All right, so. Here is the post I meant to write about the power of white privilege. Or the power of any privilege, really.
The last PM I got is an example of why we need backup, I think. Because let’s face it, they’re not going to listen to me about the crap in Lucy even though I’m Taiwanese-American. Hell, it’s because I’m not white that they’re going “LALALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU” because to them I’m one of those ~SJW~ that like to ruin everyone’s lives while feeling like I’m cooler than everyone else. You know, instead of someone who is offended over the shoddy depiction of the country her family came from.
The thing is that if a white person had written my posts on Lucy instead, they’d probably get less shit for it than the Taiwanese/East Asian folks have. Because white privilege. Because for some reason, people will actually listen to them and go ‘hey, wait, that actually makes sense’ or ‘hey, that’s a good point’ instead of dismissing PoC who have been saying the same thing since God was young.
And yeah, it’s shitty. There’s still too much focus on white people. There’s still some unwritten notion that they know what they’re talking about vs. PoC. And I think it’s what’s behind stuff like Lucy or Eleanor and Park. Because even though people from those countries and cultures point out the very real, legitimate issues, who gets prioritized the most? The creators, for being so ~brave~ to write the other. Oh, gosh, can’t we think of how hurt they’ll be for this criticism? Why can’t you accept that they’re trying?
So if you’re white and want to help out PoC, obviously, listening to us is the first step. Don’t be so quick to rush to the defense of other white people if PoC point out that they’re doing racist stuff.
But I think there’s another problem, mainly due to that power imbalance of who gets heard more often, and here’s where you can also step in: amplify our voices.
Last night I discussed one way to do this; consuming PoC/non-Western works. Another way? Speak out against racist bullshit. Reblog stuff from PoC. If PoC ask for signal boosts, do it. Use your platform as a way for PoC to get heard. Because let’s face it, if some of your brethren won’t listen to us, they’ll probably listen to you.
Until people start valuing PoC voices at the same level as whites, this will have to do.
I’ve been throwing around the term fictional reconstructionism for a little while now and the longer I sit with it, the more I like it as a term for what I do.
Fictional recon is a kind of pop culture paganism. It would include things like Serenitism and the Season Guardians but not writing, say, a Buffy-themed spell. Reconstruction is the process of looking at the record we have of a…
If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.
But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.
So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.— Let’s Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence | Alternet (via guerrillamamamedicine)
#capitalism#violence#corporatocracy#global warming#call it fucking global warming#yes i know it’s more than that BUT#climate change is a watered down more socially palatable term#environmentalism#we almost always talk about violence FROM BELOW not above#gee i wonder why#class warfare