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Why is when white men have tumblrs dedicated to their "love of black women" it's filled with porn? →


The term I always use “Fetish of the month club”. 

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 When my daughter was young I would tell her stories about dark skinned girls who could do great things. Since the world doesn’t always value dark skin as much as it should, I wanted to make sure she appreciated hers. I guess The Skin I’m In came out of my need to discuss the issue further.
- Sharon G. Flake

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I was shopping today and I found Kente print skirts at American Apparel. I’m on the fence when it comes to traditional prints being sold commercially. 
On the one hand, exposing the world to these beautiful colours and textures can certainly lead to greater engagement and learning about the cultures which produce them. Whenever I wear the prints that I brought back from Ghana, I always do my best to talk about where they came from and what they mean with my friends. I’m also very careful about wearing them casually; I think I’ve worn my clothing from Ghana twice since I returned eight months ago. 
On the other hand, the hipster girl who buys this skirt and wears it all summer probably doesn’t know that each of those squares has a different meaning (let alone what the meanings are). She also probably won’t know that the print she’s wearing is distinct from other kente prints because it was produced by a different tribe. She will be taking part in the commodification of a complex and rich culture about which she knows nothing. That’s the basis of cultural appropriation. Make no mistake: it’s a form of exploitation.
I don’t even know if I can comment on the designing of this skirt. I’m going to assume that it was created by an American (AA is all about sourcing stuff in the states, right?). If that assumption is correct, then this skirt is doubly exploitative, because it represents the use of someone else’s culture to produce money for North Americans. How screwed up is that?
This is why I can’t get too excited about seeing beautiful prints from African cultures in the mall in downtown Ottawa. Just because they’re pretty doesn’t mean you should forget about the people(s) who created and produced them. 

Cultural appropriation, trivialization and profiteering by big Western clothing brands/firms is unstoppable, I think. Think about the Palestinian scarves, hipster culture, Native American accessories, Eskimo patterns….
I think the closest we will get to acknowledgement of West African fabrics or dutch wax-print is going to be the stupid terminology “tribal print”

There’s not much to say except the name of the store is AMERICAN apparel. Is “Cultural appropriation” an American custom? Is it apart of our culture?
The point of the store is to promote things made in the USA. How did these skirts even make it onto the racks??

I only go there (I.E. their warehouse sales) for socks, underwear, lame boy shorts for Carnival and maybe stockings. Aside from that, I can’t see myself buying stuff from them on the regular. I can go on and on about why I dislike this company from the ad campaigns and then some, but the previous posters have touched on a point that definitely struck a nerve.
The Rhapsody Incidents: The Garden At World's End: Thinking about Whiteness & The Holocaust →


The Holocaust was a tragedy. White privilege didn’t protect those who died.

With that being said let’s think about how the Holocaust is treated today. Holocaust deniers exist. But for the most part, we accept that it was horrible experience. We don’t shun the people who…

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Really thinking about something like this for my look this summer. I think my face is too round though


All the bitches commenting on these pics with anything about “ghetto” can suck it.
HOWEVER, you can SUPER SUCK IT if you like “goth” “scene” “alternative” “kawaii” or any of that shit.


I wish someone would slap you with a stick of racial equality.


Because if you saw the same exact shit on a white girl or an Asian girl you wouldn’t be calling it ghetto.  You’d be jizzing over how creative it is.  Because it IS creative.  You’d be saying that it’s got some deep meaning.  You’d call it art.  You’d congratulate her on doing something so EDGEY.

Why isn’t it cool & edgey on this chick?
Because she’s Black and you think less of Black people.
Yes, you do.
I don’t care if you ARE Black.  You think less of Black people.
Though you have NOT ONE FUCKING CLUE about who she is, what she thinks, why her hair looks like this, or anything else:
YOU ASSUME SHE’S GHETTO because she’s Black and doing something adventurous.




I hope you get lost in a real ghetto and learn what the FUCK that means.

Somebody will probably let you into their house to use a phone because your cellphone died.

Their grandmother will feed you some delicious food you’ve never had before.

The kids will run in and out of the house, but they’ll definitely say hello to you a couple of times.

Some guys will probably flirt with you.  Tell you that you’re cute.

Some girls might ask where you got your tennis shoes.

FINALLY, your fucking mommy can drive in all terrified with the cops in tow and pick your prejudiced ass up.

Black or not, it IS kinda cool and funky as hell, but still ridiculous. I WILL go far enough to say “ghetto”, but that is due to the culture I live in. If I saw a non-black person wearing it, yes I would not call it “ghetto”, but I would still call it kinda cool and funky, but ridiculous as hell. I guess it has to do with the society you live in, really.

Sadly, I have to admit this may be a sort of Willie Lynch thing going on. To put it simply, certain people in certain fields of business and/or sometimes economic standing, tend to dress “outside of the norm”. As objective as any of you claim  you are, you still make biases about people.

I can admit that this is radical and amazing in its own right.  I can definitely give props to her stylist because it IS something amazing…however, I can not agree with it being really suitable or practical.

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Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street

Can we get more of this, men?

Courtesy of Anti Harassment and Meet Us On The Street.


if you want a 100% guarantee of not getting in my pants just call me ~baby girl~.

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A few typos, but he got his point across. Props to brother Wise Math. We need more brothers, more people, like him.

Much respect to this dude right here. 


I wish more would do something instead of acting like they didn’t see it.

And THIS is a good black man. :)

honestly if you aren’t this guy you pretty much suck IMO

he’s from DC. tbh this is scary. i work across the street from that college. #bet the perp is that columbia heights pervert.

jesus christ so many ppl refuse to act when stuff like this happens

kudos to him

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story of my life
*insert* “You’re very intelligent for a black girl.” and then my life is complete.