to submit the thingie if you want to throw a party on 6 at wiscon. There has been shit talking about a jem/pony/vodka-gummybear/AWESOME party. Do we actually want to make that, like, happen? or should it be more of a clandestine room party thing?
ooooh Tempest, I am talking to you.
NO CLANDESTINENESS. we take that shit mainstream. Who’s in? If I can get a cabal to help me prep and buy candy and bring videos I’m down for this. Let’s do it!
…that ReasonableBro deleted all his posts from Tumblr about me and about the post on DTWPS about the sexual harassment.
Now to “Reverse Racism.” It’s crucial to maintain the distinction between the above three terms, because otherwise white people tend to redefine “Discrimination” as “Racism”. Their main argument is that because both blacks and white can discriminate against each other, that “Reverse Racism” is possible. But the truth of the matter is that black people: 1) have far less opportunity to discriminate against whites than whites have to discriminate against blacks, overall; and 2) black people lack a system of institutionalized support that protect them when they discriminate against whites.
It took black and white people working together for one hundred years to get programs like Affirmative Action installed in the U.S., but it took one white man (Alan Bakke) only a single Supreme Court case to get those programs dismantled because he felt he didn’t gain entry into medical school based on his white race.
“Reverse Racism” would only describe a society in which all the rules and roles were turned upside down. That has not happened in the U.S., however much white right wing ideologues want to complain that they’re being victimized by the few points of equality that minorities and women have managed to claim. White people who complain about “Reverse Racism” are actually complaining about being denied their privileges, rather than being denied their rights. They feel entitled to be hired and not to be discriminated against, even though the norm is white people discriminating against blacks. If, in a rare instance, a black employer discriminates against a white job applicant, that’s not “reverse” anything — it’s simple discrimination. It’s to be condemned on principle, but it’s not evidence of some systematic program by which whites are being deprived of their rights.
The right wing popularized the term “Reverse Racism” because they were really angry at having their white privileges challenged. Anyone who uses that phrase, whether they are right wing or not, furthers the right wing’s cause. This is what I tell Democrats and progressives who I hear using the term — not only are they being inaccurate, but they’re helping out their opponents.
The above arguments can be applied to any institutionalized structure of oppression, affecting any race, ethnic or religious group, and can be used to to oppose claims of “Reverse Sexism” too.
I hope that clarifies things a bit.” —Daily Kos: Why there’s no such thing as “Reverse Racism” (via loveyourchaos)
to all those little girls of color who needed some pop princess that looked like them in their lives? I never wanted to be a pop princess—I loved her fucking songs and i loved her so much—but I wanted to be punk and head banger and skater chick—so I never needed that.
but i knew so many girls of color who wanted the bright colors and puffy hair and super cute 80s clothes—and Whitney gave that to them. back then, there was NO pop princess of color but whitney. if you wanted a woman of color in the pop world role model sort of thing, you had to go back to diana ross who was amazing (and still actively singing and all) in the 80s—and I think aretha made that pink cadillac, which was crap, oh, and tina turner of course, with her what’s love got to do with it—but they were *OLD*. they weren’t fresh and young and could keep up with madonna (and debbie gibson and that red head, remember her? what was her name?) with trend setting and style. whitney had it all. and back then…that *meant* something to little girls who saw *nobody* like them on vh1 or mtv…or fuck, just on regular old television…(I think the cosby show was the *only* show w/people of color on the mainstream networks…can’t remember cuz we didn’t have t.v. for big parts of my childhood)…
Karnythia is right. My knee jerk is Aretha and Patti but yes. They must be devastated on a personal level. —thestoutorialist
This. Exactly this.