I'm fairly new to Tumblr and have no idea if there's another outlet to get a comment to you, rather than a question. I'm sorry if I'm doing this wrong, in other words. I've been receiving one hell of an education, lately. I'm glad for it. I used to think that racism was a cut-and-dry thing - black people hating white people is racism, etc. I get it now that racism is prejudice + power. At least, I'm getTING it. Tumblrs like yours are wonderful and valuable & go a long way in opening eyes.
Just another message for the people who claim we’re wasting our time. Thank you so much for your support! <3
It looks like everyone on Tumblr’s support staff failed basic Civics and Economics, so let me tell you how freedom of speech works. Your freedoms end where mine begin. You may have the right to blog all you want about Neo-Nazism and Culturalism, but the moment you enter someone else’s space and threaten them, you have violated their freedom. Tumblr explicitly places the rights of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and violent racists over the rights of black and brown people who’ve committed no other crime than talking about their daily lives.
To add the cherry to the bullshit sundae, Tumblr has been known to go as far as blaming the victims for their abuse. I once sent an email to Tumblr support about a user who had basically made his entire blog a dedication to adding racist commentary to everything I said. Tumblr’s response: “It sounds like you’re both to blame here.” There are dozens if not hundreds of users who can give similar accounts of Tumblr staff’s mismanagement of abuse complaints by blaming the victim for the problem. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I had the nerve to talk about racism, so a white person has every right to call me a nigger. Right. Okay. Cool story. It’s gotten to the point where most recent death threats aren’t even reported because users are not confident that Tumblr staff will help them.
This isn’t the treatment everyone gets though. When Laci Green, an inexplicably popular Youtuber, first came to Tumblr, she faced immediate criticism due to some Islamaphobic and cissexist comments she’d made in the past. A few overactive trolls hurled death threats in her direction. She, however, received the full cooperation of Tumblr staff and even the local police authorities. When a story about a Jewish man assuming a black woman was a prostitute began burning up everyone’s dashboards, people requested the story be removed from Tumblr so as to not cause judgement against the Jewish community. Not only did Tumblr remove the original post, they began deleting the post from people’s blogs once it was re-posted. Anyone have a guess as to why those complaints were responded to aggressively? Could it have been because those victims were white? Survey says…
They were white. The message is clear here: if you’re black or brown on Tumblr and want to receive messages, you have to endure abuse.
What are your thoughts on the 'native American zodiac' thing that's been circulating? folk reblog it going 'I'm a wolf!!' i dunno... they aren't even saying if it's made up or not and people assume 'native American' means 'all the same people'
It’s so fake
And I hate it
It’s one of those homogenised “Look at how mystical these people are” things that just drive me up the wall.
I mean frankly I could make a zodiac that consists entirely of me shoving different phallic objects into my bum and it’d be less insulting than that “Native American zodiac”.
Hey, just wanted to expand on the answer to lady lemonade. Even though their “costumes” are not historically accurate, they have the blessing of local Houma & Choctaw tribes here in Louisiana because the tradition began as a show of solidarity between two oppressed minority groups. It’s alright with me! And we get a lotta love when we show up for their production. ;)
Usually you reblog pictures of white people in fake headdresses. How do you feel about "Navajo" and "Cherokee" articles of clothing with inauthentic Native-American patterns, such as jackets/tops/skirts?
I think the most insulting thing is the fact that it’s falsely attributed to us.
I saw a shirt once that had some stupid-ass triangle on it and it said “Cherokee Pattern Shirt”
It’s like the “two wolves” story that’s EVERYWHERE. It’s a complete misrepresentation of my culture and that’s what’s offensive.
On the person that asked about poc wearing war bonnets, do you have any opinion about the mardi gras indians in New Orleans? There is an old tradition of poc men wearing really intricate regalia during carnivale, I think the art of making the costumes is something passed through families. I don't know that much about it but I lived there for a year and saw a few mardi gras indians in the parades.
It’s distinct from anything that I’d find offensive. To me it’s unrelated and perfectly acceptable.
Ok this is a weird question, what do you think about mexicans embracing their native side? For example my family is mexican and we identify with our apache side and aztec side (apache on my moms, aztec on my dads) But of course we have spanish is us. Are we *allowed* to celebrate this part of our culture? Sorry if this is super strange
I see no problem with it.
In fact I wish to encourage more people to do so in legitimate respectful manners.
Hey, I have a question. How responsible is the average consumer for wearing "tribal" (i hate that word tbh) clothing when it's the fashion designers and department stores that really decide what is and is not fashionable? like right now high-waisted shorts and etc? the average person really doesn't decide what's in style, they just follow what's in the magazines. Just wondering!
The more the consumer base objects to a certain style, generally the faster it will go away. If a designer can’t make money off of it, they’ll generally do something else relatively more quickly than if they sold a lot of items.
That being said, a lot of things I’ve seen from designers that are ~Tribal~ in nature are just tacky and I’d have steered clear of them regardless if they were associated with said trend or not.
I'm not talking about the blog. I'm talking about some of the things you have said, such as: basically saying that people can't be racist against white people, saying that "cracker" isn't a racial slur, you agreed that black people making fun of white people isn't racism, but white people making fun of black people is, etc.
In the face of this latest wave of bullshit I just wanted to send some love from a white girl who loves this blog because it's taught me an incredible amount! Thanks for taking the time to run it! <3 If I met you in person I would give you the biggest hug if you consented to it.
I’d hug you back and then we’d skip off into the sunset, throwing legos at people.
Hey Susanmelons! I'm 100% Native blood! Do I not exist anymore? Or my father? How about my mother, my grandmother, aunts, great aunts, and other such family members who are also 100%? I kinda hope you choke on a damned lego, babycakes!
Susanmelons is also trolling thisiswhiteprivilege, idk if you've seen it. They're just vomiting their blatant racism everywhere they can, including blasting off at the mouth with the n word. :\ WE ARE IN NEED OF MORE LEGOS.
Yeah, I saw it. Not really sure what her intent is, although I don’t really care (and I’m sure Dion doesn’t, either).
i have native blood as well, that doesn't mean that i'm native american. you may be emersed in the culture, but do you know ANYONE with 100% pure blood? doubt it, highly, but if so thats really great for THEM. WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO JUDGE? fucking high and mighty and special, bring on the hate, please, i fucking love it.
not really a question here, but i wanted to thank you for this blog. i'm not native american, but it blows my fucking mind that people don't see how dressing up as a native american is like putting on blackface, or mickey rooney in breakfast at tiffany's. people somehow can't equate wearing a warbonnet with pinning on a fake medal of honor. keep doing what you're doing, and hopefully one day people will also learn the difference between 'you're butthurt' and 'i'm a fucking dick.'
So what IS native? I've known two people who lived on native lands, both in separate parts of the US, and have heard stories of drunken violence, closed-minds, gangs, and fear... Native americans do NOT exist. AMERICANS exist. Hate me, call me stupid, i don't care, we all have opinions and they smell like shit, but where did you get your PhD in being better than everyone else?
also, you seem to be really great at googling irrelevant bullshit and making people feel stupid. i hate you, and i hate people like you, get OVER yourself already
Giving you a gold star because it takes a lot of effort to put so much stupid into so few words.
Do you still have that screencap of the guy on facebook who, when called out on dressing up as a racist stereotype, said "how old are you? everyone knows they're (native americans) made up!!!" I was looking through the archive and couldn't find it.
okay, okay. You say it's "sacred". But what if i wore a cross or other religious paraphernalia? (im atheist) and another thing: how 'native' do they have to be? half? a quarter? also consider natives who adopted non natives into their culture. ie. white kid, native parents, immersed in culture?? You dont know their parents. youre quick to judge. maybe im just an optimist.
It’s not about Blood Quantum. It’s never about blood quantum. From this it’s painfully clear that you still have yet to read any link we have all over this blog. If you honestly think it isn’t glaringly obvious when someone has crossed the line then you need to go back and read the links. I also saw the post where you were trying to antagonise us, but I don’t have time for it so while you sit there messaging us “but what if?” questions that we’ve already answered a hundred times, I have a flight to Tbilisi to catch.
Everyday, I receive messages from people of color who tell me how great this blog is, how nice it is to read about these examples and to have a place where they can be compiled. They tell me how they’ve pointed people to this blog when their friends don’t understand white privilege. They’ve told me it’s therapeutic to read an apologetic examination of white privilege.
I receive even more messages from white people. They say that they never understood privilege before they read this blog. They say it’s changed the way they think and speak. They say they were angry at first, but then as they read on, they learned how to better encounter their privilege.
I’ve received messages from college professors saying that they’re going to share this blog with their students when they talk about white privilege.
I’ve received messages from people who say this blog gave them courage to speak out about racism.
So don’t tell me that blogs like this don’t do anything, because as someone else has said, that simply means they don’t do anything for you, probably because you are simple and small minded. You are scared of examining yourself. You are a coward. This blog is for the courageous.
Obviously this isn’t a blog strictly about privilege, but basically everything that’s been said here also holds true for TINN.
Hey, I've been reading through your blog and I was wondering if you could give me any kind of starting point on researching Native American cultures. I live in a city in England dominated by clueless racist people, and though I know it's wrong I feel I have no right to call them out as I don't know enough about the people I'm trying to defend. I know it's not my fight, and obviously if this is out of line, tell to to sit down and shut up, and I will. Thank you for reading this. Also would you..
You can start by going to the websites of various nations. The Cherokee Nation has a WONDERFUL section about our culture here with free fonts and song downloads and information on a lot of topics.
I’m not sure about other nations but I’ll keep an eye out for good resources and make a note to send them your way if I find any.
I'm not going to get the tattoo now I know what it means, but i didn't have a fucking clue. Thanks for taking the time to explain, you didn't need to be so fucking harsh about it and call me names, i can see why it would piss you off. But try and see from both points of view, that I can't know everything and i just genuinley thought it looked nice. I googled native american residential schools and yeah. Nasty stuff. My nan was into all the native indian stuff, knew loads. I'm sorry for annoying.
Let me get this straight…
You googled the residential schools and got a mere inkling of what took place there… You have no idea what it was like— I have no idea what it was like because my elders are still too traumatised to talk about it…
But yeah, okay… Us being mean to you… That’s the real travesty here.
What would be a culturally respectful way for a white person to celebrate Native cultures? I have a friend who is currently one of the "Native inspired" fashion wearing, animal spirit seeking white girls who has no idea what she's doing is actually really racist. I'm trying to educate her on the topic, and I'd like to also present her with ways she can respectfully honor Natives. Is there a way white people can become Native allies?
Go to an event. This can be tricky, especially if you live in an area without a significant indigenous population (like moi), but they are so much fun and many if not most pow wows welcome non-natives with open arms as long as they’re respectful.
Visit a museum dedicated to the preservation of indigenous history.
Study one of the many unique indigenous languages of the Americas.
As for being an ally… get involved. Call out appropriation and racism when you see it. Listen and learn from natives, don’t speak over them with your opinion when you haven’t experienced what they have. Keep updated on indigenous political and social issues.
oh jesus this shit again. look, you do not know how many FUCKING times i have tried to educate shitheads like you and how tired i am of it. i am tired to the fucking BONE with ignorant little fuckers who can’t take the time to fucking google but can find the time to bust up in my ask box demanding explanations that they will, inevitably, throw right the fuck back in my face.
let me tell you, before anything goes down, EXACTLY how this is gonna go down, because it’s how it always goes down:
i’ll tell you why your tattoo is racist. since apparently “because native people goddamn SAY SO, you asshole” is not enough. i’ll cite the legacy of violence against native people, the genocide, residential schools and forced sterilizations, all carried out by government forces, all with the one goal of completely wiping natives off the face of the planet. i’ll explain how, when those in power realized they couldn’t outright kill us (that classic transition from “the only good indian is a dead indian” to “kill the indian, save the man”), they moved on to our traditions. go and google “native american residential schools” if you’ve got the fucking spine for it and read about little native kids being beaten, tortured and raped if they refused to stop practicing their religions and honoring their heritage. go on, i fucking dare you.
so with that frame of reference, with even a glimmer of understanding as to how violently and relentlessly our traditions have been persecuted, i’ll explain to you, on the good and probably unfounded faith that you have a shred of empathy in your heart, how painful it is to see non-natives taking our symbols and fucking bastardizing them. i’ll point out that if you had the slightest clue as to the actual history of headdresses, you’d know that women don’t wear them, because we honor our women in different ways. i’ll explain that your tattoo makes no goddamn sense and willfully misuses a symbol that is important to a lot of native nations and not only that, but it is insulting and presumptuous as FUCK for you to get a headdress tattooed on your body no matter who the fuck is wearing it because headdresses are earned, one feather at a fucking time, through service to our communities. i’ll explain that only leaders of our nations wear them. that they’re the only ones fucking worthy of wearing them.
i’ll tell you that, after such a long legacy of violence against native identity, in which so much of our religions and our stories have been lost, have actually been abused out of us, the goddamn least you could do to show some fucking respect for what we have left and treat our symbols with due fucking reverence. and that means not trying to separate the symbol of a headdress from its history and meaning. that means not getting twee little tattoos of a disembodied girl in a headdresses on your fucking body in permanent fucking ink, ass.
i’ll explain all these things to you, i’ll even provide you with real quotes and points of reference. i’ll hand you all the tools to educate yourself on how not to be part of the fucking problem. on how to genuinely honor native people as opposed to the fictionalized, bullshit idea of native people you surely have in your head if you’re contemplating such a shitty, racist tattoo.
i’ll do all these things and you know what you’ll do?
you’ll make excuses for why you get to do whatever you want to do. “it’s my body” “i’m not going to listen because you’re mean!” “i’m just trying to honor native people!” “i’m part native myself!” take your pick, i’ve heard every fucking one. you’ll make it crystal fucking clear that what you want is more important than basic human decency and respect for native people as fellow human fucking beings rather than whimsical goddamn cartoon characters singing about colors of the fucking wind or whatever the shit.
you’ll prove that you don’t actually care about natives at all and, in fact, you want us dead just as much as as every colonizer before you did because, that way, you can romanticize us all you like without ever having to face facts that we are living, breathing people. that we are still alive, despite every effort to the contrary. and that we do not think your bullshit is cute.