"Charity is no substitute for justice withheld."
Solidarity Over Privilege, By Danielle Miller
Media outlets frequently interview those with white privilege to speak on issues which most affect people of color. Lady Gaga was interviewed and defended Katy Perry.
“I think people are generally too sensitive and they should just leave her be, but you know, I’m not really the person to ask.” –Lady Gaga
You are correct Gaga, you ARE NOT the person to ask. You are not Japanese, you are a rich celebrity benefitting from white privilege so of course it’s highly unlikely that you will have the ability to empathize with those affected by these problematic depictions and performances.
Really disappointing was the underhanded comment stating that people are “generally too sensitive.” This is a micro aggression and a bullying tactic used in most situations of white privilege. The comment trivializes struggles people of color face every day. It is a control tactic meant to perpetuate victim blame, or invalidate who stand up in the face of oppression. As someone who claims to be such an advocate against bullying Gaga is showing true hypocrisy.
Lack of cultural identity, lack of originality and pathetic attempts for publicity will continue to fuel cultural appropriation. But it is our duty to hold these people accountable to let them know our cultures are not a costume and they are not welcome to assert systems of imperialism without being held accountable. Smiling, good intentioned racist can be just as harmful as blatant racist because of their ability to silence people of color, stunt progress and excuse oppression. In the end actions speak louder than words, excuses or justifications.
READ THE REST HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/solidarity-over-privilege-by-danielle-miller/
This Tuesday, December 3rd, at 12:15pm, come out to the North Academic Building (NAC) 2nd floor Rotunda at the City College of New York (CCNY) and listen to powerful artists/poets lending their talent for a noble cause—to save the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center at City College.
The Morales/Shakur Center.the last liberated space under student and community autonomy in CUNY, and it was illegally seized by the CCNY administration on October 20th, 2013. We have been fighting ever since to restore and defend the center!
Malik Abdul Qadus
Special appearance by The Welfare Poets (watch a sneak preview of their performance here)
If you would like to perform, simply show up and do your thing! (Facebook event)
Also, make sure to come out for the MARCH ON CITY COLLEGE TO SAVE THE MORALES/SHAKUR CENTER on Thursday December 5th at 4:30pm! (facebook event)
Like the Facebook page @ Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center
Visit the official website to Defend the Morales/Shakur Center:
SIGN the PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/savemscc
Twitter @DefendMSCenter #SaveMSCC #CCNYShutdown #CCNY
Youtube @ Morales Shakur Center
CALL: (212) 726-2301
come out to #SaveMSCC!!!!!!!!!
Cree Language Classroom in Montreal →
This campaign is to raise funds for necessary materials for a Cree language classroom in Montreal such as an interactive whiteboard, a printer and tables.
Awesome, we’ve got $120 already just 25 min into the campaign!
Don’t forget to include contact information if you’re able to contribute. Anyone who donates $5 or more has a chance to win some amazing rabbit fur mukluks or moccasins with vibram soles (good in cold and hot weather) from Manitobah Mukluks!
#jess you know what to do
Asexual Awareness Banners
Click here for more banners and to download the full sized images.
"Yes, it’s a real thing."
"Asexuality =/= Celibacy"
"Asexual =/= Prude"
"No, I don’t just "need to find the right person""
"Sleeping with you won’t change who I am"
"I don’t hate sex, I just don’t need it"
"Not a "special snowflake""
"My hormones are just fine, thank you."
"I’m not asexual because I was abused"
"Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these “A-Gay” white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry."
Pope sets up panel to fight sex abuse
Reuters: Pope Francis is forming a commission to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced Thursday.
"Up until now there has been so much focus on the judicial parts of this but the pastoral part is very, very important. The Holy Father is concerned about that,” O’Malley told reporters, referring to Pope Francis.
The committee will bring recommendations to the Pope and the Vatican after studying the issue.
Photo: Pope Francis meets with a special commission of eight cardinals in this handout photo released by the Vatican press office on Dec. 3. (AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO/Getty Images)
About damn time
This is PJ. He was born with cerebral palsy. This weekend he got to dance with his fellow members of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe at their annual powwow in North Carolina.