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Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:

Not only should you educate yourself but use this for good. Look around you and help others who don’t have this privilege. Hiring, donating, community service, etc.

After this post went viral, the original artist had to delete their tumblr because they were inundated with death threats.

There were people more offended by this comic than offended by the existence of racial disparities—to the point where they threatened this artist’s life.

Are you for real? Jesus…



Just stumbled upon this tweet from February: Neil calling out Mental Floss for lightening his skin.

I saw that magazine in mothers market I wanted to throw all the things. unfortunately I am not surprised when this happens to women of color, especially women in the entertainment industry, but for them to do this to a man who makes a living on his BRAIN and sheer intelligence really shocks me. This is how far racism and anti-blackness in the media will go. This far.

(via stfueverything)





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.



(Source: america-wakiewakie, via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

Today In Black History: February 2, 1948

  • President Truman sent Congress a special message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures.


In his message, President Truman wrote:

Today, the American people enjoy more freedom and opportunity than ever before. Never in our history has there been better reason to hope for the complete realization of the ideals of liberty and equality.

We shall not, however, finally achieve the ideals for which this Nation was founded so long as any American suffers discrimination as a result of his race, or religion, or color, or the land of origin of his forefathers.

Unfortunately, there still are examples—flagrant examples—of discrimination which are utterly contrary to our ideals. Not all groups of our population are free from the fear of violence. Not all groups are free to live and work where they please or to improve their conditions of life by their own efforts. Not all groups enjoy the full privileges of citizenship and participation in the government under which they live.

We cannot be satisfied until all our people have equal opportunities for jobs, for homes, for education, for health, and for political expression, and until all our people have equal protection under the law.

So, how are we doing, President Truman?


A 2003 study found that whites with felonies were more likely to be called for interviews than black applicants without criminal records. The results of this study suggest that black men must work at least twice as hard as equally qualified whites simply to overcome the stigma of their skin color. 

The unemployment rate among black people is about double that among whites, as it has been for most of the past six decades.(1 & 2)


Black families are 7x more likely than whites to end up in the shelter system, according to The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. (3)


Children of color face harsher discipline, disproportionate referrals to special education classes, and are more likely to fall victim to the school-to-prison pipeline than their white peers. Black boys are 3x more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their white peers and 2.5x LESS likely to be enrolled in gifted and talented programs, even if their prior achievement reflects the ability to succeed. 

Schools are more segregated now than 40 years ago.(345)


According to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, “Despite the existence of civil rights legislation equal treatment and equal access are not a reality for racial/ethnic minorities and women in the current climate of the health care industry. Many barriers limit both the quality of health care and utilization for these groups.” Whites are more likely to receive more, and more thorough, diagnostic work and better treatment and care than people of color — even when controlling for income, education, and insurance.(6)


A number of proposed voter ID laws across the states disproportionately affect and exclude black people, and even more so if they are poor or female. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which contained a coverage formula that Congress has used to monitor states with a history of discrimination. Attorney General Eric Holder said the decision is “a serious setback for voting rights.” 

(7 & 8)


Despite the fact that whites engage in drug offenses at a higher rate than African Americans, African Americans are incarcerated on drug charges at a rate that is 10 times greater than that of whites. The War on Drugs disproportionately gives “felon” labels to African Americans and opens the door to legal discrimination that can no longer be overtly based on race.

(9 & 10)

Asian-Americans aren't white and nor are they a majority. And yet not only have they done well, they have done better than whites when it comes to employment and income. How could they have done this if the whole system was based on securing white privilege?



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

one of my really good friends at school wrote this for our school's newspaper, The Chronicle. Even though you're not black, I think you would appreciate this article. Pass it along! m(.)dukechronicle(.)com/articles/2014/01/17/tongues-tired-dancing

Asked by laterz-baby

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?







Alright you guys listen up. This is really REALLY important so just do me a solid here and take a minute to read this okay.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine named Whitney Mitchell became extremely sick and had to have both arms and legs amputated. She was given a 12% chance to live but she fought through it and she’s one of the bravest and most beautiful people I’ve ever met in my life.

Today, her mother sent me a message on Facebook saying that Whitney had been targeted by a website called Chimp Mania. I’d never heard of it, so I did some research, and at just a glance I was immediately disgusted. Just the RULES for the website are awful beyond words.

The forum thread for Whitney is mocking enough, calling her a “shefreak” and saying she “plans to knuckle drag again.” The comments say some pretty stomach-churning things, but I decided to leave a lot of them out. A lot of them were photoshopped pictures of Whitney from when she was in physical rehab, replacing her legs with things like fried chicken legs and a map of Niger. This is the only thread I even bothered looking at and I could barely stomach it.

There is a petition to get this website permanently deleted. I don’t know how much good it will do but it NEEDS signatures. It’s got barely any right now and I don’t want this blatant vomiting on human beings to continue.

Here’s a link to the petition: http://chn.ge/1dectHH

This bullshit has gone on long enough. The fact that it exists in the first place makes me sick to my stomach. Please take a moment to sign this petition.





This website has been up and running for a long time. Much like stormfront it is a hate website, but this website targets individuals, and crosses any line of what should be considered “free speech” and is obviously hate speech. Please. This is too much. This person has gone through so much already. 

This is why when people complain on this site about black even TALKING about racism, and when they complain about white girl Starbucks jokes, I seethe.

This is what WE have to deal with, people creating entire websites dedicated to calling us animals. This is why I laugh at those Starbucks jokes, and literally give negative shits about people who say “well no one should make jokes about ANYONE” because clearly y’all never seem to find the people that run sites like the one mentioned above to call them out, otherwise they wouldn’t exist.

Do you know how this feels? Do you know how this fucking feels? Being viewed as subhuman? That sites like this exist? That they target disabled women of color for no other purpose than having the audacity to be born black in this world AND suffer from terminal illness?

I really don’t know what else to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I feel this shit in my bones.

Every single one of you that can had better sign this fucking petition, or unfollow me.

(via slipstance)

“ the oscars aren’t inherently racist anymore and that’s what matters to me. they haven’t been since 2001. ”

—    one of my friends. I’m done. Like bye. It’s too early for this.

You preach the wrongs of racism, but you yourself are racist?

Asked by dead-melodies




Excuses White People/White Appeasers Make:

Reverse Racism Debunked Resources:

Definition of Racism:

But black people are just as racist sometimes. Its not the ethnicity. Its the character. You can be any race and be racist.

LMAO this is the type of shit that makes me laugh. Opinions are becoming facts now huh? 

I bet if I had a line of professors and a library full of resources that refute this bullshit claim, you’d still be saying this.

Fuck off.

This is for the Rice Queens by: Ray Bustamante Garcia


This is for the Rice Queens

The ones who live life like the international food aisle at Loblaws

Picking and choosing - consuming and using.

The ones who feel entitled to step to me and ask 21 questions on my ethnicity.


So you can play mix and match?

My ethnicity and  -

Appropriate racist compliment?

My ethnicity and -

Your ex-boyfriend? Or that friend of a friend of a friend of yours who works in accounting who also happens to be Filipino?

Because yes. Of course I would know them. I see them every Sunday at the meetings.

This is for the Rice Queens

The ones who say you Filipino boys are so beautiful.

You have such smooth skin, exotic eyes and sensual bodies.

And you’re all bottoms.

My skin is not soft because I am Asian.

It’s because I moisturize.

And when will you realize that race has nothing to do with sexual position!

Maybe I’m lazy and I just like to lay there.

Oh, and it’s not a “preference” if you reference my culture or race

That’s Racist.

but of course you say

“That’s just what I’m sexually attracted to - what am I supposed to do?”

Newsflash. Your genitals can be racist too.

This is for the Rice Queens

The ones who want to save the Filipino boys that nobody wants

because we’re too feminine and have small cocks.

My body is not an accessory you can use to validate your sense of Masculinity.

I am not some submissive boy shipped across the water bent over on his knees looking for a lord and master.

I am sun-kissed, mestizo born and complicated like 7000 islands.


Resistance is the legacy of my people and land - cuz if the Spanish, Japanese and Americans couldn’t do it…What makes you think you can?

This is for the Rice Queens

The ones with the cold eyes, fair hair and pale skin.

Because boys who look like me were never meant to win

Boys who look like me are supposed to be grateful to have your attention

that we exist only when you hold us

that substance, meaning and worth can only be found when you bend us over and fuck us

This…is for boys like me

Boys dancing in the dark

boys who have settled for less because we have always been told that we are worth less.

So we searched for something, something that would bring us to light some white prize with blonde hair and blue eyes and they told us that this…this would bring us to light like some Pinocchio porcelain child.

But the truth to this journey is

I have always been beautiful.

And I didn’t need to hear it from that white guy or that white guy or that white guy.

I have always been beautiful.

We have always been beautiful.

We deserve ourselves and we deserve each other.

This is for boys like me.

(via fascinasians)

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