This is going to make me sound like a complete racist, but I swear I’m not! The actress who plays Guinevere in Merlin is completely deserving of the part and shes beautiful but at what point in the legend of Arthur has Guinevere ever been biracial? At what point in history has a medieval noble woman been dare I say black?
Please don’t send me hate for this I just ask that when casting for something historical they stick to history, otherwise its just unrealistic.
You should spend more time with a history book. Look up Queen Charlotte or the Ivory Bangle Lady or the Moors. How about reading up on Arthurian legend so you know about Morien? Funny what happens when you use Google instead of assuming that history doesn’t include black nobility.
They all just happen to be White and Male most of the time
Cass was Asian but I wonder how the model minority trope sits on top of her being one of the “best” assistants he’s ever had
And how she so willingly stepped aside and into the background?
By rights, if Batman is actually helping Gotham, protecting the less fortunate, cleaning the streets
He’d be trying to help PoC
But I mean
What are you gonna do?
I like Batman, but I don’t like Batman.
When I like Batman
I have to stop thinking about Batman.
I like comics, but I don’t like comics.
To like comics, I have to stop thinking about them.
I really do.
Because let me tell you, I’m sick of it.
I’m just sick of it.
Even the few that are there, you’ve got to basically always be creating fan content and headcanons about them, because there’s not enough content for those characters or content to their character.
Nearly every PoC that appears in the hands of the big two is generally a White washed PoC or what they believe or how they believe PoC are or act
What can you do?
Take shit or have nothing at all is generally what it boils down to
“Create your own”
So you can either have success at the price of a soul, because you don’t really get there without it
Or you can crash and burn or let them kill it
Sometimes, small is best, but sometimes when you’re small you can’t reach everyone who needs it
I always feel good about boosting and linking and word of mouth
But sometimes when you get it all together you look and it’s like
“Is this all there is.”
And sometimes because it’s such a small universe the same things go round and round
Like we can only have those things as they are proven and something new is too much of a risk
What can you do
Someone was posting the other day that they’re starting to get to that opinion that no PoC character should ever be in the hands of Whites because it’s about to be a bad time
On one side, you have the idea that, “Well how are these characters going to get introduced then, especially if that person has a platform?”
Because honestly you’ve got to “normalize” PoC to that wider audience and sometimes, especially due to conditioning, self-hate, and a lack of representation, to PoC themselves
But on the otherside it’s like, what do you do when people will only accept certain types of PoC and or PoC only in the hands of a White writer due to the bullshit bizzaro “authenticity” clauses where people do not believe in PoC to tell their own stories, whatever the medium, but will believe and patronize Whites
This got longer than I wanted it to be, but it comes back to the questions of
“What do we do?”
Maybe not even that
“What can I do?”
I’ve had to normalize it to myself, honestly.
When I tell you all part of my story, how I used to be on that shit
I’m serious about that.
Too many times, even still, do I have to honestly force myself to represent myself or people who like me in my writing. I have to normalize it.
When I was 8 I wondered if Black people even wrote books, if we even wrote stories? “Do black people write fantasy?”
I had no idea. At all.
“Do people even write about black people in books?”
What’s real, what’s possible, I still question those things.
Even how to go about it.
Even if I take a “universalist” type approach and be like, even if unnamed, the person is black, i write from my perspective, a reader will make them White.
Sometimes, due to conditioning, I’m guilty of making them White.
Due to conditioning, sometimes, your mind goes right to that place.
How can I even dare to begin to make a change when I still have to work on changing myself?
I live it and yet sometimes I still feel like an observer, a learner, someone looking in and I feel as wicked and false as those so called allies, following and peeping in on our lives
Even if I explicitly state someone is Black
Someone will read and still make them White
How do you do that?
Everyone in an imagined world is white because all that person lives is in a White world
Even if we grow up in a world with nothing but Black faces, the world around us is still nothing but a White world, in tv in toys in books in magazines and in games
So what do I do about that? I keep working on myself.
But still in a larger context, what do I do about that? Keep working on it, a willful, active work on it, not just for broader representation but for myself
I have a lot of questions, I still need a lot of answers…
Hey I wanted to jump in on this. There is a difference between race and culture. What if he is, racially, Caucasian? But what if he’s racially Caucasian, but culturally Chinese? And I don’t mean that he has appropriated Chinese culture the way that you see hardcore (generally white) anime fans in N.A say they love Japanese culture and they totally get it and they’re Japanese now, ok? I mean what if he was white and grew up in Hong Kong? Implausible, but not impossible.
I like how when someone does something racist, and given the choice between:
a) A person grew up in a rare cultural circumstance and magically overcame racism, colonial thinking (in HONG KONG NO LESS) YET simply didn’t know they were doing something racist, even though it pulls on all the tropes of 1800’s white stereotypes of Chinese people
b) A person in a white supremacy world culture, where white propaganda of POC has infected all media, for centuries, does something that is racist.
…clearly A is true.
If someone did grow up “culturally chinese”? They wouldn’t be using white stereotypes of Chinese people - they’d be using Chinese media tropes of Chinese people.
You know, sort of how like Black people don’t use Sambo imagery to depict themselves, or NDNs don’t use “Indian Savages” imagery, or Jews don’t use “Evil Baby-Eating Jew” imagery or…
White people will imagine the most ridiculous shit to simply not accept reality. It’s like a mugger saying the laws of physics were subverted and people’s wallets flew through the power of magnetism and planetary alignments into their pockets or something…
I’ve known lots of white people who grew up in Hong Kong. There’s nothing implausible about that. Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997. There are tons of white Brits, Aussies, North Americans, Europeans, who grew up there, children of diplomats, administrators, technocrats, executives and middle managers. They usually attend international schools where English is the first language. They party in Lan Kwai Fong and shop in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (nothing wrong with Tsim Sha Tsui, but it’s not Mong Kok). They are likely to believe that becoming a British colony was the best thing that could have happened to bring modern civilization to Hong Kong.
If a white person were to grow up in Hong Kong immersed in Chinese rather than colonial culture, living in Mong Kok and attending Cantonese schools, slurping noodles while squatting on the sidewalk and hanging their laundry on bamboo poles sticking out of their overcrowded high-rise window, they would still absorb white supremacism through mass media. And if they were some rare one-in-a-million white person who made the conscious decision to fully embrace and embody Cantonese culture, they would also have the consciousness to be sensitive to their own position as a white person in a non-white culture and the knowledge to inhabit that position responsibly and in opposition to white supremacism.
This is what Mozart actually looks like. The image was found in a radio station in Belgium. Fact - the Moors (Black people) brought Classical Music to Europe.
Not only that but when you read the REAL bios of him, he’s described as having brown skin, “negroid features” (broad, wide nose, etc) and wiry hair. There was a post going around back in February that was very enlightening.
Wasn’t Beethoven part Moor (Black) too? There was a book written about his hair because Europeans were so transfixed with it!
Beethoven was ALL Moor lol
And now my mind has been fucking blown.
I’m really just fed up with these “We all bleed red!”, “I don’t see color!”, “The only race is the human race!”, “Skin color doesn’t define you!”, colorblind posts being churned out from the White Blogosphere because they all come from a place of blind privilege and willful ignorance.
You don’t have to sit and wonder why barely anyone on television looks like you. You don’t have go hunting through the YA section and wonder why your race/ethnicity is not being represented on both the cover and in the storyline itself. You don’t have to go to a completely, different book section just to find books written by authors of your race.
You have absolutely NO right to wag a finger at the people who are asking for representation, and then add insult to injury by saying, “Diversity is great, but-” and go on a self-centered, Kumbayah-colorblind campaign just because you’re “peeved” or “annoyed” or “angry” or “tired” of posts where POCs discuss media representation, or lack thereof.
For once, it would be nice if you (read: white people) didn’t always make this shit about yourselves.
African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes.
I’m talking to you, Shirtless Matthew McConaughey
There’s this post with a comic scan from the Doctor Who books going around where Martha Jones snarkily calls 10 out for his treatment of her in comparison of Rose. You can see the post at the link and read the comic for yourself, but basically she looks at him and is like, “Did Rose get this sort of treatment or was it just me?”
This sort of treatment refers to one awful moment after another. I don’t know if you remember Martha’s run as a companion (and if you don’t, please attempt on fixing that), but she basically got no down time. Where all of the other companions got chances to have fun and visit places where people weren’t trying to kill them either in-show or off-screen, Martha didn’t get any of that. And to top it off, she’s directly referencing the fact that pretty much the only thing 10 talked about were the good times with Rose. Which according to the way he’s telling it, it all of the time.
THIS is the very first comment on the post I saw:
Do you see that?
This was a person who liked Martha (albeit after somehow managing to hate her) and then just because of a single page where she gets back a bit of her own after an entire run with the Doctor comparing her to someone she had never met who apparently could do no wrong, this person wants to go back to hating her. This is how fandom works with Black characters and honestly with Black people (that aren’t cismen) as a whole be they the characters in the source media or the people in fandom.
Instead of thinking that Martha Jones spent an entire run being treated as subhuman by everyone including the man she was in love with and deserves a chance to be “bitchy” because he treated her like shit, this person decides that the angry Black woman has done something to be hated for. Because she dared to call the Doctor out on his shitty behavior (something that Donna Noble, Amy Pond, and River Song are beloved for in their time with him), she’s not worthy of respect or love from the fans.
When was the last time someone compared you to someone?
When was the last time someone you loved and respected looked at you and told you (with their words or their behavior) that you weren’t as good as someone they loved?
When was the last time you fell short of meeting someone’s goals because they were based on high levels and built-up memories that you couldn’t reach if you tried?
When was the last time you just weren’t good enough?
Guys. I just reread this because someone else was reading it and um… wow. I’m ridiculously pleased with this essay (and still annoyed at all of the people who read it and still could comment with “oh well i don’t see it as racist”). This was just such a good essay. I wish I could have turned it in for a grade.
“Race is a social construct, so it doesn’t really ma-”