”Well you dance good for being a white person”/”Your dreadlocks looks good even though you’re…” and I just can’t help to wonder if that isn’t just as offensive to a white person as it would be to a person of color? Isn’t it pretty much the same as saying that all black people are good at dancing and can pull of dreadlocks, because black people is just a homogeneous group that I can generalize about. That is so racist.
I actually went to the same school as a guy who had a Swedish father and a mother from Kenya. He used to say stuff to me, like “you sing good even though you’re white” and “white people can’t pull of dreadlocks”. I found it so strange that he would say things like that. He was actually offensive towards both of his origins and fueled the myth about black and white peoples huge differences further.
I think he had some sort of wish, not to be white, because he spoke a lot about how we - his classmates - where different because of our skin color, and that he was a certain kind of person - a black person.
I’m just really confused about this “glorifying” of the black person. Isn’t it just as offensive as the glorifying of the white person? And why do people feel like they have to do it?
Please share your thoughts on this matter!
(The following commentary is not about dreadlocks - I’ve posted my opinion about that before, and will leave it at that.)
There is a good point in here buried underneath some bad phrasing.
Yes, the fetishization and exotification of people of color is a bad thing. I think that’s what this post is referring to when saying “glorification,” not to people of color having pride (such as “black pride”, which is a good and important thing).
Yes, stereotypes are a bad thing.
But, no, comments directed towards white people about their whiteness, even when wrong, are not “as bad as” or “worse than” actual racism. The privilege that white people have renders them a hypocrite when they take offense at comments about whiteness.
Yes, I understand the argument that the comments about white people (“walk like this,” “can’t jump,” etc.) can be seen as corollaries to problematic comments about people of color, but I’m not sure I agree with that argument.
What say you, readers?
"Fueled the Myth" Thank Mixed-Race kid. It is because of you this Post-Racial world can get off the ground. Even though you have the most direct experience about what it is to be othered by both of those ethnic/racial groups and therefore have a unique insight into what it takes to be culturally accepted as Black or White, you are the worst. Because you fuel the myth that stops us from all being colorblind and dancing outdoors with people of all colors (that we don’t see) to world music (that we don’t even think of as exotic).
sometimes i think about how crazy marginalized people must seem to those in control.
like when guys tell girls they are bonkers for thinking every man is a possibly attacker.
like when whites tell the rest of us that it’s unamerican to not be surprised by police brutality.
it’s just kind of amazing. people get really shocked and offended on my behalf, here in academia, when they hear about the extreme racism i’ve been subject to and are consistently bewildered by how i make jokes out of it. i’m not covering for my pain, i’m laughing. my life is awesome. it’s amazing to think about someone with such a limited mindset that being called a “nigger kike whore” would somehow fuck up my life to an extent that i could no longer find it awesome and would live in the shadow of racism.
i’m not dead, dudes and i can afford to get pizza whenever i want. i assume white people will say something racist and that men will say something misogynistic and i’m never let down. i’m usually brought up.
The last member of a 65,000-year-old tribe has died, taking one of the world’s earliest languages to the grave. Boa Sr, who died last week aged about 85, was the last native of the Andaman Islands who was fluent in Bo. Named after the tribe, Bo is one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages, which are thought to date back to the pre-Neolithic period when the earliest humans walked out of Africa.
“What you see is a lot of pretty people, a lot of good looking people making music today. And I think you could start there and say, “What is that all about?” Because, for instance, in hardcore and post-hardcore music, when you would go to live shows you would never, ever think you were going to see a good looking woman at one of these shows. People were outsiders. If you had the looks and the social standing, you were not going to cut yourself off from society to be a punk rocker. And I think what I feel, when I look at the bands I say, “But these people could all be in the sororities and fraternities and getting MBAs.” It’s a viable career path to make noisy rock-and-roll. So I think the candidates that we get to choose from have already filtered on the level of forming a band. I think people are saying, “Well, we gotta get four good looking guys. We gotta look sharp.” All those British bands, they don’t have any fat bald bass players and we can’t afford to have them either. So I’m not sure the voices we’re hearing are the voices we would hear if there was nothing to be gained by being in one of these bands except artistic exploration.”—