighbor in his subdivision called the cops to complain about their activities. What exactly happened that lead up to the cop allegedly pulling the gun on the boy is not clear, but Grant said he followed the cop’s orders.

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Grant recalled.

Janice Baptiste, the boy’s mother, filed an excessive force complaint with the department. “So my son was of course traumatized by that,” she said.

cosmogyralbell:

cishet white boys are actually among some of the very worst people TBQH especially if they’re also middle/upper-class and have a liberal arts education

i mean cishet white boys from STEM disciplines are still shit a lot of the time but at least STEM types don’t tend to have opinions on High Culture that explicitly uphold cishet white masculinity as the one true emotional experience and thus explicitly exclude, belittle and silence people who are not cishet white boys with gross opinions on hemingway

the only problem (speakin from a science major perspective) is that cishet white boys in STEM, esp bio, tend to cling to cishet white dudes as infallible heroes and will flip shit when women or poc are even mentioned as being major contributors to the field (unless it’s neil degrasse tyson)

did u no einstein stole most of his work from his wife, darwin cribbed a lot of the origin of species off mary treat, and watson and crick p much stole a lot of their research from rosalind franklin

and thats just white women, we almost never get to hear what woc or just poc in general have contributed to science and it creates this background radiation of low-grade festering racism that disguises itself as history

cosmogyralbell:

deathmensch:

cosmogyralbell:

Yeah Tolkien coded the Dwarves as Jews in a way that was supposed to be “admirable but alien” or something along those lines. They’re the first people but also flawed and self-isolating while still possessing great courage and tenacity to friendship

if he’d said that about me, i would dig up his corpse to kick him in the balls, TBH

Tolkien’s writing on Jews is interesting to me, tbh. It plays up a lot of anti-Semitic stereotypes but I don’t really find it… particularly terrible and I think the ways he writes about the alienation and otherness is kind of interesting for a gentile. 

When writing The Lord of the Rings Tolkien continued many of the themes he had set up in The Hobbit. When giving Dwarves their own language (Khuzdul) Tolkien decided to create an analogue of a Semitic language influenced by Hebrew phonology. Like medieval Jewish groups, the Dwarves use their own language only amongst themselves, and adopted the languages of those they live amongst for the most part, for example taking public names from the cultures they lived within, whilst keeping their “true-names” and true language a secret.[10] Along with a few words in Khuzdul, Tolkien also developed runes of his own invention (the Cirth), said to have been invented by Elves and later adopted by the Dwarves. Tolkien further underlines the diaspora of the Dwarves with the lost stronghold of the Mines of Moria. In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien uses the main dwarf character Gimli to finally reconcile the conflict between Elves and Dwarves through showing great courtesy to Galadriel and forming a deep friendship with Legolas, which has been seen as Tolkien’s reply toward “Gentile anti-Semitism and Jewish exclusiveness” - wikipedia

The Dwarven calendar invented for The Hobbit reflects the Jewish calendar in beginning in late autumn.” - the history of the hobbit

"I do think of the ‘Dwarves’ like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, speaking the languages of the country, but with an accent due to their own private tongue…" - Tolkien letter 176

The Dwarves are impacted by the rings of power to become more greedy, insular, and acquisitive, making fewer great crafts and interacting with the larger world more infrequently, exaggerating traditional antisemitic stereotypes of the Jew in Europe. Though, they also are one of the very few races to almost never work with Sauron or earlier Morgoth and aren’t swayed by their evil wills.

He is fully immersed in a lot of stereotypes but then gives them this positive spin and like… it’s definitely engaged in antisemitism but in this method by which he tries to make positive traits of it that I am fascinated by.

okay this is all stuff i was unaware of and i semi-retract my position on it, bc this is interesting as hell, i agree. 

it’s like, he doesn’t know how to characterise the jewish peoples without resorting to stereotypes, but he’s aware of antisemitism and how it works. it’s. i dunno. it makes me more conflicted on tolkien.

he did most certainly base orcs on mongols and every time i read about orcs in any fantasy work, i’m uncomfortably reminded that tolkien thinks people like my grandfather and our ancient ancestors were a fine model for corrupted elves, the face of corruption of the pure and good and ancient and i shudder.

but he’s also maybe less unaware than i thought he was. 

yeah, tolkien’s canon is a weird beast to tackle overall- for his time period he was pretty decent, but again, he also has a ton of shortcomings, mostly in the realm of race, that deserve addressing and examining

it’s sort of like looking at the notes from an anthropologist who was deeply entrenched in eurocentrism but just starting to become very slightly aware

not perfect by any stretch, and there’s tons of colorism in his work that augments the racism

but it would be interesting to go back and sort of reevaluate and revamp it from a more holistic perspective, give the orcs their own culture instead of making them “degraded elves” (i FUCKING LOVE orcs so much, they deserve so much better), tackle the issues of the Men of the South (i.e. the only nonwhite human culture mentioned, and even then only briefly and in a gross way), and expand on the ecology of Middle Earth (because i am a nerd)

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Anonymous asked: i got in a fight over a cisman playing a transwoman, and told the person i was fighting with 'we don't allow blackface anymore why do we allow this'. Is that a fair tactic or should I not link the two things?

linking the two things is a really tenuous line- while there are similarities in that they are both offensive portrayals of a group of people by people not of that group, it’s still something that we should treat very carefully

plus, race-based minstrel show bullshit still happens, unfortunately (look at robert downey jr in tropic thunder) so even as an argument it’s not particularly a good one because that shit still happens frequently and is encouraged by hollywood, etc

basically stay away from that line of argument, imo it also treats racism and transphobia/transmisogyny as separate camps, and there’s plenty of trans WoC who experience both forms of oppression

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:


New York City: Two Emergency Actions to Stop the City’s Proposed Homeless Purge
From Picture the Homeless:

We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we’re ready to fight back. And we need your help.
 
DNAInfo is reporting that at 3AM on Monday, the City will start purging sleeping homeless people from the subways, stopping trains at two stations to force people off and into a shelter or a hospital. But the NYPD will be on hand, presumably to arrest people who refuse to go. It’s framed as an MTA response to the increased volume of homeless people during this bitter cold winter, but this is a police action, pure and simple. Homeless people who ride the trains have already assessed and rejected the shelter and the hospital as alternative options.
 
Our main concerns are:
Folks will be profiled as homeless and told to leave the trains after they’ve paid their fare
Folks will be told to leave the train if they are homeless regardless if they’ve been on the train for 15 minutes or 15 days. It isn’t against the law to be riding a subway while homeless!
Besides being a misguided, broken windows strategy, this is a clear violation of the newly-passed Community Safety Act, and its ban on profiling based on “housing status” or perceived homelessness.
While it is problematic that there is a huge increase in homelessness in NYC policing is not the solution, housing is.
Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.
On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.
3PM, Sunday February 23rd1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)
And then at 3AM, when the MTA is scheduled to roll out this new policy, we’ll be on hand with legal observers to monitor the enforcement and ensure no ones rights are violated!    
3AM, Monday February 24th
Jamaica Center Subway Station, E PlatformWTC Subway Station, E Platform  
We really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we’re ready to fight back. And we need your help.
 
DNAInfo is reporting that at 3AM on Monday, the City will start purging sleeping homeless people from the subways, stopping trains at two stations to force people off and into a shelter or a hospital. But the NYPD will be on hand, presumably to arrest people who refuse to go. It’s framed as an MTA response to the increased volume of homeless people during this bitter cold winter, but this is a police action, pure and simple. Homeless people who ride the trains have already assessed and rejected the shelter and the hospital as alternative options.
 
Our main concerns are:
  1. Folks will be profiled as homeless and told to leave the trains after they’ve paid their fare
  2. Folks will be told to leave the train if they are homeless regardless if they’ve been on the train for 15 minutes or 15 days. It isn’t against the law to be riding a subway while homeless!
  3. Besides being a misguided, broken windows strategy, this is a clear violation of the newly-passed Community Safety Act, and its ban on profiling based on “housing status” or perceived homelessness.
  4. While it is problematic that there is a huge increase in homelessness in NYC policing is not the solution, housing is.

Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.

On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.

3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)

And then at 3AM, when the MTA is scheduled to roll out this new policy, we’ll be on hand with legal observers to monitor the enforcement and ensure no ones rights are violated!   
 
3AM, Monday February 24th
Jamaica Center Subway Station, E Platform
WTC Subway Station, E Platform 
 

We really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!

punkcr0c asked: I apologize if my comment came off the wrong way. While I don't believe it's ok to ignore the roots of dreads or to say the style "belonged" to the Europeans, I do think nobody should be barred from a particular hairstyle if it so appeals to them.

darklordluigi:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

hyperscraps:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

do you not know what “cultural appropriation” means

There’s a difference between appropriation and inappropriate appropriation. The definition of appropriation is the adoption of cultural elements. That is an okay thing. It happens a lot, in almost every culture, it’s part of what happens when humans socialize. It becomes unacceptable when the origin of the elements is erased, disrespected, discriminated against while being held by the oppressors. In this example, wearing dreads is appropriation, yes, in that dreads were originally worn by POC. However it isn’t appropriate or realistic to yell at every single white person who wears dreads, real or synthetic, because “it isn’t yours!!1!11”.

As long as it isn’t done disrespectfully then there are a lot more important things that people should be getting upset at. I DO understand the problems with racism and the oppression and discrimination built into the system. So please do not come at me with that. But the way to solve those problems is not to forbid people from wearing dreads. It would, for example, be to brutally and publicly persecute the people who are expelling POC students from school for wearing dreads or other culturally important hairstyles, or similar for people who are actually being racist through their direct and oppressive actions. 

the thing is, its the small things that add up to an erasure of the sociopolitical history associated with locs, making them go from a hairstyle worn primarily in the 60s by people who were acting in opposition to white supremacy (and all the associations with that act) to a hippy-dippy “lol look at my hair” thing that is divorced from any and all context

not to mention, locs are generally considered by white society to be “dirty,” especially when associated w PoC.  there’s hair-ism all the fuck over the place when we’re talking about interactions between white people and black people, and to just blithely take a hairstyle that was reclaimed largely by a black-led revolutionary movement in the 60s and treat it like a flower child kind of thing accessible to white people is to seriously divorce it from a whole lot of really fucked up history and appropriate what is still considered to be a controversial hairstyle.  locs were and continue to be a symbol of black defiance in the face of white supremacy, and are definitely Not For Us White Folks, ok

I suppose I’ve never thought about it that way, thanks for pointing it out

no prob, just keep this in mind for the future, blew my mind when i first learned about it

punkcr0c asked: I apologize if my comment came off the wrong way. While I don't believe it's ok to ignore the roots of dreads or to say the style "belonged" to the Europeans, I do think nobody should be barred from a particular hairstyle if it so appeals to them.

hyperscraps:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

do you not know what “cultural appropriation” means

There’s a difference between appropriation and inappropriate appropriation. The definition of appropriation is the adoption of cultural elements. That is an okay thing. It happens a lot, in almost every culture, it’s part of what happens when humans socialize. It becomes unacceptable when the origin of the elements is erased, disrespected, discriminated against while being held by the oppressors. In this example, wearing dreads is appropriation, yes, in that dreads were originally worn by POC. However it isn’t appropriate or realistic to yell at every single white person who wears dreads, real or synthetic, because “it isn’t yours!!1!11”.

As long as it isn’t done disrespectfully then there are a lot more important things that people should be getting upset at. I DO understand the problems with racism and the oppression and discrimination built into the system. So please do not come at me with that. But the way to solve those problems is not to forbid people from wearing dreads. It would, for example, be to brutally and publicly persecute the people who are expelling POC students from school for wearing dreads or other culturally important hairstyles, or similar for people who are actually being racist through their direct and oppressive actions. 

the thing is, its the small things that add up to an erasure of the sociopolitical history associated with locs, making them go from a hairstyle worn primarily in the 60s by people who were acting in opposition to white supremacy (and all the associations with that act) to a hippy-dippy “lol look at my hair” thing that is divorced from any and all context

not to mention, locs are generally considered by white society to be “dirty,” especially when associated w PoC.  there’s hair-ism all the fuck over the place when we’re talking about interactions between white people and black people, and to just blithely take a hairstyle that was reclaimed largely by a black-led revolutionary movement in the 60s and treat it like a flower child kind of thing accessible to white people is to seriously divorce it from a whole lot of really fucked up history and appropriate what is still considered to be a controversial hairstyle.  locs were and continue to be a symbol of black defiance in the face of white supremacy, and are definitely Not For Us White Folks, ok

Anonymous asked: Dreads were prevelant in old German (white), Celtic (white) and Greek (olivey white) cultures as well as Vikings. So white people wearing dreads is my no means cultural appropriation, and whoever thinks otherwise is an uninformed idiot.

shortcuttothestars:

babypeachy:

^

^ this

nnnooooo im pretty sure those were plaits, which are of an entirely different character

leave locs to PoC, seriously

also, ancient greek culture was the product of an amalgam of many races and traditions and should not be considered a white culture, to call them that would be erasing a large part of greek history

tubularfruits asked: Regarding the post about rising quinoa prices, can explain the racism and appropriation? I understand the issues surrounding a growing demand for any type of food but what makes this more than just another food fad? (Don't take this as argumentative. I just want to be informed and you are always spot on with your posts). Thanks!

navigatethestream:

i’m going to open this with a story.

when i first moved into on campus housing at Hampshire college i had a Peruvian roommate. upon learning that i’m a vegan she one day said to me “at least you’re not the kind to eat quinoia”. she then went on to explain to me that quinoa is a staple in the diets of peruvian peoples because of its nutritional benefits, such as high protein, high fiber, low calories, ect. but because the demand for quinoa in the united states has skyrocketed, people in Peru and other places where quinoa is an indigenous crop are no longer able to afford it. this means they have to shift their diets to what’s immediately available in order to survive the quinoa outsourcing boom, such as an increase in meat consumption to supplement the protein they would have gotten from quinoa in order to survive. this shift in how peruvians and other people access food in order to survive is causing a spike in diabetes, obesity, and other health problems that weren’t as significant before the quinoa boom. from a health and food justice standpoint, the quinoa boom is causing health disparities in people who had otherwise been able to survive for years. 

interestingly enough, she was telling this to someone who had never eaten quinoa in her life, and quite honestly didn’t know what the fuck it was until she explained it. 

there’s a lot of issues with what i’m going to call white supremacist food culture, the ways in which U.S commits food imperialism when we imports good as part of the “supply and demand model” in order to satisfy the dietary needs of a few at the expense of many

like lets be real about something 

the U.S isn’t buying quinoa in bulk and then distributing it in the hood for free. its not hitting the shelves of grocery stores located in food deserts in droves. 

its going into whole foods, small boutique health food stores, stores where the assumed consumer is white, upper class, and labelled “health conscious”. stores that are not located in places populated by people of color, whether its urban, suburban, or rural. its going into the stores where white people live and white people shop. 

there’s actually a really good essay in the anthology cultivating food justice about how one of the problems with food justice and health consumer culture is that the “conscious consumer” is assumed to be white and the “unconscious consumer” is assumed to be a person of color. and when food justice operates under the assumption that “unconscious consumers” are merely people who don’t know what’s good for them and have to be told what’s good for them then its located in white saviourism. it doesn’t address the issue of access as it relates to class, race, mobility, proximity and continues to perpetuate a power imbalance where white people are posited as the authoritative source on health  

now why is it racism and appropriation? 

the lack of tangible fair trade agreements that benefit the producer moreso than the consumer- i personally believe that fair trade can never exist within the context of a capitalist framework. current fair trade rhetorics, to be frank, are an emotional remedy for the guilt ridden conscious consumer moreso then they are a real solution to transnational trade and consumption. no matter how much people in the U.S pay for something labelled “fair trade” you are still getting it for relatively cheap in comparison to what its actually worth, because you’re importing from places that don’t have the same philosophy about labor that we do, where labor is thought to be theoretically “cheaper”. and chances are you are probably paying more for the luxury of a brand to say its “fair trade” than you are an actual, equitable exchange. in order for fair trade to truly exist there has to be complete autonomy over the means of production so that producers can play a larger role in their own economic development. essentially, the people who produce quinoa are probably not profiting off it as much as U.S companies who import it are

long term environmental consequences- the U.S has a nasty habit of overconsuming/over-importing foods labelled “exotic” by virtue of not being indigenous to Eurocentric agricultures or food cultures. this places pressure on countries of production to deplete their own natural resources in order to keep up with with the demand, such as destroying rainforests in order to make more room for more crops. especially since its not advisable to crop the same crops in the same patch of dirt over and over again. so we are playing a role in the destruction of the environment abroad, especially in countries of color who have already gone through the environmental destruction associated with European imperialism. U.S import culture fosters another form of environmental racism all on its own 


the “its not healthy or worth eating until white people eat it” gotcha of food appropriation. at the same time white supremacy loves to tell people of color that our foods are not healthy, nasty, smell bad, ect it also loves to appropriate our foods and take credit for making them more palatable to the taste buds of white people. and out of this a repackaged food culture arrives, where the representations of that food culture make whiteness the referent, the default. and where the profiteers are white. white people probably make more money off selling non-white recipes, cookbooks, ingredients/food staples ect than the actual people of color from that cultural context ever will 

the best way to see this illustrated is to go to a book store and pick up a cookbook that advertises a non-western, non-white food culture written by a white person. the emphasis will often be on rehashing recipes from that culture to make them “healthier”, i.e fat free, low in sugar, carbs, high in protein, whatever is the hot new stay healthy/stay lean diet tip of the day. this assumes that prior to white adaption and appropriation, these foods are “unhealthy” relating the health of a food culture to Eurocentric values of what it means to consume “healthy” food/”unhealthy” foods. 

yet what is considered “healthy” or necessary for a culture to survive is not going to be the same across the board. “health” is relative concept influenced by a lot of shit. and white supremacy functions to set the proverbial standard of concepts that are relative 

additionally this framing conveniently ignores the impact of European colonialism & white supremacy have on POC food cultures. a few days ago i reblogged a post where whole foods was selling collard greens, a staple vegetable in many blackamerican soul food traditions. the advertisement stated “it doesn’t take bacon to make these greens taste great”. 

well whole foods is right, you don’t have to add bacon to collard greens in order to make it taste great. especially if its not your preference

but that conveniently ignores the context by which collard greens arose as a coveted dish in the first place. they’re part of blackamerican soul food cultures, which originate out of slavery. slaves didn’t have access to what some might think of as “healthy” food. being fed during slavery was a luxury that came few and far in between. and when slaves were fed they were fed what was left of the masters meal, the throwaways. so emerges a food culture as of a method of survival, a food culture that suited the needs of people who were being physically exploited for labor and unsure of when they were going to see their next meal. dietary preference or selectivity doesn’t exist when you’re fighting to survive. 

food appropriation by white supremacist food cultures is nothing new. people who benefit from white supremacy have been either taking by force or underpaying for their “exotic” dishes, ingredients, recipes. neither is the dialogue about the appropriation of food from marginalized peoples is. the only thing that’s quite new about is in the academic discourse and scholarship that has risen out of food justice. but then to me that narrows the scope as to what is considered scholarship, who is an authoritative source, who defines such limitations

i mean whether i’ve read about it in an article or my grandma calls me on the phone one day to tell me she can no longer afford collard greens because their in high demand at the whole foods clear across town

either way i’ve learned the same lesson 

frozenheadcanons:

fearless-proud-andstrong:

While I see absolutely no issue with adding different races to Disney movies, I think we need to start teaching children that people’s personalities are infinitely more important than how they look.

Because you know what?
Saying that you can’t relate so someone because you’re not the same race as them /is racist/ and teaching children that behavior is only going to make racism worse

THANK YOU

nice thought and all, but when PoC grow up only seeing white people in movies and on TV, shit like this happens

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Terminology

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

biggadjeworld:

I am going to do a break down of the various terminology as it is accepted in most Romani academic circles.

I realize that this can be very confusing, especially to those outside our ethnicity and culture, and even to those who were raised in our culture, but do not have a full grasp of our language.

I must also note that self-identification varies amongst us and many of our own people may not recognize what is considered proper terminology.

“Gypsy” - The pejorative term created by the British in the 1500s. The term was created to identify only those who are Romani, most specifically those who we now call UK Romany & the Romanichal. It was never intended to be used as a descriptor for any other ethnic population. It comes from the Old English term for Egyptian, and not Greek. It is a slur.

Romani - The term that refers to our entire ethnic population, including the Sinti. It refers to the ethnic population that left Northern India & Pakistan shortly after the invasion of the Persian Muslims who have since settled in Trukey, all of Europe, and the Americas. The term is used to refer to our culture & language in relation to the entire ethnic population:
Romani culture, Romani language, Romani people, Romani ethnicity.

Romany - The population of Romani who settled in the British Isles sometime in the late 14th century. They have since become two distinct populations self identifying as either Romany or Romanichal. This spelling is typically used to refer only to the ”native” Romani population of the region. It does not inculde more recent Romani immigrants or refugees from continental Europe. Romany is typically prefixed by British, UK, English, or another identifier of where in the region they have settled & lived.
Ex: Some Romani families have lived in the UK for one hundred years or more and they have even picked up some words from the Rromanes dialect spoken by the UK Romany. 

Sinti - The self-identifier of a sub-ethnic population of the Romani people who live in Germany, Austria, regions of Central Europe, and the United States of America. Many Sinti prefer their identifier over Romani, though they do indeed belong to the Romani ethnic population & their language is a dialect of the Romani language.

Rroma - A sub-ethnic group of the Romani population who live throughout Transylvania, Central Europe and Northern Italy.
(This is why referring to our entire ethnic population as the Rroma & Sinti tends to be problematic. It is inclusive of only these two very specific Romani sub ethnic populations, when in fact, we have likely over 80 self-identified distinct groups that are considered part of the Romani ethnicity.)

Rroma - A Romani woman. The adjective that describes a Romani woman or girl.
Ex: I am a Rroma woman, but I belong to the Romani people.

Rromni - A Romani woman who is married. A wife.
Ex: The Rromni took care of her sick husband.

Rrom - A Romani man. The adjective that describes a Romani man or boy.
Ex: The old Rrom told us stories about our history.

Rromanes - The language of the Romani people. Sometimes referred to as “Romani chib”, which means “Romani tongue”. This includes all dialects of the Romani language spoken in all of Europe, Turkey, South Africa, as well as North, Central & South America.

Dom - A sister population of the Romani ethnicity. They are believed to be descendants of similar North Indian & Pakistani ethnic groups. They likely began their diaspora before the people who are today considered the Romani. The Dom live throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East & Central Asia.

Domari - The language of the Dom people.

Lom - Speculatively related to the Romani in the same way as the Domari: a population of mixed Northern Indian ethnic groups who began their diaspora before the population that is considered the Romani. They settled mostly in the Caucasus Mountains, and largely in Armenia.

Lomavren - The language of the Lom people.


The Romani, Dom & Lom are related to some degree, but the exact relation is still contested by some. The Dom & Lom are sometimes lumped under the pejorative exonym, “gypsy”, though this term was never ascribed to them until rather recently.
When referring to this entire diasporic population from the Indian subcontinent, they should always be termed “The Romani, Dom & Lom”. Of course, order can vary, but the proper terms should be utilized instead of “gypsy”.

Single “R” & double “Rr” spellings - Both manner of spellings are correct. Some dialects use a double “Rr” spelling for phonetics purposes, while other use it to distinguish us from Romanians & inhabitants of Rome, Italy.


Non-Romani Ethnic Populations:

There are several ethnic populations that are wrongly lumped under the slur umbrella that is “gypsy”. Many have no relationship to us & should only be discussed in terms of contact. We are entirely separate ethnic populations.
(For those who still have not grasped this concept yet.)

Pavee - Commonly known as Irish Travellers, they are a sub-ethnic group of Irish who have lived a nomadic existence for several centuries. They reside in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  Some self identify as “Irish Gypsies”, though the bastardization of that term from the UK Romany is a rather contentious topic.  
Some Pavee have had very close relations with UK Romany, even inter-marrying. However, it is important to note that the Romany & Romani are in no way related to Irish Travellers. We are not only two separate ethnic populations, but we even belong to two separate races.  We each have our own lanaguage & culture. 

Shelta - The language of the Pavee.

Banjara - An ethnic population living in Northern India. Though we have been genetically linked to the Banjara, the group is not the only Indian ethnicity that comprised of the initial Romani diasporic population. In fact, we have been linked to a wide variety of ethnic populations that live throughout Northern India, Pakistan, and even Eastern Afghanistan. The Banjara are just one of those many ethnicities.
The Banjara are not “gypsies” & they are not Romani.
They are Banjara. They are Indian.


There are many nomadic peoples throughout Europe.
The only ones who are Romani are the Romani.
The only ones who are “gypsy” are the Romani, most specifically, the Romany.

The Yeniche, Quinqui, Scottish Travellers, Norwegian Travellers, any generic nomadic people, nomads of India, Asia, or any other place on Earth are not Romani & they are not “gypsies”. Not even the Lom & Dom are “gypsies”, or Romani, even though they are our sister ethnic populations.

The only people who are Romani are the Romani.

Needed this today, so reblogged for everyone else too

get it right, and maybe avoid being a racist at someone!

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blackinasia:

It’s fascinating looking at representations of Africans in Chinese CCP propaganda from the 60s and early 70s. During this time period, China saw itself standing in solidarity in a class struggle with POC in Africa, Asia and Latin America against white-led American and European imperialism. The CCP also saw itself as having led a revolution which could be modeled by the peoples of these nations. Representations of Africa in the propaganda of this era therefore show tremendous camaraderie and brotherhood, presenting a united front against Western imperialism and colonization.

At the same time, though, these images are also steeped in a deep sense of racialized paternalism, which the last image, “Saviour” speaks tremendously to as well. This was due in part to the fact that the CCP’s revolution came earlier and was therefore the model revolution which they were “teaching” to Africans, but it also played directly upon antiblack stereotypes of African people as explicitly primitive (see the poster in which the “silver needle of friendship” is passed) and requiring the stewardship of the Chinese CCP in their march toward freedom in their own countries. The paternalism evident in the “friendship” is clear and plays into these racist, demeaning tropes, raising up a Chinese (rather than white) savior for African peoples in the face of Mao ZeDong.

These images are therefore interesting in the ways they evoke a sense of global POC solidarity against white-led imperialist forces from America and Europe, portray African leaders in a positive and noble light, generally work to show brotherhood between Chinese and African peoples, but then also plays to racist tropes like the “noble savage” trope and positions Africans and other POC in the developing world in solidarity but ultimately under Chinese CCP stewardship with a Chinese savior (Mao ZeDong) who “gets” their struggle, rather than a white one— but still a demeaning, paternalistic savior nonetheless.

Very interesting images to examine, especially for those interested in the history of relationships between Africans and Chinese people, and all of this come courtesy of chineseposters.net’s amazing article “Foreign Friends: African Friends.”

(h/t chineseposters

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So white pathology rears its ugly head again

hollyjollyespeon:

weeaboo-chan:

hoelita:

latinagabi:

So I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the ridiculous ‘artistic event’ that some are calling a ‘feminist gathering’ being held at a plantation, hosted by Ani DiFranco. Well shits hitting the fan on the Facebook page after some woman kept dismissing the critiques of black women about the insensitivity and thoughtlessness of the location. This person then made a fake account impersonating a black woman. Below are screen shots of the wreck.

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This is how far white women are willing to go to silence black women. 
this shit is so sad its almost funny. 

Here is a link to the page if you want to let Ani and the organizers of this event how fucked up all this is. 

laqueeta.

hooooooooly fuck holy FUCK

the name. the way she types. this is so embarassing. omg. help.

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