White Proverbs


by abagond

Just for the record, here is the full list of white proverbs that I found on Tumblr:

rank: likes “proverb”

1: 3701 “I’m 32% Irish, 12% German, 17% Swedish, 25% French, 10% Polish and 1/17 Cherokee princess”
2: 3549 “Where are you from? …No, I mean where’s your family from?”
3: 1628 “The police are here to protect you.”
4: 1410 “I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, yellow, green or purple…”
5: 1268 “Its not like YOU were ever a slave. I don’t understand why race is even an issue for you.”
6: 850 “You’re not like those other Black people. In fact, I don’t see you as Black at all.”
7: 819 “Wow, you are very attractive for a [insert ethnicity/race].”
8: 652 “You’re so pretty. You don’t even look [non-white ethnicity]!”
9: 649 “I took a class on this”
10: 634 “You’re racist for saying I’m racist”
11: 629 “I don’t know how to pronounce that, do you have an English name?”
12: 619 “But the movement is about women’s issues, not racial issues!”
13: 610 “You should be more like Martin Luther King and less like Malcolm X.”
14: 498 “Oh, your hair is just so interesting! Can I touch it?”
15: 468 “White people experience racism too. A Black person was mean to me once.”
16: 464 “It’s not racist. It was a joke…”
17: 459 “you just don’t understand how oppressed you are by your own culture” (white feminist)
18: 458 “Calling me cracker is just as bad as me calling you the n-word.”
19: 453 “I’m not racist, I hate everyone equally.”
20: 452 “But my black friend wasn’t offended”
21: 437 “I love Latinas. CALIENTE.”
22: 428 “Do you mean forehead dot Indian or teepee Indian?”
23: 415 “I’m not white; I’m human.”
24: 407 “Two wrongs don’t make a right. If you react in violent self defense when someone’s violently attacking you, you’re just as bad.”
25: 403 “You’re so lucky, you don’t have to tan!”
26: 394 “Exotic”
27: 346 “Slavery was 400 years ago. Get over it.”
28: 346 “I’m not white, I’m Italian.”
29: 342 “I’m not white. I’m Irish.”
30: 340 “I only like real hip-hop. Atmosphere. Aesop Rock. Eminem.”
31: 324 “I’m going to be the Devil’s advocate here…”
32: 316 “Everything was so much better in the 1950s”
33: 295 “Affirmative action? What happened to being equal?”
34: 291 “You don’t wash your hair everyday?”
35: 286 “Words only have power if you give them power”
36: 283 “How come there’s a BET but not a White Entertainment Television? How is that fair?”
37: 276 “The Civil War was about STATES’ RIGHTS!!”
38: 275 “‘Nigger’ doesn’t mean ‘black person.’ It means someone who’s ignorant.”
39: 234 “White people were slaves too.”
40: 233 “why do you always have to talk about race?”
41: 231 “Obviously if you look for racism, you’re gonna find it.”
42: 225 “Not all of us are like that!”
43: 223 “I wish I was half as dark as you.”
44: 216 “You’re so articulate!”
45: 211 “omg i have such a BIG GHETTO booty!”
46: 211 “He who says ‘I’m not racist, but’ before a statement cannot possibly be racist.”
47: 209 “You called him “brotha”, I didn’t know you had siblings.”
48: 207 “YOU’RE the reason racism still exists.”
49: 205 “Is it like…safe for me to come to your house?”
50: 199 “Egyptians ARE NOT Black”
51: 187 “I’m not white, how dare you call me white! I’m not a fucking color or race! I’m an individual”
52: 180 “When did you move to America? You don’t even have an accent.”
53: 180 “There are black people and there are niggers.”
54: 177 “The Black Panthers were just as bad as the Ku Klux Klan!”
55: 177 “Just because it’s not politically correct doesn’t make it racist.”
56: 176 “[to any Asian person] omg, nihao!”
57: 172 “you’re not like OTHER black people”
58: 171 “Capitalism provides equal opportunity for all”
59: 170 “Stop talking about racism and it’ll go away!”
60: 153 “Is that weave?”
61: 149 “I don’t even see you as Black”
62: 147 “I’m not racist but…”
63: 147 “Aishwarya Rai is my favorite bollywood actress, she doesn’t even look indian!”
64: 146 “Wow, uh… it’s one thing to be proud of your heritage. It’s another thing entirely to be blatantly racist. I have admired most of your posts and how you’re so in touch with your culture, but white-people bashing makes you just as bad as every other racist out there. Consider yourself unfollowed.”
65: 146 “Well if it wasn’t for slavery you’d still be in Africa…”
66: 142 “Well, I’M not offended!”
67: 133 “I’m not racist! In fact, calling me racist is racist!”
68: 133 “Don’t make me unleash my inner Black woman.”
69: 127 “Let me tell you all about your culture and how it’s responsible for all the homophobia and sexism in the world…”
70: 125 “My parents grounded me.”
71: 125 “But we gave lands to the Indians. It’s called the Reserves and they can do whatever they like over there.”
72: 124 “Why do you have to play the race card?”
73: 124 “Heritage not Hate.”
74: 120 “the only one racist here is you”
75: 117 “Speak English.”
76: 113 “If white people did the same thing, it would be wrong!”
77: 107 “It’s not a stereotype if it’s true!”
78: 104 “We all come from Africa”
79: 104 “Get over it.”
80: 102 “My family didn’t own slaves”
81: 102 “Mixed babies are soooooooo adorable”
82: 101 “Oh so I’m ‘privileged’ because I’m white? Just because I’m white doesn’t mean I’m rich”
83: 101 “Hey! Don’t talk about race! That’s divisive!” (white leftist/feminist)
84: 100 “But… but this is America! How can that happen here?”
85: 97 “It’s so sad that you’re going to get an arranged marriage”
86: 96 “Omg my hair is so nappy. I have an afro just like you!”
87: 93 “I hate rap! It’s all about violence and disrespecting women!”
88: 92 “I miss the good ol’ days.” (white male)
89: 91 “Wow you’re really pretty. Are you mixed? You don’t look all Black.”
90: 91 “How can the Huxtables have lightskinned AND darkskinned children?”
91: 89 “You didn’t sound black on the phone”
92: 89 “My Bla – African-American friend…”
93: 87 “you’re from the caribbean? are you jamaican? do you like rihanna? whats that gibberish that you speak? why don’t you wear dreadlocks? my sister has dreadlocks but she’s 1/144536643 cherokee. do you like bob marley? eh bob marley mon!! bufffalllooo shoulder!!!”
94: 83 “Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t have done that…”
95: 81 “I’m a person of color too! White is a color!”
96: 81 “I dated a black guy once”
97: 80 “You’re cold? This weather’s perfect!”
98: 77 “I read Joy Luck Club. I understand how oppressive your men are.”
99: 76 “What about my feelings?”
100: 73 “You look like Beyonce!”
101: 71 “I majored in Anthropology”
102: 70 “Black people don’t know how to make black films.” (Quentin Tarantino)
103: 68 “‘White people?” I thought stereotypes were bad. Racism is racism.”
104: 67 “But how do you know it was actually about race?”
105: 66 “Your ancestors were slaves? Your parents lived under Jim Crow? You were barred from getting loans and living in white neighborhoods? Research shows that you still face discrimination today? God, stop making excuses! You’re never going to go anywhere with that attitude.”
106: 63 “Stop being so angry all the time.”
107: 62 “Look, I got a tan! We’re like sisters now!”
108: 62 “I know racism is horrible and it makes you angry, but let me tell you this really racist thing my mom said.”
109: 61 “The attack was allegedly racist ”
110: 59 “that person isn’t successful because they’re lazy. there is no “system” working against them”
111: 58 “Racist? But I voted for Barack Obama!”
112: 58 “Omg hea so cute I don’t care if he killed all those people hes just misunderstood”
113: 55 “My dream is to help everyone in third world countries.”
114: 53 “It’s just the internet…”
115: 52 “Just because I said [something that completely builds off of racial stereotypes] and [behaved in a racist way] doesn’t mean I’m racist”
116: 51 “Gay is the new Black.”
117: 47 “If you call me bitch again, you’re going to time out!”
118: 43 “My [race] friend/family member/colleague wasn’t offended.”
119: 42 “So your family wasn’t even enslaved here”
120: 42 “My cousin is half black, I’m not racist”
121: 42 “I have a black friend (doesn’t know their name).”
122: 40 “I know all about American Indians, I was in Boyscouts!”
123: 39 “That is so ghetto.”
124: 39 “If I can’t have dreadlocks then you can’t wear weave. You’re appropriating white culture.”
125: 38 “I’m not even white. I’m peach, technically.”
126: 37 “There’s only race: the human race”
127: 35 “Is it because I’m Black?”
129: 32 “LOL white people!” (white liberal)
130: 32 “Asia is what I say it is.”
131: 31 “I understand you’re angry and you have every to be, but you shouldn’t take your anger out on the people trying to help. It could alienate them.”
132: 28 “Oh so now if you do ____ it’s automatically racist?”
133: 27 “It’s art.”
134: 26 “You and (insert random black classmate’s name here) should date. Are you dating (insert random black classmate’s name here)? You’re lying, I know you like (insert random black classmate’s name here)!” (white private school girl)
135: 25 “Everyone’s a little bit racist.”
136: 23 “you see this tattoo here. it says peace and harmony in chinese. what…wait huh? that says i’m a lazy pig in japanese? that’s kanji? what?”
137: 23 “You shouldn’t be homophobic, you know what its like to be oppressed.”
138: 22 “I love dating Black men. I’m what they call a “whooty”. I might as well be a Black girl.”
139: 9 “If you want equality then let me disrespect your culture. We all have to share.”
140: 9 “I don’t see color!”
141: 4 “Let me tell you what racism means.”

East London Mosque condemns homophobia, yet advertised four anti-gay speakers last month alone






I was offered the “Muslim patrol” story in Tower Hamlets, where self-proclaimed “Muslim vigilantes” filmed themselves verbally abusing and intimidating a gay man. Perhaps wrongly, I didn’t use it because I wasn’t sure whether a few kids on YouTube had national importance. I am glad, however, that the local police appear to be taking it seriously for once – in contrast to their lamentable attempts to ignore, downplay and cover upprevious acts of “Islamic enforcement” and bigotry in the East End.

One Tower Hamlets organisation of undoubted national importance that continues to laugh up its sleeve at us is the East London Mosque, the capital’s largest. The mosque’s PR machine lost no time cranking out a statement condemning the “vigilantes” and claiming that the mosque was “committed to building co-operation and harmony between all communities in this borough. The actions of this tiny minority have no place in our faith.” This claim has been trustingly repeated by various journalists in the coverage this week. But, as the most cursory investigation would show, it is a brazen lie.

There is no evidence that the East London Mosque is directly involved in the latest attacks. But at least one activist in the Islamic Forum of Europe, the Islamic supremacist group that runs the mosque, has previously threatened and intimidated people for violating “Islamic norms,” using the IFE’s name.

And as this blog has repeatedly documented, the mosque itself and its annexe, the London Muslim Centre, host a constant stream of viciously homophobic and other hate preachers. In June 2011, after coming under particular pressure on the subject, the mosque promised: “Any speaker who is believed to have said something homophobic will not be allowed to use our premises.”

Sounds clear enough to me. But as I documented at the time, this promise was broken within eight days. It has been broken countless times since. And it appears to have been broken at least four times last month alone.

On December 29, the IFE advertised a fundraising dinner at the London Muslim Centre for Interpal, a charity banned in the US for its links with the terror group Hamas. Among the speakers was Interpal’s chair of trustees, Ibrahim Hewitt, who in a pamphlet likened homosexuality to child-molesting and said: “The spread of this depraved practice in a society disrupts its natural life pattern and makes those who practice it slaves to their lusts, depriving them of decent taste, decent morals, and a decent manner of living.”

On December 21, the London Muslim Centre was the advertised venue for a “charity dinner in aid of the world’s orphans,” addressed by one Murtaza Khan – a star of my Channel 4 Dispatches exposing the IFE and the mosque, and somebody who has spoken approvingly of killing gay people, saying that “not even animals behave in that manner” and calling homosexuality “this abominable action, which goes against humanity.”

On December 16, the London Muslim Centre was the advertised venue for an “unmissable winter conference” starring Hamza Tzortzis, whodescribes homosexuality as “behaviour that negates the Islamic vision of society.”

And on December 7, the London Muslim Centre was the advertised venue for a fundraising event with Suleiman Ghani, who believes that God created “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

As we’ve described before, gay people have been getting a tough time in Tower Hamlets recently. That simply cannot be unconnected to the fact that hatred of them is allowed to be openly and regularly expressed inside one of the area’s most prominent religious institutions. The mosque and IFE are also closely linked to the executive mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, one of whose cabinet members shared a platform at the mosque with one of its homophobic speakers.

This is not a “commitment to building co-operation between all communities.” It’s time for media colleagues to start probing the roots of bigotry in Tower Hamlets; or if they can’t manage that, at least stop tamely recycling the East London Mosque’s lies.

Hat-tip to Harry’s Place for the adverts and one of the videos.


Scandal: Inside the Murdoch Empire

this may be the part 2 of or the sequel to Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism


This is a Canadian documentary exploring the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch, aired on CBC’s “Doc Zone”. This case reveals how media, police and politicians connect politically (and criminally) behind-the-scenes. But you have to wonder, if Murdoch hadn’t have made such powerful enemies would this corruption ever have come to light?

Murdoch is the founder, chairman and CEO of News Corporation, which owns: 20th Century Fox, The Wall Street Journal, STAR TV, Shine Limited, MyNetworkTV, Sportsouth, Speed, FUEL TV, Imedi Media Holding, half the National Geographic Channel and others.