TL;DR I am biracial (Black/White) and my BF is white. We were discussing slavery and he said that I have no right to criticise slavery because I look racially ambiguous/white-passing. He said that I shouldn’t complain because I would’ve lived a good life in that era as a mistress of a slaveowner. I called him an ignorant idiot and now he’s so offended that he won’t speak to me.
We’ve been in a relationship for four years and live together. For both of us it’s the first serious relationship and although it hasn’t always been easy, we’ve never had any significant problems. We are on the same page on most topics (racism, politics, finances etc) or so I thought at least.
Now with all these issues going on we’ve been talking about race a bit more than usual. For the record, I’m biracial but I have what most consider “Eurocentric” features so a lot of times people can’t really tell where I’m from.
Fast forward to a few days ago. We were watching 12 Years A Slave and I made some c... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit: It was a critical research failure on my part to say ISIS was part of 9/11. They didn’t. It was Al-Qaeda, as I have learned from many of you in the comments.
Also it was wrong for me to compare 9/11 and slavery. They really can’t be compared because as I’ve learned from the people in the comments, a lot of white people benefit financially and sociologically from slavery, whether they want to or not. Arabs/Muslims/Middle Easterns don’t benefit from 9/11.
I also worded this post very, very poorly. I used the word “blame” when what I really meant to say was “associated with”. I’m trying to ask about why it is okay to associate white people with the “sins of their ancestors” (even though some of us white people have relatives that never owned slaves) but it is a hate crime to do that with literally any other race.
Everywhere on the internet, especially reddit i see people assuming these things about people and it bugs the crap out of me. I see people saying things like "you wouldn't know because you're probably X", like, how the fuck would you know???
EDIT: I sincerely apologise if this isn't an opinion, i thought it was and so i posted it.
I’m sick of hearing this asinine term used constantly in some bizarre race bashing attempt to lump all people of one skin tone in together as some sort of globalist, slave owning, super terrorists. Let me tell you about my culture instead of you assuming it for me. My people were massacred countless times throughout history, so much so that our people fled across an entire continent and ended up in the far reaches of a cold and bitter island. We were massacred a few times in the last hundred years you can google “the Llanelli massacre” or “the Tonypandy riots” for more info on that.
My people’s language was banned severely for several long periods over several centuries you can google “the Welsh Knot” for more information on this and how it was still an arguably oppressed language even up until 1995.
We have our own language, our own myths, our own foods, our own clothing, our own special holidays, our own history, our own hardships, our own culture.
So please for the love of God... keep reading on reddit ➡
It the current climate we live in now, if Michael Jackson's famous song "It Don't Matter if you're Black or White" came out today, it would be widely condemned and derided as "tone deaf" in the intersectionalist climate that we currently are living in. Despite the song being widely praised and seen as a important work promoting equality back in the 90s, the idea that it "don't matter" if you are black or white would be ridiculed and mocked by mainstream media and cultural critucs in the same way other similar "colorblind" ideas and concepts are being met with currently.
Note that I say a high point, because I don't believe the Pokemon franchise has only had one high point.
I don't really think this is a hot take now—people seem to be appreciating Black and White more and more as time passes—but I remember B/W getting a lot of flak when it came out. B/W were highly experimental, that much is indisputable, and the risks the games took were once extremely controversial.
People routinely complained about the new Pokemon designs. The most commonly despised were the Vanillish and Trubbish lines, but almost the entire new lineup was mocked at some point. I understood that some of these designs were rather silly, but I didn't understand the passionate hatred they inspired. What was so controversial? Yes, there were Pokemon based on food and garbage—how was that different from the Exeggcute and Grimer lines?
B/W were my introduction to the Pokemon games, and to this day they are my favorites. I won't pretend nostalgia has nothing to do with this, but I... keep reading on reddit ➡
I used to work at a gas station in a pretty culturally diverse area, but overall was basically the border between a very rural area and a suburban area in Florida. The suburban area was more culturally diverse with the different businesses around and access to the highway. The rural area was what you would call redneck country and anyone who lived there would tell you the same.
I'm Filipina and those features kind of show. I have high cheek bones, dark hair, dark eyes, and somewhat tanned skin. I'm more light skinned because my mom is white, so it throws some people off, but I'm almost never identified as Filipina because I speak Spanish. In that particular area, we had a lot of Spanish customers so some would overhear me speak to them in Spanish and either look surprised that I knew how to speak it, or more commonly, mistaken me for being Hispanic.
One morning, at around 4:30/5 o'clock, a Hispanic regular came in and got his usual coffee, water bottle, and a pastry of some kind tha... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm losing the will to live with people on every form of social media going along with trends that are clearly just excuses to post things for attention and likes, (BLM's black squares and the current WSW craze are the most recent).
The current one is very women specific, but guys are just as prone hop on these bandwagons and share flattering photos of themselves on Instagram etc, and pretend it's to do with a cause they haven't spent more than 60 seconds researching.
It's especially bad imo when a funding link isn't shared or money donated, because then it really is meaningless.
Edit: I should've included the original cause, my bad: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/turkey-outrage-rising-violence-against-women
and their platform: http://www.kadincinayetlerinidurduracagiz.net/for-english
I understand your empathy about others and those who are underprivileged but god damn you people make it seem like I have to walk into a damn pity party every day. I get up, work, eat, sleep, and shit just like you. I can’t fathom this idea that many non black people have it in their heads that they should feel sorry for us all the time. Like it feels like whatever accomplishment I make you have to make it seem as if I need some extra attention, like I’m the kid at show and tell who needs a forced hand clap. I don’t want to be seen as underprivileged but I want to be seen as your equal. When I see all these white celebs give up their jobs because they feel sorry it just makes me angry. No, you earned your job just like I will earn mine. It’s virtual signaling at this and tbh it’s infuriating.
Edit: didn’t know this was going to blow up!
Let’s clarify that I’m talking about white and non black people who go on pity parties for black people with out warrant, i.e going out of their way... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’ve seen this idea of white fragility all over Reddit for the past year and I frankly find it deplorable.
The crux of most of the posts/discussions concerning white fragility follow the basic format of: someone says something racially questionable toward white people, white person says “hey, don’t say that” or “I don’t appreciate that”, then someone calls the white person racist/fragile for not tolerating racism toward them, then the white person defends themselves as not a racist and is subsequently confirmed as a racist.
This person is then called fragile for not tolerating racism toward them and then is deemed racist through the infallible logic of “the only people who have say that their not racist are racists”
This isn’t a helpful way of thinking because no one should be called fragile or mocked for calling out racist behavior or for defending themselves against slander/libel.
Edit1: IDK if I can put this here but I think it’s a Δ, I have no issue with people being called... keep reading on reddit ➡