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The next time you want to talk about “strong women” in Game of Thrones, please remember that there is only one black woman in the entire cast, and that she is a servant

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On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered

A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered

The average life span of a cis person is about 75-90 

The average life expectancy of a trans person is 23-30 years old

75% of people killed in anti LGBT hate crimes are poc

Think about this the next time you go crying over “cisphobia” and “reverse racism”

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So there’s this thing that I’ve always known about, that @Karynthia, @Blackamazon, @so_treu @weseerace and @bad_dominicana discuss often, about how terms, ideas and scholarship that Black women create are not associated with their originators or even with any Black women at all (and not even speaking of just plagiarism; I mean erasure). Or worse, they’re used against Black women. Or even worse, people actively fight the terms’ existences especially within mainstream feminism.

Womanism. Intersectionality. Matrix of domination. Misogynoir. Four of the many concepts that are fought tooth and nail to not exist (especially the latter since it’s newest). Subject to the scrutiny of imperialist White supremacist capitalist patriarchy (this is bell hooks’ combined term) and how it shapes epistemology. Eventually once accepted, then they are disconnected from its originators often for the purpose of silencing other Black women. There’s people who use the terms and ideas to push their agenda (agendas that usually exclude Black women) yet none of the originators are anywhere on their sites. No tags. Not mentioned in conversation or teaching. Nowhere. And even when they discuss modern issues in feminism, they refuse to name Black women currently doing the work. They gladly name any White woman they’re referring to. 

This is not about Black women wanting “White approval” as utterly boring and predictable Whites and some Black men (who also try to silence Black women with other Black women’s words) will suggest, a notion I already deconstructed in the past. It’s about a long history of taking and erasure. Taking. Erasure. This has a history as certain aspects of Black progressive politics are regularly appropriated and then used by Whites to shame or exclude Black people. 

Anytime I mention Black women’s work, all of a sudden it becomes “unethical” or “greedy” to credit our work or idea spreading and education is deemed “impossible” if our names, contributions, ideas and praxis are mentioned. I am fascinated by multi-degreed, multiple column-writing White feminists who can’t figure out who coined “intersectionality” or what it actually means. This is willful ignorance shaped by a need to erase Black women’s work/relevance in feminism on the surface and marginalizes Black women, in general. 

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It’s not that these theories about oppression are valid because they’re studied in higher education, they’re studied and recognized in higher education BECAUSE THEY ARE VALID… Everyone who knew about or accessed this information outside of tumblr (academically or duh because of experience) already knows these things

That’s what you 14 year old anti-sj bloggers that think these are new tumblr concepts don’t understand. These are ideas recognized in the real world outside of institutionalized education for decades before you were born, which brought them there, and the people who studied them or had the experiences and wanted to share them brought them to tumblr…. This is not “tumblr theory”….. Tumblr didn’t invent these experiences or these ideas or this language. This is the application of theory based on gathered experience and critical thought……

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We do not need to be reminded that 

  • not all cis people are bad
  • not all hetero people are bad 
  • not all men are misogynists 
  • not all white people are racist

We do need to be reminded that

  • trans people need to be protected at all costs 
  • LGBTQIAP+ people are killed and raped for their sexuality so no, heteros do not need to be in queer only spaces 
  • Women are not equal to men in society and that’s what intersectional feminism is trying to change
  • Whitewashing is a huge problem in both education and the media and supporting/ignoring/excusing that fact is supporting racism 
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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any d*mb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via skyliting)

I don’t want to see tl;dr no you ALL need to fucking read this. (via thisisnotblackhistorymonth)
(Reblogged from purpleishboots)

Anonymous asked: To the days of slavery the only thing people think about with white people is slaveowners and oppression. It's as if all whites at the time were evil. My only white ancestor in the country at the time had a house that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The white man saved hundreds of lives. Everyone forgets about the good ones.





Awww wowwwwww get me a fucking bucket for my crocodile tears. POC are getting KILLED everyday and have had GENOCIDES perpetuated against them across the globe by white peoples based on their identities, and you’re complaining because not every single white person in history has actively participated in those systems (even tho they still BENEFITED from them).

There’s not a single fuck in the north, south, east, west or even in your white great great grand pappys musty ass Underground Railroad cupboard that I could find to give. Go away and stop pretending to be an “ally” with your entitled self serving bullshit.

If that response doesn’t show hate i don’t know what does. People who respond with things like that are only being as hateful and ignorant as “those white people” back in our past or even those who still live with that kind of hate and ignorance in the present day. It’s disturbing that not only “people of color”, nationality, religion, gender or sexual preference can’t just stop trying to fix the past (something none of us have the power to change) and start fixing our present and future where things like hate & racism still exist. Fix it, fix it in positive ways without being a racist yourself! You can’t change things with the same hate fueling your veins.

people of color can’t be racist though, nic. and putting the words people of color in quotes is disrespectful. The words People of Color are used in respect, endearment, and a way of amplifying our voices.

Maybe the person above wasn’t sweet and kind and honey and light, but do we really have to be? Aren’t we allowed our own anger and sadness over the past (nope, we can’t fix it), the present (every day you hear about another teenage/child aged Black kid or Kid of Color getting gunned down over literally nothing), or our fears about the future? Sometimes it literally does feel hopeless and I think anger and vitriol in expressing your own opinion, esp in these cases, are not only justified, but sometimes totally necessary.

When (esp Black Americans) are always seen as scary or angry or abrasive or aggressive or something other than human (literally it was studied that white people have some sort of leaning away from or inability to judge emotions on faces that aren’t white), that shit gets old with a fucken quickness. That shit makes you wana fucken turn into a hermit so you just don’t have to go down that road one more fucken time.

When your white buddies get to go to and you barely know who your grandparents were.

When you look back for the generations you know and everyone lived in abject poverty.

When you look up and find out that Native American women are sexually assaulted and raped at what? Twice? Three times the nation’s average? And most of those rapists are white dudes and non Native dudes?

When you can’t go out without a face full of makeup on everywhere you go because, on those rare times you do, people are always asking you “what’s wrong” and ‘why are you so angry” and “why are you so upset” and you just wanna flip your shit and say I JUST DON’T HAVE ANY EYELINER ON MOTHERFUCKER AND YOU’RE NOT USED TO SEEING ANYBODY BUT WHITE GIRLS SO ITS FUCKIN UP YOUR PERCEPTION but you can’t because then you really WILL be angry and upset and all the shit they put on you anyway.

When you go every day for 25, 30, 40, 50 years of your life and you’re NEVER represented because you’re too Black skinned, too fat, not cute enough whatever.

When the only representation of you that always gets play is a dark, fat chic with a bandana on her head.

When people say things like “Africans owned each other as slaves, too” as a way of derailing conversations about institutionalization.

When people refuse to realize that the stars and fucking bars are offensive and hurtful as fuck because “it’s my redneck heritage’ has become an acceptable excuse.

When you realize that, again, for generations, your family has been used as guinea pigs time and time and time again in medical trials.

When you read up on how Black people are FOREVER getting kicked out of their homes so white people can feel more comfortable putting in that Trader Joe’s or Starbucks or Whole Foods.

When you realize that when white kids disappear they get Amber Alerts but when Black kids disappear they get crickets and people hoping Twitter and Tumblr can help.

When Black folks who get picked up for lesser crimes get more jail time than violent white offenders.

When stand your ground always gets the white guy off the hook but never the Black guy - even if the Black guy was justified.

When being Black or Latin@ can actually actively hinder your chances of getting the correct diagnosis and/or medication you need because doctors lean toward thinking we are addicts so they don’t even wanna spend time with us

I could continue this list, no fucken joke, for another 50 examples easily. It would take me nothign but the time to type, I wouldn’t even have to google because it’s part of us, having to know about these injustices. Having to memorize them. Having to teach them to our kids when we have them so the police don’t show up at our doorstep one day to tell us they’ve killed our kid (even tho that happens all the time anyway).

So it’s not about “being stuck in the past” or anything. I mean… you have a lovely gift, a real privilege to be able to say “well we can’t fix it anyway it’s the past” 

because, for I’d wager the majority of us, it’s the present right now. And for a lot of us, it’s gonna be the future too.

White people, this is a very good time to shut the fuck up and pay attention to this wisdom Peech is dispensing. Read her words and take it to heart.

(Reblogged from maggiemunkee)



Kordale And Kaleb, Gay Black Fathers, Respond To Twitter Outrage Over Instagram Photos | HuffPost Gay Voices

A photo of two gay fathers has gone viral on the Internet — but maybe not for the reasons that you would expect.


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The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Scott Wood (X)

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Not so friendly reminder that when you defend racism, when you defend somebody being racist, you are telling the victim of said racism that they are less important than upholding the racist person’s ability to dehumanize and marginalize them. 

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Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.

"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"

Sign the petition and get this story out there.

SIGN THE PETITION. Still at least 1,000 signatures needed. SIGNAL BOOST THIS or i will judge you.

is that woman actually trying to cover his mouth wtf


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For years, I opened my 11th-grade U.S. history classes by asking students, “What’s the name of that guy they say discovered America?” A few students might object to the word “discover,” but they all knew the fellow I was talking about. “Christopher Columbus!” several called out in unison.

“Right. So who did he find when he came here?” I asked. Usually, a few students would say, “Indians,” but I asked them to be specific: “Which nationality? What are their names?”


In more than 30 years of teaching U.S. history and guest-teaching in others’ classes, I’ve never had a single student say, “Taínos.” How do we explain that? We all know the name of the man who came here from Europe, but none of us knows the name of the people who were here first—and there were hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of them. Why haven’t you heard of them?

This ignorance is an artifact of historical silencing—rendering invisible the lives and stories of entire peoples.

[…] In an interview with Barbara Miner, included in Rethinking Columbus, Suzan Shown Harjo of the Morning Star Institute, who is Creek and Cheyenne, said: “As Native American peoples in this red quarter of Mother Earth, we have no reason to celebrate an invasion that caused the demise of so many of our people, and is still causing destruction today.” After all, Columbus did not merely “discover,” he took over. He kidnapped Taínos, enslaved them—“Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold,” Columbus wrote—and “punished” them by ordering that their hands be cut off or that they be chased down by vicious attack dogs, if they failed to deliver the quota of gold that Columbus demanded. One eyewitness accompanying Columbus wrote that it “did them great damage, for a dog is the equal of 10 men against the Indians.”

Corporate textbooks and children’s biographies of Columbus included none of this and were filled with misinformation and distortion. But the deeper problem was the subtext of the Columbus story: it’s OK for big nations to bully small nations, for white people to dominate people of color, to celebrate the colonialists with no attention paid to the perspectives of the colonized, to view history solely from the standpoint of the winners.

Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Columbus: Towards a True People’s History

Just your random reminder that this is a banned book.


In January of this year, district officials came into Tucson’s high schools, confiscated the offending books, put them in boxes, and carted them away. These books were taken while classes were in session, so that the teachers and students wouldn’t miss the point.

What’s even more terrifying is that their actions were in compliance with an Arizona state law.

HB 2281 has terminated Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program, a virtually one of a kind social studies and humanities high school program that seeks to close the “achievement gap” by encouraging Tucson students (of whom at least 60% are Latino) to look at American history critically in regards to race, gender, and ethnicity.

But Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal will have none of it, and threatened to withdraw 14 million dollars in state funding to the Tucson Unified School District if it failed to comply with the law, which criminalizes, among other things, “any courses or classes that…advocate ethnic solidarity…”

And so hundreds of students have had their curriculum literally snatched away from them at mid-year; their teachers are now required by law to assign them more “traditional” reading material that ignores the racial, gender, and class biases that have so tragically shaped our country.

Another gentle reminder that there are  *ahem* various places I could be arrested for teaching this to you in school.

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