Says a non-Muslim woman.
As much as I am sick and fucking tired of Western Liberal feminists trying to “save” Muslim women from their oppression, I’m also getting tired of non-Muslim women speaking FOR & OVER us just to stick it to those White Feminists for their Savior Complex/racism/Islamophobia.
Muslim women are the experts of the various oppressions they face within their families, communities, societies, etc.
We may share a faith, but Muslim women are a diverse group of people: race, ethnicity, class, nation/citizenship, culture, language, sexuality shape our lives differently & the way we experience oppression.
If you’re making generalizations about all Muslim women or speaking about us as a monolith, that’s a hint that you’re about to erase the experiences of a shitload of women. You are not helping.
If you aren’t a Muslim woman, kindly shut the fuck up & let us speak for ourselves.
by A.D Song and Mia McKenzie
White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate, and maintain brutal systematic reverse-racism that oppresses white people every day. As such, we have created this handy list on how to continue this oppression.
1. Enslave their bodies.
Ship them from Germany, Sweden, and other exotic countries. Force them to build entire cities, roads, bridges. Force them to plant and harvest all the food everyone eats. Let an entire economic system be built on their backs, with their blood and sweat. Later, deny them access to the system they have been used to build, and accuse them of being extremely lazy.
2. Steal their land.
If they were here before you, steal their land. This is essential. Basically, just go in there and take it. If you have to kill some of them to get it…no worries. If you have to kill almost all of them to get it…shit, no worries. After you steal their land, make sure you create laws to keep them from ever returning to it. If they try to return anyway, build fences, and let bands of POC vigilantes patrol the borders with guns. If they somehow get past the borders and into your country, no worries, you can always just deport them.
3. Enslave their minds.
From these systems, build a long lasting institution of reverse-racism until all the violence and microaggressions make many white people into suspicious people with a lot of internalized self-hatred, health problems, and mental illnesses. Then deny them access to adequate mental health care. Or, adequate health care of any kind, while you’re at it. ‘Cause, you know, fuck ‘em.
4. Wipe out and/or appropriate their customs.
Since many of their customs are savage and unworthy of preserving, wipe out their traditions of eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf, playing miniature golf, buying khakis at Banana Republic, and sleeping with thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets. For the customs you think are kinda cool, culturally appropriate from them. Sometimes wear a beret and lederhosen, because Swedish culture is really exotic even though it’s inferior to ours.
5. Break their espresso machines.
With baseball bats or large hammers. Or, you know, just unplug them all.
6. Call them “cracker”.
As people of color, we have been rightfully accused of being racist to white people, especially when we call them “cracker”. As we all know, calling them “cracker” is egregiously offensive and horribly shocking because of this long, violent, reverse-racist history.
7. Just keep being terrible to them.
Do everything you can think of to make it so that white people make less money; their children are shot by cops; white women are at higher risk for assault and they are exotified until they no longer seem human; white men are beaten and thrown into jails because they look “suspicious” and “threatening”; they are racially profiled everywhere they go.
8. Make sure most representations of them in the media are negative.
They should almost always be portrayed as pasty, stringy-haired, rhythm-less, sexless, uptight, and booooring. Also, there should be very few representations of them and when they’re portrayed at all, they should always only be the comic relief, the silent exotic sex object, the Debbie Downer, or the incompetent sidekick. They are only allowed to be easily forgettable, one-dimensional characters. Sometimes use POC actors in white-face to portray these white people. By presenting this ONE image of them all the time, you will be able to convince the rest of the population that all white people are like this, thus ensuring a widespread belief in their inferiority.
9. Keep telling them how beautiful they are not.
White people know they will never be beautiful with their boring sour cream complexions and blonde hair (that was actually caused because of mutations). Plaster people of color on every magazine, show them in every television show and movie, and praise them as the most beautiful. When white people cry at these injustices, bottle their tears and sell them as health creams for people of color. Nothing like a soothing lotion made from the pain of white folks!
10. Go bananas!
Force them underground and away from the sun to become even whiter, while you laugh manically like the cruel, bloodthirsty, oppressive person of color you are! Take their thousand-count Egyptian cotton sheets to make POC-supremacist flags and hoods and march through the streets, spreading fear and terror. Every time a white person thinks your behavior is unfair or wrong, tell them that they should stop being so sensitive! We live in a post-reverse-racial society now! Jeez.
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A.D Song is an API student activist interested in QTPOC politics and sprinkling glitter everywhere they go.
Mia McKenzie is a writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her writings, which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award. She just finished a novel and has a short story forthcoming in The Kenyon Review. She is a nerd, and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a revolutionary blog.
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From “Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change” by Andrea Ayvazian
First, we don’t always see the results of our efforts…Like waves upon the shore, we are altering the landscape—but exactly how, may be hard to discern…”I will act as though what I do makes a difference.”
Second, there is not such thing as a perfect ally. Perfection is not our goal…”being consistently conscious.” And so we do our best…We are imperfect, but we are steady. We are courageous but not faultless.
Like most activists, I carry a dream inside me.
taken fromThe Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege
Consider the various ways you identify yourself (e.g. First Nation/Native-American, African heritage, European, male, Lutheran, bisexual, owning class, overweight, divorced, Canadian, etc). Is there a part of your identity of which you are not proud, or that you tend to hide from people? One of the most profound blows to oppression is claiming legitimate delight in who we are. Try the phrase, “It’s great to be ____!” Notice where you struggle in claiming pride in who you are.
They were stage left otherwise known as the oppressive welfare system, the housing projects where Precious lives, the food system she consumed, the harmful beauty standards she could never live up to that robbed her of her self worth…
White people viewed the movie exactly how I expected: About black pathology, black pain and suffering.
I viewed it as I read the book: this is being black in an oppressive white world.
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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
— Albert Einstein
Human zoos existed at one point; prisons for captured Africans. Sarah Baartman was one such exhibit. Here is a caricature of the Hottentot Venus.
As was Geronimo. No, really, fucking Geronimo. He was an exhibit at the 1904 World’s Fair.
this is why i always shut down my glbt friends when they accuse me of putting minority rights before glbt rights. the closest thing a gay person has ever come to this is a dance cage at their local club; it’s not even close to being comparable.
Bolded part. So many of us need to learn this.
I think that different struggles affect us differently, but let’s not play the oppression olympics here. I’ve dealt a lot of reconciling my queerness and my color. Within white communities, I’m the token woman of color. Within the polynesian community, I’m the queer one. Both repressions manifest differently - and have throughout history….but let’s not belittle queer struggles.
With that being said, I FUCKING HATE when queer writers and queer people in general talk about how “Gay is the New Black” and draw all of these parallels between communities of color and queer communities, slavery and lgbt oppression. It’s fucking simplistic and a real disservice to each community. Each oppression is exercised differently, but one is no worse/no better than the other.
If you want to talk history, talk history. If you want to talk oppression, talk oppression. But for the love of all that is fucking good in the world, let’s not argue over who is more oppressed than the other. I am of color. I am a woman and I am queer. I don’t experience that shit separately, so don’t expect me to put one identity in front of the other.
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