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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 dumb 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)

出典: skyliting

dematlas:

diG iT:

the undoing of privilege occurs not by individuals confessing their privileges or trying to think themselves into a new subject position, but through the creation of collective structures that dismantle the systems that enable these privileges

- Andrea Smith

The fact that I
am writing to you
in English
already falsifies what I
wanted to tell you.
My subject:
how to explain to you that I
don’t belong to English
though I belong nowhere else

- Gustavo Perez Firmat, Bilingual Blues: Poems, 1981-1994 (x)

In my experience self-critical whiteness, or self-critical masculinity, is no less occupying of space. The time taken up by self-critique is still time taken up.

- Sara Ahmed (via takhtee)

nude-soul:

lilcochina:

guuey:

iflewbikes:

Teach a class about racism… and this is what happens.

Fuck Seattle and our public schools full of pseudo liberal white faculty. The kids from this school either have dreads or are future crust punks so this does not surprise me.

It’s so weird that these white ppl are the “experts” n shit

Thanks for silencing the only POC in this video, fuck you

出典: iflewbikes

been a lot of blood curdling / deleted scenes celebrities

been a lot of blood curdling
opportunity
knocks only summer
term of college
credits left to penny theft
whatever just drop out fools
gold where your heart is
or don’t

instead
trick yr soul with gendered roles
to cuff you to the target
this is your box to hold
goals of god, job, children
millions of minnows sold
for silhouettes of villains

it has had to have happened
whatever the word meaning
phonetic, thought, reaction
of & to of of & to
繋がって取りやって居ている
yes this life this earth
experience

we are all doing it together

putsy this & that in space/time
as we get there let me just
ask how many of us in poverty
and how many on the streets
let them be lovely when the sun sets
no cops no cops no cops none of that

ass tassel people pushing patriarchies
post capitalist states in the
post-modern era WHAT RACE WHAT
screwed meaning no hope and already
set in STATE LINES
when they got here
when we got here
still getting
hurdles too high to climb
herds had fell off cliffs for the fear of being left behind
shine shine on today all the rage but
still the same blame the
slain for taking pains to
keep impunity for
the reckless death
threats kill list victims

village of cawing crimson crows
seen videos of criminals
made suspects of the shadows
shallow surface purpose
less messy than test of virtue
hurt your phallic curfew
fallacy a hall of
fame to tame you
play the game to make your name or it
will maim you, maul you call
you to the grave
pave the road
with sweat and blood
and tears that leave
the stain of love and fear the
reaper’s here to take you nearer
nothing knows the way to go
you don’t hold more than faith in woes
and so you turn to tv screens
deleted scenes
celebrities

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"Making sense of the disjunctions (in identity politics) relies on notions such as false consciousness ー the systematic mystification of the experience of the oppressed by the perspective of the dominant... Individuals' perceptions of their own interests may be systematically distorted and must be somehow freed of their misperceptions by group-based transformation." - C Heyes (2002) Identity Politics




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