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if you're offended by this, we're probably talking about people like you

  • (Back story: I'm in a Starbucks in Park Slope, the epicenter of whiteness in Brooklyn (aside from Williamsburg, etc.). Dailo is Shoegaze's wise-cracking friend who I IM with sometimes. Good times all around.)
  • Me: brb bathroom
  • if anyone takes my laptop
  • say "hey whitey"
  • "this isn't yours"
  • "go away"
  • (Time passes)
  • Me: back
  • Dailo: hey whitey
  • this isn't yours
  • go away
  • Me: hm i should have come up with a password
  • Dailo: go away whitey
  • Me: nihao?
  • oh shit
  • konnichiwa
  • right?
  • you speak english so well
  • Dailo: go away whitey
  • your year abroad in china
  • doesn't impress me
  • this belongs to Undercover
  • Me: wo ai ni
  • Dailo: nice try cracker
  • Me: sayonara
  • teriyaki
  • subaru
  • Dailo: i can name brands too
  • toyota
  • uniqlo
  • (Annnnd this continues for nearly 5 more minutes orz)
Disdain for “political correctness” is often positioned as a concern that some important truth is not being spoken for fear of offending someone. But that concern is nothing but smoke and mirrors. To invoke “political correctness” is really to be concerned about loss of power and privilege. It is about disappointment that some “ism” that was ingrained in our society, so much that citizens of privilege could express the bias through word and deed without fear of reprisal, has been shaken loose. Charging “political correctness” generally means this: “I am comfortable with my privilege. I don’t want to have to question it. I don’t want to have to think before I speak or act. I certainly don’t wish to inconvenience myself for the comfort of lesser people (whoever those people may be—women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.)”

by Tami at whattamisaid.com (via femfreq)

YES. YES YES YES.

(via ceasesilence)

thickdumplingskin:

We’ve been seeing this on Facebook & Twitter, and thanks Quirky Taiwan for sending us a direct message about this. I tried to find the video, but this is the closest I got (0.36).

Well, what to say? Seriously, Disney?

Not like we haven’t seen this before. But it’s always a little jarring when it’s right in front of your face, in animated form. 

1. Disney should absolutely know better, being the provider of entertainment to young people.

2. The character who said this is Asian. If you pay more attention, most of the time, these lines tend to be said by Asian actors/actresses. This is a “subtle” way of poking fun at how Asian people are skinny because apparently we just don’t eat.

3. Demi Lovato is a bad ass for speaking up against her former employer

That is all.

- Lisa

I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.

One event that illustrated the gap between the Africa of conjecture and the real Africa was the BlackBerry outage of a few weeks ago. Who would have thought Research In Motion’s technical issues would cause so much annoyance and inconvenience in a place like Lagos? But of course it did, because people don’t wake up with “poor African” pasted on their foreheads. They live as citizens of the modern world. None of this is to deny the existence of social stratification and elite structures here. There are lifestyles of the rich and famous, sure. But the interesting thing about modern technology is how socially mobile it is—quite literally. Everyone in Lagos has a phone.

Teju Cole on the “#firstworldproblems” meme, in a series of tweets compiled by Alexis Madrigal (via occupiedterritories)

I actually really hate when people say this for a bevy of reasons and this gives voice to many of them.

(via thehallsofknowledge)

dallastar:

 Black Barbie Doll Drive in Columbus | 

“We’re holding the Black Barbie Doll Drive, where we collected new and used Barbies to give to the girls at the BTW Girls Inc. and we’re turning them into natural hair Barbies,” said Candace McBride, Organizer for the Black Barbie Drive. 

In Columbus, Frolific is hoping to makes the wishes of needy young girls come true this holiday…But this time with a “twist.”

“Natural, is chemical free hair or hair with no perms.  And you can wear it curly, you can wear it locked, or you can wear it straight.  It’s just without a relaxer,” said McBride.

Hiding behind the hair, is a more important message: Teaching girls to accept who they are.

“Children need to know the importance of loving themselves and the way God made them and they don’t need any alterations to their hair or bodies to make them better…That they’re good enough the way that they are,” said McBride. 

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feministryangosling:Context

House Considers “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” I.e. the We-Don’t-Trust-Women-Of-Color Act December 6, 2011 by Rachel Kwan

I’m writing today to ask my fellow women of color reproductive justice activists and our allies to take a united stand against the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act(PRENDA), a race- and sex-specific anti-abortion bill thatwent before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution today. I cannot repeat enough times the urgency of moving quickly to act in solidarity.

This is a federal version of legislation that a coalition of women-of-color organizations defeated at the local level in Georgia. It attempts to restrict women of color’s access to abortion and prenatal care in the name of “civil rights.” This bill seeks to protect “unborn Americans” by banning race- and sex-selection abortions.However, the argument that fetuses must be protected from the women of color relies on racist stereotypes about entire communities:

  • First, that Black women are selfish, irresponsible, and incapable of making reproductive decisions on their own behalf
  • Second, that Asian women mindlessly reproduce “son preference” and bring “dangerous values” into the country.

This is patently untrue. Black and Asian/Pacific Islander women have consistently fought for the right to make their own decisions about if and when they will have children based on the support networks and resources that are available in their communities. This bill attempts to drive another wedge between women and their reproductive health practitioners. It will exacerbate many of the existing structural barriers that we women of color must overcomein order to access reproductive healthcare. It will put pressure on abortion-care providers to conduct racial profiling on us, requiring them to secondguess our motivations in seeking abortions. It will do nothing to address the entrenched disparities that low-income women of color must navigate every day in seeking reproductive care. It willnot contribute to grassroots-level change in Asian communities where we are already working to address the sexist roots of son preference.

This bill has been put forward by members of Congress who consistently vote to decimate funding for reproductive health services and family support programs. This bill is backed by the same anti-abortion group that put out racist billboard campaigns targeting Black communities.

This bill would result in increased scrutiny of the reproductive decision-making of Black, Latina, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. It is an affront our rights to privacy, to bodily autonomy, and to mobilize in concert to create change and solidarity in our communities—based on our priorities and experiences, our visions for the future and our agency.

Click here to contact your Congressperson to tell them that you strongly oppose this racist and anti-woman legislation.

My thanks for the information and advocacy of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumTrust Black Women, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  and the grassroots activism of SisterSong NYC, as well as those unidentified warriors whose words and wisdom I am drawing on for this post.

Excerpted with permission from The Abortion Gang.

What the… “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”? Really?

Your Asian Wasn’t Quiet Photo

wthellokitty:

I reblogged it, but there were no credits in the original posting.  It was a poster made by whomever runs Resist Racism (I’m sorry I don’t know her name).  

Proper credit should be attributed when possible.

Still want to know who is the woman in the left most picture. It’s Mari Matsuda.

So from L to R: Mari Matsuda, Yuri Kochiyama, Helen Zia, and Grace Lee Boggs.

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