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I don’t think I’ve ever underspiced cookies before. I probably should have doubled what the recipe called for… Or maybe my ginger is just too old… They mostly taste like sugar with hints of real flavor that disperses into flour :/ And I made so many!
Of all the problems with White Feminism, one of its biggest is that, like other forms of whiteness, white feminism just sees itself as ‘feminism’ without realizing that it’s falling into the old pitfall of viewing whiteness as the default standpoint and point of view. It assumes that white feminism speaks for all womanhood and all people, and that it is the paradigm that will eliminate oppression. White Feminism attacks what it perceives to be misogyny against its own definition of femininity and womanhood, not realizing that it often supports colonization, racism, cultural appropriation, and reinforces white supremacy by discounting and dismissing the experiences and perspectives of women of color.
This is quite literally the crux of the problem. They can’t NOT view whiteness as the default setting of how to view the world. I think it is literally impossible for them because they get hit with whiteness everyday in everything to the point where if the face of something isn’t a WHITE face or a white person or people aren’t the FOCUS of something, it jars them to the point where they feel threatened and hostile and I don’t think most of them realize this is why.
Meanwhile, you have some who know exactly how the system works and fight to protect it whenever it looks like something might tip the scale out of their favor.
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I put in too much liquid, which fucked the flavor. WHAT TO DO??
Fortunately! A friend of mine was in the neighborhood and wanted to stop by (even though I’m unshowered and smelly and cooking and the house is a mess and normally I would not let anyone in). So I sent him out to get supplies which I lacked for a shitton of icing. I have no idea whether or not this will help much, but hopefully encasing the cookies (which are supposed to be ginger but really don’t taste very gingery this time, weirdly) in lemon icing will help.
The African-American religious folk songs known as spirituals grew out of the slavery experience and the introduction of Christianity into slaves’ lives. Though rooted in African musical tradition, they reflected life in a strange and terribly oppressive new world. Often improvisations upon older hymns, they became entirely new songs — songs like “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho” and “Steal Away.” In some ways, spirituals foreshadow the birth of American jazz.
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If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
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1.5 decades ago I was octupling recipes on a regular basis…
South Africans have erupted in song, dance and tears in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged the country’s black-white divide and helped avert a race war.
Bullshit and fuck you, race war was not averted, white people waged all-out race war against Black people in Africa for centuries using every manner of weaponry and technology and violence and cruelty at their disposal, from the first Boers and Brits of the Dutch East India Company to Dr. Livingstone and Henry Stanley, from King Leopold to the white supremacist National Party of apartheid fame who admitted that they were working in laboratories on biological weapons which would only kill Black people.
It’s a race war, waged by white people, every day that the world is shaped the way it is under white supremacism. White people only call it a “race war” if Black people fight back to defend themselves. Therefore, in the distorted white lens, the greatest thing Mandela did is persuade Black people not to fight back too hard, that’s what white people are celebrating about him, practically sighing with relief, whew they didn’t form death squads and kill us all. They completely twist the point of his life and legacy.
Truth and Reconciliation doesn’t mean, now we’re okay with whiteness after all. It means, Black people and people of color are on the move, handling what’s happened and what’s happening, but moving on and leaving whiteness in the rear view mirror because there are bigger mountains to climb.
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Check out the contrast between these search results. Not a single “loser”, “easy”, “desperate”, “stupid”, “scum” or similar insult in the search results for fathers.
Why, society, are single fathers so often seen with sympathy and admiration, yet single mothers are painted as a washed-up, disgusting strain on the system?
This is fucked.
I know this is rhetorical, but we know the reason.
Motherhood is not valued in this country, it’s demanded. We have people fighting tooth and nail against abortion, birth control, and then any social program that helps poor mothers. If the world sees you as a woman, you are expected to desire, birth, and raise children, and if you don’t do that, or you do it while poor, or single, or not white, you’re not only failing as a woman but as a mother.
But men, they don’t get defined by their reproductive abilities! They get to be multi-dimensional! And if they spare an occasional thought for the children they brought into the world, it’s a cherry on top of their identity as a person.
Women don’t get the luxury of existing as people outside of parenting, even in 2013. And until we do, this is the shit we’ll be dealing with.
"Motherhood is not valued in this country, it’s demanded."
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