I really was just trying to give everyone a new perspective. New things come with change. I wasn’t trying to say I know exactly what it feels like for a POC. Of course I don’t!
But just because I’m white doesn’t mean I can’t give you a healthy new mindset to consider! Stop being so easily offended at what I did NOT say.
I love my current friends and followers <3 and I hope you guys don’t feel upset. Seems like I haven’t lost anyone so far!
Look, I’m not going to vilify you for something that you have the maturity to admit is impossible for you to quite understand.
When people of colour discuss racism, it isn’t as if we’ve just spent our whole lives sitting there and complaining. One of the most unfortunately ubiquitous criticisms of those who object to intolerance is that “they should just do the best they can with their lives instead of wasting all their time worrying about things they have no control over.”
And the reason that line of thinking is so asinine is that we obviously do that. That’s literally all anybody can do is do what we can with what we have. We study, and we work, and we make stuff, and we tell stories, and we fall in love because we are humans who have lives.
But that doesn’t make inequality any more fair. And so, because it won’t go away on it’s own, that’s why part of going about our lives has to be trying our best to change the way people think about us as peoples.
This is, you need to understand, the crux of this whole issue. The biggest reason your post that started this whole controversy is so problematic is that you present this idea, that “words only have the power you give them,” as a “new perspective,” as if the people you’re addressing have never thought of it before. The thing is, we have thought of it before. We think about it all the time. We’ve spent a good part of our existence trying to convince ourselves that words people say to us shouldn’t matter.
But words reflect ideas, and then go on to create more ideas, and it’s about when you think about the percentage of prisoners in the United States who are black,when you look at the proportion of Native American people below the poverty line in comparison to white people, when you realize that working class, economically disadvantaged Vietnamese immigrants are kept out of universities and colleges by affirmative action because they’re technically “Asian,” that you stop and consider maybe those words you were trying so hard to ignore aren’t so “powerless” after all.
Once again, this is a completely understandable omission on your part; you haven’t gone through the experiences that would make your words exhausting and frustrating to you, and you’re not necessarily a bad person for not understanding why all these people are complaining about your post. I notice you describe yourself as someone who’s never satisfied with what you know and who loves to learn more, and I empathize with that.
I hope we can all learn something from today.
If you are reading this post then I have failed, because this is a post that I wrote with the intention of never getting published. If you are reading this post it is because I had no other posts written and queued up before this one, which means this is the last post I have, at least right now.
If you love video games and are not yet following Chris Gile, then I will avoid hyperbole and admit that that is most likely an omission of circumstance, but you should probably follow him because he has great things to teach.
astrophobe-deactivated20131016 said: oh my god was the great gatsby actually terrible?
I don’t want to dissuade you from watching it for yourself if you really cared to. I’m probably one of the last people anybody should go to for informed opinions on cinema, but I walked out of that theater halfway through the film after spending the part I did catch not breathing because dear God that was the worst movie I’ve ever seen.