Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Are you shitting me? How many people at AnOther Magazine had to say yes to this? How did Michelle Williams agree to this? Did no one realize L. Frank Baum was a proponent of Native American genocide, and that having one of the stars of the Oz movie pose as Native American was probably a bad move?
Edit: Looks like Jezebel already reacted to this. Written by a Native person.
Monday, March 11, 2013
"Because even when people stop renting Crash on Netflix, its legacy is still with us. It’s in The Blind Side, but it’s also very much in The Help. I’m actually surprised there isn’t a single “white people solve racism” film in this year’s Oscar bunch—it’s so incessant, so culturally assertive, so eager to be green-lighted by all manner of white execs who want to show that they’re willing to cast black actors so long as their salvation is rooted in the extravagances of white privilege. Crash hurts my soul—but it’s also an incredible teaching tool. When I’m talking about the mid-2000s in class, twenty years from now, I’ll be able to point to it as a perfect crystallization of all America wishes it was and all it was not."
Anne Helen (via heroics)
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"In a ‘post-race’ country like America where nothing and no one is racist, where people are more likely to believe in UFOs than in institutional bias, which does backflips to obfuscate the operations of white hegemonic power and therefore ensure its continuance, anyone seeking to expose white supremacy or battle it is in for some serious uphill. You will be attacked. You will be censured, usually by your own community. People will say that you are obsessed with race and that even mentioning white people in the context of white supremacy is itself racist. These days the average person doesn’t even have to be taught not to bring up white supremacy. Here in our country, as in Mordor, everybody knows not to say the dark lord’s name."
Junot Diaz, Facing Race 2012 (via artactivistnia)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
"Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness."
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (via riseabovethemadness)
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Mitt Romney’s son jokes about assaulting the president: Mitt Romney’s eldest son joked in a radio interview that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Barack Obama after Obama called his father a liar.
“Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him,” Tagg said, laughing.
“But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because that’s the nature of the process.”
Yes because a good whippin’ would teach that Obama boy to mind his place.
It’s worth trying to imagine any black man associated with a credible black candidate for the presidency, joking about beating down the incumbent president of the United States. Racism isn’t just in what you do and don’t say, but in the terrain you walk. It is baked in the cake—a fact which is hard to understand when you are the party of white people.
It’s Funny Because We’re White - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic (via fancycwabs)
I don’t know who to ask to come collect the Romney family. In a way, though, I think it’s useful to shine a light on privileged, entitled, unself-aware fucks like this who predominate positions of power and wealth in this country.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I love that Mitt Romney laughed when Obama said “I don’t want someone who thinks my daughter doesn’t look…or your’s…”
He thinks it’s REALLY funny that his daughter would NEVER be considered “Non-American.”
Not the first time he’s laughed at his own white privilege. Remember when he joked in MA about how “Nobody’s ever asked to see MY birth certificate!”
Sunday, October 14, 2012
“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages” -Angela Y. Davis
Friday, October 12, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012