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September 2014
01

Racist Reactions To My Language On Twitter (And What It Really Means...)

  • Me: "*speaks Jamaican Patwah/Patois*"
  • Racist: "This is America, speak English! No other languages are ever spoken here, and this country founded on genocide/settler colonialism and anti-Blackness/slavery should only involve the languages that I choose to hear, though I encroached your personal space and interrupted your conversation in a dialect that you were not speaking to me in."
  • Me: "*speaks African American Vernacular English*"
  • Racist: "This is America and I don't care if AAVE is actually a language with a structure, discussed by linguists everywhere, and if it is one we will later be appropriative for marketing purposes while continuing to profit from economic violence on Black people. I don't like how AAVE sounds right now and I don't want to hear it, even though I encroached your personal space and interrupted your conversation in a language that you were not speaking to me in."
  • Me: "*speaks Standard American English*"
  • Racist: "What, so you think you're smarter than me, why are you trying to be White? Gonna take my job? Well, you misspelled a word on Twitter, so I am still smarter. Why did you use some big words? They're stupid. I am going to ignore the context and topic of your conversation and mask my insecurity--over never realizing that the lies I was fed about my automatic intellectual superiority are in fact lies--by making jokes about word length versus leaving you alone/not invading your space or actually addressing the topic the words were about."
  • Me: *uses terms attributable to womanist/Black feminist scholarship, critical race theory or other anti-oppression theories/praxes*
  • Racist: "I haven't approved use of these words, so I will call them stupid. It...well...doesn't matter to me that a key facet of White supremacy--with a very long history and reality no less--is degrading the intelligence of a Black woman, or committing epistemic violence, by purposely altering/attacking the language used to describe oppression in order to engage in an ahistorical analysis that supports oppression. I don't like that you can describe my violence with acute accuracy, so I will use violence to critique that perspective. You're a pseudo-intellectual if I don't understand what you are saying, don't want my privilege or violence critiqued with an accuracy that Black thinkers have had for centuries nor want to acknowledge that I am purposely kept ignorant of Black radical scholarship because of White supremacy."
September 2014
01

When I Try To Speak To Other Black Women...

  • Me: "*says literally anything about Black womanhood to another Black woman on Twitter*"
  • White man: "Well, rationally speaking, with no lived experience, knowledge or emotional investment, while denying your humanity or intelligence, I would just like to say, BLAH."
  • Black man: "Well, the real issue is you aren't worshipping Black men enough. Unity. Blah. Me. Blah."
  • White woman: "ALLLLLL WOMEN. ALL. ME NOT YOU. ME ME ME."
  • Non-Black PoC: "Oh yes, this specifically Black issue that has literally nothing to do with me is about ALL PoC. So let's discuss ME instead. Let's discuss absolutely any WoC except the Black women this is about."
September 2014
01
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If there is one thing that an atheist movement should stand against (or at least be reflexively suspicious of), it is the erection of cults of personality around individual voices. Most movement atheists will be able to, without breaking stride, list a number of specific examples of religious movements that have gone terribly awry when a single person is placed at their zenith. Atheistic communities are no exception, or at least should not be. If Richard Dawkins is ‘a liability’, it is because we atheists have failed to resist the urge toward celebrity worship. In a perfect world, Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions on evolution would be evaluated and lauded when accurate, and his opinions on other matters would be seen as irrelevant when they are false. The fact that he regularly repeats fairly common bromides about rape culture and xenophobia would be seen, in this better world, as reflective of an incurious mind that speaks more than it thinks. To the extent that this is not the case (many atheists I know have no interest in Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions), it should be seen as a failing of the community to live up to its principles. When people continue to write articles as though it was still 2007 and The God Delusion was still one of the only popular sources for atheist advocacy, it cements the perception that Richard Dawkins is reflective of the atheist movement rather than being simply one voice among many.

 

Ian Cromwell (@Crommunist(via feminace)

Quote is from Is Richard Dawkins An Asset Or A Liability To Atheism? No. Must…read. Love how he questions the question itself (problem with liability/asset binary), questions the idea that there is “one” atheist movement (nope) and illustrates how similar personality cult in secular space is to it some theist ones. Oh and I’m one of the atheists that has "no interest in Dr. Dawkins‘ opinions." Must read full essay!

August 2014
31

Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) appeared on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss youth and activism (cause yeah, some millennials are Black). She’s the National Coordinator for Black Youth Project (@BYP_100). Love that she discussed as a queer Black woman, her work includes Black girls/Black women (as when violence is discussed, our experiences continue to be erased) and Black LGBTQ people, in general. Good chat.

August 2014
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bigbeautifulblackgirls:

DressOld Navy Shrug: Fashion to Figure

She’s really pretty. Love the colour of the dress, and the belt. The belt! 

bigbeautifulblackgirls:

DressOld Navy Shrug: Fashion to Figure

She’s really pretty. Love the colour of the dress, and the belt. The belt! 

August 2014
28
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Metal music has historically been heavily influenced by black music. First there was blues music done mainly by black people, then rock developed from blues, and finally metal developed from rock music. Metal has no roots in any of the old Germanic tribes at all. Any metal fan thinking that his music is an Aryan one is simply wrong, and singing German does not make this music traditional white music. Nazis in the third reich called music like blues (as well as jazz) ‘n***** music’ and therefore would also not have liked metal music either.

Apart from the black blues influences of metal music there are lots of other non-Aryan influences in metal. The bass drum used in metal music derived from the bass drum used in jazz, which is originally the Turkish bass drum ‘davul’. Cymbals of any kind have Chinese roots, also with Turkish influences. The same goes for tom toms.

Metal is not the only music that has non-Aryan roots - the same goes for classical European music:

- The oboe derived from the Arabic ‘mizmar’ (or ‘zurna’ in turkish), which later became a shalm and finally the oboe as we know it.

- The lute is nothing other than the Arabic ‘oud’. Not even the shape has changed.

- The guitar is Spanish as well as Mauritanian (that’s probably why ‘Varg Vikernes’ once called them ‘n***** instruments’ and therefore stopped playing guitars in ‘Burzum’).

- The violin derived from the Persian instrument ‘rebab’. It is well known that Persians are ‘Aryans’ as well, but anyway they don’t belong to the old Germanic tribes.

- The complete percussion section in European orchestra music comes from the Turkish military music of the Ottoman empire called ‘Janissary’ music.

 

Summoning’s Protector issues a hard hitting statement summarizing every reason fascism and anti-blackness does not align with metal music. Read the full piece here. (via alahaidgi)

Whew! Never fucking overlook music history….

August 2014
28
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afterellen:

​Brittney Griner Is Engaged to Glory Johnson!!

Brittney Griner (of The Phoenix Mercury) just got engaged to her girlfriend Glory Johnson (of The Tulsa Shock).  Last night, Brittney posted an adorable pic of her proposing to Johnson in a pink bowtie. 

This makes Griner NOT ONLY  the first openly gay athlete to score a Nike contract,  but also the first professional athlete to get engaged to a player on a rival team (along with Johnson obvi). 

LESBIANS MAKING SPORTS OUR LOVE BISH YAY!!!

Aww! They’re adorable in that first photo. And wow @ the second photo. The peace there; the love.

August 2014
28
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Representation matters: my five favourite black female fictional lawyers.
Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
Maxine Shaw (Living Single)
Joan Clayton (Girlfriends)
Jessica Pearson (Suits)
Olivia Pope (Scandal)

Glorious. (And I notice the visual ode to Beyoncé’s League Gothic in pink for the text. Hee. :) )

Representation matters: my five favourite black female fictional lawyers.

  • Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
  • Maxine Shaw (Living Single)
  • Joan Clayton (Girlfriends)
  • Jessica Pearson (Suits)
  • Olivia Pope (Scandal)

Glorious. (And I notice the visual ode to Beyoncé’s League Gothic in pink for the text. Hee. :) )