Kylie and Lainey Schmitter (with an assist from POTUS) light the menorah during the last night of Hanukkah here at the White House yesterday.
<3 <3 <3
We are not anti-white. We are against white supremacy. —
Nelson Mandela (via ethiopienne)
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings. —
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
Types of Fools
The White Apologist: “I’m so, so sorry for what my ancestors did to yours, man! It really breaks me down sometimes thinking about how despicable we were to you guys! Please forgive us!”
The Faux-Humanist: “Stop talking about race. We’re all just human.”
The Martin-Lover: “Yeah, but didn’t Martin Luther King say to judge people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character! I have a dream today!”
The Lord of the Fee-Fees: “Don’t you understand how your comments about what SOME White people do are offensive to me and hurt my feelings? Not all of us are racist! By pointing out my “privilege”, you are spreading hate!”
The Wonderful White Friend: “I’m not racist, some of my best friends are Arabs!”
The Nigger-Lover: “Why can’t I say nigger? I saw it on the Boondocks! Why can’t I say nigger? Eminem’s a rapper! Why can’t she say nigger? What if she married a Black man? Why can’t she say nigger? What if he was adopted by a Black family?”
The Pea-Brained Peacemaker: “Maybe if you people weren’t so harsh and hostile, White people would want to listen to you? Try being a little calmer next time, why don’t you?”
The Silly Bitch: “I don’t care what you say, nigger isn’t a racist word. NIGGER.”
The Annoying White Feminist: ”I think our shared experiences as women are more important than race at this time, look at the bigger picture! Woman is the nigger of the world, and I have a right to say it, you colored women are just being divisive!”
The Reverse Race Specialist: “How come there are no historically white colleges? REVERSE RACISM!”
The Slave-Thrower: “Everybody was enslaved, not just you guys!”
The Fool: “I know you were fired from your modeling job because the casting agent said you didn’t ‘have the look’ and you were passed over for the job by ten other White models, but I don’t think this has anything to do with racism!”
The Colorblind Crook: “I don’t see color! There’s no difference at all between the races, we’re all the same deep down!”
The Bleeder: “Racism wouldn’t exist if you stopped talking about it. WE ALL BLEED RED!”
"The Bleeder" is also known as the "Morgan Freeman Effect".
i’m shaking because these are all really fucking true and i literally know at least one person to fit each one of these.
This is brilliant, especially “The Lord of the Fee-Fees.”
Nelson Mandela in Detroit. I just love this.
(Source: nostalgia64, via monaeltahawy)