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MODERN GAME OF THRONES LADIES

sophie okonedo as melisandre

zoe saldana as catelyn stark

chloe bennett as margaery tyrell

angela bassett as cersei lannister

lucy liu as lysa arryn

odeya rush as sansa stark

willow smith as arya stark

dascha polanco as daenerys targaryen

laverne cox as selyse baratheon

amandla stenberg as myrcella baratheon

A little bird told me that there is an “European POC” problem in the Hetalia fandom. 

Something regarding APH Italy’s skin colour. 

Now, let’s make it clear: Europe is mostly white. Southern Europe too. 

There are different shades of white, but hey, it’s always the same base colour. 

Now, if you think that explaining this true fact is racism, you need to think a little more about WHAT RACISM ACTUALLY IS. . 

What happened to listening to people who know more about a thing?

I’ve read some posts and I’m like:

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what?

Please, don’t be rude to actual Europeans who point out something which isn’t accurate: we know more about our history, and we just want to help. 

We don’t know your history as much as you do though, we might need some help and advice as well! 

But please, please, listen to us when we say that the majority of people in Europe is white. Is this racism for you? The fact that we have this skin colour? Well, there’s nothing we can do, so deal with it. 

Italians are white, and South Italy (oh, my poor land! How many misconceptions) is white too! Yes, Northerners and Southerners have a different historical backround -as regards the influence of some ancient populations- but the difference of their skin colour isn’t that big, and, more important!, it’s not a fact: it’s not true that all Northerners must be lighter that Southerners, and vice versa. Italians come in different shades throughout all the peninsula, even if Southerners tend to be more olive-skinned. 

nanatsus pointed out how there is the stereotype that “Southern Italians are more tanned because they work in the fields”. Well, that stereotype is just concentrated ignorance. Ignorance that belongs to people who can’t think about us as something different that farmers.  

Really, drawing white countries as POC to promove diversity is bullshit. 

Why not picking actual black countries instead??

That’s the right way of doing it! Not smashing all the accurancy and everything that makes sense in this world!

If you follow me, you already know I’m from Calabria, the “tip” of Italy. That’s pretty Southern. 

Well, you can see my face in the photo I posted. I’m not milky white. I’m darker than most of my friends (not very much, but still noticeably enough). 

I’m not black, though, as you can see ((my blond reflexes look lighter than they actually are because of the light)). 

I fail to see myself represented in a black Romano. 

When we want to give you an information that regards Europe, we don’t want to offend you, but just to share some facts about it!

So why should you take it badly? I’d like to learn new stuff from countries outside Europe!

Do not diminish what native people tell you about their ethnicity, claiming you know more than them. 

I’m sorry for this long post in the tag, I just wanted to make it clear, and this is the tag where the argument has been going on. 

The teaching profession is dominated by women: Three-quarters of all teachers in kindergarten through high school are female, and in elementary and middle schools, women account for more than 80 percent of the educators.

What’s more, more than 80 percent of America’s teachers are white, even though minority students are expected to outnumber white students in public schools for the first time this year.

How can the teaching profession become more diverse in terms of gender and race or ethnicity?

The history of the Jewish diaspora in the modern nation-state is thus one of endurance and achievement but also of anxiety and distrust. However economically or professionally successful, however long-settled in peaceful settings, it is difficult for many Jews in the diaspora not to ‘keep their guard up’, to feel the weight of their history and the clammy fear that brings the demons in the night to remind them of their murdered ancestors. The sense of unease or difference that members of the diaspora feel in their countries of settlement often results in a felt need for protective cover in the bosom of the community.
—  Robin Cohen, Diasporas and the State
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The genocide of the Acadians in 1755 was the first example of state sponsored ethnic cleansing on the North American continent. The Acadians were a 150 year old french anarchist settlement that prospered through integration with indigenous peoples, and a culture of voluntary association. The Acadian example offers an alternative look into what social life in North America might have been in the absence of nationalistic violence.

anonymous said:

One thing that I like about Islam is that it encourages diversity. Interracial marriages are encouraged by Quran; once you accept 'I believe in one god' you are considered an equal (in theory). In the west there's this racial hierarchy where whites are on the top and we as PoC are serving them in a system created by them and that benefites only them. You can have 3 phd's if you are muslim you are a sandnigger in their eyes. Nothing you do is enough to be considered equal... what do you think?

I think you’re letting the sick mentality of a few racists allow you to pain a picture of White people in the West. This is wrong, that’s exactly how many view Muslims, based on the actions of pathetic scumbags like ISIS, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups. You cannot do that, you need to get out and meet more people, interact with more people. I personally have many white friends, along with friends of other races. Not to mention, with the exception of 1, all of my girlfriends have been white. None of my white friends ever view the situation that way, in fact many of them come to me for advice and don’t see any division based on colour, race or beliefs. I’ve heard many white people say how impressed they are with the level of intellect, and high level of education amongst Iranian people. People don’t see race and colour, that’s only bigots and racists and we have to work on alienating them, trying to paint an entire group that way is wrong. Well you asked what I think and that’s what I think. We shouldn’t need a religion to tell us to accept others regardless of their race.

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The Art of Indianism

I was skimming through a few of my mother’s old cotton sarees recently, pieces she’s picked up from different parts of the country over a span of almost 20 years.

I was excitedly gushing over how pretty and unique they were, and that was when it struck me that we hardly see girls/women our generation in these gorgeous traditional ensembles anymore.


We’ve been so strongly influenced by the Zara, Forever21, Mango, etc wave that’s hit our country, that we’ve almost lost our own ethnic style somewhere in that chaos.

 I’m not a fashion extremist. I personally love these brands that I just mentioned. But I also love the gorgeous traditional styles we’ve had around us for centuries. So many colours, such vibrant gorgeous prints, and breathtaking jewellery!

 I immediately feverishly started googling Indian fashion blogs to see if there were bloggers who’d made an attempt to incorporate any ethnic elements into the looks they blog about. Unfortunately, I found no one.

 The Scarlet Window, was hence conceived out of an eager desire to revive our native styles, and fuse it with the new-age trends to created wearable, contemporary Indian looks.

 

Rant: Disney Whitewashing?

Okay here’s a commotion that’s going around Tumblr lately, and it’s involving some nitpick about Frozen. What’s the problem? 

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They’re recoloring Elsa because people think she’s white washed.

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People, take note that in the movie, Elsa and Anna live in a fictional kingdom in freaking Norway. NORWAY! Let me repeat that NORWAY! In NORWAY, a scandinavian country in Northern EUROPE the predominant skin color is IDK, WHITE! Disney is not white washing, they’re being regionally or historically accurate in terms of skin tones. Even the original fairy tale it’s based on was written in Denmark, another country with a very white population. Let’s give a few other examples of how white washing doesn’t exist in Disney’s main cannon.

Here’s Snow White:

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Notice that she has white skin, hence her name. Big DUH! Also, the reason why she’s white in the first place is because her story was made and takes place in GERMANY! Another European country where the population is WHITE!

Here’s Cinderella:

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While the original version is said to be from Egypt, her most popular version of her story came from FRANCE! And the movie is based on this popular version. Another country where most people are WHITE!

Now Aurora:

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The movie states that she’s in a British kingdom. BRITISH! The population is again MOSTLY WHITE! Especially during the 1950s. Again, the original fairy tale that’s the most popular was written in a European country, possibly Germany or France.

Let’s move on to a more modern princess, Ariel:

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Now why is Ariel white? Because her story was written in freaking DENMARK! Another country where the population is mostly WHITE! Also, since her hair is red, when was the last time any of you saw a naturally red haired black or tan woman? I thought so.

Next is Belle:

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Belle is French, the story takes place in and was written in France. Not a white wash.

Now we get some non white women:

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This is Jasmine, she’s Arabic. While the original story of Aladdin was Chinese, her movie uses characters that are arabic. Why? Because the most popular version of the story of Aladdin was written in Arabic regions, in the series, 1001 Nights. Also, Agrabah is modled after early Iraq, or any other nation with a historically arab population. Clearly there’s no white washing.

Now we get to Pocahontas:

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A Native American character, and in history she was still a Native American. Clearly, these people were NOT WHITE! Even though the film is historically inaccurate they still got the colors of their skin right.

Now let’s got to a non Princess: Esmerelda

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In the film and the books she’s called a Gypsy, a term describing Romani people. From what I know the Romani are NOT WHITE! However, in the novel apparently, she was a white girl kidnapped from her mother and her mother heard that the gypsies ate her. People this is Disney alright, they’re not going into a backstory about how a little girl got kidnapped and how her mother heard that gypsies are cannibals. In fact, in the movie they changed a bunch of things from the book, still they didn’t white wash Romani people in the movie.

Now for Mulan:

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She’s Chinese, the story takes place in China, The Poem it was based on was written in China. I rest my case.

Now let’s see Tiana:

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She’s black and is the first black princess. Now I am aware that the original fairy tale was from Germany, but I’m going to issue my defense. FYI her movie setting takes place in New Orleans Louisiana in the 1920s, she lived in poorer districts where it was common for African American to live. It makes complete sense. 

Now for another non princess: Lilo

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She’s from Hawaii, and is Hawaiian these people are mostly her skin tone. They also show in the movie that modern Hawaii is still ethnically diverse. They show white people, black people, asian people, etc. No whitewashing here.

Now for our two most recent princesses before Anna.

Rapunzel and Merida:

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Here’s the reason why they’re white, Rapunzel’s story is from Germany and her movie seems to be based mostly on Germany judging by the culture. While Merida is Scottish. Both nations have large white populations, no whitewashing here.

Also, some people complain about the Muses from Hercules being black, well FYI here’s some history for you. Gospel music is what they sing. This is a genre based on songs sung by African American slaves when they converted to Christianity in large numbers. Also, in the movie, the greek gods are supernatural skin colors, they’re purple,black, white, pink, orange, blue, green, etc.

So I just gave you all examples of how Disney is not whitewashing, they are just staying true to regions and ethnicities. So if they’re making a princess in a region they’re trying to stay true to it. Do any of you want to know what real whitewashing is? This is whitewashing.

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This is supposed to be Katara and Sokka in the Last airbender movie. In the show they were INUIT! Here, they’re clearly whitewashed.

So next time you claim whitewashing, do your research people.

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