This should be reblogged by everyone. Even if you’re straight, you should be a supporter.
In particular: “On the Sufferings of the World”, “On the Vanity of Existence”, and “On Suicide”.
So, um, yeah. Don’t judge me or it’ll make me sad and then, you know…
gosh, the animation in this really did become so robotic and lifeless
by Nadia C.
Face it, your politics are boring as fuck.
You know it’s true. Otherwise, why does everyone cringe when you say the word? Why has attendance at your anarcho-communist theory discussion group meetings fallen to an all-time low? Why has the oppressed proletariat not come to its senses and joined you in your fight for world liberation?
Perhaps, after years of struggling to educate them about their victimhood, you have come to blame them for their condition. They must want to be ground under the heel of capitalist imperialism; otherwise, why do they show no interest in your political causes? Why haven’t they joined you yet in chaining yourself to mahogany furniture, chanting slogans at carefully planned and orchestrated protests, and frequenting anarchist bookshops? Why haven’t they sat down and learned all the terminology necessary for a genuine understanding of the complexities of Marxist economic theory?
The truth is, your politics are boring to them because they really are irrelevant. They know that your antiquated styles of protest—your marches, hand held signs, and gatherings—are now powerless to effect real change because they have become such a predictable part of the status quo. They know that your post-Marxist jargon is off-putting because it really is a language of mere academic dispute, not a weapon capable of undermining systems of control. They know that your infighting, your splinter groups and endless quarrels over ephemeral theories can never effect any real change in the world they experience from day to day. They know that no matter who is in office, what laws are on the books, what “ism”s the intellectuals march under, the content of their lives will remain the same. They—we—know that our boredom is proof that these “politics” are not the key to any real transformation of life. For our lives are boring enough already!
Can’t get a girlfriend, gets laughed at wherever he goes, has a hard time getting a job based off his physical appearance, get’s made fun off and, if he tried to become a movie star the only role he could get was as “Fat Guy #2”, if he breaks any laws he can expect to be demonized and promptly imprisoned.
Has the contempt of the general population.
Makes millions of dollars every year, beats his girlfriend to a pulp and gets away with it, receives standing ovation at the Grammies months after beating a woman, throws temper tantrums and hurls chairs through TV studio windows, makes racist and homophobic statements.
General public loves him.
But it’s the first guy who has all the privileges.
Let’s just, for the sake of argument, assume that everything above is true (except the last line). So what? It doesn’t mean shit. There’s more than just one area in which you can be privileged. You can be black yet benefit from different privileges and you can be white yet be oppressed because of your gender, sexual orientation, size, disability, etc. But, in our current framework, being white gives you privileges and being darker skinned gives you detriment. That doesn’t necessarily mean that every white person is better off than every black person. There are multiple contributing factors in social inequality. What “white privilege” means is that thanks to systematic racial discrimination over hundreds of years, whites are typically better off than folks of colour. Don’t believe me?
- According to Pew Research Center, in 2009, the average net worth of a white family was 3.7 times that of the average black family
- According to the United States 2010 Census, about 13% of the US population is black or African-American.
- There are, according to Forbes, 412 billionaires in the United States
- Given racial equality, we would expect to find about 53 black or African-American billionaires in the United states, but we only find one, Oprah.
White privilege doesn’t mean that all white people have amazing lives. All it means is that, overall, whites are better off than blacks.