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exfatalist:

trekual-innuendos:

Lets have a dystopian future movie where none of the actors are white

Not a single one

No reason

No explanation

There’s just no white people and not a single character questions it

Watch how quickly people notice and get pissed off

but wouldn’t it be better to put one white extra in the far background of a huge crowd shot for a few frames, so we could point to them every time someone gets pissed off?

All the movie genres could use this treatment, but sci-fi would be the best one.

anarcho-queer:

Fact: 5.3 million African American men are denied the right to vote based on a past felony conviction.

That means more than 13% (39 mil) of the general African American population and 28% of the male African American population (18.5 mil) are prohibited from voting.

—  Ten Facts About The Racist Criminal Justice System

Felony Disenfranchisement is highest in the former slave states and states with a history of civil rights violations like Florida and North Carolina. Today’s red states—particularly in the bible belt—where the Republican voting base is strongest, appear to have vested racist and political interests in permanently separating Black people from their right to vote.

This link provides information on each state’s voting laws for those with a felony record.

yeezatron asked:

I've noticed lately that white people will get hyped about different kinds of white, but will group ethnicities like African as one nation instead of several histories and divisions... I have noticed particularly for India and China as well... India being so diverse but Americans being so singularly defining... Is this ignorance or sinister or a combination or something else in your opinion?

medievalpoc:

I’m actually going to SHOW you why, instead of telling you.

Remember that time i linked to the Free Open Courseware section of MIT?

Let’s say we want to take a History Class, ok?

So, we can take either “Medieval History

OR

"African History".

OR

"Middle Eastern History".

Let’s see what kind of “Medieval History” class we can take:

But, I want to learn about the University of Timbuktu!!!! And the Malian Empire!!!!

Hmmmm. Let’s try

Darn! None of that is what I wanted…..

Let’s try

EVEN KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO LEARN, SPECIFICALLY

I’m really not sure what class I should take for it.

Should we go back to “World History”?

Ummmmm. Wait, what?

The “World” began in 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Good luck finding any of what I’m teaching here in your college course. the ONLY people who can change this are those who have had the financial resources, emotional support, and physical and mental ability to make it to the very top of the food chain of academia, and even those people are much more likely to reinforce the style of education THEY were given, rather than question it. After all, they worked very hard and spent a lot of money to get it, so it must be very, very valuable, right?

Not to mention the roadblocks put in front of professors who would LIKE to make these kind of specialty courses available, but are stymied by lack of interest on the part of potential student (registration quotas and the like), and the overwhelming dictation of what MUST be included in courses like “World History” or European History”, i.e., the required-by-law 500 dead white men of History A+ great job.

We didn’t get here by accident.

I was totally stoked for “world” history in high school until I realized that it wasn’t actually anywhere near close to about the world. I was expecting to learn about, like, how China became China, about more than one civilization in Africa, or maybe just how Russia became so huge.
I was sorely disappointed…

tobinlaughing asked:

Hey! I've been following medievalpoc for a while and I'm wondering how you got started. Well, not *how*, because everyone here knows how to set up a tumblr account, but more like...was this an outlet for slow-building frustration that you just needed to do something about? Did you have a "eureka!" moment during a particular class or personal project? Was there a conversation that just struck like lightning in your brain? Apologies if this is too personal but I love anecdotes like that.

medievalpoc:

This project started as a side blog, created out of frustration that so many people of color are quite literally harassed out of Renfaires, fandoms, book clubs, SCA events, message boards and forums, because of their race.

I have a background in interdisciplinary studies and historiography/historiology, and I’ve been specializing in the concept of “retroactive erasure” since sometime in 2010, although that focus was more towards gender studies. Now, as you can imagine, important people in interdisciplinary gender studies do not like being criticized for parroting racist ideas in support of their super-enlightened gender studies theories.

When I originally coined the term, I was really shocked by the lack of specific scholarship exploring the ways in which the contributions of say, white women during the European middle ages, had been completely erased during the 19th and 20th centuries, by white male “experts” who blamed “the lack of opportunities for women at the time (the middle ages)” as a reason for the “lack of evidence” that women had in fact contributed.

It’s for this reason that in almost every humanities textbook or handout that’s come across my desk, if it touches on “prehistory”, there contains a section of “and during that time, women everywhere became subject to men, and that’s when human society started”. Now, reading that sentence, your average person educated in the United States will nod and agree vaguely without questioning it. In fact, liberal and radical feminism (*gag*) have both built their entire premise on this idea.

But if you actually think about it for more than two seconds, you’ll suddenly remember that societies other than Europe existed at that time. There are entire books about how the first wave of American feminism got the whole idea for feminism from Iroquois women of their acquaintance, who had been living with power, autonomy, and high social status for as long as they could remember. Unfortunately, those very same books completely ignore and purposely omit the first wave feminists’ openly Eugenicist positions, overt and malicious anti-Black racism, and their support to eliminate the very same civilizations and cultures that they had taken this inspiration of “gender equality” from in the first place. Add in the stress on “missionary work”, temperance movements, the entry of white women into the workforce as a “superior” influence over men of color who had previously occupied those positions…

Now, what does the culmination of all of these ideas just discussed look like?

1. the American obsession with creating ever increasing amounts of medieval-ish, Europe-ish based historical and fantasy media

2. retroactive erasure

3. “Western” or Eurocentric feminism with its foundations built on eugenics,  racism, and constructions of white femininity contingent on missionary work and temperance movements

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And this is coming from a fan. I have in fact read all of the ASOIAF books multiple times, including The Hedge Knight  and other Dunk and Egg novellas, and watched every episode of Game of Thrones. I’ve had GoT parties, and I, along with everyone else who had read the books, positively reveled in people’s reactions to various plot points.  I’m actually of the opinion that the show is LESS problematic in many ways to the novels. And I’ve actually bought the novels as gifts for other people as well.

That doesn’t invalidate the perfectly reasonable criticism that exists of both the show and the books.

Because as most fans of this particular genre can tell you, once it gets its hooks in you, it never lets go. After all, how can you resist the above, when you cut your teeth on this:

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Or, god forbid, this:

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And of course now, you have a better idea of both 1. how incredibly freaking old I am and 2. Just how boring, overused, and ubiquitous these kind of cultural ideas are.

But, imagine if all of that was actually put into perspective as media created by modern hands, thoughts, and ideas. Imagine if, instead, we had all seen that there are MANY ways to be Knights in Shining Armor, Princesses In Need of Rescues, Queens in Golden Crowns, Faeries and Fey Folk, Ladies in Shining Armor, or Knights of Flowers?

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Maybe if we HAD, we wouldn’t have this:

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And it’s my hope that soon, this will change.

aquaticspacepussy:

Why is it that removing race makes white people feel so comfortable.

You should be insulted that your racism is so deep you need to remove a persons heritage to see them as a person. You need to change the context of events just to understand them. How do you have the nerve to call yourself enlightened when in order to see the picture you have to blur the whole image.

This is a really great quote.

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

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Think about who’s in jail and why. 

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and that “crime” could be anything they felt like charging you with

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This was how the myth of Black criminality started, for the record. After the abolition of slavery, a lot of states made laws targeting Black people specifically, and then put them on chain gangs to get free labor from them.

Oh, and the US is still disproportionately incarcerating Black people and private prisons are making huge amounts off them.

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This is one of those pieces of information I wish had like 200 million notes on tumblr.

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meanwhile the dea teamed up with the cca

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Yeah, I believe that black people are twice as likely to be arrested and convicted for committing the same crimes as a white person. Draw your own conclusions.

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Reblogging this because everytime in real life I’ve said Slavery didn’t really end I’ve been dismissed as crazy.

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I’ll reblog this every time it comes up on my dash. People need to know!

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chazzfox:

cijithegeek:

kyssthis16:

yeezysdisciple:

youngbertreynolds:

thempress:

Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.

who paying for these canvases or the art programs so these kids can have that? Why should it matter if these run down buildings that never get fixed up anyway get graffiti’d? 

Therein lies the issue. Art programs, both visual and performance based, are the first programs to be cut. Canvas ain’t cheap. Neither are the supplies. Much of the graffiti that takes place IS on buildings that are run down. The gov’t didn’t place any value on these properties and yet get pissy with dudes “vandalizing” their shit. You can’t have it both ways, ya dig. 

My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.

One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.

First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists.  Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.

There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial.  Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.

This whole post…I just find it really interesting! And sad, too, but good thing to read.

This is in no way the first story I’ve heard about this racist B.S. either. Individuals and community groups trying to artistically reclaim their own neighborhood living spaces are criminalized while in the same locations, corporations are allowed(and encouraged) to dominate the visual field. Backward doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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fahrlight:

phoenixx23:

thepoeticrebel:

dontbeabrat:

prettylxxxve:

lolitalovesshoes:

This is not life…

Wow wow wow

oh but nigga we ignorant tho

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1958 THESE ARE SOME OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS!!!! 

"slavery was hundreds of years ago. get over it" 

shut THE fuck up. 56 years ago black children were zoo attractions.

the same thing is happening in india as of LAST YEAR. Native Jarwawa peoples are tracked down like creatures on a safari and are forced to dance for food. x 

fuck you. fuck yourself. fuck your “reverse racism”.

speechless. that’s just …I…..

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thebicker:

racebending:

chosengamer:

jamietheignorantamerican:

Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!

http://thesocietypages.org/

http://www.ensemble-rd.com/en

http://www.everyday-democracy.org/en/index.aspx

http://www.stophate.us/racism/

http://www.victimsofcrime.org/home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

http://www.communitychangeinc.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege

http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/ele3600/mcintosh.html

http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/white_privilege.html

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeK759FF84s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pv8mCHbOrs (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neEVoFODQOE (Part 2 - Has very important points on Reverse Racism and how it doesn’t exist, and it also dismantles the “We All Bleed Red” mentality.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MYHBrJIIFU

Not only should you educate yourself but use this for good. Look around you and help others who don’t have this privilege. Hiring, donating, community service, etc.

After this post went viral, the original artist had to delete their tumblr because they were inundated with death threats.

There were people more offended by this comic than offended by the existence of racial disparities—to the point where they threatened this artist’s life.

A great comic, great resources, and WOW that is fucked up that people were sending her death threats because she dared to acknowledge that white people have it better in America.

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