I think more people on tumblr have seen the video of Jane Elliott’s blue eye v brown eye workshops with older people than have seen this one with 3rd graders. The other one makes me angry, but this one just hurts. It also reminds me of how I was treated as a black child in an almost all white area in Utah:
My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Allen(who was teaching in Layton, UT in 1990-91 in case anyone has a chance to tell her to go fuck herself) was amazing at motivating her white students. She created a tree house in our classroom that I’m sure is much higher and amazing in the memory of a 5 year old than it was in reality, and at the beginning of the year the tree branches painted on the wall above the treehouse platform were bare. Every time a kid spelled a word right, she’d give them a leaf with the word written on it to stick on the wall. I loved climbing trees and reading and I had never wanted anything as much as I wanted to climb that treehouse, but you weren’t allowed to unless you spelled a word correctly.
I was an excellent speller, and I raised my hand every time she called out a word. They were all under 4 letters, and always very simple. One day, after a full day of raising my hand and being ignored as usual, she asked the class to spell the word “elephant.” I raised my hand, along with two or three other children. She called on each of them, but none were able to spell the word. Seeing that my hand was the only one still up, she called on me with a smirk on her face. I was so excited, but I said each letter slowly, purposely, to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes. When I finished the word I noticed how unhappy she was. She put the leaf back in her folder and said, “that was a trick question. Kindergarteners can’t spell that word. I’m not giving leaves out for that one.”
Bullying by teachers happens. The kind of bullying she’s using in these videos, the kind that everyone is considering hyperbole, happens. The pressure that the white people in her videos can’t take for a day or two is every fucking day for some children of color.
Warning: she refers to people as “yellow” and “red” at least once in the video.
An anon asked my thoughts on Rick Owen’s SS14 show, the show these pics came from:
Also, I’m in love with the sound of my voice, so y’all might like it too. xo
One of the most disturbing aspects of this is the lack of support coming from mainstream gays in Atlanta. This writer from the GA Voice even refers to Baton Bob’s retelling of experiences with police harassment and coercion as a “rant.” Just one more example of how, for the gay mainstream, solidarity will never extend to poc, especially not dmab gender nonconforming poc.
Below is Baton Bob’s statement about the arrest:
"NOW,….. A Conversation About The ARREST!!!!!"
Many of you have asked me what happened on June 26th? I have not shared the complete story because, I wanted to give the other side a chance to do the right thing; without being backed into a corner! Here is my account of what happened on June 26th!!!!!
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court finally acknowledged we were equal! When I heard the decision; I felt liberated, proud and elated; with positive energy, because we finally got there; after so much judgement! I posted on Facebook, that I was going to celebrate in the street and then I was off. I went to Colony Square like I had many times before, dressed for the occasion. I parked my car just like I always did. For three months, I had parked and gone through the mall dressed in character. in those three months, no one ever asked me to leave or told me I was not welcome, there. If they had, I would have gone somewhere else. This day was different, as I was getting ready to leave the building to celebrate; I noticed three security guards rushing towards me, in their faces I was confronted by the hatefulness so many of us have had to endure, especially in the gay black community. Instead of being treated like everyone else, I was confronted with harassment and hate! After they confronted me, I walked away to do my set and be proud of who I am! I got across the street and started my set, I saw a car go by and the people inside seemed to support the celebration of the day; and thanked them for the positive feedback. The crowd was light, but I felt like there was awareness; and everyone could see, that I was shining for equality!
Then, I saw an Atlanta Police Officer approach me in an aggressive manner. I had done nothing wrong and I had committed no crime. He approached me like I was a criminal, I asked him “what the fuck you want?” His disposition changed immediately, from a police officer to the face of institutionalized hatred and his body lauguage turned primal. I felt like he was threatened that someone like me had questioned him. He grabbed me and I pulled away. The he said, “I’m taking you to jail!” He grabbed me again and handcuffed one hand. Then he spun me around and slammed me on the marble seat like I was a harden criminal, he didn’t tell me what I was charged with; and he didn’t even read me my rights! As he leaned over me securing the other hand; I felt like I had no liberties, no freedom, no political speech and no right to be who I am! The empowering celebration was crushed and my rights were violated by a culture of hate! I was taken to precinct #5, and put in a swivel chair in the lobby with my hands handcuffed behind me. The arresting officer came over and I asked him what I was charged with? He said ,”this could have been different”. Other officers came by and asked, “what is he doing here?” One of the other officers in the precinct poked his head out and said, “the story is on the AJC’s website, already”; even before I was booked! the arresting officer had calmed down by now, and said there had been a lot of bad arrest in the past, and he asked me; if I would make a statement on my Facebook page saying, they treated me, ok. I sat in that swivel chair, a black gay man, in costume with my hands handcuffed behind my back; and I surrendered. I didn’t want confrontation, I just wanted to regain some of the pride, that was taken; that day!
Without my attorney, and without Miranda being read to me; I made a Facebook post to my 5000 fans, in the precinct, typed by the arresting officer, as I dictated to him; on his computer. Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t come out sooner, the truth is that we wanted to give the City Of Atlanta and the ADP the chance to drop the criminal charges and admit, that mistakes were made. I am not trying to get money, I am not trying to get officers fired; I just want to be treated equally; and have my rights RESPECTED!!!!! I don’t even have a court date yet, and I have been told; it could be a year before I get a chance to go to court to prove my INNOCENCE!!!!!
My friends, here’s the TRUTH of the matter concerning; the ARREST!!!!! This is not just about the character Baton Bob, this is about fighting the culture of harassment and hatred aimed at the LGBT community! This is about people with power violating CIVIL LIBERTIES!!!!!
I am appealing to the ADP and Colony Square, to drop all criminal charges against me; and make a public apology, so our communities can move forward in HARMONY!!!!! Again, I am not asking for money or officers to get fired; I just want my RIGHTS, to be RESPECTED!!!!!
I have decided, that I will no longer surrender my CIVIL LIBERTIES; to the culture of harassment and hate!!!!! I am empowering myself to stand up and be counted as EQUAL, I hope some you will stand up with me; “ALL I”M SAYING!!!!!”
Mutha fuckas had an open season to kill us doe
SEASON OPENS JANUARY 1st, CLOSES DECEMBER 31. A fucking hunting season b.
What the fuck
O M G hunting season
I think it’s amazing that people are surprised by this.
Yo, so this idiot I called out for something or other has been sending me misogynistic, racist abuse. Please block him and help me report this asshole to Tumblr.
Y’all know what to do.
remember they fed our babies to alligators
white people, you are disgusting
As for that hispanic woman…
The study, “Racial Distancing in a Southern City: Latino Immigrants’ Views of Black Americans,” is based on a 2003 survey of 500 Hispanic, Black and White residents in Durham, N.C., a city with one of the fastest-growing Hispanic population.
Latino immigrants often hold negative views of African-Americans, which they most likely brought with them from their more-segregated Latin American countries, a new Duke University study shows.
The study also found that sharing neighborhoods with Blacks reinforced Latino’s negatives views, and reinforces their feelings that they have “more in common with Whites” — although Whites did not feel the same connection towards the Latinos.
Just as many white Americans deny both the prevalence of racism in the United States and the role they play in perpetuating and maintaining white supremacy, non-white, non-black groups, Native, Asian, Hispanic Americans, all deny their investment in anti-black sentiment even as they consistently seek to distance themselves from blackness so that they will not be seen as residing at the bottom of this society’s totem pole, in the category reserved for the most despised group. Such jockeying for white approval and reward obscures the way allegiance to the existing social structure undermines the social welfare of all people of color. White supremacist power is always weakened when people of color bond across differences of culture, ethnicity, and race. It is always strengthened when we act as though there is no continuity and overlap in the patterns of exploitation and oppression that affect all of our lives.
To ensure that political bonding to challenge and change white supremacy will not be cultivated among diverse groups of people of color, white ruling groups pit us against one another in a no-win game of “who will get the prize for model minority today.” They compare and contrast, affix labels like “model minority,” define boundaries, and we fall into line. Those rewards coupled with internalized racist assumptions lead non-black people of color to deny the way racism victimizes them as they actively work to disassociate themselves from black people. This will to disassociate is a gesture of racism.
via ”killing rage: Ending Racism” by bell hooks.
Put it all together, this guy is getting off. When he does, I hope he gets shot right between the eyes. Fuck that.
June 23, 1982: Vincent Chin dies.
On June 19, thirty years ago, a Chinese-American man named Vincent Chin was confronted by two white autoworkers in a strip club (where Chin was celebrating his bachelor party). The two men, Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz, blamed Chin for continuing unemployment; Ebens reportedly yelled “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work!”, in reference to the competing American and Japanese auto industries.
Later that day, the two men cornered Chin outside a McDonald’s, where they beat him with a baseball bat. Chin was knocked unconscious; he died four days later in a hospital, at age twenty-seven. Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to second-degree murder. They were fined $3,000 dollars and sentenced to three years probation.