It’s a bit too late at night right now to try and trend something, so let’s say tomorrow even starting around 4ish we’re going to try trending #fornever21 to try and get the Black Panthers crop top  pulled from Forever 21.

dion-thesocialist asked: This is Dion from This is White People. That Forever 21 story has me really hot. Do you think we could trend something on it? Get it pulled?

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

I’m sure we could but honestly I don’t know how it would happen basically because I’m not so savvy on the social networking side of things. Like I know we’ve gotten things pulled before but how you all did it I have no idea.

I suppose we could start a hashtag or something but I’m not the clever one coming up with those either but I think we could really get something going

maybe #fornever21 or something, I don’t know. 

It could be taken on here on tumblr, spread to twitter and maybe facebook but facebook be on that bullshit so I don’t know

But yeah, we could get something going

And also let me just add that I got mad respect for you, Dion, and its really cool to me that you recognize this blog

-Elijah

Possible #Fornever21 shirts:

"Colorism *image of a rainbow under it*"

"Stand your ground *image of red stilettos*"

"Stop and Frisk (me ;))"

-Holly

hahahahaha yassssss! let’s do it!

-Dion

shibaeinu asked: I emailed Forever 21's customer service. Not guaranteeing it will work but I've emailed several companies before stating which item was offensive and shortly why they should remove it and they have. Granted they don't reply to me but when I go back to look for it a few days later and it's been removed. Having more than one person do it would probably increase the chance.

That’s a good idea!

dion-thesocialist asked: This is Dion from This is White People. That Forever 21 story has me really hot. Do you think we could trend something on it? Get it pulled?

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

I’m sure we could but honestly I don’t know how it would happen basically because I’m not so savvy on the social networking side of things. Like I know we’ve gotten things pulled before but how you all did it I have no idea.

I suppose we could start a hashtag or something but I’m not the clever one coming up with those either but I think we could really get something going

maybe #fornever21 or something, I don’t know. 

It could be taken on here on tumblr, spread to twitter and maybe facebook but facebook be on that bullshit so I don’t know

But yeah, we could get something going

And also let me just add that I got mad respect for you, Dion, and its really cool to me that you recognize this blog

-Elijah

Thanks for the kind words! We dig your blog a lot too.

I like #fornever21. One idea I had was #foreverracist but stands a lot of potential to be taken over by trolls. I figure we can use this as a wider opportunity to talk about cultural appropriation and white privilege, so if we could come up with a hashtag that would give us the opportunity to talk about those things as well, that’s what we should go with.

The important thing is to have a plan going in. We’d have our immediate goal (get the black panther crop top pulled), our intangible goal (sparking a conversation about cultural appropriation), and some basic plans for what we’re going to talk about.

Any followers want to pitch in with suggestions for the name of the hashtag? Any other anti-racist blogs want to pitch in to help lead?

-Dion

Oh gosh what if they appropriate the whole anti-racist movement? Won’t be long until we have white teens on longboards screaming “fuck white supremacy” and crossing the street whenever they come to a black person.

One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.

That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular, and why Macklemore can win Grammy’s for writing songs about smelly sheets, and why white drugged out kids can walk around Coachella in tacky “native” headdresses.

When people of color cannot participate in aspects of their culture without persecution, but white people are welcome to those aspects, that’s a major undeniable example of white privilege.

theuppitynegras:

dynastylnoire:

nina-lovehall:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

I’m so mad right now!!! “West coast panther”??? Fuck white people and F21

..
Excuse me?

ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?!!!!!! REALLY?!!!
http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_graphic-tees&ProductID=2000061690&VariantID=

if I see a white girl in this bullshit they are getting a-town stomped straight up

theuppitynegras:

dynastylnoire:

nina-lovehall:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

I’m so mad right now!!! “West coast panther”??? Fuck white people and F21

..


Excuse me?

ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?!!!!!! REALLY?!!!

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_graphic-tees&ProductID=2000061690&VariantID=

if I see a white girl in this bullshit they are getting a-town stomped straight up

Give it 50 years and I bet white teens will be wearing Osama Bin Laden t-shirts and calling themselves Taliban and just soaking in how TRENDY they are.

#1684

White privilege is being able to wear the Black Panthers logo. Apparently, Forever 21 thinks it’s cute to make a top with the Black Panthers logo and market it to white women as trendy and vintage. I guarantee a black person could not be caught dead wearing the Black Panther logo. They’d lock us up if we were lucky, and if we weren’t as lucky, they’d put a bullet in our head and the whole world would get one look at the top and decide we definitely had it coming.

#1683

White privilege is not having people assume your parents do not love you because you were born female to a Chinese family. White privilege is not having to defend yourself against people who assume you were almost aborted when your parents found out you have two X chromosomes. White privilege is not being cut off when you try to explain that your parents love you very much, because the white person speaking to you has watched one or two documentaries about how much the Chinese hate their female children, and that makes them much more qualified to dictate the entire nation’s attitude towards women than someone who actually is a Chinese woman.

White privilege is not having your family’s support and love for you invalidated because everyone knows “your people” can’t possibly love their daughters.

#1682

White privilege is being able to wear jeans to a baby shower and not immediately be mistaken for “the help” by the first woman who walks in. (For what it’s worth, several guests were wearing jeans, but no one else was wearing jeans while Asian.)

White privilege is being able to lend a hand in the kitchen, while wearing said jeans, and not being told to “bring me something to drink”.

White privilege is not being able to understand why I then proceed to give you the cold shoulder the rest of the afternoon.

awsickdude asked: One of my main characters is Korean-American, but I'm afraid of white-washing his ancestry or making him into a stereotypical caricature. So I was wondering if you had any resources about Korean culture, writing characters outside of my race, etc?

theroadpavedwithwords:

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I swear, like clockwork, we get this question nearly every month. What is the secret to writing something different from me? There are no secrets, there is no guides, no quick lists of what all Korean-Americans are like (because no one works that way). Don’t treat characters like they’re some unfathomable other, because they’re not, they’re human beings like you and me and anyone else.

Why are you worried about writing a stereotypical caricature? Is it because that’s all you know? Change that. Consume media written by Korean-Americans, realize that being Korean-American will effect who he is just like your background effects who you are, and make sure your characters are human beings.

Worried about white-washing history? Read history. There’s lots of it out there, by Korean-Americans, and it’s easily accessible on the internet. Go to museums, check out books assigned in Asian American studies. They exist, you’re just not looking for them.

Stop being afraid of writing POC characters because “you might get it wrong.” Do type the questions you just asked me into google, and start from there. Do realize that your characters are human, share the same interests and motivations as everyone else, and should be treated as such. .

STANDING OVATION OVER HERE.

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Changed the avatar to white people having fun at Coachella (nothing against the people in the pic really). Just felt like it was a good “hot topic”. The person in the front looks like they’re are having so much fun and I want to have fun too. So yeah TIWP is fun now.

#1681

White privilege is pretending to be from Afghanistan to send a “joke” to an airline that you’re planning on planting a bomb. Everyone is threatening to refund their tickets and panicking because all they see is a brown Arab terrorist. When the airline submits your information to the FBI you straight away admit you are white dutch and beg the airline not to do anything, suddenly the whole world is at your side and mocks the FBI for arresting a teenager on a “harmless joke”.