I don’t mean to interrupt people I just randomly remember things and get really excited I’m sorry
dan and kyle high as fuck
can u not
Sorry for all my huge text post lately. I know tumblr is not the right place to have discussions like this. I will stop.
(2) Ok, a white guy said it. So every time a white person says something with the tone of surprise positive about someone with another skin color it is racist? So I can’t give compliments anymore? Because compliments are often with the tone of surprise: “You look beautiful today!”, “What an amazing speech!” or “Her acting was amazing in that film!”. Try to say these things without the tone of surprise. It suddenly sounds sarcastic, doesn’t it?
(3) I think Lupita is very articulate and an amazing actress. I was surprised about that, because I had never heard from her before this film. Sorry for being so racist. I will never give compliments to people of colour again. Oh wait, maybe THAT is racist. Being articulate also has nothing to do with education or speaking multiple languages. I also had a good education and speak 4 languages, but I am not very articulate. Or were you surprised about her education and that she is quadrilingual?
Context matters. It’s not that it is a compliment - it’s that nothing we say, especially as white people, occurs in a vacuum. He didn’t have to say “for a black girl” for that element to be there. There’s a long history of white people expecting black people to speak, behave, and perform their blackness in certain forms, and so by calling a black person “articulate” - particularly if it follows comments about how she is “well-mannered” and has behaved herself in a “classy manner” throughout the awards season, as it did in this case - speaks to a form of unconscious racism. The “compliment” carries a backhanded element of “you’re not like those other black people.”
As white people, we need to interrogate what we do, what we choose to say, and how we say it. Privilege blinds us to the fact that what is a compliment for a white person may turn into racism when aimed at a POC. And we have numerous extant examples of how white actresses are treated differently than WOC - do you think Lupita could have gotten away with flipping off the press pool post Oscars, ala Jennifer Lawrence last year? We know M.I.A. got raked through the coals for doing it at the Superbowl. A lot of how Lupita has been praised and complimented ties down to her going against the perception of how black people are “expected” to behave, even unconsciously.
Interestingly, the only people who have challenged me on this saying “It’s just a compliment!” have been white folks. So. Do with that what you will.
Thank you for replying to my message.
I really hope that last statement wasn’t an attempt to call me a racist, because I’m not. You didn’t really comment on anything I said in my messages. It looks like you try to say that “everything white people say about PoC is racist, even if they didn’t really say it”. Because the fact that the presenter could have said “how she is “well-mannered” and has behaved herself in a “classy manner”” or that she is “articulate for a black girl” makes him a racist guy, even though he didn’t say these things. He could have meant it in a positive way, but nope, that’s not an option because he is a white guy. I think I am not the person to say if something is racist or not, as I am a white person and I think the same accounts for you. And in this case it also matters what the presenter meant to say, which we both don’t.
I am against racism, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want anti-racism to go this way, where everything and everyone (or every white person) is racist unless proven it’s not. This makes the gap between people from different ethnicities only bigger, while there shouldn’t be a gap at all.
I had a girl in my class in primary school who always acted like she was sick, so she was sent home and didn’t have to do anything. One day she was really sick but no one cared (this was my poor attempt to make a metaphore). When we call every single thing white people say is racist, we will forget what actual racism is. In the future people might say “oh, yeah sure, of course that is racism, everything is right?” when something is really racist and I really don’t want that to happen. I see that saying “articulate for a black girl” is a very rasict thing to say, but he didn’t say that.
You are talking about “people of colour” and “women of colour”. Some people find this offensive. So when you are colourblind, you can’t see them? And it focuses on that person being “not white”. Does that mean you are a racist? No, because I know you didn’t mean it like that (or because I can’t be sure what you were trying to say with that). I know you are not a racist and calling you one would be very unfair.
I want to talk to all people from every country or ethnicity in the same way. I don’t want to be restricted to talk differently to people, just because they have another skin colour than me. I want to be able to give my friend, who happens to have another skin colour that me, the same compliments as I would give to any friend, without having to think “can I say that, or will that make me a racist?”. I don’t want to be restricted when talking to that one friend as he is not any different than my other friend. I want to say that I think he did really well on his presentation (with a tone of surprise) without people calling me a racist, because when I say that I say it because he is not very good at speaking in public so that’s why I was surprised.
I would love to hear the opinion of someone else, who is not white like us (followers?). And I would love to ask Lupita about her opinion, but I guess that’s not gonna happen. Maybe I am wrong, maybe it was a very racist thing the presenter said. Maybe the Dutch translation of ‘articulate’ is slightly different as that word has nothing negative about it in Dutch, no matter who you’re talking about.
I am sure I will get hate for saying what I said, because on tumblr every post against racism has to be praised (even if it doesn’t make sense) and reblogging that will make you a good person, While saying what I did makes me a bad person and a racist (even if it does make a tiny bit of sense, maybe, and even if I didn’t mean it to be racist) and sending me hate will also make you a good person. I know that’s how it works on tumblr and therefore it’s not the right place to discuss something like this and I did it anyway so I won’t start crying or give a single fuck when anyone sends me hate, just so you know, before you (I mean generally spoken “you”) put any effort in it.
all i want in life is benedict on ellen show and ellen pulling a prank on him
I hope they talked about that at the Oscars
I miss my laptop. I am supposed to improve my paper and take language errors out, but I only make it worse with this keyboard. I keep pressing the wrong keys
snapes twitter throwin shade at the academy
There are three things that the Harry Potter fandom seems to universally agree upon:
1. Umbridge is awful
2. Maggie Smith is a perfect Professor McGonagall
3. Everyone should be at least slightly bothered by DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!
4. book ginny is 100 times better than movie ginny
5. where the fuck was peeves
6. Voldemort’s movie death was stupid.
oh look someone said that something is racist, let’s all reblog it, even if it doesn’t make any sense
oh my god Dianna your tweet went so viral
Holy crap it has 10k notes now. Uhhhhhhhh.
Why is that racist? Being ‘articulate’ isn’t a bad thing right (correct me if I’m wrong)?
this is what a good hitler joke looks like
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this site isn’t filled with advertisements
I would love to tell you what you can find on my blog, but I don't even know that myself.