|—||E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson in “Introduction: Queering Black Studies/”Quaring” Queer Studies” in Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (Edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson) (2005), p. 7 (via agradschoolbreakup)|
^^^ THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES OVER.
Kreayshawn is a white girl rapper from Oakland, California who sloppily slings misogynistic, hedonistic rhymes and whose crew “White Girl Mob” throws about the n-word for extra charm. This post isn’t specifically about her, but more generally about cultural appropriation and…
“In choosing to identify as ‘outsider’ in relation to broader dominant culture, white people may wish to validate their transgression by appropriating racially marginalised cultures, without acknowledging how that appropriation could stereotype, homogenise, objectify, commodify, exoticise, distort and invalidate those cultures. Usually believing they are simply ‘celebrating other cultures’, they act as if unaware of their privilege in benefiting from power dynamics set in place from centuries of imperialism, racism, exoticism, capitalism and colonialism. They may choose to believe they are disconnected from the forms of oppression that their ‘appreciation’ reinforces, but even their sense of entitlement to have their experience of ‘other’ cultures prioritised is symptomatic of white supremacy.
In the white-centric queer / radical circles I have often moved within, it seems that there is a general will to believe that ‘the community’ can be disconnected from the oppressions of broader culture. In these spaces, politics regarding sex and gender might be discussed foremost, anti-capitalist and anti-racist agendas may be touted, yet cultural appropriation and racial fetishism seem to be embraced with as little examination as in environments considered less highly politicised.
In queer radical scenes, expressing political consciousness and emphasising your oppressions not your privileges earns status in the social hierarchy, even as those privileges invisibly add value. Hip hop aesthetic and swagger, furthering identification with POC culture and resistance, seems a popular mode of expressing and authenticating a ‘revolutionary’ or countercultural identity. This is deemed relevant by people’s own experiences of oppression. However this is done by white people without an understanding of the lived experience of racial oppression and in denial of their own inescapable connections to that oppression.”
Everyone needs to watch this video, left, right, center, apathetic—it…
|—||Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”, Sister Outsider (via thenewwomensmovement)|
We debated whether or not to post this. There is no way to grow but through honesty. Please discuss, reply, go off, share, etc. We will be hosting a discussion series starting in November to create a safe space for our community to discuss+process+share+grow. Stay tuned for details. <3, the bois
Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, physical/partner violence.
OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS THIS IS SO GOOD AND I LOVE THIS
Hey guys I am reblogging this from my feminist blog because this post is awesome, and also if you like things about sexuality or gender or feminism and stuff you should go check it out!
“Study can’t be calculated from the number of pages read in a night or by the quantity of books read in the course of a semester. Study is not an act of consuming ideas, but rather one of creating them and recreating them.”
By Paulo Freire
|—||Sandra Cisneros, Chicana Feminist Thought (via sister-bell)|
|—||J. Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure|
|—||Jane H. Hill, The Everyday Language of White Racism (via tangledupinlace)|
Judith Butler - Precarious life
Chapter 2 - Violence, Mourning, Politics, pg 27.