like this post if u are queer and tired, reblog if u are queer and tired x10
Tumblr is a real-time, continuous documentation of language evolution and race dynamics. Over the last three years I’ve seen the language used by the Black users I follow make its way into the lexicon of white and other nonblack people’s vernacular. It happens rapidly and the astonishing thing is that despite the indisputable and clearly identifiable origins of the words and phrases coined primarily by Black Americans, nonblacks lay immediate claim to the language and use it to trivialize African American culture and dehumanize and persecute its purveyors.
The media really think they slick
When you wait until the end of an article to mention that the “black dude with a sword shot by the police” was cosplaying, you’re creating a situation where you want the readers to side with the police
you want them to infer a threat. you want them to think “yeah, someone walking down the street with a sword is a danger, sure the cops shot him but…it probably had nothing to do with him being black”
dude was cosplaying for an anime convention. dude’s back was turned.
"Oh please, you’re only identifying as [thing] because you heard about it on Tumblr."
Well gee, maybe if there were proper resources out there, public visibility and community support for people like us, we wouldn’t have to wait until we randomly stumbled across a post on Tumblr to understand what we are.