A woman of color’s self-love is political and radical, and it is unsettling for the status quo because she is choosing bravely to dismantle the narratives of racist aesthetics against her. So when people bully a girl of color for being content and satisfied with her appearance - a reality that is subjected to racist, sexist slurs in cosmetic industries - and when they tell her to be “humble” which is normative code for “Nah, you’re not special, you’re not light and delicate in a Eurocentric way” then she has every right to chew their hearts and spit them out. A non-white girl’s self-love is revolutionary and anyone trying to water it down needs to back right off.”
my friend sana sent this to me, loves man.
Why Liberal Academics and Ivory Tower Radicals Make Poor Revolutionaries
by Nicole Ouimette
The revolution will not be cited. It will not have a bibliography, or a title page. The revolution will never happen in the seclusion of the ivory tower built by racist, sexist, and classist institutions. Professional academic researchers in the social sciences of many colleges and universities exploit the struggles of oppressed peoples. Oppressed peoples are left stranded with little to no resources after researchers leave their communities high and dry.
Researchers steal value from oppressed peoples by making them the subjects of theoretical research without lending them access to information that could better help their communities. Articles, books, and dissertations written about marginalized populations are written for academics, not working people, and as such have little impact on the people whose lives are the subject of this research. Liberal academics and social scientists are more concerned about developing the wealth of academic literature than addressing the immediate material concerns of the communities they research.
People are racist not because they hate the blacks but because they don’t know who they are without the blacks…”
— Stuart Hall (via planetdarkztumb)
The fact is ‘black’ has never been just there … it has always been an unstable identity, psychically, culturally and politically … something constructed, told, spoken, not simply found”
Stuart Hall [1987:45]
Beginning to resolve some of the problematics of Fanon’s ‘The black man is not.’
The first post-DOMA same-sex couple I-130 interview
What my clients worried the interviewer would be like:
What the interview was actually like:
Had the same experience. Best of all, our adjudicator was gay!
I love Marco’s art.
We are not maladjusted people. We are well-adjusted people if we weren’t getting beat up by [white] people.”
— Shiva Subbaraman (via anuraglahiri)
So, there’s a post by Michelle Goldberg being shared and re-tweeted that talks about the Toxic Twitter Wars of Online Feminism. This post a classic example of how white supremacy functions as an online phenomenon.