“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?
After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?
Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume.
i want to create a tv show about a group of friends where they’re all queer except the one token cishet friend who’s only there to say stereotypical “straight” things for laughs like “macklemore got me into rap” and “my mom and i got into a fight because she wouldn’t buy me a fourth obey snapback”
Or we could just stop stereotyping people.
s/o to my socially aware white friends who don’t throw bitch fits when i’m shitting on white folks and understand struggles poc face and own up to their privilege and don’t let posts like these get to their heads
u r cool people
I don’t care how connected you think you are to a culture, if it’s not the one you were raised in you have no claim to it. That’s not a hard concept
say it again
I have three words for y’all…
AVRIL WEEABOO LAVIGNE.
I’m so fucking done! Did Gwen Stefani bang Canada? is that what happened here? Like I can’t even….
The United States of America did not save black people, black people saved the United States of America.
Ta-Nehisi say that shit one mo time for the people in the back that’s hard of hearing(via peggingwithmalik)
Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz have a few comments about transphobia on RPDR.
Two women who previously appeared as contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race have commented on the controversy around the “Female vs. She-Male” mini challenge. Given that RPDR gave Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz wider exposure and a larger platform, I hadn’t given much thought to either of these ladies commenting publicly, but they have, and I’m glad we finally have statements from people close to the issue.