Isn't it great? She's great.
I just read both articles. She's really great. This is stuff that is 100% out of my realm of experience.
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Isn't it great? She's great.
Murder doesn't happen to white people.
Sure, some white people are killed by other races, which is unfortunate, but it's important to remember that murder is institutionalized power, plus killing. Since only white people hold this coveted position of institutionalized power, ergo murder doesn't happen to white people. White people just get killed sometimes. Check your privilege.
Have you been reading TumblrInaction* again Cainad?
I like what you have to say. There is something very pernicious about such a worldview, as you point out. It's not just the affirmation of powerlessness, though that's certainly an aspect. I sometimes think such people are hooked on the catharsis of posing themselves as underdogs, freed of all responsibility and normal limits on behaviour. "I'm oppressed by such vast and all encompassing powers, I have to use every method to struggle for freedom/equality/buzzword".
Hence why such behaviour seems to mirror that of online trolls so much. Freedom to treat certain people in whatever manner you want, because they are worth less/the oppressor/public enemy plus internet anonymity invariably goes to strange extremes. That's why I've always insisted on certain ethnical standards when I go trolling - it's far too easy to fall into the trap of assumed superiority, and end up becoming not only a bigot or jerk, but stupid as well. Because extreme measures require stronger and stronger rationalizations, and eventually those rationalizations become an excuse to say anything you please.
I mean, to use an extreme and rare example, I've seen male rape victims being mocked by so-called feminist activists, because men can't be raped, all men are oppressors and the men in question probably did something to deserve it anyway. You can't reach that level of severe cognitive dissonance without some kind of extreme licence to justify yourself.
I have some more thoughts on this, but I have a paper to write, so it may take a few days to collect my thoughts.
*I'm starting to find TiA almost as unbearable and ridiculous as the people they criticize. It seems like certain rightwingers are latching onto the stupidity of the far left to discredit equality as a whole. Something the idiots they criticize seem more than happy to help out with.
What my friend is writing about is her experience of being a not-angry, nerdy black woman who has more in common with nerds (of any color) than with the Angry Black Women she is expected to be one of. Refusing to "other" white people has gotten her called an Uncle Tom, a house nigger, and a white man's whore, in those words. However, how the fuck are black women supposed to gain entry to society if we insist on standing apart from it? Do we want to be seen as multifaceted interesting people who have a depth of skills and interests, or do we want to perpetuate stereotypes that leave us with a two-dimensional image?
America is still a frontier country for black women. We have yet to make significant forays into science, medicine, media, and art. We say that we're excluded, but I think that it's quite possible that the exclusion is, to some degree, mutual.
Cainad, may I have permission to repost this? I think it will add to the conversation I'm having with a black mama friend of mine who is in the process of writing about some of the bullshit expectations placed on black women, not just by the dominant white male society but by other black women.
Something is amiss when processed dinosaur carcasses are cheaper than sheep fur...
Right? Sounds like we need to start killing some sheep.
Either that, or it's just exceptionalism on the march.
The short & skinny is, the moment someone spouts off like that, I immediately stop taking them seriously.
Unless they're talking about the Irish or the Welsh, of course. That's just good sense.