You know how European fairy tales all begin with “Once upon a time..” and have the same format?
Well Igbo fairy tales are exactly like that, except this is the format:
Every. Single. Igbo story literally begins with “One day Person A came to Person B and said ‘We are going to be friends’…”
And then right after saying that, Person A proceeds to do the most unfriendly, fucked up shit to Person B, until Person B either dies, and Person A takes all the glory, or Person B can’t take it anymore and enlists the help of some super horrible spirit/monster/masquerade/god/goddess to enact epic revenge on Person A.
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In China, English teaching is a whites-only club -
Take, for example, Mike Lee and Will Evans, students from the U.S. and Canada, respectively, who applied to be English teachers through the New Development School, a teacher-placement agency in Beijing. Being fluent speakers of English, both believed they would make competitive candidates.
What they didn’t know is that recruiters would not be evaluating them just on their English fluency or academic credentials. Instead, they were judged primarily on physical appearance.
Yeah.. my brother was politely asked to leave his first English teaching job in Shanghai because the kids’ parents’ didn’t want a Black guy teaching their kids English.
Fly 20 hrs across the world.. no white people around.. and you still gotta deal with whiteness. I just find it so discouraging.
Yep. And guess where Chinese people get their information about Black Americans? From US media.
When I was a student in China, I would explain this to people all the time. Perplexed Chinese students would ask me, Why are there so many Black criminals in America (by which they meant, the USA)? I would say, Believe me there are far more white criminals, but where did you get this information about Black criminals? They would answer, American television, American news, American movies. I would say, Those are made by white people and are not an accurate picture.
That was before the explosion of basketball and hip hop in China, which have somewhat expanded Chinese exposure to Black folks. These days, Kobe Bryant is probably just as popular among the younger generation in China as Yao Ming. (LeBron James is second; it’s a dividing identity-establishing question among Chinese youth, “Kobe or LeBron?”) Of course, basketball and hip hop obviously aren’t enough to change overall perceptions of Black people, as we know from the USA itself.
In any case, skewed representation, racist stereotypes, and specifically anti-Blackness in US media (both news and fiction) are not only harmful to people in the US, but these perceptions also inform — and misinform — an international audience and propagate global racism.
(Source: fuckyeahcracker, via stopwhitewashing)
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That Viral "Poverty Thoughts" Essay Is FICTIONAL -
There are times when the good deeds that happen by the magic of the Internet make us quite giddy. This time? Well, this time they make us cringe, to the tune of $100,000.
If you haven’t read the “insightful” personal narrative that recently went viral, “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or poverty thoughts,” there’s a good chance it’s somewhere on your Facebook news feed. This thing is everywhere.
The essay, which is being touted as a poignant look at the “terrible” decision-making processes of the poor, is the product of writer Linda Walther Tirado’s personal experience with poverty. Linda, a married mother of two, speaks of having to live in seedy motels, where there are roaches that she stabs with toothpicks. She can’t cook for her family because she lacks a kitchen, and she’s afraid of attracting more roaches, so they survive on junk food in said seedy motel.
Oh, and not only does Linda say she’s living in seedy motels and stabbing roaches, but she’s also working two jobs, taking a full load of college courses, and is banished to a life as a cook in the “back of the house” at a restaurant, as she is deemed too unsightly as a waitress — or apparently a legal secretary — due to an unfortunate set of teeth. She’s in desperate need of dental work, and her body is full of infection, but she can’t afford to spend the money on medical or dental care. It’s a tragic, tragic story.
It’s also tragically fictional.
Linda’s not actually poor, though, nor was she raised in what most would describe as poverty. Unless you consider a boarding school education as a marker for poverty, anyway.
The real Linda owns a home, thanks to some pretty generous parents. Her LinkedIn profile states she’s been a freelance writer and political consultant since 2010, and has worked in politics since 2004, a claim backed by 27 decent connections.
She’s married to a Marine, has met President Obama while interning for a politician (who obviously wasn’t disgusted by those rotten teeth), and has plenty of time to visit Las Vegas on vacation. And blog about her privileged life on Wordpress.
She speaks both German and Dutch, and has a well-rounded political blog that ended in 2011. It’s also a blog where she quite plainly references being paid to win races.
She’s still pushing for that money to help her out of “poverty,” though, and folks are still flocking to her to donate. She’s reached $61,388 so far. And don’t worry; if you haven’t made your contribution yet, she’s stated that she’ll raise it to $150,000 once she hits her goal. You know, for poverty and all. Or that book she’s planning to write, and that vacation she’s planning to take with the donations. Either or.
What Linda is doing here is infuriating. There are people donating to her that don’t realize she’s full of shit. People who have good intentions and big hearts and are attempting to make a difference in the life of a person who, by the sound of it, is living in some pretty dire surroundings. But folks, these are made-up dire surroundings. Stop giving her money.
She doesn’t need you to pay her dental bill; she wants you to pay her dental bill. There’s a difference. And it appears that may not even be necessary; those “rotten” teeth? They appear just fine in a 2004 political blog where her head shot is used, well after that “car accident” at 19 years of age. Her recent appearance on HuffPo Live, which was strange at best, seems to confirm that suspicion. Rotten teeth they are not.
You’re not moving this person out of seedy quarters by donating money that you earmarked to help a person in need. You’re financing a book written on a bunch of fictional musings about what Linda Walther Tirado thinks it would be like to be poor. It’s basically poverty fan-fiction, by way of a person who has three years of freelance writing on their LinkedIn profile.
Please signal boost this offensive bullshit, especially since she’s been publicly called out and doesn’t give a DAMN about lying and deluding people into thinking that she is poor to make almost $100,000 now.
(Image description: 4 tweets
1: dan @capndannn: “@KillerMartinis they asked to give you money because they thought you were living in motels and unable to cook broccoli!”
2: KillerMartinis @KillerMartinis: “@capndannn then they willfully misread my essay, I can’t help that. I wish it weren’t so, because I would rather be having a conversation”
3: dan @capndannn: “@KillerMartinis if you wrote an essay about poor people who aren’t you, you would have received $0 in donations, don’t be naive”
4: KillerMartinis @KillerMartinis: “@capndannn but now I have this positive thing to go do, so I’m going to do that. Thank you for explaining part of the problem to me.”)
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