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I spent the weekend in an all POC space. It was fucking fabulous. I’m a huge proponent of POC spaces. This was a physical space where we all got to speak about our issues– no one said anything about how these were smaller issues, or that class comes first. It was fucking fantastic. A number of white dudes came in during the gathering, and someone would go up, and ask them to leave if they didn’t identify as a POC.

And here at Vassar we have the ALANA Center. Which is a space for stuents of color– though all are welcome. See I’ve learned you don’t know how much of a ask you put on for Whiteness, until you relax in a POC space (besides your family, because often there’s little mask wearing there).

Also this weekend I found that POC spaces are harder to maintain virtually. My post on Vegans of Color got invaded by some white dude with a god complex. This motherfucker chose the wrong weekend to invade. I just spent a weekend hanging out with Anti-authoritarian people of color– I’m taking shit in my spaces; I was empowered. This dude doesn’t come looking to debate– he comes looking to educate. I point out his privilege, though not coddling him, because I’m tired of softening what I say to make White folks feel more comfortable, an this dude gets upset that I pointed out his privilege: his tone gets more paternalistic, and now I’m mad– how dare he invade this space, and demand that I engage him on his terms. So I leave the discussion, and tell him I won’t engage in this particular discussion again with him. That ain’t good enough for him. He says he’d like to give me the job of educating him. THE NERVE of that motherfucker. Educate your own goddamn self. What the fuck?

And then I begin wondering if White folks think this blog is aimed at them, at educating them. Because I don’t write for White folks when I write at VoC– I write for folks of color, because I want it to be a space for people of color to speak.


Maybe some people don’t see what is wrong with this commercial, but I, and my friends who saw it the other day, could only laugh at the ridiculousness, and then just wonder why anyone thought this was a good idea.

For those of you who this may not jump out at– look at how babies (and mothers) in need are signified in the commercial. Very colorful I think. And then there is this whole thing with privileged American being signified as White.

As if there are no women of color in the US who could by the pampers, and as if there are no White people around the world who could use some assistance.

In fact– just in case you didn’t get that these were women and children of color from the Global South, they are wearing clothing that easily signifiers their position.

The comments on youtube in response to people that bring up similar things as I just have are responded to with the usual: “You notice race, therefore you are a racist. Followed by: don’t you want to help these children?” Which assumes: a) a critique of a commercial means you don’t want to help, and b) buying pampers is the only way to help. These comments also act like these babies of color were just randomly chosen– which obviously is not true–some serious thought went into how to portray babies in need.


Edit: As some have pointed out there is also the deterministic motherhood thing going on in this commercial.

So I’m out getting some udon at the sushi resturaunt near by, and I see this “Black in America” shit on CNN. My WTFs are answered by my more informed friend, and she tells me its this speial CNN has been doing. Well I meant to watch the special at 8 last night, but missed it because I had more fun things to be doing. Whatever.

Now I’m wondering– who the fuck is watching this? I’m pretty sure I and most other Black people in America already know what its like to be “Black in America.” I’m also pretty sure that anyone who really wanted to know could have read a motherfuckin’ book by now. But thats me assuming that it’s descriptive. Maybe it’s supposed to be prescriptive? But still– I don’t want CNN telling me how to improve Black America. Especially not when they are asking conservative fools like Janks Morton for his advice. But Kiese has that covered already.

Apparently torture is just pat of ones duties, at least for those high ups in the military. A major wtf moment this morning as I read that article. The legitimizing of torture is going to open some scary doors, even for US citizens– I predict with the increasing militarization of police forces across the country that eventually torture could be (more?) legitimized for law enforcement. And that’s going to unequally affect people of color, undocumented workers, religious minorities, and activists.

Apparently if you are white and drunk you can kill a Latino man and get no serious repercussions.

Are we to believe that he stabbed someone to death only after they beat him to his knees? I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, but I would defend myself way before that point. Also he told paramedics that he was just a bystander to the stabbing, ok whatever.

Anyways I think it is far to easy for a white, Masters canidate at Harvard to blame the death on a Latino, 18 year-old who happens to be both a teen father, and a high school drop out.

The issues of race and class within this are so intense. And of course… This white dude has the privilege of a 2 year sentence, which could mean as little as 11 months served.

Not me… despite what someone seems to think. So… I tried to learn who this guy is, and I found out that he is a conservative journalist/pundit type, fresh from University of Michigan, and a conservative. Eww… I don’t want my piece to be accredited to him. Maybe I should add more info about myself so it doesn’t happen again. (Also… I feel like there was a case of me being black Dickson being black. I can’t find proof that he is black other than suspicions, topics I’ve found that he wrote about, and this).  I know that this is a scam site, but it is so annoying to have my writing attributed to someone else.