"There’s a difference in how different people perceive racial progress. Now, researchers at Stanford and Yale universities, they looked into this. They asked people of different persuasions, different ethnicities: ‘How do you judge racial progress?’ And it turns out that black folks compare where we are now to where we ought to be; this imagined future where we’re all equal. And white folks compare where we are right now to where we used to be; the journey that we made….
For black folks and people of color, racial issues are are security goals; they’re as primal as putting food on your table or taking care of your family. Now for a lot of white folks, racial issues are nurturance goals; they’re things you do to make the world a better place. Not quite as primal as a security goal. So, we’re seeing the same data; we’re seeing the same universe, we’re just using different yardsticks to judge it.”
- How to Talk about Race: Eric Deggans at TEDxBloomington
H/T ReBecca Theodore-Vachon
"I also look at racism in pornography. Which very few people have actually ever looked at.
Now, what’s interesting, is [that] 1 in 4 films released into the market is called ‘Interracial’ and this is [involving] a black man and a white woman and this is geared to white men.
So the question becomes, ‘Why do white men want to watch black men penetrate white women over-and-over again?’ and I was really thinking about this because it was not that long ago that black men got lynched for even the ‘threat’ of such a thing. So what’s going on?
And then it dawns on me: If indeed pornography is about the debasement of women [then] what better way in a racist society to debase a white woman than have her penetrated over-and-over again by a body that has been marked as ‘demonized,’ as being seen as deviant. I.e.: The black male body.”The Porn Industry perpetuates racist, orientalist fetishes, the hyper-sexualization and dehumanization of Black people and the white/Western-supremacist Male Gaze. PoC and “third-world”/Global South people— particularly women— are just “flavors”, “genres”, menu items, fantasies and fuck-toys for [male] tourists and occupying soldiers, to the porn-warped minds of white/Western males.