Monday, June 17, 2013
This kind of stuff really bugs me as it inaccurately portrays African tribes. It reads like the “two wolves native american proverb” story, It smacks of Western “feel good” epistle and after some digging is from a terrible saccharine self help book. The person who posed it also included picture of a Himba woman and child. This isn’t right. And yet it keeps getting notes without people checking and people are crying and like…it’s so gross. People need to stop doing this.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Coming, of course, from a straight, white, cis male.
Anonymous asked: Have you heard about those bloggers rendering to their blog style as "gypsy". They don't post anything about Romani culture, but instead post beach images, beaded carpets, soft pink shades, plants, thin white girls, glitter ect. What do you think about that? Do you think "gypsy" is a racial slur?
Romani/Roma say it’s a slur.
It’s a slur.
Don’t use it
Those people are reinforcing stereotypes.
Anonymous asked: The only other thing I would say about the Celtic thing is that historically Celts faced the plight of native people when the British Isles were invaded (many Celtic groups actually had similar tribal cultures to other regions, likely because of geographic isolation, its pretty interesting history actually! ) any way a very slight bit of that oppressive action lingers, but it was so long ago that it's not an overly relevant issue these days.
I really enjoy studying history sometimes.
Anonymous asked: About the Celtic thing. It is no where near the extent that other cultures face but it can be worse than people imagine. I am a practitioner of the Faerie Faith (with is a distinct religion that is not related to global fairy mythology) and I've been harassed and violently attacked for it. Also the way that St. Patricks day is celebrated in the states can be a big issues, especially if you are a non Irish celt.
Yes, that’s what I thought.
To clarify about that Celtic Appropriation
I’m not that familiar with it, but I am familiar with its struggles in Europe and it’s oppression by the Catholic churches in Europe. (in the past, IDK if they’re still doing much about it. I reiterate, not that familiar with it.)
Is it appropriation? Yes. But are people dying over their rights to practice it? I have my doubts. Are people persecuted on an institutional level for it? More doubts.
I think it’s appropriation and that it’s not a good thing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the same kind of struggle of Native peoples.
Anonymous asked: Is it wrong of me to be offended when people appropriate my Celtic (specifically Welsh) heritage and cultural identity? i.e. Celtic knots, runes, Religious elements (such as the appropriation of the Faerie Faith, which IS my religious background). I have been told that I have no right to be offended because I am white.
Nah, not really. That is appropriation.
Think being a “Gypsy” is fun and cool?
Police descended on a Roma camp today in France to evict its residents in a new crackdown against illegal immigrants.
Men, women and children were carrying out their belongings as they were removed from the camp in Lille, northern France.
In the past year France has shut down many illegal camps full of Roma gypsies which have sprung up around the country.
With an estimated population of about 15,000 Roma in France, and the government seems determined to expel as many as it can.
In August there were similar raids with hundreds of Roma gypsy families being forcibly sent from France back to their countries of origin in Romania and Bulgaria.
Those evicted from camps in France were herded together under the watchful eye of CRS officers (the French equivalent of the riot police) wearing military-style blue outfits and black leather boots, then taken to airports and put on flights to their home countries.
The French are so determined to move on the Roma that they offer them financial incentives.
In addition to covering the cost of the trip home, the French government pays 300 euros (£235) to every expelled Roma adult and 100 euros (£80) for every child.
Reports of Romanian gangs perpetrating organised crime, such as cashpoint fraud, are common in France — as in the rest of Europe — and this only serves to whip-up anti-Roma sentiment.
In total, nearly 1,000 Roma have been deported following at least six raids last summer.
The exact figures are hard to establish because the French authorities are not allowed to define those they have ejected as ‘Roma’, because this would suggest that their actions are potentially racist and therefore illegal under EU law.
Only the vulnerable — pregnant women, the frail and the elderly — are given housing by the French social services.
However, healthy young men have been seen fleeing into nearby woods, or through the streets to avoid being rounded up.
Marine David, mayor in Saint-Priest, admits the French authorities are playing a game of ‘ping-pong’ with the gypsies.
‘We are going round and round in circles,’ she says. ‘We can’t offer them a permanent housing solution, and I know there’s a risk they will just set up another camp. We just don’t have the means to deal with this kind of situation.’
This game of human ‘ping-pong’ began under the previous president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who ordered the ejection of around 9,000 gypsies, only for many of them to return. He introduced the deportation crackdown in 2010 after linking the Roma community to begging, prostitution and petty street crime.
Despite promising tolerance and humanitarian assistance if elected, Sarkozy’s successor, Socialist President Francois Hollande also approved the eviction programme after he and interior minister Manuel Valls said the camps were adversely affecting the lives of the French working class living near to them.
Local councils’ court orders to destroy camps are all approved by the national government.
This is one massive reality check, folks.
This replicates an old study where the participants were younger and vandalizing a car. The results? The white boys’ behavior was typically characterized as “mischief” and was not reported. The black boys? Not so much. (I wonder how long it would take me to find…)
And in the vandalizing car study, the white kids got away with it IMMEDIATELY.
Also, some man called the cops on a BLACK FAMILY SLEEPING IN THEIR CAR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PARK (They were the relatives of the black boy actors)
He described them (the SLEEPING BLACK FAMILY) as dangerous, getting ready to go and ROB SOMEBODY.
Black people who are fuckign ASLEEP AND UNCONSCIOUS ARE CONSIDERED DANGERS TO HUMANITY OVER WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTING A CRIME RIGHT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE’S FACES.
The video of the folks sleeping while black.
The cops were called them twice.
The thing that always gets me about this shit, that needs to be emphasized, is it’s not JUST that the white people freak out when they think (imagine, project, hallucinate, etc.) that a black person is doing something wrong, it’s the way in which they ACTIVELY protect the white criminals by minimizing or ignoring their activities.
So we gotta remember, they won’t even stop EACH OTHER from doing crime because of whiteness, meanwhile, they out here blaming Black folks doing nothing.
It’s a hivemind to frame the brown people.