forfuturereferenceonly:

Please stop using “white tears” as an attempt to nullify the arguments of those who are passionately fighting for social justice. Also, these people are well aware of their privilege. It’s really infantile. 

"Stay Away From My Elves": Racism in Epic Fantasy Fandoms-Damned if you Do, Damned if You Don’t.

queennubian:

ai-yo:

girljanitor:

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Wistful POC make a photoset POC fancast for Lord of the Rings. White people :

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.

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An author of color writes a book featuring POC protagonists. White People:

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.

Making it clear that White villains are only bad if the Protagonists are POC:

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.

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A white author writes black characters which are subsequently whitewashed by white fans. White people:

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.

Ursula K. LeGuin writes a Black main character in The Left Hand of Darkness, a seminal Gender studies text and all-around awesome sci fi book. White people:

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Ursula K. LeGuin writes an entire World full of people with “reddish-brown” or “blue-black” skin. There is quite literally only ONE white character (Tenar). White people make a TV miniseries:

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I take it that everyone remembers the racist shitstorm over Rue and Thresh? No?

“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

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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.

The commenters:

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.

Personally, I like this version better than the one in the movie. It’s more emotional, it feels more realistic, and the actors here acted better, especially Rue.

Why is this better than the movie?! I cried! I didn’t cry for the movie.

This was more sad when rue died than in the actual movie! still loved it though!

rue is so beautiful

Okay, so….

Recap.

White people: “STAY AWAY FROM MY ELVES!!!”

White people: “I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely.”

White people:

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(via dynastylnoire)

fuckyeahabandonedplaces:

Tram Depot by Julian Kaesler on Flickr.Via Flickr:
The former Rozelle tram depot, located in Glebe, New South Wales, is the largest remaining tram depot in Sydney. 
Constructed in 1904, it reached peak capacity of approximately 200 trams from 1918, until its closure in 1958. The depot now contains some of the last trams to have operated on Sydney’s original tram network.
Over time the shed and trams have been heavily vandalized and covered in graffiti. It was recently announced the entire site had peen purchased to be redeveloped for medium density housing, so the future of the sheds and trams is unclear.

fuckyeahabandonedplaces:

Tram Depot by Julian Kaesler on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
The former Rozelle tram depot, located in Glebe, New South Wales, is the largest remaining tram depot in Sydney.

Constructed in 1904, it reached peak capacity of approximately 200 trams from 1918, until its closure in 1958. The depot now contains some of the last trams to have operated on Sydney’s original tram network.

Over time the shed and trams have been heavily vandalized and covered in graffiti. It was recently announced the entire site had peen purchased to be redeveloped for medium density housing, so the future of the sheds and trams is unclear.

thepinkimperial:

What if I told you that just because you don’t think of yourself as racist, you can still internalize racist attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs?

The question of whitewashing in our media is a brilliant one: it is in fact racist to use other people’s cultural practices, symbols, food, and clothing as if it were a backdrop to make your show ‘badass’, while never including any people actually of that culture.

Firefly does this.

It is not racist to ask, given how much of the show purports to be about Chinese people, where exactly the Chinese (or Chinese-American, or Asian-American) people are. So lemme get this straight, China beat everybody in the Space race  and then disappeared and so… white people?

Well, that’s an interesting way to rearticulate American fears of the Chinese Other, erasure of that Other, and incorporation of ‘safe’, ‘nonthreatening’ elements of Otherness.

It’s also racist.

It’s part of systemic racism - as a system, racism depends on people to keep it going. Individual people don’t need to do much to keep it alive. They just need to buy into the idea that white = the default race, that Otherness is polluting and therefore in need of erasure or control, and that this is Just The Way It Is. They also need to buy into the notion that speaking out against these things - from the genocide through to the ‘little’ things like whitewashing in the media - is somehow wrong in itself, a betrayal from fellow white people, and complaining from the PoC being erased or whitewashed.

You don’t have to do much to participate or benefit from this system, and you don’t even have to think about it - in fact, I’m beginning to suspect, the less you think about it, the better it works, because you won’t see what’s going on in front of you, on your television, in your news, on your YouTube.

I used to defend shows like Firefly, and participated in the convoluted logic that if people didn’t like the Chinese elements in the show, they were racists. I believed my white friends who pushed this logic. It took a long time - and a lot of fights with those friends, actually, before I realized where the racism in such a sentiment is:

It’s predicated on the notion that Otherness is pollution. Let me be more direct:

It’s built on the idea that nonwhite people and even their culture are polluting.

That’s internalized racism hard at work, trying to cloak itself in the vestiges of Otherness.

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Revering Teachers in White Culture

exoticwhitegirls:

   It can be taken for granted that in normal culture, teachers are respected, fairly compensated, and are treated well. I have discovered that in exotic American culture, teachers and scholars are met with distrust and are often accused of elitism and of being incompetent in nearly everything. It makes no matter to the exotics that teachers begin their days before sunrise, spend many hours on their feet, use their breaks to be hall monitors, deal with students who need extra help or have trouble at home, grade papers late into the night, buy classroom supplies with their own money, and lecture to over a hundred kids a day. No, in fact, in exotic white culture, it has become something of a sport to make the lives of educators as difficult as possible.

There is, however, a way for teachers to gain some recognition and appreciation for their work. In white culture, there is often an award given to a single teacher for an entire year, called “The Teacher of the Year” award, which can only be assumed to mean that the “Teacher of the Year” gets to officiate over holidays and parades throughout the school year. We have reliable intelligence that tells us that prestigious gifts to the “Teacher of the Year” are a certificate verifying their status for the school year, a book of coupons, and a giftcard to a local restaurant. The most covetous gift, however, is a parking spot (whites drive cars to get everywhere) that has “Teacher of the Year” painted on it. This parking spot is often several spots over from the school’s “principal’s” parking spot, meaning that on a good day, the Teacher of the Year can make a quick getaway after the school bell rings, or, on bad days, is the perfect trap for the principal to corner and speak with the teacher (the latter is less likely, the school principle often only stays part of the day unless something as important as sport should be on the schedule in the evening.)

So how does one become “Teacher of the Year” in white culture? There is no exact formula, but research has provided some clues. Namely, a teacher must have been teacher for more than five years at the school. The teacher will likely not teach any arts or enrichment classes, since whites often shun any activity that does not provide immediate cash flow for their God of Capitalism. A “coach” who works part time as a teacher, so that he or she may “coach” an afterschool activity (American football or cheerleading) is often eligible for this award. The most important criteria of a teacher hoping for the Award is to never rock the boat, a phrase which means “don’t question the administration or teach in a way that isn’t wrote, boring, mindnumbing, or produces independent thinkers, fore this angers the Capitalist God”

Needless to say, the way white American culture treats their educators is truly bizarre!

black-n-animated:

Angela del toro aka White Tiger from Marvel

black-n-animated:

Angela del toro aka White Tiger from Marvel

The Goddess, Princess.

exoticwhitegirls:

Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White. The goddess “Princess” goes by many names but she is believed to be one spirit made of many parts. White parents hope beyond hope that their daughters will emulate the goddess by embodying such things as refinement, virtue, and beauty in the hopes of securing a husband and fertility. For this reason, white parents give their daughters over to Princess around the age of three to begin their training as priestesses of her order. Women of the order can be identified by their pink clothing, face paint, and sweatpants that declare in bold letters “Princess” across them.

Rituals of initiation include face painting which symbolizes true beauty. Next, comes dresses made of silk and tulle to represent the silky white skin which is most desired by Princess. Next comes a plastic crown, meant to put weight on the head and compress the head and push down the vocal chords, resulting in a high pitched voice that is meant to be alluring. Lastly, there are small tight heeled shoes the form the foot and legs as well as making the girls vulnerable and helpless, representing the position they will occupy at Princess’ altar and their future heterosexual relationship.

Each year the girls are inducted into the order via princess birthday parties. The final transition comes on the girl’s “Sweet Sixteen,” an opulent American ritual that deems a girl suitable for the viewing pleasure of men and completes the girl’s training. Often, the white girl will approach her party in a horse drawn carriage, symbolizing the ovum moving through the fallopian tubes. When the girl enters the party wearing several dresses at once, this completes the ritual, which symbolizes the ovum reaching maturation. The girl is now an ordained priestess, ready to carry on the next generation within her. Her female child will go to the order while her male child will join a fraternity of brothers who drink Budweiser and enjoy Good Charlotte, the music makers of their people.

Many call the rituals barbaric and are trying to have them outlawed while supporters insist that these rituals have existed for a thousand years in white culture and should not be subject to laws. Supporters insist that while the girls remain underage they represent the purity that the goddess represents and their cult is harmless fun. Scholars argue that princesses were, not prone to wearing body glitter with dazzling white smiles, but rather were miserable women who inherited a title by their bloodline who were sent to other countries to live out their existence in a loveless relationship while they watched their children die. While the battle rages on about the origin of the cult, we spoke with several supporters.

Patty Brown told us that while she is putting her daughter through priestess training now, she doesn’t intend to have her daughter become an official priestess. She pointed out that while the Pink Princess is common, there are all sorts of orders within the strange cult. She insisted that being a Goth Princess, a Rock Princess, a Bohemian Princess, or a Hipster Princess were equally valid orders though they aren’t acknowledged by the mainstream.

“I want to let my daughter know she has a lot of choices” Patty said, “My daughter has milky white skin that will be the perfect offering for Princess, once we allow her to tan her skin, which will be a few years from now.

“Tanning” is a ritual many whit women go through in order to attain desirable brown skin. Among many rituals among the white tribe, tanning is among the most dangerous. The end result, Patty said, is worth the risk should a ma find her daughter attractive enough to take as his wife.

We next spoke with Courtneigh, (Cah-ort-eh-NAY), an ordained priestess. At just 19, Courtneigh has all that can be desired by the goddess and offers us a glimpse into the mysterious and secret world of the cult. Courtneigh sits with us at a local café, her nails are well manicured with pink swirls, a design that can cost up to 60 USD. She uses them to type into her bedazzled Iphone. She rarely makes eye contact with us, though it is hard to see her mascaras and penciled eyes through her RayBan sunglasses. During our questioning, she stops to answer several text messages with one hand while updating her Facebook status on her Ipad with the other. She wears yoga pants and jacket, both in pink. Her hair is nearly as white as her teeth and nearly as white as how her skin must have been before her tanning process. When she finally deigns to answer our question, her voice proves to be very high pitched.

“It’s, like, a lifestyle choice. I just feel so blessed to ,like, be in touch with my culture and no one can take that away from me anymore than they can take my white pride.”

When asked what all of her training amount to, Courtneigh answered that she was living life close to her goddess who would one day gift her with her one true love, her “Prince Charming.”

“From there, I hope to be the best Girlfriend Princess I can be, the best Wife Princess I can be, and then the best Mommy Princess I can be.”

exoticwhitegirls:

omg look at this exotic Irish (or maybe she’s Irish or Welsh, y’know one of those places) woman in her traditional garb. soooo beautiful!!!

exoticwhitegirls:

omg look at this exotic Irish (or maybe she’s Irish or Welsh, y’know one of those places) woman in her traditional garb. soooo beautiful!!!

exoticwhitegirls:

Halloween (ha-luh-WEEN) is an annual ritual in which exotic vanilla children pay homage to barbaric criminals ancestors.

exoticwhitegirls:

This is a picture of a white girl from a colonial country. According to studies in anthropology, a white girl will cover her face in a mixture of shark liver oil, lanolin (grease from animal fur), ambergris (whale vomit), and guanine (fish scales), ground down and mixed with dyes made from various types of minerals.
They apply this to their bodies and perform an ancient ritual that involves standing in front of a reflective surface admiring themselves. Pictured here is a white female in the midst of this ritual.
They are also known to bleach their hair. We can only guess how it is done as it’s a closely guarded secret our researchers were unable to divulge.
We can guess that this ritual is performed in an attempt to beg their God (known to them as God, they’re a creative people) to bestow upon them a mate.

exoticwhitegirls:

This is a picture of a white girl from a colonial country. According to studies in anthropology, a white girl will cover her face in a mixture of shark liver oil, lanolin (grease from animal fur), ambergris (whale vomit), and guanine (fish scales), ground down and mixed with dyes made from various types of minerals.

They apply this to their bodies and perform an ancient ritual that involves standing in front of a reflective surface admiring themselves. Pictured here is a white female in the midst of this ritual.

They are also known to bleach their hair. We can only guess how it is done as it’s a closely guarded secret our researchers were unable to divulge.

We can guess that this ritual is performed in an attempt to beg their God (known to them as God, they’re a creative people) to bestow upon them a mate.

(Source: thakidzeke)

stfuandlistenwhitepeople:

dappersnitch21-080312-4:
RACISM? BLACK TEENS SET WHITE KID ON FIRE – YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE WHITE BOYWHERE IS THE OUTCRY FOR JUSTICE? 16 yr old Black Thugs Try to Kill 13 yr old white boy setting him on fire as they yelled racial slurs & taunts to him! 2 weeks or so ago! KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KMBC) — A 13-year-old Kansas City boy is back home after two black teenagers poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire. It happened Tuesday at the teen’s home on Quincy Avenue, just down the street from Kansas City’s East High School. The boy lives less than two blocks away from the school and was walking home when the attack happened. Melissa Coon said her son turned from the school’s stadium onto Quincy Avenue and noticed two teenagers following him. She said the teens followed her son home and attacked him outside his front door. “And they rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” she said. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.” The two attackers ran away, and the eighth grader put the fire out with the shirt off his back. He managed to call 911 on his own, then his father. He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital and spent several hours in the hospital’s burn unit. “You could smell the burned skin,” said Coon. “You could smell the burned hair. It was just horrible.” Her son lost some of his eyelashes, eyebrows, and some of the hair around his face was singed. Coon said she knows her son is lucky — but also can’t believe someone would do that to her child …

There is no outcry for justice because the police are already doing what they can. What those two kids did was not okay but the police aren’t patting themselves on the back and turning away.
Stop sounding so fucking bitter and trying to compare this to the Trayvon Martin case.
The circumstances are not the same.
WE KNOW WHO TRAVYVON’S KILLER IS.
And if there had been no outcry for Trayvon, he’d be just another murder swept under the rug by whiteness.

stfuandlistenwhitepeople:

dappersnitch21-080312-4:

RACISM? BLACK TEENS SET WHITE KID ON FIRE – YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE WHITE BOY

WHERE IS THE OUTCRY FOR JUSTICE? 16 yr old Black Thugs Try to Kill 13 yr old white boy setting him on fire as they yelled racial slurs & taunts to him! 2 weeks or so ago! KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KMBC) — A 13-year-old Kansas City boy is back home after two black teenagers poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire. It happened Tuesday at the teen’s home on Quincy Avenue, just down the street from Kansas City’s East High School. The boy lives less than two blocks away from the school and was walking home when the attack happened. Melissa Coon said her son turned from the school’s stadium onto Quincy Avenue and noticed two teenagers following him. She said the teens followed her son home and attacked him outside his front door. “And they rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” she said. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.” The two attackers ran away, and the eighth grader put the fire out with the shirt off his back. He managed to call 911 on his own, then his father. He was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital and spent several hours in the hospital’s burn unit. “You could smell the burned skin,” said Coon. “You could smell the burned hair. It was just horrible.” Her son lost some of his eyelashes, eyebrows, and some of the hair around his face was singed. Coon said she knows her son is lucky — but also can’t believe someone would do that to her child

There is no outcry for justice because the police are already doing what they can. What those two kids did was not okay but the police aren’t patting themselves on the back and turning away.

Stop sounding so fucking bitter and trying to compare this to the Trayvon Martin case.

The circumstances are not the same.

WE KNOW WHO TRAVYVON’S KILLER IS.

And if there had been no outcry for Trayvon, he’d be just another murder swept under the rug by whiteness.

(via dearwhitefolk)

(Source: weissesrauschen, via wntrmute)

lightspeedsound:

Um. Wut.
What are these tags. “wonders of asia”?
seriously? 
They are school girls. Also, I’m pretty sure that this picture can’t be taken in CHINA, JAPAN, AND KOREA AT THE SAME TIME.
frickin asian melting pot syndrome.

lightspeedsound:

Um. Wut.

What are these tags. “wonders of asia”?

seriously? 

They are school girls. Also, I’m pretty sure that this picture can’t be taken in CHINA, JAPAN, AND KOREA AT THE SAME TIME.

frickin asian melting pot syndrome.

(Source: asianwonders)

yoctavias:

Here it is

yoctavias:

Here it is

(Source: colormeradical)