In response to this post I will now explain the difference between cultural assimilation and cultural appropriation.
Cultural assimilation happens when culture is stripped from a group of people and a new one is forced on them. The enforcers (usually white people) will tell the minority group that their culture is savage, undignified, uncivilized and unnatural. they will be made fun of, abused, and put down for their culture and often times their natural born features. In the end, in order to keep from being persecuted and possibly physically harmed, the minority race will adopt European standards. Some examples:
Nothing is wrong with assimilation (besides the oppressive loss of culture, but that isn’t the fault of the one being oppressed). It is a way of surviving.
Now, appropriation happens when the Majority (usually white people) sees something from another culture that they like. But damn! we already told them that they were uncivilized. well, if we take a part of their culture and pretend its new and trendy and put it on a white person then we can have that without stooping to where they are. They steal our features, the same features that they ridiculed us for, and use them like it has been theirs all long. examples:
In conclusion, cultural assimilation is done in order to survive but cultural appropriation is done in order to make yourself feel cooler by stealing from the very people you pushed into the dirt.
Teddy Ruxpin was a little electronic teddybear with a solid chest that you put tapes into, and his mouth moved to speak the tapes out loud, and tell you stories. You had to pay 160 dollars to own this fuzzy jackass, and it was worth every cent when he terrified your siblings - especially when the batteries ran low and his voice dropped into a DRONING DEMONIC BARITONE…
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex / Oedipus at Colonus / Antigone
Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Clouds, The Frogs, The Birds
Rome: When the World Was Ruled by Italians
Catallus, Propertius, Tibullus
Virgil: The Eclogues, The Georgics, The Aeneid
Ovid: The Metamorphoses, The Art of Love
Horace: Epodes and Satires, Odes
St. Augustine of Hippo: Confessions
The Middle Ages and Points Between
The Song of Roland
Chrétien de Troyes: Lancelot, le chevalier de la Charrette (Knight of the Cart)
Thomas Mallory: Le Morte d'Arthur
Peter Abélard and Héloïse d’Argenteuil: The History of My Misfortunes, Letters
Romance de la Rose (Romance of the Rose)
Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, The Canterbury Tales
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Dante Alighieri: La Vita Nuova, Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
The Renaissance: Back to the Future
Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch): Il Canzonierre
Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron
Benvenuto Cellini: Autobiography
François Villon: poems
François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel
Michel de Montaigne: essays
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote
Christopher Marlowe: The Jew of Malta, Doctor Faustus, Edward II
Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene
William Shakespeare: see below
Ben Jonson: Volpone, The Alchemist
William "Look At Me, I Get My Own Chapter" Shakespeare
The Tragedies: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, Coriolanus
The Histories: Richard II, King Henry IV (Part One, Part Two), Henry V, Richard III
The Comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shew, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It
Here Come the Puritans: Parade, Meet Rain
Cavaliers: Robert Herrick, Richard Lovelace, John Suckling, Thomas Carew
Metaphysics: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughn, Abraham Cowley, Richard Crawshaw, Andrew Marvell
I’ve seen a lot of posts going around talking about Barkhad Abdi and his revolutionary road to first time actor, first time Oscar nominee, and imma let you finish, but first we need to talk about Haing S. Ngor for a quick minute.
this is Haing S. Ngor
He was a Cambodian physician/gynecologist forced into a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge “Year Zero” campaign in 1975.
[[The “Year Zero” campaign was a horrifying effort to eradicate certain culture and western influence in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 that resulted in the death of 3 million people. Many of those who were killed were intellectuals, lawyers, doctors, students, and members of minority groups.]]
While working at the concentration camp, Ngor needed to conceal his education to avoid sudden death. This tactic saved his own life, but rendered him unable to assist his pregnant wife through a complicated childbirth, resulting in her death.
When the Khmer control of Cambodia ceased in 1979, Ngor worked as a physician in Thai refugee camps, and later left for America in 1980. He would be unable to practice medicine in the United States.
In 1984, despite no previous acting experience, Ngor was cast as Dith Pran in the Killing Fields. The Killing Fields was a film account of photojournalist Dith Pran’s experiences under the Khmer Rouge, and his own endurance and escape from the concentration camps.
Ngor was able to channel his own experiences into a remarkable performance that garnered instant praise. Although a non-actor in his first movie, Ngor would win
a Golden Globe
an Academy Award
This win would make him only the fourth Asian to win an Oscar for acting in recorded history. This win, in 1984, was the last acting category win for any Asian actors thus far (read: no Asian has won an Oscar for acting in thirty years)
Sadly, Haing S. Ngor was murdered in 1996 in a supposed (but shady as fuck) robbery. He did not seem to fear death, as he was quoted after the release of the Killing Fields: If I die from now on, OK! This film will go on for a hundred years.
So um yeah.
The point of this post was not to draw attention away from Abdi, but simply to educate those who may not be aware of another POC non-actor who was nominated for (and won) an Oscar in their first film. And, for as horrific as the events of the Year Zero campaign/Khmer Rouge reign were, no one seems to remember and that should not be.
So let’s all give Haing S. Ngor some props already.
How to understand why Louis and Danielle had no idea they were being photographed. These lenses are INSANE and can get distances the human eye can not possibly see. *thanks to @toasttostyles for sending this to @1dedus*
If only white people understood that we fear for our lives....
They are quick to make things about them. How their precious white egos are bruised. How black people victimize them.
WE LIVE IN FEAR.
Not just fear for our lives. We look on TV and fear being like one of the black people the media portrays. Afraid of being labelled ‘ratchet’ or dangerous. Afraid to be one of the negative statistics constantly shoved down our throats. We fear turning on the TV and recognizing the most recent victim. We fear other minorities who have endorsed the white agenda.
Racist white people are only half of the story. Everyone can have their prejudice. The real fear comes from the system. A system that has made it clear that black lives come last. Black portrayal in the media comes last on the list of things to change. A system that tells other people that black people are their own enemies. A system that masks the history and psychology behind our actions.
If only they knew the fear we live in every single day. Smh.
Some day people will realise that the MCU is not the only canon, right? And that it’s not even the most important canon?
In the game of “is Clintasha canon or not?” I see your MCU and raise you Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, New Avengers: Breakout prose novel, flirting and hints in various video games (Lego Marvel, Future Fight, Puzzle Quest), A-Babies… oh, and the freaking 616 that is THE Marvel canon.
I’ve seen ALL OVER Tumblr from anti-clexas and blarkes complaining about how the clexa journey in season 3 is WAY TOO RUSHED and it makes Clarke OOC (out of character). My response: How??? Too many people have misunderstood Clarke’s emotions and actions in the recent episodes, so I’m going to try to straighten it out for you, episode by episode.
(WARNING: THIS WILL BE LONG AF SO READ WITH DISCRETION)
(WARNING 2: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN OPEN MIND ABOUT CLARKE AND LEXA THEN PLEASE DO NOT READ, I WON’T BE ABLE TO CONVINCE YOU AT ALL NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY. Only read if you are willing to accept something that you might not be comfortable with accepting!)
(SIDE NOTE: This post is in no way anti-bellarke, I love the ship and I respect it, so please don’t add onto my post saying I’m a stupid clexa stan who can’t respect my boundaries. I’m merely trying to inform people!!!)
ya’ll need to watch this video and stop sending me asks lol. Reverse Racism isn’t a thing. Sexism towards men isn’t a thing. It requires a history of oppression, social power, and the oppression to be systemic.
FEMINISM IS NOTNOTNOT ABOUT HATING MEN. IT IS ABOUT EQUALITY OF THE SEXES, EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT FEMINISM IS ABOUT PUTTING MEN DOWN, THEN YOU ARE BUYING IN TO SOCIETY’S DEMONIZING OF THE MOVEMENT, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY WE NEED IT. THIS VILIFICATION IS A VERY EFFECTIVE WAY TO DISMISS THE REAL ISSUES THAT FEMINISM DEALS WITH
Fanfiction writers don’t understand that Norge is not, I repeat, NOT some stupid nickname Denmark came up with. It is the Norwegian word for Norway.And it’s also pronounced somewhat similarly to Nor-gay