Out at #Chicano Park in #SanDiego admiring local street art
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Scott Woods (via reichsstadt)
Following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen on Saturday, and the ensuing media portrayal of his death, Twitter users expressed outrage in the form of a hashtag.
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown protests the depiction of minorities — especially African-Americans — who are often presented as “violent thugs with gang and drug affiliations,” according to The Root. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday after an altercation with the officer in Ferguson, a predominately black suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, police said. Details of the shooting are in dispute, and the St. Louis County Police Department is still investigating the incident.
The anger on Twitter was prompted by a photo used in some news stories about Brown’s death. It shows the 18-year-old with his fingers extended, which some have interpreted as a peace sign, while others considered it a “gang sign.”
In response, many black men and women tweeted side-by-side photos of themselves — one image depicting the user as an upstanding or everyday citizen, and another showing the user as stereotypically thuggish. They included the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.
Drive-in theater, South Bend Indiana, 1950s
Tuxedo, Jean-Michel Basquiat. 1982
Students of color are allowed to enter the classroom but never on an equal footing. When they walk in, they are subject to the same racial stereotypes and expectations that exist in the larger society. Students of color do not have the advantage of walking into a classroom as individuals; they walk in as black, brown, [yellow] or red persons with all the connotations such racialization raises in the classroom. They do not walk into a classroom where the curriculum embraces their histories. They walk into a classroom where their histories and cultures are distorted, where they feel confused about their own identities, vulnerabilities, and oppressions. There is no level of liberal reforms that can alter these experiences for students of color without directly challenging the larger systems in society.
Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideology | Margaret Zamudio, Caskey Russell, Francisco Rios & Jacquelyn Bridgeman (via sinidentidades)
Ancient Mexican Proverb (via cynthiatormentor)
One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant.
Hispanic is a census term that some dildo in a government office made up to include all Spanish-speaking brown people. It is especially annoying to Chicanos because it is a catch-all term that includes the Spanish conqueror. By definition, it favors European cultural invasion, not indigenous roots.
Cheech Marin (via ondownthemountain)