i was on fucking tumblr when fuckboy was coined
it was never a slur for gay or trans men and it really speaks to me that black language is always targeted as abusive or particularly misogynist, or particularly problematic
like the way white women use black speech patterns and aave to mime abusice and aggressive male behavior—which helps frame black men as particularly violent and misogynist
and what is tumblr good for but spreading misinformation like wildfire, so now these fucking posts about fuckboy being a slur are popping up like dasies, and conviniently no one ever reblogs the explanations that show it isn’t, so
'fuckboy' ain't even aave it came from a skeleton video game
fuckboy has been used in black communities for years, like it’s been around a long ass time
the usage of it in a video game doesn’t mean it isn’t, like i rlly don’t understand what you were trying to do here
LOL god this is sooo ridiculous
Wow we are really in the Columbusing end times on this one huh
This is where the New Black Aesthetic loses me:
“For us, racism is a hard and little-changing constant that neither surprises nor enrages. Robert Townsend, 30, puts it this way, “You can sit around and complain about the white man until you’re blue in the face….I wasn’t listening when everybody told me about the obstacles. I was too stupid to be discouraged.” So he took the dominant culture’s credit cards and clobbered it with a film. Terry McMillan, “thinks life’s a bitch no matter what color you are. You can’t blame the world.” We’re not saying racism doesn’t exist, we’re just saying it’s not an excuse.”
It loses me for the following reasons:
- To treat racism as a “hard and little-changing constant” is to both ignore history and acquiesce to it. Racism, in addition to being a mentality shared within and between groups of people, is a set of policies and practices, written or unwritten. The fact that racism is still hugely prominent in America and beyond does not imply that those policies and practices have not changed significantly - in most cases, for the better - in the past 50 years.
- Whether racism “surprises” someone is directly proportional to how informed they are of racism; whether the systemic injustices enrage is a different matter entirely. There are perfectly valid, constructive reasons to be enraged at reverse redlining, rental discrimination, and the many forms of misgynoir, just to name a few. Furthermore, being enraged at those issues does not preclude the creation of edifying dialogue and workable solutions regarding said issues - quite the contrary. If that rage didn’t exist in the first place, we may have never heard about Mike Brown, or Renisha McBride, or the many women sterilized by the California prison system. Life or death for some, idle waves of the wrist for others.
- As a corollary to what I said above, the New Black Aesthetic is pretty fucking classist.
- The whole “everyone has it rough” mentality is but false equivalence. it’s a hollow truism that serves only to discourage careful examination of particular kinds of suffering, where that suffering originates from, and what, if anything, can be done to remedy and/or preempt it. As for racism not being an excuse - and excuse for what, exactly? “Excuse” is a tricky framework, because so much of what happens to us is informed by myriad factors and previous decisions; it’s overdetermined. A lot of those myriad factors can and do stem from a single source - be it race, gender presentation, sexuality, or, most obviously, disability. While racism is rarely the only factor affecting ultimate social outcomes, it’s never not a factor. To dismiss it as an “excuse” is a cynical attempt to compel other people of color to process pain and outrage in the very same manner that the New Black crowd does.
Hate doesn’t breed hate. Hate inspires anger in victims of hatred and that anger is called hatred to delegitimize it and villainize people. If you wanna help people who are victims then first you gotta stop acting like they’re just as bad their oppressors and abusers.
Yes. Death to false equivalence.
We have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals, that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them. It’s called artificial selection. That’s how we genetically modify them. So now that we can do it in a lab, all of a sudden, you’re going to complain?
So we are creating and modifying the biology of the world to serve our needs. I don’t have a problem with that because we’ve been doing that for tens of thousands of years. So, chill out. —
I recently had a revelation about the history of genetic modification, and it’s this:
The desire to understand the processes of selective breeding and the results created is what led to the understanding of genetics in the first place.
Humans were genetically modifying agriculture before they knew what genes were.
I was trying to explain to my GMO paranoid mother that her precious heirloom tomatoes are low-tech GMO and she just kept yelling ‘no it’s the OPPOSITE of GMO!’ over me.
no. do you know what GMO means? do you know what heirloom tomatoes are? aargghhh
"Chill out," he says, using a bit of friendly slang to conflate seedless watermelons with the unprecedented Monsanto empire which strongarms its way into agricultural hegemony, creating copywritten seeds that terminate, leveraging farmers into ruin, dragging lawyers behind them to reinforce patents, waging proxy wars against crop-dependent economies.
I love his space talk, too. But Neil Degrasse Tyson is-wittingly or unwittingly (and it’s hard to think him clueless)—-a shill for Big Farma.
I think I prefer the term “agricultural hegemony/monopoly” better than GMO to describe the problem.
A Disappointingly disingenuous false equivalency from Dr. Tyson.
This is an important point. “GMO” as a point of debate is fundamentally useless; the linchpins here are the policies and practices of Monsanto as well as the regulations protecting their IP. Anti-GMO folks would be well-advised to hone the precision of their arguments, assuming they know what they’re even arguing about to begin with.