the funny thing about Blaque Widowmaker™ is that black people in this hell fandom started it as a joke hc and it became super popular bc the only way people tried to disprove it was through anti blackness and it became a joke among black ow fans
literally every argument against it stems out of antiblackness. “She’s french, she cant be black.” france has one of the highest black populations in europe. french names are super common throughout the entire african diaspora. “she doesn’t look black.” she looked black enough for people to look at her lips and nose and think of a black woman. besides, what do black people look like to yall? What traits do you automatically associate with black people? Why does a nonblack person get to decide what features are black or not? Black folks come in every color there is. “She’s pale in some of her legendaries.” White passing black folks exist. “Her hair isn’t black.” Wigs, weaves and straighteners all exist. Black folks don’t all have one curl pattern either. Yall need to self examine yourselves and think about why black people seeing themselves in a video game character is so damn harmful.
what do you think of people who find ur movement racist
This is a very common question, one that people like to ask to undermine what we’re doing instead of authentically questioning why we’re doing it. There is a misunderstanding evident in the phrasing of this question and even after answering this, we’re still going to get this question and objections to it. It’s not possible to formulate the perfect answer, but let me answer by telling you ‘why’ in one sentence:
We’re having a intra-community discussion out loud.
The “community” I’m referring to here is the Black Community". Basically, we’re having a discussion with other Black people. Here’s an example: A Black person may think “I enjoy doing (this thing), but I doubt there are Black people doing the same thing”. The Blackout is a way for us to interact with each other and start breaking that pattern. When you see someone doing what you want to do, it’s a validation (Representation Matters!). This isn’t the “whole story” of what BlackoutDay is, but it is one of the many facets.
Now, let’s get to the “out loud” part.
We’re on the Internet, using various social media sites. However, what makes Tumblr unique from others is that it’s a blank canvas. You can talk about whatever you want and you will attract the people within your niche. Love pastels? Well, join the party, there’s a pastel tumblr. Feeling like showing off your love for the Simpsons’ Ned Flanders, YAY! There’s one for you! This is all fine and dandy. However, we’re also looking for inspiration and new ideas and sometimes, you just have to ask and what better way to do that than a “call and response”?
When you’re doing this with TV shows, movies and other types of specific physical items, that’s fine. When you start to mention specific human attributes, that when it’s starts to become controversial. Then when you say “Black”… well… that’s when things start to become tense. There is a history that we have to acknowledge and it’s one we’re all familiar with - chattel slavery and the birth of The African Diaspora.
Ah… don’t look away from this part, kids. You asked and I’m going to tell you like it is.
There are families that can trace their history back to a certain time period. Most descendants of the enslaved can’t. Their real names were taken away from them, their cultures were stripped, their beliefs were gone, and sometimes, hope was removed from the equation. And then “eventually” comes.
Eventually… Black people were freed. Eventually… Black people got some rights. Eventually… Black people start to get some respect, but not full respect, from other races.
We’re tired of looking for “eventually… we can finally have respect from others” because clearly, you’re not giving it to us. When we do try to establish something of value, some sort of strong history, it gets taken away from us.
What we’re doing with BlackoutDay is to say “well, we love us. We want to connect with other Black people. We want to learn what we’re capable of. And we’re not going to cater to people outside of us. If they want to see the discussion, that’s fine. If they want to make sure that our discussion isn’t silence, that’s cool. If they want to turn it off, we don’t care.”
So, think of BlackoutDay as the one of many channels on social media. If you don’t want to tune in, you can always turn it off. However, if you’re going to talk to us without acknowledging the history, you might as well not talk to us at all.