I swear though if that CNN 'is there "white privilege" ' banner isn't followed up by "is a question no one is asking because no fucking duh there is" I will flip my shit. So many years of straight out calling ourselves better because we're white and people have the audacity to say this shit isn't ingrained into our society?! This can't be straight obliviousness right? It has to be denial to save face. Are there people that legitimately don't realize it exists?
I’d be willing to bet that there are many more white people who either explicitly don’t believe white privilege exists or else are totally oblivious to it than there are white people who are aware of it and admit we have it, unfortunately.
It’s an overwhelmingly popular belief that U.S. society is ‘post-racial’, that racism ended with the civil rights movement, that ‘reverse racism’ is a legit thing, etc. There is a scary number of people who actually believe that people of color have more advantages than white people due to affirmative action etc., or that freedom of speech is being curtailed by ‘being too PC’ about race, and so on.
I mean, granted, I grew up in a region that’s like…really racist, and there are plenty of straight up white supremacists and skinheads (my neighbors out a confederate flag in their window when a black couple moved in on our street,for starters). But even in areas that are supposedly more progressive or w/e, most white people are still casually racist at best, often without realizing it, but then often willfully so when called out on it.
One of the hallmarks of privilege is having the luxury to be blissfully unaware of it, to deny and ignore one has it, to not have to think about it. And there’s no shortage of people who take advantage of that luxury and choose to be socially irresponsible and totally ignore inequality.
And I don’t exempt myself from any of that — like I said, having privilege means not even noticing shit sometimes, and I’m not immune to that any more than other white people. I’ll always be a work in progress in that respect. And I honestly appreciate when people take their time and energy to call me out when I fuck up, because I know it’s often nervewracking and typically they get no material benefits from going out of their way to educate me.
But admitting you have privilege makes a lot of people uncomfortable, and to resolve the cognitive dissonance they opt to ignore what people of color have to say about their experiences, because it’s easier to do that than to listen and introspect. Plus people tend to interpret “you have [x] privilege” as “you have no problems/you don’t have to work hard in life/etc.” That’s not what it means, of course, but in my experience a lot of people have that reaction when the privilege conversation comes up.
So, yeah— tl;dr unfortunately there are a lot of white people who either don’t know, admit, or care that we have white privilege.
The protesters have issued national demands, calling for President Barack Obama to come to Ferguson, for the Department of Justice to conduct a nationwide review of police brutality and racial profiling, requiring cameras on police departments with records of racial disparities or excessive force and immediate suspension without pay for officers using excessive force.
An interesting quote from an article on braille and large print textbooks in Trinidad and Tobago. A lot of discussions in the US on accessibility focus on how accessible structures and programs will end up saving the government money or cost much less than people imagine. But the spokesperson from the Trinidad and Tobago Department of Education is saying that the cost isn’t important because people need accessibility.
The state has sent more pension money to big-name Wall Street firms like Blackstone, Third Point, Omega Advisors, Elliott Associates and Grady’s old firm, The Carlyle Group. Additionally, the amount of fees the state pays financial managers has more than tripled since Christie assumed office. New Jersey is now one of America’s largest investors in hedge funds.
The “maximized returns” have yet to materialize.
Between fiscal year 2011 and 2014, the state’s pension trailed the median returns for similarly sized public pension systems throughout the country, according to data from the financial analysis firm, Wilshire Associates. That below-median performance has cost New Jersey taxpayers billions in unrealized gains and has left the pension system on shaky ground. Meanwhile, New Jersey is now paying a quarter-billion dollars in additional annual fees to Wall Street firms — many of whose employees have financially supported Republican groups backing Christie’s reelection campaign.
Sorry tumblr still confuses me. Are we not actually boycotting these companies? Or yes? I don't know what sjw is and I have friends who work at double fine.
sjw = “social justice warrior”, it’s a term bigots use to gaslight people who care about “issues” (see also: “political correctness”/”PC police” etc) so they can continue to get away with being a walking shitstain.
these games are run by queer/trans people, have lgbtq themes, and/or support pro-equality causes and voices. prime example/target is anita sarkeesian of ‘tropes vs women in video games’ fame, who is #1 on MRA/misogynist’s hit list for successfully raising a lot of money for a feminist-slanted video series on gaming, which got her stalking, harassment, rape and death threats, and even a game made where the objective is to beat the shit of of her face.
#2 is currently a woman called zoe quinn who has been working on a game misogynists don’t like (because she’s a woman being successful their “their” arena), an ex boyfriend has made a stalking blog with inflammatory claims about her sleeping with people to get her game published/reviewed, which of course male gamers have jumped on and proceeded to fabricate evidence, doxx her, threaten her, leak nude photos and out trans friends of hers.
because despite men literally controlling every single industry, these dudes are still convinced there’s a secret feminist/queer conspiracy to take their precious straight white dude characters and ideas and “force” diversity upon them. because truly great games can apparently only be made without the “distraction” of someone not being a cis straight white dude.
basically, the majority of male gamers are ruining gaming communities through bigotry, violence and harassment or by their silence. support indie and mainstream studios alike that make diverse games, and especially support devs of marginalised identities who are potentially more vulnerable to horrific abuse.
“He lit a cigarette. His glass of whiskey lit a cigarette. “I can only truly love my dead best friend,” he said, “but not in a gay way. Women wouldn’t understand. They’re too gay.” Both of the cigarettes agreed.”—from Mallory Ortberg’s hilarious “Male Novelist Jokes.” (via coketalk)
Here in my little corner of the Internet, I try to keep things honest to the absolute best of my knowledge, and own up when I make a mistake. In regards to this post about Darren Wilson’s time on the Jennings police force, I made an error. I’ve updated the post, and in the interest of transparency and disclosure, here’s what I wrote:
I didn’t read this carefully enough. He worked for the Jennings police department, and while he worked there, a different officer shot at a woman and her child, and the force was disbanded and Wilson was dismissed. I thought Darren Wilson was the one who shot at the woman — I read it as “THE Jennings officer fired his gun at a mother fleeing in her car with a child in the back seat” but it was “A Jennings officer.”
I mean, Darren Wilson is still a piece of shit and a murderer, and he did work on the police force where that happened, but he was not the one who perpetrated that particular instance of police brutality, and I apologize for the error.
[genuflects] in the name of our father nikola tesla, his son daft punk guy 1, and the holy ghost of daft punk guy 2, i swear to Defend Games from the false prophet Tim Schafer because he said a girl is smart
seriously read up on basically everything that happened in pop culture in the 70s and you’ll realize it was just one enormous prank being played on straight people everywhere and it took eight years of reagan to scrub the glitter off of the streets
incidentally feel free to use It Took Eight Years Of Reagan To Scrub The Glitter Off Of The Streets as the title of your next paper for your queer studies 102 class
“We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?”—
Alicia Menendez - The View
I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.
The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.
I'm writing a paper about the internalized racism in Shakespeare's Othello. Do you have any good sources about the Elizabethan interactions with people of color that can give me some context for this play? I asked my professor but he gave me the "there were no african peoples (Moors or otherwise) in England in this time period" spiel, but I'm sensing bullshit. Thank you!
Okay well your professor lied to you.
Actually there were so many Black British at that time that Elizabeth I tried to blame the realms ills on them and have them all deported. Twice. She failed, probably because you can’t deport your own citizens very well under most circumstances. It’s actually a pretty pivotal point in English history.
An open le[tt]re to the L[ord] Maiour of London and th’alermen his brethren, And to all other Maiours, Sheryfes, &c. Her Ma[jes]tieunderstanding that there are of late divers Blackmoores brought into the Realme, of which kinde of people there are all ready here to manie,consideringe howe God hath blessed this land w[i]th great increase of people of our owne Nation as anie Countrie in the world, wherof manie for want of Service and meanes to sett them on worck fall to Idlenesse and to great extremytie; Her Ma[jesty’]s pleasure therefore ys, that those kinde of people should be sent forthe of the lande. And for that purpose there ys direction given to this bearer Edwarde Banes to take of those Blackmoores that in this last voyage under Sir Thomas Baskervile, were brought into this Realme to the nomber of Tenn, to be Transported by him out of the Realme. Wherein wee Req[uire] you to be aydinge & Assysting unto him as he shall have occacion, and thereof not to faile.
But while Elizabeth may have enjoyed being entertained by Black people, in the 1590s she also issued proclamations against them. In 1596 she wrote to the lord mayors of major cities noting that there were ‘of late divers blackmoores brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already here to manie…’. She ordered that ‘those kinde of people should be sente forth of the land’.
Elizabeth made an arrangement for a merchant, Casper van Senden, to deport Black people from England in 1596. The aim seems to have been to exchange them for (or perhaps to sell them to obtain funds to buy) English prisoners held by England’s Catholic enemies Spain and Portugal.
No doubt van Senden intended to sell these people. But this was not to be, because masters* of Black workers - who had not been offered compensation - refused to let them go. In 1601, Elizabeth issued a further proclamation expressing her ‘discontentment by the numbers of blackamores which are crept into this realm…’ and again licensing van Senden to deport Black people. It is doubtful whether this second proclamation was any more successful than the first.
Why this sudden, urgent desire to expel members of England’s Black population? It was more than a commercial transaction pursued by the queen. In the 16th century, the ruling classes became increasingly concerned about poverty and vagrancy, as the feudal system- which, in theory, had kept everyone in their place - finally broke down. They feared disorder and social breakdown and, blaming the poor, brought in poor laws to try to deal with the problem
As you can see, Black people were a pretty important and pivotal part of English society at the time. Basically, the Queen tried to convince the people that they had to “give up” their cobbler’s apprentices and weavers and other various other workingpeople (the Black musicians in the court were of course exempt from the deportations) to the crown, on the basis that they were “vagrants” and “mostly infidels”. This was not only a wild exaggeration (most were Christian with working class jobs like ya do), but it’s not a very compelling reason to frigging report your next-door neighbor Bill the Mason to immigration. Because then who’s going to do your masonry?
So anyways, the Poor Laws had to be passed, because you can’t deport your citizens/workforce and no one would cooperate with something like that.