I just thought I'd let you know that there is a new LJ community, damn_foreigners , set up for immigrants and immigrant allies. If you or anyone you know could benefit from such a space or want to open up a discussion there, please feel free to join. I thought this was relevant to the earth tone community and hope that some of the progressive attitude I see here ends up there as well.
This has been cross-posted to a few POC-places online.
I ain't gonna front, this video had me cheering and getting choked up. Though my fellow comic book geeks will feel me on this one, I wanted to share this with all of you and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Why can’t my judgment be trusted when it comes to racism? You’d think 28 years of life as a POC in America would enable me to discern when someone’s being racist. Apparently I’m mistaken, because every time “the R-word” leaves my mouth or my fingertips, someone abruptly appears, like an ethereal genie from the spout of a just-stroked magic lamp, to debate me by suggesting every other possible motive for the questionable word or deed. (If you haven’t instinctively guessed by now what race said Great Debater tends to be, you need not proceed any further.) Such challenges usually carry the implication that I haven’t gathered all of the facts; that I’m being impulsive or hypersensitive; that I waste mental energy looking for ways to ascribe racist motives to every white person who has ever conflicted with a POC. I rebuke that implication: I’ve smelled enough shit to know when something stinks.
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I know I'm late to the game, but I recently discovered the awesomeness that is B.Scott.
A couple of months back, I was going through a situation and Scott's message really hit home.
Hopefully this video will be a blessing to you as it was for me.
Please spread the word about this.
On Monday May 18, 2009, we are asking anyone who identifies as a POC/non-white to post this banner, their speculative short stories, artwork, poetry or simply write a post on their favorite fandom on their blogs as an act of protest to show we will not be silent or invisible. The day of protest is entitled Fen Of Color United or more aptly, FOC_U.
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Cross-posted to a few places.
RaceFail 2.0, shall we discuss? And to make it clear to the culprits in question,
"Sometimes in life, you need a change. Something deeper than what you thought you were capable of. Something that displays the “I don’t give a f*ck” attitude that was always present but never showcased. Something that makes you look at this whole wide world differently. And something that will shock your mother, but will make her call you a ROCKSTAR. Yea I did it…- Via Twitter"
Kudos to her for doing something daring/unconventional and then being like "yeah I did it." That's admirable... but if I was her mom, I wouldn't call her a rockstar – I'd tell her she looks like a plum retarded monkey ass FOOL. She could have at least had some stripes or some zig-zags or even her name or SOME kind of design shaved into that side of her head if she wasn't going to do anything different with the other side AT ALL. At least then it would look more "ROCKSTAR" and less... I dunno... less accidental? less unfortunate? less flat? less yawn? less poserish? What's next, is she gonna announce plans to record a "rock" album or some shit like Lil Wayne?
I tried to like this hairstyle. I really did. However, my final verdict is that this shit is NOT fresh. It's like she's trying too hard to be edgy when she's really not edgy at all. Reminds me of Ashley Kerwin from Degrassi: The Next Generation when she became BFFs with Ellie Nash and started shopping at Hot Topic or whatever (I know somebody else up in here watches that show, don't even front) – very "rebellious 10th grader."
Anyone agree? Anyone disagree? Tell me somethin!
(x-posted to my journal)