Took a break from commissions last night to sketch a tiny Storm, of the X-Men.
A quote from Unknown (via vanillabow)
A quote from Michel Martin via “On Balancing Career and Family as a Woman of Color”
I see no lies.
I used to work for a bank. When I questioned this system of overdraft fees, I was asked, “How will they ever learn if there are no consequences to spending too much?”
I don’t work in banking anymore. I can’t be part of that. It cannot be my job to punch people who are already down.
A quote from
Laverne Cox talking about Sylvia Rivera
the chicken from season 1 is more important than larry
Pssssst, allies. Psssst, HEY!
I have some general ally-related principles for you.
- Run interference to keep oppressors off our backs. This means calling folks in your group out on their problematic shit, processing their guilt with them so they don’t demand and/or pressure us to perform emotional labor for them, etc.
- Support marginalized people with your financial, social, and cultural capital. Redistribute your capital, do not hoard it. Donate to grassroots movements, community organizers, artists, and people generally within communities you are not a part of. Are you invited to speak on issues that aren’t your own? Instead of taking that opportunity, refer this person to people who are directly affected by said issues.
- Take the time to educate yourself. There are a number of resources available to you through the internet. If you’re reading this, you can, in all likeliness, start googling. There are numerous tumblr pages to look through, and most likely even a few master lists of bloggers already writing about these issues.
- If you are making capital off of our oppression by educating oppressors, make sure to seriously interrogate your motivations and how you’re approaching your work, because it very well could be exploitative, if it isn’t already. I personally don’t care if you’re getting paid for this kind of work, but I’ll be angry as hell with you if you’re not doing #2.
- Listen when marginalized people (especially of groups you’re not a part of) are telling you that you’re being oppressive. Do not get defensive. Do not dismiss these claims by invoking your degree in a social-justicey field, as if academia isn’t racist, ableist, transmisogynistic, and more. Your field is not exempt just because it’s social justicey. Tokenizing your friends as a way to shield your own bigotry is 100% not okay. And seriously, be grateful that we even took the time to call you out, because these movements can happily go on without you.
(That’s all I got for you right now. Maybe I’ll type up something more substantial later, but for now, this is a freebie.)