xjeremyjohnsonx:

kingerock288:

tomhiddlestonsfivehead:

zydrateeve:

penis-hunger-games:

::But guys racism is over::

I can’t. This physically makes me ill

White people are the worst. The absolute worst

"but it’s just a fad. stop being so sensitive black people other teenagers and people die all the time. This isn’t about race."

-racist ass white people 

UvU this is why other races hate you <3

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tofuboots:

mishakhete:

tofuboots:

I’m watching Into the Wild and I don’t understand why everyone is all about it because all I can think is “Fuckin’ white people, gettin’ bored and going off to die in the wilderness ‘cause they ain’t got better shit to do”.

Thanks bro, because thats why he did it, right?

No, but this romantization of the wilderness combined with (rich) white guilt about the “decay” of civilization was a futile and misguided effort to find oneself. We see this all the time with shit like Eat Pray Love. You don’t see POC doing this and ask yourself why - that wouldn’t fly. POC hitch hiking? No one would pick them up. Poc having enough time and money to do this? Unlikely. Yeah, he gave away his inheritance but he could have come back to a comfortable life if he wanted. In a society where its hard for a poc to even land a job I don’t find this admirable at all. From a common sense standpoint, why would you go into the wilderness without knowin basic survival skills? To find yourself or some uncharted land? You know what that sounds a lot like? Colonization. And then this dude gets a movie made about his life, like some glorified Boy Scout who’s camping trip went wrong. Sorry, but that’s some white people shit right there. And don’t call me “bro” in hopes you can belittle my opinion of this matter. Don’t like it, don’t read it. Yeah, it was awful that he died but let’s call it what it is and stop romantisizing it. He’s not Therou (sp?). Nature isn’t yours to fuck with. Seriously white.people.shit. Done. Don’t even try to argue with me.

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

alexandraerin:

girljanitor:

timholtorf:

chonklatime:

girljanitor:

aimalyn:

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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White people:

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I will admit, that the idea of POC in a LOTR movie makes me uncomfortable. I think that’s because I’m white and I’m not used to being unrepresented. I absolutely believe that we need more mainstream movies with POC protagonists, especially if the characters are written as white. That’s the history of the POC fantasy experience, folks. It’s time for us (as white people) to get a taste of it.

I find it really bizarre that for you “POC in a LOTR movie” immediately snaps to “white people not being represented.”

Like….seriously, how many people of color does it take in a movie for white people to feel “unrepresented”?

Well, if you go by responses to the casting of Heimdall in the Thor movie….just one.

It literally takes a single person of color for white people to feel “unrepresented”.

The fact that the idea of A person of color in a LoTR movie makes you uncomfortable…and that’s your idea of getting a “Taste of” the treatment POC have gotten in Epic and High fantasy is just……

I think this just taught me a serious lesson….like, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on just how racist Fantasy fandoms are…and then it’s basically the people who are considered “middle of the road” or even “enlightened” to make me realize just how much of a stranglehold whiteness has on this genre.

When people ask incredulously why I’m so angry about this?  I will point to this post.

Because really? How much evidence is it going to take before you actually believe us?

White people, and for the record that included me several years ago, really need to shut the fuck up. Especially when the percent of representation in today’s market is by and far heavily in favour of white people.

But this goes back to an example of two movies that use the same group as heroes and villains.  Prince of Persia and 300.  In Prince of Persia, all the heroes, Persians, are white.  In 300, all the bad guys, villains, Persians, are black or dark skinned.  That in it’s own is very telling how media views dark skinned people.

I do recall in the movie Dungeons and Dragons (which was horrible just because it’s story sucked, there’s a deleted scene that if left in would have made it that much better) there was an elf, and she did happen to be black.  Out of all the elves ever in fantasy, there has been one, ONE, representation of a dark skinned elf that happened to be a good guy (or in this case, girl, though, she was over 200 years old so woman might better fit).

Also, hoping to find my copies of N.K. Jemisin’s trilogy at the post office after work today.

WAT

Reblogging a round-up of the really messed up way we (meaning white sf/f fans) approach the issue of race in fantasy.

(Source: a-spoon-is-born, via rnylesbiansensesareting-aling)

"chai tea"

white people (via trugazi)

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So one time my friend Ianthe made this petition.

halewolves:

The petition was written in an attempt to stop Illinois State University’s resident racist moron from representing ISU at KCACTF, where he’s being recognised for Naomi Iizuka’s “Anon(ymous),” which, if you can stomach the irony, focuses on racism, immigration, etc. in America. Why is this so ironic, you might ask? Because the student, Robert Hornbostel, annually celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. day by throwing a party that perpetuates racist stereotypes, in which he asks those who wish to attend to bring things like “grape drink,” watermelon, cornbread, fried chicken… you get the idea.

Aside from Ianthe being attacked for daring to create this petition, Robert Hornbostel has now threatened legal action on my friend, which aside from being so utterly ridiculous that I have to laugh about it, is so missing the point that I can’t even begin to fathom where the hell he got his brain. He would rather contact his lawyers than simply apologise for his disgusting party. He chooses to exercise his white privilege and continue to say that he’s really not doing any harm when the comments on this petition prove otherwise. When Black people are telling you that your racism is hurting them, you need to sit down, shut up, and take notes. When you’re riding the back of a racist society and perpetuating stereotypes under the guise of celebrating one of the most important Civil Rights figures in American history, you really ARE causing harm.

I don’t go to ISU. I don’t know Robert Hornbostel. My only connection to this whole thing (which has exploded into something I don’t think Ianthe expected but which I am so proud of xer for) is only through Ianthe. But we all have a choice to stand up against injustice, and that’s what Ianthe’s doing and that’s what I’m doing. Please sign this petition. Please read Ianthe’s blog where you can find updates on the situation. Please don’t let Robert Hornbostel get away with racism.

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On Graffiti, Women of Color Writers, & Yarn Bombing

tortillachronicles:

Anonymous asked: what do you have against yarn bombing?

I’m p. sure I’ve briefly discussed this topic before. I’ll check if i tagged the original text and repost, but essentially my disdain with yarn graffiti is that it is a phenomena whose origins are an exercise in privilege. White feminists used yarn bombing as a way to ‘counter male-dominated realms of street art and graffiti’ (see hereherehereherehere and here.) and forcefully insert themselves into a subculture made up of poor people of color, primarily black and latino youth.  

The lumping of graffiti and street art alone raises red flags as it fails to acknowledge how the emergence of street art has negatively impacted women writers of color. While I don’t want to get into an in-depth discussion between graffiti and street art (because it is a ton to delve into), we must note two important and relevant distinctions which separate these realms—race and class. Graffiti (graffiti as an element of hip hop and not solely the act of writing on surfaces w/o permission) has always been an art attributed to kids of color from a lower socio-ecomomic background and is for the most part looked down upon as vandalism. While ‘street art,’ a relatively new art-form, has long maintained a white middle class majority artists as well patrons and is considered a legitimate art which has gained prominence as well as commercial succe$$. 

Now, white feminists ignore these important distinctions and offer yarn graffiti as an alternative w/o understanding that although sexism is a problem that persists the graffiti world, we cannot ignore the problems of racism and classism that are contributed by these co-optive side-graffiti arts which both street art and yarn graffiti can be included in.   

If there is going to be a change that challenges these issues it should be done from the bottom up. Women of color exist in the graffiti world. It is insulting that these feminists believe they’re solving our problems as women when they have no idea what it is to be a woman writer at the bottom of the graffiti hierarchy, especially when their solution is one that will never be criminalized/looked down upon but instead be seen as cute and edgy but most importantly an art that will be welcomed by mainstream culture. 

in the end, yarn graffiti is simply yarn art made by probably racist women (first yarn art was attributed to a group who went by the name ofknittaplease—that name is questionable AF) who got bored and thought just because they liked a life that was foreign to them they would create a graffiti offshoot to cater a need of belonging while at the same time writing off women of color who have long participated and fought against misogynistic attitudes in graff culture.

It ain’t cool, and I ain’t down with it. Sorry for the long response, but i hope this answers your question.

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thisisnotjapan:

yeah I think Dita Von Whatever needs to retire.

thisisnotjapan:

yeah I think Dita Von Whatever needs to retire.

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"I believe that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King. The truth is, I think Martin Luther King would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. And I believe wholeheartedly that’s essential to liberty."

— Larry Ward, chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, via JMG.

…if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding…there would be no country.  

Who would’ve built it? Pasty white people burning up in the sun and skin-cancering themselves trying to raise crops and make money with absolutely no suitable agricultural skills whatsoever?

That, or there would be no white people.  What, you think you can just forcibly take millions of people from their homeland in chains, bring them to some new place, tell them to make you a bunch of money, give them a gun, and they’re just gonna set it to the side and harvest your rice and indigo?

I’m sorry, where they do that at?  

And let’s not forget how the NRA promoted gun control back in the 1960s when there were too many angry Black Panthers and white people got scared of colored folks with weapons.

So no, Mr. Ward, you don’t get to tie the plight of my forefathers in with your need to feel manly and powerful in a world where your importance diminishes by the hour.  You take those issues up with your therapist and Viagra.  I am not here to help you get your rocks off.


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"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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(Source: a-spoon-is-born, via dynastylnoire)

"

I frankly, ya’ll, find it hard to get through every January cause I know all the phony stuff I’m going to have to listen to about Dr. Martin Luther King because the powers that be in this country have totally distorted what that man was, they’ve put him on a pedestal you see, he looks like a dreamer. He wasn’t a dreamer he was a revolutionary!

I may not know a lot but I know something about white folks cause I been one for 80 years. And I know that us white folks, we will do anything in the world rather than face the truth about what racism, and I prefer to call it white supremacy which is what it is, has done to us and to the country. But this is a very comfortable image, of the little black and white children walking the red hills of Georgia together. Well of course you’d like to have that happen but it takes more than that right? It’s very different from what he was saying in his Riverside church speech when he said, among other things- “true compassion is more than flinging coins to a beggar. True compassion recognizes that a society that creates beggars needs to be totally restructured.

"

Anne Braden

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When a White person uses MLK’s words to promote White supremacy, I have to go back and find this quote to calm down.

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(via nicewarmbed)

Listen hear white folks (and yes, I mean ALL of you),

kemetically-afrolatino:

blackintellect:

negroism:

There’s no sense in getting offended when we (Black people/oppressed people of color) don’t listen to your opinions. You’ve not experienced more than an ounce of what we’ve gone through under the hands of your oppressive bull shit (I’m talking currently, not slavery so I don’t want to hear any of that “can we be blamed for what our ancestors did” shit). Yes, you’re allowed to have opinions, EVERYONE is allowed opinions, however, we’re also allowed to not give a shit about your opinions, which most of us don’t. No, it is not reverse racism- no it’s not mud-slinging- no it’s not hate mongering- it is merely not giving any fucks about what you have to say UNTIL you ACTUALLY give a fuck about what we’ve been telling you for YEARS.

There is no malice in this message but you may sense a since of anger. If you have a problem with my angry tone then you can simply shut the fuck up cause I don’t care— you will not be heard because CLEARLY you did not listen to me.

That is all, for now.

Yup. That sounds about right.

“EVERYONE is allowed opinions, however, we’re also allowed to not give a shit about your opinions”

*applause*

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lauraliddell:

That image genuinely made me flinch in fear.

lauraliddell:

That image genuinely made me flinch in fear.

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[TW: Lynching, Violence] “A Sight That Every White Person in the World Should be Able to See.”

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

Brutally and dehumanizingly faced with death, I understood what it meant to be a black man in America. With the noose around my neck and death in my brains, I waited for the end…”

*GRAPHIC EXPLICIT PHOTO OF MEN LYNCHED UNDER THIS LINK | DO NOT CLICK IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SEE*

^The lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. 2 Hang, but there was meant to be a 3rd. 

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I could hear the mob tramping up the jail stairs. In another moment, they would be at the door of my cell block. They would open the door, walk inside, and all hell would break out. Time was running out for me. Outside the door, the corridor was fast becoming jammed with violent men, ruthless men, black-people-hating white men. The leaders held back until they quieted down. The men carried ropes, shotguns, knives, clubs, swords, and rifles. One of the men held a submachine gun in the cradle of his arm. He acted like he knew how to use it. He was a big, burly, bushy-haired man with cold-looking gray eyes, glassy-looking, like he was high on some kind of a “fix.” It was frightening to look at him.

The men gathered around the door of my cell block  They were the elite group of black intimidators. Their act now was to complete the path of destruction, death, and tyranny. While they were deciding on the kill, I closed my eyes for a moment to will my disappearance. I opened them again when I heard the eerie jangling of keys on the key ring. I was still in the cell block. There was no time to hide. There was no place to hide. Events happened so fast there was not even time to pray.

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