Forty-six million white adults today can trace the origins of their family wealth to the Homestead Act of 1862. This bill gave away valuable acres of land for free to white families, but expressly precluded participation by Blacks.
“Colonialism tried to control the memory of the colonized; or, rather, in the words of Caribbean thinker Sylvia Wynter, it tried to subject the colonized to its memory, to make the colonized see themselves through the hegemonic memory of the colonizing center. Put another way, the colonizing presence sought to induce a historical amnesia on the colonized by mutilating the memory of the colonized; and where that failed, it dismembered it, and then tried to re-member it to the colonizer’s memory—to his way of defining the world, including his take on the nature of the relations between colonizer and colonized.”—NGŨGĨ WA THIONG’O, SOMETHING TORN AND NEW (via vulturechow)
did you know that the doctors who did eric garner’s autopsy concluded that obesity was one of the factors in his death? i mean he was held in a chokehold by a police officer where otherwise he would have lived… but also yeah probably being fat killed him a little sure makes sense
you can google “eric garner autopsy report” and any source is viable, but at random, from nbc new york: “Asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors in the death, the medical examiner said.”
abolish the concept of ‘passing’ & start accepting that theres no specific way any gender has to look to be valid
ugh. passing is an important way to talk about how people receive different levels of violence, transphobia or transmisogyny based on their appearance relative to cisnormative standards. Passing is an important concept. Abolishing the concept of passing means attempting to cover up dynamics of power by pretending they don’t exist. Abolish other things like transmisogyny, from which passing privilege stems. Stop saying the concept of passing is fucked because non-passing transwomen deserve words to describe our experiences.
so i had queued a post this morning about the concept of passing (for trans folks) and a friend reminded me it’s fucked up of me to engage in those conversations. which sucks, cus apparently we’ve had this conversation before. i deleted the post and i’ll do better to stop engaging in that conversation in the future. thanks to ppl for telling me when i fuck up
“If Asian men are the vassals for white men’s domination fantasies, black men are the tools required for white male submissive fantasies. As Frantz Fanon explains, the black ‘man’ no longer exists in the white sexual imagination. Instead, ‘one is no longer aware of the negro, but only of a penis. The Negro is eclipsed. He is turned into a penis. He is a penis.’ Rather than existing as individuals, black men exist as sexual tools, ready to fulfill, or violate, white male sexual fetishes.”—Chong-suk Han, They Don’t Want To Cruise Your Type: Gay Men of Color and the Racial Politics of Exclusion (via rniguelangel)