You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
—  Junot Díaz (x

I want more Mexican/Latin@ characters in TV/film not as the help, the field worker or the gangster. Yes that is a reality but WE ARE MORE THAN THAT. we’re not all undocumented immigrants. We don’t all work in hotels or the kitchens. AND SO WHAT IF WE DO. that does not make us lower than you. We come here for a better life, not to be shit on because you think we are less than you. I want Mexicans and Latino@s of all different skin colors on TV/film because we are not all one nice shade of brown.

Why "The Hunger Games" matter.

The Mockingjay? A poor girl.

The guy who saved her life? A generous black poor boy.

Her first inspiration to be the Mockingjay? A sweet black poor girl.

The person who transformed the heroine into the Mockingjay? A talented black man.

District 13 president? A determined woman.

District 13 chief of security? A kind-hearted black man.

District 13 chief of technology? An extremely intelligent black man. In a wheel chair.

Panem’s next president, which will also bring back democracy? A woman. A black one. A very courageous and fair one.

The best TV director from the Capitol? A talented woman.

Her main assistent? A black man.

One of the camera men? A mute poor guy.

OMG AN WHITE, STRAIGHT (?), CISGENDER (?) GUY! But nah, he was a poor one. Still a minority.

Just like Gale.

And Peeta (also, he doesn’t have a leg, but we’re talking movie *sigh*, so…).

And the character who was forced into prostitution was… a guy, not a girl.

Wait, where are the [irony] good men [/irony], the white, middle/rich class, cisgender, straight ones, not disabled, not opressed ones? Here’s one:

I know there have been white-washing and I know it’s still not perfect at all. But way to go, The Hunger Games. That’s why this series means so much to me.

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Eric Garner chokehold death protests: Day 3 in NYC


Protesters in New York and other cities staged a third night of rallies on Friday, denouncing use of deadly force by police against minorities. This week’s wave of angry but largely peaceful protests began Wednesday when a New York grand jury declined to bring charges against white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Garner, a black 43-year-old father of six. (Reuters)

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Justice League War...what happened to Raquel?

So in DC comics there’s this scene where Wonder Woman tries ice cream for the first time and it’s adorable 

as you can see she meets this adorable little girl called Raquel. Now I’m watching Justice League War and instead of Raquel…

We have Hannah Grace. Why did they replace Raquel? I know its small but would it really have been that hard for them to stick to the comic? No it wouldn’t have. So guess what I’m thinking guys. Guess because you’re all thinking it. 

People on tumblr don’t really care about abuse victim.

They care about abuse victims that fit their stereotype. Woman, victim of a male abuser, hating and mistrusting of all males as a result, possibly not straight, possibly a victim of sexual abuse, feminist, extremely sensitive to slightly harsh tones and in constant need to be coddled and babied. The more you fit that image, the more likely they are to give a shit.

However, as soon as you start to stray away from that, people love to take the “victim card” away from you. Suddenly you are inconvenient, you don’t fit their agenda, so now your experience is in question. Now it’s ok to question whether you really have been abused, now it’s the time to claim that maybe you actually deserved it after all, now it’s the time to claim that your voice is invalid and it’s ok to send you death threats and tell you to kill yourself.

All things that would never be acceptable to do if someone fit their standards, but you? You are not helping them furthering their agenda, so you’re a hinderance. 

Same goes for trans people.

People on tumblr only care about trans people that agree with their ideas, that are blindly accepting of any identity, that don’t question things, that are ok with being fetishized, that are ok with telling all cis people that they are scum and they should die, that are “queer” and not just LGBT,…

As soon as you stray away from that you are a transphobe, a truscum, a gatekeeper, you have internalized transphobia, you are certainly male scum, you want to appease to cis people, etc. It is now ok to tell you to die, to kill yourself, to wish that your transition doesn’t work out, to misgender you, to call you transphobic and sexist insults, to doxx you.

Same for any category really. Disabled people, mentally ill people, anyone in the LGBT community, women, etc. As soon as you stop following the hivemind’s ideals you are the enemy.

Tumblr doesn’t care for minorities or victims. They only care about minorities and victims that are convenient for them. 

That’s not fucking support. That’s like the parents that say they will only love you if you do as they say and fullfill their expectations, or else you are no child of them.

- Sloth

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Despite making $93M, ‘Godzilla’ failed women and minorities

Despite the fact that 2013 was a hallmark year for women and characters of color thanks to big hits like Frozen, The Hunger Games, 12 Years a Slave and The Butler, it is disheartening to realize that one of the summer’s first true blockbusters falls prey to the same old trope of oversimplified female and minority characters — a fact further complicated by the reality that Godzilla is at root a Japanese story.

None of Godzilla’s minority or female characters act with agency or move this movie forward. Rather, they are stand-ins, foils and caricatures. The people in control — the plot-drivers — are white men; a pattern we see far too often and one that demands calling out in order to one day change.

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This link originally appeared on the Black Culture subreddit and I’m just passing it along. 

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"Well the minorities are no longer settling to being called MINOR"

DAMN.

Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.