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About your post on race-blindness, I'd like to ask a question. I try to think of us as the human race without being blind to the history, culture, and inequality - and I have the desire for us as a species to actually reach a place where all people are treated with the equality and humanity that we are all deserving of. Is thinking of us as a single race, with understanding that inequality still exists and a desire for us to fix that, being disrespectful of others? Honest question!

The rationale behind colorblindness is understandable to a point, but it’s like saying "The genders are equal." or "I’m completely oblivious to disabled people being disabled." when, in the real world, they clearly aren’t treated that way. When a POC discusses discrimination with their friends (particularly if those friends happen to be white), it’s often taken personally. Their friends get defensive, feel guilty, or change the topic onto themselves in an attempt to re-assure everyone they’re golden. Rest assured, we’re not interrogating anyone. We just need people to listen.

It’s very appealing to believe the best way to fight against racism is to pretend race does not exist, but in practice, that is extremely hard for most people to actually do that. It often ends up being a vain effort to appear politically correct, and in turn the underlying message we receive is our race is too offensive to even mention. The moment someone tells me “You know, I don’t see you as Asian…” it negates a part of who I am. the first thing that comes to my mind is “Well you obviously DO because you just brought it up.” We (POC) quite often get the impression that someone has something to hide when they’re acting strange or uncomfortable when refusing to mention a person’s race. If someone has a negative thought behind using race to describe someone, it can be perceived as discrimination.

It’s definitely noble of someone to want to judge everyone by their character and personality rather than their skin color, but that can be a real challenge if they don’t take the time to know each and every person they see. When people meet me in the flesh the very first thing that goes through their minds, whether they want to admit it or not, is my ethnicity. It’s a part of who I am. It’s a natural part of recognizing, identifying, and remembering who other people are.

When people insist they’re blind to race, it makes it difficult for POC to point out the racism they deal with on a regular basis. Taking a stand against racial inequality by ignoring race simply doesn’t work. Rather than celebrating our differences, some self-proclaimed colorblind people would much rather shout about how they’re "totally not racist at all!" Well… That’s great, buuuut segragation still exists in employment, housing, and education. Most Americans find it difficult to truly understand the problem simply because they don’t have direct contact with discrimination. It’s nice to imagine living in a world where racism is a thing of the past, but it’s far from being over. Saying "race shouldn’t matter" is not a bad thing, but that shouldn’t suggest race should be left out of the equation, even when expressing one’s full awareness of inequality.

Many POC would much rather live in a multicultural nation than a colorblind one, where everyone is respected and acknowledged for who they are, both inside and out. This ridiculous fear of mentioning and seeing races needs to stop, because there is nothing wrong with any of them. Denying race exists makes it even easier for people to deny the problems colorblindness unintentionally perpetuates. In the pursuit of social equality, we should fight to recognize racial and cultural differences that add great meaning to people’s lives and identities. Ignoring these differences rather than respectfully acknowledging them gives more power to negative stereotypes. Colorblindness, solely for the sake of receiving back pats, sounding open-minded, or avoiding the real issues, is very counterproductive.

One of the amazing things about the entire human race is that there ARE differences. Diversity, both racially and culturally, is pretty darn interesting. I believe in aknowledging and respecting these differences while avoiding pre-emptive negative stereotypes about race, skin color, and culture. Ultimately, our racial and cultural differences are not the problem. What people make of our differences (like those who are willing to dismiss or ignore race as if it’s the source of our problems) is a different story.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a futuristic “melting pot” where all the world’s nations, races, and cultures have fused into something harmonious. Right now, race and ethnicity still means a lot to people, and it’s often offensive when we hear other people want to sweep it under the rug as if it shouldn’t exist for the greater good.

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Street Art

"graffiti isnt art its just vandalism"

The creativity is absolutely amazing

My motivation to do anything today explained in one picture

put-him-in-custardy:

this is how Parks and Recreation explained Chris Pratt’s weight loss for Guardians of the Galaxy 

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I MUST GET THE BLUE ONE! I wish I had the money for the 2k or 10k one! SO PRETTY!
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I haven’t wanted something so much. ; _ ; Lord why must all my commission money go to bills!?!?!

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The saddest thing in the world is watching people let their crushes die because they don’t have the self-esteem to think they have a chance.

Story of my life.

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This is so me

7 things all anxious people understand. 

Me

I am all of these

all are me

100% me.

I apologize to everyone who’s put up with me in person.

Compared lines of logic…

Person 1: “I’m a feminist.”

Person 2: “Oh, so you hate all men, love to play the victim card, and expect special treatment?”

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Person 1: “I’m trans.”

Person 2: “Oh, so you’re in a constant state of denial about what gender you truly are? You’re just lying to yourself, and everyone around you.”

—-

Person 1: “I’m a Christian.”

Person 2: “Oh, so you’re a member of Westbro Baptist Church? You also think sex before marriage is a sin, and that all gays should burn in hell?”

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Person 1: “I’m of Middle Eastern descent.”

Person 2: “Oh, so you’re a terrorist? You plan to hijack a plane or kill Americans with a van full of explosives?”

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STOP. FUCKING. GENERALIZING. ENTIRE. GROUPS. OF. PEOPLE.

Stop immediately comparing people to the most extremist, most deplorable few who claim to represent an entire movement, religion, or culture.

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It’s really quite amazing how quickly and frequently supposed allies of racial and gender equality will turn on the very people they’re supporting if they’re politely corrected about something problematic they’ve said.

Fake ally: "If I tell people I’m blind to race and color, I am NOT being offensive!"

POC: "Actually, that IS offensive to a lot of people. Let me explain why…"

Fake ally: "Oh fuck you, you’re one of those SJW freaks! I’m done with you guys. Fuck all ‘yall Tumblr idiots."

… And then they start start passive aggressively re-blogging and agreeing with "feminists need to shut the fuck up" and anti-LGBTQ propoganda, defensively labeling everyone as a SJW or extremist if they have a differing opinion, even when a lot of women and POC share completely valid points and life experiences.

People’s egos sure are fragile. I guess they need to protect that give-zero-fucks cool kid facade, even if it means perpetuating blatant ignorance and hatred. :D