I’ve previously discussed how White women consistently derail my conversations online and my conversations offline. The White privilege defense for this is that the conversations occur online, the Internet is “public,” so they have a “right” to try to dominate my every word. So what “right” is involved in offline space? What possible justification exists for invading my physical personal space and conversations with Black women offline? Because the "well it’s the Internet" defense (which is not an acceptable defense; online space is also real life) seems exceptionally thin in real live space.
Gee, I thought White women were “scared” of “mean ol’ Black women” enough to call us “toxic feminists" so why do they seem so gutsy and unhinged in public to where they wouldn’t recognize impulse control if it sent them a selfie? Ah because engaging in abuse while claiming the White supremacist construction of White womanhood where only they can be harmed and only Black women can harm them prevails. Let me tell you now, not a single one of these White women ever look afraid in their eyes or body language when they do this to me. (The White woman who invaded my actual home sure didn’t look afraid.)
A few days ago a mutual follow @FeministaJones brought up past laws where it was illegal for Black people to congregate. Facts on the books here. Even when that went from de jure to de facto to no longer considered an issue, I feel that sense today. It is an issue. In college, I was with Black friends and denied service at a restaurant by a White server. Then as we were in the parking lot not even letting that get to us and laughing, cops immediately came over to ask what were we doing. Sometimes when I am in public with Black people, I receive dirty looks from Whites and presumption of criminality from the police.
If I am with just one other Black woman, I have to deal with White women interrupting our conversations with dirty looks on their faces no less. So I really won’t be needing any replies about how the “pure damsel” just desired a “kind mammy” for a friend. This isn’t about friendship or polite hellos to strangers in public. Body language and facial expression speak more than words. And when they approach us to interrupt, it feels like a predator marking territory and letting her power be known. It feels nothing like when Black women that I don’t know approach me and we chat about our hair or something. And when I am alone in public? I’ve yet to have a peaceful sit at Starbucks without White interruption that I can recall.
And yes, I’m fully aware of street harassment by men in public as I’ve dealt with that for 22 years. Most of the stuff people read on street harassment in 2013 was plagiarized from me anyway. So I know of street harassment quite well. However, I will not be goal post shifting this conversation so that White women can join in (in my space for Black women, no less…) about how they are victims versus understanding how they exhibit power in spaces through White privilege. I’ve never done to White women what they do to me in public space. I leave them alone. (Besides, I’m not trying to be arrested for assault as nothing “goes both ways.”) Why on Earth would I be walking around trying to dominate random White women’s conversations? Yet this is normal activity for many of them.
To be clear, I am not speaking of employees of the establishments I visit but in fact other patrons. The same hypervisibility that leads to marginalization online is what I’ve dealt with long before social media ever existed and deal with regularly today.
By Glenn Greenwald
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.
Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”
“The broader point is that, far beyond hacktivists, these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats.”
bigger version than the last one!
I feel really upset/angry making this post. The word 3abeed/3abd pronounced abeed (عبيد) is an arabic term that translates to the word slave/slaves. So you’re probably wondering why these arabs are talking about slaves in the 21st century. Well this word is used to refer to black people as slaves… And I thought I’d search this word up on twitter to see what I found. I was angry, confused, sad and all sorts when I first read these tweets. Most arabs follow Islam, which is a religion of peace that bans any sort of racial discrimination yet these arabs find it funny to casually use this term to refer to black people, my people, our people. The fact that most of these people live in the west and know about the civil rights movement, they still insist on using these words to degrade my people. This is modern day racism for you.
Arabs are one of the most racist pieces of shit around. Can we please not forget that they’re also imperialists just like the Europeans so they won’t EVER get a pass just because they’re POC and cause of situations like Palestine.
I don’t know why y’all angry, its common knowledge the ENTIRE FUCKING WORLD hates us.
Wow. That’s crazy, and most of the muslims I know are black, you would think since a large part of the muslim community in the U.S is black there would be some type of solidarity…
Are we surpised doe….? Really what is solidarity…? It does NOT EXIST for and with black people… we aint got not friends…I’m so shocked ( sarcasm) but I hear to many stories .. and see this bullshit here.. .we can talk about racism and anti-blackness until we are blue in the face.. but we know even if we got rid of white supremacy Black people would still have to deal with racist bullshit the world over…. trust no fucker I guess
Ugh. Disgusting. Not surprising but still hurtful as fucking fuck. Not even black, slave. Nice.
Any shock is from a lack of knowledge of the scope and magnitude of the Arab Slave trade.
Black and Unarmed: A Growing List…
This is… ugh.
Unarmed and presumed guilty & dangerous
These are just the ones we know about.
Awkward Black Girl gives her opinion on the murder of Trayvon Martin and the latest updates regarding the trial of his killer, George Zimmerman. She also talks about the mistreatment of a key witness, Rachel Jeantel.
Black Twitter always gets tripped up on respectability politics. The discussion of Rachel today makes me very sad. As PoC, we must mentally divest from white supremacy. Today’s discussion on Black Twitter is the reason why I love Zora Neale Hurston’s writing. Black vernacular is nothing to be ashamed of. We all can’t be ‘exceptional’ Northern negroes. Some of us are just ‘regular’ and we had the ‘misfortune’ of being born in the South. Can we live?
White supremacy says that PoC must be perfect—perfect meaning acceptable and presentable to whites. Good diction, proper grammar and strong command of English aren’t things that make people of colour more white, but we do judge PoC harshly when they don’t speak English or perform Blackness in a very specific way. The very stereotypes that we are placing upon Rachel are the ones that killed Trayvon Martin. Fictive kinship is killing us.
I still have to check myself when my respectability creeps up on me. Being human in the U.S. is an automatic for white people, but for others, we must audition for our citizenship and humanity. What does it say about us that we spent months hashtagging #IamTrayvonMartin but we think it is kosher to drag Rachel? What does it say about our activism? For all of you who took pics in hoodies showing your solidarity for Trayvon Martin but you’re belittling the person who spoke to him last—a 19 year-old baby who has probably had to bury other loved ones and families.
Because we’ve been socialized in a certain way, it is impossible to rid ourselves of the knee-jerk reaction to not engage in respectability politics, but when the feeling crops up honor and place to the side and press forward with doing the right thing.
The fact of the matter PoC, we will never make the cut. POTUS and FLOTUS can’t make the cut as PoC, so I know Rachel from Miami-Dade county can’t make the cut.
If it wasn’t for the white gaze, we wouldn’t be so harsh towards Rachel. Rachel isn’t just Rachel Jeantel; she now represents ALL 40 million Black folk in the U.S. So again fictive kinship says, ‘if she doesn’t present well, we are all fucked.’ That is what white supremacy wants you to think.
Your social media activism ain’t real if you haven’t integrated your politics into your life, world and affairs. Praxis. I am flabbergasted by the amount of people who are considered leaders in Black Twitter pandering to white supremacy.
And this rhetoric of policing language started very early in this Trayvon Martin case; it started when we were policing Attorney Crump. Many well-meaning Black folk weren’t impressed with Attorney Crump. He wasn’t a slick talking/sounding Northern Negro.
We can’t be so busy policing others that we forget to police ourselves.
Black women who look and sound like Rachel aren’t meant to survive in this white supremacist capitalist hetero-patriarchal society. Black women are only allowed to be Jezebel, Sapphire or Mammy. Renounce that thinking. Undue burden is placed on the Black female body to represent ALL of Blackness.
I read Sister Citizen last year and it saved my life. It help me let go of fictive kinship. We all must check our fictive kinship and tell it to have a seat. No one Black person can ‘bring down the race’ or set us back. Let go of that white supremacist thinking.
I hope that I have given you something to chew on. I know for many of us, the talented tenth is still a real thing for us, but again…have a long talk with your fictive kinship and then bury it.
You ain’t radical, revolutionary or love Black people if dragging Rachel J. was an acceptable sport for you today. Rise above the BS. We all must do better. We all must ask ourselves ‘where in my life do I support and uphold white supremacy?’
I stand with Rachel J.
BOOM! This quote is from her tweets last night.
I was also disgusted with what I saw yesterday. I recall the people who slammed Attorney Crump last year after Angela Corey (the same one responsible for the prosecution AGAINST Marissa Alexander) announced that Zimmerman would be charged with 2nd degree murder. Many Black progressives insulted Crump’s accent (and questioned his intelligence) and the South in general. They couldn’t see how that insult connects to the same line of White supremacist thinking that makes people believe Trayvon deserved to be murdered for simply existing as a young Black teen wearing a hoodie, though hoodies aren’t required for murder while Black. Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones and Rekia Boyd weren’t wearing hoodies.
Like she mentioned above, socialization is why the urge to jump into respectability politics framing and the fear of the White Gaze exists for Black people. We have to be vigilant in rejecting this type of thinking every time it surfaces.
The interviewees in my study who were most angry about affirmative action were those who had relatively fewer marketable skills — and were therefore most dependent on getting an inside edge for the best jobs. Whites who felt entitled to these positions believed that affirmative action was unfair because it blocked their own privileged access.
“…despite complaints about “reverse discrimination,” my research demonstrated that the real complaint is that affirmative action undermines long-established patterns of favoritism.”
So in other words, white folks who are MEDIOCRE AS FUCK are the main ones ‘upset’ about Affirmative Action. White people believe that they deserve jobs over POC SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE VANILLA SUPERIOR.
I think I reblogged this before.
Doesn’t matter, still important
and again, this Black person is not surprised by this
hell, how many of us have said this shit over and over again?