reminder that we can not abolish white supremacy without eradicating it in all forms. y’all should still fight nazis, but don’t forget to challenge your complicit white friends, family members, neighbors, politicians, and societal institutions too. we must destroy and fix the system as a whole, not just the parts most obvious to us.
School dress codes aren’t only sexists, but there’s also racist and islamophobic.
I (First Nations, Mohawk) used to have hair past my chest but my middle school forced me to cut my hair because “boys couldn’t have hair past the tips of the ear” (I’m not a boy either, but they assigned me ‘boy’ as a gender) but even when I begged them to let me keep my hair because of spiritual beliefs, they forced me to cut it. A classic move of the white school system against native children. I got a referral everyday for the 65 days I refused to cut my hair. I cried for two weeks after the principal took scissors to my hair. I’m still growing it back.
My best friend (who is an aboriginal Egyptian) was once told to remove her hijab (also a gift I had given her) because “hats weren’t allowed” (a mixture of racism and islamophobia), she reluctantly took it off.
In middle school again, my friend Nemo ( First Nations, Navajo) was told she couldn’t wear her traditional clothing on her 13 birthday, celebrating her reaching puberty. She was sent home and forced to spend her birthday alone while her parents worked.
Tomorrow is my 18th birthday, an important life event in Mohawk culture (becoming an adult) and I want to wear my traditional clothes to school, especially because I’ll have to celebrate all alone this year since I live far away from my nation. Even though my school doesn’t have uniforms or a strict dress code, I’m afraid they’ll tell me that my clothes or very light face paint are “distracting” and tell me to take off my traditional jewellery (headband, choker, bracelets) or wash off the face paint.
I’m sure these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to racism in the school dress code, and general school systems. White culture is enforced in everything from the dress code to the curriculum.
many european countries explicitly prohibit wearing headscarves like the hijab in schools, too
Oh my god. And I thought school dress codes were only sexist. This is a whole new level.
don’t forget african-american students being sent home for or forbidden from wearing their natural hairstyles
me: make more movies with black and gay people
inevitably, some guy: so you want straight white people EXTINCT???!??????
Golly gee I hope when yall preach about normalizing body hair on women it includes trans women and women of color
And like, I’m talking about other than quirky dyed armpit hair. I’m talking facial hair, support girls with mustaches, support girls with 5 o’clock shadow, I’m talking dark thick leg hair, if you’re gonna support women having hair you better be okay with it anywhere and everywhere and not just on conventionally good looking skinny white cis women…
“The system is racist. So, in a way, it doesn’t matter if individuals are racist. But if the system is racist and white folks aren’t proactively anti-racist in their words and deeds, they still give weight and momentum to systemic racism. As Howard Zinn famously said: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”
In other words, it isn’t enough to be not-racist. Even if that were possible, it would accomplish nothing except to serve as a form of self-justification. We must all be anti-racist…to name racism, work against racism, and deliberately model and enact what true equality and equity look in every aspect of life.”
— Mark Van Steenwyk (via gospelofthekingdom)
Pyramid of White Supremacy
In a pyramid, every brick depends on the ones below it for support. If the bricks at the bottom are removed, the whole structure comes tumbling down.
Source: Adapted from Ellen Tuzzolo and Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence’s diagram
i know we live in a male-dominated society and that creates a lot of problems but when it comes to celebrating milestones and accomplishments for diversity and change, please try to keep in mind that most “male-dominated” spaces aren’t actually dominated by black men, gay men, trans men, disabled men, or men of color, so when we see those men making history it’s important we don’t look at it as just another man succeeding in a space biased toward male success, but as an amazing and much-needed milestone in the fight for diversity and for the recognition of marginalized groups!!! I’m looking at you, fellow white women! We have allies in marginalized men; don’t write them off!!! Celebrate them!!! Support them!!!!
Being able to roll your eyes at the term “cultural appropriation” is a sign of privilege. You think everyone should just do what they want right? Because you’ve never been ridiculed or shamed for your traditions, culture, features, and appearance while at the same time seeing others copy or take those traditions, culture, features, and appearance and be praised for “starting trends” or “being edgy”. Keep that in mind next time you wanna throw a temper tantrum because a black girl told you you shouldn’t wear dreads.