*The panel actually had black people on it (there’s a first!) However the point still stands that a discussion regarding the term poc shouldn’t be framed in this way by a publication that has effectively told its white readers that decent poc agree this is a bad phrase especially when they routinely silence and marginalise people of colour who do use it.
I’m going to leave this post up as it is because I live in a world where this is possible. I didn’t think to question it because why would I? Sounds like another day with a corrupt mainstream media. I couldn’t honestly care how people will react to this mistake because it doesn’t matter how I approach a thing, with honesty, good intentions, whatever, they always win, they alone have the power to frame it however they want. I am going to force myself to stay away for a bit. It’s not good to immerse myself in all this terrifying information, easy enough to cross lines when I get stuck in patterns.
I won’t be apologising either because I’m not sorry. I hate the Tory Guardian and its non existent middle class guilt. They’ve been guilty of far worse in recent times, like not doing what it is they’re supposed to for drowning immigrants and the like.
This is me being a big person and admitting I fucked up. This is not me grovelling for understanding or forgiveness because that’s a fools errand. If anyone’s got a problem with it they can always sue me.
**Four black people discussing terms BME, BAME and POC all fair and well but where are the other colours?
***Nothing Trevor Phillips asks is relevant to anyone other than white people.
Take a look at the people in these images. They are the self-appointed lefty spokespeople orating on behalf of us genuine lefties by birth, shackled by poverty and white supremacy. By assuming the lefty label they subscribe to the idea that they show “concern for those in society who are perceived as disadvantaged relative to others and a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished.” That would be people like me.
Do you think these people are lefties? I sure as hell don’t. Media Diversified tweeted that these people and their peers discussed whether the term person of colour has sinister undertones. So in the past few weeks we’ve had white people exert their systemic power and control to silence and demonise a woman of colour whose sole intention was to create a safe space in which BME and non-binary people could speak openly about the ways in which white people concern themselves with issues that have nothing to do with them, like for example whether a term coined by people of colour is in fact valid or not, and whether it is a thing to be feared. They’d prefer if we, the majority world called ourselves non-whites being as white is the default and we are the other. This is incredibly racist. What more could one expect from these individuals who have the white privilege to joke about racism, to control our lives with their international platforms and freeze peach?
There are sinister undertones to this whole affair but they do not emanate from the terms people of colour choose to identify with, rather those rich white powerful men and women with the influence to posit up as down, right as left and oppressor as oppressed.
It’s time white people with good intentions told them where to get off. They can’t hear us you see because they’ve used their influence to prevent our voices being heard because we are critical of the tactics they use to slander and control us, something many of us feel is an obstacle to justice and liberation. When the majority of these people are white, you cannot blame any of us for thinking of them as the most deceitful of racist white supremacists. Supremacists don’t hear oppressed minorities; we’re a non-entity to them. They’ll say we’re rude and incoherent, stupid and loathsome and the blinkered masses will just nod in unison.
White allies, you must fight back for us and use your positions to condemn these hypocrites, liars and cheats.