bad girls do it well Cristy, 23, New York City. Hong Kong-Chinese American womanist.
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Shout out to all the POC who are relearning all the useful, natural, and economical cultural skills that were taught to us by our families but forgotten and abandoned when we were growing up so we could assimilate into a white supremacist society for our own survival

mamashug:

Now ~conscious and eco-friendly~ white hipsters are jumping on board and pretending like these skills are their own new invention while scolding us for not following suit, ignoring the fact that they were the very ones that shamed us into forgetting this knowledge in the first place. 

If all the white people who claim they don’t hate us would ever get together and do something to the whites who claim they hate us, we’d see some action. Talk is cheap, if white people didn’t want to have a South African situation … there’d be none. If white people in America didn’t want segregation, there’d be none … it is the man who allows him to lynch who is never seen.

Malcolm X

Taken from Hakim Jamal’s book “From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me” (page 180)

(Source: disciplesofmalcolm)

Searching for Knowledge: Guide to Spotting Klansmen, Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, and Other White Supremacists

solaceames:

wordsandturds:

steviemcfly:

pragnacious:

Since the shooting at the Sikh Temple by Wade Page, there’s been a lot of discussion about the white supremacist subculture of which he was a part. Much of this discussion has involved the type of imagery and symbols white supremacists use to mark their dedication to their movements, to identify each other, and to advertise their politics.

Not many people seem to have been aware of how wide spread these organizations are, nor how their members usually present themselves. Therefore, I’m trying to create a complete (or as close as is possible) guide to the symbols, flags, slogans, coded messages, ways of dress, etc. that can be used to identify klansmen, neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, and other white supremacists. 

If you see any errors here, please let me know and I will correct them. Please reblog with anything I might have missed, and I’ll add it to the master list. Some of comes from discussions that I have with people who’ve had social interactions with white supremacists, who’ve been attacked by neo-Nazis, or who are involved in anti-fascist activism. Other things I’ve read or heard from various sources over the last few years. In addition, I did a lot online research for this guide, and those sources are included at the end. Anything that appears in quotations comes from one of these sources. 

Sometimes these symbols are tattooed onto the bodies of white supremacists. In other cases, they’re used on patches, badges, banners or flags. 

Here we go: 

14: This stands for the 14- slogan written by David Lane, an American white supremacist, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

18: “Adolf Hitler.” (A is the first letter of the alphabet, H is the 8th). 

33/5: “Used primarily by people involved in a Klan organization. The 22 represents three times eleven, with eleven representing the eleventh letter in the alphabet, ‘K.’ The 5 stands for the 5th era of the Klan or today’s Klan.”

4R: Used by Fourth Reich Skins. The 4 and the R are often joined. 

88: “Heil Hitler.” (H is the 8th letter in the alphabet).

AB: Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang that can be found throughout the US. The letter often feature in prison tattoos. The AB also likes to use tattooed shamrocks consisting of three 6’s woven together, often intricately hidden among other artwork. 

American Front Symbol: 

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American racist skinhead group lead by David Lynch. 

Aryan Nations Symbol

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Aryan Nations is associated with the Christian Identity movement. That’s the “the Old Testament was about Europeans and Jews were created by Satan and people of color are soulless ‘mud people’” folks. 

BH: “Blood and Honor.” Nazi slogan. Various neo-Nazi organizations have gone by this name. 

Blue flight jacket with orange lining: Part of the racist skinhead wardrobe.

Blut und Ehre: “Blood and Honor.” See BH for more information. 

Black Boots with White Laces: Sign of a German neo-Nazi. These are also worn by American neo-Nazis, who favor Doc Martins. (Note that Doc Martins are also popular among Queer woman - or at least they were in the past, I might be behind the times, fashion-wise). 

Black Sun/Sun Wheel:

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Occult symbol, often appropriated by neo-Nazis, especially in Germany.  

Boneheads: Another term for Skinheads, used in the American south. 

Celtic Cross: 

image image

A symbol of “strength,” the Celtic cross is often used by racists, but is also frequently seen in non-racist contexts. The “blood drop” version is used by the KKK.  

Clothing labels: Thor Steinar, Consdaple, Ansgar Aryan, Troublemaker are all associated with German neo-Nazis. 

Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars):

image

Not everyone who bears this flag is necessarily a klansman/neo-Nazi/skinhead (though it’s a good bet that anyone seen with it is a least a little racist) but it’s an old standby for white supremacists.

Crossed claw hammers:

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These hammers, which resemble a pair of goose-stepping legs, are used the Hammerskins, who are based out of the United States but who’s area of operation includes Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

I’ve been told that there are some German fascist organizations who also use two crossed sledge hammers. 

 Death’s Head:

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Used by Nazi SS then and neo-Nazis now.  

Hangman’s Noose: 

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Often used with the intention of intimating people of color. Can be an imagine of an noose or an actual noose. Linked to the American tradition of lynching Black folks. 

HFFH:”Hammerskin forever, Forever Hammerskin.”The Hammerskins are a multinational organization of neo-Nazis who typically take as their symbol a pair of crossed hammers. 

Hungarian Arrow and Cross:

image

First used by Hungarian fascists but today this symbol is often used by White Supremacist groups.

Imperial German Flag/Reichskriegsflagge:

image

There’s nothing innately racist about this flag (of which there are many variations) but it’s often used as a stand-in for the Nazi flag, especially in places where it is illegal to show a swastika. Wikipedia says that “Outside of educational, artistic or scientific contexts, selling and showing symbols of Nazi Germany, including the Reichskriegsflagge, is illegal in Germany… This covers the version used after 1935 with the swastika. The original flag used between 1871 and 1919 can be shown depending on circumstances in different states of Germany. Because members of the far right have used the imperial war flag as a symbol, its use is considered to be a ‘breach of the public order’ in seven states, and flags will be confiscated. In the other nine states, any provocative misuse of the flag can be prosecuted as an ‘Ordnungswidrigkeit’ (summary offense).”

Iron Cross:  

image

Fairly common symbol that is only sometimes associated with whit supremacists. More brazen fascists use the version with a swastika in the center.   

 Iron Eagle:

image Sometimes appears with another symbol in place of the swastika.  

Norse/Runic Symbols (Life Rune, Ordin’s Rune, Valknot, Wolfsangel, etc):

imageimageimageimageimage

Many of these runes were appropriated by the Nazis, and are still used by neo-Nazis today. HOWEVER, many non-racist groups, such as pagans, also use these symbols.  

ORION: “Our Race is Our Nation.” KKK slogan, often appears on banners.

RAHOWA: “Racial Holy War.” “The expression “Racial Holy War,” signifies the battle that white supremacists believe will pit the white race against minorities and Jews and lead to Aryan rule over the world.”

ROA: “Race over all.” Neo-Nazi slogan, especially Volksfront.

Rock Against Communism: 

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Far-right music genre. Anti-Communist rhetoric is involved, but the main focus is racism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, and so on. 

 Shaven head:

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A shaven head is the most obvious sign of a skin-head. However, it should be noted that not all skin-heads are neo-Nazis/white supremacist; the skin-head look originated in punk and mod communities in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. It was later appropriated by white nationalist movements, including “the National Front, British Movement, Rock Against Communism and in the late eighties Blood and Honor. Because of this, the mainstream media began to label the whole skinhead identity as neo-Nazi. This new white power skinhead movement then spread to other countries, including the United States.”

SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), which is based out of the US, is one anti-racist skinhead organization. ARA (Anti-Racist Action) is another. 

SS Lightening Bolt Runes:

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Symbol of Himmler’s special police. 

Sturmabteilung (SA/Brownshirts) Symbol: 

image

Swastika Variants: 

image

Most commonly used in countries where the swastika is banned, but occasionally seen in the US. 

Triskelion:

image

triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human legs, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry” (wiki). This is an ancient symbol that is often used by neopagans. However, far Right extremists have recently appropriated it, especially in Germany. 

Unsere Ehre Heisst Treue: “Our Honor is Loyalty.” SS slogan, often seen on neo-Nazi banners as well as for tattoos.

WAR Logo:

image Symbol for California-based White Aryan Resistance, but commonly used by many skinheads.  

White Power/Aryan Power Fist:

image

 One of those that you have to be careful about. A clenched fist is also a common Leftist symbol, but is normally rendered in black or red.

Can also appear-knuckles first, with the word “Skin” written across the fingers. The word “skin” is also tattooed across the fingers of racist skin-heads.  

WPWW: “White Pride World Wide.” Commonly used as a greeting, especially online.  

 Sources:

http://vkb.isvg.org/Wiki/Groups/Hammerskin_Nation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskriegsflagge#Kriegsflagge

http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/anti-hate/symbolsofhate.html

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-neo-nazi-symbols-revealed-fotostrecke-69688.html

http://www.adl.org

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/neo-nazi-fashion-thor-steinar-and-the-changing-look-of-the-german-far-right-a-587746.html

http://gbgm-umc.org

There’s also a call-and-response to see if you’re down for their cause. They say, “Zigga zigga zigga,” and your expected response is, “Kill a fucking nigga.” So if someone comes up to you and says that, probably they’re a Nazi and think you look like you could be one too.

i’ve seen a lot of these without knowing what they meant :-/

if someone ever said zigga to me i’d have previously assumed they were singing the spice girls

This looks spot on. 

The only thing I’d add is that “88” for “Heil Hitler” is really popular for usernames of white supremacists, but “88” is also a super lucky number in China, so a lot of Chinese people have it in names too, and are completely unaware there’s any Nazi connotation.

(Source: praggnificent)

Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.
Toni Morrison (via funkchunk)

(Source: blackcontemporaryart, via ethiopienne)

This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.

You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.

You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom.


Dr. Amos N. Wilson explaining racism and predicting the future almost twenty years ago (early 90’s).

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izr1wxUgB-Q&list=PLBhR-EIi2zEVp8z25b8z7jIkUG7kJv2H1&index=14

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

THANK YOUUUUUUUU

A complete explanation of my exact sentiments.

(via lovelifelaurennn)

And calling out the creators of such a system is not hate. To stop the problem, the source must be recognized, even if the symptoms are spread or reinforced by people of color.

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Searching for Knowledge: Guide to Spotting Klansmen, Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, and Other White Supremacists

wordsandturds:

steviemcfly:

pragnacious:

Since the shooting at the Sikh Temple by Wade Page, there’s been a lot of discussion about the white supremacist subculture of which he was a part. Much of this discussion has involved the type of imagery and symbols white supremacists use to mark their dedication to their movements, to identify each other, and to advertise their politics.

Not many people seem to have been aware of how wide spread these organizations are, nor how their members usually present themselves. Therefore, I’m trying to create a complete (or as close as is possible) guide to the symbols, flags, slogans, coded messages, ways of dress, etc. that can be used to identify klansmen, neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, and other white supremacists. 

If you see any errors here, please let me know and I will correct them. Please reblog with anything I might have missed, and I’ll add it to the master list. Some of comes from discussions that I have with people who’ve had social interactions with white supremacists, who’ve been attacked by neo-Nazis, or who are involved in anti-fascist activism. Other things I’ve read or heard from various sources over the last few years. In addition, I did a lot online research for this guide, and those sources are included at the end. Anything that appears in quotations comes from one of these sources. 

Sometimes these symbols are tattooed onto the bodies of white supremacists. In other cases, they’re used on patches, badges, banners or flags. 

Here we go: 

14: This stands for the 14- slogan written by David Lane, an American white supremacist, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

18: “Adolf Hitler.” (A is the first letter of the alphabet, H is the 8th). 

33/5: “Used primarily by people involved in a Klan organization. The 22 represents three times eleven, with eleven representing the eleventh letter in the alphabet, ‘K.’ The 5 stands for the 5th era of the Klan or today’s Klan.”

4R: Used by Fourth Reich Skins. The 4 and the R are often joined. 

88: “Heil Hitler.” (H is the 8th letter in the alphabet).

AB: Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang that can be found throughout the US. The letter often feature in prison tattoos. The AB also likes to use tattooed shamrocks consisting of three 6’s woven together, often intricately hidden among other artwork. 

American Front Symbol: 

image

American racist skinhead group lead by David Lynch. 

Aryan Nations Symbol

image

Aryan Nations is associated with the Christian Identity movement. That’s the “the Old Testament was about Europeans and Jews were created by Satan and people of color are soulless ‘mud people’” folks. 

BH: “Blood and Honor.” Nazi slogan. Various neo-Nazi organizations have gone by this name. 

Blue flight jacket with orange lining: Part of the racist skinhead wardrobe.

Blut und Ehre: “Blood and Honor.” See BH for more information. 

Black Boots with White Laces: Sign of a German neo-Nazi. These are also worn by American neo-Nazis, who favor Doc Martins. (Note that Doc Martins are also popular among Queer woman - or at least they were in the past, I might be behind the times, fashion-wise). 

Black Sun/Sun Wheel:

image

Occult symbol, often appropriated by neo-Nazis, especially in Germany.  

Boneheads: Another term for Skinheads, used in the American south. 

Celtic Cross: 

image image

A symbol of “strength,” the Celtic cross is often used by racists, but is also frequently seen in non-racist contexts. The “blood drop” version is used by the KKK.  

Clothing labels: Thor Steinar, Consdaple, Ansgar Aryan, Troublemaker are all associated with German neo-Nazis. 

Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars):

image

Not everyone who bears this flag is necessarily a klansman/neo-Nazi/skinhead (though it’s a good bet that anyone seen with it is a least a little racist) but it’s an old standby for white supremacists.

Crossed claw hammers:

image

These hammers, which resemble a pair of goose-stepping legs, are used the Hammerskins, who are based out of the United States but who’s area of operation includes Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

I’ve been told that there are some German fascist organizations who also use two crossed sledge hammers. 

 Death’s Head:

image

Used by Nazi SS then and neo-Nazis now.  

Hangman’s Noose: 

image

Often used with the intention of intimating people of color. Can be an imagine of an noose or an actual noose. Linked to the American tradition of lynching Black folks. 

HFFH:”Hammerskin forever, Forever Hammerskin.”The Hammerskins are a multinational organization of neo-Nazis who typically take as their symbol a pair of crossed hammers. 

Hungarian Arrow and Cross:

image

First used by Hungarian fascists but today this symbol is often used by White Supremacist groups.

Imperial German Flag/Reichskriegsflagge:

image

There’s nothing innately racist about this flag (of which there are many variations) but it’s often used as a stand-in for the Nazi flag, especially in places where it is illegal to show a swastika. Wikipedia says that “Outside of educational, artistic or scientific contexts, selling and showing symbols of Nazi Germany, including the Reichskriegsflagge, is illegal in Germany… This covers the version used after 1935 with the swastika. The original flag used between 1871 and 1919 can be shown depending on circumstances in different states of Germany. Because members of the far right have used the imperial war flag as a symbol, its use is considered to be a ‘breach of the public order’ in seven states, and flags will be confiscated. In the other nine states, any provocative misuse of the flag can be prosecuted as an ‘Ordnungswidrigkeit’ (summary offense).”

Iron Cross:  

image

Fairly common symbol that is only sometimes associated with whit supremacists. More brazen fascists use the version with a swastika in the center.   

 Iron Eagle:

image Sometimes appears with another symbol in place of the swastika.  

Norse/Runic Symbols (Life Rune, Ordin’s Rune, Valknot, Wolfsangel, etc):

imageimageimageimageimage

Many of these runes were appropriated by the Nazis, and are still used by neo-Nazis today. HOWEVER, many non-racist groups, such as pagans, also use these symbols.  

ORION: “Our Race is Our Nation.” KKK slogan, often appears on banners.

RAHOWA: “Racial Holy War.” “The expression “Racial Holy War,” signifies the battle that white supremacists believe will pit the white race against minorities and Jews and lead to Aryan rule over the world.”

ROA: “Race over all.” Neo-Nazi slogan, especially Volksfront.

Rock Against Communism: 

image

Far-right music genre. Anti-Communist rhetoric is involved, but the main focus is racism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, and so on. 

 Shaven head:

image

A shaven head is the most obvious sign of a skin-head. However, it should be noted that not all skin-heads are neo-Nazis/white supremacist; the skin-head look originated in punk and mod communities in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. It was later appropriated by white nationalist movements, including “the National Front, British Movement, Rock Against Communism and in the late eighties Blood and Honor. Because of this, the mainstream media began to label the whole skinhead identity as neo-Nazi. This new white power skinhead movement then spread to other countries, including the United States.”

SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), which is based out of the US, is one anti-racist skinhead organization. ARA (Anti-Racist Action) is another. 

SS Lightening Bolt Runes:

image

Symbol of Himmler’s special police. 

Sturmabteilung (SA/Brownshirts) Symbol: 

image

Swastika Variants: 

image

Most commonly used in countries where the swastika is banned, but occasionally seen in the US. 

Triskelion:

image

triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human legs, or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry” (wiki). This is an ancient symbol that is often used by neopagans. However, far Right extremists have recently appropriated it, especially in Germany. 

Unsere Ehre Heisst Treue: “Our Honor is Loyalty.” SS slogan, often seen on neo-Nazi banners as well as for tattoos.

WAR Logo:

image Symbol for California-based White Aryan Resistance, but commonly used by many skinheads.  

White Power/Aryan Power Fist:

image

 One of those that you have to be careful about. A clenched fist is also a common Leftist symbol, but is normally rendered in black or red.

Can also appear-knuckles first, with the word “Skin” written across the fingers. The word “skin” is also tattooed across the fingers of racist skin-heads.  

WPWW: “White Pride World Wide.” Commonly used as a greeting, especially online.  

 Sources:

http://vkb.isvg.org/Wiki/Groups/Hammerskin_Nation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskriegsflagge#Kriegsflagge

http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/anti-hate/symbolsofhate.html

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-neo-nazi-symbols-revealed-fotostrecke-69688.html

http://www.adl.org

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/neo-nazi-fashion-thor-steinar-and-the-changing-look-of-the-german-far-right-a-587746.html

http://gbgm-umc.org

There’s also a call-and-response to see if you’re down for their cause. They say, “Zigga zigga zigga,” and your expected response is, “Kill a fucking nigga.” So if someone comes up to you and says that, probably they’re a Nazi and think you look like you could be one too.

i’ve seen a lot of these without knowing what they meant :-/

if someone ever said zigga to me i’d have previously assumed they were singing the spice girls

(Source: praggnificent, via dadgenes)

The modern ‘epidemics’ of teen pregnancy and obesity can be understood as a modern manifestation of these sorts of anxieties about the ‘contagion’ of working class and poor communities, about “unregulated” female sexuality. Many sociologists have used the idea of “moral panic” to describe how society’s wider anxieties (about criminals, communities of color, the poor, immigrants, etc.) are framed as threatening to the social order, and transformed into hostility and volatility.

I don’t mean to imply that teen pregnancy is necessarily good for young women, or that there aren’t health outcomes of obesity (although the data has been surprising – with a recent analysis suggesting that being overweight might be actually associated with a lower risk of death). What I would like to argue is that since these “epidemics” – and these campaigns – disproportionately break down across class and race lines, these ‘shame and blame’ posters in fact serve to throw a cloak of moral legitimacy upon race and class panic.

The panic here is clear: marginalized bodies are out of control, unable to care for themselves or their children. Self-control (regarding sexuality, regarding food), so valued a Puritanical American ideal, is disintegrating, and a disintegration of the social fabric is sure to follow.

Public health campaigns which rely on shame rather than empowerment, which cast individual blame rather than crafting collective solutions, which target marginalized bodies rather than corporate entities like the food production and distribution industry, can be seen as symptoms of wider social ills: racist and classist public control disguised as public health.


This is why Sayantani DasGupta remains one of my favorite thinkers/writers. This post on the New York City’s “shame-and-blame” teen pregnancy and anti-obesity campaigns dig deep into the racism and classism of the city’s efforts. Check out the rest of the post on the R today! (via racialicious)
http://bad-dominicana.tumblr.com/post/47621278821/blackfoxx-native-detroiter

bad-dominicana:

blackfoxx:

native-detroiter:

justanotherpersonsblog:

I don’t get the whole “people of color” thing.

If you’re so obsessed with equality then why is it necessary to make an entire term that separates “white people” from literally “everyone else”

The only ones giving them any sort of status anymore besides “human” are the ones who do this kind of stupid thing.

the term poc was invented in the 60s. it has fuck all to do with tumblr. jesus christ. “obsessed with equality”? sorry we dont want to be treated like dogs. just the fact that you said white people and everyone else is the fucking point. you are the default.

“Obsessed with equality” is something you will only ever hear a white person say. Only a white person would describe wanting to not be abused, killed, and terrorized as “an obsession.” Yes. Actually I am quite obsessed with not being treated as a sub-human, sorry not sorry…..

dat bolded. white people and the poc who love them. 

Confession:

inheritedloss:

angryasiangirlsunited:

notablyindigo:

I’ve always fucking hated the Patil twins.
I dished death glares by the handfull to grade school motherfuckers who asked me if I wanted to be “paaar-vaaaa-teeee” in their Halloween group costumes.
Man, fuck that noise.  JK Rowling spared, I’m sure, no more than 5 minutes in creating these characters, and it shows.  Both of them were basically background noise during mentions of the magical race-switching Lavender Brown.  They’re apparently only good enough to be second-string choices—Harry’s stand-in for Cho, Ron’s for Hermione (the Yule Ball is painful for me to watch, because I’ve been that second-choice date of a white boy who really just wants to be there with someone else).  Dead ass, the Patils’ only character traits are that they’re (interchangeable) twins who are obsessed with Harry Potter.  And the fact that NO ONE even tries to pronounce their beautiful, poetic names with even a shred of authenticity is just salt in the wound.
When I was a kid, any mention of the Patil twins set my teeth on edge.  Still does.  For me, the Patils reinforce every minimizing, invalidating notion that exists about brown women.  Clearly, we’re not worth the attention of the protagonist.  But we’ll be there when you want us.  And we’ll let you treat us poorly.
Because isn’t some attention better than no attention at all?
 

PREACH

I never realized that THIS was what was bothering me

I mean I was sort of happy about there being a south-asian character…or TWO, even.  but yeah the above bothered the hell out of me and I could never put my finger on it

mik-coolerthanyou said: Just imagine though if every wealthy black family adopted a white kid. I feel like people would be upset about that. Idk. Its just weird

brandx:

mik-coolerthanyou and reverseracism, you may be interested in this:

reverseracism:

People would be. Of course they would be, ‘what value can a black family teach a white kid’

- Susie

In 1904, a group of forty New York orphans were sent to live with Catholic families in Arizona. However, the Catholics turned out to be Mexicans and the local Anglos were so outraged at this race boundary transgression that they instigated a mass abduction of the children.

Through this direct action, transracial adoption as a white privilege was resolutely reinforced. This privilege continues in the contemporary era. One can only imagine the reactions if white European children were to be sent to South American or African countries for international adoption.

In the pre-Civil Rights United States, a handful of states even went so far as to legislate against interracial adoption or even fostering of white children by non-whites, and in the late 1990s a widely publicized controversy erupted, when a black woman in Detroit wanted to adopt a white girl.

[…] The extremely few transracial adoptions of white children to non-white adopters that have taken place in contemporary USA not surprisingly also provoke hostile reactions and suspicions that the children might have been kidnapped and abducted, considering that historically there were laws banning and prohibiting people of colour to even foster white children […]

Within Europe there is a long and similar tradition of stories[…] about Christian children who had been kidnapped and sacrificed for ritual murdering by Jews or Roma people. Such unfounded rumours often led to massacres, pogroms, and persecution.

Sources: 1 & 2 with commentary

The “Asian accent” tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell. Our parents have the accent that white Americans perceive as the most foreign out of all the possible alternatives, so our choice is to have no accent at all. The accent of our parents is the accent of the grimy streets of Chinatown with its mahjong parlors and fried food stalls and counterfeit jewelry, so we work to wipe away all traces of that world from our speech so we can settle comfortably into our roles as respectable middle-class doctors, lawyers, engineers, hundreds of miles from Chinatown.

No wonder we react so viscerally to the “ching-chong, ching-chong” schoolyard taunt. To attack our language, our ability to sound “normal,” is to attack our ability to be normal. It’s to attack everything we’ve worked for.

And make no mistake about it — to sound like a “normal” American is to wield privilege.

Breaking Out the Broken English : Code Switch : NPR

(via cmao)

"my eyes ARE open"

angryasiangirlsunited:

samanthawin:

No, I won’t do your nails. No, I won’t go to the nail salon to translate what they’re saying for you. Do you think those women have nothing better to do all day other than talk about you? Get this through your perfectly permed head: you’re not that important, especially not to my 70-something year old grandmother who spent more than half her life carrying around tubs of water to wash your dirty feet for you. Thank you graciously for your one dollar tips; they’re paying for her osteoporosis medication now. 

Should I bow as I accept your money, held disdainfully between two manicured fingers? 

No, I won’t tutor you in math. Not unless you want to fail. Did I ever tell you what my career goal is? I’m studying to be a speech therapist. Not so much ching chong ching now when you’ll be paying me to correct your English, is it? Go ahead and rub Tiger Balm on your bruised pride and aching ego. I’ve never used that shit anyways; how would I know if it works? Let me know. 

And a burning, urgent NO, I am not submissive. I do not exist for you to act out your fetishes with. I’ve never put chopsticks in my hair (have you ever put spoons or forks in your hair?) and I won’t teach you Vietnamese. If you want to learn so much, buy Rosetta Stone. I’m sure Rosetta is more interested in your success than I am. I won’t flutter my eyelashes and look up at you diminutively. I’m not marrying you to get US citizenship; I was born here, not in Saigon, and definitely not in transit to the US on a rickety fishing boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

Thumb through my childhood photos. I was dark skinned and wide eyed; nothing close to the China doll standard to which you hold me to.

Open your eyes. Mine aren’t the ones that are closed. 

"Open your eyes. Mine aren’t the ones that are closed."

women of color between the ages of 36 and 49 have, on average, $5 in assets compared with white women’s $42,600, according to a report by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
Michel Martin, On balancing career and family as a woman of color (via cielito-lindo)

(via everythingisacasestudy)

Him: I don’t date black women. It’s just a preference.

Me: Based on what?

Him: Nothing, it’s just how I feel.

Me: Impossible, deliberate aversions come from somewhere.

Him: It’s just a preference, that’s all.

Me: No, a preference is preferring broccoli to asparagus. You can say that because asparagus will always taste the same, even when prepared differently.

Him: And?

Me: And we’re not always the same at all. There are hundreds of millions of us and we’re each completely different from the next. If an employer said not hiring Black people was a preference would you agree?

Him: No, but that’s based on stereotypes.

Me: … And what is yours based on, facts?


discussion with a classmate earlier.

Love who you want, I don’t care, but please don’t disguise legitimate issues with a relationship.

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jennyyangjokes:

My tip for you: we cry sriracha tears. Slowly walk up to us with a dumpling on a spear and say Kung pao! Kung pao!

jennyyangjokes:

My tip for you: we cry sriracha tears. Slowly walk up to us with a dumpling on a spear and say Kung pao! Kung pao!