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What isn’t cultural appropration:

• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…

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lol. this really only needed be be 2 or 3 panels, but still. funny.

Seriously? Tell that to Rihanna.

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vardoeger:

vicemag:

South Korea’s Not-So-Subtle Racist Hiring Practices
Every year, hundreds of young English speakers drift into East Asia, looking to while away a couple of aimless years between college and the inevitable round of grad school applications that await them back home. Korea is an especially popular destination: The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education alone plans to hire 655 foreign teachers in 2014, a fraction of the 22,000 expat educators working in the country. But if you want to teach English in Korea, it’s a lot easier if you’re white.
For most would-be instructors, the racism begins before the even get through the door, thanks to the standard South Korean practice of requiring applicants to submit photos alongside their resumes. Some employers are more blunt: A recent Craigslist ad for English teachers from TalknLearn, a Seoul language academy, simply states, “Need: White” on its list of required qualifications. When black teachers do make it into the classroom, they’re often passed over in favor of their white counterparts.
“I’ve had kids pulled from my class and placed in Caucasian teachers’ classes due to the request of the parents wanting their child to learn from a white American and not a black one,” said Megan Stevinson, an American English teacher in Seoul, whose parents are black and Korean.
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“They think white teachers are more clean and have better pronunciation.”
Sometimes I regret not going to S. Korea like some of my classmates and then articles like this crop up.
Also, it kills me that they’re pretending this dangerous value system didn’t come directly from western media.

Oh but I thought white supremacy didn’t exist in majority poc countries?

Like, I’ve said before, this happened to my brutha but in China. He had just began teaching his class… going along.. and suddenly the staff started suggesting he find a new job. The other White international teachers told him what the staff didn’t have the heart to tell him… that some students’ parents had complained that they didn’t want their child being taught by a Black person.
It’s been like 2-3 years now. His life was “in shambles” for some weeks but, he found another English teaching job. He really likes it in Shanghai… and we can’t get his ass to come home.
So, I suppose, if you’re Black, and teaching English abroad is something you’ve been looking into, don’t let the racism stop you if that’s what you really want to do. Just be prepared!!!!!!  Cause I’m sure that’s not something they tell you about in orientation. You know how people like to pretend racism doesn’t exist………….  but racism could potentially be a major issue for you.
But I dunno.. if you’re worldly enough to be thinking about teaching English abroad in the first place, you’ve probably already overcome so much. You can do it!!! 
Cause the answer can’t be, well Black people avoid teaching English in Asian countries. That can’t be the answer… there must be some other answers. Part of the solution must be that the bravest of us have to throw ourselves, once again, on the front lines and confront these ideas in person.
We’ve been letting whites spread these lies about us for too long. Now, we gotta go over there and speak for ourselves!

The issue though is that teaching English abroad is very neo imperialistic and problematic at the end of the day regardless of your race. Being white obviously makes it it worse because of their compounded white privilege, but we are still Western and have privileges accordingly and can and do feed into Western hegemonic power structures. I say this as a black person who taught in Taiwan myself for a year. Once you are on the inside you realize how problematic the entire enterprise is centering around 4 major areas:

1. Your employers are blatantly racist and explicitly want white teachers over you. Many parents will also not let their children be tutored (a major source of additional income for English teachers abroad) by black (and other POC) teachers thinking that we speak “lower” “non-standard English”. They will even hire white people from Denmark and South Africa who SPEAK ENGLISH AS THEIR SECOND LANGUAGE over you simply because you’re black. Whiteness carries that much currency and it is very hurtful to watch your white colleagues win tons of additional clients and have packed social calendars while many people actively avoid talking to you and complain that they don’t have a white teacher instead teaching their child “proper” English.

2. Expat communities are also terrible and super racist. Tons of fetishization and antiblackness as well to boot. This can add to the isolation you already experience due to the community’s antiblackness and discriminatory hiring practices.

3. Even if you do manage to navigate all of these different forces and land a job, what you are doing isn’t some altruistic “whiling away of time after college” like this article likes to frame it. It is neoimperialistic and destructive. I was a black English teacher in a Taiwanese aboriginal community. The kids I taught can’t even speak their local indigenous language and yet they had twice as much time in my class as they did for their 母語 (mother tongue). I faced a ton of antiblackness but I still had Western privilege and was a part of the neo imperialistic machine known as “teaching English abroad”. What I did everyday in the classroom was damaging to my local community, its culture and language as well and simply reinforced Western and English language global hegemony. It is hurtful and wrong at the end of the day. And lastly:

4. It doesn’t even look that good on your resume for when you do come back, as it’s seen as “gap year(s)”.

Overall I strongly discourage people from teaching English abroad because of the neo imperialistic nature of the enterprise. Moreover, if you are black, you deal with a whole slew of additional issues with all of the rampant antiblackness (you can check out links to my experiences on the sidebar of my blog- it was terrible). My experiences in Taiwan were overwhelming for me, and by halfway through the year I slipped into depression which I didn’t emerge from for about 2 months after I returned to the US. Even after that for several months memories of being in Taiwan were very triggering for me and would almost reduce me to tears. It is very rough out there, but if you must join that neo imperialistic machine as a black person know what you’re getting into and be educated. I’m also happy to answer people’s questions too as this is a very important discussion.

Just another day on planet Earth. Black people if you learn nothing today know this: YOU ARE THEY MOST HATER CREATURES ON THIS ROCK AND JUST WAIT AND SEE HOW MUCH WORST ITS GONNA GET!!! Stop being surprised when it comes up.

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

owning-my-truth:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

sourcedumal:

vardoeger:

vicemag:

South Korea’s Not-So-Subtle Racist Hiring Practices

Every year, hundreds of young English speakers drift into East Asia, looking to while away a couple of aimless years between college and the inevitable round of grad school applications that await them back home. Korea is an especially popular destination: The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education alone plans to hire 655 foreign teachers in 2014, a fraction of the 22,000 expat educators working in the country. But if you want to teach English in Korea, it’s a lot easier if you’re white.

For most would-be instructors, the racism begins before the even get through the door, thanks to the standard South Korean practice of requiring applicants to submit photos alongside their resumes. Some employers are more blunt: A recent Craigslist ad for English teachers from TalknLearn, a Seoul language academy, simply states, “Need: White” on its list of required qualifications. When black teachers do make it into the classroom, they’re often passed over in favor of their white counterparts.

“I’ve had kids pulled from my class and placed in Caucasian teachers’ classes due to the request of the parents wanting their child to learn from a white American and not a black one,” said Megan Stevinson, an American English teacher in Seoul, whose parents are black and Korean.

Continue

They think white teachers are more clean and have better pronunciation.”

Sometimes I regret not going to S. Korea like some of my classmates and then articles like this crop up.

Also, it kills me that they’re pretending this dangerous value system didn’t come directly from western media.

Oh but I thought white supremacy didn’t exist in majority poc countries?

Like, I’ve said before, this happened to my brutha but in China. He had just began teaching his class… going along.. and suddenly the staff started suggesting he find a new job. The other White international teachers told him what the staff didn’t have the heart to tell him… that some students’ parents had complained that they didn’t want their child being taught by a Black person.

It’s been like 2-3 years now. His life was “in shambles” for some weeks but, he found another English teaching job. He really likes it in Shanghai… and we can’t get his ass to come home.

So, I suppose, if you’re Black, and teaching English abroad is something you’ve been looking into, don’t let the racism stop you if that’s what you really want to do. Just be prepared!!!!!!  Cause I’m sure that’s not something they tell you about in orientation. You know how people like to pretend racism doesn’t exist………….  but racism could potentially be a major issue for you.

But I dunno.. if you’re worldly enough to be thinking about teaching English abroad in the first place, you’ve probably already overcome so much. You can do it!!! 

Cause the answer can’t be, well Black people avoid teaching English in Asian countries. That can’t be the answer… there must be some other answers. Part of the solution must be that the bravest of us have to throw ourselves, once again, on the front lines and confront these ideas in person.

We’ve been letting whites spread these lies about us for too long. Now, we gotta go over there and speak for ourselves!

The issue though is that teaching English abroad is very neo imperialistic and problematic at the end of the day regardless of your race. Being white obviously makes it it worse because of their compounded white privilege, but we are still Western and have privileges accordingly and can and do feed into Western hegemonic power structures. I say this as a black person who taught in Taiwan myself for a year. Once you are on the inside you realize how problematic the entire enterprise is centering around 4 major areas:

1. Your employers are blatantly racist and explicitly want white teachers over you. Many parents will also not let their children be tutored (a major source of additional income for English teachers abroad) by black (and other POC) teachers thinking that we speak “lower” “non-standard English”. They will even hire white people from Denmark and South Africa who SPEAK ENGLISH AS THEIR SECOND LANGUAGE over you simply because you’re black. Whiteness carries that much currency and it is very hurtful to watch your white colleagues win tons of additional clients and have packed social calendars while many people actively avoid talking to you and complain that they don’t have a white teacher instead teaching their child “proper” English.

2. Expat communities are also terrible and super racist. Tons of fetishization and antiblackness as well to boot. This can add to the isolation you already experience due to the community’s antiblackness and discriminatory hiring practices.

3. Even if you do manage to navigate all of these different forces and land a job, what you are doing isn’t some altruistic “whiling away of time after college” like this article likes to frame it. It is neoimperialistic and destructive. I was a black English teacher in a Taiwanese aboriginal community. The kids I taught can’t even speak their local indigenous language and yet they had twice as much time in my class as they did for their 母語 (mother tongue). I faced a ton of antiblackness but I still had Western privilege and was a part of the neo imperialistic machine known as “teaching English abroad”. What I did everyday in the classroom was damaging to my local community, its culture and language as well and simply reinforced Western and English language global hegemony. It is hurtful and wrong at the end of the day. And lastly:

4. It doesn’t even look that good on your resume for when you do come back, as it’s seen as “gap year(s)”.

Overall I strongly discourage people from teaching English abroad because of the neo imperialistic nature of the enterprise. Moreover, if you are black, you deal with a whole slew of additional issues with all of the rampant antiblackness (you can check out links to my experiences on the sidebar of my blog- it was terrible). My experiences in Taiwan were overwhelming for me, and by halfway through the year I slipped into depression which I didn’t emerge from for about 2 months after I returned to the US. Even after that for several months memories of being in Taiwan were very triggering for me and would almost reduce me to tears. It is very rough out there, but if you must join that neo imperialistic machine as a black person know what you’re getting into and be educated. I’m also happy to answer people’s questions too as this is a very important discussion.

Just another day on planet Earth. Black people if you learn nothing today know this: YOU ARE THEY MOST HATER CREATURES ON THIS ROCK AND JUST WAIT AND SEE HOW MUCH WORST ITS GONNA GET!!! Stop being surprised when it comes up.

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fashionable-gamer:

Ever notice how when justifying a child’s misbehavior no one ever says stuff like “girls will be girls” or “she’s a girl”, but the list of things a “young lady” can’t do is almost endless?

You learn from a young age that masculinity comes with freedom; femininity comes with restrictions.

Whoa

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Please make this go viral. 
It is so important I don’t even care if you delete what I write here, just help it be seen. 

tianatwitty:

Please make this go viral.

It is so important I don’t even care if you delete what I write here, just help it be seen. 

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How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom, motel etc. with a mirror or a 2-way glass?Here’s how: I thought it was quite interesting! And I know in about 30 seconds you’re going to do what I did and find the nearest mirror.Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not? A policewoman who travels all over the US and gives seminars and techniques for businesswomen passed this on…
.When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror (i.e., they can see you, but you can’t see them)? There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms . It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by looking at it.So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at?TWO WAY GLASS IMAGE MIRROR IMAGEJust conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything.REMEMBER. No Space, Leave the Place:Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, etc.Men: Share this with your wives, daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, girlfriends and/or friends.

somepretty-things:

How can you tell when you are in a room, restroom, motel etc. with a mirror or a 2-way glass?

Here’s how: I thought it was quite interesting! And I know in about 30 seconds you’re going to do what I did and find the nearest mirror.

Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not? A policewoman who travels all over the US and gives seminars and techniques for businesswomen passed this on
.

When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror (i.e., they can see you, but you can’t see them)? There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms . It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by looking at it.

So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at?



TWO WAY GLASS IMAGE MIRROR IMAGE

Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE! IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR!

“No Space, Leave the Place” So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything.

REMEMBER. No Space, Leave the Place:

Ladies: Share this with your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, etc.

Men: Share this with your wives, daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, girlfriends and/or friends.

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"Stop faking your fucking orgasms. Society already tells young men that they run the fucking universe - if they can’t turn your cunt into a shooting star then for god’s sake, let them know about it."

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I can relate to this

hplyrikz:

I can relate to this

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The Exodusters


Many people know about the Great Migration and are aware that thousands of Blacks fled from the South for Northern cities such as Chicago and Harlem in the early 1900s. However, this was not the only voluntary mass Black migration in American history.

The end of the Civil War marked a turning point in U.S. history. It signaled the beginning of a new era that, among other things, promised freedom to African slaves held in bondage, or at least those held within the confederate states. The post-war Reconstruction, initiated to help bring the confederate states back into the Union and smooth the transition to a non-slave society, lasted from 1865 to 1877. During this time, ex-slaves experienced a level of liberty and equality unlike any before. The passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments abolished slavery, granted citizenship, and guaranteed every male citizen the right to vote. These newly granted rights were supported by organizations such as the Freedmen’s Bureau. Its programs covered a wide variety of services: provision of emergency food, housing & medical aid; initiation and support for educational activities; an intermediary in setting up work opportunities and supervising labor contracts; and finally, acting as a legal recourse for equality for ex-slaves.

When Reconstruction ended in 1877, the support system and protections enjoyed by the freed slaves were terminated. In fact, the end of Reconstruction meant a return to pre-Civil War society and all the unjust prejudicial practices. The reality was that white southerners resented the removal of those institutions that had kept slaves subjugated and subordinate to white society. As early as 1865, hostile white southerners introduced black codes, effectively controlling the ex-slave population by limiting and inhibiting their newfound freedoms. Mainstream society and organizations like the Ku Klux Klan enforced these codes, practiced social and economic discrimination, and used terror tactics to keep ex-slaves from attaining equality. In the end, the plight of the freedpeople, in many cases, was no better than it had been during slavery.

Frustrated and demoralized by their ever-worsening situation, freedpeople began to look for a way out of their desolate situation. All around them were tales of the opportunities of the West, including stories of the exploits of black cowboys who seemed to have obtained some measure of freedom, equality, and prosperity. Benjamin Pap Singleton, an ex-slave cabinetmaker and carpenter, and others encouraged freedmen and freedwomen to take advantage of laws like the Homestead Act of 1862. This Act encouraged settlement on the Great Plains by offering grants of 160 acres of public land to people who would live on and farm the land for five years. The ex-slaves believed that only by migrating out of the South would freedpeople be able to live in peace, control their own destiny, and attain true freedom. Singleton began his migration crusade in 1868 and brought the first migrants to Kansas in 1869. He had minor success with black migration until 1876 when [mass exodus overwhelmed his efforts].

Between 1878 and 1880, approximately 15,000–20,000 [some sources estimate as many as 50,000.. and thousands more had been turned back by whites patrolling the rivers and roads, afraid to lose their cheap source of labor] freed people made the journey from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas to settle in Kansas. These immigrants became known as Exodusters because their migration resembled the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, as documented in the Hebrew bible.

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A great book about this moment in history is Nell Irvin Painter’s Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction.

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Here’s everything women could buy without the wage gap

By now, you’ve probably heard depressing statistics like this one: For every dollar a man earns, a woman makes 77 cents. You might even be sick of hearing it. But here’s another way of thinking about it: If you add all those pennies up, the gender gap will cost the average American woman more than $400,000 over the course of her professional life.
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Even the useful 77 cents-to-the-dollar statistic is partially misleading because it looks at the median earnings of all full-time employed women against the earnings of full-time employed white men, leaving race and ethnicity out of the equation. Here’s the granular breakdown. White men in the United States make:
47% more than Hispanic and Latina women
40% more than American-Indian and Alaskan Native women
36% more than African-American women
34% more than Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women
21% more than white women and
13% more than Asian women.
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policymic:

Here’s everything women could buy without the wage gap

By now, you’ve probably heard depressing statistics like this one: For every dollar a man earns, a woman makes 77 cents. You might even be sick of hearing it. But here’s another way of thinking about it: If you add all those pennies up, the gender gap will cost the average American woman more than $400,000 over the course of her professional life.

Even the useful 77 cents-to-the-dollar statistic is partially misleading because it looks at the median earnings of all full-time employed women against the earnings of full-time employed white men, leaving race and ethnicity out of the equation. Here’s the granular breakdown. White men in the United States make:

  • 47% more than Hispanic and Latina women
  • 40% more than American-Indian and Alaskan Native women
  • 36% more than African-American women
  • 34% more than Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women
  • 21% more than white women and
  • 13% more than Asian women.

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fenwayhealth:

Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Most people who are sexually active will contract HPV in their lifetime. 

Learn more about HPV risk, screening, and treatment in this brochure.

You can read/download a PDF of our HPV handbook on Scribd. 

Get yourself tested and vaccinated at any Planned Parenthood health center. Find a location near you here.

Bre, Masakhane Program Development Intern

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policymic:

Afghan women defy the Taliban and vote

"The people out there are scared as hell of the Taliban," a U.S. Army officer who recently returned from Afghanistan told the Daily Beast. And given the 39 suicide bombings, countless threats of death and mutilation and the murder of an Afghan provincial council candidate just before the elections, they have legitimate reason to be so. 

However, the imminent danger from the Taliban did not stop the people of Afghanistan from heading to polling stations on Saturday to elect President Hamid Karzai’s successor. It’s the country’s third presidential election since the U.S. led invasion in 2001, and its first time transferring power from one elected leader to another.

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athens-archaeological-museum:

A collection of african presence in graeco-roman art from the National Archaeological Museum of Athens:

  1. A nuptial lebes with the preparation of a bride, by the Athens’ painter, Attica, (430-420 B.C)
  2. Bust of a young lady with an elaborate coiffure that dates back to Emperor Trajan’s era (1st-2nd century A.D), found in Attica Greece.
  3. A young Ethiopian groom tending a frightened horse (4rth century B.C): This relief was thought to be part of a funerary monument belonging to a man of the military. According to a different opinion, though, this might be a classicizing tribute to Mithridates, king of Pontos from the 1st century B.C. During the late hellenistic and early roman era a number of african horses were imported for races. It is logical that the horses would come with their grooms and trainers as well.
  4. A votive offering of a child holding a puppy, found in Epidaurus. Probably a depiction of the god Asclepius as an infant. (350 B.C)
  5. Head-shaped aryballoi (ca 6th century B.C): These very cute perfume containers are actually encountered quite frequently. At some point in hellenistic Greece it was a custom to gift guests of a συμπόσιον (a feast) with perfume, oil, a portion of leftovers and other gifts. Though these artifacts date a lot earlier, it’s not hard to imagine them as little charming gifts. Perhaps they depict popular characters or local celebrities, since other containers depict Hercules(a favourite), Dionysus, and other “beauties”-perhaps popular courtesans.

part 1, part 2

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