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Welcome back to Shaming Racists: the Halloween Edition! Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

Caitlin Cimeno, also known as Kt Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Employed at Our Market Liquor Store.

Greg Cimeno

William Filene from Quincy, Massachusetts.

This is all public on facebook. All three pictures can be found on Caitlin Cimeno’s Instagram, @ktcimeno.

There’s no question that the three of them are racists, but Caitlin disgusted me by taking an unconsented picture of somebody else’s little girl, somebody else’s child, and using them as the target of racism for a facebook status. I’m including that too because how nasty do you have to be? As if the Halloween photos don’t answer that question.

Let me add that this stuff right here, EVERYBODY, is the reason you can’t darken your skin to portray a Black person. Because this is used to dehumanize us. Whether you intend to or not, you are perpetrating Blackface.

IT. IS. RACIST.

Caitlin Cimeno, Greg Cimeno, and William Filene are three of thousands. But justice will be served where it can. For them to make a mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death is disgusting, as is every single person praising them in the comments and every person defending them.

Look at how little value Black lives have in some people’s lives. Look at how today, yes, in 2013, our deaths are something to be laughed at, mocked, and our bodies worn as a Halloween costume. This is how we are dehumanized. Only one of thousands of ways.

Happy fucking Halloween.

Since everyone is shedding light on Sam Pepper for all of his sexual harassment towards women in his videos, I think we need to visit a topic that has never really been fully brought to everyone’s attention. Which is Shane Dawson.

Aside from his obvious blackface:

He has so many “characters” of hispanic and african american descent that are horribly offensive. He tacks on offensive “ghetto” accents and tangled cheap wigs and gives the characters the stereotypical racial persona’s like prostitutes, criminals, maids, cholas, etc.

Just a random example of one of his characters that is a maid with an offensive hispanic accent who he depicted having sex with a dog 

He was made popular for his character named Shanaynay who he’s played for years, every video the character is featured in contains extremely racist content. She’s depicted with a “ghetto” accent who makes horrible jokes. I mean there are countless videos of that character and every single one of them contain racist, homophobic, sexist and just outright offensive slurs and jokes. Just go to youtube, type “shane dawson shanaynay” and dozens of videos will pop up and i guarantee each one will have extremely offensive jokes and content.

In character or not, Shane’s videos always contain rape jokes, molestation jokes, racist jokes, sexist jokes, pedophilic jokes and homophobic jokes. Whether he’s in a costume and wig while doing it or just him out of character speaking. I actually lost count on how many times this man has said “F**got” over the years.

I am just making this post based on personal experience watching these videos and I am 100% sure there is way more horrible stuff so if you have anymore to say about this please feel free to reblog and add it on because I didn’t even go into depth of his videos and this is what i found with just about 10 minutes of searching things up. 

Shane has been making youtube videos for over 5 years now and he’s slid by with no repercussion or consequences of his seriously offensive actions. 

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Today in Racist Fuckery (11/19/14): In the town of Sullivan, roughly 60 miles east of St Louis, and in the shadow of months of unrest over the death of Mike Brown, a group of high school seniors thought it would be a great idea to play powder puff football in blackface. Lord, deliver us from the ignorance!

Wearing Blackface, Sullivan High School Seniors Play Game of Powder-Puff Football

By Danny Wicentowski Wed., Nov. 19 2014 at 10:30 AM

When a dozen teen girls in blackface ran onto the Sullivan High School football field November 5 for a powder-puff game, Jennifer Schmidt recalls her gut reaction as, “Oh my gosh.”

And then I thought, ‘Oh, they don’t mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.’ I didn’t think anyone did,” says Schmidt, the principal of Sullivan High School. “Evidently, someone did.”

Evidently indeed. Photos taken during the game show twelve members of the senior class wearing dour expressions beneath full-blown blackface, and someone at the game shared those photos on Facebook. The reactions to the photos have been rippling within the small town of Sullivan (60 miles southwest of St. Louis) ever since.

The girls, says Schmidt, have been “very embarrassed and shocked at some of the responses they’ve gotten, because I think some people had some stuff on Facebook and got the wrong intention.”

The powder-puff football tournament is a yearly tradition at the school, says Schmidt. Organized by the junior class, each grade fields a team, the football coaches stand in as referees, and members of the boys’ varsity football team act as coaches. The entrance fees from the tournament benefit prom.

"It’s just a fun kind of fundraiser," Schmidt says. "There were a few people in the crowd, not a lot. It was cold."

Photos of the game later appeared on the athletic department’s Twitter feed. Schmidt tells Daily RFT that photos were intentionally taken at a distance, to the point where it’s impossible to discern the painted faces.

Schmidt adds that it’s been common practice for the senior girls’ team to wear face paint during the powder-puff football tournament, essentially as a parody of the eye black football players normally wear to decrease glare from the sun and lights. The face paint also serves to “to intimidate the underclassmen.”

According to Schmidt, in previous years the girls have wore combinations of the schools’ colors — black and gold. But when the senior girls arrived prior to the November 5 game, they discovered everyone had brought the same color face paint — black.

"So that’s what they wore," says Schmidt. "There was nothing racial about it. They didn’t have any other intention other than to just try to intimidate the underclassmen."

Schmidt tells Daily RFT that the school hasn’t taken any disciplinary action against the students in the photos.

"I can assure you they will not be wearing black face paint again," she says. "In fact, we’re probably just going to end the face-paint thing, and nobody wears any at all."

(Click Here to Read More)

Seriously, the rest of the article is a pretty decent read. Talks about the larger discussion one of the students is leading about Blackface. Be warned though— it features pics and commentary on Mike Brown/Darren Wilson Halloween costumes. #staywoke

anonymous asked:

Do you think Mickey Mouse was based off of blackface?

Short answer: Yes

Long media studies answer: Yes, and it’s not really a matter of opinion so much as fact, lol. 

As many cultural historians have pointed out, the classic American animated cartoons emerged from the same milieu that produced blackface performances (like the Amos and Andy show) and minstrel music. Many of the great early animated characters — Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Bosko — had more than a touch of blackface and the minstrel show to them.

Source <- (a good 101 read on the subject)

To some degree, most introductory cartoons from the 1920s/30s drew from vaudeville -Blackface and minstrel aesthetic included- when it came to both character design and content. And by most, I mean Disney, Warner Brothers (Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes), MGM, and R.K.O. 

The influence lasted well into the 1950’s for most, too. 

Although Disney was still hitting us with that Jungle Book/King Louie/I wanna be like you racism well into the 1960’s, but I digress. 

((If you’re looking for a 1920s cartoon character/mascot that was most definitely hella omgwtf based on Vaudvillian blackface acts, check out the original design for Warner Brothers’ character Bosko. 
Not the cute retcon’d Tiny Toons version; the original— 

The image doesn’t do Bosko and Honey justice though. You can watch The Talk Ink Kid for animated confirmation. There’s even a really racist Asian-stereotype moment! Wowzers.))

Longer media studies answer with bonus content: 

So that’s in terms of design. 

 In terms of content, the studios of that time did some hella racist stuff—shoutout bugs bunny—and Disney/Mickey Mouse was no exception. 

Our dear mouse-pal has straight up appeared in blackface— 

Source: Mickey’s Mellerdrammer

Depicted extremely shitty caricatures of Africans— 

Source: Trader Mickey 
(note the cab calloway sounding music around that 4:40 mark~). 

And the Disney comic books are much of the same—

"Voodoo Hoodoo" - 1949

"Voodoo Hoodoo" - 1949

"Lost In the Andes" - 1949
(Images from Comic Book Resources

"Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Annual: A Black Outlook" -1932

"Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Annual: A Black Outlook" -1932
(Original images from Moments In Time).

So it was the whole shebang, really. 

Of course, over time the studios have delivered some major character design overhauls and mostly stepped away from those origins.

More reading on the subject: 

- jt

A 19-year-old girl has deleted her Twitter account after she tweeted a photo in blackface stating she’s now “apart” of “Black Twitter”and users started posting personal information about Sara’s place of work, as well as her real name. 

After Clutch Mag, as well as a number of blogs, made posts about her actions, Sara emailed Clutch Mag attempting to clear her name and have her picture removed because, well, just read her email below:

"The photo you are using for your post is illegal under Section 512 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, considering it is an unsolicited photo of myself posted without my consent or even my parents consent considering I am a minor. I would like it removed immediately, before I have to get my attorney involved. I am issuing a takedown notice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. I would also like to present that I did not understand the cultural significance of “blackface” and I had innocent intentions. I don’t think it is worth ruining my chances of going to college someday. Thank you!

Apparently Sara considers being 19-years-old a minor, the age that was already discovered by “black Twitter”. What’s funny, is that NOW she’s worried about her photos resurfacing online, when it didn’t bother her to post other photos like this on Twitter.

Sara was offered a chance to respond to the backlash she received but she doesn’t get it, obviously:

"I don’t know why I would apologize for a picture I posted of myself and a friend in a face mask. It is not my fault, but much to my dismay, that people fake RT’d it saying racist things, as well as used tweetgenerator to make me look racist."

Source When perpetrators feel victimized and believe their own lies. Pure comedy. She’s a clueless ass and so is her friend. 
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One of my followers asked me to post this on their behalf. A white girl in Australia’s “African” themed 21st birthday party, which she titled “This is Africa…. my 21st :)”

Attendees were all asked to wear “African themed” clothing to depict the continent and this is what resulted… blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, native American headdresses (?!) and more…. I’m at a loss for words.

And yes, this is from 2013. 

The girl posted the pictures proudly and flatly refused to take them down when confronted by another individual about how they were racist apparently. Pictures were reported to facebook weeks ago and they still have not been taken down. 

Wow.

In case you ever wanted to know how white folks saw us black Africans… here you go. 

EDIT: The girl who hosted the party posted a response to this: here

Lady Gaga
  • Her racist brownface V Magazine cover

  • More brownface

  • Posing with people in blackface

  • Appropriating and sexualizing the sari

  • Appropriating and sexualizing the burqa

  • Appropriating the niqab, and wearing it together with a purse with the word “cunt” written on it

  • Repeated appropriation and sexualization of kimonos

  • She’s ableist and uses a wheelchair during her performances 

  • Using an antiziganist slur

  • Promotion of unsafe binding techniques

youtube

This video is really important.

I know Shane Dawson gets a lot of hate for his videos, which have in the past been very offensive. Nothing can excuse that.

BUT this is the type of shit I think a lot of us have been waiting for from a lot of different youtubers. 

Here is shane taking accountability, understanding what he did is wrong, trying to fix his ignorance, deleting the offensive videos off his channel, and educating his quite young audience. This is what I think an apology should look like.

He doesn’t try to defend himself, or explain how his videos were okay. He understands how he is wrong, and does the best he can with the situation how it is now.

I know there is still stuff he has done wrong, but this is such a positive step, and the youtube community should recognize the attempt to reconcile. 

At least that’s how I see it.