Damn, didn’t realize how few black lawyers there are. About to start looking for fellowships/scholarships to share.
With numbers that bad somebody has to be (or at least should be) hosting scholarship programs for aspiring black lawyers
Three fabulous Black ballerinas, Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland are on the cover of Pointe for June/July 2014. Stunning cover. They’re so beautiful. I’ve never bought a ballet magazine but I want a copy of this to read their story and to keep. ❤
Oh and their brown pointe shoes. IMPORTANT.
I never realized pointe shoes were meant to match your skin tone. It makes perfect sense now, but it seriously never occurred to me, because all the pointe shoes I’ve ever seen were pink or some shade of pink/white.
Yay for learning something new today! Boo for having to learn it because of a lack of representation of people of color in ballet…. well, fucking everywhere, but in this specific case…
Yeah, they were always “flesh” coloured to accentuate and elongate the legs…. Growing up, I always hated having to either wear pink or black shoes because it just didn’t have the same look and made me stick out even more.
Well I learned something obvious today
white people are like “why don’t you live in India” and I’m just thinking why don’t you live in 12.5% Germany 25% England 25% Australia 6.25% Sweden 18.75% Russia and 12.5% Italy??????
"Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential."
Anonymous said: Justin Bieber was a child when he made those videos. I don't think he understood the full weight of what he was saying.
- Emmett Till was 14 when he was mutilated and murdered for flirting with a white woman, his killers acquitted.
- George Stinney was 14 when he was executed via electric chair, for allegedly killing two white girls. There was no evidence and the all white-jury took 10 mins to declare him guilty.
- Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when he was stalked and killed by a man with a history of violence towards others. His murderer was acquitted.
- Jordan Davis was 17 years old when he was shot and killed by an entitled white man over loud music. He was later found guilty for attempted murder.
Racism and white supremacy are literally killing black children, but Justin Bieber gets a pass because he was 15-17 when he decided to record his racist “jokes”???
EXACTLY. I will never stop screaming this. Youth is not an excuse when Black youth can never be too young to be murdered, including by the police and the government.
"For the Afro-pessimists, the advent of emancipation did not signal any substantial break with the content of slavery. Instead the passage from slavery to freedom marked the transition from one mode of racialised domination to another. Following the abolition of slavery, the formal determinations of slavery were subsumed under the racial category of blackness (synonymous with the construction of ‘race’), naturalising and thereby ontologising the slave relation as the essential principle of black existence.6 The status of the slave devolved into the phenotypic appearance of ‘blackness’ – the black subject was no longer a slave in relation to a master, but a slave to their appearance. Blackness displaced the form of the slave and the structural determinations of enslavement were ‘epidermalised’"
"This is cultural bias in effect. General (generally white) audiences never question why characters are white and blond. If a character could be white, that’s usually justification enough. Whiteness as default becomes logical and comfortable. Only non-whiteness requires an explanation.
Indeed, if a character is not white, some people will cry out that their racial identity is the product of political agenda-driven tampering. If a character is white, the same people will comfortably assume that he or she came out of the box like that.
It should be noted that we’re not even talking about the broad US census category of “white”, which covers people whose families hail from Europe, North Africa or the Middle East — including many people with tan, olive or ruddy skin.
In comics, whiteness is predominantly represented by the pale pink complexions of Northern Europeans — the color once problematically referred to as “Flesh” on Crayola crayons, until Crayola changed it to “Peach” in 1962. Real world white comes in many shades, but in comics all white people seem to trend towards hex color #FFCFAB. (Individual colorists may of course bring more nuance to their work, but how many white superheroes can you name who are consistently portrayed with bronze or olive-toned skin?)
Superhero comics don’t actually favor whiteness; they favor a subset of whiteness that borders on Aryan idealism. We ought to regard that as uncomfortably fetishistic, because it’s an aesthetic that the industry has chosen.
All fiction is manufactured. Authors make their worlds and choose what goes in them. It is always possible to contrive a fictional justification for a character looking whichever way the author wants, up to and including finding a way to make a white person the hero in a story about, say, feudal Japan, or ancient Egypt, or Persia during the Islamic Golden Age. A white hero is not the most likely scenario, but it’s always a possible scenario, so in that way it always becomes justified.
The decision to cast Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch has been called out by message board posters as evidence of an agenda at work — but white heroes in these non-white settings are rarely called out as similar evidence of an agenda. It’s all artifice, it’s all contrived. Fiction exists in service to an author’s design. All fiction serves an agenda, whether it’s articulated or not."
So yeah, posted before and I’m 50% Indian and 50% English, Scottish and Australian, and obviously do not look very mixed at all. But something that has occurred to me recently has actually really started bothering me. What used to upset me is people not taking me seriously for being Indian (as if because of the colour I am, the 50% of my heritage is discounted) which still happens, but actually it’s just one thing that the majority of people ask that I find most offensive:
"Is your dad the one who’s Indian?"
It might seem totally benign and inoffensive, but to me it just sounds like they’re saying “Ahh, so not your biological dad then” and it hurts. Because every time I have to say “yeah, it is my dad, but he is my biological father, I have his features” and I shouldn’t feel the need to justify my relationship with my father just because we have different skin colours. I just find it so extremely rude that people think it’s okay to just basically assume that I’m lying about my parentage, and to be honest, even if he wasn’t my real father, what gives them the right to point that out? It’s as if by being this ‘anomaly’ and having a different colouring to my dad it gives people license to openly analyse, question and assume things about my identity which isn’t okay.
He is my biological father, and no one has any right to question that.
But even more so, no one has any right to question my race. If I say I am half-Indian, by all means express surprise - I know it is surprising, but don’t question it, it’s half of who I am and questioning that is questioning my whole identity, as well as making yourself look like a fucking ignorant idiot.
Oh look someone wrote my biography for me