Here in America, I am being told by some of my white ‘friends’ that racism isn’t that big of an issue and that there’s no such thing as white privilege. I’m trying to make the point that they’re completely wrong.
While the topic of names is being discussed…I have been watching the Australian Open tennis tournament these past two weeks, and it seriously bothers me that the commentators and media never once referred to Li Na’s husband Jiang Shan by his name (he was always called “Li’s husband”).
I’m gonna take a short break from Doctor Who gifs and Harry Potter quotes, and also, I’m gonna ask for your attention, as I have to tell you a little story, it’ll only take a couple of minutes and I’ll try to make it as short as possible.
i really cannot stand microaggressions at work ‘cause it’s like… you already have to have your mask on… but on top of that you gotta be insulted and you have to be in that environment nearly every damn day.
and then, they wanna know if i’m “coming to the christmas party?”
i don’t usually turn down free food but fuck yo christmas party.
about the dog-eating, my mum is chinese and told me that eating dogs actually came from Korea because it was a cold place and people thought it could help them keep warm. i don't know why people started associating dog-eating with the chinese.
ok so here’s the thing
the consumption of dog meat IS ACTUALLY A PART OF CHINESE CUISINE. SHOCKER. chinese people have been eating dog meat for centuries. the taboo against eating dog meat is primarily a western convention and in recent years, countries that have traditionally eaten dog meat like china and korea have issued legislation preventing the consumption of dog meat BECAUSE OF WESTERN INFLUENCE. in fact, it is actually illegal in hong kong - i mention this because of recent asks about hong kong.
the stereotype of asians of any ethnicity as dog eaters is specifically a way to demonize asians for our “weird” and “disgusting” foods when OBJECTIVELY SPEAKING, dog meat is really no different from any other meat. but the construction of dog meat itself as abhorrent is a white supremacist tool to dehumanize asians regardless of this fact, and the fact that equally disgusting foods (like fucking foie gras is FATTY DUCK LIVER FROM FORCE FED DUCKS and rocky mountain oysters are fucking BULL TESTICLES). but it’s only disgusting for asians to eat these kinds of food because we’re ~weird and exotic~.
there is literally nothing wrong with dog meat except what the white man tells you is wrong. (well, also the inhumane treatment of slaughterhouse dogs but that’s another story, and other food animals are raised in equally inhumane conditions in the west.)
edit: i also don’t like this undertone of “oh, we chinese don’t really eat dog meat, it’s those damn koreans that do it”…
so i don’t think i posted it on here yet, but basically my lecture this week went terrible. the topic (as listed on the syllabus) was “case studies in racism: the american indian experience;” some of the lows of the class include 60-70 white kids yelling…
“In the two years that the Democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate, we got Wall Street reform, student loan reform, credit card reform, healthcare reform obviously, the Fair Pay Act, expanding of the GI bill, they re-authorized the children’s health insurance program, expanded national service programs, fixed the sentencing disparity for crack versus powdered cocaine. We got the 9/11 First Responder’s Bill, we got the Hate Crimes Act, they ratified the START Treaty between us and Russia on nuclear weapons, they repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they did Cash for Clunkers, they did the stimulus which included the largest middle-class tax cuts ever. That was all done by the Congress that was elected at the same time as President Obama in 2008. They were elected in November 2008, sworn in January 2009 and over the next 2 years they got all of those things done. Then, the Republicans did really well in the midterms, and Republicans took control of the House for the first time in years and, John Boehner became Speaker. And since then, there has not been a single significant piece of legislation enacted into law.”—
Rachel took me to church tonight. That is why I am always here for her. She was my safe haven when all this shit went down. She pulled no punches and told it how it was and is and how it will be. Still can’t believe this is happening doe. Damnit!!!!
“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”—Mindy Kaling (via anedumacation)
24%. Nearly a quarter of people whose deepest hope isn’t a vacation home or a third car or a business of their own. But just to not spend their life worrying about how much they owe someone else.
And how much of that debt is for things we’ve been told were necessary- student loans, auto loans because public transit isn’t an option, credit cards and medical expenses because they can’t afford health insurance. Yeah, I’m sure some of it is on other things, less necessary things, but so much of our culture is bent on tying people down to as much debt as it possibly can.
“Capitalism will inevitably find itself face to face with a starving multitude of unemployed workers demanding either food or the destruction of the social order that has starved them.”—Helen Keller, What is the IWW? (via anarchosyndicalism)
My father Kenneth Bae, an American citizen, is being imprisoned in a North Korea (DPRK) labor camp. Please sign my petition to free him now.
My father—like any other American father—was working hard to provide for his family. Through his tour company that he started, he was able to show the natural beauty of North Korea to many. My father was arrested on November 3, 2012 while working as a tour operator in Rason (Rajin-Sonbong), one of North Korea’s special economic zones for foreign investors. My father is a good man with the biggest heart for the people and nation of North Korea, and now he has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what the DPRK identified as anti-government activities.
Please consider reading and signing this petition for the release of Kenneth Bae, who has been sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp. His family recently received the bad news that he has been moved to a hospital as his health conditions (diabetes, bad back, enlarged heart) have worsened. He was allowed a visit from the Swedish ambassador and what he needs is the media attention and a high-profile politician to stand for his case.
His sister Terri Chung has written an editorial for the Seattle Times and has been trying to raise awareness on the local Seattle news, and hopes the story will reach the U.S. on a national level.
On a personal note, Terri Chung and her family attend my church, and I was incredibly distressed to hear the other day that Kenneth’s niece is worried because he is starting to go blind.
To learn more about Kenneth, you can visit his website Free Kenneth Bae. Please share if you can.
“Isn’t it rich that that the only country ever to use nuclear weapons in war and which left Southeast Asia poisoned with Agent Orange and Iraq strewn with depleted uranium is getting on its high horse about enforcing “red lines” against chemical warfare?”—Doug Henwood (via soundmoney)
As we boarded, I noticed that this mom and I would be sitting in the same row, I in the window seat, she in the center. As we sat awaiting takeoff, I finished a text conversation and signaled to the flight attendant for a seat-belt extender, a fat passenger’s best friend. Then just as the call came to shut our phones off, I glanced over at her, and she was still texting, rapidly. I caught a few words of the end of her text that made me look more intently: “on the plane, sitting thigh to thigh with a big fat nigger. Lucky me.”
nope, nope, nope. absolutely NOT.
i would have snatched her up and choked her smooth out.
I admire her for her bravery in calling out that woman for her words, even if the effort may have been fruitless.
White privilege is when you’re Don West’s 20-year-old daughter and the excuse for you stupidity is “you’re just a kid,” but Rachel Jeantel who is a few months younger than you and trilingual is shamed for being “a grown woman” who can’t read cursive.
while rage grew me out of complacent, unconscious acceptance of oppressive norms, it would have been unhealthy to stay in the room with rage as my teacher. the presence of constant anger would have disrupted and poisoned my creative…
I am trying to move on from anger to something more productive. Still figuring out what that looks like.