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POC existed in Europe during the Medieval era.

POC existed in Europe during the Renaissance.

POC existed in Europe during the 17th century.

POC existed in Europe during the 18th century.

POC existed in Europe.




And they weren’t all slaves and servants EITHER.

#yay  #poc  #fairytales  #history is vital. 


The term “POC” (people/person of color) is thrown around loose and fast on Tumblr, and many times quite inappropriately as well. This can lead to the erasure of lived experiences, neo-imperialistic projections onto non-Western contexts and ultimately can reinforce white…


Posted on June 19 with 9,758 notes at 7:56 pm
#poc  #person of color  #people of color  #Western centrism  #languagelulz  #context  #antiblackness  #Don’t apply the term “POC” to non-Western contexts and specify forms of oppression when you can in Western contexts.  #yes good 

Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.
-Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)
Posted on April 16 with 19,038 notes at 9:47 am
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In the fervor of a recent string of new media phenomena focusing on Asian-American visibility and feminism, the idea of Asian-American and Black solidarity emerged, championed on twitter, and quickly off twitter, by the hashtag #BlackPowerYellowPeril. Understandably, black people tend to be skeptical for calls of solidarity as they often seem to be an attempt to leverage our movement capability, history, and theory while marginalizing us in the actual movement. In this case, that skepticism manifested in splintered, sometimes haphazard, discussions of “Asian privilege,” which Asian-American activists promptly attempted to debunk.

One of the most commonly used rebuttals of the claim that certain Asian ethnic groups are privileged in the United States is that because the country isn’t structured to afford privilege to East Asians, they cannot be privileged. But this blatantly disregards the way that privilege works. Privilege is relative and works hierarchically so one need not stand at the apex of the hierarchy to benefit from the privilege. Subordinate groups can still benefit from latent privilege even as the social world is structured to benefit other groups. One simple example of the phenomenon is the privilege afforded to non-white people of lighter skin tones relative to those of darker skin tones in the same group. Lighter-skinned people of color have greater educational attainment, higher incomes, more wealth, better healthcare, etc. The social preference for white skin is accompanied by a preference for skin that is near white so non-whites with skin tones nearer to white are latent beneficiaries of a white supremacist hierarchy. So while they didn’t create the system and may not seek to maintain it to the same degree of white people, they benefit from the structure even when accounting for the relative disadvantage they face.

That said, what people end up labelling “Asian privilege” seems to sit at the intersection of skin tone privilege and economic privilege, especially relative to blacks. At this intersection, some Asian-American ethnic groups accrue greater wealth, more education, etc, in ways that are not easily reduced to the selectiveness of the immigration process and in ways that compound over time. Privilege builds on itself when unchecked, which is why the racial wealth gap, and income inequality more broadly, has steadily increased in this country, and there is little reason to suspect that East Asians sitting at these intersections will cease to benefit from the compounding privilege, albeit not as starkly as whites. This is especially poignant because skin tone privilege comes with an intergenerational benefit that extends farther than the aforementioned wealth and education: the ability to intermarry with whites and produce white children.

Mary Waters called them “ethnic options.” And it’s a concept that Sociologists Aliya Saperstein and Andrew Penner in their 2012 piece in the American Sociological Review build on to show that from year to year about 45 percent of non-white people (a category that in their study includes Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans) shift their self-identification from non-white to white in a way that corresponds with positive life events. For example, non-white people are more likely to identify as white if they’re of higher economic status and less likely to identify as white if they’ve spent time in prison. The ability to move between races, to pick up and put down the mantle of whiteness at will, is a massive benefit and the result of the aforementioned intersection of skin tone and affluence. Regardless of whether one accepts or claims the classification, the ability to present as white or being viewed as white offers a type of access that can be invaluable when navigating a society that privileges whiteness at the expense of people of color. People who are too dark find that their race is stagnant. For example, in Saperstein and Penner’s study, only about 1.4 percent of black people went from black to white in any given year. And achieving whiteness as a poor person seems to be a tenuous proposition.

None of this is an attempt to deny the subordination that Asians and Asian-Americans face in the United States. Surely, the stigma of being a foreigner and the pressure to overachieve academically due to the model minority stereotype can be overwhelming, and the income statistics of Asian and Asian-Americans are inflated because of their concentration on the west coast and the fact that they see lower economic returns on their education than white people. Indeed, political scientist Claire Jean Kim in her 1999 article in Politics and Society argues that racial positions in the United States don’t exist relative to one another on a simple vertical hierarchy, but, instead, they exist in a two dimensional field with one axis indicating insider/foreigner status and the other indicating superiority/inferiority. In this field whites use the relative valorization of Asian-Americans as a means to dominate both groups, eg. the model minority stereotype that has transparently anti-black origins. (I’ve reviewed other theories of Asian-American racial positionality, assimilation, and anti-blackness here before.
Claire Jean Kim’s visual representation of the racial field

Additionally, the umbrella category “Asian” fails to capture the diversity of Asian ethnic groups, which have vastly different sets of life chances, some of which – such as the Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese – have life chances that mirror, or are worse than, blacks. But other groups like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, who all have poverty rates at least ten percentage points lower than Blacks, college degree attainment over 20 percentage points higher, and median household incomes of $58,300, $61,630, and $48,500 respectively compared to blacks’ $33,300.

So to charge “Asian Privilege” may be a misnomer if only because not all Asian groups benefit uniformly. But the idea that East Asians, particularly, Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, are privileged in the United States must be taken seriously if Black-Asian unification is the goal. Refusal to acknowledge these privileges means that any joint projects undertaken by the two groups will fail to account for this phenomenon and be doomed to fail. Real solidarity requires both parties to uncover their biases and honestly present their privileges. Otherwise, it simply becomes exploitation, with blacks, again, on the losing end.

I ended up reading the whole article and having to share. Read it. Think about it. Let it sink in. Especially the conclusions. And the last sentences especially, “Real solidarity requires both parties to uncover their biases and honestly present their privileges. Otherwise, it simply becomes exploitation, with blacks, again, on the losing end.” 

Bingo. Bingo. Bingo. Bingo. BINGO.

This is exactly what happened here on tumblr. Between this and Kil Ja Kim’s article…I mean, seriously. This is what happened.

This article is so fucking on point. It’s also important to point out that anti-blackness is rampant in the APIA community (and in all the other non-Black POC communities if we’re being honest), because engaging in anti-blackness is how other minorities try and make sure they aren’t treated as badly.

All these notes suddenly lol. Everyone should read this article though it’s really fucking good and accurate

The bolded tho. It’s so important

Posted on March 20 with 362 notes at 2:53 am
#fucking THANK  #like this is the thing i cannot word good  #BlackPowerYellowPeril  #Solidarity.  #poc  #black women  #asian privilege  #antiblackness  #DatPrivilege  #i don't actually think a.priv is the most fitting term  #BUT 4 TAGGING PURPOSES~  #colorism  #skin tone  #beauty standards  #this is one of those rly complicated dynamic type things  #ethnic options  #which i will never fucking remember but that's a good phrase  #model minority  #perpetual foreigner  #intersectionality  #East Asian 



If you mean Black people and antiblackness, say Black people and antiblackness.
If you mean Arabs and strife solely relating to being Arab, say Arabs.
If you mean Latin@s, refer to Latin@s specifically.
If you’re talking about a history and stigma associated with South or East Asians, then name them respectively.

This is 2014, let’s move past this lazy and reductive non all-encompassing term “people of color” or “PoC” when pinpointing a particular history or narrative. It does nothing productive.

this is so important. coming from a blog dedicated to solidarity amongst women of color, please remember that specificity is key.poc/woc/etc is a term of purposeful solidarity, not a just a phrase to be used to co-opt or homogenize the myriad of experiences of particular marginalized ethno-racial groups.

Posted on March 16 with 1,251 notes at 11:22 pm
#WOC  #MOC  #POC  #yes good 


literally the only purpose of the term “people of color” is in a coalitional sense or to discuss shared experiences of white supremacy. it has very limited utility beyond that. so why use it unnecessarily, both like “Black women of color” or in this way?

Posted on February 20 with 59 notes at 5:50 am
#poc  #rebloggedforTRUTH 


Use the fucking specific ethnicity or race. “People of color” is not a new, “politically correct” term for “colored people” (I often see people use “people of color” in place of “Black”) but rather a collective phrase of solidarity. “People of color” is not necessarily interchangeable with “Black…

#re reblogging  #poc  #4followers 

while we’re on the subject, I’m preeeetty sure I’ve (wrongly) ascribed ‘poc/woc/moc’ to Sailor Moon/Anime characters, and I apologize for that! That’s wrong, for the reasons described here. 

I’ll leave whatevers up 4 posterity, but going forward I’ll be more careful about that :X 

Posted on February 20 with 9 notes at 3:35 am
#sailor moon :: race  #tags  #to take up tag space  #lalala  #lala  #looooo  #poc  #sailor moon  #anime  #western centricism 


alice in wonderland/through the looking glass is one of those things u just want to make revamps of (very loosely based on the original tbh)

#/heavy breathing  #Alice in wonderland  #poc  #racebending  #datcasting