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On Tumblr Discourse: Yes, POC CAN enact racism against other POC

September 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

blackinasia:

voguedissent:

okay ppl need to understand there are many different layers of meaning behind “racism = power + prejudice”

through a slightly different lens, racism is race-based oppression

and if oppression is defined as the use of power to inhibit a person or group of people’s life chances

we can clearly see that poc can and do enact acts of racism on other poc

Yes, I think people are confusing the fact that POC cannot enact racism against white people (which we cannot due to white supremacy and white privilege) and conflating that with the idea that we somehow cannot enact racism against one another even as we say and do things which reinforce white supremacy.

You did a great point elucidating all of this in this post of yours and just to reiterate:

"The reality is even if we took every white person on Earth and put them on a space ship and sent them to outer space white supremacy wouldn’t miss a beat.” [Junot Diaz quote]

everytime we play oppression olympics and say x race has it the worst, what are we doing other than replicating the logic of white supremacy? everytime we discriminate against other poc (e.g. the black folks who are protesting against latin@ and asian undocumented workers, all the “asian invasion” sentiments, when my parents tell me don’t bring a black boy home) what are we doing other than benefiting for systemic racism? when we repeat and believe in racial stereotypes, what are we doing and why are we doing it?

racism does NOT need institutional mirrors to be systemic. we as poc DO benefit from racism and repeat it. what do y’all think malcolm x was talking about re: house slave and field slave?

Not all forms of racism (e.g. microaggressions) are institutional, but they ultimately feed into institutional structures  (e.g. the prison industrial complex). When we buy into white supremacy and our own tokenization or shit on other POC and use racist stereotypes against them, we are, in a sick way, buying into and benefiting from the existence of white supremacy in an attempt to “get ahead.” These are all very important points, which are usually missed in Tumblr’s SJ discourse that tends to gloss over our personal complicity in many of these systems (which is a very uncomfortable topic).

And this brings us to this whole idea of POC being racist against one another. It should be pretty straight forward: we have all internalized racism and white supremacy, so when we deploy that same language against our own group or other POC groups, we are reinforcing those systems and the oppression of those people. We are also buying into white supremacy and using the existence of systemic racism to our personal advantage (in those instances).

A dramatic large scale example of this are the Irish who weren’t seen as white in the US during the 1800s:

Cover of "Harper's Weekly" with the "South" on one end and the "North" on the other. The Scale is balanced with a caricature of a  black man on the "South" side and a caricature of an Irishman on the "North" side

(Image description: Cover of “Harper’s Weekly” with the “South” on one end and the “North” on the other. The Scale is balanced with a caricature of a  black man on the “South” side and a caricature of an Irishman on the “North” side)

They bought into antiblackness on the east Coast, rampant anti-Asian sentiment on the West Coast (where they came to be seen as “white” earlier than on the East Coast due to local racial dynamics) and the destruction of native communities on the Great Plains, though. As the definition of whiteness changed in the US to a more color based system, they were largely accepted as “white” in the US by the 1920s.

We buy into white supremacy and commit acts of racism against one another, even as we face racism ourselves, and we can and do benefit from those systems in turn. And this is the case even if buying in ultimately does not make us “white” like it did in this more dramatic example of the Irish in the US (and please, if you’re going to try to come at me saying that the Irish were just “white people” because they were Europeans and due to the label on the scale and that’s why they could benefit while the rest of us can’t, please pick up a history book and just look at the above image again and their racialized “simian” features, along with the fact that they are put on a scale equal to a caricatured Sambo figure) .

White privilege makes white microaggressions and acts of racism particularly virulent, but POC deploying the same language against each other also does carry power as it reinforces and re-entrenches the exact same systems. 

Why else then, as Junot Diaz so aptly put in the quote you excerpted above, would white supremacy not even “miss a beat” if all white people were sent into outer space? 

When black men denigrate black women as being “too strong,” failing the black family and elevate white women in turn, that is both sexist and racist (misogynoir) and reinforces patriarchy and white supremacy.

When Asian and Latin@ people are antiblack and shit on black people that is racist and reinforces white supremacy in turn.

When black people shit on Asian and Latin@ people, tell them “to go back where they came from,” etc. that is racist and reinforces white supremacy.

When non-native POC support racist sports teams and names like the “Washington Redskins,” dress up in faux-native headdresses, etc. that is racistand reinforces white supremacy.

When we culturally appropriate from one another, especially since cultural appropriation is an act of violence, we are enacting racism and reinforcing white supremacy. 

When we all buy into oppression olympics and erase each other’s lived experiences of oppression that is racist and reinforces white supremacy in turn.

What is this NOT the same as?

A POC calling a white person “cracker,” or telling them that they can’t dance or love spice pumpkin lattes too much, all of  which carries no power (due to white supremacy) and reinforces nothing

All of the other examples feed into and reinforce white supremacist power structures and are acts of racism (although, yes, when white people do it their white privilege does make it even worse, we are feeding into the same systems which privilege them when we do these things). Why are we so desperate to give POC a pass for doing the exact same shit as white people and reinforcing white supremacy?

Many POC on Tumblr fail to see the multifaceted nature of privilege and oppression. They fail to see that we are all very much complicit in these nefarious systems and that we can inhabit roles as both oppressors (of one another) and oppressed (by one another and the larger system). Oppression is not solely rooted in whiteness (especially when you look on a global scale). We do not solely “own” the label of oppressed, and acknowledging our complicity and roles as oppressors when we buy into these systems is just so incredibly important.

And last point, since I know white people will somehow miss this- no, this is NOT about you at all and is not an invitation for you to barge your way into this conversation and derail. POC being able to enact racism against one another does not mean that we can be “racist” against you. No, yet again, we can’t.  This is about POC buying into the white supremacy which privileges you as we shit on one another in an attempt to “get ahead.” The fact that I even have to write this addendum to make sure you get this point is sad.

Related Post: "Debunking Reverse Racism & Defining ‘Power,’ ‘Privilege’ and ‘Oppression’"

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September 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Detroit, Michigan: Women and supporters march against “men’s rights” conference at the Doubletree Hotel, June 7, 2014.

"Hotel refused 3,000 petitions with our demand until after a long standoff, with protesters refusing cops’ orders to leave."

Photos and report by Kris Hamel

shout out to UNITE HERE for putting this together!

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September 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

lancrebitch:

crunchierkatie:

i love seeing girls close ranks when their fella is cheating, instead of defending him and attacking the other girls. like seriously. it warms my cold, cold heart so much. 

i need the rest of this story, where did you put the body

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September 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

let-them-eat-vag:

sunnystrong:

sixsecondshigh:

Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.
"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."
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Definition of flower power

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let-them-eat-vag:

sunnystrong:

sixsecondshigh:

Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.

Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.

As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.

The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.

"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."

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Definition of flower power

love her

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September 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

He says ‘I don’t get it, why are you still a virgin at 24?’

He says ‘I don’t believe you, I’ve seen you walk, virgins don’t walk like that’

He says, ‘That ain’t natural, people are supposed to fuck.’

He asks ‘Why though? No offence though.’

I ask ‘When was your first time?’

He says ‘I was 12’

He says ‘I know what you’re thinking, that’s too young.’

I look at his knuckles, he has two good hands.

He says ‘She was older than me.’

I ask ‘How old?’

And he says ‘It’s better that the girl is older, that’s how I learnt all things I know’

He licks his lips.

I ask again ‘How old?’

He says ‘I could use one finger to make you sob’

I think of my brother in prison and I can’t remember his face.

I ask again ‘How old?’

He says ‘Boys become men in the laps of women, you know?’

I think of my mothers faced lined with her bad choices in men.

He says ‘If you were mine you wouldn’t get away with this shit, I’d eat you for hours, I’d gut you like fruit.’

I think of my cousins circumcision, how she feels like a mermaid, not human from the waist down.

He says ‘I’d look after you, you know?’

I laugh, I ask for the last time ‘How old?’

He says ‘34.’

He says ‘She was beautiful though and I know what you’re thinking but it’s not like that, I’m a man, I’m a man, I’m a man. No one could ever hurt me’.

— Warsan Shire, Crude Conversations With Boys Who Fake Laughter Often (via cactuslungs)

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September 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

To a small fringe of very backwards people who want to block access to sex education, make it impossible to get birth control, and ban abortion, Kazantsev’s background marked her as someone unworthy of public praise – let alone a crown. To the rest of the country, the overwhelming majority of the public, this is a Miss America we can get behind.

Eric Ferrero

Read the op-ed here.

Say you stand with Kira here.

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September 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

…the prison system is fundamentally designed to help us avoid confronting this reality. We much prefer to think of the prison system as protecting us from evil, rather than as protecting us from facing the disavowed evil (racism, economic injustice, lack of education, unemployment, underemployment etc.) that we dance with daily. This same logic can be perceived in the way that religious organizations often view the homeless. Congregants are invited to get involved with homeless ministry to give something back, to offer people a hand up or to bring some good news. What we see then is nothing but an abstraction that makes us feel good, while protecting ourselves from the danger that we might be provoked to fundamentally change how we live by seeing ourselves as part of the reason why there are homeless people in the first place.

Getting Thrown Out of Prison: Judge Dredd, the Oppressed, and Salvation (via azspot)

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September 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Once [gay] people began to say who they were, you found that it was your next-door neighbor or it could be your child, and we found people we admired,” she said. “That understanding still doesn’t exist with race; you still have separation of neighborhoods, where the races are not mixed. It’s the familiarity with people who are gay that still doesn’t exist for race and will remain that way for a long time as long as where we live remains divided.

— Julianne Hing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ferguson Highlights ‘Real Racial Problem’ in U.S., Colorlines (Aug. 22, 2014). (via notoriousrbg)

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September 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Cory Booker: Revoke NFL's Nonprofit Status, Give The Funds To Domestic Abuse Prevention →

eviltessmacher:

aka14kgold:

The NFL continues to be the world’s most valuable athletics league, raking in an estimated $9 billion in revenue last year.

It also happens to be a nonprofit.

In response to the league’s controversial handling of video footage showing NFL player Ray Rice physically assaulting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would remove the NFL’s tax-exempt status and allocate those funds toward domestic abuse prevention programs instead, according to NJ.com.

"Stopping domestic violence is a national priority that requires long-term, meaningful investment,” Booker said in a statement, Politico reported. “This common sense update to our tax laws would save more than $100 million over 10 years — money that can instead be used to pay for vital support programs that have seen their funding slashed in recent years due to sequestration and gridlock.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) wants the tax exemption gone, too, but for a different reason: The league’s refusal to make owner Dan Snyder drop the derogatory term “R[edacted]” from the Washington, D.C., team. On Tuesday, Sen. Cantwell also announced a plan to introduce legislation that would eliminate tax exemption for the NFL, saying the league “needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century,” The Washington Post reported.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) isn’t satisfied with the status quo, either.

"Taxpayers are losing $10 million a year subsidizing these tax loopholes for professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits,” Sen. Coburn told CNBC on Saturday. He sponsored 2013’s “PRO Sports Act,” which would repeal tax-exempt status for certain professional sports leagues. The bill is currently in the Finance Committee.

The league’s classification as a nonprofit may spark some to question how, exactly, that can be, when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned a reported $44.2 million in 2012, according to NJ.com.

Wait.

What the fuck. Why the hell is a professional, profitable, utterly socially unnecessary SPORTS CONGLOMERATE non-profit??

Because when it was set up, the league took advantage of a loophole in the tax code that was set up by Greedy Obstructionist Plutocrats, so that if they called themself a “trade association” they could avoid any taxes.

This is the kind of thing that happens when Greedy Obstructionist Plutocrats are elected to office.

Why is it surprising?

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September 20, 2014 at 2:27 PM

think-progress:


But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.

Woah, staggering.

think-progress:

But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.

Woah, staggering.

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