Do ya’ll think Superfly is exploitive?
I was doing an interview once, and this guy goes, “So you must be pretty psyched about all this ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ stuff?”
And I was like, “Um, yeah, I am.” I have no idea why though. I had nothing to do with that movie. It’s just some people that kind of look like me are in this movie that everyone loves, and winning Oscars and stuff.
And then I was like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are white people just psyched all the time?” It’s, like, “‘Back to the Future’! That’s us! ‘Godfather’! That’s us! ‘Godfather Part II’! That’s us! ‘Departed’! That’s us! ‘Sunset Boulevard’! That’s us! ‘Citizen Kane’! That’s us! ‘Jaws’! That’s us! Every fucking movie but ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood’ is us! We are white people! Suck our dicks!”
I hope I lose followers for this.
I’m sorry black people, but I dont see the point in having a black history month. Wheres my yellow history month? My people went through a brutal trauma at the hands of our government because of a war that they didnt believe in. Oh we were just being cautious? That’s how nazi germany started.
Just sayin’ It should be human history month every month of the year. Theres no reason to pick any month to put one color of skin on a pedestal because of slavery. There were white slaves, and yellow slaves too you know. All across the world throughout history. I know that the united states kind of fucked up and kept that trend going into the civilized world, and that shit was wrong, but come on.
Equal rights means people are treated equally right?
Seriously dude? With all the information floating around about the importance of learing the history of minorities (since white history is “normal or average” history and minorities are a little special group confined to be studied in months or weeks) you have to post this “colorblind” shit and fuck up my morning because I gotta unfollow someone I like.
And I am not sure what ethnicity or race you are, from calling yourself yellow I am assuming Asian? I am not great with the whole yellow red whatever other color designation for races in all honesty. But FYI there is an Asian History month in May, check your shit before you throw it out there.
I just don’t feel like educating folks anymore, society is a lost cause in my eyes.
BOOM (I saw this response yesterday and freaking love it).
Also, toclapsandpraises, I went to a lecture by Shakti Butler (check her out, she is a WoC who makes documentaries based around personal stories that demonstrate how racism affects PoC and white people (white people on a personal internal level) that are incredibly moving. Not to shed “white woman tears” but I did literally cry at the event during the interviews about internalized racism) Last night and she said something really helpful to combat burn out. She said we have to keep in mind the society we want that works for everyone. Where everyone has access to necessities and dignity. Keeping that in mind and keeping in mind that others are working for the same thing you are is so positive and affirming. I trust that one day this society will exist because capitalism fails for so many and as soon as we all realize that (through becoming disenfranchised or gaining compassion, empathy, and humility (for those with privilege) and whatever else) the system will have to end.
Another thing she said/ did was tell us to “close your eyes and think of your best quality. Imagine yourself encompassing that quality… think of a time when you were that quality, what did it look like? what did you do?… Now go out and be that quality, work on it and try to be it.” I can’t remember the exact other words she said but the essence of the exercise was to think of how you can use your quality to create a better world and to see yourself as an agent for change and a person with “inherent greatness”.
I hope this helps.
Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.
So let’s begin.
Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.
Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.
Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of $hit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.
Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.
Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.
Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.
Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.
Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on freerepublic.com last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”
Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.
In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?
To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.
And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the mess we do, on a daily basis.
Don’t answer. It’s rhetorical. I know the answer.
On the Creation of N*****by H. P. Lovecraft
When, long ago, the gods created Earth
In Iove’s fair image Man was shaped at birth.
The beasts for lesser parts were next designed;
Yet were they too remote from humankind.
To fill the gap, and join the rest to Man,
Th’Olympian host conceiv’d a clever plan.
A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure,
Filled it with vice, and called the thing a N*****.
So…won’t be reading anymore H.P. Lovecraft…
I can’t even.
Yeah, he was, uh.
I mean, I still enjoy the Cthulhu mythos overall, but Lovecraft was neither a very good writer nor a very good human being. He was kind of a misanthropic, racist, sexist hermit.
To the person who “won’t be reading anymore Lovecraft”.
I assume you’ll be throwing out 99% of literature written before about 1970, then, as well? Historically, a large amount of world leaders, writers, artists, etc. have been racist or sexist or otherwise horrible. It was a product of the times. Not saying it makes them right, just saying that it’s a shitty reason to dispose of their entire works.
I think they have the right to decide which authors to spend their time getting to know. If an author carries around a despicable view of an entire group of individuals based on something like skin color, then I can see why they would feel disinclined to continue reading their other works.
It is true that racist beliefs were common (and still are) amongst a lot of artists and authors in history, BUT I don’t think it was as common to compose poems about their racism. There is a difference here. Holding a belief because your fucked-up racist society has informed you of it is one thing. Actively espousing it as true and as a creation myth is another thing.
They certainly have that right. I have the right to believe, and state, that it’s silly, however. If your main focus in Lovecraft’s writing is how racist he is, I feel that you’re seriously missing the point of his writing. If he was frequently writing about race relations and the like during his time, I would say that perhaps you could give him a nod, but then toss him out for being racist and wrong, but the guy writes about aliens, elder gods, and horror. Not race. It just seems an arbitrary and foolish reason, to me, to stop reading his work.
And during the 1910’s-20’s or so, the sort of educated white group was horrendously racist. Everyone from writers to at least one famous President of the USA jumped in. Sure, Lovecraft put his creation myth spin on it, but that was part of his style. Yes, it is despicable. But it fits with the times. Dislike him for his writing style, for his usage of suspense or detailed writing, or whatever you like. But I feel that to stop reading him because he was racist is just a tad absurd.
um. I’m a big fan of Lovecraft mythos and I like his horror fiction Cthulhu stuff and his monsters etc. ect., but not for one minute would I tell a person it is “silly” to not read him because he is racist. He is horribly racist and misogynistic in his writing and if someone doesn’t wanna read that shit, they shouldn’t have to. They’re not “missing out” on a great piece of writing; some people don’t have the privilege of distancing themselves from racist or misogynistic commentary, even in works of fiction.
lol wwwwwoooooooowww. white privilege: being able to ignore blatant, disgusting racism in books AND having the nerve to tell other people they are absurd and silly for being bothered by it.
“product of the times” give me a break
btw i have rarely read anything as openly and blatantly racist as lovecraft and i have read a lot of white literature from before 1970
^^^^ Fr Real people. If racism and misogyny in books don’t bother you you are probably a white man. Shut the fuck up. You clearly have no experience with oppression and therefore should not give your (ignorant) opinion on it. No one HAS to read ANYTHING and I think things that demean you and espouse oppression of you as an individual qualify as things you do not HAVE to read. The person who said they aren’t reading Lovecraft anymore if perfectly justified. Did they say he was a worthless writer? that his books have no value to literature? No, they said they weren’t reading it anymore.
Ignorant privileged people, take a seat and shut up.
I’m having a lot of trouble articulating to this dude in my class that those stereotypes don’t “show reality” and that when you add power/privilege to the equation it ends up in the erasure of real POC. Here is what I have so far:
“Basically everything in this post is indicative of the U.S.’s Orientalist perspective on people of color. I get that you threw in the “redneck” stereotype to some balance but it really isn’t anywhere near the same level as the other stereotypes mentioned. The way media portrays POC is always with a few stereotypical personality traits with little to no background story. It’s true that some stereotypes include cultural tendencies and values. However, anyone with white privilege over the people being stereotyped really shouldn’t be a part of the joke. When you add power to that equation it ends up erasing real POC and substituting them with flat archetypes.”
One absolute gem from his post is this:
“This could all be things that we can brush off and laugh at and its funny, but then we have the negative stereotypes that we won’t laugh about. I’m not going to lie, when I get on a plane I look around to see if there are any middeleastern men that would and could potentially, in my eyes, be terrorist. Thats such a horrible stereotype, but we all do it and its grown to be a part of everyday life.”http://outofthebluemcs271.blogspot.com/2011/09/ah-yes-stereotyping.html#comments
For real. He wrote that. Also, this kid apparently is not white (I don’t know who he is but he said someone randomly tried to speak to him in Spanish because they thought he would not be able to speak English). How does that play into this? Because I’m pretty sure that segment is still racist… Help???