The bodies of transgender women and of women of color are over and over again told that their bodies are inherently less desirable, that the way that they perform their femininity is unsatisfactory, so it’s no wonder why many women in those communities are susceptible to developing an eating disorder. Not only are women of color held to the standard of thinness that white women are, but they are incapable of being able to perform the desired whiteness of our society’s beauty standards.
For the past few days, I’ve really been pondering my place as a white ally. I’ve been scrolling through Facebook seeing my own friends and family condemning black protesters, saying they should protest differently, saying they’re disrespecting the country and those who fight for it, saying they should get up and go somewhere else. It made me consider how uncomfortable I was willing to get in order to stand by the black community. It made me think about how my whiteness in majority-white spaces is important because majority-white spaces often don’t give black people a seat at the table. I decided to compile some of my thoughts and main points about what it means to be a good white ally in the face of a racist country.
Being that we are an organization committed to making sure our student peers know and understand their rights, we have decided to release this statement concerning Betsy DeVos changing Title IX protections. We would first like to explain what Title IX is and why it’s so important. Then, we hope to outline things our university and others can do to continue supporting students who were victims of sexual assault. We want these students, now and in the future, to know that we see them, we hear them, and we support them.
The first, and perhaps only, rule of being “Asian” in America is, in fact, not necessarily to be Asian…
Of course, we had the usual “Hey, how are you?” kind of conversation when we saw each other, but we are all so trained to answer by saying “I’m good, you?” that we don’t even think to tell the truth sometimes. There are some people that don’t want to open up, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anyone to talk to.
If you’re reading this, and you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or anything that makes you want to hurt yourself, please understand that people care about you.
On the official website of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization writes that they believe that though they “are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people.” “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”(LA Times: Democratic Socialism)
Not only is the cultural genocide against Native Americans still pervasive in our society, our long history of genocide against Native Americans is continued through police brutality. Native Americans make up only 0.8% of the population, but 1.9% of police shooting victims, making them the group most likely to be killed by police.
In the days leading up to the Unite the Right rally in Virginia, prominent Neo-Nazi Andre Anglin posted his thoughts on the dress code on his site, The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer is a Pro-Nazi site infamous for targeting Jewish writers and general Nazi-Nonsense, which has since been shut down (at least for now) by their domain hosting site NameCheap. But, using quotes from Vox, we can still see the similarities in the language used. Anglin writes that they have to look “sexy,” and that “baggy stuff… always looks bad.” He even says that “continued obesity will not be tolerated.” He argues that he knows his target demographic is obese, but that they need to create a culture of fitness to combat that.
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