Herieth Paul for TUSH Summer 2013 by Boe Marion


Applying pressure to a private business that has condoned, promoted or not taken a position against hate speech against women is not censorship, it’s activism. Our lives are increasingly defined by corporations and their policies. Telling an advertiser to stop objectifying women isn’t censorship, it’s applying consumer demand within the free market. Telling a business to stop sponsoring a show that calls women sluts for using basic birth control — nearly every woman in this country at some point in her life — isn’t censorship, it’s assisting them and other consumers in allocating their dollars wisely. Telling a user-dependent website to stop tolerating rape imagery isn’t censorship, it’s an uprising within the user community for the purpose of adjusting community standards to those that are safer for everyone. Private corporations are free to ignore the activism, and they are also free to do the right thing. When given sufficient nudge they often do, because women are important consumers.
Erin Matson (aka @erintothemax) on the ACLU’s absurd claim that Facebook is like a government. http://erintothemax.com/2013/05/29/on-feminism-and-accusations-of-censorship/ (via angryblacklady)

ut as long as ignorance is allowed to remain, people will think it’s a fair excuse. They will apologise without knowing why, only to do it again. The wheel of racism will keep on spinning.

Anti-racism is not a stop sign. It is a learned skill. It benefits
those who understand it by broadening their perspective, and it benefits those negatively impacted by reducing how often the encounter it from people who too often claim they “don’t mean to cause any offence”.

I hope we can raise the bar much higher in the future, and set the minimum standard from “not racist” to “anti-racist”, including support for strengthening the racial vilification laws that exist in Australia. Politicians, executives, leaders, and those who talk or write about Indigenous people in the media should be educated to meet this standard.

After all, how can our leaders and representatives be effective role models for anti-racism if they do not even know what it means? Racism either stops with all of us, or it doesn’t stop at all.

Some people seem to think that it’s petty or unimportant to point out racist celebrity misbehaviour because there are ‘bigger issues’ at play when it comes to racism, ie ‘there’s worse racism out there.’You should understand that normalising the casual mockery of people of colour through accepted mainstream culture - structurally preserving a white majority’s right to have fun at someone else’s expense - is a key building block in maintaining the hierarchy of racism. It’s naive to write off this kind of seemingly banal, pervasive everyday behaviour as if it somehow has no connection to people ultimately accepting actual systemic violence like the NT Intervention, the War on Terror, our refugee policy, and Australia’s straight up unwillingness to question our role in the wholesale dispossession of Aboriginal people.


The Blackface Wrap Up.



“But this is what I worry about: using words like ‘racist’ to describe the retweeting of this photo diminishes and dilutes the power of that word. I worry that by over-using it, we render it almost meaningless.

Does anyone truly believe Delta is racist? Or the guy dressed up as Seal? Come on. Let’s not be The Boy Who Cried Racist. It’s too important an accusation to throw it around so carelessly.”

Mia Freedman

The first rule of ALLY CLUB: You do not talk in ALLY CLUB.
The first rule of ALLY CLUB: You do not talk in ALLY CLUB.
The second rule of ALLY CLUB: You DO NOT TALK in ALLY CLUB.
The third rule of ALLY CLUB: If a marginalized person says STOP, the argument is over.
The fourth rule of ALLY CLUB: Ganging up on marginalized people and/or their blogs with a bunch of your privileged buddies means you’re out of ALLY CLUB. If marginalized people come after you in droves? YOU’VE FUCKED UP. APOLOGIZE. DON’T EXPECT TO BE FORGIVEN.
The fifth rule of ALLY CLUB: If you ping a bunch of marginalized people with the same bullshit “honest question, guise!” then you’re out of ALLY CLUB and automatically inducted into TROLL CLUB.
The sixth rule of ALLY CLUB: No “what about me,” no “but privileged people don’t have perfect lives, either.”
The seventh rule of ALLY CLUB: If you fuck with marginalized people you do not get to say when the argument is over. It’s over when the marginalized people you fucked with say it’s over.
The eighth rule of ALLY CLUB: If this is your first time reading a social justice blog run by a certain group of marginalized people, DO NOT SUBMIT SHIT.


Photos of South African women protesting in the streets against the Apartheid government.


Read more about the critical roles women played during the anti-Apartheid struggle.

There is that narrative of kids using humour to make friends. I think I did some of that but looking back I could never use humour to diffuse racism. That was something that really stuck with me throughout school. Racism was something I couldn’t deflect, it was a much deeper kind of hostility. The only way I could see kids trying to deflect racism was by laughing along with the racists. …People think that my comedy is about convincing people not to be racist. It’s not about that at all. They think the show is about fighting racism. I don’t think you can fight racism with comedy. Actually I think that if racists came to my show they would actually leave more racist and angry. The reality is people listen to what they want to hear. People don’t listen to music to be offended by the lyrics and comedy is the same thing. People watch artists that they agree with and I create comedy for people who think like me. I know that’s a small audience but I’m not really here to convince anyone that the way they are thinking is wrong. That’s not my problem.

Aamer Rahman at Mspiration by Saeed Saeed

Aamer Rahman’s comedy is explicitly political (and very funny) and even he has an approach of “changing the world one laugh at a time? omg lol nope I wish” (& pointing out how huge and unattainable and brutal the expectation is that kids will defuse racism via humour)

I really wish some of the self-important comedy bros who go around saying shit like “you can’t censor me, it’s my job to push the boundaries of the ugly underbelly of society” had even half this level of humility

he has a tumblr

(via ourcatastrophe)


At the ‘Bollywood’ themed industry party I went to last night, I decided to hold a ‘Best Costume’ contest. These are some of the finalists, who were all happy to have their photos taken. Click through for my comments.


Refusing to accept racism is not a by-product of “white guilt”. Refusing to stand by the negative and demeaning stereotyping of people based on their race (or gender, or ability, or sexual orientation) is not fostering victimhood or preventing self-reliance. Refusing to accept racism is not an attack on whatever freedom of speech someone has to broadcast their prejudices.

Refusing to accept racism and unreservedly apologising for its dissemination is, however, an important step in saying that we, as a community, no longer support such views. And if anyone has some sort of “freedom of speech” to be racist, others also have the freedom to criticise racism for the real harm it causes.

Sunili Govinnage is a lawyer from Perth currently volunteering to assist refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta, Indonesia. She did not go to UWA, and has no associations with the Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness Foundation, but she hates racism.

Read more: http://www.watoday.com.au/comment/vilification-and-just-having-a-laugh-20130424-2iend.html#ixzz2RljkQMi7