after seeing a commercial about a tortilla pan, something i thought i would never witness in my entire life, we need to talk
y’all really need to stop with the fuckery y’all be committing on ethnic foods
now don’t get it twisted, nobody is saying that you can’t eat foods from non-white cultures
but there is a way to do it and there is a way not to do it
so lemme break it break it down for y’all on what not to do
commodifying and subsequently profiting off the rebranding of “ethnic foods”. yes, i’m looking at all you white people who make a hefty living by cooking and selling foods from non-white cultures. whether it be cook books, television shows, ingredients in foods marketed at upper class white people *cough cough KASHI commericals as an example*, whole restaurants with the kitchy couture that just screams “STEREOTYPE” and the only people who are of colour are the undocumented people working in the back. yes, all of you. have a seat and face the facts cause guess what, you have a food culture. because despite thinking you are plain jane wonderbread white folks you do actually descend from somewhere in Europe. it may not be the exotic wonderland some of y’all think brown folk descend from, but its your heritage and its about time you fucking accepted it and got over it. take a DNA test, an ancestry heritage. hope a boat, hope a train, hope a plane. quite honestly i don’t give a fuck how you get back to your roots but if you want to make and market food based on a specific tradition i suggest you begin and end with your own.
designating yourself the health gurus of ethnic food- i’m so sick of y’all changing recipes to make things “healthier” and doing it in a way that makes ethnic foods look like shit on a plate and taste like a whole lot of nothing. what you fools fail to realize is that our food is healthy FOR US. wasn’t nobody thinking about y’all when that shit was created and the only reason why anybody thinks about y’all now when it comes to creation and production of ethnic food cultures is because the only way to survive in a capitalist white supremacist system is to serve y’all tropes on a plate.
by the way, plenty of POCs have written cookbooks that demonstrate how to make our foods more health conscious for those who have legitimate dietary concerns related to food consumption. in fact some of my favourite cookbooks written by POCS are from folk who are actively engaged with the food justice movement. support them, not people whose only claim to knowledge is “well i traipsed through the jungle/bush/seemingly rural and or isolated place and learned from the people. so i’m back now to spread the knowledge”.
which brings me to my next point, there are plenty of ethnic food restaurants where POCs actually have control over production, consumption, and profit. in order to support us and really give us control and autonomy over our own cultures, you have to actually support POCs. you cannot say “oh well i’m not a racist/i have respect for this culture” if the only access point is through a white person with some loosey goosy connection to POCs.
but bear in mind than when you enter our space you play by our rules. POC restaurants are safe spaces for US. we created them for US. its where we go to escape the likes of y’all when you piss us off or simply become too much. that space is not oriented around you, and just because you walk through the door and sit your starvin marvin asses down doesn’t mean you become the center of the universe. don’t get it twisted. respect the rules which govern our eating spaces, and to quote the fabulous Lafayette “tip yo waitress!”
in short, y’all need to recognize!
we were fed up with y’all jackin our shit before, and we’re fed up with it now.
we’re fed up with having our cultures dissed and dismissed right in front of our faces, and being treated as if we’re expected to care that you magically took interest in our cultures. no matter how problematic your engagement with it is. we’re somehow supposed to be grateful and interpret your cultural genocide as respect and admiration.
honestly, stop taking a page out of the “copying is the greatest form of flattery” basic bitch handbook. cause that’s only true in a white supremacist society where white people can copy POCs and never give credit where credit is due.
also, i don’t care if you can find the person of colour who is an apologist for every racially conscious POC who is telling you to have a seat. don’t even bother to try and pull them out as if to say “well see they approve of my behaviour so you’re just a mean black lady and blah blah blah”
cause my response will be
“first of all, nobody said i was nice”
“and second, no.1.curr.bout.dem
neva have, and neva will.
And yes. There we have it. The library is closed!
people always ask me about cultural appropriation when it comes to food.
1) So you say you didn’t steal our land. Okay. Well first off….
ARE YOU SURE?
Did you buy a piece of land, or do you live on a piece of land in an area where there is not even a Treaty in place supposedly ceding land? Like pretty much all of British Columbia, vast areas in the North, and most of everything east of Ontario? If you’re not sure, take a look at this map of the numbered Treaties…the only ‘historical’ treaties that even mention land at all.
Are you living on, or did you buy a piece of land in one of the many areas where those Treaties were breached, and promised allotments of reserve lands were never delivered, or were taken without compensation and without consent? That’s a little harder to show you on a map, but we’re talking thousands of square kilometres of lands which have been, or are still to be, the subject of specific land claims against the government of Canada. Lands are STILL being taken from reserve allotments without consent in a process that has never ceased since the numbered Treaties were signed, so I’m not talking ancient history here.
If you have bought land in these areas, or are living on them, then AT BEST you can claim innocence only to the extent that you purchased ‘stolen goods’, and that you yourself were not the original thief. Except that doesn’t play out in the settler judicial system very well, since knowingly possessing stolen goods gets you in hot water too.
2) So you say you didn’t steal our resources.
ARE YOU SURE?
The Treaties talk about allowing settlers the use of land to the depth that can be reached by a plough. If you are benefiting from the extraction of resources under those lands, you are benefiting from theft. I’m looking at you, Albertans…and everyone who receives transfer payments in their own province from Alberta….I’m looking at all the people living in provinces and territories where gold, diamonds and other minerals are being extracted to the tune of billions of dollars a year.
Don’t fool yourself. Canada’s primary resources are what have always fuelled this nation, from the fur trade, to lumber, to fishing, to mining and oil. Farming doesn’t keep Ottawa in new shoes, and our manufacturing sector is a joke. Canada runs on primary resource extraction and all the service industries that exist as a result of the need to ‘service’ the people in those sectors. Without the primary resources from our lands, those unceded, and those supposedly ceded (I’m being generous here, using the Canadian interpretation of the numbered Treaties despite that being bollocks), Canada would be a third-world backwater.
Whether you work in these industries yourself, or are employed because there is enough money from these industries to make your job necessary, you are doing so on our backs. This isn’t historic, this is contemporary.
3) So you aren’t oppressing indigenous peoples in Canada?
ARE YOU SURE?
If you aren’t doing anything about the situation, merely profiting from it, that’s a choice. It is not value neutral. Settlers benefit from the systemic racism which continues to deprive indigenous people in Canada from accessing their lands, their resources, and their culture, as well as denying them any real place in the body politic or in the economy itself.
Whether you are actively promoting the continued theft of our lands and resources, the destruction of our cultures (and don’t worry, there are plenty of people actively engaged in this right now to banish all worries that this is some long lost practice best forgotten), or you are merely passively letting it happen because you agree with it, or youdidn’t know any better…
Then you are involved. You. Right now. Not your long dead ancestors. You. Whether you came here last week, or your family arrived in the 1700s.
You live in a “First World” nation because you live off the largess of First Nation’s land and resources.
You didn’t do any of that stuff? It wasn’t you, personally?
Then give back those stolen goods, because you are guilty of a crime too.
Stop expecting us to support you indefinitely, Canada. The First Nations subsidised Welfare Line For Settlers won’t last forever.
“We thank you, dearest white savior, for neglecting to address the ‘war on women’ in your own region, in order to watch us, the women of the Middle East, progress. Shamefully, we have not yet even begun to repay you for freeing us from bondage with your bullets and uranium tipped bombs in places such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are forever indebted.”—
Colonialism Feminism. An excerpt from the famous and most excellent letter to Mona Eltahawy. It’s not recent but it always remain relevant.
someone asked me what my Political Views were because I looked so unbearably bored when she was telling me about some political blog about Stephen Harper and crimes against democracy and etc etc etc etc etc etc etc
and I was like “I mean I guess I want to burn down parliament? and then burn down whatever the fuck we come up with to replace it? just like……………………’burn everything’ are my political views I guess”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about your political views”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about democracy”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about Stephen Harper”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about voting”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about the religious right”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about Pierre Trudeau”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about enlightenment rationality”
my political views are “don’t talk to me about corruption”
my political views are “don’t talk to me i’ll talk to you”
my political views are “don’t talk to me”
my political views are “won’t somebody think of the children”
my political views are “the st-henri listserv”
my political views are “bc capitalism”
my political views are “i like to vacillate”
my political views are “elaborate conceptuals”
my political views are “fuck yr anarchist collective house”
my political views are “everyone is racist”
my political views are “everyone is boring”
my political views are “the sum total of all of the tags of my blog”
When I look back at the first night of the Stonewall Inn riots, I could have never imagined its future importance. The first night played out no differently from previous riots involving black Americans and white policemen. And so, too, did its being underreported. But I was there.
On the first night of the Stonewall riots, African Americans and Latinos likely were the largest percentage of the protestors, because we heavily frequented the bar. For homeless black and Latino LGBTQ youth and young adults who slept in nearby Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn was their stable domicile. The Stonewall Inn being raided was nothing new. In the 1960s gay bars in the Village were routinely raided, but in this case, race may have been an additional factor, given the fact that so many of the patrons were black and Latino, and this was the ’60s.
However, today, African-American and Latino trans communities are relegated to the margins of Greenwich Village, if not expelled from it. These communities nonetheless force their way into being a visible and powerful presence in our lives, leaving indelible imprints while confronted with not only transphobia but also “trans-amnesia.” The inspiration and source of an LGBTQ movement post-Stonewall is an appropriation of a black, brown, trans, and queer liberation narrative and struggle. The Stonewall Riot of June 27 to 29, 1969 in Greenwich Village started on the backs of working-class African-American and Latino queers who patronized that bar. Those brown and black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night but have been bleached from its written history. Many LGBTQ blacks and Latinos argue that one of the reasons for the gulf between whites and themselves is the fact that the dominant queer community rewrote and continues to control the narrative of Stonewall.
White people who are confronted with their white privilege and the white supremacist acts they perpetuate have been known to cry, “You’re being a reverse-racist!” That is completely true: people of color have the power and control to create, perpetuate,…
I can’t even take it. AD and MM for president (if I believed in such things…)!!!!!