I once had a guy tell my ELEVEN YEAR OLD friend that she shouldn’t wear such see through shirts and that he would never let his sister wear such a slutty shirt. She was wearing a camisole underneath, and the shirt was long sleeved.
i have always understood that you cannot be racist towards white people, but i heard an account of a white woman going to kenya and being refused service in restaurants/shops etc and being subjected to severe discrimination due to her being white and i wondered if this would be racism? because POC hold the power in kenya, the discrimination towards white people is institutionalised. simply; if a white person suffers racial discrimination in a country where they hold no power, is it racism?
White people still hold power in Africa, including Kenya, because they colonized us and continue to exploit us, our people, our resources and perpetuate the colonization of our minds.
The devastating effects of that colonization are still so present today, even in ostensibly “small” things. A family friend of mine has chemical burns all over her back and chest from her use of skin bleaching creams to achieve the “lightness” which is now exalted across sub-Saharan Africa. My (mixed, half black) mother grew up in Nigeria but she looks down on black women who do not straighten their hair and go for “ethnic” (her words) braids, etc. instead. And it’s not just her, there are many Nigerian women who toil to straighten their hair, wear wigs, whatever it takes because straight hair is still seen as the standard for “professionalism” etc. My father grew up in Africa but only dates extremely light skinned women. When we take domestic flights in Nigeria, having a white pilot is seen as a mark of prestige and safety for airliners. When we drive to Port Harcourt (one of the main oil terminal ports in Nigeria) we drive past massive compounds built to protect white oil workers and provide them with their own schools, running water, power and the whole 9 yards. When we fly out of Nigeria back to the West, we follow the path of our resources which have been perpetually stripped from our countries of origin for centuries for the benefit of white people. We follow the path of the over 10 million black Africans which were stolen from their homes and shipped to the Americas as slaves. And these exploitative processese are ones that continue to this day. White supremacy is present in sub-Saharan Africa. You don’t need to control the government of a place to control the minds and resources of a people you worked to subjugate for centuries.
So yes, white people still have privilege in Africa, even if they face discrimination.
For more on the disturbing, exploitative history of white people in Africa which continues to this day please check out this amazing post by atane.
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As a victim of sexual abuse from an exboyfriend, I had this idea that I wanted to share with you. Once it gets warmer over here (I love in South San Francisco), I wanna make a low cut, tight fitting shirt that says STILL NOT ASKING FOR IT and wear my super short shorts with it and wear it to work, and anyone who tries to tell me otherwise, I'll tell them off with straight up facts and say "Oh really? I was wearing jeans and a normal tshirt when it happened to me. Was I still asking for it then?"
If you aren’t gonna get in trouble (both for the outfit and for making a “controversial” statement at work), I say go for it.
Wow that felolenenok person is seriously obsessed with your blog
It has been mentioned several times. However they take pride in being obsessed (they claim it means “informed”) however there are many types of obsessions and many are unhealthy types. I kinda feel sorry for them because I don’t need policing, but she has every right to I suppose. It isn’t my time they’re wasting, it is theirs.
My science teacher used to teach all of his classes morse code until last year because last year he caught two kids cheating on the test and having a conversation across the room in morse code by blinking their eyelids. So he doesn’t teach morse code anymore and those kids have to wear sunglasses when they take tests
OH MY CHRIST. You show ONE instance of a PoC being mean to a white person, and the whole universe is citing it as *conclusive evidence* that PoC are racist against white people. This is why blogs like yours can't afford to qualify statements or play nice. White people can't be trusted. (also "TW: white people" was a priceless tag, and I may use it in the future)
yeah I don’t really understand how anti-racism gets turned into ‘being nice to white people’, which isn’t the point. I was in class and someone talked about how noble Nelson Mandela was for “embracing his oppressors”, which really worries me because it just sounds like people expect us to accept and turn the other cheek for our abusers
turning around to swallow all the hatred directed towards you and embracing the people that abuse you is not a healthy, healing option for everyone and I don’t know why it’s expected of all of us. I don’t even think that is really what Nelson Mandela did.
Especially in urban areas, the waiting list for affordable housing can be a year or more. During that time, poor families either have to make do with substandard or dangerous housing, depend on the hospitality of relatives, or go homeless. (Source: New York Times)
2. Try to make $133 worth of food last a whole month. That’s how much the average food stamp recipient gets each month. Imagine trying to eat well on $4.38 per day. It’s not easy, which is why many impoverished families resort to #3… (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
3. Subsist on poor quality food. Not because they want to, but because they can’t afford high-quality, nutritious food. They’re trapped in a food system that subsidizes processed foods, making them artificially cheaper than natural food sources. So the poor are forced to eat bad food — if they’re lucky, that is… (Sources: Washington Post; Journal of Nutrition, March 2008)
4. Skip a meal. One in six Americans are food insecure. Which means (among other things) that they’re sometimes forced to go without eating. (Sources: World Vision, US Department of Agriculture)
5. Work longer and harder than most of us. While it’s popular to think people are poor because they’re lazy (which seems to be the whole point of Ramsey’s post), the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us. More than 80 percent of impoverished children have at least one parent who works; 60 percent have at least one parent who works full-time. Overall, the poor work longer hours than the so-called “job creators.” (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
6. Go to bed 3 hours before their first job starts. Number 15 on Ramsey and Corley’s list was, “44% of [the] wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of [the] poor.” It may be true that most poor people don’t wake up three hours before work starts. But that could be because they’re more likely to work multiple jobs, in which case job #1 means they’re probably just getting to bed three hours before job #2 starts. (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love. According to some estimates, half of all homeless women in America ran away to escape domestic violence. (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)
9. Pay more than their fair share of taxes. Some conservative pundits and politicians like to think the poor don’t pay their fair share, that they are merely “takers.” While it’s true the poor don’t pay as much in federal income tax — usually because they don’t earn enough to qualify — they do pay sales tax, payroll tax, etc. In fact, the bottom 20% of earners pay TWICE as much in taxes (as a share of their income) as do the top 1%. (Source: Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, January 2013)
10. Fall further behind. Even when poverty is the result of poor decision-making, often it’s someone else’s choices that make the difference. If you experience poverty as a child, you are 3-4 times less likely to graduate high school. If you spend your entire childhood in poverty, you are 5 times less likely to graduate. Which means your future has been all but decided for you. (Sources: World Vision, Children’s Defense Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation)
11. Raise kids who will be poor. A child’s future earnings are closely correlated to their parents’ earnings. In other words, economic mobility — the idea that you can claw your way out of poverty if you just try hard enough is, more often than not, a myth. (Sources: OECD, Economic Policy Institute)
12. Vote less. And who can blame them? I would be less inclined to vote if I didn’t have easy access to the polls and if I were subjected to draconian voter ID laws that are sold to the public as necessary to suppress nonexistent voter fraud. (Source: The Center for Voting and Democracy)
13. When they do vote… vote pretty much the same as the rest of us. Following their defeat in 2012, conservatives took solace by reasoning that they’d lost to a bunch of “takers,” including the poor, who voted for Democrats because they want free handouts from big government. The reality is a bit more complex. Only a third of low-income voters identify as Democrats, about the same for all Americans, including wealthy voters. (Sources: NPR, Pew Research Center)
15. Live shorter lives. There is a 10-14 year gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. In recent years, poor people’s life expectancy has actually declined — in America, the wealthiest nation on the planet. (Source: Health Affairs, 2012)
16. Use drugs and alcohol pretty much the same as (or less than) everyone else. Despite the common picture of inner city crack houses, drug use is pretty evenly spread across income groups. And rich people actually abuse alcohol more than the poor. (Source: Poverty and Learning, April 2008)
17. Receive less in subsidized benefits than corporations. The US government spends around $60 billion on public housing and rental subsidies for low-income families, compared to more than $90 billion on corporate subsidies. Oil companies alone get around $70 billion. And that’s not counting the nearly $60 billion a year in tax breaks corporations enjoy by sheltering profits offshore. Or the $700 billion bailout banks got in 2008. (Source: Think By Numbers)
18. Get themselves off welfare as soon as possible. Despite the odds, the vast majority of beneficiaries leave the welfare rolls within five years. Even in the absence of official welfare-to-work programming, most welfare recipients enroll in some form of vocational training. Why? Because they’re desperate to get off welfare. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)
19. Have about the same number of children as everyone else. No, poor people do not have loads of children just so they can stay on welfare. (Source: US Department of Health and Human Services)
20. Accomplish one single goal: stay alive. Poverty in America may not be as dire as poverty in other parts of the world, but many working poor families are nonetheless preoccupied with day-to-day survival. For them, life is not something to be enjoyed so much as endured.