i just now learned that apparently a native american actress auditioned for tigerlily and was told that they weren’t looking for a native american actor for the role.
This miley cyrus twerking thing reminds me of a time when I was talking to my white hispanic friend “S”, and we were discussing nail art.
It was freshmen year, so this was three years ago. And at the time, black girls were predominately wearing the mix match nails. You know, one nail on each hand might be a different color or pattern. Or have some sort of variation.
So she asked me, why did all the black girls do this? It looked so trashy and ghetto to her. I told her that I thought it was cute and that she wasn’t using the term “ghetto” correctly. (that’s another post)
THE VERY NEXT YEAR, when this became a trend in *major* magazines with more white girls sporting the look. Who was sporting this look? The same girl who called the look trashy and ghetto. And when I called her out on it, she simply stated, “Oh, I just like it now. It’s really cute.”
I will never forget. I saw it with my own eyes. How black people or POC can be doing something creative and awesome, have it be condemned until it is being sported or used by white bodies. Thus, allowing it to be consume in a more acceptable package.
Whiteness is one hell of a drug.
I try and try to explain this shit to people, and still, no one understand why this problematic or why it upsets me so much.
Cultural appropriation is like, totally hot right now.
Jane H. Hill, The Everyday Language of White Racism (via wretchedoftheearth)
This is like when me and my white soon-to-be husband were looking for places. I’d call up and they’d say, “Come on down! Get an application!”. Because I don’t “sound” black.
Then I’d walk in 2 minutes later and they’d be all, “Oh. Sorry, we just rented it.”
Then I’d send him in and he’d get an application.
The best part? Walking back in while he was completing the application. “Oh, they gave you an application? But they told me it was just rented. ODD. THAT. I’m going to report them so let’s just skip this place, m’kay?” The looks on their faces and the pathetic apologies were just too much fun.
Used to deal with the same thing with road trips. Hotels would tell me that there were no vacancies, but my white roommate would go in and get us a room, usually cheaper than advertised.
I do similar stuff at restaurants and other places of business with my white bf. At least it makes it easier to know where not to go!
Reblogging again for the commentary
But we’re just supposed to *trust* and think everything is an *isolated* incident.
Not so sophisticated scholars, were they? I mean this really, really shouldn’t be all that surprising.
It shouldn’t be surprising, but I guarantee that most white people find it unbelievable
This is all part of why I’m a hater about “proper” language and grammar, because it’s still racist and classist as fuck, bye. The number of conversations I’ve had among other people of color about the importance of learning to “talk white” (and that’s definitely how it’s been referred to more than “speaking properly”) in order to make it anywhere in America, especially growing up = countless.
Not surprised, just depressed.
As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.
According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action."
This is EXTREMELY blatant on college campuses. The fact that these things need to be clarified is sad.
Legacy is the real affirmative action…and yet we don’t see certain types of entitled people suing to dismantle that.