Stereotypes kill. Even the “good” ones. Stereotypes end careers, or prevent them from ever getting started. Stereotypes hide real discrimination, and excuse real violence. Stereotypes change the fate of nations, usually for the worse.
So hit “ESC” on the macro in your head and think, dammit. And the next time you find yourself trying to justify a stereotype, or downplaying a stereotype as “good” stereotype, recognize what it is you’re doing. You’re being a bigoted asshat. You’re killing people and helping to make the world even more fucked-up than it already is. You are the problem.
Now fix it.
So you’ve submitted a privilege. It’s been an hour and you KNOW the of the mods is online. Why wasn’t it posted?
- We’ve covered the topic you submitted extensively and your privilege does not contribute more to the discussion. Sorry, we try to keep this place tidy!
- You’re white and your submission made me feel uncomfortable.
- One of us just didn’t think it applied. Maybe we thought it was more of class privilege. Or it just wasn’t white privilege at all.
- The reason why I, chauvinistsushi, delete a lot of them is because they weren’t white privilege but microaggressions.
What the fuck is a microaggression?
Here’s the wikipedia page.
Here’s an excerpt from microaggressions
Each event, observation and experience posted is not necessarily particularly striking in and of themselves. Often, they are never meant to hurt - acts done with little conscious awareness of their meanings and effects. Instead, their slow accumulation during a childhood and over a lifetime is in part what defines a marginalized experience, making explanation and communication with someone who does not share this identity particularly difficult. Social others are microaggressed hourly, daily, weekly, monthly.
Hypothetical example of submissions I delete:
White privilege is saying “Ni hao” to me on campus and talking to me about Mao. I don’t know this dude. I’m Filipino and was raised in West Texas.
That’s a mircoaggression. It makes people feel like shit but we usually shrug it off cause “it wasn’t that big of a deal”. But it was and it hurts. You can submit this to microaggressions. I recommend that everyone follow it!
But CS, I wanna submit it here!
Okay well here is how you can reword and submit the one above
White privilege is not having strangers assume you know another language cause you look “European” therefore you should know whatever language they think all Europeans speak AND you know history about Europe.
So our hypothetical submitter here is Filipino. As a Asian POC she regularly has people assume that she’s
- not from the U.S
- Speaks whatever language they think Asians speak
- Assume all Asians are the same
- Assuming that she knows everything about Asia (remember the aggressor thinks Asia is all the same)
- a combination of all of the above
White privilege is never having to deal with any of this shit.
White privilege is not understanding why it’s offensive to say “ni hao” and talk about Mao to a stranger who’s Filipino and spent most their life raised in West Texas
I hope this clears things up. Please feel free to resubmitt.
Jackie Ormes (1911 - 1985)
To say Mrs. Ormes is an inspirational creator and ahead of her time is an understatement.
Born Zelda Jackson, she was a journalist who was hired as a proofreader of the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the first major and most influential Black newspapers in the country. While at the Courier, Ormes created Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem, a story about a teenage singer from Mississippi who realizes her dream to perform at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.
After moving to Chicago in 1942, Mrs. Ormes wrote for another influential Black newspaper, the Chicago Defender (ironically a sibling publication to the Pittsburgh Courier since 2003) where she contributed feature stories, a social column, and after the end of the second World War, a one-panel comic strip called Candy (not to be confused with Alvin Hollingsworth’s comic strip Kandy), which was the misadventures of a sharp-witted housemaid who didn’t conform to the stereotypical Mammy archetype of the era but rather shapely, attractive, and realistic, a rarity in any medium.
Mrs. Ormes returned to the Courier in 1947 and created a new one-panel strip that lasted 11 years. Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger chronicled the lives of a pair of sisters, a short, opinionated, sharp-tongue little girl named Patty-Jo and her older, statuesque sister Ginger. Patty-Jo was also the inspiration of a popular doll produced by Terri Lee Dolls and noted for its realistic Black American features as opposed to the Topsy/Mammy dolls of the day. Only produced for two years, the Patty-Jo dolls are collectors items.
1950 brought the reintroduction of Mrs. Ormes’ Torchy Brown, who was no longer a teenage performer but now an independent woman looking for love and a place in this world while taking on issues of the day, particularly civil rights, in a new full-color title, Torchy Brown in Heartbeats. In 1957, Mrs. Ormes retired from comics but continued to create fine art and living a busy social life throughout the Chicago area.
Happy Fucking Black History Month
White privilege is your AP Human Geography teacher asking the class what it would be like to live in a country with ethnic violence.
How does that even make sense
Asking people to put themselves in someone else’s position is not a privilege
It’s an attempt and building bridges and creating empathy
I swear the social justice scene on Tumblr will be the death of my sanity
The white privilege is thinking that you do not live in a country (i.e United States) where there is “ethnic violence”. Completely ignorant to the fact that a lot of POC experience violence and harassment on basis of the color of their skin daily. If you can’t handle the social justice scene maybe you should get out of the fucking kitchen.
I absolutely agree, but you gotta work on your way of phrasing things. I’m not surprised that some people don’t get the point.
Oh look another white guy expecting me to cater to him. Look, we run on submissions. As much as I would like to rephrase every fucking submission we get, I can’t because that would be disrespectful to the submitter.
If anyone else thinks they need to reblog this and try me today I would recommend you don’t. For some reason I have a lot of spoons today and I am retwisting my hair so, yeah I’ll shut you down real quick.
someone in our inbox keeps forgetting that fat black women exist. you can’t separate their identities and put one ‘over’ the other.
if you want something rebloggable. you can do it yourself. screenshots are ok and we’ll reblog from you if we see it on the interwebs…
White privilege is a student asking when the class will be reading “normal literature”—meaning not all the stuff by PoC the postcolonial class has been reading.
psychedelic-tea asked: you guys dont get enough praise for running this blog and putting up with shit so im going to remind you guys how amazing you are! i feel like a lot of people come to this blog ignorant to the terminology used in sociology and other social sciences and go with the typical oh ethnic studies are about hating white people, when thats not true you guys are trying to inform the population about social problems caused by the issue of race. for that i thank you, much love <3
I kinda feel bad if we’re only using terms people know cause of sociology classes. I learned most of these terms on here. Do any of you guise want terms broken down?
And no, thank you for following us.
ascetyczny asked: As I see there's not such a thing as rationalism on this blog. It is not about proofs and fighting inequality. It is just about whining how poor and discriminated you are. I am not racist. I wrote to you because one ask bothered me and I thought that if it was true, then surely there are some sources that would prove you right. Also when I said that it does not exist I didn't mean that racism doesn't exist. I meant that one thing that you stated may not be real.
Oh! Wow, I completely misunderstood. Your passive aggressive insults have made me see the light. Your excuses are completely valid and understandable.
Shhhh, I don’t care.
mickeynotmouse-deactivated20130 asked: This blog makes me want to vomit. I'm a mexican beaner bean who lives in the us. And there is no such thing in white privilege. My ethnicity helped me get into college. That's about all the effect it has had on my rights or opportunities. An excuse to be racist. That's white privilege.
ascetyczny asked: Can you please show me part in constitution which states that people are not equal and that white people have more rights than black people? Can you provide me RELIABLE sources which prove that black people are opressed in work places/colleges or that there's actually some study proving that black people can't get into some institution just because of their skin colour? If you can't provide these things then I assume you dont know what you preach or they simply don't exist.
I’ve never seen so much white privilege in one ask. Congrats, you won!
Here’s your prize:
I’m laughing like crazy cause you think the constitution controls day to day life. Have you heard of the term “de facto”?
White privilege is deeming anything you disagree with “unreliable”. Unreliable is code word for POC. Why don’t you read Black Like Me? It’s a book written by, you guessed it a WHITE guy. It’s totally reliable. You don’t need to believe the experiences POC say they have when you can read it from someone who is reliable.
Have you never taken a Womens Studies course? African American Studies? Civil Rights? Asian American? Of course you haven’t! The sources these courses use are unreliable, aka by POC. Heard of Stokely Carmichael? How about Angela Davis? They write extensively on non-existent racism. Of course you haven’t. They weren’t mentioned in your reliable primary education textbooks.