Can people seriously not see why the whole “I’m not attracted to black people” concept is racist
Like, okay, nobody’s denying you your right to have preferences, but:
- Your preferences are not immune to being racist, and
- There is no reason other than racism for your preference to unilaterally rule out everyone of a specific race
Like, I dare you to come up with an answer to “what is it about black people you aren’t attracted to” that isn’t racist? What is the thing that all black people have, that nobody other than black people has, that’s a dealbreaker for you?
I’ll give you a hint: If your answer to that question implies that there is something both universal and exclusive to black people other than “they are black,” then that’s what we call a “racial stereotype” which is kind of textbook racist, and if your answer to “what is it about black people you aren’t attracted to” was “they are black,” then I’m not really sure what further explanation you need beyond the fact that you just said the thing you don’t like about black people is that they’re black.
Like, I get that you might prefer some physical characteristics over others, and whatever, that’s a different conversation for a different post, but just say that. There is no characteristic, physical or otherwise, that is universal or exclusive to any one race. If you met someone who had every trait you find attractive in a person, and was black, and you still ruled them out because they were black, then yes, that is racist.
Stop throwing up a “you can’t find everyone attractive” argument because you are fighting against the scarecrow version of the argument everyone else is actually making. No one is saying you can, or should, find everyone attractive. Nobody wants you to find everyone attractive. That would be exhausting for everyone involved.
What people do want is for you to stop saying you like one race less than all the others and then pretend anyone who calls you out on your racism is just shaming your preferences. Your preferences are racist, which means they don’t need anyone else’s help to be shameful.
And yes, by saying “I don’t find black people attractive,” you are saying you like black people less than everyone else, because you like everyone else enough that you’re attracted to them on a case-by-case basis, but all you need to hear is “black” and they’re not even an option.
“ Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you, we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs upon the reasons they are dying. ”
“ As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.” ”
Reasons why October is the best month:
- Cold but dry weather
- Everything is pretty colours
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin coffee
- Everything being made to look spooky
- Horror movies on TV all the time
- Jumper weather
- Dressing up as scary things
- Hot drinks
- Lots of sweets
Sep 01 2014
“ Again and again, I have to insist that feminist solidarity rooted in a commitment to progressive politics must include a space for rigorous critique, for dissent, or we are doomed to reproduce in progressive communities the very forms of domination we seek to oppose. ”
“ 4.9% ”
“Even more alarming is that, when Latino actors are cast, they are by far more likely than any other group to be sexualized, either by revealing clothing or by being defined in the screenplay as attractive. Indeed, 36% of Hispanic actors are displayed in some sort of sexualized attire, the highest of any group looked at in the study. Hollywood seems to think America is not interested in stories about Latinos, unless they are taking their clothes off.”
Let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about how most of those roles are to be hypersexualized maids, spicy armcandy love interests, and exotic criminals. Let’s talk about how many of these roles use stereotypes to make these characters as the butt of the joke. Let’s talk about though how most of those roles go to light skinned and white Latinas. Let’s talk about how shitty the representation that Latinxs do have is pretty much restricted to bullshit and biopics. (via wocinsolidarity)
“ And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard. ”