Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.
[Series of tweets by Prof. Marc Lamont Hill on August 28th, 2014. Text below.]
- Hillary Clinton offers a statement on Michael Brown and Ferguson. 19 days later. Next she’ll offer her thoughts on Rodney King and Vietnam.
- Despite the despicable timing, Hillary Clinton’s remarks were actually on point. She critiqued the system and didn’t blame the victims.
- Rather than preaching unwarranted calm or drawing false racial equivalencies, Hillary Clinton put a spotlight on social injustice.
- Instead of attacking the protestors, Hillary Clinton rightly pointed to the frayed relationships between police and community.
- And, perhaps most importantly, Hillary Clinton addressed the elephants in the room: white privilege and institutional racism.
- In honesty, Hillary Clinton offered the type of commentary that many of us were quixotically expecting from President Obama.
- The only problem with Hillary Clinton’s comments is that they were cynically timed. She waited until the political stakes were much lower.
- Hillary Clinton’s statement reflects careful triangulation and calculation driven by political interest rather than genuine feeling.
Houston, Texas: March and rally in solidarity with the Ferguson uprising, August 20, 2014.
"Whose streets? Our streets! Took over the streets in Third Ward, marching in solidarity with Ferguson, from the HPD cop shop on West Grey and St. Emanuel and through the hood. We out-smarted the cops who were trying to block the streets and keep us on the sidewalks. HPD, out of our community!”
Report and photos by Gloria Rubac
Many white people may never truly understand why incidents like the Michael Brown shooting infuriate blacks and other people of color — even when it’s clear that race plays a large, looming role in how the situation snowballed to the 18-year-old’s death.
This is in part because white people can move through daily life without constantly thinking about how their race will be perceived. Part of having white privilege is the freedom from worrying about racism, a freedom their black counterparts have never known. But it gives black people a unique yet challenging perspective by which they navigate the world.
Collegehumors’ new video is on point as always
It’s even funnier when you see the White Tears in the comment section saying EXACTLY what the actors say in the video.
sorry white people but if you dont support mike brown & the people of fergusons’ protests in 2014 you probably wouldnt have supported abolition in the 1800s or civil rights movements in the 1960s & having the ability to recognize something as morally justified in hindsight something that has already been accepted by the mainstream as morally justified is nice for u but on all practical levels useless to everyone else
I don’t feel very much like Pooh today, said Pooh.
There there, said Piglet. I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (via larmoyer)