“you’re going to have that tattoo for the rest of your life”
are you serious
i had no idea thank you so much bless your soul
Dear American Non-Black, if an American Black person is telling you about an experience about being black, please do not eagerly bring up examples from your own life. Don’t say “It’s just like when I…” You have suffered. Everyone in the world has suffered. But you have not suffered precisely because you are an American Black. Don’t be quick to find alternative explanations for what happened.
Don’t say “We’re tired of talking about race” or “The only race is the human race.” American Blacks, too, are tired of talking about race. They wish they didn’t have to. But shit keeps happening. Don’t preface your response with “One of my best friends is black” because it makes no difference and nobody cares and you can have a black best friend and still do racist shit and it’s probably not true anyway, the “best” part, not the “friend” part. Don’t say your grandfather was Mexican so you can’t be racist. Don’t bring up your Irish grandparents’ suffering. Of course they got a lot of shit from established America. So did the Italians. So did the Eastern Europeans. But there was a hierarchy. A hundred years ago, the white ethnics hated being hated, but it was sort of tolerable because at least black people were below them on the ladder. Don’t say your grandfather was a serf in Russia when slavery happened because what matters is you are American now and being American means you take the whole shebang, America’s assets and America’s debts, and Jim Crow is a big-ass debt.
Finally, don’t put on a Let’s Be Fair tone and say “But black people are racist too.” Because of course we’re all prejudiced…but racism is about the power of a group and in America it’s white folks who have that power. How? Well, white folks don’t get treated like shit in upper-class African American communities and white folks don’t get denied bank loans or mortgages precisely because they are white and black juries don’t give white criminals worse sentences than black criminals for the same crime and black police officers don’t stop white folk for driving while white and black companies don’t choose not to hire somebody because their name sounds white and black teachers don’t tell white kids that they’re not smart enough to be doctors and black politicians don’t try some tricks to reduce the voting power of white folks through gerrymandering and advertising agencies don’t say they can’t use white models to advertise glamorous products because they are not considered “aspirational” by the “mainstream”.
And remember that it’s not about you. American Blacks are not telling you that you are to blame. They are just telling you what is.”
stop telling me there is someone in this world that is perfect for me because you and i both know they live in fucking poland or uganda and ill never meet them
Well if that’s the case you uganda go find them
i swear to god im gonna take a poland hit you over the head with it
Every human being on this planet deserves a roof over their head, a bed of their own, safety in their community, proper nutrition, basic medical care and security in old age.
Any government which does not or cannot provide these things has failed to uphold its end of the social contract. ๑ Samsaran ๑
This doesn’t sit well with me, it implies that impoverished countries are impoverished because their governments have failed them. WRONG impoverished countries got that way in the first place because the west stole/killed/colonised and in general just fucked shit up. Placing the onus on the governments removes blame from the true culprits and I believe that it won’t be fixed until the west hands back what they took along with everything that was built upon those ill-gotten riches (
oh wait that would be everything)
“Transgender people have a 1-in-12 chance of being murdered, compared to the 1-in-18,000 chance faced by average Americans (Human Rights Campaign, 2009).”
just let that sink in for a second.
"Hey, can you come to this event thing that you have no interest in?"
"There’s free food."