Posts tagged white privilege
Posts tagged white privilege
7 Reasons Why You Should Be Listening To Macklemore If You Aren’t Already:
- He’s sees himself as an artist, and is clearly changing the way people think about rap as an art form.
- He’s a Seattle boy. ‘Nuff said.
- Instead of rapping about ‘niggas’, ‘making it rain on strippers’, and ‘the thug life’, his songs talk about the struggle of being an independent artist, legalizing gay marriage, anti-consumerism, and overcoming an alcohol addiction.
- When you listen to his songs, it sounds like he’s speaking to you. Not screaming or throwing around incessant slurs, but like he’s right there talking to you about his life. His raw vulnerability is overwhelming and powerful.
- He’s a heartfelt and multidimensional performer, putting out tracks that are both serious (“Same Love”, “Neon Cathedral”, “Starting Over”) and fun (“Thrift Shop”, “And We Danced”).
- He basically said ’screw it’ to the man and chose to handle the business side of his music the way that he wanted to. He ended up creating his own independent record label with his buddy Ryan Lewis, aka the super badass music producer that created the seriously sick beats on their album The Heist.
- He is an inspiration to artists everywhere, and living proof that if you want to create your own work and are willing to work your butt off, you will succeed.
I am struck with option paralysis as to which one of these points I should laugh the hardest at oh my fucking god
Okay, I tried to scroll past, but I failed. So why not address all seven points here?
- I’d wager that most musicians see themselves as an artist considering, you know, it’s an art form and stuff. Even rappers. Wow what a concept. Except it’s not at all, so this point? Not really valid.
- He’s a Seattle boy. No, that’s not enough said. Because I went to the same high school and college that he did and while he may be much older than I am, I know most of the folks in his class because it was the same class my older sister and all her friends were in. And this is actually the point that bugs me the most. Because I can name at least ten other rappers from that exact same class who are not only better and cleaner with their style and lyrics, but who’ll probably never make it as big because they simply aren’t white. And there’s a kind of sickening trend of random white rappers in Seattle feeling entitled to push their music on the rest of the city (god, don’t even get me started on the joke that is Sam Lachow) and honestly, it’s gotten old after a while.
- "Instead of rapping about ‘niggas’, ‘making it rain on strippers’, and ‘the thug life’" I almost just went present without comment on this one, but don’t worry, I’ll keep it brief. Clearly you know very little about rap, to the extent that it’s borderline laughable. Hell, I rarely listen to rap because my tastes generally are more towards the classical spectrum of music, but if you’re going to completely ignore the vast majority of the genre and the musicality and poetry that goes into it, then why the fuck are you even making this post?
- He’s “speaking” as opposed to “screaming”? Well, in the vain of the last post, kindly go look up the history of rap (and spoken word poetry while you’re at it) just to see how completely absurd this point is. This is like saying that some random alternative hipster band is better Broadway music because that band sings softly in a whisper whereas the Broadway boys and girls have to belt it out. Seriously, what the fuck? (also, pretty sure that Mumford & Sons scream on most of their tracks. And most opera singers belt it out louder than rappers. Waiting for the criticism of them…) In addition, I’d argue that being quiet and talking doesn’t necessarily make it more “raw”. My brother was blasting Kanye last night while he was cleaning, and I could sure as hell feel his sheer vulnerability and pain. It was extremely powerful.
- Uh…pretty sure having both serious and fun tracks isn’t revolutionary either. I mean, look at R Kelly. Who does it waaaay better (I mean, Trapped In The Closet. Pretty sure no one can top that.)
- I mean, let’s be real. He’d be nothing without Ryan Lewis because Ryan Lewis can make anything sound good. And sorry, him having the privilege to say “screw it” to the man is not a luxury afforded by everyone, so please stop acting like it is.
- This point is completely inaccurate because I know dozens of Seattle artists who actually are working their butts off and who have greater talent, but they can’t make it. And trust me, they do not see Macklemore as an inspiration.
Look, I’m not trying to knock your preferences. Like who you like. Listen to who you want to listen to. Hell, my mom likes Macklemore. But please, if you’re going to try and make a “Reasons that you have to listen to this artist zomfg” post, at the very least make it accurate. Or actually highlight some areas of said artist that are cool without pissing off a giant chunk of people I mean seriously it’s just common fucking sense.
kendrick lamar made a song about alchol addiction!
exactly ^ so many black rappers make songs about struggling with addiction travie from gym class heroes has been rapping about that for like 17 years, southern rappers, northern rappers, west coast rappers, midwest rappers, i’ve always heard black rappers rapping about struggling with addiction and the same goes for anti-consumerism messages, these fucking white no hip hop knowledge having clowns are late
i know i said no more macklemore, and it IS too soon, but i couldn’t not reblog this.
This is a message for other multiracial Asians (mainly relevant to East Asians) who are half white. I’m not excluding other readers—monoracial Asians, multiracial Asians who are not half white, other POC—from any dialogue, I just want to make it clear who I’m speaking to and what I’m speaking about. I don’t want to co-opt anyone else’s experiences. If any AAGU followers have any feedback, please share.
In a concert line one day when I was a teenager, I talked with a guy for several hours. Unlike a lot of other white guys, he didn’t immediately ask me, “What are you?” He was pretty cool. I liked him a lot. The subject of my ancestry came up naturally at some point, and I told him I was half-Japanese and half-white.
He told me he was half-Chinese and half-Irish.
My mouth dropped open. I actually leaned in close to look at his eyes. Under the pale skin and the freckles and the red hair, I saw it… a little.
It took me a while to process meeting him, but it was one of the milestones of my identity development. I was really sad and upset and hurt for a while, because I realized that I could have looked like him. I could have looked white. And my life would have been totally different, and so much easier.
I have hooded monolid eyes, golden-toned skin, flat face, dark hair, small breasts, short legs. No one ever refers to me as white. I went through a lot of racial abuse during my childhood. People blamed me for WWII, and the Vietnam War, pulled their eyes at me and told me to go back to China. I always thought of myself as Asian simply because I didn’t have any other choice. That was the way I was racialized.
Part of reaching a healthy stage of identity acceptance was connecting with other multiracial Asians, most of them half-white, and realizing the diversity of our experiences. We have some things in common—all Asian countries have been affected in varying ways by colonialism and imperialism, for example. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising that there are so many of our particular mix.
Some of us are pretty cool. Like the guy I met so many years ago—even though he happened to profoundly disturb my identity, he didn’t rub his difference in my face. He couldn’t help coming out of the oven the way he did. He had his own issues in life. His Chinese father abandoned his family; my Japanese father always acknowledged and supported me.
Some of us can be kind of insufferable, though. It depends, not on our facial features and perceived whiteness, but on our identity stage and level of empathy.
There is a kind of half-East Asian and half-white person who was mostly raised in white environments. When they reach out to other Asians, they get rejected sometimes, and take that rejection as indicative of all Asians, and maybe all POC. They think that white people accept them more. Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong.
I’m not going to vilify those people, because a lot of them are very young, and very hurt, and they could change at some point. All POC have to struggle with internalized racism. Being rejected by POC hurts worse partly because of internalized racism. Individual white people represent individuals whereas an individual POC represents an entire group—that’s the way racism works. It’s very easy to fall into that pattern of thinking. We have to consciously drag ourselves out of internalized racism, over and over again.
It’s painful. There’s pain any way you look at it.
Some people are just luckier. I think about Darren Criss—not many people know he’s half-Filipino. He doesn’t hide it, he just doesn’t look it. But at the other extreme, there are people like the Amerasians left behind by the US Army. They didn’t have a particularly lucky start in life.
Being half-white can grant someone huge privilege insofar as:
- the person looks whiter
- they are acknowledged by their white family and have resources passed on to them by their white family
I try not to assume by looking at someone what their history is. We have so many histories. Privilege is shifting and impossible to quantify absolutely. People compete to see who can recognize their privilege the most, and I’ve seen it get very egotistical, like a self-flagellation contest. My privilege. Mine. Me me me. The goal is empathy, and removing the barriers to empathy with other people, really listening to them: privilege recognition should only be a tool, or a stage, not a goal in itself.
- My father stayed in my life.
- My mother didn’t raise me to hate everything about myself that wasn’t white.
- My mother came from a white family in a rich country, rich in large part due to colonization, then slavery, then imperialism.
- My father came from a rich country, rich in large part due to imperialism.
- I had little racial identity confusion: I always identified strongly as Asian and POC
- I was isolated from other Asian-Americans
- I was raised in a hostile environment to Asians, and often attacked and racially abused
- I lost my ability to speak Japanese due in large part to this abuse
- My features and thick body type were not conventionally attractive according to either a US or Japanese standard
- I was plagued by weeaboo fetishizers
I didn’t ask for any of those things, but I got them anyway. Some people got more, some people got less. I try to remember that, and not speak over those people.
If you’re a half-white multiracial Asian and wondering where your place is, I can’t tell you exactly. I believe multiracial people have rights and responsibilities, and each person has to figure that out for themselves. You are not entitled to unconditional acceptance; you are not condemned to rejection, self-hatred and self-flagellation. Don’t let people shut you up. Don’t tell other people to shut up.
You’ll work it out.
tears, every time.
I really hate being a white person sometimes. Or being mostly white. I am 1/8 black and 1/4 native American and whatever the rest is white. I also had ancestors who were slaves. Yeah there are a lot of racists in my family, I admit. I live in the south….its kind of unavoidable. But that doesn’t give you an automatic right to hate me just for the color of my skin. Because honestly, I’m ashamed of being white. And some would say I should be. But I don’t think so….I’m a human being. We’re all human beings. And nobody should hate a characteristic about themselves they can’t change (like height, race, natural hair color, etc.)
Its terrible what my white ancestors did, I know. And what some of my relatives even today do. but that’s not me. My race doesn’t define me.
your race may not define you, but your socially determined racialised skin colour privileges you in a fuckload of ways.
White privilege is when you’re Don West’s 20-year-old daughter and the excuse for you stupidity is “you’re just a kid,” but Rachel Jeantel who is a few months younger than you and trilingual is shamed for being “a grown woman” who can’t read cursive.
Fact of the matter is, if I think theres white privilege I think I’m higher than everyone else, if I don’t I’m racist and stupid. K..
srsly tho, where the fuck are you getting your facts??????
How to use your white privilege
If the “passing privilege” person is looking at this blog, this is one thing you can do, if you’re up to it.
Reblogging for excellence.
More passing people, and people who recognize white privilege should do this
for the white folk who ask “but what am i supposed to do about all of this”
soooooooosososososo so good.
the thing that gets me the most is the fact that her 10 year old daughter understands exactly what’s going on. it’s fucking heartbreaking that so many children of color don’t get to be naive about the world, they don’t get to be fragile, we have to just get through shit even when we’re not entirely sure why. That’s why I hate the term ‘strong black/latina woman’ (coming from white people) like fuck, some of us never got the choice, and our mere survival is a testament to our courage.
there can be a quirky situational comedy show about white unwed (what i can only gather from images are also at least middle class) parents called “baby daddy”, but white people keep using the term “baby daddy” with poc - especially poor, black, and/or afrolatin@ people - in the most denigrating, derogatory ways without so much as a pinch of irony.
they’ll even use it to undermine and outright dehumanise black people who are not only participating in the stereotypical US ‘traditional family model’ (getting married, then having children, in an upper-middle class household) but also happen to be the family of the “Leader of the Free World”, the POTUS.
Here’s another poster I made for my group at school.
Dear Tofoboots, You’ve talked shit about me for a year and a half now - you need to find a new hobby. Also, you should stop answering for me and trying to speak for me and instead respond with: “Why don’t you talk to him and get to know him before judging him.” You aren’t giving me a chance. I don’t know who you are or what you are about and I don’t sit around on the Internet trying to pick apart any little thing you say and I don’t try to accuse you of different things. I have let you speak for yourself but now it’s going to far. Now it’s time for me to pick apart what you have said in order to defend myself. I’ve tried to make peace with you many times but you have denied it. I will still make peace with you when you are ready - no matter how deep you try to push me into the ground. Please do not read this message with anger - I am not angry. I am just annoyed and I know that I need to defend myself. Also, to anyone reading this, please DO NOT send tofoboots any hate mail or any asks that are negative, angry, or un-peaceful. I do not want to hurt anyone and I don’t want you to hurt anyone - no matter how nasty and untrue they are being.
“He doesn’t think white privilege exists.” - I know that white privilege exists and I know that I have white privilege. I hate that different races have “privileges” over each other and I will do anything I can to use my privilege in a positive way to make everyone equal. I believe in equality - I always have and I always will. And I will always treat everyone equally and with respect.
“He thinks that ‘every race has it’s own privilege’” - yeah, I do but in some races and places it’s not significant privilege because other races have superiority. It cancels out some times. However, I do believe that most individuals have some sort of privilege (not really speaking about race) - big or small.
“He fails to understand why PoC have issues with him appropriating dreadlocks as a middle class white kid.” - Alright, so you are telling me that I am not allowed to wear my hair the way it naturally has formed because I am white? Well, that sounds racist to me. I didn’t use chemicals to get my hair the way it is. I backcombed and let it be. Lots of Italians have dreadlocks - have you touched my hair? Have you not seen how thick my hair was before it was in dread locks? I’m not wearing a wig. I’m not using chemicals. My hair is natural and for you to tell me that because of the color of my skin that I cannot wear my hair the way it naturally goes, is flat out rude and racist. No matter how hard you try - I will NOT cut my hair. I got shit before I had dreads that “trans guys can’t have long hair” blah blah blah. Give me a break - It’s my hair, my body, let me be. I’m sorry if my hair offends you just because I happen to be white. What if I told you that you cannot eat Pizza or pasta anymore because “my people” made that and you aren’t Italian? What if you wanted to practice TaeKwondo and they said “No sorry, only Koreans can practice martial arts.” That’s called racism and we live in America where we are supposed to be fusing our cultures together so we can appreciate each culture and get closer to equality.
“Most currently he thinks there is a such thing as ‘heterophobia’” That’s a misquote because I’m pretty sure that I spelled it like this: “hetero-phobia” as in it’s not even a real word. However, I’ve met many, many gay people that absolutely hate straight people. Someone I used to know from the LI LGBT Center used to refer to straight people as “breeders” in a voice of disgust. One of my friends used to be terrified of my dad because he is a straight cis-male. I don’t think it’s a crisis but you cannot conquer hate with hate. You shouldn’t try to oppress someone else - you should try to make everyone equal. Make it positive, not negative.
“So he gets all this great social media attention” - This just sounds like you are incredibly jealous that I have gotten social media attention. You should ask me how I got on the Larry King Show & Tyra Banks Show. It was because I spent 5 days a week at the Long Island Gay Center advocating for LGBT Rights and working really hard to make youth comfortable in other schools. I volunteered 5 days a week in order to do this and I was recognized for doing that. I was 13 when I started. I didn’t go out looking to be on TV or looking to be in magazines - I never submitted a thing. I was chosen and picked. I didn’t go looking for them, they came looking for me. I am very “lucky” to have been chosen but I did work my ass off in order to get where I am.
The last bit of the 1st paragraph into “of a middle class white trans* kid. That’s his target and only audience.” I’m guessing that you haven’t been to any of my speeches, I’m guessing you haven’t even researched the areas that I have been to. I’m spoken to all types of people - young, old, from all different races, from all different backgrounds. My mission when I go into schools is to get people to understand what it’s like to be different - any type of different and then not to bully based on that. I know what it’s like to be mis-treated in school, school is hard enough time as it is. I don’t want kids to go through what I went through - any kids. Also, if you think that my only audience is a middle class white trans* kid, I’m sure that hundreds of people can stand up and tell you that they do not fit into that category at all. I guess you must have missed my concert in Reading, PA (which was definitely one of the best experiences of my entire life) - not one person in that audience of over 100 people were middle class white trans* kid. Look up Reading, PA if you are unfamiliar. Figure me out a little bit more before you try and say who my audience is. You are completely wrong with your statement.
This 2nd paragraph has nothing to do with me but I totally agree with you. Yeah, there are so many activists who get 0 to little attention. I always encourage everyone to stand up and am willing to help anyone to stand up to fight for LGBT rights and equality. I wish more people were able to stand up. The more voices speaking for the community the more accurate and the closer peace and equality will come.
Anyway, please stop talking shit about me and anyone else. If you want to make peace with me, please do, I encourage you to, I’m a nice kid, and I’m not trying to hurt anyone. I’m only trying to help. Message me anytime to make peace - I hope that you do. I wish you the best. Sincerely, Ryan.
koreans don’t own martial arts…
“I always encourage everyone to stand up and am willing to help anyone to stand up to fight for LGBT rights and equality. I wish more people were able to stand up.”
how often do you step aside for PoC voices to be heard? how often do you use your privilege as a yt person to uplift the voices of PoC above your own, when they are systemically and institutionally silenced to allow your voice to be heard?
micah’s not talking shit about you just for shit’s and giggles. he is answering questions about you posed to him by others, and rightfully calling our your problematic behaviour for the problematic shit that it is.
White privilege is dressing up in all black with a veil and performing burlesque to “Strange Fruit”, a song made famous by Billie Holiday about the lynching of African Americans in the South. Maybe she was trying to be political, maybe she wasn’t. But for a white Canadian to make lyrics about “black bodies swinging from the poplar trees” about how sexy she is while she gets her kit off is at best an egregious display of privilege. At worst, it’s just straight up ignorant racism.