I dunnoooo I think you already know that “White is beautiful” don’t you?
Or will it shatter your beauty if I recognize mine?
please keep your self centered ignorance, micro-agressions and derailing all to yourself
the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women
"The first Chinese immigrant woman, Afong Moy, was brought to New York in 1834 as a showpiece to satisfy the curiosity of the American public. From the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, because of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and much discriminatory legislation, Chinese women could only emigrate as wives or daughters of merchants and U.S. citizens. Thus, very few Chinese women came to the United States." [x]
A lot of Black girls in general understand that they don’t like the word sassy being applied to them, and the reason I see most often cited is that it’s a stereotype that is liberally applied to just about anything resembling a one-liner or a quip.
But there’s another reason that I hate the word sassy for…
Its purpose is to diminish the pain and anger of Black girls. I didn’t realize I was looking at it right in the face until I started polling the situations in which Black girls are called sassy.
First, I should explain that sassy and sass have two different meanings in modern context. “Sassy” is the positive version of “sass”. Everyone wants to be friends with a “sassy Black girl” but no one wants to be friends with someone who sasses. “To sass” = bad. “Sassy”…supposedly a compliment.
And were it applied to people who could tell a great yo mama joke on the concrete playground, I’d be cool with it. But more often than not, it’s applied to Black women who retort (smartly) to angering situations, painful situations, or flat out tragic situations.
I’ve said many times that the only people who are allowed to cry and break down in public are white people, and that Black people are not afford that, much less Black women, which is why any view of tragedy and pain that is determined by how much one breaks down in public is inherently racist. Because of that, new techniques of coping had to be developed, one that is common in white people and recognized in white psychiatry but somehow completely ignored in the discussion of the “sassy Black girl”, using comedy to hide pain. This is common, because Black women have been told loud and clear that their pain is illegitimate, unwanted, and intolerable. So even amongst ourselves, we quip instead.
Look at Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown. Pain for entertainment. Black people are a show, and the lowest points of our lives are the highlight of your Tuesday night after work while you gulp down another glass of wine.
When white people joke to hide pain, it’s sad, it’s deserving of consideration. Black people are just funny. Because they aren’t believed to HAVE pain.
If you find yourself confused about why a Black girl who says she’s triggered is still throwing one-liners or quipping? It’s because that’s a reaction that Black girls tend to have! Chances are, the more sassy your Black girl, the more you’re hurting her and the more she finds she can’t stop but say something because if she doesn’t, she’ll break down in public and she knows she can’t afford to do that.
So quit calling Black girls sassy. It’s nothing but a sign that you find their pain funny.
Our eyes tell us that people look different. No one has trouble distinguishing a Czech from a Chinese. But what do those differences mean? Are they biological? Has race always been with us? How does race affect people today?
There’s less - and more - to race than meets the eye:
1. Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like the Greeks, did not divide people according to physical distinctions, but according to religion, status, class, even language. The English language didn’t even have the word ‘race’ until it turns up in 1508 in a poem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings.
2. Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait or even gene distinguishes all the members of one so-called race from all the members of another so-called race.
3. Human subspecies don’t exist. Unlike many animals, modern humans simply haven’t been around long enough or isolated enough to evolve into separate subspecies or races. Despite surface appearances, we are one of the most similar of all species.
4. Skin color really is only skin deep. Most traits are inherited independently from one another. The genes influencing skin color have nothing to do with the genes influencing hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability or forms of intelligence. Knowing someone’s skin color doesn’t necessarily tell you anything else about him or her.
5. Most variation is within, not between, “races.” Of the small amount of total human variation, 85% exists within any local population, be they Italians, Kurds, Koreans or Cherokees. About 94% can be found within any continent. That means two random Koreans may be as genetically different as a Korean and an Italian.
6. Slavery predates race. Throughout much of human history, societies have enslaved others, often as a result of conquest or war, even debt, but not because of physical characteristics or a belief in natural inferiority. Due to a unique set of historical circumstances, ours was the first slave system where all the slaves shared similar physical characteristics.
7. Race and freedom evolved together. The U.S. was founded on the radical new principle that “All men are created equal.” But our early economy was based largely on slavery. How could this anomaly be rationalized? The new idea of race helped explain why some people could be denied the rights and freedoms that others took for granted.
8. Race justified social inequalities as natural. As the race idea evolved, white superiority became “common sense” in America. It justified not only slavery but also the extermination of Indians, exclusion of Asian immigrants, and the taking of Mexican lands by a nation that professed a belief in democracy. Racial practices were institutionalized within American government, laws, and society.
9. Race isn’t biological, but racism is still real. Race is a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources. Our government and social institutions have created advantages that disproportionately channel wealth, power, and resources to white people. This affects everyone, whether we are aware of it or not.
10. Colorblindness will not end racism. Pretending race doesn’t exist is not the same as creating equality. Race is more than stereotypes and individual prejudice. To combat racism, we need to identify and remedy social policies and institutional practices that advantage some groups at the expense of others.
RACE - The Power of an Illusion was produced by California Newsreel in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Major funding provided by the Ford Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Diversity Fund.
YES YES YES!
[climbs to the top of a mountain]
[screams] THE IDEA OF PROPER GRAMMAR IS A BULLSHIT CONSTRUCT BASED ON RACISM AND CLASSISM
[climbs back down]
Linguistically what we call…
Model minority myth. Congrats! You’re a racist.
Dear White people who try to use Asian-Americans to justify or dismiss systemic racism:
Shut up and fucking educate yourself, you racist pile of soiled diapers.
Here’s some reading material:
http://feministing.com/2012/06/26/five-ways-the-myth-of-the-model-minority-hurts-us/ (I don’t normally like Feministing as they often fail to recognize intersectionality but this article is good)
shut up with your ‘good colored folk’ vs ‘bad colored folk’ shit and educate yourself
I love this! Thanks!
You are the daughter of a post-racial society. Yet your brother is bullied in his middle school where he is one of a few black students. He is called a n——- and told that he looks like a black hobo. When he reaches out to his teachers for help, they dismiss him and assume that he has somehow provoked these microaggressions that, in truth, don’t feel that micro.
But maybe, maybe you’re just making it up. Maybe it’s not that bad. Maybe it’s you who cannot transcend difference. Maybe if you stop talking about racism, it will go away. Just like if you stop talking about sexism, it will go away. Doesn’t silence make things go away? Maybe meritocracy is real. Maybe what Moynihan named the “tangle of pathology” does not obscure the histories of social, political and economic exploitation and marginalization of peoples of color. Maybe if black people just tried harder to extricate themselves from it, we’d be OK. Besides, did not Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream come into fruition after his tragic death? Did not the shedding of his blood wipe away the United States’ transgressions perpetuating oppression?