People sitting on the front porch on Maxwell Street, c. 1973. Photograph by James Newberry.
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omg her style tho. that hat, those glasses, THAT JACKET
POC in Europe Masterpost
“There were no POC in Europe during the medieval ages!!/they probably never interacted with the whites!!”:
The last one is actually during 16th century I believe,but you get the idea. Most of these are Moors who traveled to many of countries in Europe including, GASP Scotland.
This is me. It was taken for an article in our school paper about Transgender students on campus. I was really afraid of being photographed, I was scared that I’d end up looking funny, and I was even more afraid when the photographer chose this angle, but I think it turned out really well!
A couple of us met with Sharon Needles today to talk about her use of racist images and epithets
and, gurl, it did not go well. She said that she has stopped saying the n word(and bragged that her friend has a timer on his phone to count how long it’s been since she last said it[gag]), although she said it a handful of times during the meeting. She said, at least three times, “I apologize if I hurt your feelings,” but refused to apologize publicly or issue a statement.
During the conversation I was so nice that I wanted to fucking slap myself. I told her that a white person dressing up like a nazi and shouting racist slurs in a room full of white people isn’t shocking or transgressive(y’all, that’s just what nazis do). I told her that I believe she can actually be transgressive and challenge oppression from her position. For a second I believed that she wasn’t a monster, just a foolish person with tons of unchecked racism and privilege. She informed us that we’d have to agree to disagree about whether or not her actions are problematic, and that she wouldn’t apologize publicly because she’s “a clown.”
We’re done begging for scraps of community. We’re calling for a national protest of Sharon Needles and the clubs who host her. We’ve created a tumblr for the purposes of organizing these protests.
Hey, white tumblr queers! Remember that time you reblogged our announcement about the protest in Atlanta and said, “Aw, shucks! Too far!” Well, she’s likely coming to your town so you need to get your shit together and join us.
Follow Hell No, Sharon Needles for updates!
Also, here’s an article about today’s conversation.
the desperate housewives edition…
[photoset of two people standing in front of a house. one is a fat nonbinary korean wearing a blue cropped “US NAVY” shirt and a pair of metallic teal bootyshorts. they are standing in the foreground holding a broom and suggestively stroking the handle. the other person is a slim, nonbinary white person wearing a tight black halter dress and high heels. ze is watching the other person, intrigued.]
nothing about this shoot went as planned. i had a bad fall the day before, and was in a total mood, not to mention the sun is much much much brighter in california and we were having trouble working around the glare. but we persevered and have a few fabby photos to show for it. i like these because of the reference to but i’m a cheerleader.
anyone who reblogs this & doesn’t respect our pronouns will have fifty points deducted from their house.
I’m not really a fan of Summer, because it’s super hot and I always feel the need to be naked with the slightest bit of heat BUT I can’t wait to wear this dress again. It’s from ASOS Curve, my first buy from there. Next time I think I’ll rock it with stockings and suspenders. Like?
my bestie k is in town! we did one of our silly genderfuck photoshoots today - holmes & watson. after 2 hours of being out in the freezing cold/shitty lighting indoors/being in corset i got kinda silly.
[two photos of fat korean non-binary person wearing a bowler hat, a brass pocketwatch necklace, purple houndstooth briefs and black socks with sock garters. they have a wavy mass of hair covering one eye and bits of dyed purple buzzed hair peeking out from underneath their hat. in one photo they are sitting in a chair wearing a mostly unbuttoned cream colored button-town shirt an dark blue plaid pants around their ankles, posing and smiling and looking cute. in the other, they are standing against a black backdrop in only underwear, socks, necklace and hat, posing causually.]
“This letter is written to our fat community to express great concern over what appears to be a growing divide among us.”
Text at link:
a response to white fat activism
from People of Color in the fat justice movement
This letter is written to our fat community to express great concern over what appears to be a growing divide among us.
We continue to see fat activism growing and our community expanding, and while this brings great joy, it also becomes more and more apparent that we are not doing the work to prevent our community from being divided along race and socio-economic lines. We are not having the hard conversation needed to build the truly solid foundation of inclusivity and diversity that we rest much of our argument of anti-oppression upon. This is particularly important since both government programs and the diet industry have been specifically singling out and targeting people of color in recent campaigns. From Michelle Obama’s selection of Beyonce Knowles as the face of her national campaign against obese children to the disproportionate number of children of color represented in the state of Georgia’s “Strong4Life” campaign, the face of the “obesity epidemic” in public policy has largely become people of color. Similarly, the diet industry has focused several of its most recent national advertising campaigns around African American celebrity icons, including the selection of Janet Jackson as a representative of Nutria System, and Charles Barkley and Jennifer Hudson as spokespeople for Weight Watchers.
While fat activism in the United States continues to be predominantly white, there is an emerging wave of fat People of Color (POC) activists moving out into all aspects of our communities. Joining with fat POC activists who have been working for years to create space for the unique challenges faced by POC within our mainstream diet culture, this has the potential to be a time of enormous shift in the perception and face of fat activism in the U.S. We are excited to be a part of this paradigm shift, and to see more of our experience reflected in the work of fat activism.
We hold grassroots organizing in high regard, because we know from experience that having established relationships with individuals aids in activating their enthusiasm for a project. While this is true, it also limits the reach of our work to our personal networks and circles. This is especially troublesome in the world of social media platforms like Facebook. Sending out an invitation for all contacts to participate is not the same as doing the thoughtful work of being inclusive, which requires planning, communication among groups, and transparency. Blanket invitation through social media, or “crowd sourcing,” returns a large response from those already closely related to the issue, who often share the initiator’s stance, privileges, and power.
This can be seen in the recent “Stand4Kids” campaign, most recently renamed the “I stand against weight bullying” campaign (seen here) launched by Marilyn Wann. This campaign is a great example of a provocative and direct action within the fat community, created to address fat shaming and body prejudice aimed at the children of Georgia through positive images of people of all sizes. The Georgia campaign “Strong4Life” (mentioned earlier in this letter) features a high number of children of color, and is being primarily aimed at children of color in Georgia’s poor neighborhoods. The primary organizer of “Stand4Kids/I stand against weight bullying” does not share these lived experiences, and while that truth does not mean that the organizer should not lead the project, it does raise a flag that the difference in experience between the organizer and the communities being addressed must be bridged in order to develop authentic and lasting relationships. Because the campaign launched through a crowd sourcing technique on Facebook, many of the first respondents were similarly white fat activists. As the campaign grew, it was reposted numerous times by many other white fat activists, none of whom were publicly critical of the lack of representation in the images and in the campaign’s design and implementation.
At that time, a group of POC fat activists began to discuss their disappointment at both the campaign and lack of critical response by the larger fat community. A person of color raised questions on the “Stand4Kids” tumblr about the tools used to make the project inclusive, the intent and possible effect of the projects in communities of color, and the ways in which these images would be used to support children of color in Georgia. The response was disappointing: these discussions had not happened within this project, and the commenter was told that if they wanted to support diversity within the project, they, as a person of color, should join the project’s Facebook page and offer solutions. More recently, the organizer of the campaign did address this posted concern to acknowledge that the proper outreach had not been done, and that she would take the questions posed on board.
As the project has grown and moved outside of its immediate sphere of contact, more and more people of color have began to participate. To date, the images on the “Stand4Kids/I stand against weight bullying” campaign site are still predominantly white individuals. Our critique of this campaign is not intended to imply that the campaign should not exist, that the organizers should not do the work, or that the images that have been created will not be effective in inspiring residents of Georgia to oppose the “Strong4Life” campaign. We offer this critique as one example of a fat activist action moving forward into a campaign without initial discussion of the inclusion of, or impact to, the communities it seeks to serve. Luckily, conversations can happen at many points during a movement; there are countless opportunities for growth, connection, and coalition.
The time has been long in the coming to again address the prevalent attitudes of socio-economic privilege and white-centric thought in fat activism. When open and authentic conversations about race and class fail to happen, we see these attitudes in the ways that people are left out of conversations. We see people who live with great privilege speaking as authorities on the impact of racism and classism, without basing their approach in the ally model. We see large size acceptance campaigns launched without coalition among diverse groups, thoughtful discussion around inclusivity, or well-versed allies on hand to help answer questions and facilitate community conversation. We see white allies depending heavily on POC and poor people to discern, direct, and implement the work of addressing these concerns within our communities only after or in response to work being presented that does not include their voices. We see white allies responding defensively and closing down conversations when presented with clear questions about taking steps to do their own work of finding ally mentors, addressing the ways their own acknowledged and unacknowledged privilege directly affects members of their community, and engaging in thoughtful dialogue about the interconnectedness of oppressions and the diverse ways those oppressions affect different members of our communities.
Overly simplified analogies of power and privilege are no longer the face of fat activism. We, as a large and diverse community with a vast wealth of life experiences and resources, can do better. We can go deeper; we can form authentic and strong coalition with one another.
White allies of the fat justice movement:
Flying by the seat of your pants, when it comes to addressing the real concerns and questions around diversity and inclusion of POC in fat activist spaces or campaigns, will no longer be good enough.
- POC in the fat justice movement deserve thoughtful and clear discussions around not just the intention of diversity and inclusion in the work you wish to do, but also the actual impact of the work within communities of color.
- POC in the fat justice movement demand and deserve that white fat activists build authentic collaborations with communities of color and work as allies.
- POC in the fat justice movement demand and deserve allies showing up to the table of our campaigns and work, rather than constantly being told they have made a place for us at theirs.
- POC in the fat justice movement clarify that our allies will practice doing the work of learning about the histories and impacts of colonization and oppression on POC, seek other allies to learn from and with, be open to dialogue, taking feedback, and allowing people’s firsthand experiences of racism to be the final and authoritative voice on the subject of impact to communities of color.
- POC in the fat justice movement offer that through the work of authentic inclusivity, singular vision will become shared vision. Coalition will happen. Bridges will be mended and built.
We are looking forward to a stronger, more representational expression of fat community in which POC and poor people’s voices are heard, their experiences are respected, and their work to strengthen their individual communities is supported just as they work to support others.
Please join us.
Tara Shuai, Co-president of NOLOSE
Galadriel Mozee, Co-president of NOLOSE
M. Taueret Davis
I love this I live this.
Please please please read this! I would have bolded for emphasis but it is all so important!
Glee and POC Part 4:
Carmel High Academic Decathlon Club Members: Two members of the apparent four involved in Carmel High’s Academic Decathlon Club, alongside SunshineCorazon and one other unnamed female member, all we know of them is their appearance, no name cards, no words, just a quick reaction shot of their fallen faces when defeated, and the assumption that they both must be quite intelligent to be on an Academic Decathlon Club of course. They are never seen again.
Sunshine Corazon: A foreign exchange student from the Philippines who briefly attended McKinley before transferring to Carmel High School, where she is a member of the school’s Academic Decathlon Club, which suggests she’s a very intelligent young woman. She was presented as being a very trusting, kind and friendly individual, who’s trusting nature led her to being taken advantage of and being put in harm’s way by Rachel, who sent her to a crack house, where she was greeted by having her sheet music stolen for toilet paper, despite this she still auditioned and got into the New Directions, before quitting the club and the school for Vocal Adrenaline and Carmel, both because of her fear of Rachel and because Carmel/Vocal Adrenaline where able to get her and her mother green cards. When the glee club where holding a benefit concert she offered to perform with them and seemed genuine about wanting to help, and apparently the only reason she ultimately pulled out of performing was because her coach (Dustin Goolsby) forced her to. She last appeared during Nationals, where she was so nervous and run down from Vocal Adrenaline’s strict and brutal regime and forced commitment to the club, that she was planning on begging the Philippines Embassy to revoke her green card and to send her back home, but after the white girl who sent her to a crack house tells her to suck it up and just get on with it, flashing her a thumbs up, she does. She rarely appeared or was mentioned, and she hasn’t made a reappearance since the end of season 2.
D. Lightman/G. LaChance: Two students from Riverfront High School, both members of their school’s Academic Decathlon Club. We know nothing of them but appearance and name, though we can assume that they’re considerably intelligent since they’re in an Academic Decathlon Club and because they made it to the National Finales in Detroit, and if that didn’t tip you off well D. Lightman’s wearing glasses and we all know wearing glasses automatically makes you a smarty pants. They are never seen again.
Doctor Wu: One of just two Obstetricians in Lima, who it was revealed handled Kendra Giardi’s pregnancies, as well as looking over Terri’s hysterical pregnancy and then fake one. He was presented as being a content man, though it was strongly suggested he finds his job incredibly stressful and unrewarding when he offhandedly mentioned that after dentists, obstetricians apparently have the highest suicide rate amongst medical professionals, in order to relax and de-stress he cares for a bonsai tree, something which is commonly practised by those of Asian ethnicity. Of course, as Wu is Asian, a Karate Kid reference of Mr. Miyagi was made, when Kendra and Terri threatened to spread malicious lies that Wu’s incompetence as an Obstetrician lead to Kendra’s children all being unintelligent and red headed, letting it be known to him that most patients would probably leave him for his rival Obstetrician Doctor Chin (who handled Quinn’s pregnancy) – Wu caves to this threat and agrees to help Terri fake an ultrasound to convince her husband Will that she truly is pregnant. Wu only made two appearance, his character nothing more than a walking reference to and joke relating to anything remotely Asian.
Tina Cohen-Chang: A student a McKinley High School, involved in a committed relationship with one Mike Chang and an original member of the school’s glee club, New Directions. Tina has always been presented as an intelligent young woman, one who has no problem standing up for herself, though she is very shy, to the point of faking a stutter so that people would just avoid her. She’s been shown several times to be somewhat of a feminist, once going off on an explosive rant against Artie after several sexist remarks and actions, she’s also been shown to be comfortable in her looks and body, refusing to be ashamed of her appearance or changing it for anyone other than herself. Sadly, despite being one of Glee’s better female character, she’s by far the most underappreciated and ignored. Tina has never truly had her own plot on the show, she’s always just an accessory to the plots of others - She was used as an obstacle in Rachel’s storyline, a support system in Artie’s and the voice of reason and blunt truth in Mike and Mike Sr.’s, the few solos she has managed to perform have either been reused by other characters or cut off mid-song, Tina’s line ‘I just want a song’ is heart breaking in its simplicity, Tina just wants her moment in the spotlight, she just wants to be included and noticed, she just wants you to stop ignoring her. Tina has been a supporting character since season 1, however the constant snubbing of her character, and the show’s unwillingness to ever truly include or focus on her might often make you wonder if she’s actually a character anymore, or whether she’s simply a token POC to avoid backlash.
Howard Bamboo: Howard was an employee at Sheets-N-Things, and former member of the short lived boyband Acafellas, he is dyslexic and incompetent when it comes to his job and in general, much like Ken, Howard’s role on the show was simply as a living punching bag and comedic relief, his inability to understand or perform the simplest task was often made a joke of, he’s often taking advantage of by his former co-worker Terri, such as when he was arrested on suspicion of running a meth lab after trying to buy a large amount of pseudoephedrine on Terri’s instruction. He rarely appeared or was mentioned, since season 2 he has not appeared or been mentioned at all.
Michael Chang Sr.: Mike’s father is much like Mike’s mother, he’s an enormous cliché, both in terms of general parents and those of Asian ethnicity – He’s the strict, no nonsense parent, who thinks his son is wasting his life doing something he loves because it’s not the type of profession that will bring honour and respect to him or their family, he wants to push Mike into becoming a doctor, whether he likes it or not – The closest Mike Sr. gets to becoming a fully fleshed out character, more than a cliché, is when he correctly points out that the entertainment industry, for singers, dancers, actors, etc. is so unstable, hard to get into and even more difficult to build up and maintain a career in, so of course all of this was just thrown away so that he could ‘learn his lesson’, so that he could just immediately throw his backing and support behind Mike after watching him dance at Sectionals. He made a few brief appearances, and since accepting Mike for who he is and what he wants he has not reappeared.
Julia Chang: Mike’s mother is very much a cliché, the stereotypical I never got to achieve my dreams, I won’t let you give up on yours! I’m supportive of you and your dream no matter what! – Her entire character is simply a supporter of Mike, someone to tell him not to give up as they did and they regret it, there’s not much more to her than that, which is a shame because it would have been nice to actually see her get a bit more development, find out about her, learn the type of person she is, but no - She’s a cliché, thrown in just so that the show could focus heavily on Mike’s father without looking like they were ignoring the mother out of their clear uninterest in exploring or developing female characters, especially those of colour. Julia has appeared twice, both times simply to cheer on Mike, since attending the school’s production of West Side Story she has not reappeared.
Mike Chang: A student a McKinley High School, involved in a committed relationship with one Tina Cohen-Chang and one of the very first members of the school’s glee club, New Directions, alongside Matt and Puck. Mike has been presented as a compassionate man, one who defends his friends and interested when he has to, and often without provocation also. He’s been shown to be a loving and committed boyfriend to Tina, their relationship being one a the few healthy, stable and happy on the show. Mike had next to no lines or character in the first season, this changed in season 2 when he began dating Tina, he was given more attention, more lines and enabled us to get a good idea of what type of person he was – He was a nice, calm man, whose passion in life is clearly dance, though it’s not his only love, when Mike first sang he was presented as being tone deaf, however it was clearly an area he wished to improve upon as he put in a lot of work in order to be able to sing, and sing well, this improvement resulted in him earning a part in the school’s production of West Side Story. Mike has been shown to place a lot of his decision making in the hands of what his family, most notably his father, wants for him, instead of what he wants for himself, though with Tina’s support he was able to convince himself and his father than there was nothing he wanted to do more in life then dance. Mike has been one of the most well developed and well written male characters on the show, but these moments are few, he’s still less focused on then many of the show’s other males, and sadly his default role on the show really does amount to nothing more than being a really good dancer.
And yet again, the POC on Glee are simply background extras, clichés, jokes or so unimportant and neglected you wonder why the actors portraying them put up with it, but then again maybe that isn’t such a mystery, maybe it’s because disgustingly enough this may be as good as a POC is likely to get, both on television and film.
Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Ryan Murphy’s extreme misuse and disuse of Tina Cohen-Chang.
Fat Black & Ugly
Let me start this off by saying that I’m not very familiar with Tumblr. I’ve been active on here for a couple of months but I’m not Tumblr famous or anything. I still can’t figure out how to reply to people’s replies and I don’t really do any serious writing on here. I do that here. & The times that I do write, my posts never get as many notes as I feel they deserve. Lol.
But I’m writing here today to address something that I’ve noticed. The lack of blackness in the Tumblr fat community.
Now, I should also say. I’m coming from a place of thin privilege over here. Therefore, I use the word fat, not as a reclamation but as the word that is usually meant to mean overweight, obese, and/or overall “thick.” Also, I want to make it clear that I am not in the position to speak foranyone, I know the fat, black community is in a perfectly capable position to speak for themselves. I am speaking (in solidarity, I hope) as a black woman who is also permanently outside of white standards of beauty. That said, direct me, if you please, to any posts on this subject made by fat black womyn.
First, I want to make this clear for anyone whose forgotten.: White people who are fat, still have white privilege. I’m not sure why this is so difficult to understand but intersectionality folks. Intersectionality. Just because you are oppressed in some ways in your life, doesn’t erase your position as a privileged white individual. For example, I am able bodied, meaning I have privilege over a black-disabled person. The fact that I’m black doesn’t mean I can disregard the fact that I am able bodied.
What I’ve noticed is that the fat, white community on Tumblr has a problem with this fact. Why am I not surprised? Because its typical white people shit. Mu’fuckas just don’t want to acknowledge their privilege. Following a few fat blogs, I see about 20 times the number of posts on the beauty of white fat womyn than I do for fat black womyn. I guess these fat white womyn feel they are rejecting the beauty myth but by leaving out womyn of color they are only reinforcing it. Remember the time a fat white woman compared her being fat to the struggle of a black woman goes through? Only one fail from the white, fat tumblr community. Another fail was when the woman who creates “ugly” graphics used a black woman in one with a banner across it stating “ugly don’t care.” Or the gif with the white woman from glee singing TLC’s Unpretty, she wasn’t fat & neither are TLC but still showed that y’all don’t get it. Or the picture with all the white womyn with “real” bodies trying to show bodily diversity but didn’t think to include any womyn of color. this is all just another reason & facet to why white feminists fail at developing full analyses, they stop at where their privilege meets & leave womyn of color out for the 5011th time. your whiteness doesn’t erase shit. you’re still white. fat white womyn are concerned by how well they fit into the perfect white beauty myth & black womyn are concerned that we are constantly judged by how well we fit into that myth, no matter how hard we try to fit in, our attempts are futile.
Here’s where I get into the difference between being a fat black woman & a fat white woman: a fat black woman could so much more accurately talk about this than I can but here goes: fat tumblr has a white face. why am i not surprised? because its typical white shit. to exclude womyn of color voices & in the case of beauty politics, particularly, black womyn. the rhetoric still exists: black womyn are notreally womyn & we’re not even really human. our beauty politics don’t matter because we’re so far gone from ever being beautiful, trying to include us is a worthless, waste of time. white fat womyn on tumblr seem to be reclaiming their fatness in an effort to say “I am still a white woman! i am still apart of the beautiful people club! stop thinking my body is ugly! accept me!” they seem to be trying to (i don’t want to assume anyone’s motives) reclaim their stake in beautiful white womanhood because its been taken away from them due to their fatness. But black womyn don’t have that privilege. Fat is seen as something that can be changed. This is why people tell fat people to lose weight. they just tell black womyn to die. The belief is that if fat white womyn just lose weight, then they can go back to being in the beautiful club. White womyn are still within the realm of attainable beauty. Black womyn are not. Skin color cannot be changed, its permanent. beauty is constructed. & its constructed against black womyn. black fat womyn get treated harsher (a fat black woman would do better in coming up with specific examples) than white fat womyn because of their ugly, permanent, unfortunate blackness. race compounds the fat plight. its seen as a continual, permanent ugliness. white womyn are seen as just being temporary deviants. if you lose weight you can come back to our exclusive white woman pretty club. but you black fat bitches are out forever because then we’d have nothing to measure ourselves up against.
Thank you SO MUCH for submitting this to me and letting me put this on my blog. All credit goes to hiphopcheerleader