imgross-ok said: is it fucked up for white people to purchase and wear "hands up dont shoot"/ferguson related tshirts if the money goes to the Brown family or a ferguson related organization? where do you feel the line is for white people between support/activism and respecting the boundaries in this institutionalized racism conflict?
I don’t think buying the shirt would be appropriate. There are lots of other ways to support/donate to the Brown family and Ferguson related organizations. Check out this post specifically and the how to help tag.
being called “racist” isn’t an insult or something mean that people are saying to you because they want to bring you down. if you’re being called racist you shouldn’t be brushing it off because you “can’t see the haters” you should be assessing your behaviour, your language, and mindset for signs of prejudice, discrimination, and sympathy/support for unfair and violent treatment towards racially persecuted people in your country
Anonymous said: What's the best way for a poor person to avoid buying sweatshop stuff? I hate what happens in sweatshops but at the same time my options are limited due to money and what's being sold in my area :( Do you have any advice?
Thrift is the only thing i can think of
Not buying from sweatshops would do nothing to improve the lives of the workers so it’s probably best to not waste energy on shopping “ethically” and concentrate on organising our own workplaces and communities.
Over the past decade, factory and sweatshop workers across East and South Asia have been militantly organising. Their unions are getting stronger, they are taking direct action against bosses and militias, and they are gaining better wages and working conditions all the time.
To boycott the products they make, when no union or sweatshop workers are calling for a boycott, doesn’t strengthen their struggle, it’ll weaken it.
Nike or Primark, whatever you buy you’re buying from exploited workers. And that includes the first world primark shop workers and delivery people. You cannot boycott capitalism under a globalised capitalist system.
Boycotts lead to less profits lead to already exploited workers being laid off. Unless they call for a boycott (in which they’ve hopefully prepared for the fallout) you’re only added more exploitation and starvation. It’s a fucking terrible tight-rope act that was purposefully designed to weaken solidarity and direct action.
#pay attention to what the workers are saying
Buying second hand doesn’t put money in the pockets of these ppl. It’s a short term solution that doesn’t affect anyone’s job I reckon
Thrifting also doesn’t take poor fat people into account because LET ME TELL YOU our options are ONE RACK out of the other fifty and it’s all piled in with maternity shit and raaaarely goes past a 2x. You’re also more likely to find a vegan eating a steak than to find something even remotely fashionable on those racks. (And yes, that is an economic issue because fat people have to be five times more put together than non-fat people to be considered normal human beings worthy of job interviews.)
wtf how did you manage to derail this informed argument about ethical clothing into something about fat people not being able to find clothes??
it’s almost as if issues are super complex and interconnected and that a suggested solution can be faulty for more than one reason
it’s….almost as if….the issue of ethical clothing…has many more sides to it than just whether or not a certain thing should be bought.
it’s almost as if boycotting stores not only negatively affects sweatshop workers and minimum wage workers but it is also informed by the idea that everyone could shop at thrift stores if they ~*really wanted to~* which in turn makes poor fat people an offending group, once again, because although a lot of us don’t have access to even thrift store clothes, the “refusal” to buy secondhand marks us unethical as well
it’s ALMOST AS IF this is a p. subtle way that fat bodies are given morality judgements and that i can not only agree with the above message but also add in my varied experience as a poor fat person who wants to make, but is often limited from making, ethical choices when it comes to how i participate in violent economies, because of the ways in which fat and poor people are punished for being fat and poor.
Philosophy of Language professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)
not unless you put in a space (like this :) )