By allowing white supremacy to go unchallenged, I am implicated.
I don’t normally say this, but this one is for all the allies out there. Too many pieces of it are quotable, so I’m just gonna say go read the whole damn thing.
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Girls&WomenToKnow: Leanna Archer
Meet Lenna Archer, who started her Leanna Inc. a haircare line at This Long years old. Leanna all nautral organic hair products has generated over $ $100,000 in revenue. Leana develops and mixes each of her products (the original hair dressing was based on a family formula), and tracks orders and customer correspondence. Her parents and two brothers assist in bookkeeping, packaging, and product testing. The company sells its shampoos, conditioners, shea butter, and other products both in stores and online.
Leanna is a philanthropist as well in 2008 she founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for children in Haiti. Leanna’s goal is to built schools in Haiti, while providing a Safe learning environment for over 150 students.
Leanna as been featured in Forbes Magazine, Success Magazine, INC Magazine (30 under 30) and Ebony Magazine. Online web portal, AOL Black Voices, was also impressed with Leanna and positioned the Teen CEO as #5 on their list of “ Top 9 Young Lions” who are making Black History. Leanna has also been interviewed by several major media outlets, including NBC, MSNBC,ABC,FOX Business and BET.HAITIAN EXCELLENCE! !!
Damn. That is just pure excellence.
Everytime there is a movie centered on POC life in a POC setting, there will always be this one or more white ppl trying to be in the spotlight 'cuz white directors and white viewers cannot bear seeing a movie with no white person at all ( ex. 47 Ronin, upcoming movie bout African deities etc ). But white ppl getting pissed towards a harmless request for a POC cameo on a movie that sets in a white society, proclaiming that "POC invades their spaces". Fucking bullshit dude. Just fucking bull.
Asked by Anonymous
Everyone should watch Kevin Kataoka’s flawless ‘Asian Evasion' comedy skit from Totally Biased. That shit is gold.
I think being a POC changes sometimes depending on where you are. I am a Brazilian-American of mostly European heritage. In the States I am subject to a lot of racism, but not in South America. In South America I have white privilege. In the States, I do not.
Definitely true — racial dynamics change hugely based on where you are. This blog is admittedly very US-centric because all the mods are from the US and living there (well I’m living in China temporarily, but I’ll be home soon).
You do raise a very pertinent point though — white privilege follows into places that are not predominantly white, which is a disturbing bit of colonialism that bears thinking about.
After my pregnancy I was left with major skin discoloration and dark patches and have been looking for methods to get my skin color back the way it was (aka lightening the really dark areas). But as a POC people automatically think I'm doing it to look "more white". Is it wrong for me to be lightening my skin for the reasons I just mentioned? I really don't know at this point
Asked by Anonymous
It’s your body and you have the right to do with it whatever you want, and no one else has the authority to step in and tell you otherwise. So first off, fuck the haters, and fuck anyone who says you don’t have agency over your own damn self. Second, it’s up to you whether you want to explain yourself to these people or not, because you don’t in any way owe them an explanation. That being said, I could definitely understand an urge to want to clarify. But if you find yourself feeling backed into a corner trying to justify your treatment of your own self, feel free to remind folks that if they object to you lightening because society puts pressure on PoC to do so, how are they any better for levying individual pressure on you to look/act the way they want?
Congratulations on the birth of your child!
Would you consider a light skinned Mexican poc? A lot of undocumented Mexicans come from Guadalajara and they happen to look light skinned and have lighter hair
Asked by Anonymous
Again, race is a social construct. I’m not the be-all-end-all voice on who is/isn’t PoC (no one is). A lot of light-skinned folks will experience the sensation of being read situationally as either white or PoC. Surrounded by darker-skinned people they may pass for white, surrounded by white people they may not. Things they say/do may trigger the people around them to code them a certain way, etc. It’s important to recognize white passing privilege, even when it’s situational, but it’s also important to understand that passing comes with its own set of internal struggles and is not a blanket to being situationally read as PoC/having that background.
Hi. I saw your thing about bone marrow, and wanted to give a heads up about the Anthony Nolan register. They specialise in finding bone marrow donors, I think especially uk donors, and are (were?) campaigning for PoC donors to help them. So that might be a thing for uk followers. Sorry to interrupt.
Asked by cygnettoswan
Thanks for the heads up!
This is something that continues to worry me and it’s really interrupting with my young adult life. I’m mixed race (filipino and indian (rajestani). I’m aware of the concept white passing ( do not know much about it). For myself I’m pale compared to my family who are relatively dark. I always feel like I don’t belong because of my color and even physical features that represent some spanish or some type of white from I’ve been told.
Just having the white complexion I’ve been told to myself face that I cannot understand the struggle people of color experience. I feel that others try to make me feel ashamed of how I turned out when it’s out of my control. I really need some perspective in the context of mixed race individuals who do not represent the general feature of a ethnic group.
It’s frustrating to be always told that I have to be x, y, or z because I do not look like my own race. It’s like society is telling me to deny who I am because they can not see it.
Some additional background from where I’m coming from, I researched social perception and prejudice in the context of ethnic minorities during my college years. But there is huge chunk of literature missing for mixed race. It’s like at the time being it’s not a relevant subject.
White passing is a really tricky, touchy subject that I’ve written about a bit before, and truth be told there is no real answer. Because while white passing exists, it is yet another manifestation of the social construct of race — there isn’t such a thing as a perfectly white passing mixed person, and there’s no such thing as a unified white passing experience of a white passing rule book.
The truth is that white passing folks have a different experience than either monoracial white or non-white passing mixed people. And that’s not to say that it’s a less painful experience, because the erasure of one’s identity - being told you’re just white when it’s much more complicated than that - is symptomatic of white supremacy and the narrow way we talk about race. At the same time, not being read as a person of color will undoubtedly give you situational benefits as a white passing person. Even if you’re not always read as white, when you are you have to acknowledge it.
In the end, no one else can tell you what your experience is, only you know that. But the advice I generally give is that the most important thing is to be aware - both aware of your surroundings and self-aware of the way you fit into and interact with the world.