Renisha Mcbride was a 19 year old Black Girl from Michigan. On November 2nd, she was involved in a terrible car crash but survived. After the accident, she ran to the nearest house looking for help because her phone had died. She knocked on the front door and was shot in the face with a shotgun by the White Homeowner. After the murder, No Charges have been pressed against the White shooter and it is being called a justified Killing. Several Police officers and the Shooter’s lawyer have said that “He acted Properly” in shooting her. Don’t ever be fooled into believing that Racism is over.
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Lily Allen’s new song ‘Hard Out Here' owns Blurred Lines.
Before They Pass Away. Photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the earth to try and document the world’s most secluded tribes.
I’m tired of seeing white people treating poor countries as if they were their very special emotional playground.
Racists travel to under developed countries under the guise of ‘appreciating their culture’ or ‘searching for themselves’ (whatever that means) or any other seemingly thoughtful premise.. They enjoy the ‘exotic’ foods, marvel at the ‘exotic’ landscapes, snap photos (without asking first) of those very ‘exotic’ natives.
They have profound revelations about how in the western world we have much more commodities than necessary, and how these poor rural simpletons are so happy with the little they own, cause they’re blissful savages, much less complex than the average white US citizen.
Some of them even manage to say utterly disrespectful stuff (e.g.’oh look at these people living in the middle of nowhere’ (cameron diaz) or that ‘they defecate in the woods ‘hunched like animals’ (drew barrymore) and the worst part is, they don’t even seem to realize.
… Then they go back to their countries, with a serious white savior complex, and show all their relatives photos those wonderful, smiling exotic natives, just before complaining about illegal immigrants taking all their jobs.
…or, like my friend Kenneth, they realize how incredibly privileged they are and it affects them deeply. Not exactly a “cure” for racism but sometimes it takes a profound experience in a foreign place to recognize their own privilege and how the way they live their lives affects people globally.
God tumblr, not everything is fucking terrible. The negativity gets to you after a while, man.
Context: the cartoon at the top of this post was taken from a comic about how a flagrant racist traveled around the world and this somehow made him less racist. While going to “underdeveloped” (or as I prefer to call it, colonized countries) may change someone’s perspective, if they were racist before, going to a “less privileged” country won’t automatically make them not racist, but rather change the type of racism they use.
I’ve seen lots of well-intentioned liberals go to other countries to “save” people and still maintain horrible racist views. It’s a way for them to feel like they’re making a difference without challenging the US global hegemony that creates the conditions that (usually white) USians go and try to “fix”. So while your friend might have had a beneficial experience by going to China, that doesn’t take away from the valid criticism presented in the post and shouldn’t be used to derail the conversation.
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One of my lovely customers sent me a message today with this link.
And here is my United/World of Love line:
My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the…
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