Welcome back to Shaming Racists: the Halloween Edition! Ladies and gentlemen, I present:
Caitlin Cimeno, also known as Kt Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Employed at Our Market Package Store.
William Filene from Quincy, Massachusetts.
This is all public on facebook. All three pictures can be found on Caitlin Cimeno’s Instagram, @ktcimeno.
There’s no question that the three of them are racists, but Caitlin disgusted me by taking an unconsented picture of somebody else’s little girl, somebody else’s child, and using them as the target of racism for a facebook status. I’m including that too because how nasty do you have to be? As if the Halloween photos don’t answer that question.
Let me add that this stuff right here, EVERYBODY, is the reason you can’t darken your skin to portray a Black person. Because this is used to dehumanize us. Whether you intend to or not, you are perpetrating Blackface.
IT. IS. RACIST.
Caitlin Cimeno, Greg Cimeno, and William Filene are three of thousands. But justice will be served where it can. For them to make a mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death is disgusting, as is every single person praising them in the comments and every person defending them.
Look at how little value Black lives have in some people’s lives. Look at how today, yes, in 2013, our deaths are something to be laughed at, mocked, and our bodies worn as a Halloween costume. This is how we are dehumanized. Only one of thousands of ways.
Happy fucking Halloween.
chronicdisease asked: “You're so incredibly diluted it hurts. I hope you don't reproduce. For the sake of all sane people in this world. Oh and since it seems you have trouble with this word, allow me to help: Racism, also sometimes called racialism, is generally defined as actions, practices, or beliefs that reflect a worldview according to which members of a race share a set of characteristic traits, abilities, or qualities, such as personality, intellect, morality, or other cultural behavioral characteristics and”
oh for the love of god
2 months ago · 10 notes
How unfortunate is it that my parents had to literally force me to wear beautiful parts of my culture because I was afraid of being ostracized, but Selena Gomez can take aspects of the clothing I grew up with and make money off of them? How unfortunate is it that South Asian immigrants and South Asian Americans are Otherized every single day for the way they look, talk, and dress, but Urban Outfitters continues to commodify and make a profit off the sale of bindis – as made popular by American pop stars?
[..] My bindi is not a way for you to present yourself as being friendly to South Asian culture while exotifying it. My bindi is from my mother, put in my drawer because it is another mark of my internalized Otherness, on top of my brown skin. My bindi is tainted by Western celebrities trying to be “cultural” or “bohemian” or “tribal.” My bindi is not just a piece of plastic, my bindi is not for sale, and my bindi is not for you.
i just wanna instate a ban on people in the west trying to talk about reproductive rights or abortion or whatever in india (unless they’re part of the diaspora y’all are cool)
this white atheist dude once told me that making pre-natal sex determination/sex-selective abortion illegal was denying women the right to make their own choices about their choices
NO NO NO NO NO
stop right there
do not pass go, do not collect 200
OMG THIS FOREVERRRR.
I remember one major pro-choice blogger on tumblr saying that the way to deal with sex selective abortions was for governments to look into why such abortions were taking place and to rectify that problem, instead of placing restrictions on abortion. and that was so ridiculous to me because..like do people genuinely think that governments DON’T KNOW YET why sex selective abortions happen and haven’t actually taken steps to rectify it wtf
it’s such a eurocentric view and an oversimplification of an extremely complex, multifaceted issue and people just need to shut up about things they know nothing about imo
lmao yeah like the indian government is just sitting there going “hmmm i wonder why there’s so much female foeticide? is it….do the parents just not want to paint the nursery pink? maybe boys are cuter idk??”
seriously everyone is well-aware of why sex-selective abortions occur and, wow surprise, make pre-natal sex determination illegal is actually one of the measures that was taken to rectify it!!
obviously it’s not the perfect solution but hey there’s no need to write everyone off as anti-choice, that just proves you have no fucking idea what you’re talking about
Please guys, help us spreading this message!
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
then tell them that
pain and anger
over being stabbed
making you sad.
Remember the time I made a post about how someone I knew had two of their children kidnapped and then sold to white families in Europe? Remember how many people immediately jumped on that post and said that it was better that the mother lost her children and never found out what happened to her kids even though she’s been searching for the past 20 years because these kids would have a better life with the white people? Remember that?
It just goes to fucking show you that people are fucking monsters who don’t give a fuck about human trafficking or the lives that were destroyed in the process.
Human trafficking is a fucking problem in POC countries, especially when it comes to babies and children. If you don’t understand that there is a black market that exists solely for catering to white families in need of POC children and that the families of the POC children are often straight up lied to about their fate then you REALLY need to stay off posts that discuss it.
Human trafficking is evil you assholes, there are no goddamn exceptions.
"Westerners have been sold the myth of a world orphan crisis. [They] are told that millions of children are waiting for their “forever families” to rescue them from lives of abandonment and abuse. But many of the infants and toddlers being adopted by Western parents today are not orphans at all… and there’s too much Western money in search of children. As a result, international adoption agencies work not to find homes for needy children but to find children for Western homes.” [Source: Foreign Policy]
I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.
Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.
When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.
I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.
Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.
White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.
Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.
She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.
Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.
Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.
Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.
Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.
Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.
House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.
14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.
Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.
Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.
Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.
Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.
Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.
That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.
Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.
American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.
After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.
Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.
Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.
All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.
My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.
Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.
We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.
All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.
While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.
Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.
Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.
Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.
Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.
Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.
Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.
Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.
Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.
Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.
For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.
That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.
When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.
America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.
All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.
Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.
Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.
It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.
Particularly pertinant to the first half of this commentary is the Missouri case of Celia, a slave woman hanged for murder in 1855. Her “master”, Robert Newsom, bought her at a slave market when she was 14, and he raped her before they even arrived back at his farm. He continued to do so in the years to come, and she gave birth to two children, presumably his.
Celia, pregnant again, begged Newsom’s daughters (he had two by his deceased his white wife) to protect her from their father during her last preganancy, and said that if came to her again she would defend herself and kill him. There is no evidence either ever intervened.
When Newsom attacked her in her cabin on the night of June 23, 1855, she beat him to death with a stick (given that she was pregnant and ill and beating him to death and then dismembering the body would have taken some physical strength, there is a possibility that her lover, a fellow slave called George who had been the one to urge her to seek Newsom’s daughters to intervene, may have been involved).
At her trial, her lawyer argued that she was legally entitled to defend herself. There was an 1845 law on the statue books that stated that any attempt “to take any woman unlawfully against her will and by force, menace or duress, compel her to be defiled” was a felony, and he asked that ‘The words “any woman” in the first clause of the 29th section, of second article of laws of Missouri for 1845, concerning crimes & punishments, embrace slave women, as well as free white women.’
The judge presiding refused the motion, and concluded that a slave woman had no right to resist her master, even in a case of sexual assault.
Celia was hanged.
Executed Today has a write up on her story:
This is why I nearly slapped the shit out of my roommate when she told me that she believed that Sally Hemings was in “love” with Thomas Jefferson.
That’s called Stockholm Syndrome.
That was rape.
100% pure grade RAPE that happened to that woman, along with thousands upon thousands of other Black women and Indigenous women.
All at the hands of whiteness.
It was whiteness that created and perpetuated the horrid sexual stereotypes that Black people deal with today.
My great-grandmother was a product of slave/master rape; and consequently, though she were a free woman, so was my grandfather, under the same treatment and mentality. My grandpa is still alive, in his late 80’s. This is a very real thing for us. There was no love. Not from my great-grandma’s conception and not from my grandfathers’. It was rape. Dehumanizing, hateful, vicious rape.
[TW: RACISM, RAPE, SEXISM, VIOLENCE]