That awkward moment when
an outbreak of gang violence in a low-income racialized community triggers a symphony of racist dog whistles across the city and the horrifically right wing tabloid and bleeding-heart lefty paper both engage in it and then some wide-eyed ingenue on your feed is like “but how is this racist if you don’t educate me how will i learn” and you rip their fucking throat out with your teeth
project don’t piss off well-meaning liberal white guys lasted exactly three weeks.
Y’all couldn’t even handle white history month
No, I mean it, I’d love for you to have one but you couldn’t deal.
A single month highlighting every atrocity committed by white society?
Little white chillins would go home and slit their wrists.
Make it one of the long ones like October or something
In no particular order:
- Columbus and the conquistadors
- European antisemitism, antiziganism, pogroms and the Holocaust
- The triangle trade and slavery in the British Empire & U. S.
- Lynching and Jim Crow
- The invention of gynecology, the Tuskegee experiment, Mississippi appendectomies
- South African apartheid
- King Leopold and the Belgian Congo
- The Chinese Immigration Act/Chinese Exclusion Act and the head tax
- Japanese-American/Japanese-Canadian internment
- Residential schools, Indian boarding schools
- Stolen Generations
- The Philippine-American War
- The Iran-Contra affair
- Embargoes against Haiti
- Cecil Rhodes and his legacy
- “White flight” and gentrification
- “First wave” suffragists and race
Feel free to add on…
Describing white people using food items
James had a kingsmill white bread complexion, he blushed slightly it seemed like someone had spread strawberry jam over his cheeks. His hair was the colour of custard that had been watered down severely like the nasty one they served back in primary school that I begged the lunch ladies not to let near my cake. I didn’t care that the cake may have been dry I didn’t want that shit near my cake.
I know I made a “lol white people” post just yesterday but I need to make one again.
OMG YES YOU ARE SO ENLIGHTENED, WHITE BOY. YOU ARE LITERALLY TOO HIGHLY EVOLVED TO COMPREHEND WHY EVERYONE ELSE STILL CARES ABOUT RACE AND ETHNICITY, LIKE WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE GOT LYNCHED? 1135, RIGHT? IT’S TOTALLY ~ILLOGICAL WHICH YOU KNOW BECAUSE YOU ARE BASICALLY A VULCAN! HOW COULD ANYONE POSSIBLY ASSIGN ANY DEEPER MEANING TO SKIN COLOUR AND, WHILE WE’RE AT IT, HOW IS BABBY FORMED?!
god I hope no one from Twitter finds my Tumblr
*puts on shoes and coat, gets on the streetcar, disembarks somewhere in etobicoke near the lake shore, goes to humber bay park, hikes out to the very farthest point of land, throws head back and howls at the moon*
LOL WHITE PEOPLE
Same thing we do every night, Pinky…
…go on Twitter and lol at all the totally open-minded
white leftists in my feed who are uncomfortable with Toronto’s Africentric alternative school.
(The school has been a success and the TDSB is currently considering opening more.)
“The thing about #sciencefiction is… there are no limits, no rules, taboos, stereotypes, discrimination, styles, trends, expectations, social, gender or cultural limitations…or any other imagination-quelling parameter. Unlike almost any other form of artistic expression.”
– Some random person on Diaspora. Why yes, they seem to be a white guy. HOW DID YOU KNOW.
Making movies for white people.
How about instead of complaining that there aren’t movies for white people, we do something about it? It’s hard to imagine Hollywood ignoring white people if there were more white people writing scripts, more white people directing movies, more white people ponying up the cash to finance the sorts of pictures that they want to see.
Take Die Hard. Okay, yes, it’s a classic in its own right and it’s hard to do anything that might be perceived as being messing with a classic, but is there any particular reason why Die Hard wouldn’t work with a white character? Or try to imagine Erin Brokovich with a white woman in the lead role. Could it work? Maybe. If not, it would just be a matter of making it work. I’m sure that with the right writer and actress, we could figure out a way to put a “white spin” on the story of an attractive and determined woman who is popular and successful at what she does.
Or look at Ghostbusters. Can you imagine what that movie would be like if most of the main cast were white, except for maybe one token character? And it’s hard to imagine a show like Friends being greenlit with an all-white cast, but there has to be room in an ensemble like that for some white characters.
Of course, it would be really great if we could just have movies that happen to have white people in them in major roles and not have them automatically be shoehorned into some category like “white interest” or “white films”, like being white is a genre or interest or something, but realistically we can’t just expect that the struggles and adventures of white people to hold much general interest with the audience at large. We have to get people used to seeing characters like a “White Batman” or a “White Alice In Wonderland” first, and then maybe one day a white man can play a iconic role like James Bond and it will just be that James Bond happens to be white.
We aren’t there yet, but we won’t ever be there if we don’t get out there and make it happen.
When you go out to the movies, don’t just patronize the giant 24-screen cineplexes that show nothing but foreign films and films by people of color. Look for the little local indie hole-in-the-wall theaters that have movies by (and starring) white, English-speaking American actors.
When you go to the rental place or the video store, ask if they carry films about white people and when they say no, ask them why not. Probably they think that there wouldn’t be enough interest to justify keeping them in stock, but we can prove them wrong.
Above all, don’t get discouraged. There are signs of progress out there. Did you know that in the Thor movie that came out this year, some of the characters were played by white actors? It’s true!
Look, I’m sorry…I know I’m being “politically incorrect” but I just can’t see, say, the Doctor, or James Bond, or Princess Leia as white characters. Besides, directors cast the best actor for the job, and is it their fault if the best actor happens to be Asian or Native or Black?
Besides, it’s not like there aren’t important white people in media—I mean, look at George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, or Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep. And Steven Spielberg has made some good movies (though they only show them in the bad part of town). I don’t see why people are clamouring for more. We’re already positively outnumbered by white people!
And, no offense, but why the fuck was Loki white? That’s like cinematic affirmative action in my opinion. Which is racist.
White woman’s response to this quote:
I think this goes for not just white supremacy, but all forms of supremacy and oppression.
Which is exactly what I was talking about when I posted this. White people using a critique of antiblackness to sustain a white structure of feeling and a white constellation of concerns.
It’s always ‘not just’ white supremacy, it’s always ‘not just’ antiblackness, there are other very important things that this critique of white supremacy and antiblackness could be used for… like anything but white supremacy and antiblackness.
I just kinda needed to repeatedly click the little heart for a minute there.