I propose that all POC call colors that match their skin “nude.” Fuck that nude pink shit. I am not pink—I am a lovely brown.
Suck on that, Vogue.
Tips for Life: Drink coffee and make grumpy faces at everyone.
Remember that time when I was smoking, tumblr?
Quitting is not going well.
Help I’m obsessing.
On the way back home from downtown, we witnessed a Black teenager get stopped by a pair of cops on Michigan Ave. Michigan Ave is one of the most important streets downtown w/ no parking, so it’s odd for police to park their car to stop someone. Everyone was crowding from afar; CPD are trigger-happy assholes, people know to keep their distance. As we walked closer towards the incident to get to our car, Jim overhears one of the cops demanding that the step-dad approach him. The cop rhetorically asks the father,
So, you saw him spit right on the floor and you were just going to let him do that?
Jim looks at me weird with his what-duh-fuck face and then spat on the floor. I don’t think the cops saw him because from the looks of it, they would have been more than happy to add a puertorriqueño to their racist scolding party.
Granted, I do not know the full story, but believe me when I tell you that I do not doubt for a fucking second that those racist pigs would go out of their way to yell at a Black teen for spitting. After all, this is America. Shit like that happens all the time minus the bullshit spitting excuse.
And I as I write this mediocre post, I think back of the entire scene. The Black and Latin@ crowd watching black youth getting stopped over pura chingadera with no authority or power to stop it. While gringos walk around in and out of stores and museums unaware, oblivious, and maybe even inconvenienced by the entire ordeal. The sight mirrored life itself, and it was disgusting.
I’ve started a new blog that could really use more followers and submissions; It’s called PoC with Disabilities and can be found here: pocwithdisabilities.tumblr.com.
This space is intended to be a safe space for those that are non-white and are also disabled. Disabilities of all types are welcomed, and yes, this includes invisible illnesses! :) While not all of the posts deal with race directly, I can assure you that I do my best to find content that does.
If you all could signal boost, I would most definitely appreciate it! It’s going to be a great blog, and I hope you all can help make that happen!
Hey! So, I’ve made a new blog, and I’m hoping the title will be self-explanatory. If you guys could signal boost and maybe even contribute, I’d be more than grateful.
Hey! So, I’ve made a new blog, and I’m hoping the title will be self-explanatory. If you guys could signal post and maybe even contribute, I’d be more than grateful.
Gender policing of Black bodies. Perfect example of misogyny and hatred of anything that is connected to any spectrum of femininity/femmeness for Black people. “There is controversy in the halls of a local high school over how a teenaged boy was treated when he wore high heels to school.”
I love the last few seconds where he says “turn” and spins.
GOD DAMN I WANT EVERYTHING HE’S WEARING. THE BOOTS AND THE CHAINS AND THE HAT AND THE COAT.
I CAN’T EVEN.
gosh seriously the only reason the school administrators were mad at him is because he is more fabulous than they will ever be.
White dude in an imitation Native American headdress. Just some nonchalant cultural appropriation at Occupy Philly. It’s okay though cause he’s apart of the 99%.
I first went down to Occupy Wall Street last Sunday, almost a week after it had started. I didn’t go down before because I, like many of my other brown friends, were wary of what we had heard or…
To those who want to support the Occupation of Wall Street, who want to struggle for a more just and equitable society, but who feel excluded from the campaign, this is a message for you.
To those who do not feel as though their voices are being heard, who have felt unable or uncomfortable participating in the campaign, or who feel as though they have been silenced, this is a message for you.
To those who haven’t thought about #OccupyWallStreet but know that radical social change is needed, and to those who have thought about joining the protest but do not know where or how to begin, this is a message for you.
You are not alone. The individuals who make up the People of Color Working Group have come together because we share precisely these feelings and believe that the opportunity for consciousness-raising presented by #OccupyWallStreet is one that cannot be missed. It is time to push for the expansion and diversification of #OccupyWallStreet. If this is truly to be a movement of the 99%, it will need the rest of the city and the rest of the country.
Let’s be real. The economic crisis did not begin with the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in 2008. Indeed, people of color and poor people have been in a state of crisis since the founding of this country, and for indigenous communities, since before the founding of the nation. We have long known that capitalism serves only the interests of a tiny, mostly white, minority.
Black and brown folks have long known that whenever economic troubles ‘necessitate’ austerity measures and the people are asked to tighten their belts, we are the first to lose our jobs, our children’s schools are the first to lose funding, and our bodies are the first to be brutalized and caged. Only we can speak this truth to power. We must not miss the chance to put the needs of people of color—upon whose backs this country was built—at the forefront of this struggle.
The People of Color Working Group was formed to build a racially conscious and inclusive movement. We are reaching out to communities of color, including immigrant, undocumented, and low-wage workers, prisoners, LGTBQ people of color, marginalized religious communities such as Muslims, and indigenous peoples, for whom this occupation ironically comes on top of another one and therefore must be decolonized. We know that many individuals have responsibilities that do not allow them to participate in the occupation and that the heavy police presence at Liberty Park undoubtedly deters many. We know because we are some of these individuals. But this movement is not confined to Liberty Park: with your help, the movement will be made accessible to all.
If it is not made so, it will not succeed. By ignoring the dynamics of power and privilege, this monumental social movement risks replicating the very structures of injustice it seeks to eliminate. And so we are actively working to unite the diverse voices of all communities, in order to understand exactly what is at stake, and to demand that a movement to end economic injustice must have at its core an honest struggle to end racism.
The People of Color working group is not meant to divide, but to unite, all peoples. Our hope is that we, the 99%, can move forward together, with a critical understanding of how the greed, corruption, and inequality inherent to capitalism threatens the lives of all peoples and the Earth.
The People of Color working group was launched on October 1, 2011. We can be reached by email at email@example.com. We can also be found online at pococcupywallstreet.tumblr.com We meet Sundays @ 3 PM and Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM under the large red structure in Liberty Square.
Well, my ChipIn campaign to raise money to support myself and move out of our soon-to-be-foreclosed-on house is kind of stuck at 56%, so I’m writing about it again in the hopes y’all will reblog and more people will find out about it. Thanks so much to everyone who has already donated. It really warms the cockles of my jaded heart.
I’m still looking for a job and am now doing temp work at this law firm for a couple weeks at min. wage, but hey, it’s something. I feel like I might be coming out of the fog somewhat. But I really want to get back to writing and when I go for a long time without posting anything I have to psych myself up to do it because I have weird fears about “losing it” re: writing ability.
Unfortunately society isn’t too welcoming of those who can’t fit in to the prescribed 9-5 office work type model of supporting yourself, so I’m going to have to continue hustlin’ doing odd jobs in addition to, you know, being some kind of freethinking artist/writer/whatever.
Anyway, any help is greatly appreciated and reblogs are too. <3