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"I'll fucking cut you." Behind the scenes of the 1491s' segment on "The Daily Show"

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jessehimself:

devices of power and privilege

The next morning, football Sunday, the three of us went to FedEx Field as part of the show. “The Daily Show” taped us wandering around the “Redskins Nation” tailgate, though that never made it on air. I, rather naively, thought maybe we’d be able use our presence at the tailgate as a way to showcase our humanity, and let the Washington Team know that there are Native Americans out there who are among them—real people not relegated to the eternal myth of history. Maybe we’d change a mind or two. Or, at least, maybe some ignorant hilarity could be caught on camera. It was worth a try, so with a camera crew following us, one little, two little and a third big Indian struck out into FedEx Field’s Redskin Nation tailgate.

That did not go as I’d hoped.

There were points during that hour-long experience where I actually was afraid for my life. I have never been so blatantly threatened, mocked or jeered. It was so intense, so full of vitriol that none of the footage ended up being used in the segment. I’m a big dude—6’1”, and a lotta meat on the bones. But a blonde little wisp of a girl completely freaked me out as I waited in line for the bathroom. “Is that shirt supposed to be funny?” she asked motioning to my satirical “Caucasians” T-shirt. And then she said, “I’ll fucking cut you.” Actually, she didn’t scare me so much as the wannabe linebackers standing behind her who looked like they wanted to make good on her threat.

On one level, I get it. I’m walking around with an ironic T-shirt on, being a Native in the middle of FedEx Field with a camera crew from “The Daily Show” nearby. But amid the jeers, mocking and threats, did I cry, and accuse them of ambush? No, because I knew what I was getting myself into. It’s “The Daily Show.” I know the format. More than that though, I didn’t back down or break down because I knew in my heart and conscience I was doing the right thing, as silly as the method may have been.

I think back to the tailgate: the man blowing cigar smoke in my face, the man who mockingly yelled, “Thanks for letting us use your name!”, the group who yelled at us to “go the fuck home,” the little waif who threatened to cut me, the dude who blew the train horn on his truck as I walked by the hood. I think of all of that, and I think back to O’Dell crying and trying desperately to get out of the room full of calm Natives. I thought she was crying because she was caught unawares and was afraid. But I realized that was her defense mechanism, and that by overly dramatizing her experience, she continued to trivialize ours. It was privilege in action. And as I realized these things, something else became incredibly clear: She knew she was wrong.

Don’t read the comments. 

I don’t even know where to begin with this whole thing. It was just amazing. It’s hard to imagine Redskins fans making themselves look more terrible even if they were trying to do it on purpose. And there’s the thing that the hardcore fans they interviewed outright admitted that they would keep being fans even if they name changed, so the team doesn’t really have anything to lose.

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queenmerbabe:

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Guys who are obsessed with being manly always (1) seem really insecure, and (2) seem to lack any actual arguments to back up their notion that being more manly is better.
One time when I had nothing better to do I was involved in a comment thread that went something like this:

"Shaving is feminine!"
"Uh, okay. Why should I care?"
"Guess you’re not macho!"
"Maybe! But why should I care?”
"Yep, just a pussy."
"You’re still not making anything like an actual argument…?"

For me personally, being such an introvert strongly affects how I relate to gender roles and such. At least from my POV, gender roles seem to be defined almost entirely by specific types of interactions, many of which have power involved, and many of which I don’t really want anything to do with. I don’t want power over others, I just want some time to myself, some friends I can spend time with, and maybe some people who’ll read and enjoy the stuff I create.

queenmerbabe:

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Guys who are obsessed with being manly always (1) seem really insecure, and (2) seem to lack any actual arguments to back up their notion that being more manly is better.

One time when I had nothing better to do I was involved in a comment thread that went something like this:

"Shaving is feminine!"

"Uh, okay. Why should I care?"

"Guess you’re not macho!"

"Maybe! But why should I care?”

"Yep, just a pussy."

"You’re still not making anything like an actual argument…?"

For me personally, being such an introvert strongly affects how I relate to gender roles and such. At least from my POV, gender roles seem to be defined almost entirely by specific types of interactions, many of which have power involved, and many of which I don’t really want anything to do with. I don’t want power over others, I just want some time to myself, some friends I can spend time with, and maybe some people who’ll read and enjoy the stuff I create.

(Source: marfmellow, via professorcirno)

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eyebaglady:

yellowxperil:

San Francisco Chinese Restaurant Temporarily Closes Because White Gentrifiers are Annoying and Entitled

A series of customer complaints angered the chef-owner of the small Chinese restaurant so much that he chose to shut the doors, albeit, temporarily, SF Eater reports.

“We are closed because of you (customers),” one sign read.

“So…yes we use MSG, we don’t believe in organic food, and we don’t give a shit about gluten free,” a sign directly below the first proclaims.

The chef tells KGO-TV that he made the signs because he was tired of catering too hard to satisfy patrons.

To illustrate his frustration, he explained one of the incidents that led to the closure:

“The second guy came up to me and said, ‘The rule is, if we don’t like it we don’t have to pay.’ And as he walked out he started cursing at me and that’s when I went ‘poof’,” the chef says.

An employee with the restaurant told the SF Eater that another incident occurred just prior. In that case, the party refused to pay for their meals after saying the food was “too spicy.”

(To quickly address the stigmatization of MSG- it is racist bullshit)

The whites refused to pay for food bc it was too spicy……….

I won’t say there’s never a circumstance when it’s justifiable to walk out without paying, but it would take a heck of a lot more than “the food is spicier than I’d like.” I don’t even like food that’s too spicy, but if I’m worried about how spicy the food is (like say if I go to a Thai restaurant and want to try something I’m not familiar with), I talk to the server about it. They are people, and usually, you know, outgoing people who are willing to talk about things.

MSG is not particularly unhealthy (certainly not more than other bullshit we as a people cram into our pieholes), and it adds umami to food. In Japan the major brand name of MSG is called “ajinomoto,” which is basically “essence of taste.” It’s also incredibly common in American food, especially in anything even vaguely processed. If you can handle it in American snack foods or fast food, you can handle it in Chinese food.

(via professorcirno)

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Recently a group of Satanists held a black mass in Oklahoma. The Catholics pretty much lost their minds about it, but I think if they really want to discourage black masses in the future they need to make the photos of the event more public:

On the other hand the Catholic protesters (who outnumbered the actual black mass attendees by a substantial margin) looked like this:

So at this point I guess it’s more a question of who is putting more effort into their LARP costumes.

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i-am-river:

So, i read this awful article using bathroom “scare tactics,” which was claiming that trans women are potential rapists. “Men” who dress as women to gain access to women only spaces and force them self on women. This really upset me and i had a bit of a Twitter rant. They were read by others and i was urged to post them in other media also, so i am posting them here. (Edited together in easy reading format from top to bottom.)

This is the link in the first tweet about how there are no cases of a trans woman attacking a cis woman in public restrooms: Link 1.

This is the link in the second tweet about the cases where trans people are assaulted in the bathroom by cis people: Link 2.

if you’re cis and you follow me i’m gonna need you to reblog this

don’t care if you’re cis or trans, this is important.

If there had ever been a single actual instance of a trans* person doing anything remotely bad in a bathroom, or even an accusation that turned out to be completely false, we would never, ever stop hearing about it. Instead the statistics on trans* people are depressing as hell, and the whole “bathroom pervert” thing just makes me wonder about the people pushing that angle, not unlike how every now and then you see a homophobe who makes it sound like being gay is a fascinating temptation that they’re thinking about all the time rather than, you know, a thing that some people just are.

(via rasamune)