-From an optimistic report predicting humanity’s future.
noticing more and more when white people talk about rap culture negatively saying “it’s just them talking about getting money, who cares that you have money, it’s narcissistic and obnoxious to brag about it”
like oh my god can you make it any clearer that you don’t understand for one second what it means to get money in communities these artists grew up in, what it means to own shit? to be living comfortably? to be paying off a nice car? to be accruing savings? that shit is radical
and it’s a genuine fuck-you to a society that systematically tells them no, you can’t get money like we can get money. this level of wealth is not intended for you and you’re wasting your time trying to be anything.
plus god, do you even know what kind of wealth they’re talking about? these guys aren’t bill gates, even the ones at the very top. you know the chris rock bit where he’s describing his neighborhood in new jersey?
"In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down: me, I’m a decent comedian. I’m a’ight. Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist! He ain’t the best dentist in the world… he ain’t going to the dental hall of fame… he don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist."
so many white people don’t even realize what kind of wealth is being talked about by black artists and professionals at the top of the game
it’s the kind of wealth a hell of a lot of white kids are born into who don’t even consider themselves “rich”
people need a hell of a lot of perspective sometimes
This morning, BuzzFeed is featuring a story from Project Unbreakable (website/Tumblr), who work with survivors of sexual assault, photographing them holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. Today’s unique story uncovered stories from men who have been assaulted, and touches base on some of the stigmas surrounding men and sex, with quotes from attackers such as “Don’t worry, boys are supposed to like this,” and “You’re a guy, you can’t say no to a girl like me.”, as well as many threats to hurt loved ones. Many people still don’t realize that yes, man CAN and ARE victims of sexual abuse, not only from women but from fellow men, and that it is not made any less traumatizing for a man simply because he is a man, and saying things like “man up” does nothing except further dehumanize and hurt the victim. There is, if possible, even more blame put on a male victim of sexual abuse than female because people assume that all men want sex, from any person, at any time. Stop this. Stop the abuse of ANYBODY, stop victim blaming, and stop telling male abuse survivors that men being raped “isn’t a real thing.” You can read the full story and see the rest of the pictures here.
Always & Forever Reblog this..
If you’re at a pool, and there’s some kids running, and the life guard shouts “No running!” do you interject with “EXCUSE ME, NOT ALL OF US WERE RUNNING.”
If you’re in class, and a classmate is eating, and your professor addresses his students, “There’s no eating in the classroom,” do you scream out “EXCUSE ME, BUT WE’RE NOT ALL EATING.”
The lifeguard and your professor are well aware who is doing what. There is no reason for them to modify their sentences because they realize you’re aware of who is doing what, too. They have enough faith in your intelligence that if they say, no running, or, no eating, you will recognize that if you are not already doing these things, you are in the clear.
When someone begins a post, “why do men do x,” they are not saying that every single man in this world wakes up and makes it a point to do x for the day, every day of his life. Nobody ever, ever thinks that. They exist around men and observe men on a regular enough basis to know that obviously not all men do x.
No. They are saying that they have witnessed men doing x enough that they would like to point it out. They are saying that in the whole group of men, there are men who do x, and they think it’s worth noting.
So there’s no reason to go “NOT ALL MEN” because everyone already knows not all men, and that’s why nobody said “all men.” They just said men. If you’re not the man it applies to, move the fuck on, just like you’d keep walking at a swimming pool or keep not eating in class.
If the words “some men” are keeping you from recognizing a post with very valid points, you’re the problem.
They can fuck right off with that mess
Yay we’re number 25
LOL GA know better…I’m surprised Harvard wasn’t on here. I think they’re in the $40-50k range…
Its incredible to me that fours years of tuition in Canada is half as much as one year in the states.
What a lot of people don’t seem to understand about privilege is that people can actually have privilege over each other at the same time. People can oppress one another at the same time. As a man, I always have male privilege. However, a white woman always has white privilege. Put a black man and a white woman in the same social context and the two passively exert force over one another. Passively. On the other hand, place a black man and a white man in the same social context and the white man simply has more privilege, flat out, everything else considered equal. There’s other privileges that should be accounted for: sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, economic status, age, body type/size and so on. But for the most part, I think that people have to be aware of their own needs and how their needs affect the needs of others. And if their needs impose on the needs of others.
"Checking" oneself is mostly about watching one’s toes and being careful where one steps.
Comics reflect society at times, yes, but there’s nothing that forces them to write the way they do. The racism of the day didn’t stop Gene Roddenberry, the sci-fi genre didn’t just collapse on itself because he recognized that diversity matters. So if we could do it then, why is it so hard now?
Amazing minority games writers are like comets. They burn bright during their moment in the sun before becoming shadows of themselves. The rejections, the comments, and the abuse all take their toll and we are exhausted, in the full transitive sense of that verb.
The idea that we are inexhaustible—that we are eternal geysers of righteous anger, that we can never shirk our duty to expiate the guilt of the privileged—is one of the most harmful notions that surrounds us and our work. Our strength, our youth, and our time are all finite.
I could go on, but hopefully, you’re getting the point: that the toxic historical legacy of Western imperialism is still very much present, not only in the suffering of entire countries and ethnic groups who continue to be affected by war and colonialism, but in the everyday treatment of POC within Western countries—treatment that manifests in physical violence, shouted abuse from strangers, workplace bigotry, loss of opportunity, and racial steering in the housing market (and that’s before you address white beauty standards as default, the exoticisation and fetishisation of particular races, cultural stereotyping, the lack of representation of POC in popular culture, and any number of other issues). But because we’ve also learned that racism is a Bad Thing—even if we haven’t always learned what racism actually is—there’s an enormous cultural reticence among white people to discuss racism, or to accuse ourselves of racism, or to do anything other than insist that it just doesn’t happen any more; or to argue that if it does, it’s only on the loony fringe of politics.