Posts tagged "racism"

anyhow heres the Important Disco Song i was whining about earlier

redbone was so fuckin good and im sad they were kind of a one hit wonder in the US, they did a lot of political music that was deliberately withheld from american radio for really shitty racist reasons

anyhow they got their start doing surf music and then got talked into doing an all native american rock band by jimi hendrix and had a hell of a lot of commercial success abroad, but in the US this is the only song that had a major impact on the charts

in europe their single “We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee” was a huge hit (#1 in the Netherlands and in the top 10 in many other countries) but it wasn’t allowed to be played on american radio

anyhow redbone was/is/continues to be important

Anonymous said: I'm not even going to repeat the things my white family I have said but they too were super poor esp starting with my grandma's generation and JAYSUS the anti-blackness is so thick, everything that comes out their mouths is racist, classist (they tear down anyone who has a lot less or a lot more than them), and it's just frustrating and insulting and irritating and I don't know what my point is anymore they're exhausting to deal with. They all live near Pittsburgh which is crazy segregated. ._.

weareallmixedup:

inkyzuzi:

weareallmixedup:

Ah, Pennsylvania, a state that is supposed to be super liberal and tolerant but lol naw. I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs so I totally understand the segregation bit. Your experience with your family sounds really rough. I’m sorry that you have to deal with that :/

—Veronica

Who the fuck says that Pennsylvania is supposed to be a liberal state?
I grew up in a suburb about half an hour from Philly, and it’s pretty damn conservative. Like I was in the closet out of personal safety and only came out after a year of living near San Francisco. And hoo boy, people’s “racial preferences” were pretty damn obvious.

Not to mention the Amish were pretty damn close by and I think their beliefs permeated through to the surrounding cities

Uh I think you mean PA Dutch, as opposed to just Amish. It is fairly conservative and religious, especially the closer you get to Lancaster County. I am living about 30 minutes from New Holland/Shady Maple area (both a blessing and a curse lol) and it’s a COMPLETE culture shock compared to me having lived in North Philly for 5 years. SO MANY WHITE PEOPLE. I would not be open with my sexuality in these parts, that for sure. I’m sorry that you’ve had shitty experiences, here, too. Omg. 

—Veronica

legit, i’m in the poconos and there was ONE black kid  and maybe five latin@ kids in my elementary school when i was there, which was in a former sundown town

and i’m white, but i still dont feel particularly safe being openly queer here outside of my college campus

it sucks because i fucking love the nature here but holy shit, its just not worth it to stay in this shithole

tballardbrown:

This is the story of why our beloved ice cream truck plays blackface minstrel music that sends kids dashing into homes in a Pavlovian frenzy searching for money to buy a popsicle.
via Remember That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You : Code Switch : NPR


i always knew it as turkey in the straw, wtf

tballardbrown:

This is the story of why our beloved ice cream truck plays blackface minstrel music that sends kids dashing into homes in a Pavlovian frenzy searching for money to buy a popsicle.

via Remember That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You : Code Switch : NPR

i always knew it as turkey in the straw, wtf

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Dear Sirs:

I have just seen the film Lifeboat, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and billed as written by me. While in many ways the film is excellent there are one or two complaints I would like to make. While it is certainly true that I wrote a script for Lifeboat, it is not true that in that script as in the film there were any slurs against organized labor nor was there a stock comedy Negro. On the contrary there was an intelligent and thoughtful seaman who knew realistically what he was about. And instead of the usual colored travesty of the half comic and half pathetic Negro there was a Negro of dignity, purpose and personality. Since this film occurs over my name, it is painful to me that these strange, sly obliquities should be ascribed to me.

John Steinbeck wrote this letter to 20th Century Fox in 1944! (via roscoemcnally)

Hollywood has been doing this for a long time.

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john steinbeck wasnt perfect by any means either, but it is telling that he objected so strongly to the script

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anarcho-queer:

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California
In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.
The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.
Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.
Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.
In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today. California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.
Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
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anarcho-queer:

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

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smashsurvey:

The fact that Coachella would choose ‘native aesthetics’ to co-opt and reproduce for the amusement of a largely white audience right on the doorstep of the Cabazon Indian Reservation just shows how little they consider NDN’s anything more than fiction or exotic history for the consumption of 20-something hipsters. 

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 said: 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 said: 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 said: 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

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