whatwhiteswillneverknow:

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Baugh said he listened to recorded statements given by Morales before her death and believes that while she was a troubled youth, she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold. The judge also said Morales was “older than her chronological age.”

Former Senior High teacher gets 30 days for rape of student

The naysayers that constantly deny that racial stereotypes are an inherent part of our culture and how they are used to value a non white woman’s (or girl, as is the case here) worth, should look no further than this case.

In April 2008, a 14 year old Latina girl was raped by her teacher. She committed suicide as a result of the ongoing trauma. Five years later (FIVE) there is finally a sentence for this crime. While the prosecutor had asked for 20 year in jail, the judge deemed 30 days to be a fitting punishment because the child was “in control of the situation”. This rapist (no alleged because he has been found guilty) was expelled from the sex offenders program he was attending because he had remained in contact with several minors in spite of being forbidden to do so.

The offender’s lawyer, not content merely doing his job had to go beyond the call of duty and remind us who was really hurt in this situation:

Rambold’s attorney, Jay Lansing, argued Monday for the suspended sentence. He said Rambold lost his career, his marriage and his home and has suffered a “scarlet letter of the Internet” as a result of publicity about the case.

A 14 year old Latina child was raped and committed suicide, the criminal is given a slap on the wrist but of course, we should be sorry for “the scarlet letter of the internet” that he is going to carry from now on.

Unlike the humanity denied to his victim, he gets to be treated as a subject with rights.

ETA: And I just saw Jezebel’s coverage of this case. Predictably, there isn’t a single mention of this child’s ethnicity. As I said on Twitter, this way of white washing the case erases the long history of racialized misgonynist violence and removes all context of the ways in which Latina women and children (and Women of Color in general) are dehumanized and sexualized. Yes, this could have happened to a child of any ethnicity or race, however, more often than not, these very specific stereotypes about oversexualized girlhood are applied to girls and women of color. Purposefully erasing this context only helps perpetuate the violence which remains unexamined.

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The major finding of our experiments is still shocking. When whites were presented with an argument against the death penalty or three strikes that emphasized the racial bias of the policy, they became more (not less) supportive of capital punishment and three strikes laws.

Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley, political scientists and authors of Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites, in a recent interview with the Washington Post’s Wonkblog about their academic studies documenting the “separate realities” and perceptions about the US criminal justice system based on race.

The whole interview is worth reading, but I wanted to emphasize this particular passage because it offers a stark and sobering window into white racism: when white people are presented with the notion that the criminal justice system is racist, they become more supportive of the death penalty and mandatory minimums.

To put it even more simply: most white people like the racist imprisonment and execution of Black folks. That’s literally the world that a majority of white people want to live in — a violently racist world — because they believe racist violence makes the world a better place for whites. Most whites support institutional racism, which is why they built it and continue to defend it and maintain it.

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But folks wanna act like we are paranoid? In the face of cold hard facts, white people are actively supporting racism against black people

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In Which Your Humble Narrator is Accused of Being Racist Against White History and Having a Bad Attitude: I think we should take this one a sentence at a time

medievalpoc:

It is really nice that you research to point out some presence of poc in medieval Europe.

But you’re going to spend the rest of this message telling me why you don’t think it’s very nice, aren’t you? Let’s find out!

I think doing that is a good job and enriching.

and 3…2….1…

On the other hand I must say it is very strange for me your claims that white european people have denied the presence of poc in medieval Europe (I am european but not white).

Well, funnily enough I’m talking about American History curriculums and always have been.

THEY HAVE LITERALLY BANNED TEACHING “ETHNIC” HISTORY IN ARIZONA AND TEXAS.

According to Devon G. Peña, Professor of Anthropology and Chicano Studies Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin), 1983

The irony, of course, is that when the Euro-American experience is normalized to be the “comprehensive” experience, that results in the privileging of the narrow views and experiences of a specific ethnic and racial group (whites) whose experiences are misrepresented as the one true measure of the history of the nation or the state. I guess the white male legislators didn’t think of that.

Have a look at the archive of choices for “history” classes at Ohio State, and take note that 53 out of almost 400 class offerings have to do with people of color, and fewer than 40 to do with history outside of a “Western” perspective.

out of ALL CLASSES OFFERED BY THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT.

This high school curriculum outline for the State of Texas, currently under revision, has these kind of requirements for “history”:

Red=removed from curriculum

Green=added to curriculum

strikethrough=removed from curriculum after review

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And they’re still lobbying to put a “positive spin” on chattel enslavement of African people.

TEXAS IS LITERALLY REWRITING HISTORY RIGHT NOW, IN ORDER TO ERASE PEOPLE OF COLOR.

Which leads to this:

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I have lived in several countries along the whole european territory and I have never ever met a person who think there were not poc in those times around here (And much less in history universities).

Well, good for you? Unfortunately, America needs this blog very badly.

Everyone assumes there were some traders, inmigrants, craftmen, even some poc who could have been notorious in politics, science, etc.

Are “traders, immigrants, craftsmen” and “even some poc” mutually exclusive categories?

So, reading your claims and anxieties I assume you must be north american.

Or, you could have noticed from me saying so, too.

I had to live there for a couple of years and I could see how many cliches people have about Europe, and I think you are not an exception even if you think your claims are positive.

Yes, The United States has many “cliches” about Europe, including that it is the font from which “the civilized world” springs. Happily, I do not labor under that “cliche”.

They are not positive, they are delusional.

I am sorry you think my “cliches” are “delusional”…although I don’t really know what that means, exactly.

As for my blog being positive…well, it has its highs and lows.

It is quite obvious that these poc were a minority, or not even a minority.

…so we might as well just not talk about them? Not really sure what you’re implying.

The idea of terrible white people doing a conspiration against the presence of poc in european history is quite paranoical and it seems more of an outcome of the current race issues of your country and whatever complex.

It seems like you can’t decide whether I’m “crazy”, or that the United States has “current race issues”? Are you talking about the combination of power and prejudice that leads to systematic and institutionalized oppression of people of color that has been going on since the late 1600s, a.k.a., racism?

Your ableism is showing.

It is quite true that white europeans did terrible things in history, not much more terrible things that poc have done in other times or empires (check out some of oriental-african history), but you seem very delighted in just focus on the white side.

Remember that one time when colonization?

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But we shouldn’t talk about that?

For me it is quite notorious that you denounce the white colonialism BUT you mention with pride that the Iberian peninsula was COLONIZED (btw, with much violence) by islamic poc (which on the other hand was a great heritage) durin middle age.

I think you’re projecting a bit.

Well, you fight racism but you seem to be a racist yourself.

I think you’re projecting a lot.

And also, you have no idea what racism *is*.

I’ve read something about Marco Polo in your blog saying that his trips could have been done on the other way around as a proof of poc traveling to Europe.

Here is the exactly one post on my blog that mentions Marco Polo. It’s just talking about cultural influence and exchange in regard to fashion during the heyday of the Mongolian Empire. It’s a singular sentence:

We know that at least one boghtaq was brought back to Europe by Marco Polo at the end of the 13th century.

This literally says “A guy brought a hat back to Europe”. That equals me being racist against white history or something?

That is obvious, for sure there were poc travelers.

Okay, so what’s your beef? Oh…we’re getting to it….

That doesnt mean poc were an essential part of medieval Europe, as well as the presence of Marco Polo in Asia doesnt mean white people were an essential part of asian society.

You seem really invested in downplaying the importance of the contributions of people of color. I wonder why that is?

You seem to think many white people are racist because they denied the concept of poc as essential part of medieval european society.

You seem to think that me saying “racism exists and affects society, including education, in America” means that I’m racist against white people.

I think purposefully erasing history that includes people of color is pretty malicious and racist, don’t you? Especially if you’re teaching European History as “history” or “world history”, and talking about when “we discovered” other continents existed? Even more so when you happen to be occupying one of those continents?

Well, imagine what people from Africa or Asia would think about a white european guy who would make a blog to show to the world that white people were essential in their societies during the middle age and antiquity (farther than some few traders, travelers, etc), and claiming asian and african people are so racist because they have removed most of the historic insights of that fact.

That blog exists-it’s called stormfront, I think. If you’re seriously entertaining the idea that African[an entire continent, don’tcha know!] and Asian [also, an entire continent!] bloggers are clogging up the intertubes with their reverse racist history blogs, I have nothing for you. I don’t think anyone can help you. Then again, I’m not 100% on what you’re actually saying in your “imagine this hypothetical situation!!!!” paragraph-sentence here.

If you want to be equal and just you should try to do those blogs too… see what would happen.

You’re projecting again. This is “medievalpoc” not, “Iwantthingstobeequal.com”.

But no… the thing is fighting againts white mentality, and their supposed supremacy (poc have been supreme for milleniums before, you are very free to denounce this as well if you dare to be fair).

"dare to be fair"

By “white supremacy” I do not mean to allude only to the self-conscious racism of white supremacist hate groups. I refer instead to a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.

-Frances Lee Ansley, Critical white studies: Looking behind the mirror. Temple University Press. p. 592. 

You are very free to denounce the terrible things commited by poc around the world as well, but equality doenst seem to be your style.

"In my mind equality means ‘you don’t talk about white people enough on your blog about people of color' “

That is what you just said. Are you proud of that? Does it make you feel alive?

AND NOW WE COME TO IT!

Your blog has many good treasures, but many delusional claims too, mostly in the attitude.

Someone does not like my attitude.

Excuse me while I cry myself to sleep over that. But I’d much rather fight against the very real erasure of people of color from American history education than worry that some random person thinks I’m being racist against white people for having an art history blog that features people of color.

In summation: nowhere in this blog do I claim my purpose is to convince the status quo that white supremacy exists. Go back to 101 blogs if you need an education on race in America that badly. This is a 200-level meta-analysis Art History blog. It specifically is critical of the fact that in America, European History is taught as default history, as a part of the legacy of colonialism and imperialism. This includes art History, which is once again the specific focus of this blog in particular.

Byeeeee.

For those of you who want articles about the ERASURE of people of color from History, including Art History:

A View on Race and the Art World (PBS)

Race and the Idea of the Aesthetic (Michigan Quarterly Review)

Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas (Historians of Netherlandish Art)

Sigilum Secretum: Misinterpretation of the Moor in Medieval Devices (PBS)

Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project (W.E.B. DuBois Istitte)

Collection Review by Historians of Netherlandish Art: Black is beautiful

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe (Walters Museum)

Erased from History (SUNY Albany Press-PDF)

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Being “anti-PC” is not sticking it to the Man, it’s sticking it to all the people whom the Man routinely stomps on. Baby-stepping away from racism: A guide for white people (via spring1999)

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Shock and Awe

sonofbaldwin:

[Trigger Warning: Violence beyond your wildest imagination]

Dear Black People: It is very important for you to understand that we live in a nation that, to this day, has not, in any way, atoned for the destruction of Mary Turner. So you must not be shocked or dismayed at how we’re being regarded or treated now. Be very clear about where we are and who we are dealing with.

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The black market isn’t necessarily any more violent than the rest of the economy: what are drive-by shootings next to the prison-industrial complex? The same violence that shocks us in criminals is invisible in society at large because it is ubiquitous and constant.

- from Work, by CrimethInc. (via systemproductsystemslave)

Watch any episode of Gangsters America’s Most Evil and you see the demand for coke was from rich people. But rich people snorting coke on Wall Street are always seen as better than poor people smoking crack in Harlem. White supremacy is always benefiting from criminalizing what black people do and normalizing what white people do.

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Let me tell you all the things you don’t want to know.

Like how chink comes from
the clanking of metal to railroads
as the slaves built train tracks for
this country to be connected.

Like how the zipperhead down the street
is called that because of the way our
heads split open when struck with assault weapons
or how the Jeeps ran over and left marks
across corpses and someone clever thought
that we were only good to unzip.

Like how every Asian person being lumped
into one culture is systematically making us
assimilate into an America we thought was better than
our war torn home and it’s stripping away
our individuality every time you confuse me
with some other nationality that I might share
similar features to.
— from What Kind Of Asian Are You? By Alex Dang! (via wordsoftakumi)

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