Omg. I just… I don’t even know what to say. I mean… you…I… wow. WOW. Thank you so much! This means more than I can even put in words, I’m so speechless right now. ♥
I am so happy that I get to write this letter to you. You have so much patience and grace that I often forget how young you are. There are a handful of people on this site that I look forward to seeing how their lives turn out. You are one of them. I think you have such a bright future and I’m not even sure you are aware of how powerful your voice is yet.
You are a kind and loving soul but you also have the integrity that is sometimes lacking in others. I am in awe of the sheer will in which you face some of the nay sayers. You are someone I am so proud of. It is hard to say that without sounding condescending but I really have no other way to put it. There is no other word to describe how I feel about you other than, Proud.
You have what it takes to make the world better. To be a force to be reckoned with. My heart fills with joy every single time I see you pop up on my dash. You are such a ray of hope. I am trying not to get to far into that mushy place but I am really have trouble avoiding it!
I am so happy that our paths have crossed. Even if only online. You are someone I know I was meant to meet but more importantly, someone who was meant to help my figure out what my life’s path would be. You have had a profound affect on me as a person and I hope you never forget that above all else, you have touched people’s lives in an extremely positive way.
I thank you.
Ahhhh! I will! I need your email address. :D And everything is pretty good on this end! I’ll fill you in on life in the email, haha. ASDFHIODHFIOAHFA PARIS OMG. You are going everywhere. Can I just come with you? T_T
OMG DO YOU REALIZE I HAVE YOUR POST CARD THAT I WROTE FOR YOU SITTING HERE ON MY DESK
AND I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO SEND IT FOR LIKE THE PAST THREE MONTHS
BUT I KEEP FORGETTING TO BUY A FUCKING STAMP
I am a hot mess
OMG! ahahahah I forgot about this!!
girl you need to send me an email and update me on your life! how were your holidays, what’s new?? I’m going to Paris soon, I’ll send you a postcard from there! <333
And it ended with you and me riding off into the sunset? :DSo this is the one who stands between us. e_e Lol y’all are adorable!
lmao thank you
that picture started as “get over here, i need to take a picture of us, we don’t have any right now”
… Okay, lemme clear this up. I got justifiably annoyed at people doing that on MY OWN posts. And I don’t care what OP said about who they want a response from. If they’re asking about Black people, the only people they need to be hearing from is Black people. Therealseebs should KNOW better than to speak for us, and if a BLACK person wants to cross out the words of a non-Black person who is trying to speak for us, that is fucking fine, because they shouldn’t be speaking for us in the first place. They’re sitting there talking out of their ass, and meanwhile Black people are giving answers. You’ve been following me for a while, so you should know this by now: If somebody asks about a group of people, if you aren’t part of that group, then shut up because it is not your conversation to be having so you shouldn’t be in it. Don’t answer for other people when they are capable of answering themselves. That doesn’t have to be clarified for somebody to know that it’s not their table to be sitting at. Come on now. And the fact that you were even calling a Black person a dick in the first place for crossing out a non-Black person’s words (their words have no weight in this convo in the first damn place, btw) had me shaking my head HARD. :/ If they didn’t know, then fine. They didn’t know. Now they do. But really now, don’t get mad at Black folk for trying to shut non-Blacks out of a conversation they shouldn’t be in.
Quick questions: Are black people considered PoC? Also, is it ok say “black people” or is there another preferred word?
Gets complicated. You often see “African American” (with either or both words sometimes but not always capitalized), but this has Difficulties. For instance, imagine that you are in Sweden, and you are looking at Christmas ornaments, and one of them is an angel with dark brown skin. Is it remotely coherent to refer to it as “African American”? What about lighter-skinned people who came from Africa to the US? Etcetera.
PoC (“people of color”) is usually used to indicate all the non-whites as a class. Which is itself a testimony to the flexibility of language; wasn’t that long ago that the reason people were pushing “black” is that “colored people” was considered derogatory. There’s a sort of technical problem; if bigotry against a given group is reasonably widespread, then any term you use for them will acquire a negative connotation in the language over time.
Oversimplifying a bit: “Negro” was perfectly reasonable and neutral, but acquired negative connotations due to racists using it as a pejorative, so “colored” was introduced as a word which referred to those people but wasn’t perjorative. Then the same thing happened again, we had “colored only” water fountains and the like, and it became a pejorative, so “black” was brought in to be a term that could be neutral. Same thing again, and to make it worse, there’s a lot of variance in skin tone, and a lot of people who are “black” are pretty pale. I’m pretty much all European ancestry, and I have a friend who’s nominally “black”, but… One of my ancestors lived in Africa about three generations back (moved there from, I think, Italy), while she’s from Jamaican ancestors, so her most recent African ancestry is at least one or two hundred years further back than mine. And she’s fairly pale, and I tan pretty dark on the rare occasions when I leave my basement, so one summer when I was getting out a lot, I was actually darker than she was…
Long story short: There is no way to win this one, because humans suck. PoC has the particularly severe problem that anyone unfamiliar with it will probably think it’s equivalent to “colored people”, not aware that some people are old enough to remember that as fighting words second only to the n word.
I am also absolutely fascinated by the contrast between how autistics interact with “person with autism” and how various non-whites I know interact with “person of color”. (I sort of wonder now whether “person of autism” has the same problems that “person with autism” does, and I honestly can’t tell. It doesn’t make much sense.)
Your first mistake was not asking a black person. Instead you asked tumblr and got a ton of nonsense.
A problem you clearly solved by providing better data and/or citations for it. If there are factual errors, feel free to point them out. I’d be fascinated to know about them. Asserting that something is “a ton of nonsense” when you haven’t got a single correction to offer doesn’t exactly improve things.
Seriously, what’s your goal here? You wanna be smug and condescending, or you wanna fix the problem? Because if there really is misinformation, it will not get better just because you are condescending. You’ll have to provide actual factual corrections to fix that. And please, feel free. It’s totally possible that there’s errors there; my application to be the world’s greatest expert on the history of derogatory terms was denied on the grounds that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog had been awarded the position in perpetuity.
@bookishboy was being a dick really the best way to say, “Actually PoC is for any dark skinned group—black, Asian, Latino/a Filipino/a etc.” (Does that fairly cover it btw?) therealseebs tried to define whether or not PoC was an appropriate non-racist term with as much information as he had available to him and he took into consideration that any term might be currently offensive with one group or another. Please explain how the fuck that’s a ton of nonsense.
@therealseebs I am not sure if it counts/qualifies to you as a valid source but most of the blogs I follow that deal with anti-racism topics say that PoC is for any dark skinned minority. Also I do not think that there has been any derogatory conflation between “PoC” and “colored” yet because of aforementioned anti-racism blogs continuing to use the term PoC.
Um, actually, Bookishboi was right. If they want to know about Black people, they should ask Black people, not the general tumblr public. Because like they just said, they will get a lot of nonsense, like people who aren’t Black trying to answer FOR us, by pulling out fucking ~citations~. If you want to know about a group of people, ASK that group of people, or else you’ll get a bunch of non-Black people trying to speak for us. That’s all they said, and that’s not a dickish thing to say at all. Y’all can stay proving their point. The-real-seebs was a flawless example of non-Black people answering questions they have no business answering. And if you aren’t Black, you don’t really need to be speaking right now either. Thank you for calling them out, but this is not your conversation to be having and you shouldn’t be
trying to have it.
Okay. One thing and then I will shut up. bookishboi crossed out the-real-seebs entire post. You have gotten justifiably annoyed with people who have done something similar to your posts. the-real-seebs did not know that he was not meant to respond since it was posted to the general public. Poster did mention they tagged hoping for a black person’s response, but he didn’t really do anything that would indicate to seebs that he should NOT respond. (Though I might wonder what would have happened if the op had written “only black or other non-white people respond please.” Poor OP might have had a bunch dumb white anons in his inbox forever.)
And the fact that you just sat there and compared a PoC shutting somebody out of a conversation they shouldn’t be in to a white person completely erasing the ORIGINAL post of a PoC talking about racism, as if they’re the same thing and hold the same weight? Hell. No. You are fucking up so hard.
Thank yooooou ♥ You’re too sweet, I love yooooou! BUT DEM TAGS DOE OMG I CAN’T LOL. Gurl, you know I’ma get his ass to spend time with me today.
Alex, I hope you have a perfect day.
YES. For some reason I thought we were the same height, but then I saw that you were 5”6, and wasn’t surprised because everybody is taller than me. XDOMG HOW TALL DO YOU THINK I AM LOLOL I WANNA KNOW NOW
Please tell me you’re 5’4.
US LOWLY NEGRESSES ARE ONLY ALLOWED THE SCRAPS. LEAVE THE BEAUTY FOR THE WHITE WIMMINZ, WE CAN HAZ WHAT’S LEFT, OKAY?thinkspeakstress replied to your post: in addition it’s totally fine when white women…Well duh, WoC are only around to make white women feel better about themselves, and how can we do our jobs if we don’t let them shit all over our looks? If we criticize a single white girl, we destroy the entire system, HOW DARE YOU! !1!!one!!!
HOW SELFISH OF ME
“THIIIIS IS HOOOW WE DOOO IIIIT” sang the kingdom of real niggas. Bitch-Assedocity quivered in fear; it knew that no matter how hard it tried, it couldn’t measure up to the power of Real Niggadom. It shut its eyes in defeat as RN opened its mouth in a mighty cry and once more let its song span the corners of the universe, loud and proud. Real Niggadom sang. It sang before it tore into Bitch-Assedocity, it sang while ripping Bitch-Assedocity limb from limb, and it sang afterwards, at the great celebration. That night, all was well. Bitch Assedness would never again reign. And all together, everybody sang in perfect unison and harmony, “THIIIIIS IS HOOOW WE DOOO IIIIIIT”THIS IS MY THEME SONG. I fluster the hell out of my white friends with this shit because we’ll be at the gym, and if I actually do something correctly, I’ll hop up and be like, “Thiiiis is hooow we dooooo iiiiiiit” and then BOOM! I start dropping it low and booty popping, “DA NA NA NA NA!!!!!” and they’re just like, “….omg wat. Omg. Wat? Omg. WAT!!!?!?! WHAT IS GOING ON” and I’ll just keep repeating it and lol omg their faces. Any time that song can be sung, I’m singing it and people are just like, “WHAAAAT?” and Black students are just like, “YASSSSS!” and it’s great. Can we start a revolution with this song?FASDHIFASH I KNEW IT BEFORE I EVEN CLICKED THE PLAY BUTTON YASSSS
This is the after party revolution song
Or we just play this song the whole revolution
In either case
IT WILL BE PLAYED
… I don’t even know.I DON’T. EVEN. KNOW.
im not eem sorry
THIS IS MY THEME SONG. I fluster the hell out of my white friends with this shit because we’ll be at the gym, and if I actually do something correctly, I’ll hop up and be like, “Thiiiis is hooow we dooooo iiiiiiit” and then BOOM! I start dropping it low and booty popping, “DA NA NA NA NA!!!!!” and they’re just like, “….omg wat. Omg. Wat? Omg. WAT!!!?!?! WHAT IS GOING ON” and I’ll just keep repeating it and lol omg their faces. Any time that song can be sung, I’m singing it and people are just like, “WHAAAAT?” and Black students are just like, “YASSSSS!” and it’s great. Can we start a revolution with this song?FASDHIFASH I KNEW IT BEFORE I EVEN CLICKED THE PLAY BUTTON YASSSS
Right? These niggas be killing me, trying to be like, “oh, it’s SOUTHERN food.” REALLY? Who the fuck do y’all think that southern food came from? It sure as hell wasn’t the white folk. You’d better believe it was the niggas in the kitchen coming up with these damn recipes, seasoning that shit, and coming up with ways to cook it. They need to learn some food history. Some of those “southern” foods are SLAVE foods. What white person was a slave? I’ll wait to hear that one, and in the meantime, these salty ass motherfuckers better give credit where it’s due.Because food appropriation, that’s why. Anything that tastes good, white folk will claim as theirs. And if they can’t do that they’ll sure as hell steer the credit away from where it SHOULD be going. It’s REGIONAL, not BLACK. Cos we can’t have nothin
food appropriation is real as hell
now you tryna tell me southern white folks was eatin’ fried chicken, greens, and sweet potatoes ‘cause THEY thought it up? oh no. somebody Black was in that kitchen. fuck naw. y’all niggas still call it “waffles with chicken”, fuck out my face.