Kim Kelley-Wagner has two daughters who were adopted from China. In everyday life, they have been subjected to horrid statements from people - to their faces, to their mother as they stood by her, etc. In this photo collection, shared on her blog, Kim and her daughters (Lily and Meika) put these ignorant cruelties front and center. [x]
"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."
the-biggest-blackest-mage said: how excited are yall for "Dear White People"
chocopockyum said: What are your thoughts on sensitivity training classes?
They seem well-intentioned. I lead one at my job a few months ago. I think as long as they don’t skirt the topics that are important, they’re a valuable tool for reducing microaggressions.
the-fashion-school-dropout said: Why is your picture a picture of mackalmore im just curious
He’s a great example of white privilege.
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A story that has never been told, Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion illustrates the often overlooked Chinese experience at the heart of American history. The New York Historical Society’s landmark exhibition will be on from September 26th until May 2015. This exhibit highlights the lives, achievements, culture, struggles, and diversity of Chinese Americans from the 18th century to today.
Please help the New York Historical Society in conveying the richness of our lived experiences. The Many Faces page on the exhibit’s website offers an opportunity for Chinese Americans to tell their own stories. The New York Chinese-American community is invited to share a story and photo. Submissions may be featured in the exhibit or online. Click here to share your story.
McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes.
"A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.
Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.
“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”
“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.
“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.
At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.
She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.
“The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can’t provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s are going through. We’re struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it’s just–it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage they have us living in.”
“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”
Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.
“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.”
I think that this is beyond awful for many reasons. People can’t afford to live off of the wages that they are given currently, and can’t even speak out against it. I know tumblr is great for spreading important news like this, so please help me get the word out to support this woman.
Why is it that the most regular, down to earth, generally unextraordinary white people are the ones who are like, “Yeah, white people totally have it better than minorities in America. Duh.”
But the supposedly cultured peace and love revolutionaries with flower crowns and hipster blogs be the main ones saying the n word and wearing war bonnets?
c0untercultured said: I'm not ignorant to white privilege. It exists. But complaining about it is not going to fix it. I realize that you're trying to highlight the problem, but it's been highlighted enough already. People are not ignorant to it. They know about it. It's everywhere. But now that they know, you should post how to prevent it or start a group that shows support on how to deal with it. White people and people of color alike find this blog off-putting because it's so negative. Make it a positive message.
Literally the entire front page of this blog is an hour’s long conversation about how to best dismantle white privilege. How did you miss that? Where’s the negativity you’re talking about? Link me to anything negative this blog has posted in the past six months. It’s almost like you’re completely ignoring everything that’s actually on this blog and instead arguing against some version of this blog cooked up in your paranoid imagination.
Please don’t tell us how to run our blog. We’re the biggest anti-racism blog on tumblr. We kinda know what we’re doing.
radicalreboot said: Loving your string of responses on this topic. What do you think about white antiracist activists who accept writing/speaking requests on racism rather than referring the requests to PoC? If they know that white privilege is part of the reason they're being offered the gig, or maybe they think that the requesting audience would be less likely to validate the arguments if they came from a PoC? Should they say no & risk no antiracist voice being heard? Should they say yes then slam the requester?
I’m not a fan of people like that. They’re in it for the money.
knifefightingbears said: I thought the idea of using your privilege to dismantle privilege was the thought that it is probably safe for me to call out my white friends and others about being racist. It's not fair to expect PoC to call out all of the racism they see, especially as it can be dangerous for them, so I am supposed to call it out when I see it (but not speak over people who are affected by it.) Is this wrong?
Call out racism when you see it.
andrewdavidalex said: My question is sort of to the previous asker as well. In what situation would it be considered using white privilege to speak out against social issues (e.g. if you're white and tell someone that what they said is racist, or only if you're using a specific platform to speak about it, or what), and since I don't really know what that meant, is it possible to speak out against social issues without being seen as using white privilege or butting in to someone else's battle? Thanks.
I think it comes down to what you consider your position in the conversation to be. I don’t agree with the notion that white people don’t belong in the conversation or that their role is to shut up and listen. I don’t think we should be sending white people to Google every time they have a question. Now, that’s not to say it’s our job to educate, but if our goal is to dismantle these structures, yeah, we’re going to need to deliver some guidance to people who genuinely want to help but don’t have the perspective to know what to do.
(General note: Don’t take this as an invitation to consider this blog an educational resource. Like we’ve said many times before, there are days when we’re in the mood to answer questions for our well-intentioned white followers, and today happens to be one of those days, but this blog is primarily a POC space.)
Yes, it is possible to speak out against social issues without leveraging your white privilege. You should want to be a part of a conversation, but you in no way should try to make yourself a leading voice or an authority within that conversation. You simply don’t have the perspective to fully understand a lot of the concepts, which is not an insult, but a fact of life. I don’t have the perspective to fully understand a lot of the concepts within feminism, or the struggles of the queer community, so I don’t try to make myself an authoritative voice within those movements.
I do, however, attempt to amplify those perspectives within spaces in which it is appropriate for me to take an authoritative voice. You’ve got to always defer to those who are actually a part of whatever group you’re supporting. Ya know, just take in the conversations you’re privy to, correct your own actions, and then make sure the spaces you’re a part of are correcting their actions as well.
aquilin-e said: (In reference to the last Q answered) ...Okay, I see what you're saying, but what would you suggest white allies do instead? I still have white privilege, regardless of whether I choose to own up to it or ignore it, so surely trying to use it to ampify Poc's voices/start conversations on racism & white privelege/etc is better than the alternative- denying (and thus most definitely perpetuating) white privilege?
There’s a difference between amplifying it, acknowledging it, and owning up to it, and using it to speak over POC. You should point out racism where you see it, you should acknowledge the role white privilege plays in your life, and you should actively contribute to conversations on white privilege in a way that does not derail or shift focus. None of that involves using your privilege.
douchebaguet said: Another odd question, whats your opinion on a white cis male using his privilege to shed light and help open up peoples minds on certain topics and problems that PoC face? Is it just a cry for attention or is he using his privilege in the best way?
I’ve never understood this notion perpetuated by some POC bloggers that white people should use their white privilege to speak out against white privilege. Like, it literally is so mind numbingly contradictory, you might as well be saying the best way to put out a fire is to set the fire on fire.
You can’t use white privilege to dismantle white privilege, because that perpetuates white privilege, and if you are perpetuating white privilege, in what sense have you possibly deluded yourself into thinking you’re dismantling it?