the best moment in film history
CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color is in the midst of a 41 month prison sentence for defending herself against a violent, racist and transphobic attack in Minnesota which resulted in the death of one of her attackers. Actress Laverne Cox is portraying an incarcerated trans woman in Orange is the New Black. Through a powerful in prison interview, and investigative filmmaking. This film confronts the issue of transphobia and the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color.
Seriously nothing pisses me off more than seeing this shit all over tumblr. Get over it and let people support whatever they want, regardless of who they are.
(I really hate drawing comics)
I was talking to the director of my college’s LGBTQ Center today and asked her if she was on tumblr. “There’s so much bullshit policing going on on there.”
reasons i get pissy about tumblr: whiny-ass allies.
see here’s the schtick: just because I, as a white person, believe in racial equality and want to work to dismantle the white-supremacist hierarchies present in the world doesn’t suddenly mean that all poc are immediately obligated to welcome me into their spaces and worship the ground i walk upon. they aren’t even obligated to appreciate me talking about this stuff. and you know what? that’s okay, because i don’t do what i do or believe what i believe for accolades: i do what i do and believe what i believe because it’s the right thing to do.
and hey, you know, i blog about racial issues and reblog the words of poc and call out other white people when they fuck up. i know for a fact i have a few very vocal poc following my blog that would tell me to shut the fuck up or would unfollow me if they were like the stereotyped oppressed people you’ve shown us here. AND YET THERE THEY STILL ARE~
see, when people start getting pissed about allies, it’s generally for one of two reasons: 1) they aren’t allies at all (read: loveourallies, aka lgbt-supporters, and straight-voices), or 2) they’re invading a space intended to be for the oppressed minority only and/or making it all about them.
the first point can go without explanation, but to the second point: a lot of time, oppressed peeps sharing spaces with allies cannot trust that allies won’t necessarily say something shitty or talk over them, even if they’ve been pretty rad otherwise. by opening up spaces to allies, you sometimes get “allies” popping in and derailing conversation. by allowing allies into your space, you sometimes get them making it about their FEEEEELINGS~ as allies, and that’s not okay.
like, hey, again, me as an example: i have a lot of discomfort about racial issues, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the rights of the indigenous folks and their land that i live as a settler on. but i’m not about to go to an indigenous person or go into a space dedicated to indigenous people discussing their experiences and derail it by seeking some sort of validation or relief of my guilt/discomfort. that’s being a textbook shitty ally.
and, like, sometimes, when you’re part of an oppressed minority, you don’t wanna deal with all that bullshit. you just wanna shoot the shit and complain and rant with other people who already get it, and who you won’t have to police yourself around just in case you make them uncomfortable. and all it takes is one person! again, my life as an example: i have two sisters and a mother, and we are all super feminist and pretty much on the same page regarding women’s rights and how shitty it can be to be born female. We also live with my father. simply because he is there and because it makes him uncomfortable, we cannot discuss our discomfort and frustrations at being an AFAB person and a woman in this world. let me reiterate: my own home is not a safe place for me to vent out my frustrations of being AFAB and a woman, despite the amount of women outnumbering the men, simply because my father lives there, too.
so, can you blame people for creating safe spaces? can you blame them for not wanting to include allies sometimes? can you blame me for choosing to, for the most part, only hang out with other queer women/genderqueer people?
you are not entitled to be included everywhere. chances are, if you’ve received the reaction you illustrated here, it’s because you were being a shitty ally. so, yeah, get the fuck over yourself.
The Badgers were always my favorite.