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{ This Is What Happens When Literature Is Written For Nice Imperial Peeps }

jaded16india:

The list of books that this article suggests to *understand* India is: 

  • Midnight’s Children : Rushdie — Great book, dude is horrid though. This is also a part of the *fantasy* genre so “India” is not really the focus. Thank ye gods for that.
  • A Suitable Boy: Vickram Seth — and definitely mention how lengthy it is. It sure is heavy With Important Insideinside Info About A Culture. The book is great, but is of coursely read in a non-great manner. Lyke it’s a *key* to us. Wait, does this mean India is a door? 
  • The Hungry Tide: Amitav Ghosh — dude is a okay. Just a bigbad patriarchal douchefuck.
  • India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramchandra Guha — Which is as far from postcolonial critique on nationalism than say my dog is from being a cat.
  • Maximum City: Suketu Mehta — An okay book at best. It’s written to *expose* the underbelly of the city and all I can think of is, “Why is this a *new* thing? Every city has underbelly, no? Or is it more fun when exotic country has underbelly too? I don’t know”.
  • Hullabaloo In The City: Kiran Desai — A veryvery okay book about O Look At This! Exotics City! Exotics Peeps! They Are Brown! Can You See It!?

And then I see lines lyke this one, ““Reading about India can never prepare you for the sensory crush of the country, no matter how many pages of ‘Maximum City’ you make it through,” and I think I must have no senses only because any time I see something about India that is meant to be digested by Nice Imperial Peeps and I think “I must be living in NotIndia because I can’t smell anything special about my ditch”. Maybe you need to be a special degree douchefuck to smell it.

To review: Books Written About India By Peeps Who Are Mostly Dudes And There Is One Lady. Oh And All Of Them Cater To Mostly Nice Imperial Peeps.

If someone finds a muddy puddle around my ditch, you will know I probably cried all my dust off. 

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{ LINK: Red Light Politics: We are not all Libyan }

redlightpolitics:

I see this cutesy thing (no doubt with good intentions) claiming that “today we are all Libyan”.

Not only we are not all Libyan but we all hold a degree of responsibility in the oppression of Libyan people. If you live anywhere in the Western world (as I do), you have certainly benefited from the oppression of Libyans, even if you, directly, did not wish to do so. Our governments have supported the Ghaddafi regime, keeping him in place because Libyan oil production is amongst the cheapest in the world (due to its proximity with European Markets). Our governments have only weakly protested Ghaddafi all these years because he was willing to sell his oil (and his people’s labor) for a convenient price.

The mass produced food we consume, the transportation of products across borders, even the tourism industry are all heavily reliant on the Ghadaffis of our time. Part of our well being and high standards of living depend on Libyan (and other Middle Eastern countries) oppression. So no, we are not all Libyan. If we were, we would have demanded that our governments no longer trade with Ghaddafi, we would have questioned the slave like conditions in which Libyan workers make our cheap oil possible, we would have followed the gross human rights violations taking place closely and protested them vehemently.

In fact, we should look at ourselves in the mirror because our comparatively luxurious lifestyles are actually the oppressors of Libyan people. And that’s why global political awareness matters. We can choose to be the colonialist, benefitting from the resources of oppressed people or we can be the ones demanding change on their behalf. But we certainly have no right to congratulate ourselves now.

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therotund:

radicallyhottoff:

jaded16india:

iced-chai:

oneloveoneasia:

this broke my heart :’( poor grandpa and baby…

I, too, feel really bad for this grandpa and baby.
How dare anyone invade their privacy to snap this povertyporn shot of them, designed to make ignorant people feel sorry for them; and many of these said people probably couldn’t even tell you where Tibet is in the world or why it deserves its freedom and from whom/what.
This photo literally says nothing. Nothing at all, other than “Feel sorry for these brown people, okay? They look poor. The landscape behind them is so barren.”

And to add to iced-chai’s commentary, why did we assume they’re poor again? ‘Poor’ is different across various cultures and communities. In my ditch, I’m not so poor — my family has caste and class privilege — but if I were to squat in say Europe tomorrow, I’d definitely be in the shabbier sections of town — maybe with other brown peeps too! My point is, this person in the photograph above is *poor* only when you’re looking at ze from a specific douchecolonial point of view; for all you know ze is quite affluent in ze’s community. Also, the *barren* background can be the *only* kind of background found in ze’s geopolitical location. So we can’t assume they live in squalor just because the background or clothes or WHATEVER don’t match the Queen’s curtains okay? Okay.
Exotifying, pornificating lived-experiences and lives of others, so that the douchecolonial boner is pleased? Smacks of povertyporn to me.

that’s interesting—when I saw this picture, I went awwwwwwww and was about to click “like” because the way *I* interpretted it was a loving grandpa taking care of his grandchild, something that you never see in fractured individualistic fucked up USA. 
then I read comments and saw I was supposed to feel sorry for them.
blergh.

All of this. And I wonder if some of the “zomg poor people” response actually springs from the tendency of American (and other colonialist) culture to, um, disappear its old people. Disappear isn’t quite the right word here but I’m heading to bed - forgive me my sleep-addled vocabulary.
As a nation obsessed with youth, we just don’t see old folks who look OLD. This guy is either younger than people read him - because extreme climates and the labor of living give people wrinkles - or waaaaaaaaaaaay older because we just can’t tell how people age anymore. When Helen Mirren is what we expect women in their *does math* 60s to look like….
We DO however, see photos of weathered daces when we look at pictures from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. I wonder if there is some subconscious cultural linkage there.

therotund:

radicallyhottoff:

jaded16india:

iced-chai:

oneloveoneasia:

this broke my heart :’( poor grandpa and baby…

I, too, feel really bad for this grandpa and baby.

How dare anyone invade their privacy to snap this povertyporn shot of them, designed to make ignorant people feel sorry for them; and many of these said people probably couldn’t even tell you where Tibet is in the world or why it deserves its freedom and from whom/what.

This photo literally says nothing. Nothing at all, other than “Feel sorry for these brown people, okay? They look poor. The landscape behind them is so barren.”

And to add to iced-chai’s commentary, why did we assume they’re poor again? ‘Poor’ is different across various cultures and communities. In my ditch, I’m not so poor — my family has caste and class privilege — but if I were to squat in say Europe tomorrow, I’d definitely be in the shabbier sections of town — maybe with other brown peeps too! My point is, this person in the photograph above is *poor* only when you’re looking at ze from a specific douchecolonial point of view; for all you know ze is quite affluent in ze’s community. Also, the *barren* background can be the *only* kind of background found in ze’s geopolitical location. So we can’t assume they live in squalor just because the background or clothes or WHATEVER don’t match the Queen’s curtains okay? Okay.

Exotifying, pornificating lived-experiences and lives of others, so that the douchecolonial boner is pleased? Smacks of povertyporn to me.

that’s interesting—when I saw this picture, I went awwwwwwww and was about to click “like” because the way *I* interpretted it was a loving grandpa taking care of his grandchild, something that you never see in fractured individualistic fucked up USA. 

then I read comments and saw I was supposed to feel sorry for them.

blergh.

All of this. And I wonder if some of the “zomg poor people” response actually springs from the tendency of American (and other colonialist) culture to, um, disappear its old people. Disappear isn’t quite the right word here but I’m heading to bed - forgive me my sleep-addled vocabulary.

As a nation obsessed with youth, we just don’t see old folks who look OLD. This guy is either younger than people read him - because extreme climates and the labor of living give people wrinkles - or waaaaaaaaaaaay older because we just can’t tell how people age anymore. When Helen Mirren is what we expect women in their *does math* 60s to look like….

We DO however, see photos of weathered daces when we look at pictures from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. I wonder if there is some subconscious cultural linkage there.

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jaded16india:

therotund:

radicallyhottoff:

jaded16india:

iced-chai:

oneloveoneasia:

this broke my heart :’( poor grandpa and baby…

I, too, feel really bad for this grandpa and baby.
How dare anyone invade their privacy to snap this povertyporn shot of them, designed to make ignorant people feel sorry for them; and many of these said people probably couldn’t even tell you where Tibet is in the world or why it deserves its freedom and from whom/what.
This photo literally says nothing. Nothing at all, other than “Feel sorry for these brown people, okay? They look poor. The landscape behind them is so barren.”

And to add to iced-chai’s commentary, why did we assume they’re poor again? ‘Poor’ is different across various cultures and communities. In my ditch, I’m not so poor — my family has caste and class privilege — but if I were to squat in say Europe tomorrow, I’d definitely be in the shabbier sections of town — maybe with other brown peeps too! My point is, this person in the photograph above is *poor* only when you’re looking at ze from a specific douchecolonial point of view; for all you know ze is quite affluent in ze’s community. Also, the *barren* background can be the *only* kind of background found in ze’s geopolitical location. So we can’t assume they live in squalor just because the background or clothes or WHATEVER don’t match the Queen’s curtains okay? Okay.
Exotifying, pornificating lived-experiences and lives of others, so that the douchecolonial boner is pleased? Smacks of povertyporn to me.

that’s interesting—when I saw this picture, I went awwwwwwww and was about to click “like” because the way *I* interpretted it was a loving grandpa taking care of his grandchild, something that you never see in fractured individualistic fucked up USA. 
then I read comments and saw I was supposed to feel sorry for them.
blergh.

All of this. And I wonder if some of the “zomg poor people” response actually springs from the tendency of American (and other colonialist) culture to, um, disappear its old people. Disappear isn’t quite the right word here but I’m heading to bed - forgive me my sleep-addled vocabulary.
As a nation obsessed with youth, we just don’t see old folks who look OLD. This guy is either younger than people read him - because extreme climates and the labor of living give people wrinkles - or waaaaaaaaaaaay older because we just can’t tell how people age anymore. When Helen Mirren is what we expect women in their *does math* 60s to look like….
We DO however, see photos of weathered daces when we look at pictures from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. I wonder if there is some subconscious cultural linkage there.

I was thinking of the old man’s age too, and how it stands for a marker for ZOMG!!!! all things *traditional* and *orthodox* and of course the old man becomes a marker for ze’e entire community. It’s interesting how when we’re looking at pictures of povertyporn, it’s almost always old, haggard, wrinkled faces and somehow that’s a pitiable thing. Or it’s the Impossibly Young Child Who Induces Gut-Wrenching pity, there is an almost absolute erasure of able-bodied, middle aged people who yes are poor, but not consumable enough.
Le sigh. 

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jaded16india:

therotund:

radicallyhottoff:

jaded16india:

iced-chai:

oneloveoneasia:

this broke my heart :’( poor grandpa and baby…

I, too, feel really bad for this grandpa and baby.

How dare anyone invade their privacy to snap this povertyporn shot of them, designed to make ignorant people feel sorry for them; and many of these said people probably couldn’t even tell you where Tibet is in the world or why it deserves its freedom and from whom/what.

This photo literally says nothing. Nothing at all, other than “Feel sorry for these brown people, okay? They look poor. The landscape behind them is so barren.”

And to add to iced-chai’s commentary, why did we assume they’re poor again? ‘Poor’ is different across various cultures and communities. In my ditch, I’m not so poor — my family has caste and class privilege — but if I were to squat in say Europe tomorrow, I’d definitely be in the shabbier sections of town — maybe with other brown peeps too! My point is, this person in the photograph above is *poor* only when you’re looking at ze from a specific douchecolonial point of view; for all you know ze is quite affluent in ze’s community. Also, the *barren* background can be the *only* kind of background found in ze’s geopolitical location. So we can’t assume they live in squalor just because the background or clothes or WHATEVER don’t match the Queen’s curtains okay? Okay.

Exotifying, pornificating lived-experiences and lives of others, so that the douchecolonial boner is pleased? Smacks of povertyporn to me.

that’s interesting—when I saw this picture, I went awwwwwwww and was about to click “like” because the way *I* interpretted it was a loving grandpa taking care of his grandchild, something that you never see in fractured individualistic fucked up USA. 

then I read comments and saw I was supposed to feel sorry for them.

blergh.

All of this. And I wonder if some of the “zomg poor people” response actually springs from the tendency of American (and other colonialist) culture to, um, disappear its old people. Disappear isn’t quite the right word here but I’m heading to bed - forgive me my sleep-addled vocabulary.

As a nation obsessed with youth, we just don’t see old folks who look OLD. This guy is either younger than people read him - because extreme climates and the labor of living give people wrinkles - or waaaaaaaaaaaay older because we just can’t tell how people age anymore. When Helen Mirren is what we expect women in their *does math* 60s to look like….

We DO however, see photos of weathered daces when we look at pictures from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. I wonder if there is some subconscious cultural linkage there.

I was thinking of the old man’s age too, and how it stands for a marker for ZOMG!!!! all things *traditional* and *orthodox* and of course the old man becomes a marker for ze’e entire community. It’s interesting how when we’re looking at pictures of povertyporn, it’s almost always old, haggard, wrinkled faces and somehow that’s a pitiable thing. Or it’s the Impossibly Young Child Who Induces Gut-Wrenching pity, there is an almost absolute erasure of able-bodied, middle aged people who yes are poor, but not consumable enough.

Le sigh. 

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{ LINK: Relocation Revisited: Sex Trafficking of Native Women in the United States }

custerdiedforyoursins:

thetruediaryofaparttimeindian:

fourthwaved:

“The US rhetoric about sex trafficking suggests that the problem originates in foreign countries and/or is recent problem. Neither claim is correct. This article details the historical and legal context of sex trafficking from its origin among the colonial predecessors of the US and documents the commercial trafficking of Native women over several centuries. Native women have experienced generations of enslavement, exploitation, exportation, and relocation. Human trafficking is not just a problem of poor, underdeveloped nations but an ongoing issue in the US and Canada that ties into the growth of the sex industry in these nations, where Native women are significantly overrepresented.”

readnfight:

jaded16india:

torayot:

spectrumnaut:

feministilicious:

whatfreshhellisthis:

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

My girlfriend bought me these awesome pants back from the hippy reserve she stayed in this week!

They’re from a shop called The Indian Collection which was ran by white people, the sari clothing made by white people, with the shop covered in objects/gifts/clothings specific to Eastern traditions, without any form of offense and everything was kept in line with tradition and the original culture.

A few shops away from this was a small home living shop where masses of bed spreads, covers, pillows, bags, throws and blankets were made entirely of sari material only. A white woman owns that shop and handmakes every single item. When she was studying, as part of her art course, she went looking for an Indian family to live with in order to learn about the traditions of saris properly. She then found one and lived in India for 15 years. They invited her to learn about these traditions, knowing she’d bring it back to a small countryside (predominantly white) town in the UK, and were comfortable with sharing this aspect of the culture. Sharing cultures does not equate to cultural appropriation.

And look how fly I fucking look in these bad boys.

I don’t.

What.

No

No

No

No

No

Make it stop

Why

No

Seriously you’re just rubbing your cultural appropriation into people’s faces. It’s disgusting. STOP. 

“SEE HOW CULTURALLY APPROPRIATIVE I CAN BE AND IT’S STILL OKAY!” no. it isn’t.

No, no, it’s okay, seriously.

Do you know why?

WHITE IS RIGHT

HAHA! This is just great! You know why? I can imagine and just hope in things that are Derridian that this *indian* family takes a good 20 years to teach the *custom* of saris and takes good compensation for it. Especially since the whole *custom* isn’t that hard to learn and/or teach. 

There should really be a Caliban .gif that says “I curse at you in your tongue”. IT WOULD BE SO APPROPRIATE HERE.

Also, no it doesn’t stop the heinous cultural appropriation. Methinks its *never* going to stop. Might as well hope the *exotics* native make monies off of notverynice imperial person. 

Oh. I thought the original post was a parody. I read the whole thing twice, and was pretty sure it was a parody of the “I don’t know any brown people and don’t want to offend them, so I’ll just do all my dealings with white people, it’s safer that way” mentality, but I never got to the part about GOTCHA! I was also pretty sure it could have been from Gurl Goes to Africa cause it sounds dead-on like those parody captions.

People who write/work on cultural appropriation have said over and over that if you are set on buying things from another culture, at the very least get/learn those things from people from that culture. Support the work of people of color making their own cultures, not white people who learned the same trade and are now making a buck off it. Not too far removed from the argument that something isn’t appropriated because it came from a sweatshop.

^ commentary.

(Source: sluteverxxx)

jaded16india:

thesadnessofpencils:

jaded16india:

torayot:

spectrumnaut:

feministilicious:

whatfreshhellisthis:

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

My girlfriend bought me these awesome pants back from the hippy reserve she stayed in this week!

They’re from a shop called The Indian Collection which was ran by white people, the sari clothing made by white people, with the shop covered in objects/gifts/clothings specific to Eastern traditions, without any form of offense and everything was kept in line with tradition and the original culture.

A few shops away from this was a small home living shop where masses of bed spreads, covers, pillows, bags, throws and blankets were made entirely of sari material only. A white woman owns that shop and handmakes every single item. When she was studying, as part of her art course, she went looking for an Indian family to live with in order to learn about the traditions of saris properly. She then found one and lived in India for 15 years. They invited her to learn about these traditions, knowing she’d bring it back to a small countryside (predominantly white) town in the UK, and were comfortable with sharing this aspect of the culture. Sharing cultures does not equate to cultural appropriation.

And look how fly I fucking look in these bad boys.

I don’t.

What.

No

No

No

No

No

Make it stop

Why

No

Seriously you’re just rubbing your cultural appropriation into people’s faces. It’s disgusting. STOP. 

“SEE HOW CULTURALLY APPROPRIATIVE I CAN BE AND IT’S STILL OKAY!” no. it isn’t.

No, no, it’s okay, seriously.

Do you know why?

WHITE IS RIGHT

HAHA! This is just great! You know why? I can imagine and just hope in things that are Derridian that this *indian* family takes a good 20 years to teach the *custom* of saris and takes good compensation for it. Especially since the whole *custom* isn’t that hard to learn and/or teach. 

There should really be a Caliban .gif that says “I curse at you in your tongue”. IT WOULD BE SO APPROPRIATE HERE.

Also, no it doesn’t stop the heinous cultural appropriation. Methinks its *never* going to stop. Might as well hope the *exotics* native make monies off of notverynice imperial person. 

“I am not offended, they are not offended, so you shouldn’t be.”

Hello Well-Intentioned Person, for you are usually so well-intentioned. 

One person does not speak for millions. You’d think this was fucking common sense by now but apparently I have to remind you. We have to keep reminding you. Because yanno, here’s the thing: We aren’t used to being humanised. That’s a neato little legacy you made sure was there when you left, so even if the Empire was gone from the lands, the Empire was still in our minds, and still in yours. That’s why your little word with no fucking logical or normative basis whatsoever serves as a casual dismissal of our concerns. That’s why when Nice Imperial Peeps write about our dusty skin or snap photos of us squatting in our ditches or take our clothes and make mockery of our struggles…

Why is it, that when we try to unpack this dehumanisation, it’s ‘oversensitivity’? 

Excuse me?

Why, is it too ludicrous for you that we can demand to be treated as a human beings, with voices, with a heritage, with histories? Why, is it too threatening for you that we have found these voices, that we have affirmed our heritage,  that we recall these memories, painful though they may be? Why, is it too far out of your comfort zone to accept that our symbols are to be respected, treasured?  

It is not that you take.

It is that you take and spit in our faces. That by doing so you glorify a long history of spitting in our faces. 

Well guess what, Nice Imperial Fuckers. You want to accept my opinion as the opinion of millions, as you did just up there? 

Hear me roar.

Thanks Thurs. I just need this one today :)

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{ LINK: http://ocarao.tumblr.com/post/3529636491 }

littlecitywitch:

ocarao:

genderbitch:

nines19:

genderbitch:

torayot:

nines19:

whatfreshhellisthis:

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

My girlfriend bought me these awesome pants back from the hippy reserve she stayed in this week!

They’re from a shop called The Indian Collection which was ran by white people, the sari clothing made by white people, with the shop covered in objects/gifts/clothings specific to Eastern traditions, without any form of offense and everything was kept in line with tradition and the original culture.

A few shops away from this was a small home living shop where masses of bed spreads, covers, pillows, bags, throws and blankets were made entirely of sari material only. A white woman owns that shop and handmakes every single item. When she was studying, as part of her art course, she went looking for an Indian family to live with in order to learn about the traditions of saris properly. She then found one and lived in India for 15 years. They invited her to learn about these traditions, knowing she’d bring it back to a small countryside (predominantly white) town in the UK, and were comfortable with sharing this aspect of the culture. Sharing cultures does not equate to cultural appropriation.

And look how fly I fucking look in these bad boys.

I don’t.

What.

No.

No.

No.

What.

What the fuck.

Oh, does “fly” now mean “appropriative”? Or perhaps “egregiously white”?

The English language sometimes changes so rapidly that this dusty tongue just can’t keep up!

The fuck is this shit?

When I learned what sharing was in kindergarten, I’m pretty sure it didn’t include using the power differential created by systemic privilege to force access to cultural elements, clothing and other things of a culture that is on the oppressed side of that equation. I’m pretty sure when I learned about sharing it was not just implied but explicitly stated that the exchange was on equal terms. JUST SAYIN’

And then we finger painted. Good times. Except when people tried to paint me.

Srsly.

And is it just me or does the whole “We’re gonna take things from India and make them into other things back in the UK” sound EXACTLY LIKE the basis of British imperialism in India?

I’m pretty sure that IS British imperialism. Like… still. As in ongoing. So it makes sense it would sound exactly like it.

D: Words fail me. I’ve been seeing a lot of people getting called on CA recently and all the defensive posts just make it so much worse.

Bolding is mine because I think it is what defensive appropriative people don’t seem to understand.

Anyone who things cultural appropriation is OMG SO AWFULLLZZZ because you just took your first university class, please read this:

http://littlecitywitch.tumblr.com/post/3447568660/on-spiritual-syncretism-and-cultural-appropriation

@littlecitywitch: no, people think culture appropriation is awful because of the many, many reasons that have already been listed in this discussion alone.  seriously, fuck you.  you think you’re positive and not about spreading hate?  you are perpetuating racist colonialist oppression right now and that is pretty fucking hateful, no matter what your intentions are.  you are so full of shit that it’s backed up and is coming out your mouth.

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{ Nobody is born this way }

whatfreshhellisthis:

redlightpolitics:

Let me preface this by saying: I loved Gaga’s first album. It was good dance music (one can argue it was also mostly inconsequential, but so is much of pop). Still, I am less and less enticed by the Gaga persona. The whole tea cup shtick already came across as contrived and artificial and her videos less interesting. And it has only gone downhill since.

So, this morning I finally saw the video of Born this Way. I cannot say anything that hasn’t been already said a million times about the song (yes, I dislike it deeply), but the video. Ugh. I haven’t read anything online about it yet (haven’t been that much in front of my computer since Friday), so I probably risk repeating what has already been posted elsewhere ad infinitum, but holly narcissism! She is the spokesperson for the entire UNIVERSE! Oh and don’t be a drag! Be a queen! (WTF with that?!).

Is it me or now she fancies herself the voice of every oppressed minority everywhere? The bikini clad, athletic white, blond, beautiful girl that speaks the voice of the subjugated! And if Derailing for Dummies was ever turned into pop lyrics, it would probably be sang by the same Gaga that gave us this video. The one who more or less tells us to “get over it”.

Ever increasingly Gaga seems to be screaming LOOK AT ME PLEASE LOOK AT ME. She has this odd air of narcissism and this ever increasing need for attention, and unlike other pop people who exhibit similar qualities (Kanye, anyone) she is determined to place herself as a spokesperson for oppressed people, whilst simultaneously saying and doing damaging things.

Okay I need to do a full on analysis of this video because it is bugging the hell out of me.

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tranzient:

jaded16india:

rawkabilly:

amusingfinds:

remind me again what’s the difference between them

erm, I get what this is trying to say but I can’t help feeling that this is a bit racist.
Why are the POC not wearing clothes? It’s the 21st century. Most, if not all cultures, wear more than a loincloth now. Just because a culture worships gods rather than a God doesn’t mean they’re primitive or backwards.
Plus, correct me if I’m wrong, but totems aren’t for worshipping, I highly doubt people bow before them.
akasnkfnakfnasfasf I just can’t accurately articulate how wrong this feels

Hi rawkabilly! I am directly reblogging this, instead of posting/answering the ask.
So this is what happens when you use Ironic Hipster Edgy Humour (TM) to point shit out. Let’s play douchefuck bingo peeps: 
I’ll make a point about white peeps laughing at *native* modes of worship by making the *native* laugh back at white peeps. Not lyke there is a violent history of erasure of *native modes of worship* or evangelism, pfft no! 
The *native* is still primitive! Ze still wears loincloths only! Not lyke civilisation has touched them with pants! I must have imagined them also.
Religion as a system in itself is HILARIOUS!!! Not like there are peeps who believe and are not douchefucks about it, that doesn’t happen.
This cartoon is totes subversive now that the *native* is ‘laughing back’ at the coloniser! I’m also going to totes ignore how different this ‘laugh’ was when performed by the coloniser and the *native* — WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY ANTI-RACISM COMIC IS RACIST!? ZOMG!! YOU ANGRY DUSTY PEEPS NEED TO CALM YOUR TITS DOWN and appreciate my awesomeness.

i’m just going to step in and say that i don’t know many african cultures that practice(d) totem based worship (along with them not bowing before them). iirc that was very a western/plains native american thing. so basically, the artist was a more a an ill0informed douchefuck than most probably…

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tranzient:

jaded16india:

rawkabilly:

amusingfinds:

remind me again what’s the difference between them

erm, I get what this is trying to say but I can’t help feeling that this is a bit racist.

Why are the POC not wearing clothes? It’s the 21st century. Most, if not all cultures, wear more than a loincloth now. Just because a culture worships gods rather than a God doesn’t mean they’re primitive or backwards.

Plus, correct me if I’m wrong, but totems aren’t for worshipping, I highly doubt people bow before them.

akasnkfnakfnasfasf I just can’t accurately articulate how wrong this feels

Hi rawkabilly! I am directly reblogging this, instead of posting/answering the ask.

So this is what happens when you use Ironic Hipster Edgy Humour (TM) to point shit out. Let’s play douchefuck bingo peeps: 

  • I’ll make a point about white peeps laughing at *native* modes of worship by making the *native* laugh back at white peeps. Not lyke there is a violent history of erasure of *native modes of worship* or evangelism, pfft no! 
  • The *native* is still primitive! Ze still wears loincloths only! Not lyke civilisation has touched them with pants! I must have imagined them also.
  • Religion as a system in itself is HILARIOUS!!! Not like there are peeps who believe and are not douchefucks about it, that doesn’t happen.
  • This cartoon is totes subversive now that the *native* is ‘laughing back’ at the coloniser! I’m also going to totes ignore how different this ‘laugh’ was when performed by the coloniser and the *native* — WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY ANTI-RACISM COMIC IS RACIST!? ZOMG!! YOU ANGRY DUSTY PEEPS NEED TO CALM YOUR TITS DOWN and appreciate my awesomeness.

i’m just going to step in and say that i don’t know many african cultures that practice(d) totem based worship (along with them not bowing before them). iirc that was very a western/plains native american thing. so basically, the artist was a more a an ill0informed douchefuck than most probably…

^ commentary.