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La Lioness Priyanka

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Name: Priyanka
Gender: Female
Hometown: NYC
Home country: United States
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 01:35 PM
Number of posts: 50,008

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I blame those of you who deny the influence of race and gender on the lives of women and POC

for what happened to me last week.

A recap of what happened can be found in the AA forum, but in case you missed it, here is what happened


So I've had quite the post racial day

I woke with a troll demanding an apology to white men on du on my private email address

Followed by a demand to delete a thread of mine with my phone number attached. Which I complied with because I didn't want crazy crank calls.

Then I received this message 'In future though, don't fuck with white men. Don't post anything negative about white men. Don't talk about white privilege, because there's no such
thing as white privilege. The bullshit and hate speech that white men have
to listen to on DU will no longer be tolerated. Things are going to
change. You can warn the rest too, because they're no longer anonymous
either.'


So I'm thinking we should have a conversation about the level of privilege you have in society where you feel entitled to stalk someone and then instruct them about what they can and cannot discuss publicly


All of you who deny race in multiple aspects of life, whether it be the fact that the large number of trolls on the internet are white men who stalk women and minorities, who deny the existence of discrimination in police practices and hiring, who deny the importance of the black vote, create a climate that allows this to occur in.

The next time you deny the existence of white privilege or male privilege, remember you side with the fucking trolls of the world. Congratulations to you.



Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Mon May 23, 2016, 11:21 AM (212 replies)

So I've had quite the post racial day

I woke with a troll demanding an apology to white men on du on my private email address

Followed by a demand to delete a thread of mine with my phone number attached. Which I complied with because I didn't want crazy crank calls.

Then I received this message 'In future though, don't fuck with white men. Don't post anything negative about white men. Don't talk about white privilege, because there's no such
thing as white privilege. The bullshit and hate speech that white men have
to listen to on DU will no longer be tolerated. Things are going to
change. You can warn the rest too, because they're no longer anonymous
either.'


So I'm thinking we should have a conversation about the level of privilege you have in society where you feel entitled to stalk someone and then instruct them about what they can and cannot discuss publicly

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri May 20, 2016, 10:08 PM (91 replies)

Notice when he wins, even though polls indicated he might not

No one is talking about fraud and cheating and how much the democratic primary rules suck.

Because men earn what they get, the rest of us clearly can only win by cheating the system.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue May 3, 2016, 09:28 PM (35 replies)

After the primary season ends (June) will advocating third party runs and stating that one will not

vote for the candidate selected result in being banned from DU?

If not, why not.

Also, some juror commented on something that i had alerted on that TOS does not apply till primaries are over, in specific to advocating third party candidates, is this accurate?
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 01:17 PM (4 replies)

There was this moment on DU about 8 years that removed all my beliefs that liberals were not racist

or sexist or homophobic/biphobic.

It's a long story, and one that I don't want to rehash all of, but at the time I used to post in the DU lounge a lot. And a 'war' of sorts broke out between me and two other du'ers. In every internet battle people take sides and that was fine and dandy, but so many of the attacks against me were based in race, weight, gender, and sexuality. This happened on DU and several websites off DU. It was also remarkable how many people believed the white people over me, with no proof that i had said or done any of the things I was alleged to have done.

Anyway, prior to that I used to believe that liberals were better than conservatives on interpersonal racism and other ism's. Post that, i realized that fault lines can easily occur based on gender, race, etc and people protect their own.

I moved from India to NYC and while i had faced interpersonal sexism/homophobia, but maybe just one race related encounter. Till this happened on DU.

I'm sure everyone involved will tell you none of this had anything to do with race, but to me this will always be the moment I learnt how much race mattered even among liberals, even in very low stakes situations.

And the moment was brought to me not by conservatives, but by liberals.

(just wanted to say that i am not saying conservatives are better on race, just that a lot of liberals are not as post-race post-gender as they like to think they are)
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Apr 28, 2016, 01:06 PM (46 replies)

I am deeply suspicious of people posting the article on Obama's criticism of BLM

either on DU or on other social media (facebook, twitter etc.)


Obama is black and has suffered from institutionalized racism. He has black kids and black nieces and nephews, and other family. When he criticizes BLM, one can safely assume he is talking about strategies that work and strategies that don't work. He is coming from a place of actual concern.

When non-black people start parroting these concern, one wonders if they are concern trolling. Do you only care about their strategies in as much as in affects your candidate (Bill, Hillary, Bernie, Jeb, Trump etc.)?

It's hard to say if you actually value black lives, or whether you are concern trolling because this movement is inconveniently timed for you.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sun Apr 24, 2016, 02:13 PM (57 replies)

We are the base of the party. The POC, the LGBT, the feminists.

The ones disenfranchised in multiple ways, not just by economics.

Insinuations on DU, that Sanders would win if not for the base of the party, is OTT racist and sexist, and the fact that these posts and OP's don't get deleted continue to demonstrate that the internet space is mostly for straight white men and the votes considered most legitimate also come from that demographic.

We are the base, and we make this party. And if the large parts of the entire base is voting for one candidate, then she is the legitimate representative of the party. No amount of belittling her and the base of the party changes that.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Wed Apr 20, 2016, 10:57 AM (304 replies)

Would you support the general elections be held in caucus format

Why or why not?
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 04:14 PM (68 replies)

I'm really annoyed that someone people have JUST discovered the consequence of gutting the VRA

and are posting as though HRC was personally responsible for it. I don't really care about whether you support HRC or Bernie, but how can democrats who claim to care so much about the people, really not know that the VRA was gutted in 2013, a price that communities of color (mostly black/hispanic) have been effected by?

I have friends who are posting this article from US UNCUT, that talks about the voting problems in AZ as though these problems were JUST created to spite Bernie.

I am not sure that i am being particularly eloquent in my argument, but this lack of understanding the impact of the VRA on minority communities, is just really maddening to me.

Here is the article http://usuncut.com/politics/5-examples-voter-suppression-arizona-primary/
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Mar 24, 2016, 03:43 PM (94 replies)

I find it stunning how many people believe the Oscars are nominated on pure merit

as though there is a perfect criterion to meet to win the Oscars, instead of a very arbitrary and subjective set of criterion. So many people seem to be making the argument that there are no AA's nominated on the pure basis of merit.

Is it more likely that not a single black actor was talented this year, or more likely that they got overlooked because those who nominate them don't recognize black actors as talented unless they play some very specific roles?

I think the answer to that question reveals something important about oneself, and less about the actual value/talent of people of color.

random thoughts on #OscarSoWhite
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:36 PM (8 replies)
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