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I am: 27 years old, a feminist, an atheist, an omnivore, and an ISFJ.
The Feminist: Intersectional, body positive, pro-choice, and sex positive.
My privileged identities include: Female assigned at birth (FAAB trans* privilege), white, able-bodied, allistic (?), dyadic, monogamous.
My non-privileged/oppressed identities include: Gender-fluid, fat, gray-a, neuroatypical, and gay.
I have: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dermatophagia, and Dermatillomania.
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Yep… That’s white privilege for you.
A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
Police said they wouldn’t “disperse.” “We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus. We weren’t catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”
posted on December 2, 2013 at 2:14pm EST
Three teenagers in Rochester, N.Y., said their coach told them to wait for a school bus to go to a basketball scrimmage when a policeman approached and told them to “disperse.”
When they did not leave, Raliek Redd, 16, Deaquon Carelock, 16 and Wan’tauhjs Weathers, 17, students at Edison Tech high school, were arrested.
Their parents had to pay $200 to bail them out. According to Rochester’s WHEC, “Police say they were blocking the sidewalk and the entrance to a store and they say they told the teens to leave several times. But according to the officer, the teens did not move from the area. The three teens were then placed under arrest.”
“We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus,” says Weathers. “We weren’t catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”
The kids’ coach, Jacob Scott, who is also a guidance counselor, tried to defuse the situation and was told by police that if he didn’t disperse he would be arrested too.
“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,” Scotttold Rochester Homepage. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”
The sergeant arrived, which Scott hoped would helped, but he was told to get out of the street or he was going to go “downtown.”
Scott said the teens deserve justice. “These young men were not doing anything wrong first of all,” he said. “But then they had to go through the trauma — there were 17 other guys who had to witness 3 of their teammates get arrested for doing what? Waiting for the bus for a scrimmage. I mean they’re taking their time out, it’s a holiday. I mean these guys don’t necessarily have to even participate in extracurricular sports, in the cold, waiting for the bus and they get arrested.”
“As a professional, I’m speaking to the officers with dignity, ‘yes sir’ and still and yet they see me get treated like nothing,” Scott added.
“I teach resiliency and abiding by the rules, but it’s very tough especially when someone is doing the right thing and then for them to see their coach get treated the way that I got treated,” he said. “It’s a learning process in this whole situation, the cops didn’t want to listen to even me as the adult, so we really need to do something about this, something really needs to take place.”
Rochester police did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed by the time of publication.
WHEC Rochester reports that police have received complaints in the past from the store owner where the teens were about people loitering and fighting in front of the store and that’s one of the reasons why police say they were monitoring that area.
The coach was also stung by a comment he says one of the officers made.
“As a matter of fact, one of the police officers actually told me if he had a big enough caravan he would take all of us downtown.”
I hate to maybe bring up more issues, but I just wanted to say stuff from my POV. As a person of color (I’m Asian) I NEED representation in media so people like these men can stop thinking I am some wilting asian lotus flower ready to jump on them at their command. I don’t need another stereotype asian massage lady on screen or some asian mail order bride doing nails. I need asian women that are captains, that are soldiers, that are leaders, that are cops, that are people with a dream, that CAN save the world and look fabulous at the same time.
I need representation so people can stop asking me “What asian are you? Chinese?” when there’s a whole spectrum of asians - THERE’S A WHOLE CONTINENT CALLED ASIA.
I need representation (as both a woman and a POC) because I’m tired of seeing white men play roles women can easily play as well. I want to be seen as someone strong even if it means via a fictional character because if THEY can over come what they are put against, I can too. It’s just a small hope i relate to through the screen. Because if someone sees Agent May from Agents of Shield and see how bad ass she is, maybe they will look at me and think I’m pretty bad ass too, not that I can do nails or make fried rice pretty good.
What I DON’T need is more things in the media perpetuating the stereotype of asian women. THAT’S why it’s important, THAT’S why it’s needed.
And it’s like, these things DO happen in real life. Being called “lotus flower” or being asked if my mother does nails or if I’m any good at doing nails. It doesn’t seem like it happens because you’re NOT ME. You’re NOT the one with this body and appearance so NO it doesn’t happen to you. And it doesn’t NEED to happen to you because it happens to everyone ELSE AROUND YOU. So it IS a problem.
I’ve been hollered at “hey want to give me some of that asian persuasion?” i’ve been stared at when I was wearing traditional clothing for Chinese/Vietnamese new year getting asked “So what’s your going rate?” This stuff HAPPENS. If people can see in their media that there’s more to Asians than “Dragon Lady who will step on your back” then maybe people will stop trying to make me their fetish and actually look at me like a person.
I’m not asking you to just suddenly change your view, just think about it. There’s thousands of cultures and people and everything in this world and shouldn’t we all get to see and experience it equally? Shouldn’t we all be able to do the things white people portrayed in media can? Cause we do IRL so why can’t we on the big screen where all can see that yeah, we’re actually here on this planet with you.
Sorry this is so long…feel free to not even post! Maybe a read more is needed too sorry!
The point of adding “N*gger” to things is because it’s believed that the absolute worst thing anyone could be is a n*gger. Therefore, if you are a sand n*gger, you are as “Low” as “Bad” as “Not human” as a n*gger.
It’s always amusing (not really) when people pull the “But n*gger doesn’t necessarily mean Black” crap because yes, yes it does.
Reclaiming is for Black people because the very existence of the word wasn’t simply a derogatory term used to describe Black people but to state, very clearly, that “There’s nothing worse than” being a Black person.
It’s not for white people. It’s not for all People of Color. It’s for Black people and only Black people to reclaim. No exceptions. Not ever. Not under any circumstances. Not on MLK Day, Boxing Day, First day of school or last day of Spring. Not when your Mamma said it’s cool. Not when your Grandfather said it’s cool. Not today. Not yesterday. Not two weeks from now.
The constant and never ending demand for non-Black people wanting to say this word has nothing to do with the word itself. It’s merely the idea that there is someone, literally anything, that a Black person might be able to have that they can’t. Think about it, there are what, 500,000+ words to choose from but the only one non-Black people seem to want to say is the one, the only one, that’s only okay for Black people to say? Pfft!
It has fuck all to do with the word itself for them. They don’t care about history, about the pain it still causes to this day. They care that there is something they “Can’t” have. Even going so far as to call it racist that they aren’t allowed to use a word that’s explicit racist unless being reclaimed by a Black person.
You want to examine racism as it lives today? Start with someone who would say, without irony or pause, “It’s racist to say I’m not allowed to be racist.”
I hate the phrase, “defying stereotypes” when applied to poc. Stereotypes are assumptions about us forced onto us by white people. When you’re talking about black people, “she defies stereotypes” is racist code for “she’s one of them good niggers.”