Zimmerman may be Hispanic. You know who else is Hispanic? Me. Do you want to know what I look like? This:
So, do not tell me that he didn’t benefit from white passing privilege when he looks like this:
Because that’s bullshit. He benefited from white privilege because of his name (Zimmerman) and because of his shade.
So shut the fuck up with the “BUT HE WASN’T WHITE” bullshit. He looks white enough to me to benefit from it.
Anonymous asked: Any advice for someone thinking of moving to another state to live with their significant other?
Nope. Just make sure you can take care of yourself (just in case) and then go. Life is an adventure…ride the wave.
I don’t think I’d have the mental and emotional strength to lose my child and then watch his death be discussed incessantly for over a year.
Thousands of parents have had to go through this. They are brave souls and my heart goes out to them.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are enduring months of scrutiny. Bystanders watching….judging…picking them apart…calling their baby a thug. Asking what they do…who they are, questioning their parenting.
This trial has drained the life out of SO many people who watched it.
Some people have said that it’s been made into a racial fight and that they can’t understand why since George Zimmerman is Hispanic. First, let’s be clear. George Zimmerman is half Peruvian and half German. I don’t know where YOU live….but in America that makes you three things: “mixed” or multi-racial, White and Latino. Simultaneously. What George Zimmerman is NOT is Black. You don’t have to be white to hate Black people. But I digress…
There are so many people asking why Black people are so upset about George Zimmerman being found “not guilty”. Black people have continually gotten the short end of the stick. 50 years ago we were given the right to vote. 35 years ago, Black people were still being lynched. THIRTY FIVE. I’m 29. That terrifies me. I’m supposed to bring a life into this world? And tell him or her what exactly? “People will hate you because you’re Black. Deal.” What the fuck? No sir I will not. Black people are mad because we continually are told what we cannot have. Where we cannot go. What we cannot do. Who we cannot be. We are always seen as less than. Sometimes there’s a sliver of light that gives us the opportunity for vindication. It happened in recent years with Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Ousmane Zongo, Oscar Grant, Troy Davis, Jean-Charles de Menezes and now Trayvon. The biggest difference? Trayvon was just a child. Maybe that alone made us feel like we had a better chance for justice. But as usual, we have been failed once again. I say we because my boyfriend could be Sean Bell. My teenaged brother could be Trayvon Martin. My dad could be Ousmane Zongo.
Someone might be reading this and thinking “White people don’t do that shit.”
Of course not. They don’t have to.
Someone actually said that to me today on Twitter. He’s white.
Here’s what I DO know:
Race is a social construct that was created to divide people into groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, geographical historical, linguistic, religious and/or social affiliation.
Hippocrates stated that “the forms and disposition of mankind correspond with the nature of the country.”. That’s the realest shit I’ve ever read. I won’t expound.
Ideas of race changed over hundreds of years.
In the mid 1600s, François Bernier placed four subgroups on the human race: Europeans, Far Easterners, Negroes and Lapps. Lapp is an unused term for the Sami people who were from the Nordic areas.
In the late 1700s, Johann Blumenbach divided humans into five races based on studies of their skulls and geography: Caucasian, Mongoloid, Malay, Negroid and American.
By the late 1800s and early 1900s scientists had found that race really couldn’t be determined by any physiological or phenotypical standards. Behavioral characteristics that were used to define race were shaped partially by culture, environment and language. Since then, scientists have stopped trying to figure this shit out. You’re now Black, white, Brown, Yellow or Red. In case you need examples:
Black = Luther Vandross
white = George W. Bush
Brown = Gandhi
Yellow = Kristi Yamaguchi
Red = Lou Diamond Phillips
Race has almost become subjective. Argue amongst yourselves.
The early 1600s brought Africans to the Americas by Europeans. There were very few Africans in what is now the United States that were not slaves. If I remember correctly there were maybe 15-20, some of whom actually owned slaves of their own.
Over the next 400 years (which includes tomotherfuckingday) African-Americans and people who identify as “Black” fought tooth and nail to be free, seen as human beings, treated as equals, able to vote, able to own possessions like houses, cars and boats, own their own business, marry whomever they’d like, be able to obtain an education, be granted the right to work and live where they want to and a myriad of other things that people with white skin
Here’s what I DO NOT know:
Why white people think race doesn’t matter.
Are you that blind? I’m not going to talk about white privilege. Let’s talk about sight and the ability to piece together things based on what you see.Is race a social construct? Yes. It was constructed hundreds of years ago. So to tell me that race is a dead subject that people won’t stop talking about is thought provoking. Ask yourself, “Self?” and let yourself say, “Hmm?” “Why do people still argue about race? It’s not real. It’s a social construct.”
According to the FBI, 47% of all hate crimes in the United States are based on racial bias. 11% of all hate crimes in the United States are based on ethnic bias. Let’s do math. 58% is more than half of all hate crimes in the United States. It’s 2013. If almost HALF of the hate crimes in this country are based on skin color you can’t sit here and tell me race doesn’t matter. Race might not matter to YOU. That’s fine. If race doesn’t matter to you that’s awesome and bubblegum and rainbows. Don’t join any conversations about race because it doesn’t mean anything to you.
I had a GROWN MAN spit on me and call me “shit skinned” when I was a child. That’s disgusting and traumatic. Things like that stick with you. I never wanted race to be an issue in my life but people that hate me and people that look like me just because we have more melanin makes race matter in my life.
Pay attention. I’ll repeat it.
There are people that hate others just BECAUSE their skin color is different.
In the year two thousand thirteen.