I JUST WENT OUT FOR DINNER WITH SOME OF MUM’S WORK FRIENDS AND THERE WAS A GIRL MY AGE BUT SHE DIDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL AND SHE KEPT ASKING THINGS LIKE DO YOU LIKE RICE AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VEGETABLE BUT THEN SHE LEANT OVER AND WAS LIKE HOW LONG ARE YOUR PERIODS AND I WAS LIKE UM 3 OR 4 DAYS???? AND SHE GOES NO I MEANT SCHOOL PERIODS AND IT WAS THE WORST MOMENT OF MY LIFE
PAUL KRUGMAN, writing in today’s New York Times, "That Old-Time Whistle."
The absolute truth in 27 words.
Anonymous asked: i realized something whil reading your film critiques. on your points about how in movies where there are few humans (more non-human cast) they are always white, i was thinking "well, that's not on purpose!" BUT WOW it just came to me that the fact that it ISN'T on purpose is probably even more problematic?? like that white people are considered the standard model of a human without even thinking about it...
yep that basically sums it up…
the notion that racism has to be a conscious decision is widespread because it’s both reassuring ("I know I haven’t done anything wrong, because I think…") and defensive ("My favorite movie couldn’t be wrong because the director thinks…") … among other things.
It’s self-serving to assume that racism can’t be something one partakes in through the way whiteness is assumed a default, etc.