I want to take one of those “why have SWAG when you can have CLASS” posts and replace all the pictures in the swag portion with Anarchist theorists and the class portion with Marxist theorists. I feel like it would be less racist/classist.
Nonviolence is an inherently privileged position in the modern context. Besides the fact that the typical pacifist is quite clearly white and middle class, pacifism as an ideology comes from a privileged context. It ignores that violence is already here; that violence is an unavoidable, structurally integral part of the current social hierarchy; and that it is people of color who are most affected by that violence. Pacifism assumes that white people who grew up in the suburbs with all their basic needs met can counsel oppressed people, many of whom are people of color, to suffer patiently under an inconceivably greater violence, until such time as the Great White Father is swayed by the movement’s demands or pacifists achieve that legendary “critical mass.
Peter Gelderlos, Why Nonviolence Protects the State (via tabularasae)
T-Paining Too Much: The Meme-ification of Charles Ramsey
So many big questions to ask about Cleveland, so much to grapple with. So much that is unthinkable but needs so direly to be thought about. I feel like it’ll be a while before I can say anything intelligent about it. But in the meantime here are some thoughts about the side questions around the Charles Ramsey phenomenon.
If you don’t have a crush on J Smooth, then I don’t know if we have anything to talk about here, okay.
[photo: a meme featuring a screenshot of Sweet Brown, a Black woman who became popular with the phrase “ain’t not body got time for that.” pink text reads, “ain’t nobody got time for creating videos that make fun of low income people of color using auto tune. unless you’re a white person that is so privileged that you do have time and yet dont’t use that time to educate yourself on race issues.”]
i made a meme.
sometimes I forget that some folx (namely white folx) like people like Sweet Brown and Antoine Dobson not because they remind them of their neighbors or aunts, or cousins or church school teachers, but because they perform stereotypical notions of poor people of color. I need to be cognizant of this more.
i think that goes for non-Black people of color, too, really. i’ve seen plenty of non-Black poc share Antoine Dodson videos and Sweet Brown and most recently Ramsey over the past few years. with white folks that behavior is typically predictable but with non-Black poc we really need to bring our A game and be real about how we are taught to be anti Black, internalize that and simultaneously consume Black culture/products of the exploitation of Black folks while relying on this shared identity of being “people of color.” it’s not untrue that low income people of color are made fun of but let’s be real, consistently it has been low income Black people in these internet sensations.
The only people that can afford to take an unpaid job are those that are already well-off enough to survive without pay. That means that there are careers where the only way to effectively break in to the industry is to be well-off in the first place.
This is a major problem in many industries, including film, advertising, fashion, music, and others. If your parents can pay for an apartment in Manhattan, congratulations, you can get your foot in the door. If not, tough luck, go find another job more suited to your lower-class life.
lower-income people tend to be “hoarders” and richer people are able to do more “minimalist” living spaces. if u don’t have much, you will hold onto any little thing that comes across your way. you got a new tv, but you still keep the old tv because you know things can break. you keep extra boxes of macaroni and cheese lying around because there will be a week when you don’t have money for groceries. you hold onto your stacks of books and clothes for dear life. those are your assets. physical evidence of where your money’s gone. it’s hard to get rid of it. the bare wall is terrifying when you don’t have much.
this post is so accurate it hurts.
people with money. only people with money (via daxsymbiont)
travelling the world, “dropping everything” and moving to another city/state/country, majoring in your liberal arts interest of choice, apply for your dream college, buying your dream house, working at your dream jobs, cultivating/building/guiding your own dreams, dreaming. living.