ableism, silence, and ferguson

secretandroid:

i am seeing a whole lot of concern about the mental health of white people who are staying silent about ferguson, and virtually none (at least not from white folks) about the mental health of the residents of ferguson, and other black people who do not have the privilege to ever opt out of this… 

please

can we not use cries of ableism to further perpetuate white supremacy

can we not use the concept of mental illness to obscure the fact that the vast majority of white people who are ignoring this are not doing so because they will be triggered, but because of deeply embedded antiblack racism and apathy that is ENDEMIC to the institution of white supremacy.

what these posts are accomplishing is allowing white people off the hook and telling them they don’t need to interrogate WHY they feel justified in ignoring all of this. these posts encourage white people to place their needs above those of black people.

it is one thing to be triggered - it is another altogether to feel anxious or upset. there is at least one post going around that is specifically targeting people who are triggered and that is not okay - but i’m not referring to that post. i’m referring to the rest of the posts which coddle white people and tell them it’s perfectly acceptable to avoid everything ferguson-related if it makes them anxious. guess what: IT’S NORMAL to feel anxious and upset about what’s happening! i’d be more suspicious of someone who isn’t extremely uncomfortable about what’s going on. that’s the fucking point. 

by all means, do what you need to do, but stop hijacking posts about white apathy with your accusations of ableism. any conversations about mental health and ableism MUST center on the needs of the marginalized if they are to be useful in antiracist discourse; if you are only interested in protecting the mental health of the oppressors then congratulations, you are part of the problem. 

note: do not under any circumstances use this post to hurt people with ptsd who need to blacklist violence for their own safety - that is NOT what this post is about.

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nprfreshair:

Allison Janney is best known for her role as White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. Now she’s nominated for two Emmys—one for her role as Margaret Scully on Masters of Sex and the other for the CBS sitcom Mom. From steamy sex scenes to struggles with sobriety, Janney covers a wide range. 
In today’s interview she tells Terry about how her height has affected her career: 

I say I’m 5’12”. I’m definitely six feet. In my heels I’m 6’3”. … [As a kid], I was always sort of a late bloomer in a lot of things. I always felt that way. I felt like my career started late and I think it was because of my height — and maybe some of my confidence issues.
I was playing 40-year-old women when I was 20. I didn’t get considered for ingénue roles. Maybe I just wasn’t ready, but things started happening when I turned 38. … I think my height probably did have something to do with it – but [my height] also helped me in certain parts. It’s made me definitely more of a character actress in terms of my love of doing comedy. I get cast as either the smartest woman in the room, or the drunkest woman in the room, and a lot of stuff in-between. But I do well getting those kinds of parts — authoritative or completely crazy, which I love. I love both of those kinds of roles.

nprfreshair:

Allison Janney is best known for her role as White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. Now she’s nominated for two Emmys—one for her role as Margaret Scully on Masters of Sex and the other for the CBS sitcom Mom. From steamy sex scenes to struggles with sobriety, Janney covers a wide range. 

In today’s interview she tells Terry about how her height has affected her career: 

I say I’m 5’12”. I’m definitely six feet. In my heels I’m 6’3”. … [As a kid], I was always sort of a late bloomer in a lot of things. I always felt that way. I felt like my career started late and I think it was because of my height — and maybe some of my confidence issues.

I was playing 40-year-old women when I was 20. I didn’t get considered for ingénue roles. Maybe I just wasn’t ready, but things started happening when I turned 38. … I think my height probably did have something to do with it – but [my height] also helped me in certain parts. It’s made me definitely more of a character actress in terms of my love of doing comedy. I get cast as either the smartest woman in the room, or the drunkest woman in the room, and a lot of stuff in-between. But I do well getting those kinds of parts — authoritative or completely crazy, which I love. I love both of those kinds of roles.

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Anonymous said: How is ''female queerness constantly undermined and invalidated by men''

thetalkingguineapig:

”she’s just experimenting” ”it’s a phase” ”she’s confused” ”can I watch?” ”can I join?” ”you’re a lesbian? that’s hot” *continues to hit on you*  ”you’re bi? wanna threesome?” ”lesbian sex doesn’t count” ”girls only do it for boys attention” ”she just needs to find the right man” ”I can change your mind” ”if you use dildos that means you really just want dick”

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Anonymous said: fuck you mlk didn't hate white people.

lordbape:

I said Martin Luther King said

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

and

Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

— Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail

and um he did so

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tawny:

the number of white dudes who aspire to be patrick bateman is legit terrifying

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2ndversesameasthe1st:

vul-va:

Please see the motive behind bringing the National Guard to Ferguson. This isn’t an issue of the system malfunctioning. No. The system is working exactly as it was designed to work: To silence and kill.

Militarized cops are horrendous enough. That an actual military force is going to be descending on them now is horrifying.

2ndversesameasthe1st:

vul-va:

Please see the motive behind bringing the National Guard to Ferguson. This isn’t an issue of the system malfunctioning. No. The system is working exactly as it was designed to work: To silence and kill.

Militarized cops are horrendous enough. That an actual military force is going to be descending on them now is horrifying.

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Shoutout to all the revolutionary people of color of today and yesterday:

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yellowxperil:

postracialcomments:

More reports about the White Anarchists

oh fun. you know who’s gonna end up paying for / getting blamed for the trouble you’re causing, white anarchists? y’all are always fucking up

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thepageofhopes:

antisjwyellowfang:

Just your daily reminders:

  • Racists are a problem
  • White people are not
  • Homophobes are a problem
  • Straight people are not
  • Transphobes are a problem
  • Cis people are not
  • Sexists are a problem
  • Men are not

And most importantly,

  • Hating an innocent person solely because of their race, sexuality, or gender makes you a fucking asshole

Just some actual daily reminders:

  • All white people do racist things without being aware they are
  • All straight people do homophobic things without being aware that they are.
  • All Cis people do transphobic things without being aware that they are.
  • All men do sexist things without being aware that they are.
  • Saying things like ‘some men’, ‘some cis people’ absolves the blame of individuals and only seeks to comfort those with privilege and power.
  • When a post says ‘some X’, the X will always assume that they are not because THEY ARE NOT AWARE.

And most importantly,

  • It’s called metonymy, when anyone who is oppressed makes an exasperated statement like ‘i hate straight people’, they are substituting straight people for the concept of a system and a culture that teaches, incentives, and legitimizes homophobic acts and normalizes homophobic acts so that straight people constantly do honophobic things without realizing it and that’s really fucking annoying.

And just as important,

  • The concept of sjws dehumanizes marginalized people and categorizes them as an ‘angry and emotional’ stereotype and only adds to the oppression of marginalized people under the guise of being ‘fair’, while the only thing you are doing is cushioning privileged people from their own ignorance and privilege.

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