Dear clueless white liberals,

19 05 2008

Stop it with the goddamned oppression olympics.

Yes, I know, homophobia and sexism are still considered socially acceptable. So is racism. All are equally shitty.

Really, if racism is so verboten in this day and age, then why was someone allowed to tell me, when I posted a message board thread about white privilege, “Looks like someone just won herself some new black friends”?

There are ways to point out sexism and homophobia without being a racist asshole. However, making race-baiting comments only makes you look ignorant. And, in case you haven’t noticed, women of color and queer/trans people of color do exist.

And no, there is no such thing as “reverse racism”. You are not being discriminated against for being white just because someone hurt your feelings. Shut the fuck up.

I swear, this goes on much longer, I’m going to start playing bingo.

Yours truly,

Miss Nomered, Jewish anti-racist white girl.





And a big, hearty “fuck you” goes to:

9 05 2008

the mainstream media, for their shitty coverage of certain missing persons/murder cases. Read: Missing White Woman Syndrome

But you know what? It’s not just the media. The family of 21-year-old African-American murder victim Ramona Moore has launched a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for ignoring her case – because she was black.

It’s not just about race, either. Generally, for the mainstream media to jump on a case, the victim generally has to be:

  • White
  • Female
  • Young
  • English-Speaking
  • Attractive
  • Straight
  • Able-bodied
  • Wealthy or middle class
  • Cisgender
  • Conventionally appearing (no tattoos or piercings; not punk or goth)
  • Not homeless, a runaway, or a sex worker

… and so on.

And it’s so enraging that it makes me want to scream.

Yeah. I know. The media can’t cover everything. But when the only murders the public cares about are of attractive, white, young, straight women – the stereotypical “All American Girl” – then it begins to seem like bias. A lot.

In 2003, in Toronto, a 32-year-old transsexual, Asian Canadian sex worker was murdered in her apartment. Her name was Cassandra Do. Her killer has never been found.

Mainstream media response?

(crickets chirping)

That’s right, folks, a big fat nothing courtesy of the mainstream media. The only reason I even know she existed is because of one or two stories in the local queer press, and some internet research. Which is sad – how many others are out there like her? For every Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, how many stories go untold? I know of many, and there are so many more – simply because the media doesn’t pay attention. And don’t give me some feel-good bullshit of “But they want something the consumers can relate to!” Crap. How many people do you know that fit the exact description above? And, apparently, people like me, and a hell of a lot of other people who are “outside the mainstream” (which is a load of crap, since most people do not meet all of the above criteria) don’t exist.

I remember seeing Cassandra Do’s picture in a local community centre a couple years ago, along with the generic “if you have any information about this case, please call…”. I didn’t know anything about the case at the time, but I remember thinking, “Poor girl. I wonder what happened to her?”

I’ve often wondered if the same thought crossed other people’s minds, or if they just walked by, and forgot all about her.

Cassandra Do, and all the others like her, were people. They were people. Okay? Regardless of whether or not they fit some stupid artificial All American Girl stereotype. They had family and friends, and hopes and dreams for the future. They were just like you and me.

And really, what made Cassandra Do’s life any less worth living than Laci Peterson’s or Taylor Behl’s? Because she was trans? Because she was Asian? Because she was a sex worker? Her life was just as valuable as those of the damsels in distress you see on CNN. So why was her story deemed not worthy of talking about?





Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Election, and Why It’s Not the End of the World

15 04 2008

It’s Democratic primary season. This primary season has been nasty among Democrats, with in-fighting, poo-flinging, hyperbole, people threatening to leave the party if their candidate doesn’t win the nomination, and all kinds of stuff that’s making me want to bang my head against a wall.

Really, it’s frustrating.

And maybe it’s being Canadian that gives me some perspective on it all. But I think the Barack vs. Hillary race to the finish, complete with the nastiness of some of each candidate’s supporters is way out of hand. It’s overblown. It’s, essentially, creating drama over something which doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.

Did I just say that? Yes I did.

And before you call me a Hillbot, an Obama cult member, a Shrillary lover, or an Obama Kool-Aid drinker, consider this. I’m actually quite nonpartisan when it comes to the Democratic presidential candidates. Neither Senator Obama nor Senator Clinton were my first choice were president. If you must know, I initially supported Dennis Kucinich. And, quite frankly, both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have done quite a few things to piss me off. And they’ve also each done some things that made me happy. I don’t love either of them, and I don’t believe they are gods. Neither do I think they are the spawn of Satan. They are people with flaws.

And don’t get me started on this tokenistic bullshit of “black man for president vs. woman for president.” I thought I was going to puke when I saw a report on CNN asking black women who they were going to vote for. Yes, it’s high time we had some diversity in the White House. But don’t reduce complex political issues to superficial identity politics. It’s insulting.

But I digress.

My point is this: I want to see a progressive in the White House. Honestly, I don’t find either candidate quite progressive enough for my liking, and as stated before, I certainly do not agree with everything they say. But what angers me is when overly partisan supporters of either candidate say that they will vote Republican, not vote, or vote for some inconsequential third-party candidate, if their candidate of choice doesn’t win.

What?

I want a progressive in the White House. I do not want John McCain as president, and I cannot believe that my fellow progressives would help him win an election.

So, Obama supporters, Hillary supporters, and everyone else who is about to pop a vein over the primaries: calm down. Let’s get a Democrat in the White House. I’m not especially fond of either candidate, but either candidate would certainly be the lesser of two evils.

It’s going to be a long election season.