Of course, not all women of color are sexualized in the same way. For example, while black women are considered lascivious, always consenting and out of control, Latina women are considered exotic or overly sensual and Asian women are considered childish and prude. These particular stereotypes are reinforced through popular culture and pornography (just Google respectively “Asian women,” “black women,” or “Latina women” and then “women” and see what comes up). The common thread here is that nonwhite women’s sexuality is seen as outside the norm of white heterosexuality. It’s therefore something to be uniquely desired, manipulated, exploited, or controlled. Within this rather toxic climate, being a woman of color who’s in touch with her sexuality is an act of resistance. Pushing past the negative media depictions and still finding a healthy, healing, erotic, and functional sexuality is no small feat.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

sorry y’all but these quotes are so relevant and my queue has a lot of stuff in it so

(via wretchedoftheearth)

poczineproject:

POC (People of Color) Zine Project 2012 Tour Dates:
Sept 24 New York, NY 
+ music by In School, Matana Roberts & TBD third performer
538 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
ALL AGES!!
Start time: 8pm
Cover: $5-7 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds!)
Facebook invite for Sept 24
Sept 25 Philadelphia, PA
Multi-media zine readings by Sonrisa Rodriguez-Harrison (Hair Stories zine) Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot zine), Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine), Cristy Road (Greenzine) & Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress).
Venue, cover, start time and participating bands TBA
Facebook invite for Sept 25
Sept 26 Pittsburgh, PA 
+ Barren Scepter and Alaina Marie + a third performer in the works
The Mr. Roboto Project
5106 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Cover is $6. Show at 7pm.
Facebook invite for Sept 26

Sept 27 Athens, OH

Sept 28 Detroit, MI
+ performers TBA
The Trumbullplex4210 TrumbullDetroit, MI 48208
7-11pm
Cover: $6 
Facebook invite for Sept 28
Sept 29 Ann Arbor, MI 
+ music by Swimsuit and Trabajabamosat the 3rd Deathstar 613 N Main St Ann Arbor
ALL AGES!!
Doors at 7 pm, over at 11 pm. Early show! Cover: $3-6 sliding scale, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Facebook invite for Sept 29
Sept 30 Chicago, IL 
Oct 1    Champaign, IL (TWO EVENTS IN ONE DAY!)
DAYTIME CAMPUS EVENT INFO:
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Unit One Allen Hall’s South Rec Room1005 W. Gregory Dr., MC-050, Urbana, IL 61801
4:00pm-5:30pm
ALL AGES!! FREE!! ALL WELCOME!!
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center, Unit One Allen Hall, LGBT Resource Center, DiversityEd, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Native American House
Oct 1 DAYTIME CAMPUS EVENT Facebook invite 
—
EVENING DIY SHOW INFO:
UCIMC (Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center)
202 S. Broadway Avenue Urbana, Illinois
7pm-9:30pm
ALL AGES!
Oct 1 EVENING DIY SHOW Facebook invite 


Oct 2    Bloomington, IN (NOT in IL as previously noted)
Boxcar Books & Community Center Inc
408 E 6th St, Bloomington, Indiana
ALL AGES!
Start time, cover and performers TBA
Facebook invite for Oct 2
Oct 3    Columbus, OH
Skylab Gallery
57 East Gay Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio
ALL AGES!!
+ Bands TBA
+ Cover TBA
+ Start time TBA
Facebook invite for Oct 3
Oct 4    Pittsburgh, PA (NOT in Blacksburg, VA as previously noted)Oct 5    Washington, DC 
Oct 6    Baltimore, MD 
+ music by:
Blood Horses: http://bloodhorses.bandcamp.com/
Mzery Loves Company: http://www.mzerylovescompany.com/
+ Suprise guests ♥
+ POC zine tabling, sales and swap (allies welcome!)
Venue TBA
Cover: Sliding scale $5-15
Facebook invite for Oct 6

Oct 7    New York, NY  We’ll have specific details about each city and how you can help and participate in the coming weeks, right here on this Tumblr item page. If you can’t wait, email daniela@dcapmedia.com with your questions! We’re excited!! Be sure to follow poczineproject.tumblr.com and “Like” our FB page if you haven’t already to get the latest updates as soon as we post them.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW
1. If you’re from or around any of these cities, contact us and let us know if you’re interested in volunteering, have a band and want to perform, want to table, can help out with hosting us overnight, can assist with livetweeting and livestreaming from events, etc.
2. Donate to help us offset the cost of this tour, vehicle rental and gas money. We appreciate every cent. POC Zine Project is 100% a volunteer entity.
3. Reblog this post and share the link with your friends, especially in these cities!
TOUR BREAKDOWN
- In some cities we’re doing a multimedia show in the evenings but in others we’re looking to do that PLUS paid speaking events at local universities & ally organizations during the day. If your city is part of the tour and you’d like us to speak at your school, contact us. It’s especially helpful if you can point us to a contact at your school.
- We want folks to table and to sell/trade poc zines at our shows! We’ll have more details about who’s participating but for now contact us if you’re interested in participating.
- Do you write for a print or online publication that would like to share information about the tour and event details as they happen? Contact us for interviews or connect us with your friends who do. We want as many folks as possible to find out about this tour and why we feel POC Zine Project is vital to DIY/punk/zine/activism communities.
CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE TOUR

poczineproject:

POC (People of Color) Zine Project 2012 Tour Dates:

Sept 24 New York, NY

+ music by In School, Matana Roberts & TBD third performer

538 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

ALL AGES!!

Start time: 8pm

Cover: $5-7 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds!)

Facebook invite for Sept 24


Sept 25 Philadelphia, PA

Multi-media zine readings by Sonrisa Rodriguez-Harrison (Hair Stories zine) Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot zine), Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine), Cristy Road (Greenzine) & Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress).

Venue, cover, start time and participating bands TBA

Facebook invite for Sept 25


Sept 26 Pittsburgh, PA 

+ Barren Scepter and Alaina Marie + a third performer in the works

The Mr. Roboto Project

5106 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Cover is $6. Show at 7pm.

Facebook invite for Sept 26


Sept 27 Athens, OH


Sept 28 Detroit, MI

+ performers TBA

The Trumbullplex
4210 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48208

7-11pm

Cover: $6 

Facebook invite for Sept 28


Sept 29 Ann Arbor, MI

+ music by Swimsuit and Trabajabamos

at the 3rd Deathstar 613 N Main St Ann Arbor

ALL AGES!!

Doors at 7 pm, over at 11 pm. Early show! 

Cover: $3-6 sliding scale, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Facebook invite for Sept 29


Sept 30 Chicago, IL



Oct 1    Champaign, IL (TWO EVENTS IN ONE DAY!)

DAYTIME CAMPUS EVENT INFO:

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Unit One Allen Hall’s South Rec Room
1005 W. Gregory Dr., MC-050, Urbana, IL 61801

4:00pm-5:30pm

ALL AGES!! FREE!! ALL WELCOME!!

Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center, Unit One Allen Hall, LGBT Resource Center, DiversityEd, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Native American House

Oct 1 DAYTIME CAMPUS EVENT Facebook invite 

EVENING DIY SHOW INFO:

UCIMC (Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center)

202 S. Broadway Avenue Urbana, Illinois

7pm-9:30pm

ALL AGES!

Oct 1 EVENING DIY SHOW Facebook invite 

Oct 2    Bloomington, IN (NOT in IL as previously noted)

Boxcar Books & Community Center Inc

408 E 6th St, Bloomington, Indiana

ALL AGES!

Start time, cover and performers TBA

Facebook invite for Oct 2



Oct 3    Columbus, OH

Skylab Gallery

57 East Gay Street, 5th Floor

Columbus, Ohio

ALL AGES!!

+ Bands TBA

+ Cover TBA

+ Start time TBA

Facebook invite for Oct 3



Oct 4    Pittsburgh, PA (NOT in Blacksburg, VA as previously noted)

Oct 5    Washington, DC


Oct 6    Baltimore, MD

+ music by:

Blood Horses: http://bloodhorses.bandcamp.com/

Mzery Loves Company: http://www.mzerylovescompany.com/

+ Suprise guests ♥

+ POC zine tabling, sales and swap (allies welcome!)

Venue TBA

Cover: Sliding scale $5-15

Facebook invite for Oct 6


Oct 7    New York, NY

We’ll have specific details about each city and how you can help and participate in the coming weeks, right here on this Tumblr item page. If you can’t wait, email daniela@dcapmedia.com with your questions! We’re excited!!

Be sure to follow poczineproject.tumblr.com and “Like” our FB page if you haven’t already to get the latest updates as soon as we post them.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW

1. If you’re from or around any of these cities, contact us and let us know if you’re interested in volunteering, have a band and want to perform, want to table, can help out with hosting us overnight, can assist with livetweeting and livestreaming from events, etc.

2. Donate to help us offset the cost of this tour, vehicle rental and gas money. We appreciate every cent. POC Zine Project is 100% a volunteer entity.

3. Reblog this post and share the link with your friends, especially in these cities!

TOUR BREAKDOWN

- In some cities we’re doing a multimedia show in the evenings but in others we’re looking to do that PLUS paid speaking events at local universities & ally organizations during the day. If your city is part of the tour and you’d like us to speak at your school, contact us. It’s especially helpful if you can point us to a contact at your school.

- We want folks to table and to sell/trade poc zines at our shows! We’ll have more details about who’s participating but for now contact us if you’re interested in participating.

- Do you write for a print or online publication that would like to share information about the tour and event details as they happen? Contact us for interviews or connect us with your friends who do. We want as many folks as possible to find out about this tour and why we feel POC Zine Project is vital to DIY/punk/zine/activism communities.

CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE TOUR

#776

thisiswhiteprivilege:

White privilege is not having to be a perfect person to deserve justice as a victim. Example: Trayvon Martin

White privilege is not having to have your whole family behave gracefully at all times (after a loss due to crime, able to be fully human and express the plethora of emotions that accompany the five stages of grief), to prove that you and other victims/families who look like you have “earned” the right to justice, something that’s supposedly automatically constitutionally guaranteed for all citizens. Example? Trayvon Martin’s parents

White privilege is the luxury of being considered a “lone gunman” and not having your entire culture blamed and pathologized as the reason for one person’s crime. “Lone gunman” vs. “those/you people are inherently violent.” Example: The Dark Knight Rises shooting and Columbine style shootings versus ANY crime committed by someone Black.

White privilege is being able to commit acts of terrorism, both domestic (ahem…the recent shooting) and foreign, and never be labeled as a terrorist.

White privilege is not having intraracial crime labeled as “White on White” crime, despite the fact that ALL racial groups have a higher incidence of crime where the race (and often socioeconomic status, and general community/location) of both criminal and victim are the same.

White privilege is knowing that you won’t receive an “extra” long sentence or greater potential of death row for killing someone Black.

White privilege is not breaking into a cold sweat, increased heart rate, lack of focus or full-fledged anxiety attack whenever you see a cop, are being followed by a cop or are pulled over by a cop.

submitted by: Gradient Lair on Tumblr

ihavethisblog:

forbrowngirls:

http://forbrowngirls.tumblr.com/
Kimberly Anyadike at 15 years old (now 18) became the first African American teen to fly across the United States! She is now a finalist in Seventeen Magazine’s Pretty Amazing Cover contest, where one inspiring, extraordinary reader will be chosen to have her story featured in the magazine along with her picture on the cover ! Interview with Kimberly coming FRIDAY! :)- Vote for Kim here:http://www.seventeen.com/fun/articles/pretty-amazing-cover-model

And also she was Vice President of her class.
And she’s already finished a year’s worth of college credit.
And also she’s getting her pilot’s license within the year.
Oh and she’s going to UCLA.
To become a doctor.
So she can join Doctors Without Borders.
And fly herself out to treat patients.
…

I mean I’m not telling you what to do or anything.
But all the cool kids are voting for her sooooo

ihavethisblog:

forbrowngirls:

http://forbrowngirls.tumblr.com/

Kimberly Anyadike at 15 years old (now 18) became the first African American teen to fly across the United States! She is now a finalist in Seventeen Magazine’s Pretty Amazing Cover contest, where one inspiring, extraordinary reader will be chosen to have her story featured in the magazine along with her picture on the cover ! Interview with Kimberly coming FRIDAY! :)
- Vote for Kim here:
http://www.seventeen.com/fun/articles/pretty-amazing-cover-model

And also she was Vice President of her class.

And she’s already finished a year’s worth of college credit.

And also she’s getting her pilot’s license within the year.

Oh and she’s going to UCLA.

To become a doctor.

So she can join Doctors Without Borders.

And fly herself out to treat patients.


I mean I’m not telling you what to do or anything.

But all the cool kids are voting for her sooooo

People of Color and Mental Health

wretchedoftheearth:

I got a message from the anon from an ask ladyatheist’s tumblr about mental ilness and PoC, and I got an anon asking for this information and I feel it is a good reference/starting point so I am making it into a post.

A lot of literature regarding people of color and mental illness is about the stigma within the Black community or Latin@ community, rather than the struggles faced from within mental health institutions, so I am mostly posting other kinds of links.

History

History of black people and mental institutions (link)

In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival, and Recovery in Mental Health Systems (link) (pdf)

Racism and Mental Illness (link) (pdf)

Fact Sheets

African American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet

Bipolar Disorder and African-Americans

Mental Health and African Americans

Mental Health and American Indians/Alaska Natives

Mental Health and Asian Americans

Mental Health and Hispanics

African Americans Have Limited Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care

Journal Articles

“Barriers to Providing Effective Mental Health Services to American Indians” (link)

“Bias in Mental Health Assessment and Intervention: Theory and Evidence” (link)

“Disparities in Mental Health Treatment in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Implications for Psychiatrists” (link)

“Effective Coping Strategies of African Americans” (link)

“Ethnic Disparities in Unmet Need for Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Care” (link)

“Help Seeking for Mental Health Care among Poor Puerto Ricans: Problem Recognition, Service Use, and Type of Provider” (link)

“Racial Microaggressions Against African American Clients in Cross-Racial Counseling Relationships” (link)

“Racism and Mental Health: the African American experience” (link)

“Racism and Mental Health Into the 21st Century: Perspectives and Parameters” (link)

Chunky, Yet Funky: - POC - CREATORS COLLECTIVE! REBLOG!

babybutta:

coldeyesthatburn:

thefatdripsgold:

Are you tired of throwing things at the tv/movie screen/book/game/web series because creators can’t seem to stay away from damaging and hurtful stereotypes?
Have you had it up to here with arguing that whitewashing is not, was not and will NEVER be a good thing?

Do you dream of producing, distributing, marketing, films, art, comics, novels and other media that digs into our rich wide and varied histories, stories, inspirations and fantasies with a group of like-minded people?

Then poc-creators may be for you.   

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at your social networking platform of choice: on facebook  by liking our page; and on tumblr by sending a message to searchingforknowlege with your email address. We look forward to welcoming you all!

Please signal boost!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

BOOOOOSSSSSST! SIGN ME UP!

cherrispryte:

doctordisaster:

makin’ racists angry

have all y’all seen this? cause if not, you need to see it. 

cherrispryte:

doctordisaster:

makin’ racists angry

have all y’all seen this? cause if not, you need to see it. 

Her attorney calls it a case of “banking while Hispanic.”

Erandy Pacheco, a Mexican American, calls it one of the great humiliations of her life.

Pacheco, 35, a Spanish-speaking translator, had stopped at the Fifth Third Bank on Coolidge in Berkley June 20 to deposit a U.S. Treasury check for just under $10,000 she received for work on a criminal case for the U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Instead, she was arrested, handcuffed in the bank and taken to the Berkley police station on suspicion of trying to pass off a fraudulent check.

Problem was, the check was real.

“It was the most shocking moments of my life,” said Pacheco, who has lived in the U.S. since December 2006.

She believes the bank overreacted because she is Hispanic.

“There’s no other explanation,” she said. “I understand if they thought the check was suspicious, but I don’t understand how I was suspicious.”

Her lawyer, Jack L. Jaffe, who filed a lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court this week against the bank and police department for falsely accusing her of passing a bad check, echoes her sentiments.

breathingvioletfog:

Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.

(reginasworld)

eastafrodite: Whiteness- a political, societal and institutional structure of racial hierarchy that generally puts white people at the top, whereas PoC are aligned in accordance to their intersectionality (class, race, skin color, gender identity, sexuality, etc).

Example- a lighter skinned non-denominational Latin@, although she is still lives on the bottom ranks of the kyriarchy, will have an easier time coasting through life than a dark skinned Black Muslimah.

White people- people who are white.

These two things don’t neccesarily have to live in unison. If you at anytime find yourself upset when people talk about whiteness, you’re conflating yourself with it and ultimately a piece in the puzzle of oppression. There’s no other reason to feel slighted by people who discuss their struggles living under a white supremacist society unless you’re harboring guilt or feel you’re exploiting your privilege.

eastafrodite just gave yall a free 101 lecture. Take notes. There will be a test.

janetmock:

It’s rare that trans women are given the mic to speak about our experiences on our own terms, and it’s an even rarer occurrence when we women of color get to share space with one another and truth tell in a public space.

I’m proud of the nearly 10 minutes I shared with Isis King, who came into the media’s focus when she was recruited to compete on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model in 2008. I’m proud to call Isis my dear sister and to be able to speak with her about our public lives.

For In The Life Media’s landmark 20th season, Isis and I discuss living visibly as trans women, our personal experiences in the media and our views on “tranny” and divisive trans terminology.

I’d like to use this space to clarify three things:

1. Isis mentioned Laverne Cox as one of the only examples she’s known of trans women like herself on television. I’d like to highlight the fact that other sisters are and have also represented on television: Carmen Carrera, Candis Cayne, Jamie Clayton, Nina Poon, Harmony Santana and Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong.

2. I made a statement about our responsibility to educate others about our experiences. I said, “You have to use your life as a teaching moment.” It’s a personal choice to do so, and it’s a responsibility that I take on, but it is NOT our job to educate people about us. I was reminded of this when I read Janani Balasubramanian’s essay “Brown Silence,” where she so eloquently writes: “Not everyone’s education needs to be our responsibility all the time…Our words and energy should also be conserved.”

3. I also said the dehumanization of trans women in the media “leads to trans women hurting themselves in a way that they feel they don’t deserve more.” Instead, I’d like to add that the systematic dehumanization of trans women through words, images and the lack thereof of words and images that represent the totality of our experiences actually is what contributes to others seeing us as less than human therefore justifying the violence, battery, criminalization and murders we face. 

Finally, I hope conversations like these continue to happen, and that they happen with a wide array of women, because it’s only in hearing a plethora of our voices do we paint a more realistic portrait of womanhood. 

darlingtonia-californica:

Banyan Tree Project | HIV and Asians & Pacific Islanders: National Epidemic


A whopping 73% of scientists and engineers are white.
A 2006 study showed that white men make up 55% of scientists and engineers (the vast majority) and white women 18%. Asians were the only minority group with significant numbers working in STEM, holding 17% of the jobs between both men and women. When it comes to other minority groups, the statistics are striking. Black men and women make up less than 3% of scientists and engineers, Hispanics 4%, and all other groups 3%. Added together, under-represented minorities make up only 10% of all of those working in science and engineering occupations. Even sadder? Only one in 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. Read More.

A whopping 73% of scientists and engineers are white.

A 2006 study showed that white men make up 55% of scientists and engineers (the vast majority) and white women 18%. Asians were the only minority group with significant numbers working in STEM, holding 17% of the jobs between both men and women. When it comes to other minority groups, the statistics are striking. Black men and women make up less than 3% of scientists and engineers, Hispanics 4%, and all other groups 3%. Added together, under-represented minorities make up only 10% of all of those working in science and engineering occupations. Even sadder? Only one in 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. Read More.

Anonymous asked: How do you envision white people appropriately participating in tearing down racist institutions, attitudes, etc?

thelittlekneesofbees:

[Tw: Racial slur]

*note before I start*These are only a few things I thought of today which could answer your question seeing as this question is dissertation (broad but very heavy) worthy to begin with. Also, I’ve been on vacation and just got off the plane so this is 7 hours late and not proofread because most of this was started on my phone. I’m also probably going to get a lot of hate after I publish this saying how all of this is fairytale and unrealistic but you asked so you get an answer*end note*

First white people would look at what they’ve done to society and stop seeing just greatness.

They’d see the Diasporas they’ve caused and instead of complaining when white guilt sets in. Actively do things to change it. Get the fuck out of African Nations(give them back their free water supply, stop invading for oil, trees, metals, and gems). They would see the pain and the illness in this world and not pass over it in the name of Manifest Destiny, economy, profit gains, or means to an end. They would throw away Manifest Destiny from this day forth. They would apologies to Natives, and treat them with respect, they would lower the prizes of food on the rez, get them proper shelter, and get them off of all mascot, shirts, pins, backpacks; etc positions because they are people, not tokens. They would dismantle the KKK and other Brotherhoods(Aryan, Italian; etc).  They would redo history books to include original thinkers and creators whose names were overlooked in favor of white apprentices/thieves. They would apologize and compensate the Chinese for the railroads they built. They would look back at the Industrial revolution and see how big of a role race played in getting Lithuanian and other migrant countries to accept lower wages and apologies to them. They would look at what it means to be white and understand whiteness for the step stool made of PoC’s backs, fingers, and heads that it is. Look at projects,”ghettos” and jails and realized the historically the color scheme has gotten darker in those areas for a reason. White people during the IR moved into these places and when white privilege made it easier for them to move up in the word the broken down developments became home to more PoC’s than sometimes humanely possible. Respect Rroma people and understand that they suffer too. Stop calling them ‘gypsies’! They are not a costume they are a people who have long earned the respect white people have refused them. Speak to them about whether they want to be considered white people. Respect their lives. Give what they ask in terms of respect and resources.

And so and and so forth. 

Second, they shouldn’t beg PoC about their opinions and advice about race to alleviate their guilt like we are mammy milkmaids.

They would do what white privilege denies them and that is be accountable for what happen and let* it mark their history because no one else (besides men in general) have gotten a free pass at globally editing history. 

Third, when someone said or done something racist(in “isolated” incidents) there is no consoling the racist. Period.

They are to feel ashamed for what they have said or done because HISTORICAL WEIGHT GIVES NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SUCH THINGS TO CONTINUE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. POC HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH FOR A MILLENNIA. Stop thinking other PoC can’t say problematic shit but don’t think that it’s OK to rip them apart for it either. Your boat for that sailed a long time ago. Say your piece and go away. Also, stop treating lighter PoC or straight haired PoC better than others. You are only adding to the disgusting institution your families created and uphold.

Fourth, I need media/Hollywood who ever to realize that PoC can have complicated roles, dark skin, natural hair, and are human beings.

Like Games of Thrones (obviously this story will contain more European/white characters)has 2 African descent person and he’s a pirate with less than 100 words combined if that. I’m tired of all of the stories, movies, books, making me feel like white people are the only people who ever had adventures, were heroes, have conflicts, and doubt their abilities even if they are excellent people. I’m tired of race being a way to real in viewers with controversy instead of because it makes the sense that PoC should be involved in everything white people are involved in. Shows like NBC’s Scandal need more light but I shouldn’t have to be excited because 5+ of the 14+ characters are PoC. The point is we have rich history and stories to be told to. They can be just as good as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Dexter, BBC Sherlock or Supernatural.

Fifth, white people realizing money is apart of privilege in a very real way.

Let’s see white people refuse their inheritance and give it the DREAM organizations or black youth or other PoC self development organizations. Find the families of your ancestors and pay reparations to children of laborers. Rebuild places like Newark, NJ where race riots are still historically visible in broken down/fire damaged buildings and NOT gentrify them like white people are doing now.  Go to schools where white people aren’t the overwhelming majority in both classrooms and faculty rooms and see how different your education turns out.

Six, Most importantly. PoC are intelligent, efficient, and capable just like white people. Don’t think you need to coddle us forever.

Once we have sufficient tools for ourselves we will not stand for White Saviors; that’s just another way to keep PoC from being their own people and being their own heroes. We don’t need collective parents we need peers.

Don’t just live out change on the internet. Don’t just go to the projects for a class assignment. Actually cut off the white-only bootstraps and live with us. 

So those are 6 or so ways I think racist institutions can be dismantled.