It is asinine in our age that an armed group of idiots can thwart reasonable government action. Bundy is not a hero, a victim or innocent in any way. Just think of real injustice of America, like people spending life in jail for marijuana charges. It’s hard to imagine the “militia,” a mostly fat, white and ignorant group, showing up to defend a kid in the inner city who was arrested for no reason. Also think what would happen to you, if you opted not to register your car for 20 years. Bundy exploits the most sickening version of white privilege to justify what amounts to theft.
Americans, and their guns, and their Stand Your Ground bullshit, and their belligerent resort to violence no matter what the issue is.
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Yo, Charles McVety? Stick this in your pipe. Homophobic asshole.
Q:Reverse racism doesn't exist, because it's just racism, no matter who is doing it or who is the victim.
I guess I’m going to have to expand on my “reverse real" post because I keep getting this same message over and over again.
First, I would like to tell you a story. I have severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many of you know this. It affects me every second of my life. The discomfort and misery I feel is always with me, no matter how hard I try to ignore it. Unless you have this condition, it would be impossible to understand the levels of fatigue I can feel.
One time I was talking to a person and they were asking me about CFS. I tried my best to describe what it’s like and the challenges it posed in my life. To which they responded…
"Yeah, I get really tired sometimes. I know how you feel."
No. You. Don’t.
Not even close. I had to do everything in my power to keep from screaming.
Reverse racism and “racism towards whites” is an attempt for privileged people to say, “Yeah, we’re victims too. We know how you feel.”
No. You. Don’t.
You are trying to equate that one time a person of color made you feel bad with hundreds of years of systematic oppression? Really?
"But the dictionary defines racism as…" PLEASE STOP YOUR BRAIN RIGHT THERE.
Some dictionaries define something else as a bundle of sticks. Let’s not use the dictionary for this discussion.
The truth is, you are looking up the wrong definition. You need to be looking up oppression. In our society, it is systematic, meaning racism happens from the very tippie top of our government, to local government, to our police force, to our schools, to our neighborhoods. And if you look at all of the people in charge of these things, the majority of them seem to have rather pale complexions.
When a person of color gets angry, upset, or harsh towards white folks, it isn’t about the white race or culture. It is about our privilege. It is about how many of us take it for granted. How we refuse to acknowledge it. How when we get our feelings hurt, we say we are victims, just like them. That it’s the same for us.
I’ve been white for quite a long time. I can say for a fact that I’ve never had to worry about not being represented in the media. I don’t have to worry about not being considered for a job because my name seems too “ethnic.” Something I have personally heard an old boss of mine say, as he rejected a resume. I’ve been pulled over a few times by the police and not once have I been afraid. I can go to the store, buy skittles, and walk home without getting shot.
Sure, I don’t care for prejudice of any kind. But it’s really hard to blame people of color for being angry. For lashing out. It can certainly be taken too far… but please don’t call that racism. Don’t equate your hurt feelings with this systematic oppression.
You DON’T know how they feel.
The Frogman puts into words why the words “reverse racism” spouting out of a white person’s mouth makes me want to scream.
White privilege, friends. It’s a thing.
Let’s stop calling them Men’s Rights Activists. They’re Rape Apologists
… if by MRAs you mean whiny-ass entitled losers who can’t handle the fact that their privilege is in question, so they have to come up with some victim narrative that blames women and feminism for all the ills of the world.
Because we all know how, throughout history and regardless of cultural background, women have used their strength, power and superior social and economic status to wound, bully, oppress and victimize Teh Menz. And how Teh Menz’ worth is judged solely on how useful or attractive they can make themselves to women, or how adept they are in satisfying women’s needs.
Barf bags? Over here.
An African-American man, Staples recounted how his physical presence terrified whites as he moved about Chicago as a free citizen and graduate student. To counter the negative effects of white fear, he took to whistling Vivaldi. It was a signal to the unvictimized victims of his blackness that he was safe.
Another black guy dead as a result of racist stupidity. Please, let’s sandbag the border.
OK, so: entitlement, tantrums, shitting on people who can’t fight back, and violence. I think I see a pattern here …
If there’s one thing I want to come out of what happened to me, it’s for the phrase “don’t feed the trolls” to be scrubbed from the annals of received wisdom. Not feeding the trolls doesn’t magically scrub out the image in your head of being told you’ll be gang-raped till you die. What are victims meant to do with that image, the rage and the horror that it conjures up? We’re meant to internalise it until it consumes us? Well I’m sorry, but I’m not having that.
Victims have to be allowed to stand up and shout back – they need to be allowed to ask for support, without being accused of attention-seeking. They need to be allowed to draw the attention of the world to what so many women go through on a daily basis, and make it front page news. Because, make no mistake. Not talking about this is not going to make abuse and misogyny go away. On the contrary, it will help it to thrive.
If you’re committed to to ensuring that the public sphere is a safe place for everyone to participate, regardless of sex or gender or orientation or skin colour or religion or income level or whatever, then this is something you need to read.
The Twitter harassment campaign directed at women who had the nerve—the nerve!—to support putting a nobody like Jane Austen on the ten pound note has opened up another round of discourse about what to do about the trolls. I think this time it’s been particularly helpful, because losing your shit and deciding to threaten to rape women over one of the most important novelists of all time receiving an honor due her is so utterly and undeniably misogynist that it basically sails right past one of the most sticking problems feminist face when discussing misogyny: The people who believe that all other possible options, no matter how ridiculous, must be exhausted before we can firmly declare someone’s motivations to be misogynist. (“I wouldn’t say it’s sexist,” the concerned man explains to the exhausted feminist who is dealing with the umpteenth straggly-haired fuckwit defending sexual harassment she’s seen this week, “Perhaps he’s a space alien and in his culture, having someone grab their balls and waggle their tongue at you is considered polite flirtation.”)