"I was sick to my stomach. What do you have to do? ‘Fruitvale Station’ is an outstanding movie. It won awards at Sundance and Cannes. If its writer-director Ryan Coogler was Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, he’d have won an Oscar for best original screenplay. How about Naomie Harris in ‘Mandela’? If she was Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar would already have her name on it. It was shocking and disappointing. If it couldn’t happen in a year with as many options as 2013, I don’t know when it can. That’s the saddest part of this. The most offensive statement I’ve heard people make is, ‘If ‘12 Years’ hadn’t been released in 2013, ‘The Butler’ and ‘Fruitvale’ would have had a better chance.’ Is there only room for one?"
There are people out there, not all of them men, who believe that a conspiracy is going on. When I speak to them as a reporter, they tell me that that women lie about rape, now more than ever. They lie to damage men and to “destroy their lives”. This is despite the fact that the fraud rate for rape remains as low as ever, and despite the fact that popular culture is groaning with powerful men who have been accused or even convicted of sexual abuse and whose lives remain distinctly understroyed. Men like boxer like Mike Tyson, or singer R Kelly. Men like Woody Allen.
Rape and abuse are the only crimes where, in the words of legal scholar Lord Hale, “It is the victim, not the defendant, who is on trial.” They are crimes that are hard to prove beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law, because it’s a case of “he said, she said”. Nobody can really know, and so naturally we must assume that he is innocent and she is lying – because that’s what women do. The trouble is that in this society, “he said” is almost always more credible than “she said”, unless she is white and he is not.
Incredible India !! so so super incredible
Nido Tania, from notheastern India (the state of Arunachal Pradesh), was beaten and murdered by a group of thugs in South Delhi. More information here. Protests have been happening.
There is a lot of prejudice in India against North-Eastern Indians who don’t look “Indian.”
;’( this is a real problem in India. North Easterners are perpetual outsiders.
relict-hominid asked: re: chromophobia... of course these chromophobes idolized a Greek/Roman past full of cool white marble.... which we've since discovered was actually a gaudily painted riot of color!
I always love seeing this fact pop up. Yeah, what we thought was the ancients just being really cool and aesthetic was actually the gaudy colors fading away over time. It’s like when people think that old houses were built better than they are now, when it’s really just that the shitty houses all fell down already.
Ummmm but the problem is not so much that they weren’t being “cool and aesthetic”; it’s that this entire western concept of aesthetics is built on a mistake.
The ask was in response to this article, which makes it 200 times funnier.
fittingly, I was just reading this:
The Parthenon marbles Elgin took to Britain do consist of marble, but a darkly pitted Greek marble rather than the smooth, snowy white variety more common in Italy. Here lay an aesthetic problem: whiteness versus color. The alarming history of European marble “cleaning” includes a chapter on this statuary describing a drive to make ancient Greek art white that nearly destroyed the art itself. In the 1930s workers in the British Museum were directed to remove the dark patina with metal tools on the mistaken assumption that their proper color should be white. Such a “cleaning” seriously damaged the Parthenon marbles, prompting an inquiry by the museum’s standing committee that halted the work.
—Nell Irvin Painter, The History of White People, page 63
It’s particularly obnoxious given the claims by so many British people that the marbles had to be removed to Britain in order to protect them.
The bold: People should really know about that, too.
And yes, it is connected with this article about Chromophobia and colonialism
which is also connected to the Reformation.
Especially if you think about (at least in an American context) the way that Catholicism has been, to a large degree, racialized. And how the Catholic Mass and other traditions came to be associated with licentiousness and was condemned for its use of decoration (aside form legitimate gripes with corruption).
see also: Calvinist Iconoclasm:
OMG!!! I FORGET PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS!
Yes, all those aloof, “pure” white statues from Ancient Greece?
They actually looked like this:
Vinzenz Brinkmann, much to the apparent chagrin of Westerners everywhere, used ultraviolet light to reveal the original paint schemes of these statues that the millennia had washed away.
And to underscore the Chromophobia?
Check out this graphic that i09 made for their leading image for this story:
You can check out a video here to learn more about the methods used to discover the original paint schemes of these statues and reliefs.
In the summer of 1566, spurred on by the sermons of Calvinist preachers, zealous mobs descended on churches in the Netherlands, intent on ridding them entirely of their imagery. Many churches were literally white-washed.
All of these things are connected.
What is love?
Apparently only for white people.
Dude, you do realize this ad is Italian right? Those people are Italian, because it’s an Italian ad. Italian people are typically white. This ad is suppose to be about acceptance in THEIR country, why would they have models that don’t look like they’re from their country?
I’m gettin’ real tired of tumblr’s attitude. I’m probably going to get a lot of hate for this, but here we go.
Not everywhere is as mixed as North America. You go to places like Japan and it would be really weird to see a white person in their ad, it’s no different for places like Italy and Germany where people are mostly white. In North American we seem to have a decently even mix in a lot of areas so it’s a little off-putting when there’s only a certain race -generally all white people- depicted, where it’s completely normal and would appear really strange otherwise for other countries. Like you wouldn’t go to China and demand they show white people in their ads there, so why would you do the same for a country that has very few PoC compared to it’s population?
As the person above me said, why would they have models that don’t look like they’re from their country in their ads?
Seriously, I am Italian, and FUCK YOU. Our country has huge problems with homophobia, there isn’t even one single law to protect homosexuals. Most European countries have legalized marriage and adoption (or at least talked about it), but not Italy. The Catholic community does everything they can to block the law against homophobia. Last month, a 14 years-old killed himself because he was gay. You have no idea how much that kind of thing matters in Italy, all you can fucking do is whine about Tumblr about the fact that they are all white. Yes, in Italy the majority of the population is indeed white. Not the rest of the world is like fucking North America. So before you come whining about it on Tumblr, get your facts right.
I love it when reality slaps the fuck out of Tumblr.
So you know, just this month a Italian MP donned blackface in the Parliament, and previously the same, rather large party’s MPs have thrown bananas at, and made monkey calls at the on black MP in the Italian parliament.
There’s laws against citizenship of people “not of Italian background”, the police regularly stop Baloteli arguably the most famous black Italian because he looks “suspicious” and there’s actual, self-identified fascists in political offices across the country.
Do tell me again how Italy is “white” and it’s more urgent to fight homophobia than racism.
I guess LGBT people of coor don’t exist in Italy.
(Source: alexandrayurieva, via wretchedoftheearth)
I was made fun of for being Mexican until 9/11. Then it was Arab or Terrorist. I’m not Persian, that country no longer exists. Iranian American is an oxymoron, Muslim American a paradox. A girl asks me “Where are you from then, Amir?” I answer “Well I was born in Iowa” She then says “Oh, really? Is that in the middle east?” A boy approached me in a high school hallway and says “If you were from Afghanistan I’d beat your ass” The three words I should have said were “I love you”, instead I said “Wish you would!” It was then I understood how your patriots act. If the French gave you the statue of liberty in 2003 we would have given it back because they didn’t go to war with us in Iraq. When the French did give us the statue of liberty we wanted to give her back, because at first she was Black. Save diversity for a skittles package. But even then we all pick our favourites. We like our boarders like our picket fences; Whitewashed. A red boy is given a white name. Black slaves paint a white house. Public schools teach that is is important to assimilate, so a yellow girl’s parents do the same. But how will they ever learn how to pronounce our names if we keep changing them? Do you think people naturally know how to pronounce Krystal? Or Kristop- English is neither phrenetic, nor forgiving. That’s why I find comfort when a boy named Kash moulds his last name into Ali in an attempt to salvage his identity. The ring is the only time he faced a fair fight. If black is the culmination of all colours, then why do we keep trying to stir this melting pot white?
"researchers have found that, more often than not, african americans and women tend to minimize experiences of discrimination, subconsciously denying or knowingly ignoring bias. when other people mistreat them because they are black or female, they often find it less painful to heap blame on themselves than to acknowledge the racist or sexist animus that led to the situation.
for example, in a series of laboratory experiments, karen ruggiero of harvard university and her colleagues asked volunteer subjects to take a test. the experimenter informed the black research subject that one member of a panel of white judges would evaluate his or her test. the experimenter also confided that either none, some, or all of the members of the panel discriminate against blacks. similarly, in the gender study, women research subjects were told that one member of a panel of male judges would evaluate their test, and that either none, some, or all of the members discriminate against women.
after the test had presumably been graded by one of the panelists, the test booklet was returned to the subject with the grade f. subjects were then asked to complete measures that assess how they make sense of the feedback and how they feel about themselves. ruggiero and her colleagues found that although blacks and women sometimes perceived discrimination, they were more likely to minimize discrimination and to blame themselves for their failures.
a similar study with white males as the subjects had rather different findings. white males were substantially less likely to blame themselves and more likely to see discrimination as the reason for their poor performance."