Anonymous said: Can you or shuttersmiley please tell me why there is no such thing as racism against white people?
I have some questions for you, actually.
- Deaf Black man is stabbed out of racism when his sign language is mistaken for a gang sign
- Anti-Islam posters run free on the train to reinforce racism anti-Islamic sentiments and Islamaphobia
- Oops! Chicago police raids the wrong house, holds an 11 month old at gunpoint to raise their hand, kills their dog all because of racism and assuming it was a crackhouse! Oopsies
- Let’s take it overseas! Black people in England and Wales are 7 times more likely to be stopped by police than white people. Asian people are twice as likely
- People assuming Native american baby names are actually Native and have any meaning to any ethnic group when they don’t
- Here’s a whole collection of people saying racist stereotyping homogenizing disgusting stuff about Natives
- People protesting (Idle No More) defending Native people’s humanity are attacked with violence
- White kids think it’s totally okay and normal to photograph themselves lynching a Black baby doll like an effigy
- Member of the most glorified band in the world Paul McCartney made a racist white supremacist song called ‘No Pakistanis’ and everyone still glorifies him as a good person
- Racism in actual political campaign in Massachusetts against a Native runner portraying her name and image in a racist stereotypical inappropriate manner
- Indian Sikh school students protest for students who are banned from wearing their turbans in public schools in France
- Here’s a graph of the statistic that approx every 28 hours an African American is extrajudicially executed in the US
- NYPD profiling and targeting LGBT*Q People of Color
- Black students (especially boys and children with disabilities) face more and harsher punishments in public schools and are being pushed out of schools into the criminal justice system.
- Black male incarceration has jumped 500% from 1986 to 2004
- Albany police: SWAT literally uses a poor Black neighborhood to train in because they say it’s ‘realistic’
- The audio recording from a young man of color of a NYPD stop and frisking him based solely how he looks calling him a “FUCKING MUTT”
- Incarceration rates by ethnicity
- All of this fucking cultural appropriation
Whoa, it does not stop
- Her Innocent Brother Was Made Into a Bombing Suspec because of racism: Sunil Tripathi’s Sister Speaks
- Wall Street Journal refers to a Chinese athlete as being “fueled with rice” even though they don’t title articles like that for white athletes
- Black Woman Pretends To Be White And Job Offers Skyrocket
- African-American man says NYPD made him rap before freeing him
- Woman Says She Called 911 for an Ambulance for Her Fiancé, Cops Came and Shot Him Instead
- A Black man holding a wallet is more likely to be shot by the police than a White man holding a gun.
- ESPN makes a racist mockery of Native americans on national TV on purpose. I don’t see any consequences for their actions
- Students of color At University of Texas Attacked By An Epidemic Of ‘Bleach Bombs’
- Racism Linked to Adult-Onset Asthma in Black Women
- Black firefighter waves to white police man and is handcuffed and on the ground
- Most of Onondaga County is disputed land, which legally belongs to the Onondaga Nation. It has been held illegally by New York State for hundreds of years, despite the Treaty of Fort Stanwix which means that the Onondaga Nation is the legal owner. Racists respond with “they didn’t work for this land it’s mine” illogically
- Disparities in the workforce exist as Black women and Latino men work more than white women and white men but the racial wage gap still exists
- Oakland: Study finds racial bias in boys’ arrests targeting guess who? Black young men, of course!
- How is it that 58% of prisoners are Black and Latino if 70% of crime committed here is done by white people?
- Forty Percent of White Americans Are Lying About Their ‘Black Friend’
- From Mosques to Soccer Leagues: Inside the NYPDâs Secret Spy Unit Targeting Muslims, Activists
- When whites were presented with an argument against the death penalty or three strikes that emphasized the racial bias of the policy, they became more (not less) supportive of capital punishment and three strikes laws.
- Who’s surprised that people were racist and needed an explanation of how not to homogenize and trivialize culture on Dia de los Muertos?
- African-Americans More Likely To Receive Lower-Quality Kidneys, Study Finds
- Islamophobia towards (obviously innocent) paying customer: Garland restaurant contaminated her drink, Muslim woman says
- Famous actor Brandon T. Jackson is called racial slurs on his flight and told “I don’t care if you’re Obama’s son” then questioned by the police and restricted from flying and left alone to look for a hotel himself for being the victim of racism on US Airways
- Rob Brown, famous star of Treme is racially profiled and arrested at Macy’s for purchasing a watch with his own money and his own credit card and accused of fraud
- Kayla Philips tries to purchase a bag at Barney’s and is also accused of fraud at Barney’s because they didn’t believe she could afford it
- White people literally cannot emphasize with Black people’s pain and thus they are given less pain medication and little to no sympathy in painful situations.
Racism against White people does not exist. Me calling you a cracker might hurt your feelings but it could never oppress you. Was never used to oppress you. Your history is being Oppressor, not the oppressed.
Meanwhile you calling me a racial slur only enforces the engraved white is right superiority that is literally seeped in everything, from beauty standards to a human value and innocence. All around the world.
You have a million and one links provided for you. Now go learn.
One of my pet peeves is people who use household budgeting as a metaphor to explain how a national economy works. It’s particularly irksome when politicians do this (and both sides do) because it shows they are treating people like idiots. So to help out I have put together a handy 10 point guide.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR HOUSEHOLD WORKS JUST LIKE THE NATIONAL ECONOMY
1. You print your own money.
2. Your household trades with other households in the street that also print their own money.
3. You and all the other households agree to accept each other’s money based on loose unenforceable agreements.
4. The value of your money is decided by your neighbours, based on how much they value what you have and how much you print.
5. Your household wealth continuously expands as long as you maintain population growth, trade growth, technological advancement and productivity.
6. As household wealth expands you need to print more money, but not so much that inflation overtakes household wealth, or you go backwards.
7. There are no doctors, tradies, utilities or emergency services so you have to raise and train all household services with a portion of your own wealth.
8. There are no enforceable laws, police or courts so the only way to stop other households taking your stuff is to put some of your wealth into defending it.
9. There are no banks, so you have to borrow money by promising to pay other people interest from the growth of your household wealth.
10. Assuming a household of 5 occupants, one of them has got 62% of the money you print, one of them has 1%, and the other three split up the remaining 37% of the money between them.
Hopefully that helps clear up some of the grey areas.
Social media has brought us many wonderful new terms. One of my favourites is ‘Brokens’. Brokens are those cheerleaders and keyboard warriors who passionately sprout, shout and unwaveringly tow the line of their particular choice of political party, regardless of the existence of a very real and complex world that surrounds them. To the Brokens, their political party can do no wrong. The party is to be forever supported regardless of how much it costs, how near or far from their ideology they sway, and most importantly, regardless of whether said party’s behaviour would be acceptable in any other facet of the Brokens existence. Brokens appear on social media in astoundingly large numbers and adhere to all parties, regardless of left or right leanings.
Brokens are often confused with mindless ideologues, those who believe in the entire management of a Nation (though often not the management of their own lives) according to a single all-encompassing ideology. But real brokens don’t let an ideology guide their beliefs, for it is only their party that can truly tell them what to think. A right wing party that wants to raise taxes? Self describing right wing Brokens embrace it. A left wing party that wants to cut welfare? Self describing left wing Brokens will embrace it. Often Brokens start off ideologically inclined, but in the world of politics lies and broken promises are scattered like rat bait to attract support. Once attached to a party, a Broken would rather sacrifice their fundamental belief system on the altar of party group think, than admit they supported a less than perfect party.
Lies told by various politicians (often the leadership of the major parties) are a great way to spot a Broken. Here is a quick primer. If you saw someone justifying Rudd’s lie about introducing an Emission Trading Scheme, or Gillard’s lie about introducing a fixed carbon price, and they ever complained about Howard’s ‘core/non-core promises’ (his excuse for lying), they are a Broken. If you see anyone justifying Abbott’s ‘no increase in taxes, no cuts to education, Medicare or The ABC’ lies, who previously accused Gillard or Rudd of lying, they are a Broken too. In fact, if you hold your children, spouse, parents or employers to a higher standard of honesty than the people you cheer along as the ones to run your country, you are probably very much a Broken.
Major parties however, are not the sole preserve of Brokens. Minor parties have the luxury of writing some truly incredible political policy cheques in the happy knowledge that they will never be cashed. Since most of the minor party platforms contain some element of policy that requires a DPRK style isolationist dictatorship to implement, pretty much anyone who preaches the mythical notion of a minor party holding Government is a Broken. Everything from a federally imposed State of North Queensland (sorry Clive, that’s not how our constitution or our federalism works) to a “free press” and “open internet” operating within a “regulatory framework for communications, media and advertising” (sorry Greens, that is neither “free” nor “open”). Minor parties have their place in politics and they have their supporters, which is a good thing for our democracy. But mindless adherence to party rhetoric is irrational on any scale.
There is no harm in choosing to support a party that best represents the ideology, core beliefs or policies that you identify with. ‘Support’ however, does not imply blind obedience. To paraphrase V for Vendetta: “Parties should be afraid of their people; people should not be afraid of their parties.” No one benefits from party supporters so lacking in ethics that they excuse every party failing, or so lacking in moral courage that they cannot openly speak their mind for fear of being critical to their colours. Robust criticism is how you forge parties into organisations that are ready to govern a democracy.
Australia’s political scene has become so engulfed by the spectre of mindless followers heaping praise on inept parties, that to make any policy criticism of one side of politics labels you as a supporter of the other. Yet without supporter criticism, politicians bend only to vested interests, power brokers and egos. As successive Australian Governments have demonstrated, this leads to parties that are increasingly out of touch, focussed only on attempts to fool and manipulate public opinion rather than educating and serving it. We deserve better.
Australian political parties not only need courageous and ethical politicians. They also need courageous and ethical supporters. Not the sort of courage that makes someone charge screaming to certain death because they were ordered to, but the sort of courage that makes someone stand up in a crowd and question things they don’t believe in.
Be that person.