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Transcript is taken from the Youtube video site.

TW: [swearing, discussion of -isms, rape] Additional warning: use of the word tr***y near the end, obviously with intent of solidarity rather than slurring, but could have a strongly negative impact coming from a cis writer.

Staceyann Chin - Speech at the Gay Games VII

video, transcript )
Starts out with a specific context, but says it all. That's a subtitled version.

Also, if you want to know why blackface is horrible, you don't already know viscerally because you're not black, watch this. Trigger warning for sheer intensity of racist caricatures. From Spike Lee's Bamboozled

Video embeds below the cut )
Three queer people of color perform a spoken-word piece about how same-sex marriage doesn't do much for queer people. And how most of the white part of the queer community, the part with the most visibility (the part that can afford the most visibility without being arrested!) does little or nothing for the rest.

It's a brilliant performance. Video *and* transcript and some more info are at this entry: Queer Rage.

Re-posted video and transcript )
Four African men, not sure which country they are from, go over some violent, angry stereotypes of them and then talk about who they actually are. The video is heartwarming and brilliant. I got it from this entry, wherein The Crommunist says

The brilliance of this video is that it repeatedly hammers you with the contrast of the reality with the stereotype. In so doing, it forces your brain into a state of cognitive dissonance – it must reconcile these images that do not go together. Those happy, smiling, fun-loving guys do not conform to the pictures we’re shown in the movie clips. It drives that wedge in there and forces us to confront our programming.


video )
No transcript this time, until I get around to writing one. The video description says in part,

Wouldn't it be better if African men weren't always depicted as warlords or victims?

After viewing Mama Hope's video, "Alex Presents Commando," Gabriel, Benard, Brian and Derrik (the Kenyan men in this video) told us they wanted to make one that pokes fun at the way African men are portrayed in Hollywood films. They said, "If people believed only what they saw in movies, they would think we are all warlords who love violence." They, like Mama Hope, are tired of the over-sensationalized, one-dimensional depictions of African men and the white savior messaging that permeates our media. They wanted to tell their own stories instead, so we handed them the mic and they made this video.

Learn more at: http://www.mamahope.org
Or rather, the people mostly represented on the internet.

Here's Zinnia Jones, who is composed as always but still conveys cold rage.

video: you treat women like that? )

Zinnia has provided most transcripts here, and says others, for example this one, are available upon request.

ETA: another video by Zinnia, about blaming the victims of abuse in defense of religion. Much more personal.
A website called "Yo, is this racist?"

In which people mostly ask racist stuff, and this blogger does a combination of intelligent jokes, serious answers, and swearing at them. Major points for calling it "divide and conquer tactics" when someone tries to ask for Oppression Olympics (such as "which is worse, racism or sexism"?)
Says it all. And then she asks, "so, which will you be?"

graphic about how not to rape )

If you want context, here are both of her posts about consent.

Edited much later to add that I don't entirely agree with this viewpoint, anymore. I respect it though.

oh hell no

Nov. 5th, 2011 07:55 pm
Rachel Maddow, on why bad predictors should be ignored. In particular, if you were an architect of the Iraq War, please do NOT give your wrong opinions about the war in Afghanistan! This is clip has a very narrow focus on an American politician (Paul Wolfowitz, aka Mr. Wrong), but makes a broad point. This has a different flavor from the many times Maddow has spoken out against outright lying in politics.
Video: video )
Transcript below. here )
I fervently wish we could see a full video of Georgina Beyer's speech, that got the New Zealand Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 through its Parliament. New Zealand now has some of the most liberal sex workers' laws in the world; I do not know how they play out in practice, but it seems that they could be enforced well. Georgina Beyer was a member of Parliament at the time, and unfortunately, I can't find a transcript of the whole speech she gave, which started: "Madam Speaker, I shall take the liberty of assuming that I am the only member of this House with first-hand knowledge of the sex industry."

I found more pieces of her speech, which was passionate by all accounts. Here's one:

"I support this bill for all the prostitutes I have known who died before the age of 20 because of a society who in its hypocrisy would not allow them the chance to have their own protection," Ms Beyer said. "I plead with you in this House who are wavering right up to the wire. This is our one chance in 20 years – please, I beg of you to consider the side I'm on. Please think of the people who may be spared some of the hideous way that society treats us."

And

"This bill provides people like me at that time with some form of redress for the brutalisation that may happen in a situation when you are with a client and you have a knife pulled on you ... It would have been nice to have known instead of having to deal out the justice myself afterwards to that person, I may have been able to approach the authorities, the police in this case and say "I was raped! And yes, I'm a prostitute! And no, it was not right that I should've been raped, because I said no!".

That last, you can see in part of the video here.

Oh, and one more thing:

What really pisses me off is to hear someone's speech in Parliament labeled "emotional" in a context like this, as if to belittle the value of her words. Because really, if you'd been a sex worker for several years, been raped at knifepoint once, and been gang-raped and beaten another time, and you knew that the chances this would happen to any other sex worker were high, would there really be much excuse for you not to be "emotional"? That bill passed by one vote. Assign the credit how you will, it was good that sex workers should have had a genuine representative at a time when it mattered, who could confront politicians directly with their pain. The anger matters.
An explanation of just some of what abortion campaigns are getting wrong. (USA)

This video is simply incredible.

video )
Here's a video I saw some time ago, but it won't be obsolete anytime soon, if ever (though we can hope). The United Nations. There is a very nice introduction, but the actual speaker starts about 3:15 in. She...well, she gives an amazing, passionate and succinct defense of rights for transgender people. And says why we shouldn't be wed to our own ideas of how sex and/or gender should work. Really, the lesson she teaches here is deep rather than broad, and hopefully it sticks.

video )
I should be up-front about this: I'm posting things that I think are motivated *by* anger, whether they express anger or use humor to dispel the tension. A two-parter today, which I think is motivated by both. Alan Grayson was a US Representative at the time when a big whammy healthcare bill was being debated throughout Congress, which in my memory takes up all of 2009.

video 1 )

And the second part, after being asked for an apology:

video 2 )

Have a good day. If you're in America, don't get sick.
Here is a post from Goddamazon, on Tumblr, explaining the original purpose of the "we're a culture, not a costume" poster campaign. It is a very clear, well-presented lecture on the broader topic of cultural appropriation by white people.*

The context is that a college student (read here) has started up putting posters on Tumblr about cultural appropriation in Hallowe'en costumes. The posters say "We're a culture, not a costume. This is not who I am, and this is not okay". There is now a backlash parody meme where people make fun of these posters. They obviously didn't get the message.

video )
What she says, about and in the video:
here )
*As always, and as she explains, this means "some white people" not "all white people".
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