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I'm not saying white privilege doesn't exist on a global scale, it does. It just bothers me when Americans try to dictate other people's identifies when they know nothing about their country, or their people's struggles, or treat everyone as though they're American/responsible for American issues, while at the same time not caring at all about issues in other countries.






that imo is “American privilege”- it’s a problem here on tumblr. Like yeah, to my American followers, I know lots of you try to learn and I wouldn’t generalise to say all Americans do this- but there’s a big problem especially amongst popular social justice blogs here.

What is very disturbing about the tumblr social justice discourse is that a lot of popular US social justice bloggers like to splatter the US categorisation of race and understanding of racism over the rest of the world. Race, and racism- are both social creations. Therefore, it only makes sense that they can vary from society to society. Here are some issues:

1. Things like insisting that white people cannot face racism in the world. I’m sorry, but I can tell you that’s BULLSHIT in Europe, at least. How people are othered operates differently sometimes. It’s pretty obvious I have Chinese ancestry, for example, but I speak fluent English. That often makes me seem more assimilated and less of an “Other” in the UK, than the immigrant worker from Poland whose accent is plainly obvious. Do Chinese people face racism in the UK? I’m sure they do sometimes.


  • But my point is that the way xenophobia and hostility is targeted isn’t always based on skin colour. The Holocaust, the Nazis’ deliberate starvation and mistreatment of Soviet soldiers, the genocide of Bosnians by Serbians are all instances where genocide was committed against people who WOULD be racialised as “white” in the US, who were genetically European. I will seriously throttle anyone who dares to suggest no racism is involved or tries to literally posthumously say claim the victims are “POC” to fit their narrative that global oppression is “White people oppressing POC!!!” ( E.g “Bosnians were not really white because they were Muslims.” WRONG. Genetically they are Slavic people- like Russians, Ukrainians…and Serbians themselves). There was more about cultural otherness, religious divisions at play here, about Serbian nationalism really, rather than seeing Bosnians as “less white”.


Bosnian Muslims in concentration camps in the 1990s 

  • The experiences of “white people” are far from universal AND they can be very familiar with racism, oppression and marginalisation. I mean like try telling a recent Russian immigrant to the US who was descended from Russian serfs that he has MORAL RESPONSIBILITY for slavery in the US? Geez. Yes, maybe he’d benefit from “white privilege” but to say his ancestors benefited from it would be nonsensical when they were getting similarly abused by landowners in the 1800s Imperial Russia. Please tell me how a US POC is necessarily always more familiar with oppression than a Polish person or German whose family lived under Soviet authoritarianism right up till 1989, who lived in fear of the Stasi, aka the East German secret police?


An extremely privileged, white Russian serf girl listening as two landowners bargain over how much they want to pay for her.

  • This is an example of ridiculous mental gymnastics to maintain the “White people oppress POC!!!” paradigm.


Haha, ok. So this person (it’s a US blogger) has proclaimed Ashkenazim are not white. Alright, how about some…experts? Like real Ashkenazi Jewish people?


  • How about this other Jewish person’s opinion? 


  • See? The “wtf Ashkenazim aren’t white they will slap you” person was American-splaining (yes, they are American) European race categories with clearly a US-centric understanding of race and subconscious failure to realise for Ashkenazi Jewish people, the definition of whiteness CAN FLUCTUATE in the US vs Europe. I understand that how Jewish people conceptualise identity can vary and may not fall neatly into “whiteness” or “non-white”. But the quarrel I have with that comment is because it’s obvious that person completely refused to countenance the notion that those people murdered in the Holocaust could be “white” because they don’t want to think about the complexity of racism around the world, they just want to perpetuate the narrative that racism globally is “white people oppress POC!!!” And that’s wrong, if you are gonna distort and step on other victims’ experiences for your own ends, no matter how noble your own cause is.
  • (Btw, MANY Ashkenazi Americans identify and do look “white” in the US.) Genetically, studies show they’ve enormous amounts of European ancestry because it seems European Jewish communities were formed from constant intermarriage with European women for CENTURIES, before they started to marry within the community. Just imagine how minimal their non-European heritage might be by then- 80% of Ashkenazim can trace their maternal line to prehistoric Europe. See why oversimplifying Nazi racism as “less-white” is kind of a wrong paradigm to understand it? And how it’s kind of wrong if you are so insistent on denying “white people” can face racism when we are not talking about neo-Nazis saying “white genocide!!!” about immigration, but real crimes against people?


2. “POC” cannot be racist. Sure. I’m laughing. I guess it wasn’t racism AT ALL when officers in the Imperial Japanese Army said they saw Chinese people as “subhuman”. When one of my family’s most awful experience of imperialism was under the Empire of Japan during World War 2. Where Chinese people were buried alive and experimented on. Young men executed en masse. Women forced to become “comfort women” (aka forced prostitution) to service the Imperial Japanese Army. So, my teenage grandmother bound her chest, cut her hair and rubbed her face with ash- and spent the entire time disguised as a boy in order that she wouldn’t be raped. All war crimes the Japanese government doesn’t want to apologise for even till today.


How about the fact that the people of a group who were victimised at one point can also have racist and discriminatory policies themselves?


And hurt their OWN people too?


Purges during the Chinese "Cultural Revolution".

  • So, saying “POC” cannot be racist (or oppressive in general) is offensive precisely because it lets governments who haven’t apologised off the hook. Because, hooray, all racism and oppression only comes from what is the US understanding of “white people” (European origin?) ! How about Ottoman Turkey’s genocide of 1 million+++ Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians? (Greeks! “White” victims at the hands of “non-white” people? I know, shocking, but it has happened. Also, it’s another debate whether Turkey can be so easily be considered “non-European”.) Hideous things like forced death marches to the desert. If what the white settlers did to the Native Americans is genocide, what the Ottoman Empire did to their Christian subjects sure as hell is genocide too. Like you know what, yes I’m glad Turkey criticises Israel for its policies towards Palestinians which indeed look like ethnic cleansing- but at the same time…I think, “what about you? When are YOU going to admit those 1 million people were murdered because you wanted to exterminate them?”


Wanna bet that anon earlier doesn’t know who this guy is? He’s Mehmet Talaat Pasha btw, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire and chief architect of the Armenian genocide.

  • How about the “Death Railway”, where plenty of “white” POWS died working in conditions of near slavery building a railway line for the Empire of Japan, treated no better than the Asian labourers working alongside them?



  • That’s why the term “POC” doesn’t speak much of solidarity to me with that kind of history. Outside the US…it’s very often meaningless. In Europe, it’s already problematic because it obscures inter-European racism, and in countries where non-European people are a majority, some of the worst things we have suffered were by the hands of other “POC”. And that is exactly why the term “POC” and the entire “white people oppress POC” dichotomy SHOULD NOT be indiscriminately spilled all over non-US contexts and pre-US history.

3. If you’re an American person of colour, I’m going ask you, as a non-American and fellow non-white person, to think twice about trying to claim solidarity with all non-white people around the world and blaming all problems like modern capitalism and exploitation on “White supremacy”. Because that is not true, because that is a shameful abdication of recognising our moral culpability in other forms of oppression.

  • Like…US POCs, imo, are quite culpable in US foreign policy imperialism. How can they not be? Many do benefit from America’s political hegemony over the world even if within their country they’re less privileged than white Americans and still face discrimination. But vis a vis some poor person in another country about to be trampled by the boot of US foreign policy, they are privileged. Many US POCs serve in the US Army. The President is a person of colour.
  • One cannot claim equivalency in marginalisation with the Pakistani man whose family was killed in a mistargeted drone strike- because you are a US citizen. Just as I can’t claim I’m somehow as oppressed by capitalist exploitation as those Chinese villagers whose water supply got poisoned by factories making goods for the MNCs. Because although my great grandparents were poor Chinese who left China amidst the strife caused by the Opium Wars, I am not them. I had an infinitely more privileged upbringing, because I am a consumer in the developed world and actually on the other side- the side that in many ways enables oppression. My hands may be clean vis a vis white supremacy, but they ARE NOT when it comes to the way the developing world is exploited. Are wealthy Chinese businesspeople who mistreat their workers free of moral blame?

Are these people


as underprivileged or institutionally oppressed as these?


Are these two’s experiences, privilege and power


EXACTLY the same as these rural Kenyan kids- who are happy that they now have access to clean running water?


(Yes, Kenya and the African continent as a whole have made great strides. But it is a fact that these children face more challenges and have fewer opportunities and are much less privileged than most Americans.)


Just because we have been wronged by others in the past doesn’t mean we may not be hurting others now, and that we don’t have a responsibility to stop it. 

It is one thing to talk about your own experiences and raise awareness about the injustices you face. That is great and should be supported. But it is another to step on other victims so your narrative of oppression is the loudest and drowns them all out. Oppression is not a contest, and we can talk about our experiences in SOLIDARITY with one another, recognising that throughout human history, racism and oppression has worn MANY faces around the world- not just white ones.

Lol no white people cannot face racism nice try though

Did you even read my post? I’m guessing not.

Racism is a dynamic between oppressor and oppressed, and yes there is no “reverse racism”, but there are places where other faultlines beyond skin colour exist. Which means people you like to homogenously lump together as “white” actually don’t see themselves uniformly. Just like the Japanese sure as hell didn’t see we Chinese as “yay Eastasians!” during WW2 when they massacred 300,000 people of my ethnic group in Nanking, or how the Rwandan Hutu extremists saw Tutsi as “cockroaches” even though they were both African, even though plenty of Hutu-Tutsi marriages had taken place before the genocide. Unlike the Americas, in Europe, where because a lot of people there are white, other stuff like language, culture, history and geopolitics actually often becomes used as an excuse to murder entire groups of people.

Clearly, you know more about what is or isn’t racism than the law enforcement, than people like the British police- who have dealt with everything from neo-Nazis to attacks on black African immigrants to attacks on Muslims. It’s not like they have the statistics to know there is systemic racism against Poles to arrive at this conclusion or something. It’s not like they’ve had responded to numerous reports of anti-Polish graffiti. It’s not like they know recently, a man got beaten up by 15 people outside a London pub, who yelled “go back to Poland!”


Clearly, your assessment that white people cannot face racism is more correct than the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, which held that the Srebrenica massacre of Bosnians in the 1990s was genocide. Clearly, you know more typing on your blog than these people trained in international law and the genocide convention, than the witnesses who actually dug up all the bodies of the victims in their mass graves.


Clearly, what the Greeks experienced at the hands of the Ottoman Empire- forced death marches, massacres, summary executions, forced removal from their lands and destruction of the Christian religious symbols was not racism at all. Because, their magical white skin protects them from experiencing racism, and the fact that they were followers of a minority religion in an Islamic country and a minority ethnic group without much institutional power is totally irrelevant.


Clearly, this Czech Jewish girl, with blonde hair and fair skin, must definitely be a POC since she was murdered in the Holocaust. Her name is Hana Brady, btw. Unless you want to say the Holocaust wasn’t about racism, about Nazi Aryanism. Because racism is only the US flavour of white vs POC, because other forms like Aryanism don’t exist. Nevermind how often the Nazis called Jewish people “vermin” and “subhuman” and an “inferior race” and the Holocaust a “purification” of Germany.


Clearly, white people cannot face racism even though the Holocaust is an internationally-recognised genocide. Because you say so. Or are European Jewish people all “POC”? Hmm? This is amazing. I’m glad the most major genocide in the 20th century wasn’t about racism after all. Humans aren’t so bad after all!

You may also want to share your amazing findings with historians, human rights lawyers and legal scholars regarding the way the Nazis  deliberately starved and abused Soviet POWs to the extent 60% died in custody, compared to less than 5% for British and Americans. Cos, y’know, they think it is genocide. Cos historians know about Generalplan Ost, and how the Nazis elaborated how they intended to exterminate Eastern Europe of Slavic people to increase German living space.


Or alternatively, you may wanna tell these Russian soldiers that you have just discovered they are not white after all, that they are POC, since racism cannot happen to white people.


Or you can do the easy thing which is to take off your American-centric lens, realise there is a whole different world outside the US and Canada, and recognise that racial Othering and discrimination doesn’t always function based on skin colour differences.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

I agree with some of what the OP is saying.  But at the same time I see “white” as an American social construct.  There is no country of origin or culture behind it other than the American power system.  It’s not Caucasian, which is an actually race like Negroid and Mongoloid.  It’s something specific to our country.  Yeah there are other people in the world, European and otherwise, who oppress their own and others but I dont call that racism.  Its xenophobia, its nationalism, its fear or greed or a million other things but the racism Americans are talking about is the “white” power structure almost entirely specific to the US.  I know, people dont distinguish well because they’re coming from their own racial experience but also because “black” culture and some of the African culture as well as the oppressive culture it derives from is becoming global as things like hip hop become the popular music and “gangsta” becomes such a popular aesthetic that it seems as if Germans or Japanese or Polish can turn that on blacks, by blackface or “ratchet” behavior as a “joke” they are picking almost exclusively on the Black American experience. 

As I said, I agree with a lot of things that the OP is saying.  There have been millions of cases where one group of people in power has slaughtered, destroyed or demeaned those who are not.  But as the most powerful nation in the world since the end of WWII, American leads, to a degree, how a lot of Western society (and those who around the “first world” and “second world” look up to Western society) that much of the racism we are seeing in the time of these social bloggers, and the last couple of generations (post-Baby boomers) in Western society has been white against black, or against brown.  It could be one of the defining things of the early 21st century.  And with a Black American President, the leader of the free world, the hatred against Blacks in particular has been more prevalent, visible, and acceptable all over the world.

That doesnt mean others arent getting hurt, or have been hurt historically, and maybe racism shouldnt be so America-focused and having people clarify when they speak of “races” but so many acts, behaviors, and trends around the world come straight from our shores so its easy to see how the behavior of Europeans, Asians, and many other cultures that can be construed and is almost surely anti-Black or fearful of Black as strongly as it is right now and has been for the past ten years or so came straight from American soil.  There’s bloods on a lot of people’s hands, a lot of cultures and countries though…I would never deny that.

I hope what I’m saying makes some sense.  This is something I feel so passionately about, both historically and what’s happening right at this moment so I’m just going with my gut but I also want to be honest from my experience and the experience of so many other people of color I know.

I know that often I speak too soon when it comes to myself, which is why I try not to speak at all until I know the entirety of situations, but I think things are not going to be on for Douglas and I.  I am of the school that if you want to talk to someone that you talk to them.  I know he’s busy, working full time and going to school, but he gave me the first impression that he wanted to hang out and was glad we were finally talking to each other. 

Its been three weeks since we’ve had that conversation.  I spoke to him the next week and he sounded a little less interested, though admittedly that was the day he said he hurt himself at the gym.  But I also worried it was something I said (did I sound too nerdy talking about the Star Trek convention?  Did I scare him off with my LGBTQ work and thoughts?)  Since that conversation I havent talked to him. 

Two texts went unanswered and I left him a voicemail that has gotten no response as of yet.  The beauty of all of this technology is that you can take just a few moments to reach out when you’re busy and the other person knows that you still want to communicate with them instead of going quiet.  We always talk about how men are dumb and refuse or dont understand that sometimes they have to take an extra step with people, let them know they want to talk or want to care but I’m tired of always giving them the easy way out. 

How many times can you text message a guy before he labels you a stalker and you label yourself an ass?  That’s why I went for voicemail, I am even willing to believe he might not have gotten the text.  He had to get the voicemail.  So, as of now just forget him and if anything changes it will be because he put in the effort to make it so.

I’ve always been really good with a camera but lately I’ve just been thinking about becoming a photographer.  I know its just a pipe dream but I want to take pictures of people of color doing all the things that we have to blog here with white people.  Black girls can wear cozy sweaters and fuzzy socks and read books while sipping coffee and stay in bed all day and walk amongst the falling leaves and ride a bike and jump on a trampoline.  So can Mexican girls, Native American girls, girls from Southeast Asia, and everywhere else in the world. 

As a matter of fact men of color can do all of that stuff as well.  And couples of color (straight and not-straight) can do all the cute shit you see white people doing in all the pictures we blog on Tumblr because there’s not much choice of anything else.  I want this more than anything, just representation in its simplest form…the stock photo (so to speak).

S/O to blogs like alternative black girls, alt-and-black, black goths because they show us women of color (particularly black women are not a monolith).  Now I want to take it one step further.  I know I probably cant do it on my own or even at all, but man would I love to try.

The 25 to Life scene with Erin, Dave, and Derek…Erin was so on point, she was right.  What they were trying to do was illegal.  They had made some great speculation and done some decent profiling but they had no real evidence on a very powerful man and just thought they could roll up, arrest them, and get his DNA.  No Section Chief, federal attorney or judge would’ve signed off on casting a net that wide with what the BAU brought to the table.  No wonder Congress was considering shutting this unit down.  And everything that Erin said was true and Rossi was a douche because it wasnt only about politics. 

The truth of the matter is that the BAU is comprised of more than Hotch and his little group of superheroes.  And they want to run off all half cocked but Erin Strauss is responsible for the jobs and careers of hundreds, if not thousands of people…from federal agents to lay staff to the people who mop the floors.  And if Congress makes the FBI shut it down (which they never would but there is always the fear of some kind of punishment/retribution hanging over her head) all of those people would have Rossi and Morgan’s speculation to thank but probably want Erin’s head on the platter.

She was right, they were wrong, they did it anyway.  I hate that the team never really had to face the consequences of their actions because that kind of insubordination would’ve gotten them stiff punishments and gone on their permanent record, if they werent fired altogether.  They never show the consequences of this team always thinking they’re right and doing what they want to get the Unsub.

I would give almost anything to have gotten a Rossi/Strauss hotel scene. Either the first hotel in season 7 or the New York hotel in season 8. I want to know what they talked about. Did Rossi help her with her necklace? Did Erin tie his tie? How does it sound when they laugh together. Do they spoon or does Erin like to hold him against her? Who makes the coffee in the little coffeemaker the hotel provides? I can see Dave handing Erin, still in bed, a coffee cup and receiving a kiss as reward. They held hands all through the lobby but left separately, Erin whispering something in Dave’s ear and he smiles that devilish grin before kissing her hand and walking out.

We’re never going to have that. Dave is never going to think about or talk about Erin again. The whole year will be lost to the characters and the fans. We won’t get coffee dates or foot massages or movie nights or Skype from the road or Hotch ribbing him like he ribbed Hotch. That still hurts and I’m not sure that it will ever stop. So many fans have ships that they hope and wish and pray will become canon for hundreds of reasons. I have a ship who did, but only through the words of producers, never once onscreen.

I think I’ve mentioned this before but it drives me fuckin bananas when people want to be all like “why do you only like white things?”  First of all, I didnt know “things” had colors.  Secondly, I love all kinds of things.  Why be pissed because I love Seinfeld and Pantera and talk about Jane Austen or Dylan Thomas?  I love “black things” as well, not that its any of your damn business…but I go crazy for Angela Bassett and am really getting into Audre Lorde and know/learn more things everyday about blacks in America and elsewhere throughout history. 

But I shouldnt have to prove myself to you or anyone.  I shouldnt have to “blacken” up or whatever.  Because people are quick to get pissed when white folks lump blacks and other minorities all into one category and think we must all be one way, but no one ever bats an eyelash when your sister, father, classmates, or people you dont even know on the world wide fuckin web do it.  I will like whatever I want, all day long, and you can go fuck yourself.  Thanks.

This kind of thing scares me to death.  You spend your whole life fighting that depression monkey and in the end it still gets you…it always seems to win.  How can I keep fighting when you see that even in your 60s, after fame and fortune and being the brightest star in the stratosphere, it can still drag you into hell? 

All I want is my sanity.  You can have the money, the love, the shits and giggles, you can have any fuckin thing you want but I beg you to leave me with my sanity.

Jul 8

My sister, who I have not always been on the best terms with is on both Tumblr and Twitter.  Apparently while we were having no relationship at all, which I think was the best thing at the time, she went off and got semi-famous.  She runs Black Girl Dangerous, I think that’s what its called.  Anyway, online friends who’ve known me a while know its my sister but I havent talked about it with other people.  We dont have much of a relationship, she lives across the country and there’s been bad blood between us, flowing from a trickle to a gush over most of the course of our lives.

Anyway, I do all that rambling to say I followed her on Twitter tonight.  She’s a militant, black, queer and that’s probably not even close to my proletariat, head down, quiet, bisexual.  I found her feed to be interesting, militant yes but also funny and insightful.  I surely wont agree with everything she says, I dont with the majority of my followers.  And I also dont think this will bring us any closer like some bad Lifetime movie where sisters reconnect online after years estranged. 

Its just interesting to see her thoughts.  I know I express mine on my Twitter and feel the freedom of doing so.  Where this little following experiment will go, I dont know, I actually hope she doesnt notice me and doesnt follow back.  I’m just kinda standing in the corner right now checking things out as they go along.

Erin’s outfit in It Takes a Village when she goes to the Congressional hearing is so fuckin sexy to me it makes no sense.  She looked ready to kick ass and take names.

Also, what a waste that they didnt show her testifying.  I think it would’ve been interesting to know how she felt about being lied to about Emily’s death and how her return affected Erin and Erin’s trust in her own agents.

I havent been sick in a while….

and it fuckin sucks monkey balls.  Its allergies as opposed to a cold so only my nose and chest hurt right now and not “everything and I wanna die” but that seriously doesnt make it more pleasant cuz its a fakeout like you can still do stuff but then you start hacking and your nose runs all gross and at least with a bad cold you can take a double dose of NyQuil and pass out for two days.