Posts tagged privilege
Posts tagged privilege
“…the Mother’s Day Parade shooting has largely been forgotten. On Sunday, shots were fired into a crowd during a parade in the New Orleans 7th ward. Police said they saw three suspects running from the scene.
This is the largest mass shooting in the United States where the shooters were still at large after the crime was committed. Think about that for a minute. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hill to Aurora, all the shooters were either killed or apprehended on site. But the person or people responsible for shooting 19 Americans are still free.
…Because this is an act of domestic terrorism right? Just because the alleged shooter was wearing a white tee and jeans does that suddenly make the shooting a gang-related affair? And we all know how irrelevant gang-related shootings are in America….
Now take a moment and imagine a Mother’s Day Parade in the suburbs of Denver, a neighborhood in Edina or a plaza in Austin where bullets rain down on civilians and even hit children. I can’t help but imagine the around-the-clock news coverage. And I can’t help but think it’s because most of America can identify with the fear of being bombarded with gunfire while just enjoying a parade in the middle of town. But America can’t identify with being at a parade in the “inner city” where “gang violence” erupts. The “oh my God, that could happen to me” factor isn’t present with a story about New Orleans or the Chicago southside.”
Read one of her most riveting passages below:
“For starters, had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. “Diversity!” I offer about as much diversity as a saltine *******. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.”
No one ever said it wasn’t hard out here for a pimp
but lest we forget the brown, black, Muslim and LGBT hypothetical ‘hoes’ that they profit off of.
Sassy Suzy’s privilege is showing a like a panty-line and I’m embarrassed for her, but hell some of us hoes can even fathom wearing under garments- just the nature of our job…. And we can’t afford them
She sounds like people who whine: “i wish i could just sit around and watch TV all day and collect a check” as if unemployment and poverty are just the ultimate vacation to rival their yearly visit to the Hamptons.
Sassy Suzy doesn’t realize that all she has, all her privilege, only exist in contrast to those she mocks as seat warmers who won’t move to the back of the academic bus for her. Yes, Suzy you could have worn a head-wrap or come out of, what i assume is a wonderful walk in closet full of the latest forever 21 (IKR totes), i kinda wish you did, so you can see that ‘Minority’ isn’t a amusement park ride mofos take for fun and leave all those ups and downs of being on the powerless, hated and underrepresented end with their barf bag at the gate. These aren’t customs, food, or dances the way they like to trivialize our existence as, you can’t put us on for your pleasure and gain even if you insist on trying to rent us by the hour.
but enough of that, i can’t write anymore cause i can see her face on the article and I’m getting pissed by little things, like the fact she can keep her shirt white and i can’t (why don’t you have stains!!!!!) so i’mma leave it there. Please forgive me for the excessive use of analogies…. I understand if you all “da fucc” and don’t understand
A lot of people around me are getting old. Well we all are, but I’m saying folks are hitting the age where shit catches up with you. U can’t eat a whole pizza and not bust out your miniskirt, drinking all night hurts all day instead of all morning, and you’re suddenly hit with the realization that this is not anime. You are mortal.
One of the outcomes of this for many thinner (or formerly thinner) people is the “weight loss/ health journey”. This is when some people realized they’ve gained a few pounds since college or their fridge is still all Tang and ramen from college and they decide its time for a change.
This is awesome for them. Horrar! You’re eating oatmeal for breakfast and running 1-17 miles a day, you are a health journey machine. However, there are some side effects.
1. The inspiration- you woke up this morning and said “today is the day for change” you document your every step, you instagram your healthy meal of quinoa and boiled chicken breast, you tweet your miles ran and your start a blog that you constantly post on fb for people to follow for fitness inspiration. You drop 12lbs and realize others can benefit from your help so you make sure to point out issue with what your friends are eating or how they exercising… since they don’t know what an inspiration you are and don’t know to ask.
2. The republican- after years of never really thinking about fitness, weight, or exercise it has happened; you’ve gained 25lbs. you start to hit the gym and start ordering salads. It’s not that hard so you wonder why no one else is doing it. If you can be out here in these fitness streets others should be too! All these fat folks need to pull themselves up by the fat rolls and hit the treadmills and put down the burger. You did it, they must just be making excuses.
Here’s the thing, if you are a person who was thin and suddenly become not so thin it’s easy for you to get one of these side effects. It’s not that I’m saying people can’t be inspirations, however you can’t force it. I know you wanna pub your blog, but if I haven’t stopped by yet it’s not cause I haven’t seen all 37 fb post or noticed ur fan page, its cause you’re not an inspiration to me. It’s not that you suck, it’s just the only friend I ever had inspire me was a friend who actually had a similar body type as mine. Its hard for someone over 300lbs to be inspired watching you go from 182 to 155. Its great and I’m happy for you, but that ain’t got shit to do with my life
And the republican. Honey… how self-centered are you to assume that gyms weren’t built until you had trouble dropping the baby weight. I’m happy your experience has been better than expected and though you thought you’d hate the elliptical you actually like it, but please stop assuming your feelings, taste, and situation are the same as others. Better yet don’t assume I’m fat because I couldn’t find directions to the gym and a decent recipe for a salad. As you journeyers say “your journey is your own” just cause people are fat doesn’t mean they are just chilling on the couch eating hog mogs, they just aren’t publicizing their attempts to lose weight OR get health, cause hon, its not all the same thing, and perhaps they just don’t need the validation of the internet (or you) to do it
Beth Ditto recently said in an interview “I feel sorry…for people who’ve had skinny privilege and then have it taken away from them.” this applies directly to a lot of folk’s health journeys. Your ‘weight loss journey’ is my everyday since i was 12. As a fat person I’ve been watching/thinking about/stressing about/overanalyzing what I eat since I was deemed fat, I’ve been worked out/ working out/pushed to work out way before most people my age where in the gym. Even if I said fuck the haters and just decided to live with the body I have, Diet and exercise are not new concepts to me, even though this is a new experience for you. Its’ not that I’ve been waiting for someone like you to inspire me or for you to simply point out that I’m not big and beautiful, but just lazy and fat and looking just for some catchy slogans to make me feel better. What folks fail to realize is that other than our personal taste, our doctors are the only people who even have a chance of getting us ‘up off the couch and in the gym’. So please, I ask that you check your privilege, be it access to healthy food, ability to afford a gym membership, general able-bodiedness and so on before you try to inspire /guilt trip me cause you saw me eating a gotdamn cookie
Why You Shouldn’t Do It
Sure, awareness campaigns are great … if they’re for an obscure yet noteworthy issue that needs publicity. However, that is rarely the case — most of them focus on well-known problems that are most likely to gain media space and public attention.
You can’t get breast cancer if you die of a heart attack. Charity!
The reason behind this is three-pronged:
One, it’s breast cancer. An awareness campaign for breast cancer was vital in, say, the ’60s and ’70s, when words like “breast cancer” were never even uttered in public (let alone plugged during an NFL game). Today, however, everyone is aware of its existence, and there are maybe three women in America who don’t know that they should be checking their breasts every once in a while. This means that all those campaigns are telling you things you already know full well, to the point that your brain is just starting to tune them out.
Two: Not only are most awareness campaigns useless, they often actually harm their cause by misrepresenting the very problem they’re trying to fight. Many breast cancer campaigns focus on how sexy boobs are, with clever slogans like “I grab a feel so cancer can’t steal.” Ignoring how weird it is that a bunch of men clearly sat around a board room and brainstormed ways to make their anti-cancer campaign sexy (“I want our audience to be like ‘Finally, a cancer I can fuck’”), it’s also not helping. The young, perky women wearing a “save second base” shirt who are often closely associated with these campaigns are in fact among the least likely to get cancer. The more probable victims are in fact their grandmas, who tend to be pretty much ignored in these campaigns for the very simple reason of, well, granny boobs. The real tragedy is glossed over, which you may recognize as being the exact opposite of awareness.
So now when Breast Cancer Awareness month rolls around, we’re thinking about pink shoes in the NFL, or pink buckets of KFC chicken, or hot college chicks with boob-related T-shirts, but never are we thinking about actual cancer victims.
The third, and by far the worst, issue is that participation in awareness campaigns makes people less likely to give actual money. Studies have found that people who do a good deed will use that as an excuse to cut back on other good behavior, so if you go out and get wasted on breast cancer vodka, you won’t feel obligated to donate cold, hard cash. Why should you? You’ve already done your part!
just a snippet:
Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.
You wear you privilege like a hard on in some skinnies… Its obvious, rarely used for the right reasons, and unattractive…
oh hey look everyone it’s one of the girls’ RACIST PROFILE PHOTO
Caption: Students Kritz Eliza and Taylor Matzen, dressed as American Indians, participate during a bake sale led by the Berkeley College Republicans Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. The Berkeley College Republicans have scheduled a bake sale where the price of a cookie or a brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. The price of a baked good costs $2 for white people, $1.50 if you’re Asian, $1 for Latinos, 75 cents for African-Americans and 25 cents for Native Americans. Women get a discount of 25 cents. From SFgate.com
Wow. White girls in headdresses, participating in the bake sale. Are they trying to get free cookies or what? This is the insensitivity supported by the UC Berkeley Campus Republicans and their bake sale. From the article:
The Republican students said offering more expensive pastries to white students and less expensive ones to students of other ethnicities illustrated the injustice of any division by race. A few feet away from the bake sale, opposing groups held a “Conscious Cupcakes” giveaway, handing out their own treats for free. And around midday, hundreds of people dressed in black laid down in Sproul Plaza, silently demonstrating their support of SB185.
This comes from the opposition to a bill that would allow California’s universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors, like extra-curriculars, in college admissions. The bill would still ban admission based entirely on race or ethnicity.
<sarcasm> Here’s something more honest: How about you still charge the white guy $2.00 for the cookie, give him $3 to buy it, and then let him punch the Native American students in order to steal their cookies, screaming “MANIFEST DESTINY, ASSHOLES!” triumphantly? After that, how about the African-American students are forced to clean up after the bake sale, as the Campus Republicans sip mint juleps and supervise? Is that more honest? </sarcasm>
I don’t support throwing the baked goods at them, nor screaming obscenities. I do absolutely love the steps taken by the Harry Potter student group, selling “enchanted Costco muffins,” for “Two galleons to pure bloods” and “Eight sickles to muggles.”
*gasp* I’m so fucking shocked! But, you know, not.
^^^^ the bolded… perfect.. anyway, as I said before, this by far ain’t the 1st affirmative action bake sale and won’t be the last. If they didn’t get national news they wouldn’t get participants, people wouldn’t copy it over and over and it would just be another shit campus bake sale of Oreos in sandwich bags and smashed cupcakes…
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FUCK YOU MORGAN FREEMAN.
Every time I think of God he was in the image of Morgan Freeman. Not anymore. The same way that Billy Bob Thornton will always be Santa Claus to me. But now God, aka Morgan, has made a fucking racist comment. He says the Tea Party only wants to get “the black man” out of the White House. He called the Tea Party racist, well fuck you too. People want Obama out of a job because he sucks. He broke all his campaign promises and he sucks at being the president. Before any dumbasses chime in with, “but, but Bush”, shut the flying fuck up. Mr. Freeman keep making your shitty movies and keep your racist comments to yourself.
Even if you disagree with him calling the Tea Party racist, that is not a racist comment. That’s not how racism works.
Looking at the OPs username, the SPN fandom needs to COME GET YOUR FOLKS!
Um. There’s no such thing as racism against white people. Racism is more than just prejudice. Racism has power and privilege behind it. White people have power and privilege when it comes to race, whereas POC do not. The Tea Party needs to stop making white people out to be victims of racism.
And this goes for any kind of -ism — there’s no such thing as “homosexism” against heterosexuals, there’s no such thing as “cisphobia” against cis folks, and saying there’s class warfare against the rich is bullshit.
Even though OP made it clear what a racist dickbag they are via their ‘rant’, the text they added to the image pretty much speaks for itself. I don’t think Mr Freeman has ever been recorded speaking anything less than perfectly polished Standard US English; what is OP trying to do by putting a bit of Black Vernacular in Freeman’s ‘mouth’? (That’s a rhetorical question)
Wait… I’m confused… so your saying the tea party isn’t racist… that’s ur argument? Hate to break it to you but they are
Barry Switzer, former football coach for college and professional teams, giving what I think is a marvelous definition of privilege.
Pretty friggin’ spot on.
So I just got called a bitch and while I agree with that statement, it was the delivery that pissed me off. A resident (student) angry about a fire alarm screamed “fuck you bitch” at me… I had to process to understand why I was so mad, particularly since I wasn’t angry until after talking to him.
I realized I was angry at his privilege, this kid calls me a bitch, tells me he pays too much to go here to have to leave when the alarm is going off and finishes it off with ‘that’s gay… all I needed was a ‘that’s retarded’ and an anti-Semitic/anti-Muslim comment to wrap it all up in a nice little privilege blanket.
I know that race has something to do with my anger, though he never brought it up, it’s all my own sensitivity. I’ve never been called a bitch by a man of color in anger, so this was some new shit to me.
I’m angry at the audacity of this blind elitism. That you are too good (aka too privileged) to leave when a building is possibly on fire, that safety is gay and that women who make an effort to keep you safe are bitches…. I’m not even sure what else to say about this. Its 5am and I was awaken by the alarm at 3:30 and I got to get up in few hours so I guess I’ll leave it here…