Posted on April 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM
A lot of times, white people call things or people racist as a joke or a generic insult. For instance:
- In response to someone expressing a preference for white shoes over black shoes
- In response to someone saying something that offends them for some unrelated reason
- In response to expressing connection to a particular ethnicity
- In response to mentioning that white people are white and it matters
It’s not ok to do this because:
- Jokes like that work by assuming that calling someone or something racist is inherently absurd
- Which rests on the assumption that there is never a *real* need to call someone or something racist, because it rests on the assumption that real racism is over except for a few fringe groups with no power
- But racism is still a problem, and it still does tremendous harm to people of color
Using “racist” as a joke or generic insult sends the message that you refuse to acknowledge that racism is still a problem. It sends the message that you have contempt for people who point out racism. Don’t do that.
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM
you don’t have to be a cis hetero dude to be a vehicle of patriarchy
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is the first film biography of writer and activist Alice Walker. Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple for which she won a Pulitzer Prize, Walker was raised in poverty in the rural South during the violent and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. Women, poverty and civil rights became the inherent themes in her writing. “I’m not a lesbian, or a bisexual, or straight,” Walker says in the film. “I’m curious. If you’re truly living life, how could you not be?”
Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson who was a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and saint. With her final interview from 1992, director Michael Kasino captures the legendary human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s.
Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100
Born July 23, 1899, in Springfield, Illinois, Ruth Ellis was the oldest “out” African American lesbian known. The film offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our American history as lived by one inspiring woman. By example, Ruth Ellis shows us what is possible and what can be realized, if one not only lives long and ages well but also lives with pride. Ruth Ellis died at home peacefully in her sleep on October 5, 2000. She was 101.
A neat glimpse of some old-school, black, trans or drag performers in Austin, TX, October 7th, 1955.
Possibly taken at Ira Littlefield’s club, the I.L Club (“the ill club”) on East 11th St.
Photos by Neal Douglass. Source here.
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Sex work by choice, sex work by necessity, and sex slavery are three different situations that require different approaches in confronting the issues that are unique to them
STOP CONFLATING THE THREE
(via fuckyeahhardfemme)Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM
this is the most punk rock thing in the world
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Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM
Let’s be honest. Reviewing an anthology is hard. Why? Because you are judging it on two levels: that of the individual stories and that of the editing. What do I mean by this? Well, one deals with evaluating each story on its own merit. When reviewing an anthology it’s near impossible to…
Wha hoo, check out the poster for CAKE 2014! Carrie Vinarsky did a bang-up job!
Take a look at our full list of great exhibitors and special guests ——>HERE
Snake at Cake! I’m doin this
May 31st to June 1st! It’ll be my first time in Chicago! Super excited for this!
wish i was gonna be in chicago! carrie and anya are total badasses!
(via senhoritaugly)Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM