the narrative trivia of whiteness is one of the most highly valued set of cultural objects in the world. the particular lived experiences of white people construct and set the boundaries for what is considered legible, and this is a primary form of racist oppression because it limits what we are able to percieve about ourselves and others. Our entire pop culture is rooted in this primary form of oppression, and so deviating & seperating from that set of narratives is crucial to the process of decolonization. more diversity does nothing; even pop culture narratives featuring only POC still retain the oppressive kyriarchal structure that characterizes all norms emanating from the hegemonic center. so while i feel that critical engagement with pop culture is important, it is more vital to set about creating spaces & narratives outside of that framework.
Constable Dan Hatchen and Constable Ken Munson of Saskatoon city police were charged with police brutality but were put back on the payroll during the trial. The Saskatchewan police commission ruled that they deserved to be paid, because the two officers had been cooperative and honest throughout the investigation.” —Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (via thecurvature)
i get really bored with white people who blithely erase people of color who say something they don’t want to hear by citing the opinion of a poc who does tell them what they want to hear and then going ‘some people are just offended by everything, and there’s nothing you can do about it…’
it is lazy, and ignorant to do this. people who do this though will probably live in their ignorance and die in that lack.
You never have to take it away
From one person to give it to another.
There’s always more than enough to go around.” —Pamela de Roy (via myquotelibrary)
white anarchists like to talk the most incoherent abusive shit to you when you don’t say something they like. of course it is about state violence! and not about race! oh no, it isn’t like those two things are INEXTRICABLY LINKED. no one gives a FUCK about what that old black woman THINKS, it is all about the STATE, she’s just a pawn of the police and you are swallowing media LIES. (because of course the black woman is a crazy liar, you know, just manipulated by the media and the state and even her own fucking lawyer, you know. you should think the way I think about this, black queer anarchist womyn, you know, because the minute you step out of my ideological line i get to question and erase who you are, oh shit, the power to fucking name and unname, the silencing bullshit white anarchists do. the fucking avoidance of these issues until they can either gang up on you or lash out at you. such fucking cowardice. the only thing they are brave about is telling off marginalized people and parsing complexity.)