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Pearls Don’t Need Saving

Perhaps Victoria Foyt sees and an end to racism by eliminating race. Perhaps that’s what Eden’s father is working on in his mad science experiment.

Because she sure eliminated my race this morning, in fact, she eliminated my voice. For a woman who wants to fight racism in America, she ruined this woman of color’s morning and reminded me that even if I shout, it will only sound like a whimper.

I posted a heartfelt, personal message to Ms Foyt’s page, along with other women of color, and sometime last night she deleted them. She silenced our voices so only hers would be heard. She’s ‘fighting’ racism, by oppressing people of color. 

Last night  I wondered if I was too harsh. If she truly was trying to make MY world a better place and not just her own. I wondered if her intentions were good though her actions misguided.

Now I know I can never be harsh enough. She is not interested in hearing the voices of the people she’s pretending to be, and that’s why her actions are problematic and hurtful, that’s why the black face she’s doing is racist, not innovative. She’s using black face the way  it’s been used for hundreds of years: to tell the story of who she thinks people of color are without letting them have a say, she’s using our bodies for her benefit, using our stories to best suit her needs and she’ll silence and warp reality to do so.

I may have been silenced this morning, but I know she can’t hold back the criticism for long. I only spoke out because I saw the number of positive book reviews she had and I don’t want young adults to read this novel without hearing/seeing opposing reviews. Pearls don’t need saving, people are not fuel and semi-precious gems, they aren’t resources, and as a person who experiences oppression, I’m not asking to be ‘saved’ I’m asking to be heard.

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I completely agree. Quick judgements and fear-mongering have surely brought about a misunderstanding on Ms Foyt’s part. She chose to strike fear in her readers rather than sympathy.
In order to combate racism against men and women of color she created a fictional world where women and men of color are demonized. Instead of creating sympathy for our struggles she has created another world in which blackness is feared. She has created another space where young women of color are not welcome. She has created another fairytale with a snow white princess and a dark-skinned villain.
From a young woman of color to a ‘pearl’ I say, no thank you. We do not need your help and you do not need saving, you need an education. You need to listen more than you speak. You need to learn before you write. You need to react to your naiveté by letting those with experience lead. And most of all, you need to understand that coal is not a compliment and pearls are not that precious. We are a step beyond your imagination. We are not fuel, not expendable resources, if anything we are coal after hardship, after struggle, after oppression after centuries of trying and dying and shining despite, we are unbreakable and we are not bound by color, but shine with it.

I completely agree. Quick judgements and fear-mongering have surely brought about a misunderstanding on Ms Foyt’s part. She chose to strike fear in her readers rather than sympathy.

In order to combate racism against men and women of color she created a fictional world where women and men of color are demonized. Instead of creating sympathy for our struggles she has created another world in which blackness is feared. She has created another space where young women of color are not welcome. She has created another fairytale with a snow white princess and a dark-skinned villain.

From a young woman of color to a ‘pearl’ I say, no thank you. We do not need your help and you do not need saving, you need an education. You need to listen more than you speak. You need to learn before you write. You need to react to your naiveté by letting those with experience lead. And most of all, you need to understand that coal is not a compliment and pearls are not that precious. We are a step beyond your imagination. We are not fuel, not expendable resources, if anything we are coal after hardship, after struggle, after oppression after centuries of trying and dying and shining despite, we are unbreakable and we are not bound by color, but shine with it.

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To avoid getting sucked in the black hole of discussing “hipsters,” maybe we should call it “ironic racism.” It’s a distancing gesture, racism with the acknowledgment that I should know better and I don’t care. Assiduously casual, meant to demonstrate a kind of worldliness or edginess, “hipster racism” acts like a behavioral flannel jacket or a trucker cap, a rejection of perceived upper-middle-class values, still wrapped in enough layers of irony to create a distance from the mythical rednecks or hillbillies it’s thought to be emulating. Whether or not the hipster racist “actually believes” the bullshit he spouts (or thinks it’s some kind of sophisticated satire) is immaterial; it’s a posture, a performance, a middle finger to mom and dad and all the “McCarthyist hijackers” who won’t let Benjamin Leo say the n-word, or whatever his beef is. (Sometimes, to be clear, it’s just cluelessness.) The deep-down beliefs of the hipster racist are also immaterial, it goes without saying, to the subjects of his invective.

from “A Girls Writer’s Ironic Racism And Other ‘White People Problems’”  by Max Read

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Lesley Arfin has expressed concern with her own actions regarding the insult she tweeted earlier in the day.
Glad to know she agrees with the rest of us.
I wonder if an apology is coming or if we’ve come to a point where admitting racism, ignorance and close-mindedness is acceptable in lieu of actual personal growth and change. Despite her life-changing tweet the show she helped create, which also “put[s] gender politics above race and class” is still on the air.
Actions speak louder than words, Lesley.

Lesley Arfin has expressed concern with her own actions regarding the insult she tweeted earlier in the day.

Glad to know she agrees with the rest of us.

I wonder if an apology is coming or if we’ve come to a point where admitting racism, ignorance and close-mindedness is acceptable in lieu of actual personal growth and change. Despite her life-changing tweet the show she helped create, which also “put[s] gender politics above race and class” is still on the air.

Actions speak louder than words, Lesley.

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baddominicana:

karnythia:

velocicrafter:

jalwhite:

modernistwitchery:

redlightpolitics:

Lesley Arfin, one of the writers of HBO series Girls, on Twitter.
I suppose this is a joke? Is this how she deals with commentary about the lack of diversity in the show? I am baffled, someone through me a rope!

Well, this made me feel like barfing.

Disgusting.

white people: missing the point, making it about themselves, & showing their racist asses since forever.

Tell me again that the complete erasure of WOC from Girls was an accident? Go on, claim that bullshit again. Mind you, there are white people in Precious, but why let facts intrude on your racism?

white wimmin stay showin they asses. so fucking stupid they just blatantly expose themselves for what they are..mostly because theyre white women and the cavalries will always ride out, no matter how fucked they are in their bitchassness.
watch.

Not to mention she refers to pooping as “taking Obama to the White House” in one of her (poorly written) blog posts.
The fourth point: http://lesleyarfin.com/article/the-groupie-chronicles-3-when-the-shit-hits-the-fan?height=600&width=940&p=Buzz%20Net
Not that that I had any interest in watching the show before, but I now I also know to avoid her in social situations. Good going HBO.

baddominicana:

karnythia:

velocicrafter:

jalwhite:

modernistwitchery:

redlightpolitics:

Lesley Arfin, one of the writers of HBO series Girls, on Twitter.

I suppose this is a joke? Is this how she deals with commentary about the lack of diversity in the show? I am baffled, someone through me a rope!

Well, this made me feel like barfing.

Disgusting.

white people: missing the point, making it about themselves, & showing their racist asses since forever.

Tell me again that the complete erasure of WOC from Girls was an accident? Go on, claim that bullshit again. Mind you, there are white people in Precious, but why let facts intrude on your racism?

white wimmin stay showin they asses. so fucking stupid they just blatantly expose themselves for what they are..mostly because theyre white women and the cavalries will always ride out, no matter how fucked they are in their bitchassness.

watch.

Not to mention she refers to pooping as “taking Obama to the White House” in one of her (poorly written) blog posts.

The fourth point: http://lesleyarfin.com/article/the-groupie-chronicles-3-when-the-shit-hits-the-fan?height=600&width=940&p=Buzz%20Net

Not that that I had any interest in watching the show before, but I now I also know to avoid her in social situations. Good going HBO.

(via bad-dominicana)

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whatwhiteswillneverknow:

casserolelatte:

I’ve been accused of being racist, which I guess seems pretty fair because if I’d of seen this picture I wouldn’t of thought it was seen as an appropriate act of behavior. However, seeing as 99% of my family originate from Africa and Papa New Guinea I didn’t see it this way, because it’s a joke that me, my family and my friends have shared for as long as I can remember. So right now I’ll make a apology to anyone I have offended, but I will not stand for being called racist, because my ‘dumb little white ass’ didn’t see it that way until the previous and on going hate I’ve been receiving. It’s not a easy mistake so I can understand why people will still probably give me grief afterwards, but at least I am dignified enough to admit my mistake and make a public apology to it. There isn’t really much more I can say then that, so if everyone still wants to carry on telling me to jump of a cliff and whatever else, go for it. But you’re really not making yourselves look like the bigger person in this. Peace out, mother fuckers. 

If you are going to stand for making racial jokes, then you’re sure as hell going to own up to it, and when someone calls you a racist—especially a POC— instead of getting defensive, you need to sit down and think about why. All this is is you putting yourself on a pedestal. “I made a mistake, but I WILL NOT STAND for being properly called out on it, because my family is all PoC, even though I’m not, and have more privilege than them. But look at me, I am such a good person for apologizing! Also, Black family.” Bitch, please. PLEASE. Spare us all. You’re not the first white person to say this shit when they get called out on their racism. I can find 7 more people reading the exact same fucking script in thirty god damn seconds.
Here’s what you do: When you do something racist and get called out, you stop and think about why you got called out in the first place. Think about why people who deal with racism every fucking day of their lives might be calling you, a person with racial privilege, out for being a fucking idiot. And you learn. Do some god damn research. Don’t get all defensive and “I won’t stand for you calling me this, even though it’s totally warranted!” Because that? That just proves our point.
You did something racist, but the second people called you racist, you got defensive, and made it about your feelings. Oh yes, I’m sure your feelings are so hurt compared to every PoC who was exposed to your ignorance with no warning whatsoever. I’m sure that being called a racist hurt so much more than the hundreds of PoC who were just triggered by your racism.
Go back to stard and try the fuck again. Ain’t nobody buying your fauxpology bullshit.

Bolded for importance:”Oh yes, I’m sure your feelings are so hurt compared to every PoC who was exposed to your ignorance with no warning whatsoever.”
This is what privileged people need to understand: other people have feelings too and your actions caused emotional pain. By focusing solely on yourself, even if you apologize, by making the argument solely about you and excluding others because of their opinions, you’re being oppressive. You insulted someone and part of an apology is not only speaking, but listening. “Checking your privilege” is about silence. Stay silent. Think. Try to think about how you’re making people feel. How would you feel if you saw a picture of someone dressed up like you being beaten, or raped, or murdered, or ridiculed. Am I exaggerating? No. What you’re doing is adding to a history of oppression, you have inducted yourself into the racist hall of fame, and do you know who else is there? Google lynching. Google race crime. I’m not going to make a list because it’d be to long and I’d have to leave someone out and no one’s pain should be belittled or erased. See what I’m doing there? No one’s pain should be belittled. You’ve picked a team, you’re standing beside murders, rapists and thieves. It is that big of a deal.
That’s all! Please don’t expect a lesson on apologies again, I’m not a kindergarten teacher for a reason and if I wasn’t in such a good mood because it’s a beautiful day I probably just would have shouted at the computer screen for five minutes and then walked away, (yes YOU effected my day, you ruined a very small part of it and I’m mad at you for it cause I gots shit to do)
That’s all.

whatwhiteswillneverknow:

casserolelatte:

I’ve been accused of being racist, which I guess seems pretty fair because if I’d of seen this picture I wouldn’t of thought it was seen as an appropriate act of behavior. However, seeing as 99% of my family originate from Africa and Papa New Guinea I didn’t see it this way, because it’s a joke that me, my family and my friends have shared for as long as I can remember. So right now I’ll make a apology to anyone I have offended, but I will not stand for being called racist, because my ‘dumb little white ass’ didn’t see it that way until the previous and on going hate I’ve been receiving. It’s not a easy mistake so I can understand why people will still probably give me grief afterwards, but at least I am dignified enough to admit my mistake and make a public apology to it. There isn’t really much more I can say then that, so if everyone still wants to carry on telling me to jump of a cliff and whatever else, go for it. But you’re really not making yourselves look like the bigger person in this. Peace out, mother fuckers. 

If you are going to stand for making racial jokes, then you’re sure as hell going to own up to it, and when someone calls you a racist—especially a POC— instead of getting defensive, you need to sit down and think about why. All this is is you putting yourself on a pedestal. “I made a mistake, but I WILL NOT STAND for being properly called out on it, because my family is all PoC, even though I’m not, and have more privilege than them. But look at me, I am such a good person for apologizing! Also, Black family.” Bitch, please. PLEASE. Spare us all. You’re not the first white person to say this shit when they get called out on their racism. I can find 7 more people reading the exact same fucking script in thirty god damn seconds.

Here’s what you do: When you do something racist and get called out, you stop and think about why you got called out in the first place. Think about why people who deal with racism every fucking day of their lives might be calling you, a person with racial privilege, out for being a fucking idiot. And you learn. Do some god damn research. Don’t get all defensive and “I won’t stand for you calling me this, even though it’s totally warranted!” Because that? That just proves our point.

You did something racist, but the second people called you racist, you got defensive, and made it about your feelings. Oh yes, I’m sure your feelings are so hurt compared to every PoC who was exposed to your ignorance with no warning whatsoever. I’m sure that being called a racist hurt so much more than the hundreds of PoC who were just triggered by your racism.

Go back to stard and try the fuck again. Ain’t nobody buying your fauxpology bullshit.

Bolded for importance:”Oh yes, I’m sure your feelings are so hurt compared to every PoC who was exposed to your ignorance with no warning whatsoever.”


This is what privileged people need to understand: other people have feelings too and your actions caused emotional pain. By focusing solely on yourself, even if you apologize, by making the argument solely about you and excluding others because of their opinions, you’re being oppressive. You insulted someone and part of an apology is not only speaking, but listening. “Checking your privilege” is about silence. Stay silent. Think. Try to think about how you’re making people feel. How would you feel if you saw a picture of someone dressed up like you being beaten, or raped, or murdered, or ridiculed. Am I exaggerating? No. What you’re doing is adding to a history of oppression, you have inducted yourself into the racist hall of fame, and do you know who else is there? Google lynching. Google race crime. I’m not going to make a list because it’d be to long and I’d have to leave someone out and no one’s pain should be belittled or erased. See what I’m doing there? No one’s pain should be belittled. You’ve picked a team, you’re standing beside murders, rapists and thieves. It is that big of a deal.

That’s all! Please don’t expect a lesson on apologies again, I’m not a kindergarten teacher for a reason and if I wasn’t in such a good mood because it’s a beautiful day I probably just would have shouted at the computer screen for five minutes and then walked away, (yes YOU effected my day, you ruined a very small part of it and I’m mad at you for it cause I gots shit to do)

That’s all.

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Sanford Police Chief getting his life threatened

coldeyesthatburn:

sourcedumal:

barefootwarriorqueen:

peaceshine3:

This is what happens when your lies become the truth.

For every action, there is a reaction.

Take that however you want to.

Wait…a man was arrested for threatening to kill someone and Zimmerman is free after actually pulling the trigger? Florida is fucked up, yall. PLEASE don’t tell me that man was black.

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