“A white woman in my class said to me a couple of months ago, ‘I feel that Third World women hate me and that they are being racist; I’m being stereotyped, and I’ve never been a part of the ruling class.’ I replied, ‘Please, try to understand. Know our history. Know the racism of whites, how deep it goes. Know that we are becoming ever more intolerant of those people who let their ignorance be their excuse for their complacency, their liberalism, when this country (this world!) is going to hell in a handbasket. Try to understand that our distrust is from experience, and that our distrust is powerless. Racism is an essential part of the status quo, powerful, and continues to keep us down. It is a rule taught to all of us from birth. Is it no wonder that we fear there are no exceptions?”—Merle Woo, ”Letter to Ma” (via democracyoftouch)
my mom finally watched the first movie the other day and she was like “this isn’t how i pictured katniss at all. weren’t the people in the seam supposed to have dark skin and hair i kinda pictured her as like a native american maybe idk”
my mom is like a middle aged white lady who tries her very hardest to stay out of any and all things political but she still has more than enough reading comprehension skills to figure this one out
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot Díaz
Ever since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.
Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
One thing that will always bother me about the Zimmerman trial (well, other than the fact that the jury let a murderer walk) is when he claimed that it was Trayvon who said, “You’re gonna die tonight” …is there anyone at all who believes those weren’t the words Zimmerman himself said to a terrified and unarmed Trayvon Martin just before Trayvon began screaming for help?
If you’re like me, you still want to punch it repeatedly, but everyone has seen the “innocent little boy” face Zimmerman has learned to show the public when accused of a crime, and at least twice now we’ve all heard what I can only imagine is a very well rehearsed, soft spoken “innocent little boy” voice to complete the “I’m innocent” demeanor [listen: 911 call on Trayvon, 911 call on Scheibe]
The most telling statement from the Scheibe 911 call? “my girlfriend has…gone crazy on me" sounds like projection and what I imagine is classic abuser 101 terminology and logic—the "nothing is my fault, they made me do it” mentality
And the fact that Zimmerman has no problem directing intense physical violence at those he judges to be weaker than himself—particularly women, the elderly and children—and then publicly covers it up with what I call “good little boy” mannerisms, suggests to me that Zimmerman is an adroit abuser who, in the words of Samantha Scheibe, “knows how to play this game” [listen: Scheibe’s 911 call]
For anyone like myself, who isn’t necessarily a domestic abuse expert nor survivor, being able to clearly peg the “before” and “after” personas Zimmerman employs is…well, not so shocking as much as it is just good to have a solid, real life, real time example to point to: the public vs. the private masks of abusers, and in this particular case, a racist murderer too
Make no mistake though, while we have all seen his public “nice boy” persona, only a select, unlucky few have witnessed the real George Zimmerman in action and, but for the Zimmerman trial, I can only imagine the sheer frustration and helplessness abuse victims must feel trying to expose such duplicity
“It’s odd, you see. It’s odd that you want your voice to be heard and your pain acknowledged, but you don’t want to acknowledge the suffering of people of color. You want to talk about discrimination against yourself — but you don’t want to talk about discrimination against people of color. Interesting. Maybe if you’d actually paid attention in that lecture on structural racism, you’d have learned that discrimination in the context of 21st century America has political, social, and economic ramifications.”—Olivia Cole, Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher (via checkprivilege)
“Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these “A-Gay” white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry.”—
hello! i saw your post about people fawning over jlaw and i was just wondering why that is what is wrong with feminism? ahh oh gosh i hope that doesn't come out wrong i was just curious about the meaning behind the post :)
Jlaw is another cis het yt woman whose done nothing remarkable or groundbreaking apart from be cast in a whitewashed version of the Hunger Games, make jokes about pizza and occasionally swear?
Meanwhile we have WOC out here who are breaking boundaries and staking claims for other WOC every damn day and no one notices or cares because omg lets find another cute white grl who can get away with pizza jokes.
Also JLAW has said some problematic things but her fans never seem to acknowledge that nor do they acknowledge how fuckjng problematic and racist it is that she’s playing Katniss. She is the living breathing example that white ppl only need to half as much to get 1000 times as far.
Some cultures, especially cultures associated with a faith tradition, welcome new members.
When cultures welcome new members, you have to actually join the culture and be accepted as a member in order to be part of it. Identifying as part of it isn’t enough. Neither is having a really strong desire to be part of it, or feeling really strongly that you are destined to be part of it.
Brace yourselves for a nice surprise, parents: One of the most in-demand toys of the holiday season is neither a princess nor a video-game warrior, but a doctor, thanks to Disney Junior’s runaway cartoon hit Doc McStuffins.
A female doctor becoming the most popular toy of the year? I am SO here for this!
The TV show is super adorable, too.
I haven’t seen the show but female doc of colour being most popular toy is definitely something I too am so here for.
It’s so cute! She fixes all her stuffed animals. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s her mom who is the doctor, not her dad. So she helps when doc needs extra help.
I remember when I first found out the truth about “Somali pirates” I got chills because of how horrific the truth was and how insanely creepily well the media had twisted the situation. Every single fucking article making it seem like these “pirates” were just after money or something holding innocent people hostage and I never gave it a second thought, why would I? There was no indication that people were trying to legitimately fight off disgusting imperialism that left nuclear waste in their waters, that over 300 people have died from radiation sickness, that Europeans have been stealing Somalia’s seafood because they overfished their own waters and the indigenous fisherman are starving and so these “pirates” emerged to deal with those stealing their country’s natural resources. The truth is enough to make anyone sick to their stomachs.
“Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, 18 of them at Robben Island - the notorious island jail that held the principle leadership of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. It was at that jail, with the help of his comrades, that Mandela wrote his story, “Long Walk to Freedom” (published in 1994). In this book, one gets a sense of Mandela as the deeply political figure that he was: a lawyer who fought against apartheid — a lawyer who discovered that the law was the barrier to change and so moved to politics, including terrorist operations against the intransigent apartheid state.
Not long after his arrest in 1964, Mandela became the iconic figure of the South African struggle against apartheid - one that was not only against a ghastly political system, not only against the white ruling clique in South Africa, but also against the governments of the Western world which backed the apartheid regime virtually until the end (Mandela appeared on the U.S. terrorist lists until 2008). It was this iconic figure that the world knew from the 1960s until now. Rarely did people engage with Mandela’s ideas: rarely do we hear him quoted for his principled positions. Particularly after the struggles within South Africa weakened the regime and brought it down, it became impossible not to engage with Mandela - but it was only with Mandela as icon, as Madiba, not Mandela as the political person with deeply held views and commitments.
Everybody now is sad that Madiba is dead. Not a dry eye can be found. But many of these same people opposed freedom in South Africa to the very end. Many of these same people pilloried the struggles around the world in solidarity with Mandela’s ANC. And many of these people now ridicule the kind of views that Mandela held to the very end. When Mandela opposed the Iraq war (“All Bush wants is Iraqi oil”), the Western press lambasted him — the same press that is now aggrieved at his passage. All the obituaries detail what he did in his life, but none go into his political views.
Mandela’s legacy is not only his tremendous role in the fight against apartheid. It is also his contribution to the fight against unjust systems of power, property and propriety that shackle the world’s people from their true destiny. Goodbye Mr. Mandela, but long live his legacy.”—Mandela, the Unapologetic Radical by Vijay Prashad
Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Timesreports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.
So, because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan district attorney insisted on.
… Meanwhile, the two cops who did the shooting are on desk duty pending an investigation. If the past is any indication, that means they will be back on the streets in no time.
from nytimes: Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
"When he reached into his pants pocket [for his wallet], two officers…opened fire, missing Mr. Broadnax, but hitting two nearby women. ‘The defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders,’ said an assistant district attorney, Shannon Lucey."
are you serious????
why is this happening lord, our people need protection now more than ever, this world is trying to destroy us
Do you ever think that maybe...just maybe...you might have been a little wrong about Frozen?
Wrong about what exactly?
Half of my frustrations were about the fact that the movie was going to do well. The movie was going to be hailed as a success, it’s going to win every single Best Animated Feature award, and it’s going to make Disney a ridiculous amount of money.
All this proves to Disney is that they can continue to ignore any requests for more POC and non-princess female involvement since evidently that shit doesn’t matter when they continue to make billions.
It’s like Star Trek Into Darkness. People went up in arms and complained about replacing a POC wtih another white dude. HOWEVER, the only thing that really talks is money and that movie had a larger opening that the first so, from a financial standpoint, it’s perfectly okay to write out any POC since you’re going to make your money back threefold.
I knew Frozen was going to do well. I HOPED there would be at least a SMALL dent so Disney could grasp what they were doing, buuuut I already highly doubted that something like that would happen.
So now all that’s left is to look forward to the five Frozen shorts that are sure to follow this year and the next movie featuring Generic Looking White Princess #4.
Which is going to make twice as much money as Frozen did because that’s how it works and will continue to work.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
can you explain in detail why minorities living in impoverished areas is a direct result of racism?
I feel like I don’t even need to explain why native americans, first nations, and generally the first people to actually live in an area live in poverty as a direct result of racism… I mean if you can’t figure that one out, buddy, then I don’t think any amount of my explaining would be able to help you.
Lets learn about the word: Redlining.
So redlining is this super cool thing for white people, or people on the top [usually white people] that the government, in the United States, totally endorsed, super well documented.
Why is redliningsuper cool for the oppressors? We will get to that, hopefully you’ll draw your own conclusions.
Redlining in its strictly definitional sense, is the "arbitrarily" randomly out of the blue just denying people of basic services, loans, jobs, homes, etc. because the person doing the denying just felt like it. Now this “arbitrary” little act started to "arbitrarily" attack people of color.
Now in the 1930s there were these super cool New Deal FDR home act bullshit. Where veterans coming home from WWII, and people in general could get super cool loans to buy these sweet new houses in the fancy suburbs. Houses that they wouldn’t have dreamed to be able to afford without these cheap-ass home loans the bank was just dealing out.
Now it’s a little known fact, you can google this yourself you lazy shits, that FDR was a huge racist, is a huge racist even. Man that guy hated them pesky "minorities." So what did FDR do about this hate?
People set up these racist-ass maps of areas people lived in. They were literally color-coded, “black, and colored” areas done got redlined, meaning banks wouldn’t give people from those areas these sweet-ass new cheap home-loans saving all those poor white people struggle and hardship. How did the white people get the loans? Well they lived in green-lined areas, the white areas.
Now who was the mastermind behind these maps and how was FDR involved? Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or (HOLC) for convenience–cause I don’t want to type out their shitty ass name. HOLC created this racist ass map, because they were huge racists. And because they had loan giving powers, they pretty much got to decide who lived where. Now banks and insurers adopted this sweet redlining policy, because they all hated minorities and to a lesser extent poor people as well. I mean it’s only a lesser extent because they fucking hated "coloreds." Then in like 1934 the Federal Housing Administration decided "Hey, fuck black people, and also anyone not white." And they, too, adopted that racist ass map, deciding who got a loan, and who got to live in the shittiest areas possible.
Now, you can say that “maybe the white areas were just more affluent and it totally had nothing to do with race.” but you’d be completely fucking wrong. Cause remember, this is during the fucking GREAT DEPRESSION, the big one that was from like 1929 to 1939 fucking ten years of depression. Not to mention shittons of peoples husbands and sons and wives and daughters were dying in wars. So the majority of people were fucked. Just straight up fucked. They weren’t rich, the only thing those fuckers had going for themselves was that they were white enough to get home-loans to move to areas with good white people jobs.
Everyone else got stuck in depression-like conditions …. to this day. Because no one, the government and people who fucking could, wanted to improve the already existing neighborhoods and houses–no it was all BUILD NEW HOMES LET WHITE PEOPLE LIVE THERE MAKE HOMES EXPENSIVE ONE NEEDS A LOAN FOR THE HOME ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN GET THE LOANS… YEAH! PERFECT WHITE HAVANA.
So people could be racist little shits and deny anyone living in the redlined [non-white] areas loans, jobs, services, rates, anything really, and it was COMPLETELY FUCKING LEGAL, HELL EVEN THE GOVERNMENT USED THE RACIST-ASS MAP! SO IT’S TOTALLY LEGIT RIGHT! C: C: C: ????
So what have we learned today: a.k.a. TL;DR
Racist maps were created by HOLC
FDR and Friends thought racism was a good idea and accepted the racist maps as god
Shittons of expensive new homes were created during the depression
In order to live in the new homes one needed a loan
In order to get a loan you had to live in the white area of the racist map
White people got home loans and created white paradise for them and their racist-ass families
I don’t want to get into white flight yet but if there are still questions I guess I can make a new post about white flight and how racism caused even more racism. WOW SHOCKING.
(How would that make a black person racist that doesn’t even make sense)
Why does somebody ask me this like every three months tho?
Whatever gave the impression that I wish to micromanage each and every Black person on the planet in their decision and underlying reasoning in saying -on abstaining from saying- “the n word”
If you are black idgaf say it write it wear it on a fucking t-shirt use it despise it reclaim it side eye it go to the beach trace it in the sand and watch the fucking waves wash it away idc whatever do you
Do you guys feel LOK was a worthy successor to A:TLA? I honestly don't, I feel like they ripped everything that made A:TLA great right out. From the terrible and unhealthy romantic relationships(I have a bone to pick with some of the A:TLA pairings too but that's a whole other thing*cough*Kataang*cough*), to Aang and Tenzin looking like middle aged white guys, to way the characters developed, or rather didn't develop, I can say that I am so SO disappointed.
I may be a Kataang fan, but one of my (few) disappointments with AtLA was how they didn’t show Katara’s developing feelings much towards Aang, especially near the end. As for what Bryke did to them in LoK…man, you haven’t really been reading this blog long, have you?
so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy
What is a way to appreciate a cultural dress rather than appropriating it? Like genuine question.
I would love and appreciate any added examples, thoughts, and opinions y’all have, please chime in!
ex.) I don’t know if this is sacred or important but I am going to take it and wear it because it will make me look worldly and unique.
ex.) I do not know much about Native Americans so I am going to go to this powwow, watch, and ask questions. If I see a necklace I want to buy I will ask the seller if it is appropriate for me to have this. I will also ask the seller what it may mean and the history behind it. When I wear it later and someone asks me about it I will tell them what the person who sold it to me said.
Appropriation: participating, misusing, or applying a cultural aspect that does not belong to you without permission and/or without having earned the right to do so.
Appreciation: I will research this culture. I will study their history, their art, dance, and music. I will learn what I can in a respectful manner. I will not participate in activities that are not meant for me. If I am invited into an activity I will ask about how to show respect and what to do.