Good thing of the day: I read my mum a poem I wrote recently about being mixed (about bone marrow; bullshit magazine articles about how everyone will be mixed by 2055 that only depict people mixed with white who have a suspicious number of recessive traits for anyone who should be the “average”; carrying my white father’s name instead of my mother’s for safety and prosperity because I wouldn’t be able to get jobs otherwise; being upheld as a standard to which other poc are expected to adhere due to being light and having so many white features…that sort of stuff), and she really loved it, which means I’ve done something right. I mean, my mum tends to be less critical than my dad, but I actually think her judgement is more valid. When I was thirteen, my dad told me that I shouldn’t write about “social issues” and “politics” in my poems because it sounded preachy and detracted from my poetic talent. It made it so hard for me to write about anything that matters to me for so long. Now though, I realize that it’s his bias as a white man who is accustomed to seeing poetry as some ethereal shit about “universal” issues. I wrote about being sick for years instead, and about how terrified I was of dying, and I alluded to the work of “Great Poets TM” over and over and honestly I think he meant well and I recognize that initial poem (about socialism) was pretty fucking shit, but HELLO, I was thirteen. Thirteen year olds write some shit poems sometimes. 

But anyway, my mum liked my poem. That was my good thought of the day. She thought it was good. Since she makes an appearance in it, I’m glad she thought it was good. It’s hard writing people into your work, because it’s so easy to misrepresent them, or oversimplify them. I think it was good though. She thought it was good. I’m glad she thought it was good. 

spectaculoid replied to your post “Samples of things white people have said during Facebook arguments…”

Oooooooooooooooh, this kind of stuff makes my heart race. Throws me off my day.

My day was still pretty good, but yeah, annoying as fuck. The guy with the dictionary thing turned ugly real fast too when I corrected him (very nicely, which he totally didn’t deserve as it turns out). It’s amazing, because they demand politeness, but they’ll still get offended even if I’m nice. They just don’t want to hear it. 

Oh, and if you ever need someone to jump in and help you fight someone, you know who to call! I will always intervene on behalf of my friends when they need someone to shout and post stats and stuff! 

spectaculoid replied to your post “This really has been the week of fighting with gross white people on…”

Ughhhhhhhhh That would be really interesting, video posts of the totally irrational stuff they say.

Yeah, I’ve been collecting for a long time now, so I’d definitely have the material. And the videos would get enough of a horrible response that I’d be able to use the comments as further fodder! 

questbedhead replied to your post “Samples of things white people have said during Facebook arguments…”

why do racist people so often sound like 6th graders trying to bullshit a poetry assignment about equality??

OMFG for real though

thisiswhiteprivilege:

anderjolras:

leggywillow:

the-uncensored-she:

theafrikahnpoet:

drziggystardust:

appropriately-inappropriate:

kropotkindersurprise:

An activist from the International Solidarity Movement blocks IDF soldiers from shooting at protesting Palestinians in Gaza, saying “You’re shooting at kids, don’t you understand that? Just pull back!“[video]

Guys. This is a woman grappling with an armed soldier wearing nothing but a jacket.
I think we need to know her name.

Diana Prince 

this is why I wanted to be a war journalist. how powerful is this segment. why did it not make it on the news?

Because Western/US media supports Israel’s war crimes, just as the US funds and arms Israel’s ethnocidal regime.

In case anyone else is like me and didn’t get the Diana Prince joke at first and was super confused (Wonder Woman) and is curious to know who she is, she appears to be Huwaida Arraf (first link to her Twitter, second to her Wikipedia page).

thank you for the links and correct info, leggy

WOMEN WHO KICK ASS

thisiswhiteprivilege:

anderjolras:

leggywillow:

the-uncensored-she:

theafrikahnpoet:

drziggystardust:

appropriately-inappropriate:

kropotkindersurprise:

An activist from the International Solidarity Movement blocks IDF soldiers from shooting at protesting Palestinians in Gaza, saying “You’re shooting at kids, don’t you understand that? Just pull back!
[video]

Guys. This is a woman grappling with an armed soldier wearing nothing but a jacket.

I think we need to know her name.

Diana Prince 

this is why I wanted to be a war journalist. how powerful is this segment. why did it not make it on the news?

Because Western/US media supports Israel’s war crimes, just as the US funds and arms Israel’s ethnocidal regime.

In case anyone else is like me and didn’t get the Diana Prince joke at first and was super confused (Wonder Woman) and is curious to know who she is, she appears to be Huwaida Arraf (first link to her Twitter, second to her Wikipedia page).

thank you for the links and correct info, leggy

WOMEN WHO KICK ASS

Terms that are acceptable and non-acceptable to call North American Indigenous people

reverseracism:

Hello everyone, I was recently asked to put together a list of acceptable and non-acceptable terms for outsiders to refer to North American Indigenous people. However, this list is subject to change and not all North American Indigenous people are comfortable getting called some of the terms listed. (For example, some argue that the term ‘Indigenous’ is not a good term for us. This is perfectly valid and if the individual(s) in question demand you call them something else, please respect their wishes.)

As for who we are, we are many hundreds of different cultural groups who reside in the areas now known as North America (Canada, the United States, Mexico and a bit beyond these areas.) We are people with rich and beautiful cultures as diverse as any other ethnic group you come across. However, upon first contact with the European settlers, many things went wrong and we were killed in huge numbers either through their hands or by disease. Despite all that, we are flourishing people who are relearning our languages and traditions and fighting hard as ever against colonialism and other such problems presented to us.

Without further ado, here is the list!

Acceptable terms:

NDN

Natives/Native people

Native Americans *this term is mostly used in the United States though. In Canada, they mostly use the term First Nations instead.

North American Indigenous people/Aboriginals/Natives

Aboriginals/Aboriginal people

Indigenous (people)

First Nations *however it’s been brought to my attention that this term excludes the Métis and the Inuit, so please keep this in mind when discussing NA Indigenous people!

Métis

Inuit/Yupik *this is a more tricky term as Inuit excludes the Yupik people. I’ve also heard the term ‘Inupiat’ but I’m still not sure if that excludes the Yupik people. If anybody can provide a term that is inclusive to the Yupik people, please add a comment!

The actual name of the individual’s nation (Cree, Dene, Ojibwe, Lakota, etc.) *This should be pretty obvious, but always verify with the person you’re talking with to be sure what nation they are.

Non-acceptable terms:

Indian

Redskins

Prairie N*gger

Injun/Injun Joe

Eskimo

Squaw

Half-breed/Half-blood and any other terms used to put down mixed race individuals

Berdache (has a connotation similar to the Spanish word ‘puto’)

Tonto (this also means ‘stupid’ in Spanish)

Tiger Lily

Pocahontas

Dances with Wolves

Cherokee princess *or any other kind of ‘Indian’ princess. We never had princesses in any of our societies!

Chief

Chug

Wagon Burner

Any name that is used to make fun of NA Indigenous names (ex. Sexy Wolf Hear-Me-Cry)

Savage and any other word that is used to mean ‘less advanced’, ‘primitive’ and the like.

Thank you! If you have any other questions or are interested in learning more about North American Indigenous people and our struggles, take a peek at reclaimingthenativetag!

Samples of things white people have said during Facebook arguments during the last 24 hours (exact quotes):

i am not white nor black nor green nor blue. I am me and I am human. Thats all that matters. People shouldnt be worried about which skittle tastes best; JUST EJNOY THE RAINBOW”

 I never chose to be a colour of this characteristic. And nor am I sweeping it under the rug. I am saying that people have to learn that we are all human, accept that and reason with emotions. I know we are all humans. I’m not saying it as a perspective, I say it because it’s what people don’t comprehend or think about.”

it needs to be remembered that black white brown or yellow everyone has feelings and feelings have been hurt here. Is that worth it to prove a point that will make zero difference in the long run?”

It’s about acceptance and respect…I do not consider myself a race and therefore do not consider myself white or any other unnecessary term that puts segregation into humanity…I do NOT ignore the shit in the world. I feel it more than most. But until people get it through their thick crains that you must fight with love to defeat evil cruelty, the only colour we will be is RED.

According to the Oxford English: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism describes a set of ideas held by individual people. Can be the basis ofoppression, but not specifically defined as such.”

This is why I sit numbly in my room for hours on end knitting with my eyes unfocused people. This is why

This really has been the week of fighting with gross white people on Facebook. I should seriously start a Youtube channel devoted to reading aloud the shit white people say in Facebook arguments. At least then I’d have something for which to use all these shitty quotes. 

angrynativefeminists:

bakongo:

Violence Against Native Women is Not Traditional:  Whisper at Ted x ABQWomen

I want every white person to look at this and understand, “Sexy Indian” costumes are detrimental.
That hypersexualizing our sacred garb is detrimental.
That for Native women the fear isn’t, ‘if’, it’s ‘when’

For the of the gods, trust and believe that is the reality we must live with and by doing the above, you are only making it worse.

(via theroguefeminist)

prayistrash:

I went to the Indian food store today with my mom and I stumbled upon these, among a dozen other skin whitening products marketed towards both men and women. I’ve always known Fair and Lovely is a thing but Fair and Teens, a skin whitening product targeted specifically at young girls, makes me so so sad. That image alone comparing the before and after images of skin tone is so sickening to me and only perpetuates the shadism desi people experience every day in an effort to look as white as possible because apparently the only way to be beautiful is to be white. It just makes me so angry that products like this exist and that they’re indirectly responsible for a lot of young brown girls internalized hatred for their skin and their race. Speaking as someone that’s been there, please don’t fall into this trap. Your skin is beautiful no matter how dark or light it is.

(via questbedhead)