Poem of a bunch of days ago, and of today.
South Asian anti-black racism: ‘We don’t marry black people’
Aretha talks about the impact of anti-black sentiments and the role South Asians play in this.
Aretha Basu is a local social justice organizer and student leader. She is one of four co-founders of Women of Color for Systemic Change (WOCFSC) which was listed as one of the “Most Influential People of 2015” by Seattle Magazine. WOCFSC is a local community organizing group that focuses on tackling police accountability and empowering youth of color. She is a junior at the University of Washington Bothell majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior. Aretha is also on student government as the Director of Student Advocacy for the Associated Students at the University of Washington Bothell.
Amit is Indian and kept his relationship with Michelle, who’s Ghanaian, secret for years - because he feared his family’s reaction. He says that racist attitudes about black people in his community can be influenced by colourism and the caste system.
Rapper Raj Forever’s music draws on his Jamaican and Sri Lankan heritage. But growing up he was made to feel like an outsider in the Asian community and has heard offensive slurs used to describe black people.
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Conservatives will be like “all lives matter” and claiming to be pro-life and then go right ahead and encourage each other to run over BLM protestors.
1. I think the acts of genocide that the English have committed outweighs the industrial revolution in terms of impact. Wiping people from the world matters more than shoveling coal (also children were working during the industrial revolution)…
2. The “My great-Grandpa was Black.” excuse kinda gives me Elizabeth Warren vibes.
I am posting this because I have heard this so many times throughout my life.
“Why should I feel guilty for what my ancestors did?”
“Not all White people owned slaves.”
These statements are diminishing the effect of slavery/colonialism. I’m not saying you should hate yourself for your ancestors, I’m saying that you should acknowledge they were 98% likely bad people because either:
1. They owned people
2. Sold people
3. Thought of groups of people as less than dirt (agreed with colonialism, just ask your country’s God, Winston Churchill)
4. Did nothing to help slaves
@t-tohruchan , it’s hard to confront the fact that your ancestors most likely weren’t the best people. But you are currently benefitting from the oppression of Black people (and others!) throughout history. The way you can deal with your White guilt is by letting Black people speak on topics that effect them, support your Black friends (if you have any), and educate yourself.
I hope you learn.
This person didn’t want me to post their name in fear of getting “cancelled”. But I’m posting it so hopefully they will be even more motivated to learn.
But don’t harass this person.
Fuck I need to do some self care now.
Do not tell to me that you are “colour blind” for why would you willingly be blind at all?
Instead open your eyes and tell me that you can see me. That you can see us. That you can see what needs to be done￼.
And then tell me that you have a plan of action.
Please keep an eye on Portland and the Portland protests! Feds have started randomly arresting ppl on the streets and gassing “empty” streets (where homeless people are trying to sleep). Don’t let them think they’re getting away with it.
REPOSTED FROM MY FRIEND ON MY FACEBOOK:
“Beloved Black men,
We, black women, live, experience, and exist in the SAME microcosm of oppression as you.
Yet, we continue to be dismissed, undervalued, objectified, abused, and murdered by the ones who are suppose to protect us. And we are STILL are the first ones to show up for you, protest, support, and create safe spaces for you when another black man is murdered.
And when we speak, we are ignored.
And when we are murdered, we are blamed.
And when we are abused, we are called liars.
And your friends high-five you all in the name of “bros over hoes”.
And we STILL continue to show love- sometimes at our own expense.
How can we make sure that Black women and girls are seen, heard, honored and respected?What would it look like for men, specifically Black men, to say, “This is our burden to bear; the work is on us”?
My invitation is to men, and specifically Black men, to shift the burden from us, the Black women and be intentional in creating a culture of respect, equity and value for ALL women and girls.“
We must normalize respecting and appreciating our Black Women how protect and love us so strongly.Not just because they are “someone’s mother” or “someone’s daughter."Love and support them simply because they are a Black woman. Because they are human.That is more than enough reason.
Charlie Rose: “Do you Toni Morrison, Pulitzer prize winner, successful, honored in the halls of academe, still have that encounter?”
Morrison: “Yes I do. But let me tell you, that’s the wrong question. How did you feel? Don’t you understand that the people who do this thing, who practice racism, are bereft? There is something distorted about the psyche. It’s a huge waste and it’s a corruption and a distortion. It’s like it’s a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is. It feels crazy, it is crazy. It has just as much of a deleterious effect on white people as it does black people. If the racist white person doesn’t understand that he or she is also a race, it’s also constructed, it’s also made, and it also has some kind of serviceability, but when you take it away, if I take your race away and there you are all strung out and all you’ve got is your little self and what is that? What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Still smart? If you can only be tall because somebody’s on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is, white people have a very, very serious problem. And they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it.”