My last rant kind of inspired this post. I have a lot of opinions about this topic, but I will try my best to keep this short. I am not racist, in any way. But, one thing I cannot stand is hearing things like “Why wasn’t there a black person in this movie? Racist!” Like, how is that even logical? Do you know how people would react if white people were like “Why isn’t there any white people in this movie? Racist!” they would get called racist, and get a shitload of insults over it.
I know I’m going to get “Omg ur white-privilege is showing!!!” but I honestly couldn’t care less what anyone thinks, because this is my opinion. In my eyes, we should all be seen as equal people. I don’t care if you’re white, gay, straight, black, transgender, etc. I just see you as another person, and I’m not going to judge you on those type of things. I just can’t stand things like this. I’m sorry, but not everything is racist. If a person of color isn’t cast in a movie, I highly doubt it’s because of their skin color.
Another thing that bothers me is how people act like someone cannot be racist against a white person. Are you kidding me orr? Racism is disliking/harassing a person because of their skin color. It’s not listed in the dictionary as “A white person disliking/harassing a person of color because of their skin.” I’m sorry if this comes off as rude, but I’m just being honest. I honestly have experienced a lot of things because of the color of my skin, believe it or not. I grew up in a neighborhood where there weren’t that many white people. In my classes, there were maybe two other white girls. All three of us experienced a lot of cruel things, just because we were “crackers” and “white trash” now, what is that? It’s hating someone solely because of their skin color, therefore it’s racism. I didn’t complain about it, though. The other girls did, and they pulled the “White people can’t experience racism.” card.
I’m cutting this short, all I’m saying is, we’re all people, and even though we shouldn’t, we can ALL experience racism.
“If a person of color isn’t cast in a movie, I highly doubt it’s because of their skin color.”
Being that 69% of roles are set aside for white men while, depending on the group, less than 10%, at most, are set aside for people of color, I’d say that you can doubt all you like, but you’re only doubting reality.
"Stay Away From My Elves": Racism in Epic Fantasy Fandoms-Damned if you Do, Damned if You Don’t.
Like I said before, I think adding poc into things JUST for the purpose of inclusion is just as bad. But I don’t think adding them in to a fantasy story that has been around for decades with a very strong and dedicated following is the right way to do it. This isn’t about racism, this is about fucking with my fandom.
Stay away from my elves.
I’m all for being happy that a black person wrote a fantasy book with black protagonists, just as themselves, largely (though not entirely) away from any color related power struggles, letting them exist on their own merit and showing the obvious fact that fantasy characters don’t all have to be pale.
It would be nice if the responses weren’t “FUCK YEAR! FINALLY A BOOK FOR US! TAKE THAT YOU HORRIBLE, BORING WHITEYS”.
However I do fail to see how ‘race isn’t a conflict’ as someone (I think) mentioned above, when it’s really just about black supremacy, not white supremacy. BUT HEY DON’T MIND ME. I prefer not to read fantasy with an agenda, even if it’s in my favor.
I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely. I do not withhold judgment based on skin color.
You know, I kinda have a problem with this, as well. I’m white, but one thing I’ve made a major point in my life is to never see skin color. If you had told me this book was part of a wonderful fantasy series that would have been fine. If you had told me the protagonists were people of color and the antagonists where white: still fine. But you had to drive home the thought that it’s so superior just for those reasons, and that’s unsettling.
I mean seriously, you SJS Skidmarks whine and bitch about how authors don’t include enough “non-white” characters in their books. Then when an author DOES do so, you whine and bitch because they aren’t the star or the main character. And when an author makes one a pretty important character you complain about THAT.
Seriously, kindly write “racist” on a club and beat yourself to death with it. It’s what you want, anyways, but no one would likely care enough to humor you. You can make the club any color you want, though I think we can all guess what color it’d be. Funny thing is, regardless of that? It’d still be stupid and incredibly ironic.
“Naturally Thresh would be a black man,” tweeted someone who called herself @lovelyplease.
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue,” wrote @JohnnyKnoxIV.
“Why is Rue a little black girl?” @FrankeeFresh demanded to know. (she appended her tweet with the hashtag admonishment #sticktothebookDUDE.)
“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,”@sw4q
“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote @JashperParas
But wait! Let’s not forget the Fan-made movie that was uploaded and waddled its way around the internet well before the ACTUAL film came out, which has OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS AND FEATURES A BLONDE, WHITE RUE, AS WELL AS DOZENS OF COMMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH “BETTER” IT IS THAN THE ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
According to the filmmaker:
I know that Rue is described as being dark skinned in the book, but I wanted to show Savanna’s acting. I think she would make a good Prim though.
Everytime I watch this, I always think it was so much better than the movie. This vid is just epic. It captures the whole feeling of the book. It’s realistic, and for that reason it’s completely awesome.
“I have a crush on a black person that means I can’t be racist.”
HAHAHAAH oh my god white people
& If ya go to her blog you will see nothing but white girls with dreadlocks, lol…..
No, not racist at all. Ewwww… WTF??
*yaaaasba: Your “crush” dose Not make you any less of a bigot racist fuck, if you feel you need to send POC messages like this. Just shut the fuck up, you make us all look bad! You’re an ignorant racist bitch!
- White person: *says something racist*
- Anti-SJ: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
- Person of color: *sigh* white people...
- Anti-SJ: Whoa! Wtf is with these angry 'social justice bloggers' being racist towards white people!? Shut up!
What the fuck is wrong with twerkin? I’m not here for your cracka ass gifset of dances those honkies are doin. Most of that shit is 1. Bland as fuck 2. Stolen from black and brown folks and watered down so they stupid asses can do it.
You mad cuz y’all no ass having muthafuckas know no matter how hard you try, twerkin is something you will never fully master.
Sit the fuck down with this antiblack bullshit.
I swear to GOD white people gonna make me lose my mind!!!!!!!!
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHH they tried to shit on twerking but look at those boring-ass-fuck dance moves in the gifset. I’d rather twerking to that watered down boring bullshit any day.
I can tell you from the top of my head that the 1921-28 GIF are dances stolen from the Senegalese slaves brought to Charleston, SC, who did a dance called “Sunu” with the exact same moves.
White people then took it, watered it down to something they can do (the actual dance moves are way more animated and energetic), and decided to popularize it.
1930-47 are dances stolen from West Africa once again.
1957-67 stolen from Black dance clubs of that era.
1992-98 at this point white people were just stealing from Black folks openly.
2006-2012 white people have completely appropriated Black culture in order to keep themselves entertained…and still look silly doing it.
…which is why when white people come to my mother’s dance workshops they can never keep up.
That’s fine. I don’t like y’all getting in my way anyway.
And 20 years from now there will be a gifset of some assless white girls “twerking”.
everything but the first one is stolen black dance…thanks for chronicling your theft
Everything I wanted to say but couldn’t find the words for.
Alright, I’m going to start by saying that I find some of the comments above highly disturbing. It’s unsettling to me that people are making a big deal about the dancers being white. Unsettling enough that I have to get on my soapbox.
Just because something is derived from a certain culture, does not mean that people not from said culture are not allowed to take part in it. I’m a young, Caucasian female, and I’ve been a swing dancer and a Lindy Hopper for going on three years. Am I not allowed to dance Lindy Hop because it’s a dance that was created by African Americans in Harlem, or am I just not allowed to post a gifset of my white partner and I?
What I find upsetting is the double standard on issues like this. I’ve heard quite a few racist comments throughout my life, and they all sicken me, no matter which race is being targeted. If these dancers or the creator of this gifset are being verbally attacked for white people doing moves that black people created where does it stop? If that’s the rule then I’m not allowed to post a video of me doing the Shim Sham, because Frankie Manning, the creator, was African American, no one but white people can post pictures taken of them reading Harry Potter because it was written by a Caucasian (by this rule, that goes for Asians and people from the Middle East too). If an African American is singing a Beatles song, are they stealing the Caucasian culture? No, they’re taking part in something they enjoy. Race has nothing to do with entertainment.
I know that some people are going to say “Oh, you’re just a whiny white girl, you don’t know shit.” And that’s precisely my point. I have no tolerance for any sort of racist comments, and that’s what I see these comments complaining that the dancers are white as. The term that is used for this sort of racism is called “Reverse Racism” but I’ve always hated that term. There’s no such thing as “reverse racism” Racism is racism.
Racism: The Word and the Definition
There is an awful lot of talk about the word racism. What it means, who has the correct definition. Who can or can not be a racist. Thus far, I haven’t found a better definition than this.
Still, I was curious about the word itself. I was pretty shocked by what I found.
The dictionary was not where the word was born. In fact, the word (at first) had nothing to do with our current ideas on racism. It was first found in a book called “The coming American Fascism” published in 1936. The second time, was also in a book. It was called “Racism” published in 1938 and this is what made the word popular.
The interesting part was the actual meaning of the word when it was created. It did stand for separation but not of ethnic race. Not at first anyway. It was about Religious race. It was made famous because the topic of the book was the study of sex. The word racism was being used to describe how (according to the book) Christians were more “Uptight and repressive” about sex. It was about sexual liberation. Then, the word racism was used to compare Socialists groups to other groups. Finally, it was used in ethnic races.
Even when talking about ethnic races, the word was not used as it is today. It was used as a negative to describe your enemy’s ideas. Even when your enemy’s ideas were about things other than race. It was eventually called “The useless word” because everyone was using it against anyone that didn’t agree with them.
Here’s the REALLY interesting part…”Racism” as we know it today came from the word “Racialism.” Why is this interesting? Well, it’s because the definition, the one in the dictionary today, was coined in 1907. NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SEVEN!
This is the definition racists use as proof that everyone can be racist? Really? No…REALLY? Can you think of a reason THIS particular definition at THAT particular time, might be fucking WRONG?
I’m just gonna leave this here for you to digest.
“LOL white people are so racist!”
THAT STATEMENT IS FUCKING RACIST!
what a piece of shit
Child kicked out of class because she smelt like “curry and spices” and made the teacher feel sick.
Jaswinder Paul, said his 13-year-old daughter, who is of Indian-Maori descent, was asked on Friday to move to another classroom because the teacher felt sickened by her.
That teacher should be kicked out cause the smell of racism makes me sick.
LOL so side note from all this election biznatch on my dash
but like I was catching up with this friend from high school
who was telling me about this simple bitch that we both ended up hating (I forget why he ended up hating her; I ended up hating her cos this ugly white bitch thought I was hitting on her all the time and she outed me to the entire [very homophobic] school by saying I was “creeping on her.” And then she never apologized and, to this day, still maintains I wanted her [very undesirable] body. Yeah. Gross. Fuck.]
So anyways, this simple white bitch, right? She went to my school. She was…well, very simple, very white, very much a dumb bitch.
So like the Dean of our (very racist, very homphobic, very southern) high school was this awesome chill Black dude who was forever trying to wake us up to social injustices (because, hey, privileged white southern kids don’t give a shit unless it pops up on twitter).
So then like he showed “A Time for Burning” which is this documentary about racism in the 1960s in Nebraska. It’s all about these white church leaders trying to be all like “reach out to the poor Black people” and the church members being like “fuck no you are insane.” Essentially. I’m paraphrasing here.
Anyways, this simple white bitch right?
She ACTUALLY PROTESTS SHOWING THIS FILM.
Not for any sort of trigger warning for the few Black kids.
She protests it, because “it NEGATIVELY PORTRAYS SOUTHERN WHITE CHRISTIANS AND WAS PROBABLY CUT TOGETHER TO MAKE THEM SOUND MORE RACIST.”
Because apparently history is too painful for you to view and even if the library of freakin’ Congress says the film has historical value, it’s way easier for white southern christians to deny documented reality than it is to accept the fact that they’ve done wrong.
…and anyways, I just wanted to tell this story because it reminds me of all the shit people have been saying about Obama, and how it’s so racist, that Black people only vote for him to be Black, and think that somehow there’s this POC conspiracy to hate all white people.
When it’s like, um, no, it’s because THERE WAS, IS, AND WILL BE a conspiracy to treat POCs like shit in this country and then deny it.
Learn your history.
White people are fucking assholes when they’re in power.
Now let’s get on to changing that.
Geisha at a happy ending parlor….I’m one of those girls who shouldn’t be allowed to celebrate halloween. #racist
TO ALL THE WHITE PEOPLE BITCHING AND MOANING AT ME FOR CALLING OUT “FIREFLY” AS ONE OF THE MOST WHITE-WASHED RACIST SHOWS OF RECENT MEMORY:
LET ME JUST SAY
YOU CANNOT MAKE THE ARGUMENT SIMULTANEOUSLY THAT ZAC EFRON IS NOT IN YELLOWFACE BECAUSE SIMON TAM IS WHITE
AND THEN SAY
“THERE IS NO RACE BECAUSE IT’S THE FUTURE”
AT THE SAME TIME
IF THERE IS NO CONCEPT OF RACE
HOW THE FUCK CAN YOU SAY SIMON TAM (AND BY THE WAY, “TAM”? TALK ABOUT A MOTHERFUCKING CHINESE LAST NAME I AM JUST SAYING) IS NOT CHINESE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY SAYING THERE IS NO CONCEPT OF RACE SO THEREFORE EVERYBODY IS BEYOND RACIAL DISTINCTION?
THIS POST IS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THE WHITE HYPOCRISY CANNOT MAKE ME LOWER MY VOICE TO AN INSIDE LEVEL
I. AM. DONE.
The entire show is whitewashed and culturally appropriative of East Asian culture—particularly China. The entire excuse for this was “Well China beat America in a race to colonize space” which is fine, but where are all the Chinese people in the show to give proof of this?
Like, everyone speaks Chinese, reads it, eats the food, etc, but no one in the show is Chinese. Tam is a Chinese last name but white actors play the family members. Better yet, let’s play this dumbass “no concept of race in the future” game.
You still have no one remotely resembling their Chinese predecessors.
I really fucking hate it when white people are like “well most white people aren’t racist.”
like fuck you.
The reason you think most white people aren’t racist is because you’re NOT A FUCKING TARGET FOR WHITE PEOPLE’S RACISM.
I have heard the argument that “because I grew up in an area predominantly white, racism wasn’t an issue. Black people were just…normal. Really.”
No, bitch. It’s because there wasn’t as much opportunity to be racist.
And while we’re at it, the whole pro-men’s rights argument of “most men aren’t rapists/douchebags/creepers”?
Yeah, fuck you.
Because most men are not motherfucking trying to get you in bed.
Why do you think you’re so fucking homophobic? Is it because you think most gay men would want you in bed?
Why is it that somehow, that’s logical, but it’s not logical for me to say “motherfucker, do not touch my body when I do not want to be touched. I will not smile at your smarmy, bed-getting compliments.”
Dude, the gay man was just SITTING NEXT TO YOU and you motherfucking freaked. out.
basically, what I am trying to say:
Unless you are the target of a specific type of bigotry, there is no fucking way you can be an accurate judge re: the accuracy of said bigotry committed by a social demographic.
Because your sample size is just motherfucking small as fuck.
Not to mention they’re probably leaving out all the microaggressions they’ve perpetrated stereotypes proliferated, or the fact that they don’t even know any Black people at all. Add in what Whites refuse to recognize, don’t recognize as racism and you’ve got a huge problem.
“Not Racist” and “Anti-Racist” are not default, especially if you’ve never even begun the process of recognizing and unlearning shit.