I recently read that the Golden Dawn got so far in Greece because many of the police and military in the country are Golden Dawn members. Today I stumble across this report from the Greek police claiming that Roma camps are “hubs of criminal activities controlled by Mafia-style gangs”. Strange how this rhetoric falls perfectly in line with the anti-immigrant/antiziganist line of the Golden Dawn! What better way to make the majority Greek population afraid of the Roma than to tell them that they are mastermind vicious criminals who will attack police at the drop of a hat, never mind the innocent population. I honestly don’t know what “we” can do to address this kind of hate-filled rhetoric…
It makes me very angry and very, very sad for my people.
fuck golden dawn ugh
Cole. Cole. Cole. Cole.
In response to your audio post - No, you’re not racist, perhaps a bit misinformed but definitely not racist. You have a pretty firm understanding of how privileges work in our society, especially pertaining to white men (and we can add cis and hetero to that too). You even said it yourself.
I think the point here is that you don’t understand racism outside of the textbook dictionary definition of racial superiority and I think that’s where everyone is getting bitter. We’re using the word ‘racism’ in places where we should be using prejudice or discrimination. So without further ado, definitions! provided by Kali Tal, who has a Ph.D. and B.A. in American Studies and who has written numerous books and articles on race relations in America and racism in general.
These definitions are from Why There’s No Such Thing As Reverse Racism
Prejudice is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotype. Virtually everyone feels some sort of prejudice, whether it’s for an ethnic group, or for a religious group, or for a type of person like blondes or fat people or tall people. The important thing is they just don’t like them — in short, prejudice is a feeling, a belief. You can be prejudiced, but still be a fair person if you’re careful not to act on your irrational dislike.
Discrimination takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice. This describes those moments when one individual decides not to give another individual a job because of, say, their race or their religious orientation. Or even because of their looks (there’s a lot of hiring discrimination against “unattractive” women, for example). You can discriminate, individually, against any person or group, if you’re in a position of power over the person you want to discriminate against. White people can discriminate against black people, and black people can discriminate against white people if, for example, one is the interviewer and the other is the person being interviewed.
Racism, however, describes patterns of discrimination that are institutionalized as “normal” throughout an entire culture. It’s based on an ideological belief that one “race” is somehow better than another “race”. It’s not one person discriminating at this point, but a whole population operating in a social structure that actually makes it difficult for a person not to discriminate.
So there you have it - when a white person is murdered because they are white, when someone says on their blog, “I hate white people”, when an individual harbors a visceral irrational hatred of all things having to do with white people it is discrimination. Not racism - discrimination. Say it one more time - DIS-SCRIM-IN-A-TION. And discrimination is hurtful, it’s painful, it is an insult and injury and its sad.
But it is not racism. You can trace racism in the Americas back to when the Spanish (white people) came to the “New” World and began to colonize the indigenous people here. They set up these caste systems based upon how impure your blood was (mestizos, chiollos, mullatos, castizos, peninsulares etc with black people at the bottom) .The system of castas was more than socio-racial classification. It impacted every aspect of life, including economics and taxation
Racism functions pretty much the same way instead now it’s institutionalized. It’s the reason why the majority of companies (and thus capital) are owned by white people, why white company owners are less likely to hire minority workers, why white ex-convicts have a better shot at getting a job than a minority without a record. It’s why when you look at the numbers more minorities are in poverty, and in prisons (despite white people committing crimes at the same or greater amount), or the number of people who are unemployed or lack health care, there are far more minorities in these categories than is proportionate to their numbers in larger society.
What is the mechanism at work that hinders the social advancement of minorities on almost all fronts? That is called racism. And it’s backed up by facts and figures and affects minorities and other people of color more than it could ever affect white people who obviously are at an advantage.
Now don’t get me wrong, just because white people can’t suffer from racism doesn’t mean they can’t be poor or suffer injustices or anything of the like - it just means that they’re less likely to.
It doesn’t mean that you’re a demon or vile or evil because you as a white person benefit from racism - it just means that you have to work harder to correct the racist thoughts, behaviors and actions that permeate your very existence. It means that every day you have to consciously correct yourself from oppressive thinking.
So no, racism isn’t some cover-all term for any sort of racial discrimination you may encounter - stop using it that way.
And if you still don’t get it, if this hasn’t gotten through to your brain that every day in this society I have to work against a system that dehumanizes me, ignores me, strips me of my personhood while simultaneously bringing you up all because of the color of my skin, then shame on you. You need to pick up a few more books and read a few articles that aren’t eurocentric.
I’m sorry if this isn’t articulate enough - I’m nowhere near as eloquent as some people on here are when it comes to talking about racism. But I hope this gives you a broader insight into things.
A study by Swim et al had male and female students keep a diary of sexist encounters. They found that women experienced more every day prejudices and instances of discrimination, about one to two instances per week, “consisting of traditional gender role stereotypes and prejudice, demeaning and degrading comments and behaviors, and sexual objectification.” As a result, these incidents “affected women’s psychological well being by decreasing their comfort, increasing their feelings of anger and depression, and decreasing their state self-esteem.”
Men, on the other hand, experienced fewer sexist incidents. The sexist incidents that they did experience, moreover, were more general and less personal (“All men are pigs,” vs. “You were asking for it because of the way you dressed.”).
Negative attitudes against the male gender, therefore, are usually not directed towards individual men, but rather “men” in the sense of resenting a general culture of masculinity. In contrast, sexism against women is tangible and personal, and results in measurable psychological damage to the women who experience it.
^ This is important and why I don’t take instances of interpersonal “sexism” against men that seriously.
Reblogging because I love it when studies back up what we’ve been saying for years: prejudice against men isn’t as bad as it is for women. Period.
See also, every other oppressor/oppressed dynamic.
What we don’t know for certain is the cause of these facts. Countless ‘reasons’ are flung around to try to explain the disparities, from unsupported theories about gender-based skill sets, to frustratingly simplistic claims that women are to blame for not being tenacious or ambitious enough, to over-generalised stereotypes about childbirth and family life. The latter frequently fail to take into account the enormous influence of provisions for maternity and paternity leave, support for working parents and more, thus conveniently blaming parents whose careers are adversely affected instead of critiquing the system that has created this result in the first place.
None of these theories alone is sufficient to explain the enormous disparity between men and women’s professional achievements and earnings. It is likely that several of the more considered and balanced ideas may hold some merit and account for some part of the problem.
But there are other factors at play. While it may not be convenient or popular to acknowledge it, the huge number of women who have written to the Everyday Sexism Project to document their experiences of sexism in the workplace strongly suggests that this is another important influence.
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Miss Universe Canada announced yesterday that 23-year-old finalist Jenna Talackova of Vancouver was disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant, but didn’t provide a reason.
“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” competition officials said in a statement. Talackova, however, says she knows exactly why she was disqualified: She was born with male genitalia.
The 6’1” bombshell underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2010 after living most of her life as a woman.
She wouldn’t speak with the press concerning the unceremonious scrubbing of her profile from the Miss Universe Canada website, but did take to Twitter to bemoan being “disqualified for being born.”
Many have noted that Miss Universe Canada’s only expressed requirements are that the contestant be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. Nary a mention of gender confirmation surgery as being grounds for dismissal.
On Twitter, Talackova implied that she’s down but not through. “I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up,” she tweeted. “I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination.”
I really hope she “re-qualifies”. This is such a load of horse shit.
Oh jfc really
She is fucking gorgeous
She is beautiful
she is worthy of this competition
Written by Sarah Evans, George Mason University
The following account is that of a friend and coworker. I have decided to publicize this incident because it impacts me as a student and as a strong believer in social justice. I think it’s important to speak up on his behalf.
This is absolutely appalling.