This Is Everyday Racism

This blog is a safe space by and for people of color where they can share their experiences with everyday, subtle racism, or racial microaggressions. Our main goal is to help people of color feel supported and validated in dealing with this insidious, and often far more damaging, form of racism. White people are welcome to follow.

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/its 2014 and we’re still dealing with this/

Today a Japanese horse won the Caulfield Cup in Australia, and the next race it will do is the Melbourne Cup in early November. So how did the Channel 7 news report this?

"The Japanese will be raiding Melbourne in November"

Raiding? The Japanese will be raiding? Maybe I’m being oversensitive, but that is very poor wording imo.

I’m a black man who attended a 90%+ black school. When I was in high-school I used to read constantly. to the point where I was walking while looking at a book and relying on peripheral vision  to not run into people. I wasn’t very social, partly due to shyness and partial due to being a year younger than the rets of my class due to skipping a grade.

Anyway, I was doing my usual walking to the next class while reading, when someone appeared in front of me and slapped the book out of my hands. When I looked up to see their face, this young black man proclaimed “N*ggers don’t read!”

I wasn’t sure how to take that, and to this day it is one of the strangest encounters I’ve ever had. I’d receive similar comments, including someone who had seen that I didn’t date offering the helpful advice, “You need to get off them books, and get on some b*tches.” 

Thankfully they were the exceptions…….

fyi, my high-school was super underfunded since most of the school-board members sent their kids to the 100% white private school that was founded after segregation was illegal. Fucking Clinton….

it’s “fantastic four: rise of the silver surfer”.

so in the end, the two protags get married, right? and they do it in japan.

except -

a.) okay so wow giggling *~~oriental~~* lady stereotype

b.) all the tiny children of japan wear yukatas now!! always and forever amirite

i’d also like to say that i feel like a common trope that pops up in movies a lot now are the “sort-of-but-not-really-villain.” you know the guy? usually military, keeps getting in the way of the white protags, can only see things through a straightforward, obvious way? the guy who isn’t the obvious, evil, in-your-face villain, but rather the one who is the antagonist through just not being able to accept the secret that suddenly came to light that changes the entire game? you know, the guy who, if not white (like everyone else), is almost always black?

yeah. that.


Zac Efron in Black face whilst imitating Corbin Bleu’s High School Musical character Chad.



While many audiences consider Laverne Cox’s acting career her shining accomplishment, Cox is also revered by trans communities for her less glamorous, but incredibly vital, behind-the-scenes work: Elevating the voices of trans women of color.

This is perhaps most evident in her work as a producer. In the past year alone, Cox has been hard at work coproducing Free CeCe, a documentary on the story of formerly imprisoned trans woman of color and Advocate 40 Under 40 honoree CeCe McDonald, and even more recently in executive producing the MTV and Logo documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

In the documentary, Cox is intentional about providing a platform for the experiences of young trans women of color, and provides a particularly memorable spotlight on budding social justice blogger and activist L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith.

A New Orleans-based college student, Ailith shines in The T Word as she articulately discusses the unique issues trans women of color face. The Advocate caught up with her to learn more about her activism, her part in The T Word, and her thoughts on community, solidarity, and Cox’s influence.

The Advocate: In The T Word, you tell some memorable stories about Youth BreakOUT!, a group you do activist work with. Can you tell us more about what BreakOUT! does?

L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith: BreakOUT! is an LGBT organization in New Orleans, but we center trans women of color. What we specifically do is fight criminalization of LGBT individuals.

New Orleans has a really intense problem with police basically stopping anyone who looks “suspicious.” Basically, they don’t think we know our rights, and they take advantage of that. They treat LGBT people — especially trans women of color — like we are inherently criminals.

A lot of trans women [find themselves] locked up in prison, in solitary confinement, or put in prisons with men — [placed] in very dangerous situations. And there’s no one to advocate for them, no one to fight for them. So BreakOUT! was formed a couple years ago so, for one, girls can come together and find community. That’s actually how I started, because I needed a community; I needed girls like me. So we come together, find community, and build solidarity.

We [also] work to hold demonstrations, create pamphlets and [materials] like that, go talk to the sheriff, the people in charge of the New Orleans Police Department, and talk to the homeless shelters so that they can be more trans-inclusive [in their policies]. And we help the young people who are currently incarcerated: give them some support and whatever help they need to fight for their rights.

How did you get involved in The T Word documentary?

I’m also a blogger, writing about social justice issues and trans issues. Laverne had spoken at the Creating Change Conference; I wasn’t present [there], but I caught the online stream and I cried while watching it. It was the first time I’d actually seen [her give] a full speech and it was so transformative for me. So I wrote a blog post called “Thank You, Laverne,” thanking her for just being herself and for living visibly, authentically, and unapologetically. For showing me that I could do the same thing and achieve some type of happiness. And for not only using her platform for herself, but for extending it out to other people — it just really inspired me.

So I wrote a blog post thanking her, and she loved it. She reposted it on all her social media sites, and then reached out to BreakOUT! She was supposed to speak at Tulane University at the beginning of 2014, and we asked if she could come to BreakOUT! to talk to the girls and build some community and solidarity with all of us. And she totally did! It was just a wonderful experience with pictures, everyone getting to know her — so cute.

She contacted me a couple weeks later, asking me if I would be interested in being involved in a project to help with the [trans rights] movement, and of course I was on board.

Laverne Cox talks about how simply walking down the street as a trans woman of color can invite a kind of criminalization that other people don’t experience. From watching The T Word, I see you speak to the same issues.

This is a story I tell, and I’ve told it to Laverne too:

Before you can start the whole hormone process, you have to start seeing a therapist. And I did see a therapist, and what I found was intriguing. After about four months of therapy, he basically told me that I was not eligible to begin hormone replacement therapy because [my] psychoanalysis came back that I was borderline crazy, borderline paranoid. He said that his reasoning was that I was too aware of my surroundings, too aware of myself. And when I asked him if he’s ever worked with a trans woman of color before, he said [he hadn’t]. He’d worked with upper-class white women.

I think it’s really important to note that socio-economic status… really affects how you relate to the world, and the microaggressions that you come across. So as a black trans woman — a black woman — our bodies are sexualized in ways that other people aren’t sexualized. Especially in New Orleans. Walking around here as a black trans woman, basically you have a sign on your head saying, “I do sex work! I’m prostituted!” That’s what everyone thinks, and that’s what everyone sees. So they force you to have to watch how you walk, watch where you go, watch what time of the night you’re out, watch what you wear. So that’s problematic; that’s an issue.

We should not have to get to a place where we’re living authentically as ourselves but then be hyper-policed. So the fact that we were able to broadcast that in the documentary, to show that trans women of color are disproportionately criminalized and policed — especially in New Orleans — I think that’s really important. It’ll bring up conversations that a lot of people aren’t having about how different identities can affect different people in different ways.

We have commonality in being transgender people within the trans community. But, Laverne always says this: she came from a working-class background. Being a trans person from the working class, being a black trans woman, being a trans person of color — the issues and microaggressions that [such] individuals face are totally different [than others]. We get to shed light on that so that we can further critique the system and work towards equity.

What kind of impact do you see The T Word having on its young audience?

The main reason why I decided to join this project was because I knew how much it would impact individuals who were not comfortable with authentically being themselves, or weren’t comfortable with accepting the identity that they hold, that they’re struggling with. Because I know that for myself, a few years ago, when I was trying to figure out who I was and I was questioning my place in the world, I stumbled across Laverne Cox on Youtube when she first started being really visible and vocal. I was watching her interviews, and that really inspired me — just seeing somebody that looked like me and hearing her stories sounding like mine.

Laverne always says that the “retelling” is super important — it’s revolutionary. It totally is. Hearing someone articulate their struggle, or even their triumph, when they look like you and they’re representing you, you get to see that there’s possibilities in the world. That’s really wonderful.

What I think is great about my portion [in The T Word] is that I shake up this stereotype of what a black trans woman is. I really love the fact that we were able to get all my other [trans] sisters with me… to get all of them visually shown, having us interact with each other, showing that sisterhood, that bond. It’s so important. Because for other girls, community is what’s going to help [them] in this movement.

And the youth are the next, driving force of the [trans rights] movement. We bring so much nuance to this conversation, building community between young people of color, showing that we can come together in solidarity and affect some change is really important. So showing what BreakOUT! does, showing our “family” aspect, and then showing the criminalization and injustice — all of that together — is why… I’m proud [of my part in the documentary].



Look at these thugs destroying their community!

Gang violence within the pumpkin community, we must not let these gangsters tarnish the great American image with their shenanigans 

Where are the white leaders speaking up about this?! Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Bill O’ Reilly?! Where are you?

Who are we to blame for this type or destructive behavior? Iggy Azalea? Macklemore? The white community has got to stop with this behavior if they ever want to move on.

But then again maybe the pumpkin deserved it? What did the pumpkin do to provoke them? We should just wait for the facts first.

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A black boy gets murdered and his community stands up for him and are attacked by police for over 2 months and are deemed animals and violent rioters

white people set cars on fire over some damn pumpkins and get called “rowdy” aint that some shit

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Finally, Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home

Photo: Some of the schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped in mid-April. 

"On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.

The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. “Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”

Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.”

As reported by Mother Jones 

AWESOME NEWS - this has been such a nightmare to follow, it is so great to hear the girls are being released!



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s/o to the girl at Subway with the awesome feminist tattoo

I thought feminists hated making sandwiches?

wait. is this really the symbol for feminism

cause it looks mad familiar.

They steal EVERYTHING!!




Wow. Wow. Wow.



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