Last Friday, just before the Federal Communication Commission closed its comment period for its upcoming rule on “network neutrality,” a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and Black civil rights group filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet.

The civil rights group letters argue that Title II reclassification of broadband services as a public utility — the only path forward for real net neutrality after a federal court ruling in January — would somehow “harm communities of color.” The groups wrote to the FCC to tell them that “we do not believe that the door to Title II should be opened.” Simply put, these groups, many of which claim to carry the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr., are saying that Comcast and Verizon should be able to create Internet slow lanes and fast lanes, and such a change would magically improve the lives of non-white Americans.

The filings reveal a who’s who of civil rights groups willing to shill on behalf of the telecom industry. One filing lists prominent civil rights groups NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Urban League, the National Council on Black Civil Participation and the National Action Network. The other features the Council of Korean Americans, the Japanese American Citizens League, the National Black Farmers Association, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Coalition, and many more.

Of course, the groups listed on these filings do not speak for all communities of color on telecom policy, and there are civil rights groups out there that actually support net neutrality, including Color of Change and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Joseph Torres with Free Press told VICE that communities of color believe a free and open Internet is essential in the digital age, especially when most non-whites do not own radio stations, broadcast outlets or other forms of mass media. “Protecting real net neutrality is critical for people of color because an open Internet gives us the opportunity to speak for ourselves without having to ask corporate gatekeepers for permission,” Torres says.

A number of K Street consultants have helped make this epic sell-out possible.

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) coordinated many of the participants in the anti-net neutrality filings sent to the FCC last week. Last year, the Center for Public Integrity published an investigation of MMTC, showing that the group has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from Verizon, Comcast, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and other telecom sources while reliably peddling the pro-telecom industry positions. For instance, the group attacked the Obama administration’s first attempt at net neutrality, while celebrating the proposed (and eventually successful) merger between Comcast and NBC.

Martin Chavez, the former Mayor of Albuquerque, now works with a group called the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) to corral Latino civil rights groups into opposing net neutrality. Last month, Chavez hosted a net neutrality event on Capitol Hill to call on legislators to oppose Title II reclassification. As TIME recently reported, Chavez is on staff with one of Verizon’s lobbying firms, the Ibarra Strategy Group.

“HTTP is nothing more than an industry front-group that is at best misinformed and at worst intentionally distorting facts as it actively opposes efforts to better serve the communications needs of Latinos,” says Alex Nogales of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which strongly supports net neutrality. His group has filed its own letter to the FCC.

Still, telecom cash has become a vital source of funding for cash-starved nonprofits. OCA, the Asian American civil rights nonprofit formerly known as the Organization of Chinese Americans, counts Comcast as a major donor and sponsor for its events and galas. Not only did OCA go on to sign the anti-net neutrality letter last Friday, the group wrote a similar filing to the FCC in 2010, claiming absurdly that Asian American entrepreneurs would benefit from having ISPs able to discriminate based on content. Similarly, League of United Latin American Citizens, better known simply as LULAC, has been a dependable ally of the telecom industry while partnering with Comcast for a $5 million civic engagement campaign. Here’s a picture of LULAC proudly accepting a jumbo-sized check from AT&T.

As VICE first reported, telecoms are desperate for third party approval, and have even resorted to fabricating community support for their anti-net neutrality lobbying campaign.

Perhaps the bigger picture here is how so many of the old civil rights establishment have become comfortable with trading endorsements for cash. Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies have donated, either directly or through a company foundation, to nearly every group listed on the anti-net neutrality letters filed last week. We saw a similar dynamic play out with Wal-Mart when the retailer handed out cash to civil rights groups in order to buy support for opening stores in urban areas.

Times have changed. Just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s children have embarrassingly descended into fighting bitterly over what’s left of his estate, the civil rights groups formed to advance Dr. King’s legacy seem willing to sell out their own members for a buck.


(Source: fascinasians)

Hi I’m Jennifer, I’m Chinese and I live in China (and on a side note, please stop telling me my English is very good when you hear that I live in China. I was raised bilingually and I know you meant it as a compliment but something about it just ticks me off)

I’m not sure if this issue has been raised before on this blog but it is one is especially annoying to say the least. 
In a big city like Shanghai, we have a large expat population (so westerners or Asian-Americans and the like living in China). I was raised in an international school environment so I’m kinda half in this community and although most of them are nice, there’s also quite a few (especially newcomers) who are downright arrogant and ignorant about the country they now live in. When I say ignorant, I’m not talking about like ‘oh I don’t know a lot about China’ because that’s understandable, you can’t know everything about a completely foreign country when you first arrive. I’m talking about ignorant as in “I’m not even going to try to learn anything about China because my western knowledge of it is absolutely correct and why should I even bother?” which is f*kn stupid. 

So here comes the rant. One time I was in this local shoe-shop and this white guy comes in. Soon when he has to pay for the shoes, he starts getting worked up. First he’s complaining about how over-priced the shoes are (which they weren’t). That might be understandable since we all want cheaper stuff. But then he starts saying stuff like ‘Do you know who I am? I’m the CEO of blahablhblah company, I know how you Chinese work. I’ve been to your factories. These shoes cost 10kuai (less than $2) tops.” So the shopkeeper obviouslysays he can’t sell them for that price. Then this white guy starts full out shouting ‘Oh you don’t want to mess with me. You know the expat community is very close.’m going to tell all my friends not to come here and you’ll have no customers.  I can shut down your shop. IDon’t say that I didn’t warn you”. Like what the actual f*k. Who do you think you are? Like just because you’re white doesn’t give you this much power?! There are millions of Chinese people in China, nobody needs your white ass here.

There are like 5 million things I’m angry about these kind of expats. Like you are in China. This is a different country with a very different culture. I know it’s different from yours and there may be things you don’t like. But this country isn’t yours and you can’t expect our culture and lifestyles to just bend to your Western standard. Respect it. 

(sorry if nothing makes sense or if it’s not fitting for this blog, I’m just really pissed about this. so thanks for listening and for creating this place, it’s awesome and I’m glad there’s finally a place for everyone to speak out together :)


Join me, Vanessa Teck, 18mr, and Reappropriate tomorrow to talk about why Net Neutrality and the internet are so important to us! 42 national civil rights organizations recently signed on AGAINST net neutrality, it’s time to show them that we disagree! Tweet with us #MyInternetIs tomorrow at 12pm EST/9am PST!
Here are some examples (click to tweet!):
#MyInternetIs an open discussion space where I learn and grow from folks I would have otherwise never met.
#MyInternetIs a free library on all the information I was never taught in schools.
#MyInternetIs is the way I practice my 1st amendment rights. I won’t allow the FCC to influence my voice!
#MyInternetIs my safe space where I determine what’s “high-demand”. I don’t prioritize aspects of my identity!

I’m gonna sound like a self-promoting person who needs a lot of attention but since this isn’t just a white-racist-person issue, I feel like a lot of Asian girls could either educate themselves more on this OR they could stop joining the ignorant -usually- white Americans in this.

I made my social justice person 'debut' on AAGU over a year ago in a rant about being mistreated as a North Korean refugee. Although I’ve become a koreaboo/racist/sexist slayer as well, I still make posts about North Korea that -conceited but yea- could be kind of ‘educational’. Or rather, they’re an eye-opener for many since they’re not about politics nor pro-US at all. They show the ‘human side’ of North Korea and its inhabitants and I feel like that’s something that’s barely addressed ever. It’s always about the government this government that but the people are dismissed.

The ‘horrible poor scary’ image North Korea has is mainly created by the US (what a surprise!!) and since I am North Korea, I think my arguments and posts are much more valid and useful than any non-Korean news site reporting about North Korea. (which is probably very useful to people who don’t speak Korean)

And it’s not like I’m saying this because I want followers or attention. I genuinely think people, including a lot of you (I’ve seen some shaking-my-head-worthy things on blogs with an angry Asian girl owner), should educate themselves on this case instead of blindly accepting what the media says.So in case you’re nodding your head and thinking “yes I think North Korea is a terrible secluded country where people are starving and have no freedom at all”, it might be useful to go through my North Korea tag. (I also make Korean pun jokes, I slay every Koreaboo out there, I talk about the struggles of a first generation immigrant and sometimes I vent in Korean so if you enjoy seeing Koreaboo tears too that interests you, here’s the tag to that. (this sounds hella self-promoting I’m sorry))




"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."

If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever

For her full rant watch the video here.


On Thursday, Asiatisk Kvinna (translates into Asian Woman) will launch their Instagram platform. The concept is very similar to AAGU; you submit your experiences of the racism that you face while being an Asian woman and they’ll upload it to their Instagram, anonymously, unless you say that you want to be named. It can be about being dehumanized, exotified, etc. You submit your story to and they will post it.
The Instagram will be in Swedish, but they do accept English submissions as well. If you have any further questions, you can contact Angela via twitter. :-)

On Thursday, Asiatisk Kvinna (translates into Asian Woman) will launch their Instagram platform. The concept is very similar to AAGU; you submit your experiences of the racism that you face while being an Asian woman and they’ll upload it to their Instagram, anonymously, unless you say that you want to be named. It can be about being dehumanized, exotified, etc. You submit your story to and they will post it.

The Instagram will be in Swedish, but they do accept English submissions as well. If you have any further questions, you can contact Angela via twitter. :-)

Join #MyInternetIs and tweet about why Net Neutrality and internet freedom is important! July 31 at 12PM EST/9AM PST


Vanessa Teck from projectavaorg, Reappropriate, and I will be trying to trend #MyInternetIs on Thursday at 9AM PST/12PM EST to discuss why Net Neutrality and a free internet is important. We’ll be tweeting with the hashtag #MyInternetIs!

ie #MyInternetIs a free library on all the information I was never taught in schools.

#MyInternetIs an open discussion space where I learn and grow from folks I would have otherwise never met.

We’d love for you all to join us!

The fight over net neutrality — which has been brewing for awhile — came to a head this year after a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order …


The fight over net neutrality — which has been brewing for awhile — came to a head this year after a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2010 in January of this year. The appeals court ruling essentially deregulated the nation’s industry of internet providers, but gave the FCC the option to write new regulations. Within weeks, the FCC had voted to open themselves up to a 4-month comment period, and then to develop new rules governing the internet.

These events have been seen by net neutrality advocates as a momentous opportunity to establish federal regulations over the distribution of the internet that ensures it is equally accessible to all users.

But, last week, the nation’s largest coalition of civil rights organizations — the National Minority Organizations collective — submitted a joint letter to the FCC in support of deregulation of major internet providers, and apparently against the option favoured by the net neutrality movement.

So, what is the fight really about?

The fight over net neutrality is really over the degree to which internet service providers (ISP) can generate extra revenue by monetizing content access. One major point of contention is a practice called “paid prioritization”: ISPs creating paid internet “fast lanes” that produce high download speeds for some content in exchange for money from the content provider.

One of the most compelling pieces of evidence showing that major ISPs are already engaging in paid prioritization is in this widely-shared graph. It shows changes in average download speed of Netflix content through Comcast ISPs: download speeds were relatively stable until Comcast and Netflix entered into negotiations late last year. During that four-month period, download speeds dropped substantially. Weeks after a direct connection contract was signed, average download speeds for Netflix streaming on Comcast increased by 150%.

Evidence that Comcast and other major ISPs designate some content to internet "fast lanes".Evidence that Comcast and other major ISPs designate some content to internet “fast lanes”.

The increase in speed after direct connection is less relevant than the sudden slow-down prior to the signing of the agreement, which suggests that Comcast was effectively regulating users’ Netflix content access as a negotiation tactic.

Net neutrality advocates are troubled by graphs like this one. They argue that ISPs should not have the power to promote, or limit, any form of internet access based on the kind of content that is being accessed.

These net neutrality advocates favour reclassifying ISPs as “common carriers”, which would have them falling under “Title II” of the Communications Act of 1934 (an act that has itself been amended and updated to reflect more modern technology). Title II contains existing regulations — outlined in several pages’ worth of rules — that would disallow a practice like paid prioritization, under the reasoning that common carriers are creating a  communications infrastructure, and therefore should not have a say over the content of the communication they provide. Title II further establishes regulations to ensure that common carriers can not discriminate by disproportionately applying charges that favour some users over others.

But major ISPs are against Title II reclassification for obvious reasons: it would place strict regulations on how these ISPs can operate, and specifically how they can pad their bottom lines by controlling download speeds.

The US currently ranks 20th in the world when it comes to average internet download speeds.The US currently ranks 20th in the world when it comes to average internet download speeds.

Instead of strong federal regulation, major ISPs favour an FCC ruling that would have them fall under Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, a vague proclamation two paragraphs long that focuses on limited federal regulation in order to “promote competition”. While the FCC would have the ability to intervene in situations where they are acting to “remove barriers to infrastructure investment”, they would be largely powerless to stop practices like paid prioritization. Basically, the FCC would exist only to help ISPs increase the size of their customer base, and nothing more.

Last week, the National Minority Organization (NMO) — a coalition of over 40 of the nation’s most prominent civil rights groups — bizarrely came out in favour of the Section 706 option, and against Title II reclassification. Alongside respected organizations like the NAACP and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH, NMO includes some of the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American political groups, includingOCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates, (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) — as well as the Council of Korean Americans and the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship.

In their letter to the FCC last week, NMO rightfully notes that “access to broadband, adoption, and digital literacy are critical civil rights issues” and further provides ample evidence that while internet use is high among some minority communities, many impoverished areas that are typically populated by people of colour remain under-served. NMO further notes that in this age, digital access is critical for promoting education and upward economic mobility. Where we do not disagree is when the NMO writes:

Without broadband access, low income and middle-class Americans — and particularly people of color — cannot gain new skills, secure good jobs, obtain a quality education, participate in our civic dialogue, or obtain greater access to healthcare through telehealth technologies.

It is exactly this reasoning that leads me to conclude that ISPs should not be permitted to continue their role as our digital gatekeepers. Internet access is indeed critical for full contemporary citizenship; therefore, NMO’s reasoning is exactly what leads me to the conclusion that ISPs should be treated like common carriers:companies whose mission it is to provide a necessary service to the general public without discrimination because that service is of widespread benefit to all citizens, and who do so under federal license and regulation.

Yet, despite arguing that broadband access is a civil right, NMO finds itself somehow arguing in favour of a system that permits (and indeed encourages) discriminatory internet access, and where users are subject to the capitalist whims of corporate ISPs.


NMO argues that Title II reclassification will harm market competition, which they argue will in turn hurt broadband adoption by underserved minority communities. Notably, however, this latter assertion is almost completely uncited in a letter that is otherwise funky with footnotes; instead this statement amounts to broad and largely baseless hand-waving:

Overly burdensome regulations treating broadband as a public utility (31) would institutionalize second class digital citizenship, needlessly delaying the digital inclusion goals sought by communities of color. This result would harm both consumers of color and minority entrepreneurs, for whom the Internet has been their easiest path to entry to bring new content to their communities and the nation.

NMO’s concerns over the effect of Title II on the cost of broadband adoption rates strikes me as particularly odd: classification of telephone service providers as common carriers has not appeared to significantly hamper phone access (or minority entrepreneurship) for the country’s communities of colour.

Instead, NMO argues that ISPs should fall under Section 706-mediated deregulation, coupled with vague “consumer protections” and a “presumption against paid prioritization” (the latter of which they also argue in a footnote is largely a non-issue). While this is laudable sentiment, Section 706 offers no legal clout whereby the FCC could a priori prevent ISPs from employing discriminatory practices. Instead, NMO offers a solution for how paid prioritization practices would be discouraged under Section 706: yet, their solution involves after-the-fact relief and punishment, and appears to place the burden for identification and correction of any such practices squarely on the consumer. It is, in essence, a system that would allow ISPs to do whatever discriminatory thing they think they could get away with.

This bizarre anti-net neutrality stance by the nation’s top minority and civil rights organizations is troublesome to me, particularly because their reasoning regarding the right of citizens to digital access as outlined in the first half of the letter seems to deviate so sharply in rationale from their pro-big business prescriptions. These are organizations that have historically stood against discriminatory business practices in defense of minority interests. How did these esteemed civil rights organizations get to their anti-net neutrality position?

Republic Report suggests that it might all have something to do with how these large non-profits derive funding. It’s no secret that major non-profit groups like the OCA are backed by major corporate sponsors, and that this sponsorship relationship can lead to some questionable practices. Last year, three OCA summer interns — including the incredible Juliet Shen of Fascinasians and Vanessa Teck of ProjectAVA — were fired for speaking out against Wal-mart’s employment practices; Walmart is a major backer of the group’s national conference (recently Shen and Teck offered a retrospective on the fiasco that is worth a read).

Three of these OCA 2013 summer interns were fired for speaking out against Walmart's employment practices.Three of these OCA 2013 summer interns were fired for speaking out against Walmart’s employment practices. Walmart is a major corporate sponsor of OCA.

Comcast is vocally lobbying against Title II reclassification of ISPs. OCA named Comcast / NBC Universal its winner of the “Outstanding Corporate Partner Award” last year. Comcast was also a major Gold-level sponsor of JACL’s 2014 convention. The NAACP is sponsored by a number of major corporations, including but not limited to Comcast (as well as the nation’s largest for-profit university, University of Phoenix, which employs predatory lending practices predominantly against people of colour).

While I won’t go so far as to say that Comcast and other major ISPs have purchased the nation’s top civil rights organizations with its corporate sponsorships, it is also not unreasonable to conclude that these non-profit organizations — which rely on corporate support to stay afloat — are financially positioned in such a way that they cannot or will not speak out against the corporate interests of their backers. Non-profits of this size are not solvent on small donor money alone; but their acceptance of corporate money leaves them in an ethical quandry, and can result in a situation like this one: several major civil rights organizations have partnered with large internet service providers to protect the same predatory business practices that victimize their very own marginalized, oppressed and disenfranchised constituents. We clearly need to re-examine our current system of supporting non-profit organizations, and how their civil rights goals can become compromised in the unending fight to avoid bankruptcy.

In the end, there is some room to disagree on the topic of net neutrality when it comes to Title II reclassification vs. Section 706, particularly in terms of how increased FCC regulation of ISPs might increase operational costs that can potentially discourage minority small businesses. Even net neutrality advocates will agree that Title II reclassification is a practical, but imperfect, solution. But, the arguments provided by NMO in their FCC letter offered no logical basis for the discrepancies between their assertion that internet access is a civil right and their conclusion that strict federal protection of this civil right is unwarranted —  a conclusion favoured by at least one of their shared corporate backers. I think the critical need for widespread, fair and neutral internet access as a protected basic civil right of the digital age far outweighs any possible risk of a small amount of increased costs to select entrepreneurs.

To that end, I fail to understand how we can permit a system wherein the major civil rights organizations that we trust to advocate on behalf of those civil rights can find themselves accepting corporate money that clearly arrives with at least some “strings attached”.

(Note: If anyone from any of the organizations cited in this post reads this and wants to offer any additional explanation about their position against Title II reclassification and specifically how this option would hurt people of colour, I would be happy to work with that person to publish it as a counter-point to this article.)

It Was Not Nothing


By Jenny Yang


Dear Little Sister,

I was quite young when I realized my own parents weren’t the most emotionally supportive. I wish we didn’t have to be so young to learn that sometimes our own parents can let us down. I knew they loved me, but so many things get in the way of kids getting the love that we need.

Most of these things are totally out of our control. In my case, I was the youngest of our immigrant family. I got better at speaking English and “being American” than the rest of my family. A lot of times, my own parents relied on me to figure out the world, even when I was very young. Sometimes our own parents are not the best place get comfort when we are being mistreated by the world—especially if this is a world that they don’t understand. And sometimes, sadly, grownups just think that our life is so small when we are little and young.  

I was the only girl and youngest of three kids. When I was six years old, I was new to the block and finally playing with the neighbor kids on a regular basis. This one day, a boy from the next street over showed up. He was this jagged-toothed, sandy blonde white kid with a mischievous grin.

He interrupted our freeze tag and started making fun of me. I didn’t quite speak enough English after only being in America for less than a year, but I could see that his face was mocking me. Maybe he knew that I didn’t understand his words so he had to make himself perfectly clear.

After laughing at my face for what felt like forever, he reached underneath my flouncy knee-length skirt and flipped it up. My face got hot and all the other kids started laughing and pointing. They saw my underwear and I knew the kid was being mean.

He tried flipping up my skirt again but I ran away just in time. I escaped to my house with hot tears streaming down my face.

As I heard the sound of the screen door slam behind me, I realized I had interrupted my mom who was deep in conversation, speaking Mandarin Chinese with a neighbor lady. I screamed in Chinese, “Mom! The boy down the street. He was laughing at me and he flipped up my skirt.”  

While I cried and clutched fists full of my skirt in anger, all I wanted was a hug or an “I’m sorry this happened to you.” But all I got was laughter. Their laughter echoed the sounds of the kids who mocked me just seconds ago.

“Oh, Jenny! Is that all that happened? He flipped up your skirt? Hahaha.” She turned to her friend and shot her a glance that said, “Oh look at this silly girl.” This friend of my mom also started giggling. Grownups can be so mean sometimes.

“Jenny. Don’t worry about it,” my mom insisted. She was about to turn back to her friend to continue their conversation but I stood there and screamed louder. Something was wrong. Harm was done.

“Mom!  He just came up to me and flipped up my skirt! Everyone saw my underwear!”  

My mom laughed some more.

"Oh, look at my daughter. Isn’t she funny getting so upset? It’s fine. It’s just your underwear. It’s over.”

“But, mom!”

My mom laughed even harder.

“Look how upset you are. Don’t get upset over this. Nothing happened. It’s nothing.”

In Chinese, the words “mei shi” literally translate to “not a big deal” or “not a thing.” No thing. Nothing.

My mother would go on to contradict herself when it came to how I was supposed to carry my own body. When I got just a few years older, she told me to close my legs when I sat down because “a proper girl didn’t show her underwear.” So when is it okay for a girl to show her underwear? Only when a strange boy forces you to show it?

After feeling rejected by my mom, I ran into the bedroom and cried. I knew there was nothing I could do to get the reaction that I wanted. I wanted my mom to understand that what this boy did was not okay.

From that day forward, I vowed in my heart to never wear a skirt again. I learned that to wear a skirt was to be laughed at and to feel vulnerable. That to be a girl was to be weak and ignored. That life was better to be just like my two much older brothers rather than the silly, youngest girl who was never really seen for how I felt and who I was. That this was just the beginning to learning all the ways that life was so unfair to little girls and young women. That our own parents can love us so much and work really hard to clothe and feed us, but that they might not protect and nourish us in very important ways that help us to grow up, and feel whole and safe.

I am here to tell you all of this because it’s okay. I will believe you when somebody mistreats you. I know it matters to you so it matters to me. You know when you are not being treated well.  I’m here to tell you that you are right. You do not deserve to be mocked and bullied by anyone. You deserve to have grownups  believe you when you say that you were harmed and violated. Your body is yours. What you wear has nothing to do with other people’s bad behavior.

I see what happened to you. I know exactly how you feel. It was not your fault. I believe you.


Jenny Yang


Eid Mubarak!

[Dhaka, Bangladesh; Shanghai, China, Mogadishu, Somalia; al-Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem; Peshawar, Pakistan; Mumbai, India]

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim followers!

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Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana

Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.

100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.

I want to be friends with her!

Why is nobody on here talking about BAD RAP? I’m so excited for this but I can’t find any conversation on tumblr about it and I know others would be excited too!

It’s gonna be a documentary made by POC shadowing 4 Asian American Rappers and the struggles as an Asian American, and as an Artist trying to make it mainstream. One of the main four is our girl Awkwafina!

Their indiegogo is closed now though they’re still accepting perk requests via their gmail. Visit their fb or watch their  youtube teasers or something! Show them some love!

Hello, I was hoping you could share my new blog I am trying to work on and grow.  It is based on API art, art by API artists, and many people of color artists who may not identify as API, through a social justice lens.  APIART takes into consideration that all art is political and that unifying multiple API artist on one blog will work to empower others to express themselves.  I hope you’ll share this so that others may follow and submit to the blog, especially with the thought that I won’t be able to curate this on my own! :)

I read the last few posts about Paris while I was there just a few days ago and I definitely related to what was said about the “casual racism.” But I’ve now been in Berlin for less than two days now and in that time I’ve endured the worst racist experience of my life.

Today I was on a guided tour when I started to feel strange around this old man (who was there with his wife). He seemed to always be next to me and he would go out of his way to interact with me. Eventually he asked me “where are you from” with a smile that expected some “exotic” answer. I didn’t give him the answer he wanted but I still regret answering “America” with a smile.

And then it fucking happened.

He took out his fucking phone in the middle of this fucking tour and continually tried to take photos of me.

I knew it was fucking racist bullshit but I couldn’t push it out of my mind. My white friend told me to forget about it; he was just a creepy old man. But I’m home now and I started crying after I realized that what I’m feeling is utter hopelessness and fear. I hate the idea that this white man got a clear shot of me and is using it to feed whatever fucked up fetish he has. And I hate that I just stood there and did nothing. That I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything.

I know this isn’t about Paris but I’m taking this sort of thing to be applicable to all tourist destinations. And fuck Paris/Berlin in general. The amount of Black/Japanese (ESPECIALLY BLACK) paraphernalia/fetishizing in Paris specifically was fucking out of this world. In the same museum I saw art by Black people which addressed anti-Blackness alongside a fucking video of this white woman who had painted her body completely black and “reinterpreted” Josephine Baker’s dances completely naked.

I’m just so disillusioned with Europe. As if white people anywhere in the world are going to be decent human beings. Hahahaha.

stile-ized said: Thanks for the 'family' tag! Excellent resource.

No probs! ♥

If any of you feel that you know of a great tumblr site that we should link to, feel free to forward the link to us and we’ll add it to the list! :-)

- Ruhani