Lol you can be such a comedian!
No don’t let me fool you. This is a facade. I’m actually pretty lame with the occasionally good one-liner.
Endless array of bodies. The gendered body. The racialized body. The queer(-ed) body.
The sad part is most of that language I used in that last post was loosely taken from posts I remember seeing during the great “are selfie’s revolutionary or not?” debate. People actually think like this. We truly are doomed. Kill me now and lay this racialized body to rest.
hashtag revolutionary selfies
Right? Like looking back on it, I don’t understand how we could carelessly overlook the historic nature of that selfie. We totally neglected to do a race and gender analysis how groundbreaking it is to see Obama within his racialized body and Thorning-Schmidt within her gendered body being able generate and materialize digital representations despite the persistent presence of the White male gaze (David Cameron).
Mandela fought and died so that one day imperialist Black presidents can take selfies with imperialist White prime ministers in harmony.
I already think people are strange for taking pics at funerals in general, but you’re really going to take a selfie at Mandela’s memorial service with two European representatives of nations that directly benefited from apartheid?
Did the people personally benefit from aparteid? Isn’t a black person and a white person being able to share a moment of friendship a goal Mandela wanted to achieve?
"The legacy of anti-Black racism is that Black struggle gets deemed the property of all other social justice struggles. The symbols and tactics of Black struggle are deemed the common property of all. Black people are required to show solidarity with other people of color, without other people of color owing solidarity to Black communities. Black oppression is always analogized to other forms of oppression in a manner that disappears Black oppression itself. It is presumed we already know everything about Black oppression, so we can just use it as an empty signifier to explain other oppressions."
i like how ‘self care’ culture translates into indulging the idea that overcoming every little middle class inconvenience is ths immense task deserving of unbridled masturbatory bs yall so annoying i cant deal w it
"Rooting race as an ideology and evolving system of social hierarchy within American capitalist labor relations more nearly puts us on the road to pursuing the important questions suggested by the project that produced whiteness studies. This approach, which requires historically specific, concrete examination, points toward the shifting role of racial hierarchy as a technology of civic status that, in constraining or affirming legal and unofficial citizenship rights and prerogatives, is a component of the larger political and economic framework of class power. Workers’ normatively recognized civic status has much to do with determining their pragmatic options and circumscribing the contexts within which they define their interests. This perspective also emphasizes the significance of political institutions, law, and public policy in shaping identities and class relations.
Professor Roediger’s Wages of Whiteness sought to explore how a developing racial ideology and system of racial hierarchy defined civic status and contributed to white workers’ understandings of themselves and their place in antebellum society. Despite the conceptual flaws and incompleteness of his account, it located the whiteness idea within a specific matrix of social relations. As an academic subspecialty congealed around this account’s central trope, the whiteness idea has become an anachronistic, catch-all category that hovers above historical context and political economy; it functions as an independent variable—an unchanging marker of civic acceptability to which differently identified populations at different times have gained or been denied access. Not only does this perception underwrite the many conceptual difficulties and ambiguities, including the conflation of classification as white, embrace of whiteness as a social position, and endorsement of white supremacist ideology; it is also the opposite of a social constructionist view of race.
Furthermore, reading settled notions of whiteness back into the past misunderstands the more complicated and fluid evolution of race and racial categories, and their social meanings and consequences, in American history. Most of all, this framework blurs the problem it purports to address. The issue, after all, is not the sources, content, or entailments of an abstract whiteness; it is how the idea of race, racial ideologies, racial identities, and racial stratification have emerged and operated—in varying ways in different contexts—in the shaping of American social relations and politics, among workers as well as others in the society."
— Adolph Reed Jr., Response to Eric Arnesen - A discussion on whiteness theory
i personally can’t deal with people who don’t sympathize with animals. not that i moralize about eating meat, i eat poultry and certainly can’t do without cheese. but at least acknowledge how fucked up the meat industry is or that “migrant workers on farms” aren’t the only magically oppressed workers simply because they’re convenient for your argument and you want your fucking burger. assholes.
"you vegans care nothing about workers, unlike I who only bring up farm workers in the context of spiting vegans and never on its own accord and certainly never meat-industry workers bc they probably got nothing bad going on i mean they aren’t vegan so they must be good"