"For every Harriet Tubman there are hundreds of thousands of black women who died as slaves. For every Sojourner Truth there are hundreds of thousands who were never able to speak publicly about their experiences."
— Melissa Harris-Perry on the legacy of the black woman in America. She discusses the fact that black women are mythicized into these hyper-strong, powerful, magical beings that never need help and have the means to fight against all who oppress her. America likes to take a few figures and say “my, look at how strong, mighty and confident black women are!” and completely ignore the ways in which black women are dehumanized and degraded on a daily, institutional basis. (via newwavefeminism)

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it is true that people pay more attention to police brutality when it happens to white college kids


but that doesn’t mean that this police brutality is ANY LESS fucked up.

it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention to this police brutality.

it doesn’t mean you can mock the women who screamed and cried on tape after getting maced IN THEIR EYES.

police brutality is NEVER OKAY. the answer is not “ignore it when it happens to white folks” it’s “pay more attention to the fact that this is a regular occurrence for a lot of poor POC out there”.

thank you.

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Creatrix Tiara: "Person of color" = someone discriminated against for their race/ethnicity on a systematic level by the white majority



(Inspired by the commentary on this post)

For the purposes of anti-racism struggles, that’s all you need to go by.

Yes, the term, “colored” is not normally associated with Asian people these days, but it was definitely used to label people of Asian descent in this country in the…

while i am really interested in the history of asians and asian-americans, especially the history of resistance to colonization, i find this post to be problematic. 

especially this analysis:

So if White is grudgingly treating you OK, while Black and Brown seem to hate and distrust you, then whom do you ally yourself with? More importantly, who benefits from this apparent alliance?

In the American black-white paradigm of race relations, ‘others’ like Asians get shit on no matter which side we’re on. So the Asian internalization of White racism makes a twisted kind of sense as a survival strategy, particularly if your natural allies (other victims of White racism) are treating you like foreigners and even equating you with the oppressor himself. 

My point: Asians’ conflicted, sometimes tense, relations with African Americans and those who have been historically, categorically considered ‘Colored’ is an artifact of White racism. This means that if you exclude Asians from ‘Colored’ solidarity against White racism, you are reproducing a highly successful strategy of White racism.

my response to this is from here:  nopper

and here is an excerpt that i think complicates your analysis…

Contrary to the popular image of blacks as racially restrictive, Yancey discovers that black respondents are the most open to all other races.  Yet despite being the most receptive to other groups, blacks in general are rejected by all nonblack groups – whites, Latino/as and Asian Americans.  While some assume that whites will be closed off to anyone not white, Yancey’s research show that white respondents are more accepting of Latino/as and Asian Americans than they are of blacks.  In turn, Latino/a and Asian American respondents are fairly receptive to one another as well as whites.  Overall, Yancey’s findings reveal that whites, Latino/as and Asian Americans do not tend to reject one another as possible neighbors or their kids’ spouses, but all three groups show a general resistance to blacks in these social roles. 

That all three nonblack groups were found to be more accepting of one another in a way that they were not of blacks suggests that assimilation may be less about desiring whiteness as it is avoiding blackness. Yancey concludes, “The rejection of African Americans, rather than the acceptance of European Americans, is the best explanation of social distance in the United States.”

so while i realize that you were responding to a specific post in which it was questioned whether or not asians are considered people of color.  (which may have simply been a question of whether or not asians consider themselves to be people of color) the research shows that it is not, in general, blacks rejecting asians as it is asians engaging in anti-blackness. 

“Previous research on majority group domination tends to be built upon either the concept that white supremacy is, or was, the dominant ideology among majority group members, or the concept that dominant group members utilize notions of color blindness to protect their racial position of privilege.  Both concepts lead to an understanding of an American racial hierarchy formed by a white/nonwhite dichotomy.  In such a system all non-European groups face social rejection and theoretically all non-European groups deserve an equal amount of academic attention – even if they have not been receiving it.  Yet given the merging of nonblack racial minorities into the dominant culture, this white/nonwhite dichotomy is losing relevance.  A black/nonblack dichotomy produces more understanding about contemporary race relations.  It suggests that the informal rejection of African Americans, rather than a tendency by the majority to oppress all minority groups in a roughly equal manner, is the linchpin to the American contemporary racial hierarchy.”

so yeah, i dont think that blacks and asians are ‘natural allies’.

on a personal note, the only racialized people in the states, that i have talked to who strongly reject being called a poc, were asians/asian americans.  i used to do a lot of anti racism trainings, so ive had this convo an above average amount of times. 

with love. 

very important commentary.

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Stop Picking on the Black Middle Class


Stop Picking on the Black Middle Class

Long after whites had fled to white-only suburbs, the black middle class remained in black neighborhoods, quietly doing the job without fanfare. Its members worked quietly and without recognition to set up beautification committees. They organized safety walks. My late LeDroit Park neighbor Barbara Best used to say that when she and the old-timers would hear about all these “new” ideas for cleaning up the neighborhood, they’d just laugh: “Everything they are doing, we already did.”

Long before teachers were lionized in documentaries, or D.C. superintendents were hailed as heroes on Oprah, it was black middle-class teachers and administrators who were doing the unsung work of educating society’s most vulnerable students. It was black middle-class parents who accepted the burden of integrating schools by sending their children across town to white neighborhood schools because they valued diversity. It is almost unheard of for white families to do the same.

During D.C.’s murder-capital days especially, when white faces were scarce, black administrators kept the doors to raggedy school buildings open all over the city. All of this while knowing that whatever privilege they might have earned for their children could collapse at any moment in a hail of gunfire. Where is their gold star?

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"Many White reproductive activists cannot relate to the experiences of Black women. They have never had to fight for the right to be mothers, or fight for the right to keep their children off the auction block. Unless the reproduction of a woman of colour is directly sanctioned by Whiteness, it is deemed an irresponsible act. Such language continues to occur in discussions of so-called third world Brown and Black women. Mommy continues to be defined as White, middle/upper class, able bodied, straight, soccer mom in a mini van. Undocumented workers are routinely accused of having anchor babies to secure citizenship, but when this is played out in the media, they most certainly aren’t referring to the undocumented workers from countries that are considered White. They mean the dangerous Brown and Black wombs reproducing at will. Women of colour are construed as a project in need of being saved, as long as the process does not mean truly acknowledging the role that race and class have played in our continuing oppression. Innovations like the pill and Depo Provera, that have been touted as life saving, and important to the advancement of women’s rights, were tested on women of colour, long before they entered the precious bloodstreams of White women. Yet, this history is erased to praise the ability of women to control their reproductive process. Once again, advancement for women was carried on the backs of women of colour. Even as I am writing this, I wonder how many blogs dedicated to reproductive justice have ignored this story and its historical significance, because it would mean confronting the horrible truth that reproductive justice is about far more than access to birth control, the right to have an abortion and supporting Planned Parenthood; its about validating the idea that women, and by women I mean women of colour, have paid the brunt of the cost in terms of violation due to the intersection or racism and sexism."

A Forced Eugenics Survivor Speaks Her Truth

This is why the pro-life movement’s sudden concern for Black fetuses and it’s recent focus on the Black community is laughable, insulting, hypocritical, and downright racist.

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"So in the DSK rape case, we’re supposed to believe that an African immigrant housekeeper suddenly decided to have sex with a wealthy white man 30 years her senior for 3 minutes on a bathroom floor in the middle of her work shift. To believe this story, you must know nothing about race, class, power and rape."

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I feel sick.

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what makes one of these hairstyles ghetto?

i love this post. ghetto seems to always come out of people’s mouths to refer to something/someone african/african american. when you even THINK of the term ghetto you think black people. Just keep the word out of your mouth period. Just stop using it


I love this. This was the point I was making the other day, with blacks experimenting with different hair colors. Love this post.

not only “ghetto,” but what gets termed “creative,” “daring,” “experimental,” “ground-breaking,” “artistic,” etc. what is recognized as cognizant, informed and self-directed artistic product and what is written off as base instinct, incorrect, and reactionary. what/who has intelligence and what/who doesn’t. what/who is legitimate and what/who is not.

and miss me with the “comply because you’re black and the majority won’t look past that”

cuz i’ve been the button up starchy super prim admin who did more than her white counterpart, and you know what?

they still gave me shit. cuz when they pushed and i pushed back, it was an issue of my “attitude,” not the decision to put more bullshit on me than necessary. 

it happens all of the time.

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The Hurt


Susan B Anthony avoided real discourse with Ida B Wells and most feminists pretend they don’t know it happened

Angela Davis combined her experiences with feminism and the silent racism of yes Gloria Steinem with her education and her experience of sexism to write Women Race and Class , so many women name check the book and then drool kind of disgustingly and offensively over Steinhem

Mary Daly flat out avoided Audre Lourde and her book is still held up as radical godsend

Women OF color bloggers challenge white passive racism and sexism and less than five years later people send out book proposals like they don’t exist and must be found

This isn’t about the Help.

This isn’t even about the power.

Yes white women have in a SPECIFIC location to erase , validate or coopt women of color lives at will and have it considered work. Every Nice White Lady , Emily Deschanel manic pixie  and touched teacher who did whatever she wanted and left sisters holding the bag, to be content with being sassy and alone crying at the wedding in the credits

That this discussion is hard on what about black women , that black women are the voices heard, that testimonies of REAL love of focus and desire come through.

This the Change

I am EXCITED about this.

I am excited that the Help is getting called out everywhere. I am excited that gossip columnists are uncomfortable about it.

I am EXCITED that Viola Davis is so damn good people are asking why the maid is all she can get?

I am excited that Black women feel empowered to say this is not okay.

I read this and hit my Douglas, my Roger, and seeded pepper all over my bedroom.

If you have never had to beg for shit you were owed to keep your ass from going into default ( ended up doing it anyway)

or watch someone beg for her pay.

or watch someone be reminded how they were ” here to serve”

and know every single one of them looks and sounds like your mom.

And it’s all from well meaning fun liberal white women, who really wanna help

you will never have any idea how cloying and infuriating that is .

You will never get the heart break of that.

OF why spunky alternative white women narratives that feature black women will ALWAYS crawl your skin.

Because it is always about the same thing , of black women’s toil support and HELP in service of white glory.

and how every body needs multiple sources to believe that’s true

That we are what folks kind of sort of get right when they get around to it

be that it endangers our safety ( good being glib about this makes me LAUGH HARD)

our ability to be in the spheres we create

or to get out of bed

You have no unearthly clue what it is like to read someone say

” you are not alone”

” we hear you “

” we GOT this”

to see that in public, in private in the bold light of the sun Black Women can talk about themselves and that we can love and support and affirm each other

There is nothing about THAT , that isn’t awesome

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