Are you a Black person who wants to talk about the history of slavery or even the effects it still has to this very day? Well then, you’ve heard this phrase, “Get over it.”
Are you someone who needs to make a point about abortion but just can’t figure out how to do it? Try slavery! It’s perfectly acceptable to use a horrific time in history and compare it to something, anything else.
Slavery, it’s only wrong to talk about it if you’re Black.
Related article via Salon/Colorlines: Anti-abortionists prey on minority women
bell hooks, cultural criticism — rap: authentic expression or market construct?
BAM. there it is.
time to talk about daenerys and why she’s fucking up again.
the fun part about the etymology of westeros and essos is that no one can deny that they are being likened and structured after the real western and eastern worlds. the essosi societies are representative of eastern socities. and westeros, including daenerys targaryen, are stand ins for the western world. because of this, the two continents are coded for a multitude of western and eastern societies, as well as their independent and intertwined histories.
in the real life western world, eastern people are perceived as stagnant and backward. they are regarded as undeveloped economically, technologically, and most importantly moralistically. and at the same time, the west has always perceived itself has been that of modernized, morally dynamic, evolving. since it hardly ever lends this kind of consideration to the ‘others’ in the east, it positions itself on a pedestal from which it can dictate the goings-on in the world.
and so, white and western societies hold the idea that brown societies are incapable of change without outside, corrective influences. this has been used to excuse and validate colonialism and imperialism for centuries.
these real world crimes are relfected in the game of thrones canon. the essosi societies are coded as being backward. they are being coded as monstrous and without any other characteristic aside from slaveholding. and this is how daenerys excuses her own violent imperialism.
now let’s have a canon history lesson! the continent of westeros used to have slaves. but it was not it a hostile outside force that came in an eradicated the evils of slavery. these societies were not burned to the ground depending on their willingness to bend to an outsiders command. none of these countries were callously set back years and years in development because someone decided they had not advanced enough.
no, what got rid of slavery in westeros was the moral progression of it’s peoples, and the eventual criminalization of the institution. and what will get rid of slavery in the free cities will be similar societal progression. because believe it or not, all societies are capable of progression.
but of course, treating brown people and brown societies like multifaceted and complexly developing isn’t at all interesting. not when we can all cheer and coo over an empowered and entitled white woman exerting her power of all of these brown ‘others’.
all of this is great and fantastic and accurate
but wow am i the only one who always saw Essos as being much more advanced than Westeros? I mean the whole slaves thing isn’t cool, but
All the best trade goods come from Essos, all the finest foods and wines and silks and steel. Essos is dotted with magnificent, wealthy, powerful citystates; Westeros has three or four cities, a few more squalid towns, and a bunch of ancient, largely crumbling, forts. Essos is home of the arts, of culture, of learning; Westeros is too busy killing themselves every few decades, living in squalor, and at the end of the day, the feudal system honestly reduces the peasants/serfs to little more than slaves. Just because they aren’t chattel slaves, aren’t property, doesn’t keep local lords from having almost total control over their lives, and subjecting them to violence when they fail to comply.
I spent a while the other night explaining to a friend how fucked up the orientalism and exotification in ASoIaF and GoT, i’m not trying to deny any of that by any means
i just always read westeros as backwards and poor, and essos as more advanced and more wealthy? is that just me?
whenever i try to bring up how the dolthraki are modeled after bedouins and how everyone speaks “harsh/guttural” languages everyone stares at me like i’ve grown a second head
and to criticise daenerys’ story arc is to be a misogynist apparently, so when i point out, yes, she’s a naive 13 yr old, but she’s behaving in a very white-supremacist manner, “i give you the gift of yr life ohohoho”
and he’s just like, “how about you just leave us alone?”
not to mention, the movie series makes her out to be this grandiose saviour of the slaves, when in actuality, in the book, it goes very differently, albeit still racist, “what? slaves don’t know how to BE ANYTHING other than SLAVES” but it certainly doesn’t glorify her, it shows the repercussions of what she’s done, because now who’s going to feed, clothe, and give resources to the hundreds of thousands of people you’ve “freed”?
it is supremely obvious how the east is coded as “other” whether it be specifically modeled after Arabs or other PoC, and the west is coded as “civilised” and it’s just gross and omg, puke, i want to vomit on everything grrm loves
Effects Of Thinking White People Are “All Like That”:
- Literally nothing other than white people having their feelings hurt on the internet
- I’m not joking there is no real world consequence of this
Effects Of Thinking People of Color Are “All Like That”:
- Saudi student is literally surrounded by FBI for cooking rice under terrorist suspicions
- White people literally can not associate positive words with Black faces because of racism
- More white people use drugs but Black people are sent to jail for drugs at 10 times the rate that white people are
- Black people who “sound Black” earn less money than those who don’t because of associations with stereotypes. Black people who “sound Black” are less likely to get called back for jobs
- Black children grow up literally associating being Black with being bad and ugly
- White people when tested shot more unarmed Black subjects than armed and unarmed white subjects
- Hate crimes increase after Boston tragedy
- Moroccan High School Student is linked to Boston tragedy for being Brown
- Bangladeshi man is beaten by people out of racism
- NYPD Commissioner wants Black and Latino men to fear him after the police targeted literally 90 percent Black and Latino men in New York and humiliating them by frisking them in public under the assumption that they had weapons. Studies found that white men were the ones who overwhelmingly had weapons while Black and Latino men didn’t
- White people blaming and convicting Black men for crimes they never committed and everyone believing them because of racism
- Stop and Frisk, ruled unconstitutional was practiced by New York police disproportionately and unfairly affecting 90% Black and Latino men because of racism
- Universities throwing racist ‘Fiesta Party’ homogenizing culture with extreme racism
- Here are some of the numbers on hate crimes against People of Color and btw, Neo Naziism is increasing!
- Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Murdered in the U.S.
- Black people 3 times more likely to be arrested for Marijuana
- Black people receive much harsher sentencing than white people for the same crimes do I need to go on?
But yeah, white people’s feelings :*(
made rebloggable by request
Okay here’s the thing: maybe people of color were looked over, but THE ROLE WAS NOT INTENDED FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR
Holy shit he’s supposed to be a superhuman from India. He full name is literally Khan Noonien Singh. Are you a total fuckhead and should I expect you on my page every fucking day?
I’VE HEARD ASIAN AND NOW INDIAN WHO IS RIGHTAlso I’m only “stalking” you so your sexist, racist, bigoted mouth doesn’t slander my name
Indian people are South Asian, fuckwit. And I don’t know, maybe a fucking search engine.
Someone get this fool an education.
LAST I CHECK INDIA WAS NOT A PART OF ASIA DIMWIT
MAN CAN’T GOOGLE FOR SHIT
GET THIS BITCH AN EDUCATION
Lost: Pretty sure India is very much apart of Asia.
OKAY LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING
WE GET THINGS WRONG
WE ARE ALL TAUGHT WRONG THINGS
I WAS TAUGHT THAT THEY WERE MIDDLE EAST
1) The Middle East is not a Continent so you’re still super fucking tragically and abysmally stupidly white.
2) You came on this post asserting that you were, without a doubt MORE correct than everyone here who A) not only had prior knowledge of the geographical location of India but also B) Knew Khan was supposed to be a South Asian PoC.
So you’re either a racist, a stupid racist, a brave racist or a bravely stupid racist.
You were not TAUGHT to say a wrong thing. You CHOSE to assert your wrongness instead of spending ten seconds in the motherfucking Google.
‘I THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE MIDDLE-EAST’
is this the first time you’ve seen a map or
Here’s an easy way how to remember the continents that my SECOND GRADE teacher taught us:
Do jumping jacks.
When your arms are up, North America.
When your arms are down, South America.
Any time you’re confused about where a country is located, you can use that.
And don’t pull the “we were taught wrong things” bullshit. You were busy picking your nose during your world geography class.
I am fucking dying.
“INDIA ISN’T IN ASSSIIIAAAA WAAAH”
White people crazy. These arrogant mufuckahs swear they right, they swear it. Then when caught in the lie, they lie some more. Mufuckah you was not taught that India was a part of the Middle East. The Middle East is not a fucking country, you piece of shit. You were taught by the media which paints brown people as terrorists and of course all brown people are from the Middle East where they are born and bred into jihadist crazy mozlems who blow shit up. Also how the fuck is the Middle East even in the middle of east? What kinda… Absolute propaganda bullshit.
And they continue to whitewash our televisions while there are plenty of people of color who are talented, deserve roles, but don’t get them because ‘they weren’t right for the part’ or someone white was more talented. Fuck the bullshit. I am not here for this and I reject this shit. I will take no fucking excuses. Fuck you and your racist agenda.
omg, i am dying
india’s not in asia? ahahaha, white people u r 2 much sometimes
He just described Tumblr.
Colorblind philosophy. Forever reblog.
A hash pipe is not Gypsy,
nor are fishtail braids, bangles, or shorts.
A girl with no clothes on a beach is
nor is a box of records, travelling abroad, or a tent in a field.
A line of coke on a mirror
is not Gypsy,
nor are your naked feet, long skirts, bindis
and Hands of Fatima.
I don’t care if you seek to redefine the word,
it is not your word.
It is a word that belongs to my ancestors.
Tattooed on their arms,
branded on their skin with hot irons,
written into laws preventing us from
Your bedroom isn’t Gypsy.
nor is your cat, dog, daughter or
The troubling viral trend of the “hilarious” Black poor person
May 7, 2013
Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three Cleveland women presumed dead after going missing a decade ago, has become an instant Internet meme. It’s hardly surprising—the interviews he gave yesterday provide plenty of fodder for a viral video, including memorable soundbites (“I was eatin’ my McDonald’s”) and lots of enthusiastic gestures. But as Miles Klee and Connor Simpson have noted, Ramsey’s heroism is quickly being overshadowed by the public’s desire to laugh at and autotune his story, and that’s a shame. Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.
Before Ramsey, there was Antoine Dodson, who saved his younger sister from an intruder, only to wind up famous for his flamboyant recounting of the story to a reporter. Since Dodson’s rise to fame, there have been others: Sweet Brown, a woman who barely escaped her apartment complex during a fire last year, and Michelle Clarke, who couldn’t fathom the hailstorm that rained down in her hometown of Houston, and in turn became “the next Sweet Brown.”
Granted, the buzzworthy tactic of reporters interviewing the most loquacious witnesses to a crime or other event is nothing new, and YouTube has countless examples of people of all ethnicities saying ridiculous things. One woman, for instance, saw fit to casually mention her breasts while discussing a local accident, while another man described a car crash with theatrical flair. Earlier this year, a “hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” named Kai matched Dodson’s fame with his astonishing account of rescuing a woman from a racist attacker. But none of those people have been subjected to quite the same level of derisive memeification as Brown, Clark, and now, perhaps, Ramsey—the inescapable echoes of “Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife!” and “Kabooyaw,” the tens of millions of YouTube hits and cameos in other viral videos, even commercials.
It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform. Even before the genuinely heroic Ramsey came along, some viewers had expressed concern that the laughter directed at people like Sweet Brown plays into the most basic stereotyping of blacks as simple-minded ramblers living in the “ghetto,” socially out of step with the rest of educated America. Black or white, seeing Clark and Dodson merely as funny instances of random poor people talking nonsense is disrespectful at best. And shushing away the question of race seems like wishful thinking.
Ramsey is particularly striking in this regard, since, for a moment at least, he put the issue of race front and center himself. Describing the rescue of Amanda Berry and her fellow captives, he says, “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!”
The candid statement seems to catch the reporter off guard; he ends the interview shortly afterward. And it’s notable that among the many memorable things Ramsey said on camera, this one has gotten less meme-attention than most. Those who are simply having fun with the footage of Ramsey might pause for a second to actually listen to the man. He clearly knows a thing or two about the way racism prevents us from seeing each other as people.
Now that you know this is a thing, please stop sharing these memes. Poor Black people speaking candidly about various serious incidents isn’t a hilarious joke.
This is a great article.
this was shared by a friend on facebook in reference to the heroic acts of Charles Ramsey and the way he quickly became a meme
“Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three Cleveland women presumed dead after going missing a decade ago, has become an instant Internet meme. It’s hardly surprising—the interviews he gave yesterday provide plenty of fodder for a viral video, including memorable soundbites (“I was eatin’ my McDonald’s”) and lots of enthusiastic gestures. But as Miles Klee and Connor Simpson have noted, Ramsey’s heroism is quickly being overshadowed by the public’s desire to laugh at and autotune his story, and that’s a shame.Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.”
Disney recently filed 33 applications to trademark Day of the Dead. It is shameful that Disney would attempt to trademark and grow profit from a cultural holiday. Disney must be stopped! I just signed this petition calling on Walt Disney Co. CEO and Chairman Bob Iger to withdraw the applications. Can you add your name, too?
I was just reading about this.
bell hooks, Eating the Other (via goleyaas)
This is why it makes me mad when people say they’re into someone who is “ethnic”, it just means they’re into the idea of someone’s race, wanting a part of it, and to acquire that or I guess “taste” that culture they try and sleep with someone who is labeled “ethnic”. Often people who are considered “ethnic” are either hyper-sexualized and are seen as “dominant” and aggressive almost animalistic while others are seen as submissive “slaves” for the “masters” to control and dominate and use. There is no in between or normalcy when it comes to People of Color, the “ethnic” group of people, which is a group label usually made up by white people but it’s not limited to just them.
White people are cannibalistic in that way because they’ll destroy and harm and use as many of us to satisfy their hunger (be it sex, resources, etc). They look at us as the other but really their just killing parts of themselves via us, people they don’t see as human. -_-