i’m still hoping that livejournal will make a comeback
"And if we can’t even deal welcomingly with non-human living creatures, plants and animals and birds and insects and fungi, then how exactly do we think we can treat with the Gods, the Fae, the dead, all the mysterious beings who inhabit that place we refer to, somewhat misleadingly, as ‘the Otherworld’? which is our world, only seen from a different perspective, a larger one perhaps. If your imagination can’t stretch to accommodate another human being whose background is different from yours, or to understand the agency of a squirrel, then what’s going to happen when you try to approach the Mysterious Ones, whose ways are very, very different from our own? If you want to form relationships with those beings, learn how to offer them hospitality first; it’s the first step towards a closer bond. It’s a practice, and a virtue, that seems simple but can carry you very far indeed."
Is it racist that a white, 20 year old unarmed kid was shot by a black cop on Monday, Aug 18, 3 days ago and its no where in the news? Oh wait, it happens all the time, its just not newsworthy. Sucks to be white.
Dear Racists: I know you’re going to to be trotting this out in the next few days claiming that this shows how white people are just as badly treated as black people in the US (though, of course, the idea that “it happens all the time” to white people is, of course, a ridiculous and disgusting lie).
But guess what, fuckheads, as usual, you’re wrong as fuck. The reason this tragedy isn’t national news is because, surprise surprise, a similar (ish) shooting of a white teenager by a black cop is being handled by the authorities completely differently! That’s right, you dumbfucks, this officer is being immediately and vigorously investigated, the officer’s name was released, the victim wasn’t denied medical care, nor was his body left on the street for hours. It’s almost like, we treat black and white people differently in our justice system! And if you want to argue that the fucking Salt Lake City PD (oh shit, was I able to read about this case in the NATIONAL NEWS?!?!?! ) is racist against white people, you are fucking out of your mind.
So, nice try, you asshole, I know you were salivating over finding a case to compare this to Mike Brown, but, even with this timing, you’re not even fucking close to proving your racist “point.”
So you still think mike brown was innocent? The autopsy has proven all of the shots came from the front, meaning brown couldn't have been running away. A dozen witnesses have confirmed the officers side of the story. So, what is unacceptable? Can you not accept the fact that a black kid could commit a crime? Or that a white cop would have to defend himself? Or is it unacceptable that people agree that the facts are against mike brown and that pisses you off?
The police have changed their story multiple times. The witnesses on both sides have changed their stories multiple times.
Tell me why this young, unarmed man was shot 6 times, including blows to the top of the head? Tell me why this officer stopped him in the first place, because police claimed the officer had no previous knowledge of the alleged robbery? The store clerk denied that he, nor his employees, even reported a robbery?
If he did commit petty theft, does that mean he should be executed for it? And if he did get into a fight with the officer, are you telling me that an officer couldn’t restrain this teenager? The officer that people claim fought for his life was pacing the parking lot for a good while after the murder and was walking around the teenager he killed with not a drop of blood on his uniform - how does that make any sense to you? Why did they leave Mike’s dead body on the ground uncovered for hours? If it was self defense, why did they need to change the story so many times?
If Mike Brown committed petty theft, he should have been arrested and had been given due process. People don’t fucking get murdered for stealing from convenience stores. Back in high school, some of my friends would steal the dumbest shit and they were actually all arrested but I can promise you that they’re all still alive because stealing something is not punishable by death.
It pisses me off that this young guy was murdered and for what exactly? The police were sure quick to release that surveillance video but where’s the video that was taken from the cop car?
And beyond Mike Brown, if the way the law is handling the protests in that city isn’t upsetting to you, you might want to ask yourself why. Why are you okay with tear gas being thrown at little kids and protesters who are just sitting on the sidewalk? Why is okay they throw tear gas into private property? That they put assault rifles in peoples faces? That isn’t how you handle a fucking protest. If they are afraid of riots, where is their riot gear? Are they getting ready for a riot or a purge?
Black people are being treated like they’re wild animals.Their lives are considered less valuable by an enormous amount of people. I’m sick of people making it sound like it’s only the “REALLY bad racist people” who view black people as second class citizens because whether you want to admit it or not it has been ingrained into white people and other poc since childhood that black people are somehow scary and are to be feared and are alien or are just Others.
That’s what pisses me off. Why doesn’t that piss you off? Why are you okay with police breaking the law by not wearing any identifiable tags and refusing to give their names when asked? Why are you okay with pregnant women being thrown on the ground and being forced to stay on their stomachs? Why are you okay with police brutality? Why do you believe law enforcement when they are the ones throwing tear gas at media? What’s wrong with you?
"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi
You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).
In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.
In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.
In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.
So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.
I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.
Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.
sorry kids you’re either going to have to get a job or go to uni
oh but uni’s probably going to cost you more so you’ll need to do both
also we don’t have enough jobs for you
(Source: leelinschin, via thejollity)