Posts tagged white privilege
Posts tagged white privilege
Just who the fuck would listen to you? If your profile picture is correct, you’re a baby, so you weren’t around 20 years ago. I bet you’re pro-life too. And a master at the false equivalency — the oppressed talking shit about the oppressor is not the same as the oppressor using slurs against the oppressed, you dig?
Plus, she’s being sued for systemic racial discrimination and continual sexual harassment of racial minorities, chiefly Black men and women, at her restaurants and other businesses, not for “just” saying the n-word.
Can’t tell if trolling or stupid.
I went to Paula Deen’s Facebook page the other day, probably because I hate myself, but ostensibly to see what her supporters had to say at the request of one of my fellow stand-up comedians working on a Paula Dean joke.
This wasn’t the worst comment in response to the page’s question: “How many of y’all are taking a vacation?” It was pretty representative, though.
But I noticed something interesting when I scrolled back before the fury was unleashed regarding her unbridled racism and discrimination. There were very few comments like this one.
This leads me to three possible, immediate conclusions: Paula Deen’s supporters are racist, her PR staff used to be better at scrubbing, or, now that people know about her propensity towards bigotry, they have a “permission slip” to let fly.
I’d say the last conclusion is the most likely, though it’s probably a little of Column A, a little of Column B. Oh, and I’m going to stay off her page. It’s a swarm of asshats.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher throws down on why what Paula Deen did goes beyond saying “a bad word,” and how unsettling it truly is that she seems unable to appreciate or understand why what she did should rightly be condemned.
And it’s not just a wealthy white lady in Georgia who drinks butter and believes racism isn’t really a thing any longer — for bonus points, check out Racialicious’ brilliant cataloging of hipster, liberal racism/sexism.
Anyone writing an academic paper on white privilege and is looking for a primary source?
Meet Suzy Lee Weiss.
Before I start, I dare you to not put your fist through your monitor while reading her
opinion editorial Facebook-worthy bitchfest.
She didn’t get into the college of her choice and it’s everyone else’s fault because she took the advice of “be yourself” and it backfired. Here’s a passage chock full o’ cluelessness and racism:
For starters, had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. “Diversity!” I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.
I also probably should have started a fake charity. Providing veterinary services for homeless people’s pets. Collecting donations for the underprivileged chimpanzees of the Congo. Raising awareness for Chapped-Lips-in-the-Winter Syndrome. Fun-runs, dance-a-thons, bake sales—as long as you’re using someone else’s misfortunes to try to propel yourself into the Ivy League, you’re golden.
Suzy bemoans not having a tiger mom, or two moms, or not hanging out with an African orphan named “Kinto” — as Gawker points out, just a little too close to Kunta Kinte.
And lest you think Suzy is in dire economic straits, here’s a news article profiling her parents’ custom-built, luxury $700,000 home.
Basically, nothing is her fault — she can’t help being straight, white, well-off! Y’all should cater to her for it because she’s a hard life. Well, at least life’s been SO HARD since she found out she didn’t get into the college of her choice.
SHE’S JUST SUPER PISSED YOU GUYS. And since her sister used to be an opinion features editor at the Wall Street Journal, Suzy was able to flood the presses with her righteous white whine.
White privilege is when I get pulled over by the cop while blaring Killer Mike, he loses the swagger with which he walked up to the car and says, laughing, “You’re not who I was expecting.”
White privilege is when he tells me he’s running my license as a formality and not that he’s checking for wants and warrants — he didn’t even ask if I have any.
White privilege is him assuming I’m a college student and not just up to no good, even though I was in a rich neighborhood.
White privilege is when I get respect and a warning, instead of disrespect and handcuffs.
Oh, Lisa Lampanelli. I’m disappointed in you. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I just have a couple of questions about this: Did you think using that word was a pseudo-knowing eye-roll at Lena Dunham’s critics or cutesy hipster racism? Or just Instagramming without thinking? Either way, you’re funnier than that.
This link was submitted to me several weeks ago by Chris K., who wrote, “There’s just so much wrong here that I don’t know where to start.”
Well, neither do I, except to say that someone’s race or ethnicity isn’t your goddamn social experiment, white people. You don’t get to try it on like Tyra Banks and her fat suit, and then come away saying, “Gosh, I learned something. Life is just SO UNFAIR to those people.”
As the author wrote in her reasoning for doing this:
"At first I wanted to keep this story between me and a few close friends, but in light of what has just recently happened at the Islamic Center of America, I feel that I have to share this story. This is no longer an issue on religion. This is outright discrimination and intolerance. If my story can inspire others, or at least affect someone on a personal level, then I’ve done all that I can do."
How about you actually ask Muslim women what it’s like to wear the hijab? Let their stories inspire people. Or ask an American Indian about their culture versus donning a headdress and discussing how spiritual it makes you feel? And for fuck’s sake, blackface and afro wigs are never okay.
A few excerpts of this piece that made my blood boil:
"[A]n idea occurred to me when I was driving home from the mosque. Back in high school, I wanted to do a social experiment for my Sociology class. My sister gave me the idea to wear a hijab out in public to see how people treated me. Back then, I didn’t know where to find a hijab. Now that I had one, I thought I would give that experiment another shot. So I put on my new hijab and set out to three public places: a bookstore, the mall, and a restaurant."
Oh, and this:
"I wrote this in my status on Facebook: Muslims put up with some of the worst customer service. I am not exaggerating when I say this."
If that doesn’t sound the WORST DAY EVER for a privileged white person…
"I want it noted that when I stepped into the mall, I was not wearing a burqa (Muslim clothing that covers all of the body and the face), a chador (Iranian clothing that covers the entire body) or a niqab (a veil that covers the hair and face which reveals only the eyes). In post-September 11th America, the clothing listed would understandably be considered suspicious in case of a burglary or a bomb threat. The clothing makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a clear identification in case of those threats. Had I been wearing those, I would understand the neglectful salespeople and the security guard trailing me, but all I wore was a hijab. All I was covering was my hair."
Get that, Muslim women? If you’re in any traditional clothing but a hijab in post-9/11 America, it’s okay that you’re discriminated against because security.
I just don’t know what else to say here, other than you’re doing it wrong.
ETA: As it was pointed out to me, there are Muslims of every skin color. I may not have been clear, but I’m referring to non-Muslim white people.