Monday, January 11, 2010

We Oppose White Supremists: just to be clear

To be clear we have no interest in white supremacists and none of our designs can or should be used for racist propaganda. That would not be "okay." Just to be clear, we are for revolt, we are some prole ass hoodlums, but we are for class war, and stuff, not a race war. This is (hopefully) gonna be our only non-graphic based post, we don't want to write theory, we want to throw up some graphics.

1 comment:

  1. I dig your designs, and most especially your message. Having minimal education in the use of what is generally a stereotype of "urban black vernacular," I don't understand what you mean when you say "prole ass hoodlums." (Seriously, not my intention to be a jerk in saying so).

    Finally, I think your use of what is stereotyped as "urban black vernacular" slightly undermines your commitment to (I presume) an anti-racist class war.

    As you know, a disproportionate number of the U.S.'s poor and people of color -- and poor blacks tend to live in even more severe poverty than poor whites.

    So any anti-classist effort should necessarily be anti-racist as well (which I'm sure you realize).

    It's the appropriation of "urban black vernacular" that bothers me here. For me, it smacks of what one blogger calls "hipster racism," belittles the import of your message and this blog's intention, and, without meaning to, mocks the people who grow up in communities where a similar kind of vernacular is central to that community's culture.

    Hipster racism DEFINED:

    I'm borrowing the founder of, Carmen Van Kerckhove, definition. My alteration to her definition is in brackets below.

    "I define hipster ideas, speech, and action meant to [or unintentionally] denigrat[ing] another’s person race or ethnicity under the guise of being urbane, witty (meaning “ironic” nowadays), educated, liberal, and/or trendy."