Casual racism is when white people get tattoos it’s “rad” but when POC get them they’re “hoodrats.”
dang like understanding tattoos as a form of cultural appropriation is just a new thing for me right now and it’s making me squirm w discomfort which means i’m in the right place at the right time and i must proceed to educate myself.
have been doing some reading but this short simple statement really made me realize that a person of colour w tattoos as visible as mine (ear lobes and fingers) would have an infinitely harder time w getting a job or simply not being discriminated against than me (bc of the tattoos specifically).
like white privilege is in no way a new concept to me and i already understand that i have an easier time w employment and um well just about everything in a white supremacist culture, it’s now i’m just seeing intersectionality in terms of people w tattoos who are also people of colour and the additional bullshit discrimination that’s gonna bring down vs a white person w the same or identical tattoos.
it also makes me cringe thinking of posts on the internet or white people irl who complain about shitty judgemental anti-tattoo bullshit or being treated disrespectfully just bc of having all these tattoos and it’s just like, whoa, you chose those tattoos (as did i) and people of colour don’t choose to be born into white supremacist cultures, so cry me a river y’know? fuck.
it’s also this thing where i’m thinking, a lot of white people, when we experience discrimination, we are just so fucking shocked and outraged, bc we are white and we’re not supposed to be discriminated against for fucking anything. (i.e. the “i can do whatever i want” argument in terms of cultural appropriation and specifically in this instance, tattoos.)
talk about fucking entitlement. and as a white person who is also disabled and queer, and as someone who has experienced discrimination for those things, it is also really fucking important to be clear as shit that it isn’t the same thing as experiencing racism. and so no i don’t “know what it’s like” to be a person of colour in this white supremacist culture just bc i know what it’s like to be disabled and queer in an ableist and homophobic culture. they are way separate things.
and i’m bringing that up bc i find that’s the sort of shit white people will get defensive about, in terms of discussing discrimination or cultural appropriation regarding tattoos - they get discriminated against bc of their tattoos so wow they totally get racism now etc.
so whoa. new learning curve. gah.