Anonymous asked: Bottom of the racial food chain? What is your race?
I fully recognize that I have privilege with in the black/brown community because of the relatively lighter pigmentation of my skin. In the context of white and POC if I am a POC I’m at the bottom. That was the context in which I was speaking. I do again recognize my privilege in select contexts.
I identify as black.
Michael B. Jordan photographed by Dove Shore.
Anonymous asked: Remember that video you posted about Macklemore? Well, I tried to explain the same views to my friend (we're both white) and she got kind of offended because she likes his music...but I like his music too but I agreed with the criticism. What should I do? Should I just keep my mouth shut about the subject from now on? I'm afraid that every white person I talk to about it will get offended.
I’m really happy you felt you could reveal this. Even though you’re anonymous, it takes a lot of courage to be critical of you and your friend’s decisions, so props to you.
Firstly, I will always tell you to preach and teach what you feel is right in your heart regardless of how others feel. I understand your concern for your friend but if this person really is your friend then they will understand that you hold this view and they won’t tarnish your friendship over it. You shouldn’t have to change your views based on the decisions your friends make. It’s like a friend that does drugs; would you be cool with hard drug use only because this person is your friend? I know the comparison is outrageous but please just bear with me.
Because your white friend feels a little offended about you calling out her favorite white heterosexual ‘rapper’ you’re expected to change your views? What about the thousands of black/homosexual people that are offended by this song? Or maybe the black/homosexual rappers that try to put music out there for everyone to hear but it never makes it because… dun dun dun… they are not white and heterosexual. What about America’s racial reality. Your friend is acting on her white privilege. This notion of heightened sensitivity is something I’ve seen before and it’s almost a smack in the face to people of color that go through even worse experiences everyday.
My advice is that you should not sacrifice your views just to accommodate for your friend’s comfort. This world is not about making people feel comfortable, especially already racially/sexually/economically/socially privileged people. It’s not your job, my job, or anyone’s job to sugar coat our reality and choo-choo-train-spoon-feed it in to someone’s mouth. The reality of America’s racialized society is bitter and disgusting and the only way to even begin to remotely fix it is to acknowledge that it exists. Hold on to your views. Be critical. Be so critical of everything.
Trust me, as a woman of color, it is beyond frustrating to me to hear a straight white male complain about something as petty as this when my whole life in the United States is as the bottom of the racial/gender food chain.
I hope this makes sense. Please message me with any more questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
Anonymous asked: What are your opinions on Assata Shakur? Do you believe that she was justified in her actions? Do you think there are connections between her and Nelson Mandela?
I think very highly of Assata Shakur. She’s a role model for me in many ways and was one of the primary reasons why I became interested in black history. I would love to visit her in Cuba someday. I have so many questions for her.
I think she was justified.
I’m not sure what you mean by the connection between her and Madiba.
CultureSOUL: The African American Couples - Turn of the century
Vintage photos c. 1900-1920s
Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.
I’m going to assume that since this post’s inception, it’s been much longer.
But still, this little girl has been exposed to statecraft at an early age. That’s gonna be a benefit at some point.
Anonymous asked: Don't you think Islam is too "extreme" that you can't even shake hands with the opposite gender?
But if you really wanna know what’s “extreme” (you don’t), I’ll have you know that it is pretty “extreme” to take a religious tradition with over 14 centuries of legal, philosophical, jurisprudential, exegetical, political, and societal thought, that has spread to just about every continent, that has come in contact with probably the majority of the world’s contemporary cultures, that has over a billion adherents in the world, that has at least five major schools of law, and that has an extraordinary capacity to be adaptable to space and time, and to reduce that tradition in its vast richness to one monolithic understanding of one arbitrary, useless issue. And while you’re at it, you can take your eurocentric understanding of what is “normal” behavior and shove it because if your primary concern with Islam is supposedly not being able to shake someone’s hand, your concern isn’t at all with the faith but with Otherizing and vilifying its adherents as ignorant followers of a religion that you, in your ignorance, have labeled as too extreme because it seemingly doesn’t conform to what you deem acceptable.
Ethiopian migrants tell of torture and rape in Yemen.
the ways the arab world abuses, terrorizes and tortures ethiopian migrant workers is completely horrific
Tumblr folks waxing long about “POC Solidarity” in non-Western contexts really need to check themselves.