Eu sei que palavras parecem inúteis em horas como essa, mas um dos poucos jeitos de tentar humildemente unir meus sentimentos ao sofrimento dos parentes das vítimas dessa tragédia de hoje é esse. É fácil, nessas horas, deixar o sofrimento te engolir. Mas quanto mais rejeição e negação das mortes que aconteceram houver, mais o sofrimento vai se enraizar na pessoa… Então, por mais que isso seja difícil, aceitem o que aconteceu hoje, respeitem suas próprias dores, deixem-na extravasar, e tenham total consciência que vocês NÃO ESTÃO SOZINHOS, nunca estarão, estamos todos aqui compartilhando a dor de vocês. Vocês não irão carregar esse fardo sozinhos. Eu rezo muito por uma transição fluída das almas das pessoas que morreram hoje, para que todas elas possam passar para esse outro plano em paz.
"Where, for example, did the term Caucasian come from? Although many take it to be ‘real’ and don’t think about its racist connotations, the term has racist origins. It was developed in the late eighteenth century by a German anthropologist, Johann Blumenbach. He developed a racial classification scheme that put people from the Russian Caucasus at the top of the racial hierarchy because he thought that Caucasians were the most beautiful and sophisticated people; darker people were put on the bottom of the list: Asians, Africans, Polynesians, and Native Americans (Hannaford 1996). It is amazing when you think about it that this term remains with us, with few questioning its racist origin and connotations."
Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins, “Systems of Power and Inequality” (via wretchedoftheearth)
This is why I don’t say “caucasian” anymore.
Also the category was pretty much a tool for the US government to keep POC from becoming citizens and supporting white supremacy.
I think I’ve also read something about how, oops, turns out the people from the Russian Caucasus weren’t even white. I’ll have to go back and look for that later.
Indeed. The Caucasus mountain range includes over 50 ethnic groups and the countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Iran - and many from those countries are people of color.
Deleted some comments. One of them was really fucking wrong and unnecessary. So, please stop saying ‘Caucasian’ to refer to white people.