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unapologeticexistence:

Where Were White Feminists Speaking Out For Quvenzhané Wallis?

If there were ever any doubts that white feminists are disengaged from and apathetic to the concurrent racism that Black feminists must navigate in an increasingly hipster and kyriarchal society, look no further than their deafening silence when satirical website, The Onion, called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” on Twitter.

The arc of white feminist dialogue on social media in the wake of the barbaric, misogynistic tweet emerged as tepid awareness – maybe, possibly, there’s racism – before curving towards the indefensible position of their white, male counterparts – it’s just brilliant satire – before ultimately coming to rest at dismissal. The lack of concern that white feminists displayed for this little, brown girl could not have been more obvious even if they donned a head scarf and said a raspy, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” before scurrying off to chide Oscar host Seth MacFarlane for his song about boobs or the Academy for only awarding 9 out of 30 awards to women.

Because that’s all that’s important, right?

We’re in post-racial America, so we shouldn’t be so touchy about MacFarlane and Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis sharing a guffaw about Don Cheadle being mistaken for a slave while he’s in character. We shouldn’t care about Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr. defiantly clapping as MacFarlane joked about the brutalization of a then 21-year-old Rihanna, because she went back to her abuser, so to hell with objectifying her for shits and giggles.

And we most certainly shouldn’t care about a 9-year-old Black girl-child being called a “cunt” on the biggest night of her life because there are more important white feminist things to be concerned about.

The silence — or in the case of XO Jane writer, Mandy Stadtmiller, the defense — in the face of The Onion hiding behind a foggy, humor lens to perpetuate misogyny and racism has been disappointing, but, unfortunately not surprising.

Why?

Because for many white feminists — not all — the realization that they do not stand to benefit from acknowledging the intersection of race and feminism renders them mute. The conversation surrounding the lack of inclusiveness and diversity within the feminist movement is one that never progresses because many white feminists feign ignorance of their privilege. They are comfortable allowing their Black counterparts to march in their Slutwalks while protesters carry “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World’ posters because racism is not their battle. It’s ours.

They encourage us to shrug off our Blackness for the greater feminist good; the end result being a contemporary plantation tableau defined by Ole Miss and Mammie slaying the patriarchal dragon while the issues of racism and classism are hidden behind the veil of  “progress.”  And while this scenario is about as feel-good as The Help, expanding white privilege — feminist or otherwise — is not equality.

When Quvenzhané Wallis was called that horrible word and Black feminists rushed to fill the vast social media space with righteous indignation and even a love letter letting her know that she is cherished, valued, and worthy of protection, we fought that battle alone. Even Baratunde  R. Thurston, comedian and author of  How To Be Black, defended his former employers. While he made it clear that he would stay out of the fray, he peeped his head in juuuuuust long enough to let us know that though he felt bad for Quvenzhané and her family, The Onion deleting the tweet was kind of a huge deal.

Oh, well, that’s just swell! We’ll just grab our tampons, Afro picks and anger, and be on our way.

^See what I did there? That’s satire.

As the layers of this incident continue to unfold, Black feminists have been accused by misogynists of irrationalism in the face of microaggression and ignorance in the face of satire apparently so sophisticated that it floats just beyond our comprehension.  And during this condescending exercise in privilege, white feminists have largely remained silent. That is the travesty here. We can all take the outcry over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” all the way to the White House, but a 9-year-old Black girl can’t even get the support of white feminists in 140 characters or less.

Though I’m sure I will be called divisive for examining the very large cat that has apparently grabbed the tongues of  self-proclaimed feminist organizations and torch-bearers who would have essentially stormed the Bastille if any young, white girl had “playfully” been called a “cunt” in front of millions of people, I’m perfectly fine with that. In fact, I embrace it. Feminism is the flawed solution to a very complex equation, and to get to the root of any complex equation, one must divide. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly evident that some people don’t want us to divide because then we’ll realize something isn’t quite adding up.

 Shirley Chisholm once said that ”the emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.”

For Black women, go ahead and add racial objectification to the list. And if the case of a 9-year-old Black girl has taught us anything, it’s that when it comes to combating intersecting cases of racism and sexism, don’t be surprised if we’re all we got.

(From Clutch)

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Dear @TheOnion:

I find it appalling to police comedy. I find it appalling to list one’s resumé credits to make a point. But I also find it appalling to hide behind the Great Wall of Satire in half-assed defense of the denigration of a child, so I say all bets are off. Let’s get appalling up in this bitch.

As Condoleezza Rice in “You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush,” I simulated sex on top of a desk and rubbed my ass on Will Ferrell’s leg 8 times a week on a Broadway stage. Don’t tell me about satire. Check my YouTube channel and get back to me on rough humor and hypersensitivity. Peruse my own time in the tabloids and rethink explaining having to take some jabs being “in the public eye.” I wish you would tell me to calm down.

I love comedy and I practice satire daily and I need you to hear why that stupid fucking “joke” you tweeted about Quvenzhané Wallis last night has me and many in my community furious. Not a little pissed, not miffed, mind you, but coming for blood.

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On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

STEVE HANNAH, CEO of The Onion, saying sorry for this, via their Facebook page. (via inothernews)

It took an hour for them to figure out that this was not appropriate?

cognitivedissonance:

cyd-and-that:

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handaxe:

Levar Burton.

i just let out a loud “WHHOOP” sound

He continues to be one of my favorite Trek actors

I love him.

Oh, and you guys remember that one time when Chloë Moretz, a young white girl, called a group of adults “cunts” in the movie Kickass and the internet largely lost its collective shit? Yeah, good times. And then a young black actress, Quvenzhané Wallis, is called the same word, and there’s people out there defending this as “edgy” and satire.

Look, I get they were trying to make fun of how people fawn over Wallis, but in this case, The Onion wound up looking disgusting and juvenile — which they likely realized after the Tweet was deleted roughly an hour later.

Listen to Levar Burton.

publicshaming:

First Lady Michelle Obama showed at the Oscars to present Argo with the award for Best Picture. Now, it is completely fine to take issue with this. I enjoy a Michelle Obama appearance but the only thing that could have made her presenting a Best Picture award weirder would’ve been if Zero Dark Thirty won.

However, over in weird right wing world…

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There’s ol’ Benghazi.

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There’s the old “Moochelle is a moocher” meme, which we all know what that really means.

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There’s name-calling over her attempt to try and make kid’s eat healthy.

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There’s people who still cannot get over the fact that the Romney’s are not in the White House.

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There were a slew of people calling the first lady a “fame whore.” By the way, Laura Bush made an Oscars appearance in 2002. Ronald Reagan made an Oscars appearance too.

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There was sexism.

And finally, there was pure out and out racism…

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(Rough translation: “Michelle Obama? Did Django Unchained win?”)

Bilingual racism!

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And last but certainly not least, I bring you the “I’m not racist, now here’s something completely racist” racism:

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Feb. 20th - AAPI Community Call and Twitter Town Hall

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Community Conference Call and Twitter Town Hall

Please join the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Wednesday, February 20th at 3:00 p.m. EDT for a conference call and Twitter Town Hall to discuss the Obama administration’s accomplishments on behalf of the AAPI community, including the release of the report, “Continuing Progress for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, Federal Agency Accomplishments” and the launch of an Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study. The call will also discuss current and future efforts towards increasing access and participation among AAPIs in federal programs.

 

The Twitter Town Hall will serve as an opportunity to concurrently engage in Q&A with Initiative staff during the teleconference. The Twitter Town Hall will be open for questions beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Join @WhiteHouseAAPI using the hash tag: #aapiWH.

 

Learn more about the 2013 federal agency plans and read the report here and the AAPI Theme Study here.

 

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 

Start Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT (Please dial in 10 minutes early)

Dial In: 888-566-5907

Passcode: AAPI INITIATIVE

 

Speakers:

 

Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President

 

Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

 

Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Budget and Management, Department of Interior

cognitivedissonance:

Click the link above to view/follow me on Twitter. What’s your prediction for tonight? And should I live-blog Sen. Rand Paul’s Tea Party response? I think yes.

think-progress:

Kobe Bryant calls out homophobia.

I’m a Spurs fan but good for Kobe!

fascinasians:

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UNC has a new project stirring on revitalizing an Asian American magazine in the South.

Today is a different era, and Asian Americans across the nation have started to embrace the relevant issues that surround them. Voting turnout has been the highest ever and this past week has seen local, successful activism in the RTP area regarding Duke University’s latest scandal. I plan to make East Wind relevant to the RTP area, and would love to see that our stories/pieces inspire readers.

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

lauraolin:

New favorite thing: The Davids on Twitter.

Too much awesome!

demnewswire:

Get Connected Saturday: Must follow twitter accounts for January 19th

@CAPAC | @ObamaInaugural | @FLOTUS | @USProgressives

motherjones:

How a 25-year-old globetrotting investor and Coldplay superfan from Austin, Texas—who just so happens to be friends with Justin Bieber’s bodyguard—became North Korea’s only true Twitter friend—and the backlash that followed.

From Angry Asian Man

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Do you like comic books? And would you like to help a family in need?

In New York, Korean Community Services recently established a memorial fund for the family of Ki Suk Han, the subway murder victim who was killed when he was pushed onto the track and hit by a train.

Our friend Greg Pak, the writer behind comics like The Incredible Hulk,Astonishing X-Men and Vision Machine, is doing his part to help out. To encourage folks to donate, Greg has promised to send a signed comic book to anyone who contributes $25 or more to the fund.

Here are some more details on how it works:

In hopes of encouraging donations, I will send a signed comic book from any series I’ve written to anyone who donates more than $25 to the fund. We’ll work on the honor system here — send an email to vm at pakbuzz dot com answering the following questions and I’ll hook you up:

1. Please include your Twitter handle if you’d like a shout out online for the donation. And please tell me how much you donated so I can keep track and inspire others to contribute.

2. Please specify a character or comic book series that I’ve written that you like so I can pick a good comic to send you. UPDATE: If there is a specific issue I’ve written that you’re missing, let me know what it is and I’ll see what I can do.

3. Please confirm that you’re 18 or older.

4. Please include a US mailing address. (Sorry for not being able to ship overseas!)

This is based on the honor system, so don’t be a cheater, yo. You can send a check to Korean Community Services (KCS), 35-56 159th St., Flushing, N.Y. 11358, payable to “Korean Community Services” with the memo: “Community Fund for Mr. Han.” (Checks are preferable, but you can donate online too.)

Props to Greg lending a helping hand.

Another tactical question about the fiscal deal. No press engagement of policy issues to prevent shootings. This is sad.
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) December 19, 2012