Hey remember that time Bring It On was an uber popular movie that dealt with cultural appropriation and the inequality of our education system and instead of painting “the other” (the clovers) as “urban” and classless, they represented them as fed up but also as serious athletes full of sportsmanship? And it was a female centric movie that bashed all sorts of stereotypes about cheerleaders and girly girls? That was pretty cool.
I will tell you that a white person with dreadlocs is a person who’s funeral I will not cry at. it is ridiculous and obnoxious. white people hair can’t even loc. like I’m mixed black and white and my hair can’t even loc. it can mat and knot but that is disgusting. then there’s the cultural and religious aspects of it. dreadlocs are important in a few different faiths (not of which originated anywhere near europe) one of whom Rastafarianism is often cited as a reason white people who like to smoke weed want locs. except white people cannot be rasta. I don’t mean they don’t understand the religion (which if they are claiming to be ot they dont) but rather rastafarianism is about rejecting whiteness and embracing traditional african culture meshed together in a diasporadic hodge podge that only the descendants of slaves can really understand. then there’s the cultural and social aspects of the fact that black men and women are refused jobs for locing up and the hairstyle has recently been banned in the military and little black girls are getting g sent home from school and little black boys are having their heads forcibly shaved in public for having locs. and any white person that want to wear it as a hairstyle devoid of historical or cultural of religious context is in fact a literal waste of space and oxygen deserving of no more sympathy or empathy than they have shown to my people (I.e. none at all)
— anonymous (because I don’t want them getting hate for their opinion)
Anonymous said: How do people not believe that reverse racism exists? Like yes, I agree, many minorities have been terribly mistreated and discriminated against for centuries, but that doesn't give them the right to in turn stereotype an entire nationality and ridicule those who are innocent (though they be few) for what they haven't done. That's just ignorance and bitterness and makes them a hypocrite.
Not really…. Okay okay I’ll explain, just keep an open mind okay?
- Racial prejudice = when you hold a grudge against people from one certain race. Any person from any race can hold racial prejudice to another race.
- Systematic oppression = when one race generally has the upper hand in a country which causes a slight bias in the law. Systematic oppression also includes police officers, etc.
- Racism = racism requires racial prejudice, AND systematic oppression.
White people generally are in charge of law and the system. The problem arises when there is also racial prejudice (which is often the case).
example: if a white cop shoots a black guy, he’ll at most be held away from the job for a while. If a black cop shoots a white guy, he goes straight to jail in most cases, DUE TO systematic oppression and racial prejudice.
example: a white man was found close to a Muslim gathering last year or so with explosives in his car. Never really saw it on the news? Guess why. He didn’t even have to go to jail. Now imagine it had been a Muslim who was found with explosives in his car - labeled now a ‘terrorist’ and sent strictly to jail, DUE TO systematic oppression and racial prejudice.
You’re totally right when you say that it isn’t okay to have racial prejudice regardless of what race you are. However, black people and other minorities are STILL being oppressed. Does that give them a right to judge a whole race? Nah, but can you blame them though? Reminds me of a good quote:
"For the white man to ask the black man if he hates him is just like the rapist asking the raped, or the wolf asking the sheep, ‘Do you hate me?’
The white man is in no moral position to accuse anyone else of hate!
Why, when all of my ancestors are snake-bitten, and I’m snake-bitten, and I warn my children to avoid snakes, what does that snake sound like accusing me of hate-teaching?”
Before I forget, don’t say that I said that white people are the only ones who are able to be racist. In this moment, sort of. But white people can only be racist as long as they have systematic power AND racial prejudice.
If you are white, you have white privelege (and this is coming from someone who is white themselves, mind you). Does that make you racist? Hell nah. It makes you racist when you ALSO have racial prejudice (something which anyone can have).
But as long as you don’t have racial prejudice, you are not a racist. So no worries there, ey? ;)
I think it would be wrong for us to tell minorities how to feel about those who have oppressed them for the longest time, and whom til this day STILL oppress them.
Wanna change their view on white people as a group? Stand WITH them! Don’t tell them they aren’t allowed to be angry or upset. Don’t appropriate or mock minorities cultures, don’t have racial prejudice, and spread the word on systematic oppression and what it is. Call people who have racial prejudice out on it. Write on your blogs about racism happening today (good example: Michael Brown, Ferguson, and how the government reacted). Use your white privilege as an advantage to speak up for minorities!
White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”
I will never understand why.
Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.
Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.
Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.
If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.