me-ya-ri:

How media clearly reflects the sexism and the racism we cannot see in ourselves.

carnivaloftherandom:

saathi1013:

bana05:

I wanted my first-year film students to understand what happens to a story when actual human beings inhabit your characters, and the way they can inspire storytelling. And I wanted to teach them how to look at headshots and what you might be able to tell from a headshot. So for the past few years I’ve done a small experiment with them.

Some troubling shit always occurs.

It works like this: I bring in my giant file of head shots, which include actors of all races, sizes, shapes, ages, and experience levels. Each student picks a head shot from the stack and gets a few minutes to sit with the person’s face and then make up a little story about them. 

Namely, for white men, they have no trouble coming up with an entire history, job, role, genre, time, place, and costume. They will often identify him without prompting as “the main character.” The only exception? “He would play the gay guy.” For white women, they mostly do not come up with a job (even though it was specifically asked for), and they will identify her by her relationships. “She would play the mom/wife/love interest/best friend.” I’ve heard “She would play the slut” or “She would play the hot girl.” A lot more than once.

For nonwhite men, it can be equally depressing. “He’s in a buddy cop movie, but he’s not the main guy, he’s the partner.” “He’d play a terrorist.” “He’d play a drug dealer.” “A thug.” “A hustler.” “Homeless guy.” One Asian actor was promoted to “villain.”

For nonwhite women (grab onto something sturdy, like a big glass of strong liquor), sometimes they are “lucky” enough to be classified as the girlfriend/love interest/mom, but I have also heard things like “Well, she’d be in a romantic comedy, but as the friend, you know?” “Maid.” “Prostitute.” “Drug addict.”

I should point out that the responses are similar whether the group is all or mostly-white or extremely racially mixed, and all the groups I’ve tried this with have been about equally balanced between men and women, though individual responses vary. Women do a little better with women, and people of color do a little better with people of color, but female students sometimes forget to come up with a job for female actors and black male students sometimes tell the class that their black male actor wouldn’t be the main guy.

Once the students have made their pitches, we interrogate their opinions. “You seem really sure that he’s not the main character – why? What made you automatically say that?” “You said she was a mom. Was she born a mom, or did she maybe do something else with her life before her magic womb opened up and gave her an identity? Who is she as a person?” In the case of the “thug“, it turns out that the student was just reading off his film resume. This brilliant African American actor who regularly brings houses down doing Shakespeare on the stage and more than once made me weep at the beauty and subtlety of his performances, had a list of film credits that just said “Thug #4.” “Gang member.” “Muscle.” Because that’s the film work he can get. Because it puts food on his table.

So, the first time I did this exercise, I didn’t know that it would turn into a lesson on racism, sexism, and every other kind of -ism. I thought it was just about casting. But now I know that casting is never just about casting, and this day is a real teachable opportunity. Because if we do this right, we get to the really awkward silence, where the (now mortified) students try to sink into their chairs. Because, hey, most of them are proud Obama voters! They have been raised by feminist moms! They don’t want to be or see themselves as being racist or sexist. But their own racism and sexism is running amok in the room, and it’s awkward.

This for every time someone criticizes how characters of color and female characters of color especially are treated in text and by subsequent fandoms.  It’s never “just a television/movie/book”. It’s never been ”just”.

…and by subsequent fandoms." <— bless this addition.

This one is always worth reblogging.
When I say, “Representation matters,” it’s not just the presence of PoC, women, PwD, LGBTQIA, in narrative, it’s the roles are those characters are occupying.

The hall of mirrors that is the interplay between fiction and real life becomes a negative feedback loop with real consequences, because we internalize things and then we act them out.

Storytelling is a powerful thing. What stories are we telling, and why?

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

cakeandrevolution:

cakeandrevolution:

If you’re not upset about Katniss, Tonto, or Khan being played by white people, but you are upset about Annie being played by a black girl, you’re probably racist.

And by probably I mean definitely.

puppysteeb:

tehnakki:

It’s “interesting” to see how many people can’t tell the difference between Don Cheadle and Anthony Mackie.

Dis my face right now.

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are you shitting me?

jhenne-bean:

dranamichelle:

pastelfangs:

araitsume:

gabzilla-z:

hylianears:

but they kept the servents black alright this is one of the ugliest things i’ve ever seen in my life



And yet another reason why I’ll be avoiding this like one of the plagues.

A+ gif use ^^

Wow

BOOOOO. BOO THEY ASSES.

jhenne-bean:

dranamichelle:

pastelfangs:

araitsume:

gabzilla-z:

hylianears:

but they kept the servents black alright this is one of the ugliest things i’ve ever seen in my life

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And yet another reason why I’ll be avoiding this like one of the plagues.

A+ gif use ^^

Wow

BOOOOO. BOO THEY ASSES.

radioactivesoup:

radioactivesoup:

barbeauxbot:

thegaywardens:

MCU: the fandom who will literally defend nazis

oh be fair they only defend the handsome white dude ones

#while claiming that black male heroes are secretly nazis#but they’re not racist (tags via dammit-mcu)

#BYE AT HYDRA #AND HYDRA APOLOGISTS TBH #THERE WERE PEOPLE DEFENDING WARD’S BASIC ASS #AND THERE’S BEEN SOME TRYING TO FANWANK RUMLOW INTO CARING ABOUT BUCKY DURING WS (YEAH HE TOTALLY CARED AS HE WAS COMPLICIT IN THE ABUSE AND TRIED TO KILL CAP) #WHILE ACCUSING SAM OF BEING HYDRA (tags via buckybarnesss)

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When you say your a feminist…I hope you really know what that means. It means standing up for women of color.

Standing by black women who must deal with being referred to as welfare queens or ratchet.

Being a feminist is standing beside immigrant women who deal with wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and being referred to as leaving anchor babies in America.

It means standing beside Native American women who face domestic violence and rape at unprecedented rates.

It means standing beside Muslim women who choose to live out their faith and face Islamaphobia, sexism and ignorance constantly.

It means standing beside Asian women who have been misrepresented in the media to be thought of as only submissive and quiet.

Please recognize that feminism impacts the lives of every single one of these groups…but we are all women

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rivernymph:

samwinchesterhatesfire:

quads-for-the-gods:

bellecs:

winningthebattleloosingthewar:

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

jean-luc-gohard:

tramampoline:


A Tribe Called Red member Ian Campeau has been accused of being racist by Westfest festival goers after sporting a “Caucasian” t-shirt mocking the Cleveland Indians.

PLEASE THIS IS TOO FUNNY WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO CALM DOWN


I love how white people will fight to the death for the Indians and Redskins to keep their names, but when it’s done the other way, it’s no longer inoffensive or funny to them.Which is why I want that shirt.

jean-luc-gohard:

tramampoline:

A Tribe Called Red member Ian Campeau has been accused of being racist by Westfest festival goers after sporting a “Caucasian” t-shirt mocking the Cleveland Indians.

PLEASE THIS IS TOO FUNNY WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO CALM DOWN

I love how white people will fight to the death for the Indians and Redskins to keep their names, but when it’s done the other way, it’s no longer inoffensive or funny to them.

Which is why I want that shirt.

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JM: So what happened after Star Trek? You left LA not long after, right? ——————
AS: Los Angeles felt like the wrong place to be, so I took my family and we went up to New York. The town seemed dark and dismal and boring. Lonely. But it wasn’t, that was just my life. And I couldn’t find any work. I did a couple of films right away. Vertical Limit and Reign of Fire. In Vertical Limit I had six lines. I spent six months in New Zealand to deliver those lines. I was playing a kind of Afghani or Pakistani Sherpa dude, a mountain guide. It was fun. It kept me going financially. No one was sending me scripts. No one wanted to know, really. I was flailing. My marriage was falling to pieces. In my imagination, we were in New York for a ridiculously large amount of time. It was a year. And then they blew up the World Trade Center.

JM: You were there?
AS: My wife and son were. I had gone back to England on September 10. I was going to direct a film. The very next day, they blew the building up. And that was the beginning of a new chapter of my life, the beginning of becoming Arab, becoming politicized. I think that happened to the whole swath of people who have Arabic or Islam in their culture. Everybody had to change their tune on that day.

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thisisnotjapan:

simplybarks:

oparnoshoshoi:

thatwasuzi:

letterstomycountry:

thisisnotjapan:

I was going through some old photographs and belongings of my grandmother’s in storage and I came across this. She saved the newspaper clipping from her internment.
Reading it made me feel so sad and disgusted I wanted to cry. 

LTMC: Jingoistic journalism at its best.

Never forget. This actually happened. In America. The United States.
FDR decided people of a certain heritage didn’t have rights and damn near everyone rolled over and let him do it.
Do not forget this. Do not let it happen again.

Next time someone says “the government would never do that!” or “the American people would never let that happen!” remind them of this.

OHMYGOD FOR THE LAST TIME IT WASN’T FDR’S IDEA HE LITERALLY HAD NO CHOICE BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS PRACTICALLY IN SHAMBLES AND WAS NOW ON THE VERGE OF A MASSIVE PANIC ATTACK CAUSE JAPANESE!!!!! PEARL!!!!! HARBOR!!!!! SO HE REALLY DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE MY SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER STRESSED THIS OK BYE

Your social studies teacher is a racism apologist. 
Japanese-Americans on the West Coast got sent to the camps because their white neighbors wanted their homes, businesses and property. If it was really about fear, then Japanese-Americans in Hawaii would have been rounded up. They weren’t. Neither were Japanese-Americans on the East Coast.
The main reason for the camps was simple greed, facilitated by racism. 
From http://www.pbs.org/thewar/at_home_civil_rights_japanese_american.htm:

At first, plans had been drawn up in Washington for the wholesale internment of all 158,000 people of Japanese descent living in Hawaii,too – nearly 40 percent of the total population of the islands. But wealthy landowners in Hawaii opposed the plan; they depended on Japanese field workers to tend their sugar and pineapple plantations. And the presence of a massive American military force on the islands made the danger of an internal threat seem less and less plausible. In the end, Japanese Americans in Hawaii would be allowed to go about their lives more or less as they always had.
But their counterparts on the West Coast would find themselves the subject of an anti-Japanese frenzy that seemed immune to reason. While they represented a tiny portion of the population, Japanese Americans on the West Coast had long been special targets of white hostility. Laws and customs shut out Japanese Americans from full participation in economic and civic life for decades. Japanese immigrants – known as Issei – could not own land, eat in white restaurants, or become naturalized citizens. But the American-born descendants of Japanese immigrants – called Nisei – were citizens by birthright, and many had become successful in business and farming. Pearl Harbor gave whites a chance to renew their hostility toward their Japanese neighbors – it also offered white growers and business interests an opportunity to agitate anew for the elimination of unwanted competitors.

thisisnotjapan:

simplybarks:

oparnoshoshoi:

thatwasuzi:

letterstomycountry:

thisisnotjapan:

I was going through some old photographs and belongings of my grandmother’s in storage and I came across this. She saved the newspaper clipping from her internment.

Reading it made me feel so sad and disgusted I wanted to cry. 

LTMC: Jingoistic journalism at its best.

Never forget. This actually happened. In America. The United States.

FDR decided people of a certain heritage didn’t have rights and damn near everyone rolled over and let him do it.

Do not forget this. Do not let it happen again.

Next time someone says “the government would never do that!” or “the American people would never let that happen!” remind them of this.

OHMYGOD FOR THE LAST TIME IT WASN’T FDR’S IDEA HE LITERALLY HAD NO CHOICE BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS PRACTICALLY IN SHAMBLES AND WAS NOW ON THE VERGE OF A MASSIVE PANIC ATTACK CAUSE JAPANESE!!!!! PEARL!!!!! HARBOR!!!!! SO HE REALLY DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE MY SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER STRESSED THIS OK BYE

Your social studies teacher is a racism apologist. 

Japanese-Americans on the West Coast got sent to the camps because their white neighbors wanted their homes, businesses and property. If it was really about fear, then Japanese-Americans in Hawaii would have been rounded up. They weren’t. Neither were Japanese-Americans on the East Coast.

The main reason for the camps was simple greed, facilitated by racism. 

From http://www.pbs.org/thewar/at_home_civil_rights_japanese_american.htm:

At first, plans had been drawn up in Washington for the wholesale internment of all 158,000 people of Japanese descent living in Hawaii,too – nearly 40 percent of the total population of the islands. But wealthy landowners in Hawaii opposed the plan; they depended on Japanese field workers to tend their sugar and pineapple plantations. And the presence of a massive American military force on the islands made the danger of an internal threat seem less and less plausible. In the end, Japanese Americans in Hawaii would be allowed to go about their lives more or less as they always had.

But their counterparts on the West Coast would find themselves the subject of an anti-Japanese frenzy that seemed immune to reason. While they represented a tiny portion of the population, Japanese Americans on the West Coast had long been special targets of white hostility. Laws and customs shut out Japanese Americans from full participation in economic and civic life for decades. Japanese immigrants – known as Issei – could not own land, eat in white restaurants, or become naturalized citizens. But the American-born descendants of Japanese immigrants – called Nisei – were citizens by birthright, and many had become successful in business and farming. Pearl Harbor gave whites a chance to renew their hostility toward their Japanese neighbors – it also offered white growers and business interests an opportunity to agitate anew for the elimination of unwanted competitors.

thecrimsonalchemist:

thecrimsonalchemist:

straight people who think they can use the word ‘faggot’ are probably the same people who don’t know ‘cracker’ doesn’t refer to the food but to the act of cracking a whip

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self aware white people are beautiful 

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

trillary—banks:

destroy the idea that teenagers know nothing about racism because they’re “too young”

Especially teenagers of color. It’s ridiculous to think that a white person who has read a couple articles knows more about racism than someone who has experienced racism everyday for 13-19 years.