mushroomsugar
I think "____ game strong" is AAVE, so don't appropriate it

ghostaluxmemeburg

Oh it is? Okay apologies I’ll go edit them

natcat5:

queercommunist:

anarchists-for-big-government:

Here’s the problem with this. AAVE is not this completely separate dialect and culture that does not overlap at all with Standard* American English and mainstream American culture. Words, phrases, and styles developed by black American speakers filter and diffuse into the mainstream dialect. If white people weren’t allowed to use AAVE, we’d also have to get rid of words like “cool” and “rock’n’roll”. Do some white people use AAVE to mock and insult black people? Of course, and they’re racist scumfucks and need to be called out when they do it. But to genuinely adopt phrases used by black speakers because you find them useful and enjoyable in your speaking, is not racist or “appropriation.” And furthermore, for the vast majority of words and phrases, this happened naturally, without anyone consciously thinking to themselves “this is AAVE”. They just learned a new word or phrase, found it useful or cool, and started using it. When “hella” spread around the American dialect, very few people consciously thought “Bay Area young people invented this”, They just heard it and started using it, because that’s how language evolves.

Alright here’s the deal. Using bits and pieces of AAVE isn’t cultural appropriation. It just isn’t. First of all, AAVE speakers regularly come into contact with non-AAVE speakers and AAVE leaks its way into mainstream English use. To imply that they don’t is ridiculous. That’s the first problem here.

The second problem here is that “appropriation” is used entirely wrongly and entirely too often on this site. Cultural appropriation should only be used to refer to when one group (usually white people) CLAIMS the creation of another group as its own. That’s it. If it doesn’t fit that definition, it isn’t appropriation. And here’s why!

The third problem, and the reason people need to stop fucking using “appropriation” as a term so loosely on this site is because it allows us to ignore instances of racism by calling them something else- a more technical, academic seeming term. So

  • If you use another culture’s speaking pattern as a joke, that isn’t cultural appropriation. That’s being a racist. You’re literally making a joke about how other people talk. That’s racism. Not appropriation. RACISM. We have a word for that already.
  • If you use another culture’s sacred symbology or something like that, it isn’t appropriation. It’s being clueless at best and thoughtless/insensitive at worst. It isn’t appropriation. The basic problem there is not theft of another culture’s items: the basic problem is not participating in a culture on that culture’s terms.
  • If you use another culture as a prop or a joke, that isn’t appropriation. It’s racism. You’re pointing at a group and laughing. That’s just racism. Let’s not call it something else. Miley Cyrus isn’t appropriating black culture. She’s making fun of it. That’s racism. Easy.
  • If you use another culture’s symbology inaccurately, again that isn’t appropriation. It’s being thoughtless and inconsiderate but it isn’t appropriation.
  • If it isn’t one group claiming it created something it isn’t, then it isn’t appropriation.

There are several problems with insisting that white people participating in AAVE even in small portions is appropriation. 1- it lets white people off the hook for instances of actual racism by calling it something else, something which seems less intentional than it really is. 2- it assumes that white people already have a frame of reference for everything and should never have to refer to other cultures for ideas/concepts. That second idea is fucked up because:

  1. It assumes that white/mainstream/Western culture understands everything already. That’s literally just colonialism wrapped up in a nice liberal package people can use to pat themselves on the back.
  2. It ignores the fact that white culture (using that loosely, but I’m sure most people understand what I mean by this) actually doesn’t have a way to express everything. For example, “—— game strong” says more than just “you —— look[s] good.” There is no approximation in standard English. Standard English is not a perfect, all-encompassing language.

TLDR: use of AAVE in bits and pieces is not appropriation, and outside of tumblr I know very few black people who actually consider it to be appropriation. If you use it poorly, you’re just misinformed and will probably be laughed at. If you mock it, you’re just a racist. Stop calling every single instance of two cultures interacting “appropriation” because it allows us to ignore the fact that many times when people on here use it, we are referring to instances of racism and letting the racism itself go unaddressed by not calling it what it is. I only know a few black people ON tumblr who consider use of AAVE phrases to be appropriative or racist, and quite frankly I think that view 1- is simplistic and makes no sense and 2- would be laughed off by most black people who hadn’t been steeped in that narrative.

You know what let me not leave this in tags. 

replace one word in your url with the word “nipple”

justdippinsaucethings:

Justnipplesaucethings

Kaiyunipples

A limerick:

infinitemachine:

toothlessrebel:

asgardiantelevision:

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Doesn’t look like a limerick to you? Try this:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

THE FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCCCKKKKKKK

::Slow applause::

actionables:

romance is alive

jasoniscariot:

YouMayNotRestNow (Monsters Nearby) [RADIO EDIT]

I just got back from Los Angeles, and i’ve been mucking around with various song projects.

Just some tweaks to a song i’ve done about the many things that can keep you up at night.

Speaking of that, these tweaks have just been carried over into the full version of the song as well. The original track has been updated on bandcamp.

You can get the new, full version here.

You can get the new, full, clean version here.

khfriendlywerewolf:

keyblade-crafter:

No one was bidding on the keyblade, and I’ve been told the starting price was too high, so I lowered it and relisted it. It should be up now or within the next few hours.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Young-Xehanort-Keyblade-Replica-/251678745592?

No bids on this yet. Price still stands at $200 (which is quite reasonable considering the probable cost of materials and the obvious time and effort put into this). Come on guys, this keyblade needs a good home.

Description: This is a wooden replica of Young Xehanort’s keyblade from Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. This prop weighs less than 7 pounds and measures at 48 in (122 cm) long.

The replica glows in the dark on the light blue areas after exposure to sunlight or a blacklight for a few minutes. The replica includes the hourglass keychain.

sheiswolf:

giemma:

sexism is the fact that you can make john watson an animal

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you can make him into a cyborg

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and nobody has a problem

but as soon as you make him into a woman of color

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everyone loses their shit

Sexism AND racism*

just 2 more days of school

weightedcube:

when u and ur friends meet up after not seeing each other for ages

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royalanomaly:

some legends are told

some turn to dust or to gold

but you will remember me

remember me

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human:

petition to have That’s So Raven added to Netflix 

pawtism:

helioscentrifuge:

breastforce:

imagine somebody who’s immortal having a gigantic room where all the walls are completely covered up with photos.

each one is of a different loved one whom they have outlived 

STOP RIGHT THERE

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imageahhh this already has like fifty million notes but i just thought this was a really sweet idea… i didn’t get to draw the room as big as i wanted too ;_; but this is only 1/4th of that room or something!!!!

my english teacher told us that he’s willing to pay 4k for a first edition catcher in the rye book i do not understand why