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Colourism is the oppression that individuals with a dark skin tone face experience, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. It is usually steeped in white supremacy, colonialism and the preference for whiteness, both from white people and communities of colour. Within South Asian people in the sub-continent and the diaspora, it is also rooted in caste and the hatred of Dalit and lower-caste people.

Oppression and privilege are two sides of the same coin. If one exists, so must the other. …


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I have a friend who only reads writing by people of colour. ONLY. She once remarked that there are so many great POC writers out there that we have yet to discover, so why are we wasting time reading white people?

This reminded me of John and Maggie Anderson, a Black couple who spent a year buying exclusively Black. They chronicled how this changed their lives in their book, “Our Black Year.” This made me think about how just changing what we consume and who we consume it from can have such a deep impact on our lives. …


Yes, even if it’s been used against you.

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Hasan Minhaj’s stand-up routine on Netflix, “Homecoming King.”

“The N-word is unique in the English language. It is the ultimate insult; a word that has tormented generations of African-Americans. In 2008, Neal A. Lester, dean of humanities at Arizona State University, taught the first-ever college-level class designed to explore the N-word. According to Lester, as early as the 17th century, the N-word has been used to address African-Americans in a derogatory way (Price, 2011, p. 3). It has always been a sign of disrespect. The word is inseparably connected with viciousness and severity on African-American minds and deprecatory slanders cast on Black bodies.” — From this article.

When my article on the accusations of a toxic workplace environment from the women of colour who worked on Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act went viral, Black people sharing it in tweets added comments about him using the n-word in a show. …


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The Ellen debacle has been well documented. And by the Ellen debacle, I mean the bruhaha in which she has pretended to be nice and kind, has built an entire career and brand around “be kind,” only for us to we find out that she has treated her staff in a terrible manner, and that she was not, in fact, kind. At all.

Around the same time that the issues with Ellen were becoming public this year, tweets from women of colour—especially South Asian women—who worked on Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj, came out. They were sharing their experiences on Minhaj’s lauded show as a gesture of solidarity with other people who worked on shows — shows that have been sold to the public as morally and ethically upright but which treated their staff in a dismal manner. …


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In the year 2020, I, Sangeetha Thanapal, writer, editor and content creator, wanted to make a sustained effort to read books written by people like me, and for people like me.

I specifically set aside money and effort to search for and find novels of genres I love (fantasy, romance, literary fiction etc.,) that are written by Brown and Black men, women and gender non-conforming people.

The reasons behind this are quite simple:

  1. I wanted to see myself represented and;
  2. I wanted to spend money on people who are doing this hard work of writing about us.

The publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female. By putting my money (and therefore, support) behind Brown & Black authors, I was doing my part is disrupting this normalcy. …


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I have no words for how bad this book is. I mean, I do, cos I am going to write them down but also, I really don’t.

We will get to the bad parts soon but this is for TFR so let us get to the horrendous fatphobia in this novel first.

The main character is a disgusting fatphobe. She just hates fat people. Honestly, I am pretty sure that Ayisha Malik the author just hates fat people.

Examples:

  1. Khan constantly calls or thinks of calling people “fat cows.” (p. 207)
  2. She doesn’t like the word “jaunty” because, and I quote, “jaunty is a euphemism for bubbly and everyone knows bubbly people are fat.” (p. …


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From LA Times

By now if you have not heard about Kamala Harris being Biden’s pick for the vice presidency…what am I saying? Of course you have.

Kamala Harris is Blasian, in that she has a Black father and an Indian mother but it is important to note that her mother is not just Indian, she is Tamil, which is why Kamala Harris has her first name.

By the way, it is pronounced as Ka(COme)- Ma(MERmaid)-La(LAH). Not CAMEL-a or Ka-MAH-la or any of these other variations that have made me cringe. Also, her middle name is Devi, pronounced as “they-vee.”

Once the announcement of her candidacy was made, I knew immediately what was going to happen and now, here I am watching it happen in real-time: Asian media, especially South Asian media, has completely erased her Tamil heritage, instead focusing on how she is “Indian.” …


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“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

Angela Davis — from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, February 13th, 2014.

Two weeks ago, when things were ramping up here in Australia, I was telling some teachers I work with that this all seems eerily similar, even though none of us has ever lived through this before.

Because isn’t this how every apocalypse movie begins?

At that time, Italy had gone into lockdown and the U.S. was getting hit. …

About

Sangeetha

Activist and writer. Coined the term #chineseprivilege. She/her, Tamil, Curvy, Southeast Asian living in Melbourne.

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