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congo-mondele:

The King of Kongo, 1685

This was around that time when the first European ship managed to reach Africa’s southwestern coast.  Shortly thereafter the invasion of Africa began. Heralded by “adventurers” without visas, followed by the Church, thereafter imperial companies with european soldiers serving as mercenaries to shoot rid the territories of the populations.  Once the territories were too large for the Royal-Charter companies, administrators from the home countries soon took over management of what were now royal territories, aka crown lands.  Such administrators serving as “flags” to prove to fellow competing invaders that the said territories were “owned”.
In some territories such as Zimbabwe and Kenya, veterans of the First (1914-1919) and Second (1938-1945) European Wars of the 20th Century and any willing males were offered incentives to settle in the crown lands.  Such territories were run under Ku Klux Klan law with concentration camps for entire Nations of Africans and the requisite violence.  In Kenya for 68 years and in Zimbabwe for 90 years.

africaninsights:

congo-mondele:

The King of Kongo, 1685

This was around that time when the first European ship managed to reach Africa’s southwestern coast.  Shortly thereafter the invasion of Africa began. Heralded by “adventurers” without visas, followed by the Church, thereafter imperial companies with european soldiers serving as mercenaries to shoot rid the territories of the populations.  Once the territories were too large for the Royal-Charter companies, administrators from the home countries soon took over management of what were now royal territories, aka crown lands.  Such administrators serving as “flags” to prove to fellow competing invaders that the said territories were “owned”.

In some territories such as Zimbabwe and Kenya, veterans of the First (1914-1919) and Second (1938-1945) European Wars of the 20th Century and any willing males were offered incentives to settle in the crown lands.  Such territories were run under Ku Klux Klan law with concentration camps for entire Nations of Africans and the requisite violence.  In Kenya for 68 years and in Zimbabwe for 90 years.

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#black history 
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Stereotyped as “hyper-breeders,” Latinas have been targets of involuntary sterilization campaigns from Puerto Rico to California. Since 1994, with California’s Proposition 187 which sought to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing public services, we’ve seen bill after bill designed to deny immigrant women the reproductive health care they need to make healthy and safe decisions about pregnancy.

Within the past decade, under administrations that have some of the worst track records on deportation, immigrant parents have been further characterized as “unfit” to care for their children. The Race Forward report, “Shattered Families” documents how common it is for detained parents to lose custody of their children to the foster care system, all due to poorly designed justice systems, and assumptions about how one should parent.

The reproductive and parenting choices of Latinas, and particularly indigenous Latinas, are often attacked as greedy, backwards, or uneducated, their lifestyles considered unhealthy. Here’s what is wrong and unhealthy: the reproduction of nativist, racist beliefs, and stereotypes about the choices that indigenous women and Latinas make about their bodies, pregnancies, and parenting.

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"I’m always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else’s contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we’re demons."

Toni Morrison (via eshusplayground)

"Don’t fight fire with fire" = "Why don’t you just lie down and die; it’s the natural order of things. "

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#The black experience 
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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any d*mb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

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Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via mrioa)

Oh, they know these things. But they don’t care. They are not the ones upon whom the wound was inflicted.No. They did the inflicting and despise those they have wounded.

And to be quite frank, so does the rest of the world who believe all should weep at their wounds yet paradoxically reserve the right to laugh at ours.

Perhaps that is why their opinions matter the least. 

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#The black experience 

animbusofred:

Colourism within the black community is something which desperately needs to be addressed. And let’s face it, it’s black women who are being affected by it more than black men.

It’s something I hear from my brother all the time, except he coats his prejudice in `reasoning`. It utterly disgusts me to hear him degrade and belittle black women, when we have both have skin as dark as the women he hates, and when those women include our mother & sister. I had to endure his vitriolic views in the longest cab journey yesterday afternoon, a journey wherein he and our driver bemoaned the supposed perils of dating a black woman; golddigging , vacuousness and unattractiveness being among them.

My brother is 19, and he’s not alone in his views. I hear it from black boys at in my year at school, one even going so far as to laugh at me for saying I’d happily date darkskinned girls, then stare at me with bemusement as he realised I was being serious. There’s an entire generation of young men and women growing up, their minds polluted by a racist media fixated not only on Western beauty standards but on the fetishisation of lightskinned women. If you, as a black man, refuse to date black women then it says more about you than it does the attractiveness of the women you shun. You can’t be white, so you want the next best thing.

I’m just so tired of it all. 

It is a serious issue and black parents and the community need to teach the youth (and several adults too) that all shades are beautiful and worthy of love. Because nothing is more painful than seeing stunningly gorgeous people feel less than just because of a beautiful skin tone that has been called ugly by the rest of the world.

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#the black experience