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12.13.2009

Racism.




Kinda off subject but nonetheless, something I think is very important. Read my post here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

??? I don't get it.

Jesse Lu said...

What don't you get? Did you read any of the blog posts I referred to? I think it's pretty straight forward if you read Alexis' and Meaghan's posts.

Appropriation of a phrase of reclamation by a 'group of oppressors' from a 'group of the oppressed' is inappropriate. A white person appropriating the word 'nigga'- inappropriate; a straight person appropriating the word 'fag'- inappropriate; a male person appropriating the term 'bitch'- inappropriate. These are all terms which have been used against communities but have been resurrected and reclaimed by said communities to help unite each other against hatred and be strong and heal so that we, all of us as a nation, can progress in how we treat one another.

I want to clarify, I do not mean to say that all white people, straight people, and men are actively oppressing others. That is ridiculous. But as a whole, in our nation, people of color, queer people, and women (and people with disabilities, the homesless, etc) have been treated as less viable and less important contributors to this great nation. And that's putting it nicely; may I remind you that people of color and queers are still in danger of being lynched in many parts of this country and that domestic violence is still rampant in our society.

I am also not saying, which many white folks freak out about when this topic comes up, that people of color, women, queers are exempt from engaging in racism, homophobia, ablism, clacism, and misogyny. Communities of the oppressed often engage in oppression themselves, think about the fact that abuse propagates abuse. But that does not nullify or make acceptable further oppression by anyone.

Okay, I need to go take a shower and get to work, but I hope that helped!

:)

Regular broadcasting shall resume shortly.

Jesse Lu said...

Plus :
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2006/09/knitta.html
and
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/knitta-please-website-005812

Alexis L. of One Grand Home said...

Och, it pains me to see you have to bang your head against the wall of Racism Explanation 101 but you are doing an admirable job.

You are incredibly passionate about so many things. I admire you in so many ways, Jesse.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm 48 and just didn't understand the T shirt. In my world "Knitta" didn't ring a bell. I have a clear understanding of racism.

Anonymous said...

Try to make good pottery, and leave the axe grinding to someone else. Maybe you could mind your own business,instead of trying to tell the whole world how THEY should think and live.

Alexis L. of One Grand Home said...

And funny enough Anonymous 3:17, you just did what you ordered Jesse not to do. Introspective much?

Jesse Lu said...

Anonymous 5:41, I'm sorry if I sounded like I was 'schooling' you. I was just trying to explain myself further. I appreciate that for some folks the terms might not be relevant and thus make this post confusing.

Jesse Lu said...

You know... I just erased the response I left last night to Anonymous 3:17. It wasn't bad, it just was too much. The comment is really to ridiculous to warrant a lengthy response.

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