When boys of the Shan tribe undergo the ritual “Poi Sang Long”, the focal point lies in, what in the Western world would be described as, “feminine values”. They are dressed up in bright colours and adorned with make-up. The aim is to mimic the young Prince Siddhartha before he became Lord Buddha. Even though the purpose of the ritual is to show that the boys are on their way to become mature and responsible men, it is loaded with aesthetic values and free from any physical trials. This is what sets it apart from other typical male rituals. By Ken Bamberg
According to tumblr social justice warriors, if you’re more than one of these things then your opinion is instantly invalid
happy with the gender you were born with
If you’re straight, your opinion on homosexual matters and homophobia is worth nothing. If you’re white, your opinion on racism is worth nothing. If you’re male, your opinion on sexism is worth nothing. If you’re cis, your opinion on transphobia and trans* issues is worth nothing. If you’re thin, your opinion on fatphobia and fat positivity is worth nothing.
You are privileged over that group. These are not your oppressions. You, the oppressor, do not get an opinion.
It’s pretty simple. No one is telling you your opinion is invalid on everything, don’t even fucking act like we are.
Hey I could be wrong here, like I’ve been before.
But I thought the idea was to make white people allies against racism?
‘Cause if my opinion on racism doesn’t matter…Then you’re pretty much saying that it also doesn’t matter if I support you, or if I support the people that are against you, right?
yes, that’s what POC are trying to do - we’re working so hard to make white people allies because we realize white people are the only way we’ll ever be able to appeal to white supremacists.
wrong. and puke.
white people should WANT to be allies without being guilted. it is NOT up to POC to talk nicely or be kind to white people so that they listen and in turn choose to be allies to POC. If you’re white and truly understand equality being an ally to POC is not some big fucking deal - it’s some basic shit.
I can’t stand how willfully stupid some people choose to be. I just can’t stand it.
Like, why does your common sense shut down when it’s time to talk about your privileges??
If we’re having a discussion about quantum physics, and you didn’t know shit about it, you wouldn’t say anything. You’d listen….
But ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, a discussion about racism? Let me, person who isn’t a person of color.. person who hasn’t studied racism.. person with no real concept of history.. person who knows essentially nothing about the topic… talk as much as possible.
Photo 1: Another great story - and image - from the 2013 Morehouse Collegecommencement:
A Person We Should Know: Leland Shelton, Morehouse Class of 2013, “is congratulated as he is acknowledged by President Barack Obama during Morehouse’s 129th commencement ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday, May 19, 2013. After a difficult childhood in Baltimore—including time in foster care—Shelton graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is on his way to Harvard Law School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Photo 2: With those raised fists, this photo from Morehouse College’s 2013 commencement so reminds me of my own graduation from Howard University. HU Fam: “Lift every voice and sing….”