Brea Leigh

I somehow see what’s beautiful
In things that are ephemeral
I’m my only friend of mine
And love is just a piece of time
In the world

— She & him


I saw your post about not liking to talk to white people about feminism vegetarianism etc. could I ask why you feel this way? I am a white woman vegan and supportive of feminism having been a victim of sexism in my field of study. I believe that my opinion matters just as much as a non white woman's as I see us as equals. I don't feel that the color of a persons skin should dictate whether or not they get an opinion but their experiences and their respect for others. I'm not being hostile either from Anonymous

gutgroan:

i feel this way because, as the brown-skinned child of immigrants, white americans approach vegetarianism, feminism, and agnosticism with little or no understanding of what culture means and how it shapes brown identities. 

my white vegan and vegetarian friends are often derisive of people that eat meat or animal products, calling them lazy or cruel. but my mother’s recipes will die with her if i do not learn them and she has spent a lifetime perfecting them. food is one of the most important ways with which she shows her love. in this nation of white folk who have always looked down on us - and on her particularly - how can she assert her identity? surrounded by people who are actively trying to erase her, how can she be assured that her children will carry on her legacy? as an uneducated brown woman, in what ways can she mark the world and remind her offspring of their roots? 

white atheists are disgustingly condescending to religious folk. in an american setting, it becomes more than just simple condescension, it becomes imperialism. my family must mold their beliefs to suit white supremacy or be mocked for being stupid, backwards, and deluded. brown savages with primitive minds.

white feminism is poisonous beyond belief, refusing to accept the intersections of identities (racial, economic, etc.) in the name of a false greater good. you can google it. 

"I believe that my opinion matters just as much as a non white woman’s as I see us as equals. I don’t feel that the color of a persons skin should dictate whether or not they get an opinion but their experiences and their respect for others."

listen to me carefully: your opinion is not always necessary. if you want to be an ally to people of color, you must realize that in most cases, you are most helpful when you are silent. the idea that we are equals when my shout is not heard over your whisper is a lie. 


dankota:

Earth day always makes me super fucking mad because the earth is fucking dying and people think that one day of not turning on a light makes any bit of difference. nnoooopppeee try harder