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Think of it in terms of levels or grades
racism > discrimination > prejudice
and understand that there are different types of racism, you have interpersonal racism, institutional racism, and systemic racism.
but for the sake of this conversation, let’s keep it simple.
Prejudice is when a person holds illogical negative views about a particular subject. This subject could literally be anything.
Discrimination is when a person let’s their personal prejudices manifest by actively acting in detriment towards whatever they’re prejudice against.
Racism is a system of societal wide discrimination created by those who hold society power and privilege.
Her stance on clothing and perceptions of sexuality and objectification in the music industry. The fact that people continue to try to use her wardrobe choices—ones she CLEARLY stated are not about the politics of respectability—as some sort of faulty comparison to shame other Black women who CHOOSE to show more skin and are in control of their bodies, means that people really are willfully ignorant and are not engaging her words (and I know they aren’t; they think her music has no erotic power, for example) nor the words of the Black women that they choose to shame. By not engaging her actual message and using her as an object to shame other Black women, they objectify her and them.
This is misogynoir. It’s not what she’s about. It’s other people’s projection onto Black women through a very Patriarchal and White Gaze. Every time they use the word “classy” for her and immediately degrade another Black woman they juxtapose, they seek to degrade all Black women by denying our choices and agency and demanding we prove “acceptable” in the patriarchal gaze made of binaries, especially the cishet Black male gaze, for Black women. It’s tired.
Vera Ellen in publicity stills for White Christmas (1954)
30 Day Challenge // Day 23 // Something That Makes You Happy
I’ve learned how to cook since I moved out to California. It’s therapeutic. And delicious~ I garnish everything with a fried egg, and I never regret it.