Do Not Claim To Be All About Diversity and Then Silence Diverse Voices

So in case you haven't seen lately, there's some controversy surrounding cosmetics company L'Oreal and they're recent firing of transgender woman of color Munro Bergdorf for her since deleted comments on Facebook about white privilege.  Understandably it pissed a lot of people off, myself included.

Now the Facebook post was only speaking about Bergdorf's views on white privilege and the responsibility of non POC's to be open to discussion and to accept that they have a certain level of high ground when it comes to status, safety, and sense of self. Also that there's a layer of casual racism that comes across unintentionally that they need to be more aware of. But all L'Oreal could see was an angry person of color ranting against white people so they sacked her.

In a statement they spoke of them  being "Champions of diversity" and stated that Munroe didn't align with those views. Now, putting aside the utter BS of that statement; let me poi…

Why Are Backhanded Compliments Assumed To Be Okay?

You've heard it before. "You're so pretty for a (insert minority here) girl." or "You're cool, you're not like other girls." or the oh so common, "You're smart, you're not like those other (insert minority here)."

Just so you know, those aren't real compliments and you sound like an idiot. For one, my positive attributes shouldn't be in relation to other people and second, don't insult an entire group of people just to uplift me. I don't want that. I'm not okay with it and it just makes me feel like I'm constantly on a timer until I piss you off and you throw it in my face that you thought I was different but you guess not. Like if I show signs of being "just like" other women or other black people that you'll cut me off and honestly? I hope you do, or I'll cut you off before you even think we're close. I don't need people in my life like that.

Just, before you say something to some…

Easy To Not Be Into Politics When It Hardly Affects You, Right?

Long title, for a heated rant.

I was watching a Youtuber that I really enjoy and she said that she's not into politics and that she doesn't take part in the process because to her the whole thing is "stupid". Now while I can usually watch someone and enjoy their content while not agreeing with them on some things this sent me into questioning if I could watch her but also question if I might not like her at all.

Now you might think that's a bit much and I'm overreacting. Well, think of it this way. Due to the fact that I'm a young woman of color living in a lower middle class area (but honestly it's bordering on poor at this point) and I live everyday in a political space because of those things, I can't turn a blind eye to politics. I can't not take part in it. Everyday is a political battle for me. As I try to make a place in the world, when I'm out and I need to make it home safely, if I show my face in a mostly white area knowing that …

Wrestling Power Couple or Abusive Cycle?

I've been a fan of Paige (real name Saraya Jade Bevis) since she debuted on the main roster of WWE in 2014. She's an amazing female wrestler and someone that could be Hall of Fame material. That is, if she can make it back to the ring at this point.

She's been in a relationship with Alberto El Patron (real name Jose Rodriguez, formerly Alberto Del Rio when he was in WWE as well) for a few years now and as someone who's a big fan or at least I used to be, things have not been going well for her. She's been dealing with a recurring neck injury, she's been suspended two times, and now it's come out that everything isn't exactly roses for her and Alberto. In fact not even close.

Recently some footage as well as audio has come out that shows them arguing in an airport with her telling him to, "Get out of my life" after she threw a drink in his face. Then the police were called. She's since come out and claimed full responsibility for the incide…

The Danger of Business Coming Before Safety

So you may have heard of the Austin Jones situation recently. If not it involves a youtuber by the name of Austin Jones who was recently found to have been contacting young girls in their early teens for videos of them twerking. There's obviously more to the story but because some of it is a little more graphic than I'm comfortable speaking about right now, I'll just leave it at that.

What I'm really posting this for is to point out that this is not the first time this has come to light. A few years ago another youtuber by the name of Damon Fizzy (Also known as D Fizzy) alerted managers and other authority figures while he was on tour with Jones as part of My Digital Escape. A now defunct group of alternative youtubers who performed under the guidance of interviewer Bryan Stars.

Well apparently Damon told both Bryan and the owner of Warped Tour about what was going on and how he'd seen Jones partake in inappropriate actions with some of the underage fans and was no…

GOP Shooting - What Are You Guys Doing?

On June 14th 2017, while at a practice field, GOP members were shot at. Many were injured and the assailant is now dead while Steve Scalise is in critical condition. This is the second attack in a short amount of time with the recent stabbing incident that took place. Things are officially heading towards what I can only describe as like civil war territory. And I know that may seem far fetched, dramatic but it's really not. Things like this can lead into back and forth attacks between political parties. That's not what we need right now.

When we say that there needs to be a call to action and we need to fight back, this is not what anyone meant. No one wants to see anyone get physically hurt. No one wants that and no one should want that. The gunman is not representative of what I or many other people in the left wing want in terms of sending a message. He didn't even send a message, he just caused chaos and hurt people. A man is in critical condition right now, fighting …

Gross Double Standard

I was scrolling through social media when I happened upon a very troubling post, or a response to a post, regarding age differences and how they are perceived depending on the gender of the older party in the relationship. And not only was I confused in this person's thinking but I was and still am frightened by this way of thinking.

Basically what the person said was that it is "gross" to come down on a woman for dating a man who is substantially younger than her because "if it were a man" it would be perceived as alright. And what I have to say to that is, you my fellow human have your standards mixed up.

Usually the way I see things being handled is: If a man is pursuing a female who is considerably younger than he is, he's called a perv and a creep. If a woman is pursuing a male who is younger than she, the guy is called a God and a champ and given a pat on the back for getting with a cougar. See: When the public gets wind of teacher/student relationshi…