Here’s my theory. The Harry Potter trio are actually representations of the other houses. Hermione is Ravenclaw. Ron is Hufflepuff. Harry is Slytheryn. They’re all in Gryffindor because they asked. In fact, everyone in that house could have been in another house if they hadn’t asked to be in Gryffindor. You have be ask to be in Gryffindor because their most defining feature is bravery and anyone can choose to be brave.
I fuck with your theory, marry me.
I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.
Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.
When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.
I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.
Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.
White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.
Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.
She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.
Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.
Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.
Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.
Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.
Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.
House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.
14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.
Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.
Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.
Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.
Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.
Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.
That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.
Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.
American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.
After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.
Also before any d*mb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.
Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.
All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.
My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.
Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.
We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.
All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.
While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.
Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.
Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.
Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.
Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.
Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.
Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.
Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.
Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.
Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.
For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.
That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.
When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.
America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.
All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.
Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.
Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.
It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America."
Karnythia, laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America. (via skyliting)
I don’t want to see tl;dr no you ALL need to fucking read this. (via thisisnotblackhistorymonth)
I’m too “biracial” to hear this
*sits back and sips tea*
don’t let tumblr make you believe that
-smoking is cool
-being a narcissistic bitch is acceptable
-trusting nobody is healthy
-starving yourself will make you beautiful
-hating everybody is okay
- being mentally sick makes you more interesting
- hating yourself is cool
- belonging to a majority makes you a bad person
- you are not allowed to feel bad about your body
- you have to accept everyone despite their toxic views
#i feel like tumblr is going a little crazy with the whole being a bitch thing#like… being your own person and not needing anyone is cool#but how about we be nice to people#cause being mean is gross#ALSO#there is a difference between saying all body types are gr8 and saying being unhelthy is gr8#CAUSE YES EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT BODY TYPES#but if your docter tells you to lose weight listen to ur docter not some damn blogging website#good day
CALLING ME CUTE IS ILLEGAL ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE CUTE LIKE HWAT THE HECKIE
but u are cute
YOU’RE GOING TO FUCKING JAIL
TODAY IN BIOLOGY CLASS WE LEARNED THAT WHEN YOU MOW THE GRASS THE BLADES RELEASE A CHEMICAL THAT MAKES THAT GLORIOUS SMELL BUT THE REASON WHY THEY RELEASE THE CHEMICAL IS TO WARN OTHER GRASS BLADES OF DANGER SO WHEN WE SMELL THE FRESHLY CUT GRASS SMELL IT’S NOT JUST A GOOD SMELL IT’S THE SMELL OF THE BLOOD AND SCREAMS FOR HELP OF THOUSANDS OF GRASS BLADES
ok they going to warn the grass and then what ? explain how the other grass will run away from the lawmower ?
It either triggers production of a bitter chemical, or attracts predator insects to eat the bugs.
Grass hasn’t evolved for lawnmowers yet.
Yeah I’d say this is an important one to pass around.
I’m probably the last person you might expect to come up with Harry Potter headcanons, but I thought one up recently that I’m really quite proud of. Because what if there’s these students who get up there under the Sorting Hat and all they can think is “I have to be in the same house as my friend. My friend needs me with them, we have to stay together. I don’t care where I go so long as I’m there to help them.”
So, the Hat just thinks back at them. “Well, that’s a very loyal mindset that you have there. I think you’re a Hufflepuff.”
And the student just feels so desperate at this—which is of course the test after all—and says “No please you can’t put me in Hufflepuff! You have to put me their house! I can adapt, I swear! I’ll make it work!”
Which means of course that the Hat knows they’re ready for this and tells them: “Okay, here is the deal. You’re a Hufflepuff, but I’m placing you undercover in your friend’s house to stay with them and protect them.” The Hat calls out their “house” but the student knows deep down what house they’re really in, and the Hufflepuff Prefects know what just happened and they feel proud that there’s another stealth Hufflepuff out there, because the undercover members of their house are thought of as some of the strongest.
The student goes over to sit with their new table, ready to protect and help their friend and they’ll go move into the dorm, but after everyone goes to bed the Hufflepuff Prefects come and introduce them to their real house late at night. They get a special scarf that will change to their real Hufflepuff colors in special situations and are shown the secret passages into the Hufflepuff common room. And they meet the few other stealth Hufflepuffs in other houses, and the ones that are hiding in the same house as them give them tips for how to blend in among their fake house and the older undercover members look out for the younger ones.
All of Hufflepuff house knows about the stealth members, but they never let the other houses in on it, of course. It’s the great secret of the Hufflepuff house. They’re also all really respectful to anyone who managed to get a stealth member to bond with them and those students often don’t realize why the Hufflepuffs are always so nice to them, though they maybe figure it’s “just a Hufflepuff thing.”
And there’s a standing rule that there is one exception to the secret keeping rule: the stealth member can tell the person that they’ve gone undercover for what’s going on, but only if they figure it out. Because slowly, over time, their friend might realize that this loyal, protective friend doesn’t really fit in with the house they’re both in and might figure it out.
Okay, this was really a lot longer and more rambly than I was expecting, but yeah, stealth Hufflepuffs are a thing that should exist.