It’s bad enough that I’m up at 5 am on Saturday studying for a chem exam in 4 hours and now there’s this white, stringy spider that decided to get all active in the wall adjacent to my desk. Like fool really? No, NO. This is my place to miserably exist right now. Find somewhere else to be.
The cutie’s cooking while I “study” for a midterm tomorrow. These are the types of nights I think we’ll look back on and laugh about. Staying up ridiculously late, delirious, trying to force our brains to memorize concepts we can’t properly pronounce. This had better all be worth it one day, because this shit is a fucking struggle.
The best thing is that these people are complaining that white people ruin everything and are the devil and only steal everything from PoC while 99% of them sits in a country that wouldn’t be in the modern state it is now if not for white people, while using a machine made by white people running a operating system made by white people blogging on a website made by white people .
I’m sorry but who built America nigga? LMAO YO GETCHA HISTORY TOGETHER BABY!!lol at the bolded. hooray for oppression and capitalism! good job guys.
I’m going to keep this brief and undetailed since I’m out of time and on my mobile phone, but first things first—I am an engineer. I’m going to assume you don’t know much about engineering at all, because I otherwise can’t imagine why you would write what you have. A working machine is not built by one person, its mechanisms not drawn from thin air. Development is a long process—occasionally punctuated by strokes of genius and happy accidents—undertaken by multiethnic (and usually multinational) teams, and the final product is a synthesis of theory and ideas that form something new (and hopefully useful). So it’s very odd to me that you would attribute things like “operating systems” and “computers” to “white ingenuity” as if that is logical by any measure. Do you know the history of microcomputing at all? The teams behind the ISA systems bus or the one gig processing chip? How about MCM or the development of modern RAM? Modern PC display? The development of the colour computer? Does Wang Laboratories sound familiar to you? Perhaps doctors An Wang or G.Y. Chu? Surely Mark Dean and IBM do. I know they do, because I know that you are well-informed about the development of modern computing and the countless engineering teams that put all their time, sweat, effort, and research into it.
I’m also curious to this “modern state” you attribute to white people. Is it this Western civilisation built by five hundred years of violent exploitation set to end, within the century, in global ecological catastrophe? Because even then, you at least surely recognise that it was built on the ruins of civilisations far more complex, and in many ways, more advanced. You at least surely realise that technological catalysts like the Textile and Industrial Revolutions would have been literally impossible without black African labour; that Western infrastructure was built both literally and physically, by black and Asian individuals, sustained by Native American agricultural practices (yes, including Europe, which accrued wealth by establishing colonies), was created financially by both riches stolen from the continents of Asia and Africa, and an economic system that relied entirely on the fabulously lucrative trade of human bodies, subjugation, barbarism, and slaughter.
Or did you mean before that—the European Renaissance that was only made possible by Moorish intervention in Europe?
Or did you mean before that, when Europe was experiencing its “Dark Ages”—a time of unprecedented death and disaster marked by violent superstition, sectarianism, and lack of hygiene—when, meanwhile, empires of the rest of the world—the Sahelian kingdoms; the caliphates of North Africa; the empires of Mali, Ghana, and the Songhai; the sultanates of Sudan, the Ethiopian and Somali city-states; the polities of the Americas; the universities of West Asia and Africa; the Song, the Mongols (and countless many more) were all in top form?
Or did you mean before that, during much-lauded Greco-Roman era…whose academic achievements were far outmatched by their West and South Asian counterparts, and whose greatest thinkers were educated by Africans?
I mean, seriously. Please show me this elusive age of white nobility and white achievement, because I’m keen to know where in history it ever existed. You won’t be able to. Do you know why?
Because that simply isn’t how civilisation works.
If you really think the world was built brick by brick by whiteness, or that the humans were pulled out of the primordial ooze by white men, you just aren’t as clever as you think you are. Like the process of engineering, the development of humankind has been one long synthesis of cultures, and the (not always peaceful) trade of languages, knowledge, and ideas. At no point in history did humans sit on their laurels with hands over their ears and eyes, ignorant of the world around them and entirely isolated from one another. It’s why you can find ancient Chinese coins in East Africa, West African bones in the Americas, Polynesian chickens in South America, Arab accounts of Asia and Africa, Central Asia vestiges in Eastern Europe, black Africans all throughout European history. The world is not stagnant. It never was. Human evolution was only possible because of the sharing and propogation of ideas. Your entire argument is facile.
Do you know why people on this website are angry?
Because it’s about the only place where you can express that anger and be (relatively) safe.
Do you know why we are angry in real life?
Because these last five hundred years have seen unprecedented cultural destruction, murder, ethnic cleansing, and subjugation in the name of greed, all sustained and justified by the construction of race. And nothing has changed.
You can write legislation to “guarantee” rights. Lands can be rewon in litigation. A few languages can be relearnt by handfuls of individuals. But you can never repair a culture. You can never repair a metaphysical holocaust, revive those lost to genocide, retrieve forgotten languages, customs, modes of thought, identities. Not only have they been destroyed, they have been actively and systematically been written out of history. How much of human development has been lost? How many lives do you think this earth has forgotten? How many ghosts wailing beneath cotton fields and rail ties do you think had wisdoms passed down by countless generations or held intellectual properties cultivated by thousands of years? A concept in its purest form may be as immutable as mass and energy, but like all Forms they are meaningless if there is no one to access them. Not even ideas are infinite; they disappear when no one is there to think them into existence. Gods die like everybody else. Whole perspectives destroyed. Thoughts, feelings, concepts, entire ways of viewing the world, all wiped out through magical feats of destruction. All this, by writing a few words in a book. Like magic.
Do you understand that? Is isn’t us who constructed this system, but we are still the ones dying because of it, erased because of it, dehumanised. And that’s worth owning. You should be as angry as we are, that anyone should have to endure centuries of and current suffering for arbitrary reasons that were installed by terrible legacies left by people who committed horrific acts of evil…whether those people were your forebears or not. Unless you don’t recognise those actions and the actions of the present as evil at all, and you genuinely don’t care about the welfare of your fellow human beings, you should be as angry as we are.
Of course, it doesn’t matter if you really don’t care or not. This five-hundred year system that’s been in place is unsustainable. And honestly? It will probably ultimately destroy itself and take all of us—and you—with it.
i find it really angering that abusive friendships aren’t addressed as much as abusive relationships. they’re both very much alike, horrible, and do a great deal of damage. its hard to talk to someone about leaving an abusive friend and feel like you’re being taken seriously
- Intergenerational Relationships/Interactions: I’ve observed and experienced a lot of older queer folks attempting to fuck a younger member of the community under the guise of mentorship. It’s fucking abusive and disgusting, and I think we need to work, as a community, to hold those people accountable.
- The lack of healthy queer relationship resources. We have no examples of healthy queer relationships, and I think that a lot of queer couples regurgitate the heteropatriarchy because that’s what we’re fed - and it’s not us. I think trying to navigate the manifestations of heteropatriarchy in queer relationships is so daunting that we never have community conversations about it and drag it into the light for everyone to confront - leaving queer survivors of intimate partner violence to go at it alone. For queer abusers, I think there’s a huge potential for re-education about healthy relationship ways and we should find some ways to do that.
- Intra-POC bullshit. The anti-blackness, the appropriation of black culture by non-black queers, the appropriation of various brown cultures by non-indentifed folks, light skinned folks not taking into account the fucking space we take up, the invalidation of immigrant queers. It’s the small end of the wedge that is just going to grow unless we sit down and address this shit together. I want to say “people of color” and not have any shitty feelings about how that term doesn’t even remotely approach the divisions between our separate communities.
- Masculine-of-center queers who are held up as the face of the queer community. /gag. WHY IS FEMME PRESENTATION ONLY REVOLUTIONARY WHEN MASC FOLKS DECIDE THEY WANT TO PUT ON LIPSTICK AND SOME GLITTER FOR THE NIGHT AND LIKE A TUTU OR SOME SHIT. TELL ME WHY. I do this shit every day, but it’s considered decidedly not-queer because I’m femme presenting most days. Unless I’m with a masc person, my femme presentation renders me invisible in queer community. Arm candy for queer masc person = visibility. My queerness is contingent upon masc folks I surround myself with and THIS IS LITERALLY NEVER OKAY
all of this!!!
Tumblr drama is exhausting. At least it looks like the mess with the picture of my dad and sister has been sorted out for the most part. And though the whole situation still irks me, I appreciate how it was handled after the fact.
radbrowndads asked: I wanted to apologize for my totally idiotic post. You have rightly criticized me for disrespecting your dad and sister. I had originally just wanted to respond to the post suggesting 'anti-white imperialist rap album' titles and to solicit some, but I took it a step too far. I have deleted the re-blog and will also do the same for the original post if you like. I would never have used it as a profile picture without your permission either. Let me know if there's anything else I can do.
CONT: Also, it looks like I didn’t properly source you on the original post. I get a lot of submissions from emails and I sometimes forget to enter the source of the bloggers who submitted their photos. It wasn’t intentional for me not to link to your blog. If you’d like me to modify the original post in any way (either adding the citation or deleting it), let me know.
Thanks for apologizing and deleting the reblog. I appreciate it and am glad you recognize how uncool the whole situation was. Sourcing the original post back to my blog and adding a caption not to alter the picture in anyway without my permission would be great. I do want to share the photo since it’s too great not to and sharing our histories with each other is important but I just want to make sure no one else gets overexcited with it. Thanks.
dildosandglitter replied to your post: Good lord I am never submitting to a blog again….
So disrespectful and invasive. I hate that people can’t even feel safe posting things on here for positive/ very personal reasons without someone else acting like it’s their right to take ownership of whatever they want and manipulate your content just because it’s on the…
Seriously! Just because it’s online doesn’t mean I or my family has given you express permission to do whatever you want with content that isn’t yours. I don’t know what people are thinking and how they don’t immediately understand that this is so disrespectful. I just feel guilty that my dad and sister are now potentially subject to whatever shit the next fool with photoshop comes up with. And I really didn’t expect this type of bs from radbrowndads. I thought they were way more down than that. Thanks for showing support though. I appreciate it.
foreverqueird replied to your post: Good lord I am never submitting to a blog again….
that’s fucked :(
I know, right? Ugh, this is such an unnecessary mess.
Good lord I am never submitting to a blog again. This fool at radbrowndads is talking about people photoshopping and using a picture of my father and sister for their personal profile pic. WHAT THE FUCK? I NEVER gave anyone permission to do that and my family would certainly not be comfortable with that. I thought the blog was about sharing our respective family’s histories and badass pictures and never thought I’d have to be worried about someone using images for their own purposes. Like bruh, this is a picture of my father WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE IN YOUR FUCKING PROFILE PICTURE. And you’re asking people to photoshop an image that doesn’t even belong to you. Do you not get how that’s hella disrespectful? Shit, if I had known how ridiculous this was gonna be, I would have never submitted. If you can’t be respectful of other people’s families you shouldn’t be running this blog.