i love the idea of “self-made millionaires/billionaires” mostly because it’s a fiction. no one is “self-made” wealthy, they got there by exploiting workers. it’s the labor and the time of hundreds and thousands of workers toiling away that makes billionaires and millionaires.
that and your profits are kept safe by a police and military force that will inflict violence on anyone who dares come between you and your “self-made” millions.
self-made hahaha what a fucking joke
It’s incredibly frustrating because we have and always did have our own system of ethnicity, zaat, castes, “sexuality” “gender” (is ay this in quotes bc the categories are western) of course we also have our own problems within that system (lots of them) but people keep applying U.S. specific or Western specific racial dynamics on us like????honestly, people don’t understand racial dynamics at all when they talk about Pakistan or India. I’ve seen so much stupid shit that people posted about Siddi/Sheedi/Makrani people, and it made my blood pressure rise
Yeh, like how people keep going on about things like “Black desis”, and it is ridiculous because they kept posting decontexualised photographs of Siddi people or adivasi peoples of the Andaman and saying that all of them are universally connected, when their oppression is not even of the same category. People don’t want to look into complexities. And things are not the same in different South Asian countries, despite what people keep trying to imply.
The oppression of Siddi/Makrani people face is not the same as the oppression of an adivasi group. The oppression black immigrants from Africa will face is similarly not of the same category as the two aforementioned peoples.
And I don’t see how people then say that these peoples face oppression under the same axis as African-Americans. For example, there are a few African-American expats in India, and while it is very possible they can face antiblackness from Indians, they still have US citizenship and the protection that citizenship offers in a foreign country. Most usually have high-paying jobs and live in high-rate metropolitan areas. A black immigrant from, say, Uganda, is not the same as an African-American expat. An immigrant from Uganda has a very high chance of facing a ton of racism, extreme poverty, police brutality and xenophobia in those same metropolitan cities.
I’m not denying the existence of antiblackness in our communities, and even within SA itself, but there are complexities and many times the categories of violence and oppression is wholly different (like violence against adivasi people within India as a whole, not just peoples of the Andaman), which people simply label as global antiblackness.
And like you said, US racial dynamics cannot be applied outside of the US, and I don’t know why people keep trying to apply them universally. It makes no sense to me. Critical race theory is developed strictly under a US context, to apply it universally is…just idk, it doesn’t work at all. It does not even work the exact same in different white supremacist and white settler colonies, because the process of racialisation (especially of new immigrants) is very different.
Also, people keep making ridiculous statements like there is “far skin privilege” in South Asia. Okay, given that there is shadeism in our communities and it has horrible implications for people (mostly women who have to function under horrendous patriarchal beauty standards), but it is not some overall axis of oppression or structural violence. Like, many landless Muslim peasants in UP have ‘fair skin’ and light eyes, but that doesn’t mean anything at all, because many are still lower caste Muslims, and hated and oppressed on the basis of class, caste and their religion.
popcornheaux said: can you recommend any movies abut love?
It’s so loaded. When I think of the films that I enjoyed about love, I think of the ones with political strife. I cannot sit and watch a film about love that concerns a couple living comfortably in suburbia with a few minor inconveniences here and there. For me, the best films on love have been about lovers stepping out of their comfort zones, putting their lives on line and confronting their fears, political and social and spiritual and physical and everything.
In that case, Iranian and Pakistani films come to my mind firstly. Iranian cinema is genius at depicting the social realities that lovers find themselves in. A Separation is not your average romantic film; in fact, it isn’t romantic at all and yet, it still shows you the harsh realities of couples who love each other in spite of everything, set in a society that views each couple differently than the other. You will like A Separation. There is a beautiful film about the gently growing love between an Afghan refugee girl who works in a factory and a local Iranian boy. The film is Baraan. Mohsen Makhmalbaf created Time of Love. A romantic trilogy. I think you will like it. In Pakistani cinema, love is an issue of economics and feudalism. For that matter, I would always suggest you explore drama series on Hum TV. They’re all available online with subtitles. They’re some very intense stories about love. It had a usually unimpressed person like me hooked.
Other films too. I would suggest Love Streams by John Cassavetes.
I suddenly remembered one of my favorite romantic films of all time: In The Mood For Love. Google Yumeji’s Theme. Beautiful track.
Chungking Express, too.
Let’s bring in some Chantal Akerman. Anything by Akerman but Je, tu, il, elle most importantly.
If you have the stomach for tension, The Piano Teacher by Haneke. You will learn to love and hate it at the same time.
And although not a film, here is a small something for you on love and film and time and more by our darling Andrei Tarkovsky.
This is all I can think of at 7:29 in the morning. :)
Someone asked about films again and here it is.
Jenny Holzer, Living Series
every time I see a male rapist talking about “I didn’t know that was rape, I thought rape was something else” I worry that people’s takeaway is going to be “this is what rape culture does to men, we need to teach men about consent” and not “rapists are filthy fucking liars”
Lana Del Rey by Ellen Von Unwerth
an ideal date would be eating takeout dinner in our pjs while watching Netflix and you play with my hair
yall literally have the lowest standards in the history of the universe and there are animals that accept urine as a mating gift
Me: *before I take my first bite*
Mom: is it good?
i dont understand why people like sleeping so much
its a free trial of death
Anonymous said: how do you determine if someone is too old to date?
I have a handy chart I like to use for this exact dilemma
send her an email about actual coursework and be like p.s. i loved that outfit you wore in class today - where’d you buy it?
lol she’s really nice so she probably would answer that but i feel weird about asking a professor such questions
is it weird to ask your professor where she buys her clothes because ummm…this is the 4th class in a row that her outfit has been amazing and on point…i need to know this info
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