So just to be clear, we'll never see you in jeans, a t-shirt, or sneakers, right? Or does your cultural theft philosophy only swing in your favor? —by usaprc2004

oh my god. 

Cannot even deal with this bullshit right now.

-Mrunmayi

thisiswhiteprivilege:

One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.

That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular,…

flippydoodle:

Trigger warning for rape (at the link). 

banglebanger:

khada dupatta, self-madecrop top, expressshoes, mossimonecklace, f21

banglebanger:

khada dupatta, self-made
crop top, express
shoes, mossimo
necklace, f21


indianilluminati:

Happy British Muslims! #HappyDay

portraitsofboston:

“My mother is Muslim, and my father is Hindu. At the time they got together, it was sort of a forbidden love. So that’s my thing now—being open-minded about all sorts of people and places because you never know who you will fall in love with.”

portraitsofboston:

“My mother is Muslim, and my father is Hindu. At the time they got together, it was sort of a forbidden love. So that’s my thing now—being open-minded about all sorts of people and places because you never know who you will fall in love with.”

:’)

brownpeopleproblems:

towongfoo:

sukish:

lesterbangs73:

do they know how stupid they look

Why

im crying omg

image

theastrolibrarian:

browngirls4bindis:

sex-travel-independence:

browngirls4bindis:

Sabi, Lila, and Anju

bigmouthstrikesagaain
chinese / Asian women in Indian clothing lol instead of white girls trying to be Asian it’s weird lol

these women are Nepali not “Chinese” they are south asian. the clothing they are wearing is Nepali. please stop reducing south asian peoples as having one set of facial characteristics.

Wow, sex-travel-independence is the world’s biggest asshole.

theastrolibrarian:

browngirls4bindis:

sex-travel-independence:

browngirls4bindis:

Sabi, Lila, and Anju

bigmouthstrikesagaain
chinese / Asian women in Indian clothing lol instead of white girls trying to be Asian it’s weird lol

these women are Nepali not “Chinese” they are south asian. the clothing they are wearing is Nepali. please stop reducing south asian peoples as having one set of facial characteristics.

Wow, sex-travel-independence is the world’s biggest asshole.

j4ya:

the only reason i’d want to go to coachella is to pull bindis off of people’s foreheads

i have a stupid question. it was too long to message you, so i hope it’s okay that i submitted instead.

would you say that it is wrong to assume that a person of color can represent and speak for their entire culture? i always thought it was. but then again, basically everyone who asks a question on this blog is kinda presupposing that your answers speak for all south asians.

and i’ve heard it both ways. because it gets tricky with celebrities. i know mindy kaling gets criticism on this blog for not doing enough to represent desi women, and similarly, one of my favorite artists (waris ahluwalia) is a sikh, and i’ve heard him criticized for his actions and for representing his religion poorly.

anyway, it just seems really complicated to me. so, with that in mind… when and why do you think it becomes reasonable to assume a person is, in fact, responsible for acting as a spokesperson of sorts for their race/religion/etc.? thanks, just wanted to hear your opinion!

——

hrm is complicated

we have NEVER claimed to speak for all desi peeps and ppl who try and insist so are being racist. Is why the “my Asian friend” thing is bullshit. No one listens to me and assumes that all upper/middle class people are like me. Why? Cuz my family’s status is the default. The only reason our race is noteworthy is cuz ppl assume white is the default 

so we shouldnt have to and we dun want to. Why do we run this blog then? Education mostly. We are not interested in telling other desi ppl what to think. the only time we step in is when they are turning against the community to start. We dun LIKE doing that. But we gotta call out our own. 

The mods all have different opinions on converting to Hinduism. Mine changes. When we answer questions we do not answer for all of us. But some things are bigger truths. Poverty. Colonization. Capitalism. All shit you can read about from actual-factual academic sources if you want. But is also part of real people’s experiences too. We pretty much all face the same stereotypes (in the US- tho some of the mods live in other areas too and can talk about that). All of us face racism and those that say they havent are either white-passing or not aware yet. It takes a bit to acknowledge the sludge you grew up in. So yeah. We have a lot in common and i think it is fair to generalize that. There are caveats. Of course there are caveats. I could spend paragraphs writing disclaimers but Im unpaid and unmotivated. You arent lawyers are you? 

Outsiders? Listen. Of course we do not all hold the same opinion. When listening is important to go with the least harm. If A says “it offends me when you do that” and K says “I dun care” then just dun do it. Play it safe. If K gets offended that you didnt do the thing? That’s frankly weird. Some ppl really truly get offended at considering other ppl and Iunno what to make of that. Again. Not paid. 

-ZG 

frankoceanfanclub:

coachella aka the annual bindi wearing white girls conference

I agree with your point of view vith your article "you are not desi" but I think it's not really "right" to be angry like that. Let me explain : There's a lot of things from many cultures that are appropriated as "stylish" way, christian crosses or rosary for rexemple, they don't meant to be used as neck laces, see ? I see that you are very offended by those diverted uses, I think you're right but at least we can't change people. Don't juge me, I just wanted to understand your wrath —by white-banshee

"wrath" is overselling it 

i saw a post the other day about how someone can write for the oppressed, or the oppressors. Writing for the privileged is making THEM feel good while educating. This soft touch alienates the oppressed. We have to use language that is comfortable for the privileged that doesnt match our actual experiences. We have to be patient, detached. This HURTS us, both the ppl writing and reading it, but since we are used to being hurt, we are silent. 

When things are written for the benefit of the oppressed, with all the anger and ugly truths, that offends the privileged. THEN there is noise. I swallow my hurt so many times a day I have to give myself permission to let people know. And then they tell me to tone it down? Because I am offending THEM because was hurt? You put “right” in quotes like you are referring to some objective truth. Whose? Not mine. What is considered “right” will always benefit the privileged. That is how the system keeps going. Our anger is shocking because it goes against what is supposed to happen. If something seems unusual to you it doesnt mean it is wrong. 

Still cant find that friggin article. 

-ZG 

BAM found it! 

As a mixed Black and Indian woc, I really love your blog. I'm a moderator for Angry Black Girls United so I love to see blogs such as yours that really get a point across. Just wanted to share some love. Thank you and keep doing what you're doing <3 —by whackedup

Thanks!

-Nikita