by pretending that you were born into a (almost 100% assuredly a white segregated) community and were just miraculously drawn to the most radical hip/hop you can find cuz youre just that radical is almost comical when you think about how the politics of location and geography are SO prominent throughout hip/hop.
my own mexican heavily immigrant neighborhood was drawn to hip/hop cuz in our era in michigan, there was no selena or tejano music being played on regular rotation.
but my community came to hip/hop through the door of dj jazzy jeff and fresh prince. and mc. hammer (which led to arrested development and queen latifah and then to stuff like snoop, naughty by nature, etc)— because they were similar to michael jackson (who EVERYbody listened to) and because they were “clean” which made them ok in the eyes of the churches that dominated our community.
segregation makes it so that you have to find other communities. they don’t just fall into your lap cuz ur the most radical least racist in the world. and if you don’t acknowledge the route that you took to get to that community, then you can pretend like gentrification or MTV or the black community wasn’t an intimate part of your experience. and then you can pretend like the only thing that you need to do as a ‘radical’ is listen to the right music, instead of challenging gentrification, working to diversify public airwaves, or supporting the black community (or like with me, examining the politics of “clean” hip/hop as understood by religious mexican community, etc).
that last paragraph.
Sharon Henry, a Black lesbian district attorney of San Mateo, walked into a Bank of America and attempted to deposit a check for $27,000 from her domestic partner’s account into hers and withdraw $1,000. The teller looked up a listing for the partner’s name—Kathleen Wilkinson—but it was a different Kathleen Wilkinson than Henry’s partner, and the listing lacked the notation that Sharon Henry was allowed to make the transaction.
The teller called Wilkinson’s family, who stated they didn’t know Henry and the teller called the police. The police, failing to follow protocol, did not call the phone number on the check, and refused to let Henry make the call, put her under arrest. They locked her up and took away her phone and diabetes medication.
Finally, Henry was released two hours later after her partner arrived at the bank wondering where she had gone.
Henry, a prosecutor, has decided to sue Bank of America for negligence, stating that the bank acted the way it did largely because she was African American. The judge has ruled in BofA’s favor, stating that Henry’s suit is an “unjustified” attempt to violate Bank of America’s free speech. Not only that, but the judge ordered Henry to pay BofA’s $50,000 attorney fees.
Sharon Henry is considering an appeal.
Wow, look, black lesbians exist and they experience a unique reality of homophobia and racism. AKA fuck racism, fuck racism apologists, and fuck erasure.
I’m glad she won, and I can’t say if she would have been able to if she didn’t already have her own resources as an attorney.Correction: She didn’t win! I got the names and abbreviations confused.
This racism is the norm, never forget that.
No, she didn’t win. She lost. In fact, the judge sentenced her to pay 50,000 dollars to BofA for infringing upon THEIR “right to free speech” (their freedom to wrongfully report her to the police). It’s all kinds of fucked up. She’s hoping to appeal, perhaps.
It’s hard to imagine anyone winning against BofA, let along a Black lesbian woman in a racist, homophobic country like ours.
Thanks for the correction! I got the names and abbreviations mixed. And now, re-reading it… Just… Even worse. Even. Worse.
I take my selfies because I am that guy who, unless he takes the picture or suggests it, doesn’t get his picture taken. My friend who asked, truthfully had very little right to judge; everyone takes pictures of him, with him, and for him. The same is true of almost all my friends. I live in a world where I didn’t hear someone romantically call me beautiful and desirable till I was 26. I live in a world where either body privilege or race privilege is always against me. So I point my camera at my face, most often when I am alone, and possibly bored, and I click…”
yes! this is why i take selfies and DEMAND my photo be taken by doing queer photoshoots and performing
p.s. koreans call selfies “selca” (self-camera) so that’s what i usually call them. :P
Click through to the article as the quote is just a teaser of the awesomeness contained within. Vanity is a radical act for marginalized communities. Don’t ever let a person with privilege tell you otherwise. The revolution will be photographed from arms length with a camera phone and if folks don’t like it, they can kindly recall that no one gives a fuck.
yes yes yes yes yes
Well done Sunday Times, you decided to write a spread on Feminism and successfully included all the problematic white cis feminists who parade around ruining feminism for the rest of us. Lena Dunham, and her lack of PoC in “Girls” as well as her problematic, racist, Orientalist travel diaries soon to be published as a book; Hadley Freeman, who shames women like Beyonce for being happy enough with their bodies to pose/wear little clothing (and thus, Beyonce is not allowed call herself a feminist!?); the Vagenda for dismissing intersectionality because it’s ~too hard~, for always sticking up for Moran, and this lovely quote, ignoring all the feminist efforts by WoC, “feminism is, and to an extent always has been, a white, middle class movement”; and Caitlin Moran, possibly the biggest douche EVER, who’s slut-shamed, victim-blamed, “literally could not give a shit” about the lack of PoC in Lena’s “Girls” and never, ever, EVER owns up or apologises for her mistakes.
Yep, a really fantastic load of feminists you have there, and of course, there was obviously no space to feature any feminists of colour right (or feminists with worthwhile, non-problematic, intersectional points of view…?)
social justice identitarians love branding themselves, don’t they? reactionary whiteness is terribly trend aware.
are you kidding me with that vagenda bullshit? intersectional feminism or no feminism, i say.
When people ask me what folks are talking about when I say “mainstream feminism” — well. It is this. And even if you do not agree with the things these feminists are putting forth as mainstream feminist values, these are still the people and values getting the column inches.
This is a large part of the modern face of feminism and it is a problem.
So after a lot of processing today, here’s what I want to say. Oberlin has had a hate speech problem for the entire four years I’ve been here. It’s well-known that ObieTalk has always been a haven for racist, homophobic, and dehumanizing speech. The discourse around ObieTalk that led to it shutting down was focused on cyber-bullying, that is, incidents where one specific student was targeted and harassed. And while these incidents were hurtful, the fact remains that you could go to ObieTalk at any time of the day and see racial and homophobic slurs on the front page, pretty much without fail.
In my post about today’s events when I heard about them this morning, I said that my initial reaction to the outbreak of hate speech in February was that I thought it was fucked up white dudes who thought being racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic was funny. And believe me when I say that that interpretation did not lead me to excuse those events. I was upset and angry that someone thought people’s real life oppression was something to play around with, and that Oberlin’s marginalized communities were there to be provoked for someone’s entertainment. (Which is also why I was never satisfied with the “they’re just trolling” justification for the hate speech on ObieTalk.) However, the fact remains that I did not take these events as a serious indication of the situation on this campus.
But today was really eye-opening for me in that it highlighted that there is no difference whatsoever between the kind of ignorance that leads people to spout hate speech casually, and the kind of ignorance that leads to violent actions. There is no possible motivation behind hate speech that is not violent and malicious. There isn’t some kind of acceptable level of racism where it can just be swept under the rug. That kind of speech on ObieTalk and the racially-motivated incidents of the past FEW YEARS (graffiti, vandalism, etc.) have always been indicators of something bubbling underneath the surface, and just because it had not yet exploded didn’t mean it didn’t have to be addressed.
It’s been a wake-up call for me that you cannot let anything slide. Letting hate speech and racism go unchecked because they’re not considered serious enough emboldens bigots. Lesson fucking learned. I am trying to hold myself as accountable as anyone else for the silence surrounding Oberlin’s racism problem. I hope in the future I can hold both myself and the communities I am a part of to a higher standard than this.
If anything good is coming of this, it’s that I’ve heard things said today that needed to be said for a long time. Racism at Oberlin isn’t hypothetical and finding solutions isn’t work that should fall solely to the students, ESPECIALLY not solely to the students of color.
this is really lovely, laney, and i’m proud of you.
The real horror here is that Boys Don’t Cry was based on a true story. Brandon Teena was a real person, who was really brutally raped and killed. The scene that McFarlane is making a sexualized joke out of really happened to a real human being who really died. Because according to McFarlane, breasts exist for men’s amusement, and the total violation and murder of people with breasts is just a big joke because the bodies of women and FAAB people are just hilarious.
When McFarlane reduces Swank’s amazingly powerful performance down to a punchline about her body, he’s doing more than making light of her talent. He’s literally inviting people to laugh at rape and murder. He’s construing breasts as existing for men’s pleasure, whether sexual pleasure or just to make fun of, all the time—even when they belong to people, like Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry, who identify as men. Even when they are exposed as part of a badly injured body, like Charlize Theron in Monster—another film based on a true story. Even when they symbolize the racist sexualization of black women by white men, like Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball. Even when they’re visible during a violent gang rape, as passerby cheer the attackers on, like Jodie Foster in The Accused, once again based on a real-life attack. Even when, like Scarlet Johansson, another target of the boob song, personal nude photographs of them were leaked without consent.”
So Mandy Stadtmiller, deputy editor at XOJane, came out defending the Onion’s calling Quevenzhane a c*nt last night. And she still is failing to get it. This is the same mag, mind you, that went off its collective head when Limbaugh decided to call Sandra Fluke a slut.
So really, the next time you decide to go after WoC for not necessarily identifying as feminist, and ignore their valid reasons for not wanting a connection with white feminist thought?
I’m going to ask you to shut the fuck up, sit the fuck down, and think silently on why exactly you think WoC need to submit themselves to the casual racism of white women and lend your movement the legitimacy it keeps throwing away.
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions.
Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts. This may sound outrageous, but think about how you react when precocious children dominate the talk at an adult party. As women begin to make inroads into formerly ‘male’ domains such as business and professional contexts, we should not be surprised to find that their contributions are not always perceived positively or even accurately.”
I would be curious to see the results of a similar study on race, or including race as a complicating variable.
Short List of Male Celebrities that beat and/or rape women.
- Charlie Sheen
- Sean Connery
- Gary Oldman
- David Hasselhoff
- Mel Gibson
- Matthew Fox
- Michael Fassbender
- Nicholas Cage
- Gary Busey
- Bill Murray
- Alec Baldwin
- Phil Hartman
- Tommy Lee
- Josh Brolin
- Sean Penn
- Woody Allen
- Roman Polanski
- Axl Rose
- Sonny Bono
- John Lennon
- Sean Bean
- Elvis Presley
- Kelsey Grammar
- Rob Lowe
- Chris Brown
Who Tumblr/Internet/Society cares about when they beat/rape women:
- Chris Brown