maghrabiyya

Anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm trying to learn more about why the term Berber is a slur. I've lived in Morocco for a while and no one has ever asked me to stop using the word / this has never come up so honestly quite confused and want to understand... I live with a family who self-identifies as Berber / Tamazight, as do their friends & relatives, have met professors, shopkeepers, basically people from all walks of life who have never expressed discomfort towards the word. This is the first time I'm hearing of it.

thisisnotafrica answered:

Hi, I’m a Moroccan Amazigh person here.

I can assure you that there are many Indigenous Moroccans who express their discomfort with the word. It’s actually a word that is derived from the word ‘barbarian’ and is a name that was given to us by our colonizers, which should reflect their attitude and treatment towards us.

Non-indigenous Moroccans often use it because they are ignorant, or because they simply don’t care. ‘Berber’ is what the government know us as, and if you did some research on the Moroccan governments relationship with their indigenous people you would know why they don’t give a shit about what we’re okay with and not okay with.

I don’t mind or have a problem with fellow Amazigh folk using the word Berber, that’s called the power of reclaiming slurs.

Bottom line is, don’t use the word unless you yourself are Amazigh. It’s not difficult, and it’s not too much to ask.

maghrabiyya:

i really don’t understand why so many people are desperate to find loop-holes in to rules on who gets to use slurs and who doesn’t

why do you want to use this word so bad???

There’s another one to add to my list.  I was unaware myself.  

talysia
curlscurlmycurls:

apurvalman:

Sikhism: a religion from the Vedic family of religions, which includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and more.
Islam: a religion from the Abrahamic family of religions, which includes Christianity and Judaism.
Both are very DIFFERENT religions; however one thing that’s constant is that both religions DO NOT ENDORSE NOR PROMOTE TERRORISM OR VIOLENCE.
Please educate yourself before making any stupid remarks. Thank you.
Please reblog and share.

speaking of Sikhs….

This is their “Golden Temple” 
Two hundred thousand rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tonnes of dal (lentil soup) and free food served to 100,000 people everyday are what makes the free kitchen run at the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar stand apart.
By all measures, the kitchen (called langar in Punjabi ) is one of the largest free kitchens to be run anywhere in the world.
The concept of langars was initiated centuries ago by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion. (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/11/pictures-kitchen-feeds-100000-daily-20131117124238293396.html) 
How amazing is that?!

And if you’re unfamiliar with Sikhism, it’s super interesting.  Here’s a great resource explaining their basic belief system. 

curlscurlmycurls:

apurvalman:

Sikhism: a religion from the Vedic family of religions, which includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and more.

Islam: a religion from the Abrahamic family of religions, which includes Christianity and Judaism.

Both are very DIFFERENT religions; however one thing that’s constant is that both religions DO NOT ENDORSE NOR PROMOTE TERRORISM OR VIOLENCE.

Please educate yourself before making any stupid remarks. Thank you.

Please reblog and share.

speaking of Sikhs….

Golden-Temple-Jan-07.jpg

This is their “Golden Temple” 

Two hundred thousand rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tonnes of dal (lentil soup) and free food served to 100,000 people everyday are what makes the free kitchen run at the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar stand apart.

By all measures, the kitchen (called langar in Punjabi ) is one of the largest free kitchens to be run anywhere in the world.

The concept of langars was initiated centuries ago by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion. (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/11/pictures-kitchen-feeds-100000-daily-20131117124238293396.html

How amazing is that?!

And if you’re unfamiliar with Sikhism, it’s super interesting.  Here’s a great resource explaining their basic belief system. 

owning-my-truth

white nonsense - the top 10 hits

owning-my-truth:

atane:

When you write about race, the feedback and messages white people send you ends up being the same. They all have the same tired retorts. They desperately need to get new material.

Here are the top 10 hits of white nonsense. There are many more examples, but these are the top 10 imo.

1. Not all white people. These people need a disclaimer for life. They need you to say “not all” at all times. Imagine if you went through life saying “not all” for everything. Person 1 “My daughter is afraid of dogs after the neighbor’s dog attacked her.” Person 2 “Not all dogs attack!”

2. What about Chicago? This is the latest diversionary tactic of white people in the US. Suddenly they care about Black lives in Chicago. Just Chicago btw…lol

3. It happened so long ago. White people are still talking about Roman gladiators and ancient Greek battles, but talk about Jim Crow laws (that ended in 1965!), then all of a sudden, you’re talking about shit older than Adam and Eve…lol

4. What about the Irish? What about them? What does anything about the plight of the Irish have to do with Black people? Anytime you talk about the plight of Black people in the US, white people will bring up the Irish. Was it Black people who subjugated the Irish? I do know that Black people in the Americas have surnames like “O’Neal” etc because they had Irish slave masters. Runteldat.

5. It goes both ways. Deep down they don’t even believe this…lol

6. Every group of people did bad things. Alright, show me the group of people who circumnavigated the world bringing destruction, death, disease and an intent to subjugate the indigenous to take their wealth, natural resources and land. As I say this, you just know some fool is fixing to get in my inbox to tell me about how Eastern Europeans didn’t do what Western Europeans did. See point number 1 to understand this mentality.

7. Get over it. This is always said in frustration.

8. I didn’t own slaves. I have yet to come across anyone who has accused a white person of personally owning slaves in 2014, yet they will protest that they didn’t own slaves. They say they didn’t own slaves when no one accused them of it. Black person “I just read this great piece about the case for reparations in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates. White person “I didn’t own slaves!”

9. What about reverse racism? This is a tacit admission on their part that racism is real. So much so that they believe racism against them is the reverse. They think racism should be directional and not against them of course. Regular racism against the darkies is fine, but they will take a stand against the reverse stuff. That’s just going too far. Don’t you know they’re white?

10. Quoting this from MLK Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” To white people, this is the only thing MLK Jr. ever uttered in life. That is his entire body of work. Oh, and that he had a dream that black people would hold hands with white people one day. For white people in South Africa, you can substitute MLK Jr. with Nelson Mandela. According to white South Africans, Nelson Mandela’s sole purpose in life was to go around telling everyone to forgive white people. South Africa is a rainbow nation now. Yay!

This is a great compilation for White Nonsense in the Age of Obama. Oh and on that point, one last one for all of our favorite racist white liberals…

I voted for Obama!!!