Eighteen years ago, Julie Chen’s news director told her: "You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese. Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we really have in Dayton? … On top of that because of your heritage, because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, when you’re interviewing someone you look disinterested and bored because your eyes are so heavy, they are so small.”
Her prospective agent told her: "I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look bigger.”
During her TV appearance on Wednesday morning, host Sheryl Underwood said: "You made a choice that was good for you and you have represented your race, women and your colleagues.”
Sharon Osbourne added: "It was the right thing to do."
At least the white people on The Talk are perfectly up front about their racist views on what Chinese people need to do to make on TV, which is to get plastic surgery to more closely meet Eurocentric standards.
Mary: This is what racism does. The things people told her make me want to vomit.
My jaw dropped when someone up there said basically “you don’t know what giving in to the man is” or something like that. I was like, damn did you even listen to her story? And then the people around her had the audacity to nod along and agree that she didn’t look “expressive” before. That was just so fucked up.
That really bothered me, and when it was going around people didn’t mention it either
Frozen Inuit princesses redesigns. <3
I think it would have been really awesome if they did something like this instead. Either way, it was really fun to gather reference and draw some snowy cuties.
You do realise that Frozen is based on a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen - a Dane. And let me inform you that the ethnic demografic of Denmark was almost exclusively caucasian until after WWII - so I think it is really unfair to criticise Disney of whitewashing when it was written and takes place in a country where literally everyone was white!
it’s got a fucking talking snowman and a breed of mono-antlered reindeer with split hooves that’s being impossibly ridden like it’s a fucking caribou and you wanna go out of your way to paragraph at someone about “criticism” when it’s just a picture with the caption “would have been cool if it were like this but i had fun drawing”
you literally want to flop in “historical accuracy” when it’s set in a fictional kingdom, with an amalgamation of clothing styles that are either butchered attempts or native to no one, freaking snow magic, and—allow me to repeat— talking snowmen and improper riding of reindeer that aren’t built to be ridden in the first place. but suddenly Inuit redesigns aren’t historically accurate enough? Because the author of a fictional story was a white Dane?? Might you be interested in learning that the earliest known version of Cinderella was about a Greek slave girl and an Egyptian pharaoh? Historical accuracy doesn’t mean squat to Disney and everyone knows it, it’s an extremely tripe card to pull.
you wanna talk history tho? Greenland was settled by pre-Inuit cultures around what is believed to be 2500BC give or take. King Christian IV claimed Greenland for Denmark in the early 1600s. Which they ‘inherited’ from the Norse, who still only got there in about 980 AD a good 3000 years after the Saqqaq culture(pre-Inuit) did.
do you literally think that every single person in Denmark/Scandanavia was some kind of 100% white Aryan wet dream until magically after world war 2 some brown people finally wandered by??? even though they had an entire country full of indigenous peoples under their thumb AND a monopoly on trade with the place until like 1953 like is that really something that is going through your head at this very moment because i am truly aghast.
Ask yourselves why you find yourselves thinking, believing, and vehemently protesting that "there were no PoC in [insert european country here] at the time anyways!!!!" like seriously sit down and think about who taught you that white people hold a monopoly on existing every goddamn where.
It’s fanart, a redesign, based on what would have been neat. and there’s literally zero reason to tear it apart just because you’re uncomfortable about the fact that they’re not white.
Anna also eats sandwiches and rides bikes, and I’m pretty sure those weren’t around until the 1800s, but who cares, same deal. It’s a story with trolls and a talking snowman and a girl who was born with ice powers. We’ve been drawing and casting Jesus and his disciples as white anglo-saxon dudes for two thousand years — and they were real —so I think we can make some fictional people brown if they weren’t originally brown.
This my friends, is a masterpiece of a movie. Three homeless people, A runaway teen, a alcoholic father, and an ageing trans woman, are wandering the streets on Christmas eve, when they find a baby abandoned in a dump. They decide to care for it, while they wander around trying to find her mother, meeting several oddballs on their way.
Directed my the great Satoshi Kon, this movie is a must watch for anybody! It’s hilarious, touching, and will have you at the edge of your seat by the end of the crazy journey!
…Aaaaannd, now it’s on Netflix! If you don’t have it, you can also watch it here: http://www.goodanime.net/tokyo-godfathers-movie
Go watch it!
One of the best Christmas movies ever. Prepare to cry.
My gods. I’ve done more than a little research into Aztecs and never even saw a mention of codices.
Well, yeah. The Spanish burned them. They burned all the Aztec books. Even that isn’t an Aztec book, it’s basically a supervised copy made in the same style.
The Aztec libraries were burned purposely to erase Aztec history, suppress rebellion, and eliminate “pagan” religious and cultural practices. Once the people who remembered them died, those practices were lost forever.
The only thing that remains are descriptions of Aztec society created by or supervised by the Spanish.
All the manuscripts in Nahuatl were made under the supervision and with annotations by Spanish Missionary Priests. You can read more about it here, although note that even this website claims the Aztec manuscripts were “less complex” than their predecessors’, the the Mixtec, even though they just pointed out, all the unadulterated Aztec books were burned.
You know what they also burned? The great Aztec medical codices. When the Spanish first arrived, even they acknowledged the superiority of Aztec medicine. They had a seriously intense pharmacopoeia. They had advanced surgical techniques. The personal physician to the king of Spain even went to Mexico to study from Aztec physicians for seven years. And then they decided to lolconquer everything and there is so much stuff that’s been lost it’s not even funny.
you can get a sort of idea here, but notice how the article claims there’s “no bias”. It’s also a seriously gross display of colonialism apologia. But you can read about the content of the copied book.
They also did the same to the Maya. The Maya wrote their books and stories on the bark of trees. These bark books contained amazingly detailed research on astronomy; particularly of the Sun, the Moon and the planet Venus which was the Maya’s war planet (which the Spaniards thought was funny considering they saw Venus as the planet of love).
Just the same as the Aztecs, the Spaniards destroyed countless Maya artifacts and books in order to better subjugate the Maya, who were less centralized than the Aztecs.
And speaking of the Aztecs, the Spaniards were so surprised that the Aztecs had created aqueducts because - well, that’s a Roman thing. They ended up destroying Aztec aqueducts when they laid siege to Tenochtitlan.
Most of what remains from the Maya is related by urns or pottery, since most of the bark books were burned. The crowning jewel of Maya literature was the Popul Vuh or El Libro del Consejo “The Book of the Council”, which only exists because the Spaniards allowed a translation of it - but of course, the original was lost. But the Popul Vuh is the Mayan Bible; and a lot of it deals with the stories of how mankind was made by their gods.
And the same would have happened to the Inca if it weren’t for El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. A good portion of what we know about Incan civilization comes from El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, who was a mestizo - part Incan, part Spaniard. He spoke Spanish and quechua so he was able to make detailed volumes about Incan history and legends that were passed down by word of mouth.
His collection is known as Comentarios Reales de los Inca “Royal Commentary of the Incas”.
Los Comentarios Reales is so interesting because it talks about Incan culture in depth, while El Inca Garcilaso plays translator and gives context.
You thought Greeks invented theater? The Incas had Tragedy and religious plays. The Spaniards didn’t really let that into their curriculum because Greek/Roman theater was considered the pinnacle of culture.
You like highways? The Incas had a system of highways built where runners ran with news across a system of checkpoints to deliver it.
You want to know about how Spaniards tried to force Incas to Christianity? He writes about how they treated their version of God Pachacamac as a pagan deity because the Spaniards were ignorant.
You want to know more about slave trade and the control the Spaniards had over Peru and the other viceroyalties? That’s there too.
The Spanish turned all self-congratulatory and claimed that they’d conquered the Incas early on, as early as 1515 and that Pizarro did it all by himself. They don’t mention what El Inca Garcilaso does that Pizarro was in Panama and didn’t get the go-ahead to conquer the Inca until 1529-1531.
But even so, the Maya, Inca and Aztecs are less focused on as their own cultures. You’re more likely to hear about Greek philosophy and theater in just a simple basic theater or philosophy course, but you’d have to go to a pretty specialized class (typically history or Spanish) to hear about the art and literature of the Maya, Aztecs and Inca. In world history, you hear about the rise and fall of Rome and Byzantium but when it comes to the South American empires it’s rarely mentioned in depth; just that they were conquered by the Spaniards.
I have this blog because people do not have access to these resources. You can get a PhD and still not know these things.
And that is why they passed laws in Arizona to prevent people from learning about their people, their history, their culture.
Because people who know their history, their culture, have pride. People with pride will not believe you when you try to tell them they are inferior. That they deserve to be treated badly. That they deserve oppression.
I think everyone deserves to see themselves in history.
OH MY GOD
Incoming mail (tablet 346) is also revealing: ‘I have sent you … pairs of socks from Sattua, two pairs of sandals and two pairs of underpants.’ It was obviously a bit cold for soldiers on the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.
THE SOCKS ARE STILL THERE:
I JUST CANNOT…I HAD NO CLUE ABOUT ANY OF THIS.
THEY JUST KEEP FINDING THEM:
40,000+ ROMAN SOLDIERS IN SCOTLAND: WE’RE FREEZING PLEASE SEND MORE SOCKS.
THIS IS THE BEST WRONG I’VE EVER BEEN.
My new Brave Headcanon in the form of one of these letters:
Thank you for all the socks. I hope things are well back in Egypt.
I must make an admission: I have decided to settle up here. I fact, I met someone-a local shepherdess who can make all the socks I’ll ever need up here in this frigid wasteland! Their wool makes thicker socks than Egyptian ones, and I’ll be needing several pairs to make it through these winters!
In fact, with my bow guarding the flock, she’s made so many socks, we’ve been selling the excess to other Romans who’ve also decided to defect. Luckily, the Emperor will never come looking for us up here in these barbaric Highlands! We’ve become so successful they’ve offered me one of their unpronounceable titles, some kind of lordship.
Unfortunately, the rest aren’t too happy about that, but I’ve managed to keep them at bay by offering the chance to marry in-that’s right, we’ve managed to produce a daughter between us! She’s a wild bit of a thing, but I’ve taught her the bow to try and instill some Legionnaire discipline to counteract her barbarian blood!
I’m hoping she grows up into a dutiful “lass” (as they say here!), and understands that in order to keep this region stable, she has to choose a local spouse! After all, it has worked out quite well for me!
She IS quite good with that bow, just like her soldier father!
(I really couldn’t help myself)
SOCKS! BRAVE! ROMANS! SCOTLAND! EEEEE!
Today’s paintings look like something out of a horror film, but in a strange way there is something beautiful about dramatically lit plaster casts… Look for death masks of Dante, Friedrich Schiller, Wagner and others below.
Adolph von Menzel, Studio Wall, 1872, oil on canvas. Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Adolph von Menzel, Studio Wall, 1872, oil on canvas. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
And now you know…
The real “Lone Ranger,” it turns out, was an African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the same: a lawman hunting bad guys, accompanied by a Native American, riding on a white horse, and with a silver trademark.
Historians of the American West have also, until recently, ignored the fact that this man was African American, a free black man who headed West to find himself less subject to the racist structure of the established Eastern and Southern states.
While historians have largely overlooked Reeves, there have been a few notable works on him. Vaunda Michaux Nelson’s book, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, won the 2010 Coretta Scott King Award for best author. Arthur Burton released an overview of the man’s life a few years ago. Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves recounts that Reeves was born into a life of slavery in 1838. His slave-keeper brought him along as another personal servant when he went off to fight with the Confederate Army, during the Civil War.
Reeves took the chaos that ensued during the war to escape for freedom, after beating his “master” within an inch of his life, or according to some sources, to death. Perhaps the most intruiging thing about this escape was that Reeves only beat his enslaver after the latter lost sorely at a game of cards with Reeves and attacked him.
After successfully defending himself from this attack, he knew that there was no way he would be allowed to live if he stuck around.
Reeves fled to the then Indian Territory of today’s Oklahoma and lived harmoniously among the Seminole and Creek Nations of Native American Indians.
After the Civil War finally concluded, he married and eventually fathered ten children, making his living as a Deputy U.S. Marshall in Arkansas and the Indian Territory. If this surprises you, it should, as Reeves was the first African American to ever hold such a position.
Burton explains that it was at this point that the Lone Ranger story comes in to play. Reeves was described as a “master of disguises”. He used these disguises to track down wanted criminals, even adopting similar ways of dressing and mannerisms to meet and fit in with the fugitives, in order to identify them.
Reeves kept and gave out silver coins as a personal trademark of sorts, just like the Lone Ranger’s silver bullets. Of course, the recent Disney adaptation of the Lone Ranger devised a clever and meaningful explanation for the silver bullets in the classic tales. For the new Lone Ranger, the purposes was to not wantonly expend ammunition and in so doing devalue human life. But in the original series, there was never an explanation given, as this was simply something originally adapted from Reeves’ personal life and trademarking of himself. For Reeves, it had a very different meaning, he would give out the valuable coins to ingratiate himself to the people wherever he found himself working, collecting bounties. In this way, a visit from the real “Lone Ranger” meant only good fortune for the town: a criminal off the street and perhaps a lucky silver coin.
Like the Lone Ranger, Reeves was also expert crack shot with a gun. According to legend, shooting competitions had an informal ban on allowing him to enter. Like the Lone Ranger, Reeves rode a white horse throughout almost all of his career, at one point riding a light grey one as well.
Like the famed Lone Ranger legend Reeves had his own close friend like Tonto. Reeves’ companion was a Native American posse man and tracker who he often rode with, when he was out capturing bad guys. In all, there were close to 3000 of such criminals they apprehended, making them a legendary duo in many regions.
The final proof that this legend of Bass Reeves directly inspired into the story of the Lone Ranger can be found in the fact that a large number of those criminals were sent to federal prison in Detroit. The Lone Ranger radio show originated and was broadcast to the public in 1933 on WXYZ in Detroit where the legend of Reeves was famous only two years earlier.
Of course, WXYZ and the later TV and movie adaptions weren’t about to make the Lone Ranger an African American who began his career by beating a slave-keeper to death. But now you know. Spread the word and let people know the real legend of the Lone Ranger.
okay no, but for real, this dude was a badass. he was basically the black batman of the wild west.
acording to wiki: “ Reeves brought in some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, but was never wounded, despite having his hat and belt shot off on separate occasions.”
here’s an article that details some of his career.
A great article about the backlash against those POC who were racially profiled at Barney’s for “spending money on items they can’t afford”
This is SO true. We were “educated poor” (at a time when professors didn’t make much at all) and my dad’s status as a professor (university town, slightly odd manner of dress, big words, big briefcase) got us a lot of things we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Preferential treatment by car dealers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc. This is why clothing closets, finer items, and such—and any training in “looking well-off”—are a boon to people living in poverty.
I think it’s also why people react so vehemently to the poor having nice things like clothes, phones, cars. It’s not just (or even) a sense of being defrauded, it’s a fierce defence of the class structure. If the poor can mimic you, then what’s to keep someone else from thinking you’re poor and treating you badly?
The attack is punching down. It’s safe. It’s self-serving. Punching up rejects the notion that we should treat the poor worse than others simply on the basis of their financial status. It means we admit our class privilege and that we are, daily, receiving benefits for something that is not (as much as we would like to think otherwise) a reward for our merits.
Junot Diaz stay not fucking up. This is a really good interview.
THIS RINGS SO SO SOOOOOO TRUE.
Yes, yes, yessss. All of this yes. James Baldwin touched on it some in this piece of writing.
It is not really a “Negro revolution” that is upsetting the country. What is upsetting the country is a sense of its own identity. If, for example, one managed to change the curriculum in all the schools so that Negroes learned more about themselves and their real contributions to this culture, you would be liberating not only Negroes, you’d be liberating white people who know nothing about their own history. And the reason is that if you are compelled to lie about one aspect of anybody’s history, you must lie about it all. If you have to lie about my real role here, if you have to pretend that I hoed all that cotton just because I loved you, then you have done something to yourself. You are mad.
Long story short, there’s the notion of the white narrative wishing to make themselves heroes in the stories they tell, but in real life, they are a part of the privileged oppressive system that’s created the strife for peoples of colour (slavery, colonialism, marginalization etc), but they can’t deal, so even with the narratives of oppression, they have to make the oppressed white (be it mutants, inhabitants of Dune, etc) because as a whole, the white narrative can’t really see the people of colour, because that would be too real.
It’s like X-men - Stan Lee modeled Charles Xavier and Magneto after Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X in terms of their attitudes towards a world that hates and fears them (black people, doesn’t this sound familiar), but made them mutants, and for the first couple of volumes of the comics, you didn’t really get a key black character until Storm (she came in the early 80s, whereas X-men was around since the late sixties, off and on).
In X-men: First Class, they actually set the timeline in the 1960s, appropriated the entire Civil Rights struggle and highlights, with Lehnsherr and Xavier at the Washington monument where Martin Luther King Jr gave his “I have a dream” speech, and yet in the movie, they killed the black guy, and the black female turned traitor. They took all the trappings of the unrest of the 1960s (it wasn’t just Cuba and the Bay of Pigs), and whitewashed it. As a comic book nerd, my heart hurt over that one.
Yes Diaz, yes. Yessss. All of this.
'It's not all about race', says the white person whose favorite genres owe their very existence to race relations.
Favourite Movies ~ Kung Fu Hustle
"In the world of kung fu, speed determines the winner"
"The Ax Gang extends its respect!"
“If he studies hard, he could grow up to become a doctor!”
This fuckin movie tho.
Can we please bring back the awesome discussion of how much intersectionality was played out in this movie and how most of the people in this film aren’t “Hollywood Pretty” but actual average lookin folks you’d see on your block and they KICKED ALL THE ASS???