I just wanna do cute things with you like crush the patriarchy, fight for gender equality and help to destroy racism
It is physically and emotionally draining to be called upon to prove that these systems of power exist. For many of us, just struggling against them is enough — now you want us to break them down for you? Imagine having weights tied to your feet and a gag around your mouth, and then being asked to explain why you think you are at an unfair disadvantage. Imagine watching a video where a young man promises to kill women who chose not to sleep with him and then being forced to engage with the idea that maybe you are just a hysterical feminist seeing misogyny where there is none. It is incredibly painful to feel that in order for you to care about my safety, I have to win this verbal contest you have constructed “for fun.”
UGGHHHHH so true. Y’all speaking truth to life. Keep it coming. I’m in love with the eloquence.
Racists never want to believe that they are racist. They are constantly redefining what racism means so that they can escape meeting the definition while simultaneously engaging in the behavior.
Son of Baldwin
preservation through transformation // the liberalization of racism // neo-racism // colorblind racism //
"You Can’t Always Get What You Want," Ric Gendron (Arrow Lake Colville)
my mother was a very strong lady, the only time I had ever seen her break down in tears is when she would speak of her days in residential school, had she not died, I’m sure she would have been happy with internet and how things have come about on residential schools.
At Nine Worlds, I purchased a copy of Zen Cho’s beautiful collection entitled Spirits Abroad, published by the Malaysian press Buku Fixi. I was struck by the publisher’s manifesto, which appears on the back of the flyleaf. In this manifesto, the publisher states:
We will not use italics for non-American/non-English terms.
The publisher then goes on to say: “Nasi lemak and kongkek are some of the pleasures of Malaysian life that should be celebrated without apology; italics are a form of apology.”
Reading this and considering italics as a form of apology, I find myself thinking of writers coming from countries that have endured colonization, from countries where English is an imposed tongue. I find myself asking: do we really need to explain everything to the imagined Western reader? I think of italics, apologies and explanations, and the connecting line between these words.
If we have read and consumed work from writers from the West without complaint, if we have gone that extra step to fully engage with that work, surely we can trust that those who seek out our stories will also take that extra step to meet us halfway.
- Movements: Translations, Mother Tongue, and Acts of Resistance by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (via i-dont-speak-indian)
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(Same goes for ALL other forms of privilege, if that even needs to be said)
"40% of Afghanistan’s skateboarders are female.100% of those are tough as nails. "
now that’s kickass
THIS IS THE RADDEST PICTURE I’VE EVER SEEN ROCK THE FUCK ON