When you, like Perez Hilton, equate being ‘fierce’ with black womanhood, you are not simply complimenting black women’s perceived awesome sassiness. You are saying that we are overtly strong, both emotionally and physically, which leads to us being denied the facets of femininity that white women are so easily given. This is dangerous in ways I cannot completely describe, but I’m going to try: Black women are raped more often than white women, because our ‘fierceness’ is linked to ideas of sexual promiscuity – rapists believe we ‘want it more’. When we are raped the police believes us less than white women, because our ‘fierceness’ makes them think we could have fought back if we really wanted to. When we are beaten by our partners, the same applies. When we argue with people, we are seen as immediately aggressive. If we raise our voices or get angry, it isn’t because you’ve done something stupid, it’s because we are black and we are female and our innate ‘fierceness’ makes us unreasonable and unworthy of being listened to. When we lose our children to violence, when we have to survive on food stamps and benefits, even when we go to prison, it’s all a-ok because black women are the fiercest of the fierce and so none of that is a problem and we can handle anything that’s thrown at us – and all of this has lead to a point where when we knock on a door to ask for help because our car has broken down, we are not given hugs and a cup of tea. We are shot in the face at point blank range because we are fierce, and therefore aggressive, unpredictable, and worthy of the mocking, fear and scorn that the world looks at us with.
Quote is from her good essay The ‘Fierce Black Woman’ Inside You Doesn’t Exist on Poejazzi, in response to Perez Hilton’s racist, misogynoiristic tweet “Inside every gay man is a fierce black woman!” Must read essay! Now, the very lazy response is for people to pretend like Perez is the only White gay man who has ever said this (as White privilege involves persistent attempts to individualize systemic issues as to deny accountability) or pretend that his specific awfulness (and yes, he’s awful) is the issue, not misogynoir itself which makes this is a common thing that many Black women hear every single day. I (that would be me, @thetrudz/@GradientLair) directly tweeted him too. His response to every Black woman was ignorance that got increasingly worse over time that day, including him eventually enacting Godwin’s Law.
If you notice carefully in this conversation, no one suggested that gay men do not experience homophobia or that when the conversation is about some Black women who treat gay men as “sidekicks” (which of course is wrong) is discussed, it should be discussed. So that derailment in the name of intersectionality (while of course ironically ignoring intersectionality origins) is not needed when it only happens as a gay man is being called out for misogynoir. As for the other predictable derailment, Perez having a Latina mother does not mean this is not about White supremacy, that he no longer has White-passing privilege, that his male privilege has evaporated nor means he is incapable of misogynoir and anti-Blackness. Finally, the derailment via male privilege and misogynoir—that Black women are empty and just “copying” and appropriating gay men—is not needed.
I know Perez thought this was an acceptable response to Pia’s video and she’s a Black woman but that is irrelevant. Privilege does not evaporate based on who you know that doesn’t have it.
Black women are not costumes to be worn or objects solely for consumption, period.
“Save the Pearls” is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next “The Hunger Games.” The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’”
It uses blackface as a plot device.
In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”
THE MIND IT BOGGLES.
wow we can only care about racial oppression when it’s about white people
it’s not like there aren’t already people who believe that reverse racism is a real thing or anything
not like the story of racial oppression is more complex than a difference in populace and biological differences.
You know how they say that homophobia/heterosexism is just this fear that “men will treat you the way you treat women” and anti-feminism is fear that “women will treat you the way men have treated them”? This is kind of like that, right, this fear that people of color will treat you like how white people have treated them without any real reflection on what privilege means.
“TURNS THE TABLES ON RACISM”
The claim: “TURNS THE TABLES ON RACISM”
The reality: No it doesn’t.
If you’ll notice:
|*| White ppl? Pearls - A pretty precious/semi-precious gem
|*| Asian ppl? Ambers - Another pretty semi-precious gem
|*| Latin@s? Tiger-eyes - Another pretty semi-precious gem. One striped w/ dark and light.
|*| Black folk? Coals - Something to be used; something which pollutes, something that rubs off on you, something not precious.
And yes, I did this list in this order on purpose. It’s the author’s chosen names, I only organized it according to current valuing of the materials. Turns the tables on racism my left tit. All this story does is expose the writer’s racism in stark, honking, stinking relief and their belief that anyone in the minority SHOULD be doing everything possible to appeal to the majority and fit in with them.
I’m not even touching a world full of PoC who’re obsessed with mating at an early/young age. Someone else can deal with that. My blood pressure says no.
Also there’s this, from Huffingtonpost (always trust Huffingtonpost to bring the RaceFail)“Conceivably, if the book had not reached the African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists, perhaps there might be some backlash. The first young African American reader who responded to me loved the book. But then, she’s the kind of free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category.Or perhaps — and this is what I hope — the YA generation sees race in a way that is unique to them, unique in our history. After all, they have arrived on the scene decades past the integration of schools and Jim Crow, even well past the days of The Cosby Show.Soap-mouth-washing words that were forbidden in my youth now populate rap songs so often I wonder if, happily, they have lost their vile connotations.”
I repeat; this white woman is failing hard. Crap, I’m going to end up having to do a proper post on this bullshit on my regular blog. ‘African-American community of readers, if such a category still exists’? That’s some Louis McMaster Bujold shite right there. Along with this - ’ free spirit who would eschew limiting herself to a single category’ - ie if Black readers DO exist, they’re not often reading SciFi/Speculative Fiction type things. All followed up by ‘It looks soon like I’ll get to say the n-word!’
ETA: People keep mentioning what else the terms could be. But I think wanting to use the terms as is was the author’s original intent. Cause seriously - off the top of my flipping head?
Glass. Glass ass. Sun goes right through white people like glass. Meanwhile you’ve got Jets (seriously, between the terms Jetset and Jet magazine and the jewel Jet, makes so much sense for an culturally and economically dominant group). But all that requires not being a racist ass.
And before people even get into Crosses and Noughts? Do not forget there’s BEEN a book about what if Europe had it’s own people hunting in their small towns, selling them off to rich African tribes people and slavery had gone the other way. I forget the name right now. It was a British author, I believe. But even though it wasn’t the best, it at least thought about things like culture, appearance, beauty standards, being owned and thus controlled by a child, forced impregnation, the selling off of one’s children and the like.
I am just full of sputtering confusion and rage.
Jesus fuck. This is the kind of shit well-meaning white sixth graders write for homework and then wince over for the rest of their lives.
I hate the Arizona Tea Co. bottle the most, because it’s a virgin piña colada (of course you need to put a stereotypical Indian Chief on the bottle of a faux alcoholic beverage! see also: 29 Beers That Have Used American Indian Imagery)
All the white New Zealanders I’ve spoken to don’t like the Maoris, the way they are full of crime and welfare. […] The Maoris in jail are 51 per cent of the people in jail and yet they are only 13 or 14 per cent of the population. They’re either in jail or on welfare.
Louis Crimp, a Suspected Racist and entrepreneur in the area of the world known as New Zealand. He contributed the largest amount of money to the “Act Party” in hopes to end what he says is special treatment for the non-white original inhabitants of the area, the Maoris, who he claims is “either in jail or on welfare”.
“The Maoris in jail are 51 per cent of the people in jail and yet they are only 13 or 14 per cent of the population. They’re either in jail or on welfare.” Hm. Does this sound familiar to the U.S.? I think so. But there’s no racism outside of America. There’s no ill treatment of the indigenous outside of America. (via siddharthasmama)
Racists (White Supremacists) around the world are notorious for their trite and stereotypical characterizations of non-white people. One such stereotype is that non-white people, due to either mental defect or subpar genetics (or maybe both), relish their impoverished and victimized state.
This video reflects a stark reality which is that this Racist (White Supremacist) system depends on large numbers of non-white people to be either under-employed or completely unemployed. In this video, you’ll see up to six blocks of non-white people lined up simply to apply for a job.
In this area of the world, for the system to function, it is not possible for the majority of black people to be positioned to have fully functional and productive lives. Entire industries depend on the use of black bodies as a commodity (i.e. the so-called criminal justice system, so-called medical industrial complex, so-called prison industrial complex, child services, drug industry, etc.).
Very few black people are allowed to find some semblance of a productive life but even then it is dependent on complete capitulation to the System. These exceptions, also referred to as “Racially Showcased Victims”, are just as powerless as any other non-white person and most importantly still subject to Racism (White Supremacy).
The stark contrast between the group of black people lined up around six city blocks waiting to apply for a job and for example, the statistically few black entertainers and black professionals is designed to produce “Maximum Sophisticated Confusion”. It’s important for Victims of Racism not to allow the supposed success of a few to blind us to the reality that there is a system in place called Racism (White Supremacy) which is designed to permanently dominate and mistreat non-white people on the basis of color.
Non-White Babies Are Not a ‘Good’ Thing, Says Suspected Racist
Suspected Racist, Phyllis Schlafly, recently gave a speech regarding the increase of non-white births in so-called U.S.A.
Phyllis Schlafly is a constitutional lawyer and founder of the Eagle Forum, a so-called conservative or “right-wing” interest group. New York Times published a report this week entitled, “Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S.”, which seems to have inflamed many people who classify themselves as “white”. To them, it signifies an end to being the majority population in the so-called U.S.A. for the first time since Racists (White Supremacists) invaded the area and subsequently murdered the indigenous inhabitants. Below is an example of Schlafly’s recent comments which reflect these anxiety-laden sentiments:
This is the kind of material Racists (White Supremacists) find amusing. These are some questions Victims of Racism may want to ask themselves (and others) regarding Racist images like these:
- Who makes these types of Racist (White Supremacist) images?
- Do the suspected Racists who creates these images pretend to have non-white “friends”?
- Do the suspected Racists who share and laugh at imagery like this claim that they are not Racist? If so, how would they define Racism?
- Why is it necessary for people who classify themselves as white to degrade and joke about non-white people?
- Why should anyone ever find the mistreatment of others amusing?
For the record, one can find a lot of malicious, “Photoshopped” graphics and jokes within social media venues such as Tumblr. Bloggers such as “aangelc” below have no issue uploading and sharing this Racist material for laughs. This sort of anonymous Racism helps validate the counter-racist code that states that any person who classifies himself or herself as white and is able to function as a Racist (White Supremacist) most likely does.
This is kinda racist, but I still couldn’t help laughing…
In Racist (White Supremacist) media, the black male is consistently shown as a criminal, which makes it easier for Racists (White Supremacists) to justify the murder, brutalization, and mass confinement of black males. Millions of lives are ruined because of Racism (White Supremacy) and yet Suspected Racists find the time to amuse themselves with imagery like the one above.
Replace White Supremacy with Justice ASAP!
…Its not racist, he just makes us look good at what we do. Jk Jk.
It’s doubtful that the Victim of Racism shown here, in what appears to be a classroom, realizes he is being mistreated on the basis of color. This may be difficult for many non-white people to accept but based on evidence it seems that Racism (White Supremacy) is quite enjoyable to people who classify themselves as white and who function as Racists. They are not likely to give their brutal and psychotic power up voluntarily. We, as Victims of Racism, have our work cut out for us.
Racism (White Supremacy) functions like a cancer of the planet. Material like what is shown above helps it spread.
This particular page is from the book, Tintin in the Congo, written and illustrated by a Suspected Racist, Georges Remi (Hergé), from the area of the world known as Belgium. It was published in 1931 intended for white children. It is an excellent example of Racist (White Supremacist) encoding in comics. And it’s worth mentioning that the books are still in demand.
Now look at this comic above and then at the photo of the black people below. That is what the objectification of non-white people leads to and that is the legacy the Racists (White Supremacists) left behind in the area of the world known as the Congo right alongside this comic book.
The white people who practiced Racism (White Supremacy) brutally murdered and mutilated the black people of the so-called Congo to gain control over the people and the local resources.
Below is an excerpt from a Times article, entitled “Tintin: Heroic Boy Reporter or Sinister Racist”, which details how non-white people in the area of the world known as Belgium attempted to get this comic book banned in 2010:
As an explorer, crime fighter and all-around hero, comic-strip icon Tintin has been an inspiration for generations. But his status as a paragon of wholesome adventure is under threat, thanks to a court bid to ban one of his books, Tintin in the Congo, for its racist portrayal of Africans.
The trial, which will begin on Wednesday in Brussels, the city where Tintin’s creator, Hergé, lived, is reviving memories of an era that Belgium would rather forget: its brutal colonial empire in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The case was lodged by a Brussels-based Congolese former accountant, Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, 42, who says the book — first published in 1930 — is racist, colonial propaganda. “It shows the Africans as childish imbeciles,” he tells TIME. “It suggests blacks have not evolved.” Indeed, to today’s reader, many of the scenes range from politically incorrect to hideously offensive, including one in which a black woman bows before Tintin exclaiming, “White man very great. White mister is big juju man!”
Hergé, who had never visited Congo, was just 23 when he wrote the book, which he was persuaded to do as part of a government-led initiative to encourage Belgians to take up commissions in Congo. But Mbutu Mondondo says it served — and still serves — to prop up a sanitized account of Belgium’s colonialism. “It twists history to suggest that everything was happy and fun,” he says. “In reality, it was a tragic, hurtful time.”
Belgian Congo was one of the most bloody and cruel colonial regimes in Africa. The original inspiration for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, it was claimed for King Leopold II in 1885 by the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. For 23 years, the area — the size of France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Sweden combined — was the King’s personal possession. Leopold’s agents pioneered a ruthless forced-labor system for gathering wild rubber: villages that failed to meet the rubber-collection quotas were required to pay the remaining amount in amputated hands. Some estimates say Congo’s population fell by 10 million during that time.
If you read the article in its entirety, you’ll also read some typical excuses for Racist (White Supremacist) behavior. What you won’t see, however, is any commitment to replace White Supremacy with Justice by those persons who classify themselves as white. That’s to be expected under these conditions.
If you can see past the racist caricatures of Africans and the animal cruelty and the horrifying fact that Tintin donned the flesh of a freshly killed chimp, it’s a very touching story of the lengths a boy will go to save his pet dog.