ori | united states of america
current status: high school student in the magnet program
currently reading: les miserables by victor hugo
“Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. --I shall feel it."
She dropped her head again on Marius' knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless. All at once, at the very moment when Marius fancied her asleep forever, she slowly opened her eyes in which appeared the sombre profundity of death, and said to him in a tone whose sweetness seemed already to proceed from another world:--
"And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.”
- Les Miserables, The Agony of Death after Agony of Life
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Okay I apologize because my post may have been a bit confusing because at certain points I was referring to a general audience while addressing your points (ie. the neutral stance thing).
I'm writing this in bullets because I can't be bothered to type a paragraph anymore.
- The common treatment of every other race is utter shit, so from the perspective of said affected group, it's a privilege.
- Black people were literally compared to monkeys and primates for years while simultaneously being referred to as "blacks" and you're honestly getting defensive about me asking you to say black people. Yeah.
- You can't say it's both sides to blame because we've no power to actually represent ourselves. Like I said, y'all control the media.
- Did you even read the quote about how having your feelings hurt isn't racism?
From what your teacher did to you, it's probably xenophobia, which was common against war refugees and immigrants in the 19th and 20th century.
Here's a really cool quote that should diminish your victim complexes. Read it before you come to me with your "Dear Diary, someone was mean to me today" bullshit.
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
And here's the source link
@DarkChaplain or anyone who's actually interested in the perspective of a young black person in America
Let's talk about racism.
It's called white privilege because it's "We need to dismantle this system that gives you an advantage" VS "You need to get on my level." It's called white privilege not with the implication that you've earned it, but rather that you built it and are currently doing nothing to stop it, might I add. It's called white privilege while you've a "neutral" stance on racism and maybe politics as a whole, you're still contributing to it. (See: your use of "nigga," a slur that is not yours to reclaim; "What's with all these vulgar black people?" clearly demonstrating that you've no idea that black people don't have to combat racists 24/7 and they can live free of the stress that is the task, and that you don't listen to rap; your use of "blacks" which has been use to dehumanize black people by stripping away that word.)
I won't fault you for your implicit racism this time, because we (well, I do, I'm not sure about Germany) live in a society that has completely normalized it ("It's okay as long as you don't say n*gger!") while claiming to be so post-racism. Racism is instilled in us the day we are born, being fed to us through blackface and things like "you're a good black, unlike those blacks who dare to do anything" because your worth is measured by how little you do to change this system. Don't believe it? There's racism in our science, even, because we're so "biologically different." Maybe consider that even esteemed professors are actively doing it. Don't you ever tell me racism is happening because "the blacks keep acting out."
As for representation, it's funny how you'll blame it on rappers when we're not even in control of the media. We see ourselves in 7.5% of young adult novels. You know where else we can see ourselves? As terrorists, as drugdealers, as criminals. And guess who's in control of that? Is it any wonder why so many black children hate themselves?
Let's talk about it.
(also shut up about being discriminated for being white because news flash: you aren't)
Calling them out on "being privileged" only deepens the gulf
Because ignoring problems and pretending everything's a-okay will totally stop racism. Nice to know.
ooo I play six bass in steel pan
is that a map of westeros B)
If possible, permaban @Warlock so he may never regain full God powers ever again and also because he won't give me his password.
Honestly, I can't choose between Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Also maybe The Great Gatsby.
I'm a Slytherin, but I've been sorted as a Gryffindor a few times. Hufflepuff is definitely my favorite house though.