It really fucking annoys me when people be arguing against diversity and fair representation in media by saying shit like "It shouldn’t be forced"
Um no. You know what is forced?- WHITENESS
Yet I don’t hear you complaining about that thoooo
Cause Black people can damn well read theirs.
Scientific fact, actually. Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarbrough found that White people’s neuron system fired less when viewing people of color performing actions, which indicates that they have an emotional disconnect when thinking about people of color; in essence they really don’t connect with us on a basic level of human empathy. (Source) The same people tested scored higher on a subtle racism test, as well.
Welp, white people
Did white chicks really hurt you?
Did it perpetuate years and years of violence and negative stereotypes that can keep you from finding a job, place to stay, or cause you to, I don’t know, get killed?
Or did it just hurt your little feelings and make you whisper angrily at the TV, “I don’t act like that.” ?
REMEMBER KIDS: IT’S ONLY RACIST WHEN WHITE PEOPLE’S FEELINGS GET HURT
I see this logic tossed around a lot by “anti-SJ” blogs- that, by thinking about race, anyone who attempts to begin a discourse about the problematic treatment of minorities in society is actually a racist (this is usually, but not always, accompanied by claims of reverse racism).
I have only two things to say to this:
First, it’s easy to make that claim when you are white and therefore the “default.” If you’re white, chances are you never have to think about your race. Few, if any, experiences will make you feel acutely aware of your race, since you’re taught that whiteness is the default human condition. In contrast, while most PoC probably don’t want to think about race all the time, we’re forced to. Even if I think I’m one of a group, I’m always singled out or othered and referred to as “the black one” or “the black friend.” When I go to a store to buy makeup, I’m told that my skintone is “abnormal” and they don’t carry shades for “people like me.” When I go to buy products that suit my specific hair type, I’m shunted to pretty much the only section in the store that features persons of color on the product packaging. When I enter a fashion, I’m always told that I’m “less suited” for clothes because dark skin isn’t a “blank canvas” like light skin. I can go on, but the moral of the story is that race defines or shapes a majority of most PoC’s experiences in some way. I’m not “focused on race,” I’m not looking for things that aren’t there, and I’m not going to some special effort to include race in everything- race just happens to be a factor in a majority of my life experiences. I fail to understand how I am racist for reporting this simple fact. I would rather ignore it but the reality is that without me actively speaking out about it, it won’t go away. I can understand how whites may not be able to relate to this since, again, whiteness tends to be upheld as the default in eurocentric cultures; however, I don’t understand how reporting a nonwhite experience renders me racist.
And second off, your refusal to accept the fact that there may be some experiences out there that are, in fact, informed by or affected by race makes you a little bit of a racist, doesn’t it? Contrary to white people’s belief, we don’t live in a post-racial society. Refusing to listen to and attempting to shut down discourse about the lived realities of oppressed peoples is a dumb move and isn’t helping anyone. It may make you briefly feel better about acts of racism or discrimination that you may have unwittingly committed, but it creates a million more problems than it solves.
White people's response to all white movie casts:
White people's response to all white TV show casts:
White people's response to the fact that most TV channels cater to and feature only white people:
White people's response to magazines with only white people:
White people's response to radio stations that only play white artists:
White people's response to BET:
THIS IS REVERSE RACISM!!!!1!! THIS IS NOT FAIR, WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THIS IS FAIR? PEOPLE WOULD BE MAD IF WHITE PEOPLE EVER DID ANYTHING LIKE THIS BUT THEN AGAIN WHITE PEOPLE WOULD NEVER. BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD BE TOO MAD. BECAUSE IT ISN'T FAIR THAT YOU HAVE 1 ENTIRE CHANNEL FOR JUST BLACK PEOPLE11!!!!1!
christian bale in a tan as moses
here are some films of white people with varying hair types and colors
JESUS CHRIST SO MUCH DIVERSITY!!!11
jake gyllenhaal in a tan as a persian
long haired rugged tom cruise as the last samurai
airbender but with whites
khan doesn't even sound white but fuck it lol
white history year
what a time to be alive!!
is it cool if you guys started including us in movies and stories that don't misrepresent or erase us for a change? your obsession with white skin is getting out of hand..
UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????////? HELL O? I N A C C U R A TE. POC DIDN'T EXIST IN THE PAST PRESENT OR FUTURE DUH. MAYBE MAKE UR OWN, STUPID SJW!
We're not... we just don't wanna be eras--
IT IS NOT ABOUT THE COLOUR OF SSSSKIN
straight boys don’t shut their mouths because their lips would be touching and that’s gay
If a woman is sexually overt is she still feminist? It’s a question that…obviously for me, the answer is yes. But also in a larger sense, I’m not interested in policing feminism either. I have such a problem with the idea of people saying things like, ‘Oh she’s not feminist because of blah blah blah.’
Whoever says they’re feminist is bloody feminist. And I just feel like we live in a world where more people need to be saying it and we shouldn’t be looking to pull people out of the feminist party. And I think the reason I find myself reacting so strongly to questions of female sexuality is…there’s something very disturbing to me about the idea that a woman’s sexuality somehow is not hers. So when certain feminists who will say, it’s about the male gaze, it’s for the man, there a kind of a self-censoring about that that’s similar to what they’re fighting.
So as long as women have the choice…why shouldn’t women own their sexuality? Why shouldn’t a woman who does whatever with her sexuality identify as feminist?”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Quote is from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Defends Beyoncé: ‘Whoever Says They’re Feminist is Bloody Feminist’ on Clutch Magazine, referring to Chimamanda’s defense of Beyoncé and feminism itself, especially for Black women.
Some White women are using racism and unfortunately some fellow Black women are using the politics of respectability (which connects to performing acceptability for the White Gaze anyway) to determine who is feminist or not, where more than anything, sexuality is the rubric. Feminism is not a club where some women get to approve the membership of others, especially when this approval is based on the very same type of oppression that a feminist should seek to dismantle. This doesn’t make Beyoncé’s or even Chimamanda’s feminism perfect. But this right off the bat "X is not a feminist because they are Black or because they are not "respectable" thing is utter crap. Even Black female artists deemed “respectable” like Janelle Monáe reject the politics of respectability altogether and have womanist messages in their music.
Owning sexuality means that presentation, experience, desire, and sexual orientation (including asexual as a sexual orientation) is acceptable to that person and expressed or not expressed however they choose. It is not one-sided where whatever is deemed “respectable” is “feminist” or whatever is overtly sexual only in response to what is deemed “respectable” is “feminist.” It is rejecting reacting to binaries and a clear anti-oppressive stance on sexuality.
Now, I know the quote itself appears ”generic" so many Whites will be eager to erase my commentary so that Chimamanda’s words can center White women since "women" is always read as "White." Of course doing so will once again prove my point about racism and feminism. Such is the irony. Race cannot be erased from intersectionality.