People say “professional”
when what they really mean is “not having visual/behavioral markers of being poor, disabled, or culturally ‘other’”
which effectively shuts out of professional careers the very people who are most likely to be in dire need of income
I see your bullshit
"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"
Jesus: Ah yes.
Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.
Jesus: What a shame.
If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.
I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.
Also, for many white people activism (and interacting with or professing care for people outside of their race in general) is tied with immaturity. For them it’s often just a pit stop on the way to embracing the system and adopting the same ideals as their parents.
It’s something they “do” in their teens and early twenties to be different, to be noticed, to feel superior, to feel significant, to show that they’re an independent thinker and their own person. Knowing the ins and outs of an issue isn’t really as important as “finding their voice” and the point is to be as loud and annoying to “the establishment” (Their parents) as possible to show they’ve grown up. In this effort they often change causes more often than underwear without accomplishing much.
Deep down they know they’re full of shit and so do their parents, which is why they put up with it up to a point. (The quote ”If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” really comes into play here. This is the standard progression for white people who have no “skin in the game”.)
Young white liberals become white conservatives (or “moderates” as they now prefer to call themselves) either when they get a job or have kids and they no longer need something artificial and foreign to them to give them a sense of purpose and importance OR when their repeated half-assed attempts at playing white savior are met with genuine criticism by the people they’re talking over and not helping. At that point they decide that “I’ve done all this for ‘these people’ and it’s not enough — I guess the stereotypes were right.”
SO… I think when white people see people of color and other oppressed groups advocating for themselves on Tumblr, Twitter and elsewhere online, they project their experiences onto others. For them “tumblr activism” is like their activism phase… something you can throw off and on at a whim and which doesn’t really affect you. They may have patience at hearing about oppression at first but after a while they get bored with it and want you to move on… to grow up… and grow out of it… like they did.
the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women
Afong Moy. Her name was Afong Moy. Say the names of people who should be remembered.
^ reblogging for name
erasure of Asian people and characters is very deep rooted in American media and goes all the way back to conception—don’t let it persist!
“It makes me so angry how much Frozen merch there is in comparison to POC Princess merch. The Frozen merch looks so nice and wonderful, in comparison to what the POC Princesses’ get. I can’t even buy a decent piece of Tiana merch because it’s so tacky in comparison to the nice treatment they gave to Frozen .”
jesus are there still people who are excited about big hero 6 ? lets talk about how disney saw fit to make honey lemon white because she had blond hair in the comics, a character who was named “Aiko Miyazaki” for fucks sake
oh and fredzilla, a character of ainu origin, looked like this and got redesigned to this
because an entire cast of poc would just alienate the audience, right ? fucking unbelievable
Speaking as a (part)Japanese person, the original Big Hero 6 was kind of racist to begin with—look at Wasabi-no-Ginger’s original sushi chef ninja design, look at all the bizarro dialog, do I even need to talk about Sunfire, Honey Lemon still looks like a white girl in her original Marvel Comics design, sssOOOOOOOOOOOO personally I am neutral about it either way.
I love David Nakayama, but damn, just take in that cover illustration.
LET’S BE BRUTALLY HONEST THOUGH: Disney is aiming for the international market. A movie in which Fredzilla is Ainu isn’t going to play in Japan at all—they still don’t like being reminded of the terrible crap that they did to them.
For example, when Samurai Champloo was airing, director Shinichiro Wantanabe stated that they were threatened with their show being cancelled if they even mentioned the word “Ainu” in the series:"In Japan, there are a people called the Ainu. They’re kind of like the American Indians in the States. For a long time I’ve had an interest in their culture and music, and these episodes are really inspired by that. However, broadcasting episodes that relate to the Ainu in Japan is an incredibly difficult task. It ultimately comes down to issues of discrimination and prejudice. I thought it would be a pity for a culture that is hardly able to be seen publically today in Japan to be lost, so I never once used the word ‘Ainu’ in these episodes, but you can tell just by one look that it’s about them. I worked really hard to ensure that we would be able to show these episodes on public broadcast TV."Let’s not forget that in the original comics, there was literally nothing that stated that Fred was Ainu—all you get about him is that he’s a hapa teen who originally lived on an army base in Japan. The bit about him being Ainu was probably added in later.Big Hero 6 was originally designed by two white guys from Marvel comics in the first place. I don’t think they’re the superhero team whose proper representation y’all need to be fighting for. Where my Asian-American-and-Asian designed superhero teams at. Bring those on.Also, Disney was never the shining beacon of positive portrayal of Not White People, to my knowledge, so I wouldn’t have high hopes for them.
“It really bugs me when people claim the need for historical accuracy to explain away the lack of diversity in Disney films. When the hell has Disney been historically accurate to begin with? (I’m looking at you, Pocahontas.)”
On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world.
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of racism, a sinister force that had led children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant and poised.
she deserves to be re-blogged.
she’s so goddamned inspirational
this makes me want to cry
I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”
- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun (2009), dir. Neil Diamond.
They were MAD, CONFUSED AND PRESSED that Marlon Brando would betray White Supremacy in this way.
To this very day, they are TWISTED over this.
And when Littlefeather got up there and READ THEM FOR FILTH, they GAGGED. For eons.
So I imagine there are people like me out there who’ve never even heard of Marlon Brando and are extremely confused over why this is important.
Marlon Brando was the Don in The Godfather, and in 1973, he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for it. However, he was also a huge Natives rights activist, and boycotted the ceremony because he felt that Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans in the media led to the Wounded Knee Incident (which I was always taught as “the second massacre at Wounded Knee” but apparently that’s not the real name). He sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache Native rights activist, in his stead. Wikipedia’s article on her explains the rest:
Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds. Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word is My Bond, Roger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.
That is what this gifset is about.
You have GOT to read up on this. The Wounded Knee Incident, Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather, Anna Mae Aquash. ALL OF IT.
You think everyone in the Avatar universe isn’t necessarily Asian or Inuit? You’re totally right! The Sun Warriors are analogous to native Central and South American civilizations, and Master Piandao is visually modeled on a Moroccan man, meaning his ethnicity likely contains a mix of both Arab and Black African.
Oh, you mean you think the Shaolin monk named Aang and the dark-haired girl with eyelid folds and Chinese clothing named Toph Bei Fong are white? Jeez, white supremacy is a hell of a drug.
minimum wage doesn’t even TOUCH a living wage, racism and sexism are alive and well, children are killed in schools on a regular basis, those who make it to college end up with hundreds of thousands in debt, our basic rights are being stripped from us daily, and adults actually believe that SELFIES are the cause for this generation’s demise
so who’s gonna tell all the white people that are against immigration how they got to AmericaWe’re fully aware of how we got here. Most people here are just against illegal and mass immigration, not all immigration.
who’s gonna tell this person
You see hunty when racism and imperialism love each other very very much…