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I’m not usually the type to go into detail on something like this, because for me it hits close to home, & to be misinterpreted could prove to be not only frustrating but emotionally damaging, so please bear with me: I’m up late on Tumblr & I come across a post challenging the general community of Black folk to self-reflect on the ways in which shallow imitations of Black stereotypes, such as Blackface, are met with almost violent resistance, while imitations of flamboyant/effeminate queer stereotypes are - for the most part - legitimized in mainstream Black culture & particularly in the sphere of social media such as Vine.

Immediately, I’m intrigued, because as a queer Black woman I make an effort to surround myself with positive and empowering media influences that foster my creativity and show me reflections of myself & my interests. Having checked out of many mainstream social sites I never realized that the hostility surrounding this comparison is still such an issue. I think what I fail to realize so often is that many people in the Black community, including some Black queer folks, fail to realize that the picture of a queer community that has suffered little in comparison to Black folks is a testament to just how pervasive & internalized prejudices can be.

So often we discuss intellectually the methods by which queer people of color are silenced and forced into representation of their queer identities by white gay male counterparts. So effortlessly, so-called conscious queer Blacks in intellectual spheres and so-called safe spaces acknowledge that Black queer activism and Black woman feminism have been rendered invisible to the eyes of the nation & the world by white privilege. If we can recognize that much of the queer Black struggle has been either grouped in with or eclipsed by the white queer struggle, why can we not recognize the possibility that some of that history we never had the privilege to learn was equally painful, targeting, violent, and humiliating?

Just as the history of Blackface in America and all over the world as a harmful & demeaning means of entertainment for whites was known for decades only by those negatively affected, we must consider that much of the discrimination & bigotry in which imitations of queerness are rooted has yet to be documented because no one is listening to or worried about those most negatively affected by it. Not only do white gay men continue to monopolize the spaces for representation to the larger population, but queer and non-queer Black people alike continue to erase the importance of self-determined representation in media & in public. The argument that skin pigment is permanent & therefore more offensive to imitate suggests that ones personality, outward performance of gender & sexuality, & mannerisms are not permanent or determined by nature rather than chosen. A trans Black womyn may choose to walk out in heels, but her desire to perform as a womyn is not a choice. Imitating her behaviors, voice, and/or appearance is a choice. Doing it for laughs at her expense is also a choice; a poor one, but a choice nonetheless.

I guess my point in all of this is to point out that drawing comparisons between painful encounters with everyday discrimination is something intended to restore the relationship between the stereotypically queerphobic Black community as a whole & it’s arguably most ostracized & misunderstood intersectional subgroup. In no way is the comparison meant to suggest that Blackface & queer imitation the same thing, because they clearly aren’t. The point is to challenge those who are quick to defend one and condemn the other as less important to realize that two things can be radically different and equally impactful on those who identify with the characteristic or group being harassed or aped.

You don’t have to choose between being anti-racist & anti-queerphobic; you need to be anti-racist, anti-queerphobic, anti-Islamophobic, anti-misogynist, anti-colorist, anti-classist, and anti-ageist - amongst other things - to truly free all of your people.

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So I seriously and honestly want someone to explain to me why it's okay for these viners & youtubers to "act gay" but y'all frown on blackface.

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yourfuturewifey:

lez-be-ah-ness:

raresighting:

THANK YOU

Nah Nah Nah this is a clear case of ignorance right here.
Now I’m not saying it’s right for people to “act gay” but please don’t ever putting it on the same level of blackface
Until there’s minstrel shows about gay people they will never be…

I don’t think the point was to minimize black face as a serious issue that still exists but to challenge Black folk to stop normalizing queer-bashing & queer phobia. Jumping down his throat for making a valid comparison between two damaging practices is more so an example of your close-mindedness & self-serving respectability politics than of anyone else’s ignorance.

It’s not a valid comparison though
I never jumped down his throat, I said his statement was ignorant. 
Being LGBT and black is definitely a struggle but like I’ve said repeatedly, you can’t undermine one cause to benefit yours. There are plenty of other ways to address it than trying to undermine the history of blackface and the anger that comes with it
My responsibility as a black bisexual woman is to make sure all the issues affecting me are addressed properly and effectively so that change can be accomplished. This wasn’t the proper way to address the issue.

As a Black bisexual woman I understand that the point was not to undermine anything but rather to call into question the ways in which certain forms of bigotry are tolerable in the Black community, whereas others are not. There is no such thing as an accurate comparison, because a comparison is only the act of seeing how two or more things may or may not be alike. The question was posed as the beginning of a discussion, not the drawing of a correlation between the two. Understanding the ways in which both blackface & inauthentic, appropriated queer imitation in media affect you in equal but different ways is essential to coming to a place where you don’t feel the need to defend one as more historically impactful at the expense of another.

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Omg we’re so ugly

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sail on.

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i’m convinced that the sins you
commit at 3 am on a saturday night
in a city you can’t claim as your own
are washed clean by the sun’s rays
8 am on the day the Lord made
sort of.
but i can’t shake the scent of you
stroking me under
psychedelic strobe lights and
i can’t get the taste of your toxic
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I’M DYING

STOP HARASSING YOUR PARENTS but also keep doing it because i just laughed so hard my soul escaped my body

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tumblr user: if you dont reblog this you have no soul!

me:

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Lights go down and I hear you calling to me yeah…
Lights go down and
I hear you calling to me yeah…

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I just can’t get over 2005 Fergie

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what do you even focus on

nah son that naruto

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qodtiers:

i fucking looked up eggs with legs and i’m

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why are they in a cage?

otherwise they’ll eggscape

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hey

what do you want

ok rude

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mcbushpig:

when i was 8 i drew this comic about two girls kissing and my mom was out raged and i thought it was because my art wasn’t good enough so i kept trying to draw girls kissing and she sent me to therapy and my therapist tried explaining homosexuality to me and i didn’t even know what that had to do with my art skills

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