hey, i see your new background. did you make that beauty? btw, my phone has recently met its death, so i hope you haven't been trying to reach me that way. i do hope you've been trying to reach me though. i miss you. :3
I did make that beauty! LIKE A BAUS. And yes, I’ve been textin’. Mostly commentaries on culture shock.
Definitely a joke, guys. The images occur in streaks organized by the logical fallacy they commit- there are a few in a row that beg the question, a few in a row that have specious special exceptions, et cetera.
Okay, I’ll bite. Explain to me how your silence on trans* and queer people because you love them and want them to feel included (…) is differentiable from or in any way better than the silence society as a whole keeps because it hates them and wants them to go away?
Generally, silence is agreement with the majority- whether you want it to be or not.
is it really true that most people think only 'whites' can be racist?
That’s hardly ‘most people,’ but most of the time, when you hear a real person rather than a straw man making this argument, they’re using a different definition of racism- not, roughly, “a set of beliefs that impose stereotypes based on race,” but “the system of power that exists based on race”.
The reason they make this distinction, and the point of the assertion “Only white people can be racist,” is that otherwise you get a lot of people saying irrelevant things like, “Giving people preferential treatment because they’re black/Latino/Asian/et cetera? That’s Racist!” or “You know, black people make assumptions about me because I’m white all the time!” They’re trying to make the point that, for instance, a white person who calls black people the N-word is more important and more dangerous than a black person who calls white people crackers. The black person is exhibiting a personal dislike of white people that doesn’t have consequences* outside of their and the white person so labeled’s heads. The white person is exhibiting a systemic discrimination against black people that is supported by all history and institutions, and the dropping of the N-bomb marks the space as being exclusionary against people of color.
One murder is a murder. Many murders is a murderer. Similarly, one act that exhibits a prejudice based on race is just that; a pattern of acts exhibiting prejudice based on race is racism. In America, there are no established systems of racial power that can compete with white supremacism, and so only white racism ‘counts’, as it were.
*Generally. You can find special exceptions; for instance, in places with high racial tensions and a pattern of racial violence, the word ‘cracker’ could be the inciting point for more of the same, but that’s more likely to be ‘white on black’ than ‘black on white’.
[[Edit: This is all awkwardly phrased. I may poke it a bit later.]]
Arguing the point on Reddit that sometimes it's alright if someone says I can't be a feminist because I'm a dude.
I mean, I think they’re wrong and that they’re shooting themselves in the foot, but I have the privilege to claim the identity ‘feminist’ whether I deserve it or not. I choose not to exercise that power sometimes- like when feminists I know feel threatened by my privilege. Their comfort and security in feminist spaces is more important than whether or not I’m buttmad that they don’t think I’m a feminist.
“It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel
Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. It’s time for art. The rule is no hoods or hats in school.”
She looked up with tears in her eyes and I realized there was something wrong. Her classmates went into the art room and we moved to the art storage area so her classmates wouldn’t hear our conversation. I softened my tone and asked her if she’d like to tell me what was wrong.
“My ponytail,” she cried.
“Can I see?” I asked.
She nodded and pulled down her hood. Allie’s braids had come undone overnight and there hadn’t been time to redo them in the morning, so they had to be put back in a ponytail. It was high up on the back of her head like those of many girls in our class, but I could see that to Allie it just felt wrong. With Allie’s permission, I took the elastic out and re-braided her hair so it could hang down.
“How’s that?” I asked.
She smiled. “Good,” she said and skipped off to join her friends in art.
I hope you're doing swell this holiday season. Do you approve of real xmas trees? How about "xmas" instead of "Christmas"?
I suppose I’m enjoying the build-up to the Winter Solstice. I don’t have strong opinions about Christmas trees. I think Christmas is more aesthetically pleasing than xmas, but I don’t actually give a shit.
Dear Matt, STOP LOOKING AT CREEPY SHIT. love, your self-preservation instinct (and also tekla).
He only made me watch two, and only one is likely to disturb my sleep. I really would like to try being this guy’s friend if I ever got to talk to him when he was sober enough to understand that sometimes I’m serious when I say I don’t want to do something.