Step 1: Write about people who aren’t white.
Step 2: THERE IS NO STEP TWO.
You will very rarely see me curse, tumblypoos, but…but…I mean, what the fuck? How is this even possible? This reads like an Onion article.
To be clear, it is now ILLEGAL to teach de la Pena’s novel (which I’ve read and which is excellent) in schools, not because the book contains violence or drug use or massively unerotic blow jobs, but because it contains Mexican American characters. (The protagonist of the novel is only half Mexican, but apparently that is too Mexican for Arizona.)
That’s it. That’s the whole reason it can’t be taught in schools.
Get it, John Green.
“It’s not the same,” Ana said. “I don’t know anybody like that.”
When we consider the myriad school shootings that have occurred between 1992 and 2002 (there have been twenty-eight cases), several constants stand out. All twenty-eight cases were committed by boys. All but one was committed by a white boy in a suburban or rural school. We speak of teen violence, youth violence, violence in the schools. but no one in the media ever seems to call it suburban white boy violence, although that is exactly what it is. Try a little thought experiment: Imagine that all the killers in the more famous shootings in the 1990s - Littleton, Colorado; Pearl, Mississippi; Paducah, Kentucky; Springfield, Oregon; and Jonesboro, Arkansas, were black girls from poor families who lived instead in New Haven, Boston, Chicago, Newark. Wouldn’t we now be having a national debate about inner-city black girls? Would not the media focus entirely on race, class, and gender?
Of course it would: We’d hear about the culture of poverty; about how life in the city breeds crime and violence; about some putative natural tendency among blacks towards violence. Someone would probably even blame feminism for causing girls to become violent in vain imitation of boys. Yet the obvious fact that these school killers were all middle-class white boys seems to have escaped the media’s notice, in part because race, class, and gender are only visible when speaking of those who are not privileged by race, class and gender but invisible when speaking of those who are privileged by them.
Michael Kimmel: Men, Masculinity, and the Rape Culture (via mollay)
“Yet the obvious fact that these school killers were all middle-class white boys seems to have escaped the media’s notice, in part because race, class, and gender are only visible when speaking of those who are not privileged by race, class and gender but invisible when speaking of those who are privileged by them.”
Kelly Hannah Peterlinz, person holding “Women are the Niggers of the World” sign at SlutWalk NYC
Wait wait wait, so the moral of the story is “I’m sorry but black people are racist too” Apologies: you’re doing it wrong.
Also, let’s talk about how she wants all pictures of her with the sign taken down because they make her cry. White people are really great a erasure.
Hey Kelly, since you obviously won’t listen to reason from POC, how about you hear it from another white woman? YOU NEEDED TO APOLOGIZE, AND YOU DID IT WRONG. Here’s how you should have said it: “The word and its meaning are wrong, and I wish I had understood that sooner, before I offended countless people with my sign and my ignorance. I apologize for the upset and tears it caused you. I have learned from this mistake, and will never repeat it again. I’m sorry.”
Pushing the blame onto POC for having the potential to be racist is the second most idiotic thing you could have done, after your attempt at ‘reclaiming’ one of, if not THE most offensive word in the English language.
One last helpful word of advice from someone who (with embarrassment) shares your skin tone: check your fucking privilege.