So, am I to actually believe that some white girl got a quote from Nayyirah Waheed’s Tourist tattooed on her arm. Completely missing the clear-as-day, not even remotely up for interpretation point of the poem. Her explanation being that it encompasses her love for seeing new countries, but then moving on when their beauty begins to wear thin??
And people are defending her???
We complain that there is no media that represents us. You tell us to make our own if we want it so badly. So we do. And then you take that from us, too.
White people, this is why no one takes you seriously. This is why we are wary of you.
Here we are, terrified of baring our souls because we know you’ll take our words, douse them in bleach, twist them through your colonizing machine, and spew them back out with your own trademark on it. And to add insult to injury, you’ll take our fear as respect and keep it moving.
You don’t even realize that all you keep doing…is proving our point for us
whooooaa….. this is seriously the worst.
Toso Pavillion, Santa Clara University, October 3, 1976
TW: Talk of rape culture
Let’s take a moment to talk about this. I mean, because first off, “Tell cars not to hit kids.” Well, yeah, we do that all the fucking time, idiot. Ever seen signs like these?
We have classes and signs and laws about it, and people are constantly reminded. So your argument only works if we put up signs everywhere reminding assholes not to rape. But you’d rather talk about how rape victims have it coming to them.
But the dumbest part of this crap? Roads exist for cars to drive on. Children need to be careful to cross the street because they’re entering into an environment that exists specifically for something that is dangerous to them. The only way this shit is a valid comparison is if you think that bars, parties, and the world in general exists specifically for men to have sex with women. And I gotta break it to the guys who support this stupidity- your dicks are not that important. So knock off this bullshit and stop excusing rapists.
"Thinking about wanting to be white in 2008 in 2013; part 2"
A 7 minute video performance piece
As a teenager who unknowingly wanted to be white, I was never satisfied with the physical attributes I possessed which highlighted my otherness. I would steal my mother’s makeup, as she was much lighter than I was, and apply it onto my entire face to change my skin tone. This daily process of lightening my skin made me feel more normal, and more beautiful, even though the rest of my body remained brown. With this piece, I reenact this beauty ritual by applying the same shade and brand of foundation as I used to.
Patricia Ann Alvarado
see part one here