1. think-progress:

WHOOPS: Investigation looks for Muslim bias in Texas schools and finds Christian bias instead.

What a colossal waste of time and money. Good job, Islamphobic bigots.

    think-progress:

    WHOOPS: Investigation looks for Muslim bias in Texas schools and finds Christian bias instead.

    What a colossal waste of time and money. Good job, Islamphobic bigots.

     
  2. Fun Fact: White Men calling a woman of color a “dog”, no matter how sarcastically, or humorously intended, is still racially insensitive and rude as fuck.

    ineffable-hufflepuff:

    If THAT is Martin’s sense of humor, then he has a SHIT sense of humor.

    (And it’s not even the first time that he’s said shitty racially insensitive things.) 

    I have not seen this article before. I can’t say I’m disappointed because I expect white males to be awful and they have to prove to me they’re not. What’s a little surprising is how matter-of-fact he is about his racism and xenophobia. You’d think his PR people would’ve trained him by now not to talk like that to reporters.

     
  3. "I’m not a racist or xenophobe and I’m not asking anyone to give up their cultre or heritage, but fucking learn English"

    dammitcaleb:

    This statement came across my tumblr dashboard today w/o any further explanation, information, etc. I haven’t received a response to my simple question of “Why?”. This post isn’t a direct response to the OP, so much as my thoughts around this sentiment, as I’ve heard it plenty of times in many situations in my life, and I’ll consider some basic assumptions based on what I know about the OP, namely that he is a white man living in San Diego, California which has a considerable resident population of people born outside of the US—from Mexico, largely. 

    First, I can’t imagine a situation in which it is not xenophobic to make a generalised statement to an un-named group of people in which one demands that this group of people should learn your language.

    This is not to say that life in general would not be simpler if everyone involved had a common language. That goes without saying, but statements like this imply that the subject of your statement hasn’t already considered that this is probably a good idea. I guarantee you, someone who is in a situation in which a lot of people speak a language that they don’t speak has considered how much easier it would be if they all spoke the same language. Telling people that they should learn your language is patronising, narcissistic, and rude.

    Learning a foreign language is not easy for many people. If you’re one of those for whom this comes naturally, consider yourself lucky and learn one. For the others, learning a new language becomes more difficult as one approaches adulthood. English is considered to be one of the harder languages for non-native speakers to learn, owing to its many “exceptions to the rule” when it comes to spelling and pronunciation. These are, themselves, the result of the English Language’s history of absorbing words from literally all over the world (following the path of colonisation, naturally). 

    Also, when people say this, there’s an underlying assumption (sometimes outrightly stated) that people who are in the US and who don’t speak English are somehow being inconsiderate or disrespectful or that they’ve at some point made a decision to not learn English. My first-thought reaction to this is always: It’s not all about you! Again, English isn’t easy to learn. People who don’t speak English are in the US for lots of reasons. People who migrate to the US without fluency in English do so for many more reasons, and not a single one of them is so they can be a nuisance to Ugly Americans. These people generally understand (in my admittedly limited, though representative, experience) that their assimilation into and success in US society would be simpler with fluency in the common language. Many of the people you encounter who have immigrated to the US from Mexico and who don’t speak English are likely poor people who might be working more than one low-wage job in the US. Even someone who has only one low-wage job might not have the resources (ie, money for classes) to learn a foreign language. 

    Immigrants historically settle in communities with people of similar background, reducing the need to learn a foreign language. This is true throughout history, around the world, and is not likely to change any time soon.

    People who say things like this (and other, sometimes more blatantly racist statements) often say, “But my friend/spouse/sibling-in-law is [insert type of Brown Person] and agrees/doesn’t get mad/thinks this is OK to say!”.

    I believe you. I do. 

    I believe you without a doubt, without qualification, and without even needing to confirm that this person you described exists and, in fact, doesn’t mind when you say these incredibly dehumanizing things. I believe this because People of Color (POC) are all individuals and all have different ways of managing the racism that is directed at us consistently and constantly when we live in the US. Many of us start to agree with parts of it, or tell ourselves it’s “not that bad”, or “that’s just how things are”, etc. This doesn’t make it The Right Thing To Do. Also, don’t use your friend/spouse/sibling-in-law as a human shield. Fight your own goddamned fight & try to understand this on your own.

    “But English is the Official Language of America.”

    No, it’s not.

    English is the Common Tongue, really. Besides the fact that the US just doesn’t have an Official Language, nothing would really change if it did. When a country has an Official Language, this generally means that matters of Law & Business are conducted in that language. In the US, these are already conducted in English, & it’s already required that those petitioning for US citizenship should demonstrate fluency in English so… what is there to gain from declaring an Official Language, really? You can’t really penalise people for speaking another language—what would that do for tourism and foreign relations?

    In closing: It’s not all about you. Quit being a jerk. If it bothers you that much, then take some Spanish classes. I say that knowing more languages means you can talk to more people. The French say, “La personne qui parle deux langues en vaut deux!”

    This makes me so angry. My parents came to the U.S. when they were well into adulthood and learning a second language was a slow and painful process. They are still not fluent, though their comprehension is pretty good. They don’t primarily speak in their native language to piss off racists, but because it’s easier for them. Why should they have to make things more difficult for themselves in order to make an American bigot feel more comfortable?

    Also, the are-you-making-fun-of-us? issue that sometimes seems to be at the heart of these English-only campaigns:

    We don’t spend all our time talking about you. Your nail techs, gardeners, servers, taxi drivers, dry cleaners, etc. are probably talking about things that are far more interesting than your Anglo ass. Quit being so paranoid.

    But there might be occasions when we are talking shit about you. We have to deal with your racism. I think you can deal with being made fun of in a language you can’t understand anyway.

     
  4. wewanttobe:

just reblogging this again
always true.

This is also true for another English-speaking country whose name begins with a U.

    wewanttobe:

    just reblogging this again

    always true.

    This is also true for another English-speaking country whose name begins with a U.

    (Source: epic4chan)

     
  5. As the post-election quarterbacking heads into its second month, pundits are now turning their gaze on this forgotten group, wondering, if Asians are so good at math, why didn’t they vote Republican? The fact is that 73% of Asian Americans cast their ballots for Obama – that’s a higher percentage of Democratic support than even the coveted Latino bloc.

    David Brooks started opining in the New York Times just a few days after the election, wondering how the “party of work” lost Asian Americans. Because, you know… they are such hard workers.

    Over at Slate Richard A. Posner performs the post-mortem. And conservatives are getting in the game, too. The American Conservative is pondering the “loss” of the Asian American Vote. And the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute asks Why Aren’t Asians Republicans?.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing that the media is paying attention to the political power of Asian Americans, even if it is after the elections.

    But all the discussion about Asian voters seems to neglect… Asians. As one white male after another opines about why Asian Americans voted the way they did, where are the voices of Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese and Filipino Americans? Sure, Slate quotes the Pew Research Center report from last summer (that Asian American groups criticized for reinforcing the old “model minority” stereotype and overlooking many current needs and issues) and then even brings up the “new Jews” comparison.

    What all these writers seem to have forgotten is that we are still in the room. And we even speak English.

    I have seen quite a few articles wondering why such a high percentage of Asian voters (73%) went for Obama instead of Romney and almost all of them have made me deeply uncomfortable. As OP states, they’re nearly always written by white American men who are examining Asian Americans in this creepy, dehumanizing way. Stereotypes abound.

    What’s particularly obnoxious about the articles examining the Asian vote is that hardly any of them to mention how diverse the ‘Asian’ demographic is, especially in terms of class, which is what a lot of these analyses focus on. But no—Asians are just an indistinguishable mass. Same with ‘the black vote’ and ‘the Latin@ vote’.

    Meanwhile, whites have always been carefully broken down into many distinct sub-racial demographics: soccer moms, rural, urban, blue collar workers, the wealthy, the religious, students and young people. It’s only very recently that I’ve seen main stream media outlets acknowledge the fact that whites—no matter their other demographic characteristics—vote as a racial bloc.

    (Source: nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident)

     
  6. In a security message, the embassy said the State Department’s travel section had been “updated to inform U.S. citizens of a rise in unprovoked harassment and violent attacks against persons who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be foreign migrants. U.S. citizens most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent in Athens and other major cities.”

    The travel advice on Greece also said the embassy “has confirmed reports of U.S. African-American citizens detained by police authorities conducting sweeps for illegal immigrants in Athens.”

    — 

    US Embassy warns Americans of possible racist attacks in Greece | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com (via redlightpolitics)

    “citizens most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent”

    Well that nicely covers about 80% of humanity. You might as well just come clean and say “safe for whites only”, it’s a more direct statement.

    (via zuky)

    This is why POC don’t trust white people. As soon as things get bad for you guys, you come looking for a nonwhite person to fuck up.

    (via downlo)

    y’all don’t understand the situation in greece at all. they’re not looking for POC to fuck up because stuff got bad; this is the kind of behavior that happens all the time anyway. and yet greeks seem to think we’re somehow “not racist” because there usually aren’t any non-whites in greece anyway.

    this is one of the most embarrassing things about my country. 

    (via neonspandex-revival)

    No one said that that racism and xenophobia didn’t exist in Greece before the economic problems. But the recent economic troubles have led to a noticeable increase in attacks on POC and immigrants in Greece, as well as a jump in popularity for Golden Dawn, a fascist, xenophobic political party that seems to be modeled after the Nazis.

    Something similar has been happening all over Europe. Far-right, neo-fascist, xenophobic parties gained popularity in other European countries due to anxieties about the the EU and the rising rate of nonwhite immigration. That’s not to say these far-right parties are the mainstream, but they have undeniably gained ground since the 1990s.

    So I don’t see how my original comment misunderstands the situation. When white Europeans get scared about how things are going, they reflexively blame brown ‘outsiders’ for their problems. The more stressed out white people get, the more xenophobic and racist they become. This has happened in the past and is happening now and will happen again. (And in case people think I’m beating up on Greece or Europe too much, it happens in the U.S. too. When the economy goes south, people suddenly become a lot more concerned about immigration, especially immigration from the south.)

     
  7. 15:10

    Notes: 281

    Reblogged from zuky

    Tags: greecexenophobiaracism

    In a security message, the embassy said the State Department’s travel section had been “updated to inform U.S. citizens of a rise in unprovoked harassment and violent attacks against persons who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be foreign migrants. U.S. citizens most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent in Athens and other major cities.”

    The travel advice on Greece also said the embassy “has confirmed reports of U.S. African-American citizens detained by police authorities conducting sweeps for illegal immigrants in Athens.”

    — 

    US Embassy warns Americans of possible racist attacks in Greece | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com (via redlightpolitics)

    “citizens most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent”

    Well that nicely covers about 80% of humanity. You might as well just come clean and say “safe for whites only”, it’s a more direct statement.

    (via zuky)

    This is why POC don’t trust white people. As soon as things get bad for you guys, you come looking for a nonwhite person to fuck up.

     
  8. birdsy-purplefish:

    prolifehypocrisy:

    It wasn’t long before pro-life racists got ahold of the story.

    Fucking hell.

    This part was great, though:

    “Claims about Indians and sex-selective abortions are a cheap way to attack Savita’s Indian heritage, MY heritage, as one which is violently disproportionate in favour of men. However, if you consider that India (1966 & 1980), Sri Lanka (1960* the first female head of a modern post-colonial state), Pakistan (1988 and 1993), and Bangladesh - the “Battling Begums”  (1991, 2001, 1996, 2009) all have had female heads of state far earlier than any western country did (including the UK with Thatcher in 1979 and Mary Robinson in Ireland in 1990), you have to wonder – for countries which are portrayed as being so patriarchal and male dominated – we didn’t too badly did we bredrens?.”

    Good blog post. I am glad to see some pushback from Indians and anti-racists about the ways some feminists, anti-choice assholes, and bigots have been misappropriating Savita Halappanavar’s life and death.

     
  9. A reminder of how racism and xenophobia intersected with misogyny in the tragic and needless death of Savita Halappanavar:

    According to Savita’s widower Parveen, his wife’s requests for a termination were met with the response, “This is a Catholic country”. When I read that I went cold. I’ve heard things like that before.

    If someone starts telling you what country you’re in, or telling you screamingly obvious facts about that country, it’s time to look at them sideways. If your appearance, name or accent mark you out as foreign, you want to be wary of people who say that.

    […]

    I’ve heard that turn of phrase used in schools to shut down kids from immigrant backgrounds. I’ve heard workers use it to intimidate and undermine colleagues.

    People simply do not bring up the country they are in in a context like that unless they are being racist.

    The only reason I can see that an educated adult woman of Indian origin would be suddenly, randomly, informed of the dominant religious belief of the country in which she was begging for medical treatment is that her ethnicity and religion were an issue for the medical staff treating her. That her pleas for a termination were taken less seriously because they were perceived as the pleas of an unchurched foreigner who should have more respect for Irish Catholic beliefs…

    I’m not saying that racism killed Savita Halappanavar.

    I don’t think it was medical incompetence, or institutional misogyny, or even Catholic dogma.

    It wasn’t one of these things. It was, I believe, all of them: a fatal intersectionality, if you like, of oppression.

     
  10. An exchange about immigration reform between Carlos Gutierrez, who served as Commerce Secretary under George W. Bush, and notoriously anti-immigrant troglodyte, Gary Bauer. The GOP is doomed to remain the party of angry old white guys as long as people like Bauer continue to have influence.

     
  11. Well the correct answer is: [Barack Obama] is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no—that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?
    — Colin Powell on Meet The Press, October 19, 2008. (via kitteh-san)

    (Source: youtu.be)

     
  12. A paid informant for the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press.

    Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bengali descent who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called “create and capture.” He said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD. For his work, he earned as much as $1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.

    […]

    Informants like Rahman are a central component of the NYPD’s wide-ranging programs to monitor life in Muslim neighborhoods since the 2001 terrorist attacks. Police officers have eavesdropped inside Muslim businesses, trained video cameras on mosques and collected license plates of worshippers. Informants who trawl the mosques - known informally as “mosque crawlers” - tell police what the imam says at sermons and provide police lists of attendees, even when there’s no evidence they committed a crime.

    This American Life had a very good piece about another informant who worked for this program. It is basically a fishing expedition, with informants spying on innocent people and trying their best to get them to incriminate themselves. This isn’t the first time the U.S. government has used informants to spy on communities of color for the sake of ‘national security’.

     
  13. If you’ve spent fifteen or twenty or fifty years using words or ideas that you didn’t realize were harmful,

    librariesandlemonade:

    but today, someone tells you that they are, you don’t have to feel bad about the last x years.

    Start today. Learn to do it differently. Let this be the turning point. It might take some time to get it right, but there’s no reason to refuse to try not to harm people.

    Sometimes, that harmful language or idea is systematic, and you have to use it in certain circumstances because the systems aren’t willing to change. But the systems—the paperwork, the meetings—don’t have to dictate your personal interactions.

     
  14. When you believe that a group of people intrinsically have value equal to your own, you believe it all the time and deep in your heart. This belief is not contingent on your being in a good mood. The belief doesn’t go away when a marginalized person makes you angry or annoys you. If you have it in you to use epithets when hurt, then you have it in you all the time.
     
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    motherjones:

Yup.

"For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." (Hosea 8:7)

    motherjones:

    Yup.

    "For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." (Hosea 8:7)