The American Dream
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)
Power Structure of Oppression
Yes. Yes. YES.
This is great because it illustrates how those “little” things like jokes and slurs literally support and uphold all forms of oppression. Those things on top don’t come from nowhere.
It’s not fucking hard people
Wearing a warbonnet is akin to wearing a fucking purple heart you didn’t earn.
A military personnel would chew your ass out for daring to wear a medal you didn’t earn. You should expect the same from the tribes you are disgracing with your hipster bullshit.
cheer up! things could be worse! look on the bright side! try to move on! learn how to let go! what about me! now I’m getting depressed! you’ll never get better with that attitude! you’re so negative! stop being so sensitive! just relax! everything is fine! you have nothing to worry about! positive thoughts! just be happy! there are kids in africa! you’re not the only one with problems, you know! all you need is perseverance and willpower! everyone has their cross to bear! what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! channel it into motivation!
but when the dam breaks the chorus sings in unison, “why didn’t you tell me you were depressed?!”
“But don’t let your illness stop you!!!1!1!!”
I’m not “letting” my illness stop me it just plain IS stopping me it’s an ILLNESS it makes me ILL that’s what it DOES.
Everyone needs to read this.
Seriously. People seriously do not fucking understand the concept of “SICK AND WILL NOT GET BETTER,” or “NO, ACTUALLY, THERE’S SHIT I CAN’T FUCKING DO.”
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.