anger in the nation


In one verse, Kendrick Lamar captured the turbulent aftermath of the election

  • Kendrick Lamar has talked about President Donald Trump before, but his new album Damn., he finally turns his attention to the election. 
  • On “Lust.,” a track about vices, hedonistic routines and coping mechanisms, Lamar addresses the confusion and anger much of the nation felt in the wake of the 2016 election.
  • Lamar identifies one of the most important struggles of the anti-Trump protest movements: the struggle to keep up the energy and sustain the protests long term, without getting fatigued. Read more (4/14/17 11 AM)

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” posed Frederick Douglass to a gathering of 500-600 abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y., in 1852. Admission to the speech was 12 cents, and the crowd at the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society was enthusiastic, voting unanimously to endorse the speech at its end. This speech would be remembered as one of the most poignant addresses by Douglass, a former slave turned statesman. Douglass gave it on July 5, refusing to celebrate the Fourth of July until all slaves were emancipated.

On July 3, 165 years later, the same question was posed on a stage in the basement of the National Archives, in Washington, D.C. This time by an actor, dressed like Frederick Douglass and wearing a wig, speaking to a 100 or so people, plus the livestream audience, in the William G. McGowan Theater. The event was put on with the help of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which hosts an annual reading of the speech, entitled The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’ Frederick Douglass, Revisited

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NPR Tweeted The Declaration Of Independence, And Trump Supporters Flipped Out
They didn't recognize the words and thought NPR was calling for revolution.

They didn’t recognize the words and thought NPR was calling for revolution.

National Public Radio tweeted out the Declaration of Independence on Tuesday to mark the July Fourth holiday, but not everyone understood what it was doing.

Some supporters of President Donald Trump didn’t recognize one of the nation’s founding documents and accused the broadcaster of inciting violence and even revolution.

Many of those comments have since been deleted and at least one user deleted an entire Twitter account.

But the tweets live on, some still posted online while others have been preserved in screen captures.

According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind… it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Connor and Zoe are fire nation. Possible children of a noble family. Connor is really good at his firebending when he feeds it with his anger like Zuko, but whenever he’s not angry it comes across rather lazily. He just doesn’t care to find anything else to fuel it. Zoe is the perfect child, and her firebending is nearly flawless, though she has issues with her anger sometimes too.

Jared is Earth Nation. His parents put him through bending lessons and sent him to summer camps for benders. He lies to them a lot and sneaks away to participate in tournaments, which he’s actually pretty good at when he does get cocky/distracted while gloating/making fun of his competition.

Alana’s from the northern Water Tribe. She grew up learning how to heal and any other expectations that would fall under being a waterbending woman. She constantly strives for more though, has that desire to learn and constantly grow, so she spies on the boys during their lessons and mimics them until she masters waterbending.

And then there’s Evan, our avatar. Born an airbender, he is raised by the monks. But he struggles - he is often too anxious to really go with the flow. He masters airbending, of course, or at least the motions. It’s not until he begins learning the other elements that he is able to truly use his powers to the best of his ability.

Fairly young, he’s sent to the water tribe to begin his avatar training. He meets and befriends Alana, who sort of just ends up attaching herself to him, involving herself in the duties of an Avatar. She’s not his water bending master but he can’t say she’s not a teacher. He learns she faces her own anxieties and shows him he’s not alone. They celebrate their wins, and when he leaves to go study earth bending, no one’s even surprised that she just invites herself alone. No one resists.

They’re 14 when they meet Jared, and he’s scathingly sarcastic. He boasts about his skill, sometimes too much, and it gets him in trouble. When Evan gets frustrated with earth bending because it’s SO different from his element, he ends up turning to Jared for help. And Jared does help, in lots of ways. And he helps Jared, who has never really had a genuine friend before.

They make their way to the fire district at 17. They are introduced to the fire bending prodigy Zoe Murphy to be Evan’s master. But somehow, no matter how long and hard they study, Evan’s not learning. He can’t reach down inside himself and find the flame. It’s not that she’s a bad teacher, but she’s not relatable like Alana with her anxiety and Jared with his social isolation.

And then he and Connor find each other. And they help each other because out of everyone, their mental state affects their bending the most. And they get close, and Connor is able to face some of his issues and find a flame that isn’t fueled by fire. And Evan is able to understand that his emotions can feed into his power when he controls them, instead of fearing them.

Additionally, the adorable friendships within the group. Firebending Zoe falling head over heels for Waterbending Alana - they learn to fight together in a beautiful mix of fire and water. Alana and Connor becoming best friends, Alana has seen Connor at his worst and used her waterbending to fix him up when he hurts himself. Jared and Connor being super sarcastic at each other and constantly throwing harmless pebbles/sparks at each other. 

ALSO, Evan stimming with waterbending, it really helps with his anxiety. Watching Connor firebend is also relaxing. Earth isn’t the same because it’s so different from his native element.

The Only Real “Centrist” Agenda

With Steve Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn – the former president of Goldman Sachs who’s now running Trump’s National Economic Council, along with Dina Powell, another influential Goldman Sachs alumnus,  – seems to be taking over Trump’s brain.

As CNBC puts it, Cohn will push “more moderate, business-friendly economic policies.” The Washington Post says Cohn is advocating “a centrist vision.” The Post goes on to describe “The growing strength of Cohn and like-minded moderates" as revealed in Trump’s endorsement of government subsidies for exports, and of corporate tax cuts. Says the Post: “The president’s new positions move him much closer to the views of … mainstream Republicans and Democrats.”

In reality, Cohn, Powell, and other Wall Streeters in the Trump White House are pushing Trump closer to the views of Wall Street and big business – views that are reflected in the views of “mainstream” Republicans and Democrats only to the extent the “mainstream” is dependent on the Street and big corporations for campaign money.

These views aren’t “centrist,” and they’re not sustainable. More tax breaks for the rich and more subsidies for big corporations aren’t much better for America than xenophobia.

Wall Street and corporate America seem not to have learned a thing from what’s happened over the past year. Do they really believe the anger, rage, hate, racism, and nationalism that welled up during the 2016 election was a random, passing phenomenon, like a particularly bad hurricane?

If so, they’re wrong. These sentiments came from a shrinking and ever more anxious working class. From millions of people so convinced the game is rigged against them they were prepared to overthrow the established order in order to get fundamental change. From voters whipped up into a fury over tax breaks and subsidies and bailouts for those at the top – socialism for the rich – but who for years have been getting the harsh losing end of the capitalist stick: declining wages, mass firings, less job security, emptying towns and cities, and their children with even lower and fewer prospects.  

They came from people who during the Great Recession lost their jobs, homes, and savings, as Wall Street got bailed out for its wanton greed, and not a single top Wall Street executive went to jail.

The so-called “centrist” policies that Wall Street and big corporations are now happily promoting via Gary Cohn and Dina Powell won’t reverse these sentiments. They’ll add to them, because these were same sort of the policies that got us to this point.  

There’s a better alternative. It’s to make it easy for people who lose their jobs to get new ones that pay at least as well, through wage insurance;  expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and raise the minimum wage so every job pays a living wage; invest in great teachers and great schools, along with a system of lifelong learning, and high-quality early childhood education; and provide Medicare for all.

And pay for all of this with a 2 percent tax on wealth over $1 million and a carbon tax. While we’re at it, get big money out of politics.

Here’s a  “centrist” agenda that big business, Wall Street, and the rest of America should agree on because it (or something very much like it) is the only way to move forward without inviting even more inequalities of income, wealth, and political power – and ever more vicious backlashes against such inequities.

If Wall Street and big business used the 2016 election as a teachable moment, they would realize this.


[title] History

[pairing] 1940′s!Bucky x Reader

[plot] AU in which Bucky makes it home to his girl after the war.

[warnings] language, mentions of the war

[a/n] i didn’t edit this so if there’s errors just pretend like they don’t exist.

Originally posted by imaginingbucky

[y/n] pulled her coat tightly around her, seeking relief from the cold September air. She chewed on the inside of her cheek, her eyes focused on a single crack on the concrete. Nervousness flooded her veins and occupied her entire being and he was all she thought of. Bucky, Bucky, Bucky.

She hadn’t received any news or a letter announcing the death of James Barnes, but news travels slowly and it seemed like she was always the last to know news about Bucky while he’s been away.

Blood pounded through [y/n]’s ears and all she could hear was the dramatic pounding of her pulse as the worst case scenario fluttered through her mind. So she didn’t hear the approaching train, she didn’t hear the excited squeals of the women beside her waiting for their lovers and the giggles of the children, ecstatic to see their fathers again. It was only when a woman pushed past her to get a better look at the grinning men, sticking their heads out of the train’s windows, in hopes to spot their families or just to feel the patriotic buzz that the breeze carried in 1945, that she glanced up.

Her eyes shot up as all of her senses stung her at once. The train, the cheering, the rugged, but joyful soldiers. Her eyes darted across the train windows, hoping to spot Bucky early to put an end to all of this stress. She checked once, twice, three times. Nothing. She let out an uneven breath as she tightened her grip on her coat, needing to hold onto something.

And then all the soldiers begin to pile off of the train and something rises in [y/n]’s stomach and she thinks that she’s going to throw up because she watched them all flood onto the platform and she checked every goddamn face one by one as the relieved soldiers were welcomed home and none of them were him. Him. The man that had pined after her for years before she said yes, the man that treated her like she was a fucking angel on earth, the man that had promised her a wedding proposal if he ever made it back.

(His exact words were “when I make it back”, but [y/n] knew damn well that the correct word was “if”.)

It took almost a half hour to get everyone off, but it felt like decades to [y/n]. And when no more soldiers were wrestling to get off the train, [y/n] had yet to see Bucky’s homecoming.

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Ulysses loves the Legion, not Caesar.

Though perhaps a better title would be “Ulysses loves a strong nation, no matter what they may do”.

The Vault Wiki says that Ulysses is “formerly” Legion, the quote they cite isn’t so transparent:

This caused me to wonder how distant Ulysses is from the Legion’s ideals.

A few resourceful fans ( @veronicaroyce @dragonie @wildwildwasteland ) recently found that it seems Ulysses is conscious of the historical Rome, and that Caesar is not the first Caesar to exist. 

Yet, of course, Ulysses still calls Legion his brothers, and still favors them in comparison to the NCR.

Moreover, Ulysses is furious with the White Legs for attempting to honor him and not the Legion.

Note how Ulysses hates the idea that he would be honored, and not the Legion as a nation.

When asked why Ulysses didn’t just kill the Courier in Primm, Ulysses replies:

Since the encounter Ulysses had at Primm was likely just months or maybe one or two years before Lonesome Road, this indicates that Ulysses was recently respectful of Caesar’s orders, and Caesar’s rule.

But this doesn’t mean, necessarily, that Ulysses loves Caesar. (Ulysses actually never uses the word love.) What this means is that Ulysses loves the concept of a powerful nation that operates with the Legion’s same sort of strength and authority.

Ulysses calls Legion his brothers. Perhaps, to Ulysses, the question of Caesar’s authority is just a sidenote to the loyalty shared amongst people.

Ulysses is the sort of person who would prioritize a nation before a people. He’s done this before. Participated in spying and violent acts for a strong nation because he believes that a strong nation is virtuous.

That’s why The Divide being destroyed angered him so. It was the destruction of a nation that he had some faith in.

So the conclusion I believe can be drawn is that Ulysses is aware that Caesar is basing a nation off of the historical Roman Empire, yet this doesn’t matter to him. He’s aware that Caesar may fall and that the Legion is misguided, but still aligns himself more closely with them. (He respects a Legion courier more easily.)

It’s not that Ulysses is Legion-aligned or not. Even if he is not specifically working under Caesar’s orders, his personal political philosophy is in alignment with the Legion, and with a strong nation. He is willing to commit great crimes against humanity (such as nuking the NCR’s main supply line to starve them to death) if it means that a strong nation will be formed.

Got no head for planning, just
A heart that sings with rage
And what’s running through
My veins screams out DESTROY
And forgets to have a reason.
—  My Mom Calls Me Athena
I Tell Her “No, I am Ares”


I’m posting this to hopefully reach some brothers and sisters out there and let you know that we are a special people, chosen above all people. For those of you that are in church I pray and hope this post reaches you, we’ve been lied to since birth. We aren’t “black”, “African American”, “mixed”, “nigga”, none of those bywords. We are Israelites, the chosen seed, according to the Bible. If you don’t already know, the Jesus Christ you see in church, is not the one described in the Bible, it’s a false image along with all the other pictures the Roman Catholic Church had painted white to deceive our people in slavery. Christ is a black man, the father is a black man, and the angels are as well. Believe it or not, the reason black people are oppressed and in a low state, is because we are not following the laws and commandments, and worshipping our god, the most high. Our forefathers fell and started to worship other gods, and did not follow the most highs ways just like we see today, and this is what happened:

Deuteronomy 32:21 “They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.”

Just like we see today with Trump, if we come together as a people and follow the most high, these things wouldn’t be happening.

Deuteronomy 7:6
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

If you’re familiar with the Bible, you should know that Israel (12 tribes), are Jacob’s 12 sons and out of those tribes would come many people. The same brothers and sisters you see out here on the street are the chosen seed that is talked about in the Bible. The problem is a lot of us don’t know who we are, through slavery we were destroyed and lost our identity.I know a lot of people think “Israel” and automatically think of the people over in Israel as the real Jews, but they are not.

Revelations 2:9 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

This is Christ (speaking to you), he knows your works and tribulation, what we as a people have been through. He knows the people over there in Israel are not the real Jews. The so called blacks, native Americans , and Hispanics are the real Jews, the ones taken here on slave ships to America. (Deuteronomy 28:68)

Matthew 15:24
“But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

All praise and glory to the most high Ahayah (I am) in the name of Yashaya (Christ).

I hope I’m reaching you. Bless you 🙌🏽

During the TSR, Zuko had this theory that Katara hates him so much because Katara associated her anger towards with her anger with what the Fire Nation did to her mother.

Maybe Zuko was right… But I think there’s something more into it.

What if Katara acted like she hated him so much because she can’t forgive herself for trusting Zuko in Ba Sing Se, for almost letting herself give him a part of her soul, for seeing him someone important enough to think of using the Spirit Water? What if Katara was already attracted to Zuko back when they were in prison in Ba Sing Se?

Yeah, she could tell about other people what the Fire Nation did to her mother, but I’ve never seen her so emotional about it, not even with Aang or Sokka. And it wasn’t like a the loathing and venging one like the way she did with Yon Rha. When she confessed to Zuko, I felt her vulnerability. I felt her letting go of her walls so that he could see how much she suffered, how much she misses her mom. It was as if she was trying to establish an emotional connection with him.

So when he betrayed her, and saw the consequences (the Avatar, her hope of having a better world almost died) of letting that attraction grow, she couldn’t forgive herself. So when she and Zuko met again, she acted like she hated him so much to supress whatever she felt for him.

So are they gay?

I was thinking I’d share my thoughts about something that’s been bothering me about posts I see regarding Killing Stalking. I see a lot of people mentioning or even fighting about YoonBum and Sangwoo being gay. This just reminded me of when I first talked about what KS was about with a friend and one of the first questions she asked was “Oh, so are they gay?” And even though sexual things happened between the two of them, saying they’re gay just didn’t feel like the right way to describe them. To me, it doesn’t quite fit. 

First of all, both characters had sexual attraction/relationships with women before, so in any case they would technically be called bi or something else. But that still didn’t quite fit to me, I don’t think any label does. Now, most people seem to agree that Sangwoo is actually straight and uses sex as a way to calm Bum down or as what he considers a prize. I think it’s probably more complicated than that but let’s focus on Bum.

I read up a bit on BPD (and I might be misunderstanding something and would appreciate input from people more familiar with BPD), and I found this common symptom:

“A pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, often swinging from extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation)” –National Institute of Mental Health 

According to the research I did, people with BPD tend to do something called “splitting”, which means that as a coping mechanism they consider things in black and white, all or nothing. Someone is either the best person in the world or the worst scum of the earth. And I think it’s pretty clear that Bum does this a lot, “loving” Sangwoo when he’s the least bit kind and hating him when he’s not. 

He does this with the girl at school as well (sorry if she has a name I can’t remember or find what it is). When she was kind to him, talked to him and was clearly a victim, Bum saw her as completely good and started to like her. When she started avoiding him, he became obsessed with her.

Other symptoms of BPD are intense fear of real or imagined abandonment, “Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment” and “Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger” as well as trouble controlling impulsive behaviour (NIMH). I think this explains his behaviour after that. He writes her a letter, tries to talk to her everyday, and does whatever he can to keep her, and when it doesn’t work his intense fear of abandonment makes him keep things she touched close just to calm down. When she’s cruel to him by telling him she ripped the letter he gets so angry he starts yelling at her and reveals her sexual assault to the whole class. When she yells at him again he tells her he wonders if guys like her or just her boobs. 

In addition, Bum is shown to be hypersexual. “Boing boing”. Later in the timeline he masturbates thinking about Sangwoo and almost does so again in his bed, he constantly wants sex with Sangwoo even after he beat and abused him. That seems like another topic for another day but this and “boing boing” “you took your clothes off in front of me” “we’re in a relationship” makes me think that he does this with all the women he’s become obsessed with.

There’s not much to go on about other women he stalked but I think he did the same thing, split them into good, idolized them, became obsessed, couldn’t control his impulse to stalk them, maybe break into their house, because of his intense fear of abandonment, maybe showed sexual intentions with them and got in trouble with the law for it.

I think it’s not about him being gay and sexually attracted to Sangwoo. I think he saw in university Sangwoo was considered a great person who everyone loved and then  he saved him from sexual assault in the military, so he split him into the “good” category and began to idealize him to the point of becoming obsessed with him, which he considers love. “I did it because of love.” I don’t think it matters that Sangwoo is a guy, he just became obsessed like he would any other person. I don’t think he’s attracted to any other guys or considered that he’s thinking sexually about another guy and that makes him not straight. I don’t think he’s thought about labelling himself as anything. He’s simply obsessed with him.

Obviously I’m not saying people with BPD can’t be gay, discover their sexual orientation, choose a label they feel most comfortable in, etc. But I do feel like in this one case, this is what is happening to this one character. So when I see people say things like “oh yeah this gay guy being tortured, etc.” I can’t help but think,

But he’s not gay. He’s not attracted to guys in general. He’s just obsessed with this one person.

If someone out there has BPD I hope not to offend, I know some don’t think he shows signs of BPD at all. But from the symptoms listed in the National Institute of Mental Health, it looks to me that he does and, as someone who has a mental illness themselves, I think everyone experiences mental illnesses differently and this could just be one of the ways.                                    

All that said, that’s just my interpretation and opinion and would love to know what other people think! Am I onto something? Am I dead wrong? 

Jeez this was long…

Your love

Your love was like a canvas,

A black board,

I was the board- you the chalk,

You wrote upon me ,

You words of love , your betrayal, your anger , your pain,

Your stories, your glories,

Words to build nations and to destroy them,

But like every chalk, you finished up too fast,

And when he came by,

I had to wipe myself clean off you, rubbing your marks from my heart,

Rubbing off so hard,

My heart is bleeding and grey now,

But I had to do it you see, to let him write,

But he finished too soon too,

Said something about how your lines were too visible

Of how it looked like it was imprinted forever.

///  whottookmytumblername

"It's the Painted Lady"

Katara is sick of following Aang around, only known as “that water tribe girl” or “the avatar’s girlfriend”. She hates being seen as just a possession of the Avatar’s. Aang loved the attention, no matter where they went he was always the centre of attention. Katara doesn’t mind that he’s gaining attention, after all he is a hero, but he’s goofing off, acting like a child, making messes for Katara to clean up, sure he has his moments when he can be sweet and loving, but they don’t last. Some days she feels more like his mother than his girlfriend.

“Katara my tunic needs cleaning!” Aang calls as he enters their shared home. Katara turns around to find Aang covered in mud and dirt.

 "What happened?“ She sighs, not even remotely surprised. 

 "I went mud sliding!” He beams proudly, then he looks around the house and then back to Katara, 

“What have you been doing all day?” Katara looks around the spotless room, finally cleaned after yesterday’s mess. She opens her mouth and then a blast of air and mud flies towards her, covering her and the whole room in mud.

“Sorry,” Aang laughs as he wipes his nose from the sneeze. Katara’s eyebrow twitches and she blows out a breath of hot steam. “At least my tunics clean now!” Aang beams, “you don’t have to clean it now!" 

Before Katara can even blink, Aang rides an air ball out of the house. Katara hears her boyfriend fly away on his bison and her anger begins to boil as she looks at her mud stained house. 

 "I can’t deal with this any more.” she breathes out a gust of hot steam again, too tired to do anything else. Katara packs some of her things and then leaves, needing space from her childish boyfriend. Katara has been staying with Aang in the earth kingdom. Sokka returned to the southern water tribe with their father and Suki to help rebuild their tribe. Toph visits from time to time, though mostly to see Aang. And Zuko, Zuko is the Fire Lord, Katara visits him when she can, after all he was the only one she never had to mother, but Zuko is always busy and Katara doesn’t want to disturb him as he tries to heal his nation. 

“Master Katara!” Someone calls, snapping Katara out of her thoughts as she walks along the road. A fire nation man approaches Katara, his face is red and he huffs from running. 

 "What is it?“ Katara asks placing a hand on the man’s shoulder in concern.

"My wife,” the man puffs, “she’s ill, none of the doctors can help her.” Katara doesn’t waste a second. 

“Take me to her,” she says, the man leads Katara to a small boat. The boat takes them to a little fire colony island. The man takes Katara to his hut and shows her to his wife. Katara wastes no time, she checks over the woman and then takes some water from her bending pouch. She heals the woman and leaves the man some medicine for her to take. She’s not even two steps outside the mans house when a little boy runs up to her. 

 "Can you help my father?“ He asks. 

Turns out, half of the little colony is infected with the same virus, causing headaches, fever and sickness. Katara spends a week on the island healing the people. Katara feels good while she’s healing. Come the weeks end, almost every one is healed and Katara has earned the respect and admiration of the people. They call her ‘Master Katara’ and there is no mention of the Avatar.

After the colony is better, Katara leaves, she makes sure that the village has enough medicine and food and then she leaves, she does not accept any payment or celebrations in her name. 

As she’s leaving, Katara spies a small wooden figure in the window of a man’s home, it’s the Painted Lady.

The little figure makes Katara smile.

When Katara arrives on the mainland of the Fire Nation, she disguises herself as the Painted Lady once more, the Fire Nation still holds some reserved anger towards the other nations, so Katara finds it in her best interest to disguise herself as a Fire Nation’s spirit.

She works during the night healing sick and wounded people.

Then she stops criminals who try to steal during the night, she makes sure the drunks find their way home and she watches over women who walk the streets alone. 

Katara has not heard a word from Aang over the past two months she’s been away. So far there has been no sign that he is missing her or that he’s even noticed. 

Katara feels conflicted, she wants Aang to worry for her, to cause a panic and do anything to find her, but at the same time, she would rather he not care at all, that he leave her alone and not try and find her. 

Katara walks through the street as the Painted Lady, looking and listening for any kind of trouble.

It’s on this night that she encounters another spirit.

The Blue Spirit. 

‘Han’- A different side of the Korean spirit...

Hello, everyone! For this post, I’ll be talking about a uniquely Korean feeling- han.

Let’s start off by talking about (the character) South Korea’s haircurl. It’s one of his most defining characteristics- it even has a face that matches his emotions! Pretty cool, huh?

Himaruya stated that the haircurl represents Korea’s spirit, or his soul (Seoul? Pun or not?). Most of the time, the haircurl displays a happy, content expression, just like the lively, lovable character it is attached to.

Well, there’s another side to the Korean spirit as well, and it’s not exactly a happy one: “han” (한).

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anonymous asked:

tbh tho, i blame most of Aang's character towards Katara on those bryke assholes. Like if Ehasz had continued to writer at the front of everything then i bet SO MUCH WOULDVE BEEN BETTER ugh

Well, of course— you can’t ‘blame’ Aang for his behavior as his behavior is the product of the creators and writers. However, for the sake of critiquing ATLA (or any media), it only makes sense to pinpoint character actions, rather than washing your hands of negative behaviors portrayed in a relationship and chalking it up to bad writing. The reason for critiquing is to create better writing in the future— and thereby create better characters who properly display respect for one each other.

That’s not to say I don’t agree with your comment, however. Based on various analyses I’ve read, I dare say Bryke were largely in control of Aang and were extremely adverse to any development that hinted at a separation between Aang and Katara. To them, Katara was a prize for Aang’s feats as the Avatar,. This was clearly illustrated by the many advances Aang made towards her, his efforts growing particularly aggressive before monumental battles.

Even more so, Bryke’s opinion of Katara as a mere reward was further demonstrated by her lack of voice on the matter of Kataang. Every interaction between Aang and Katara was overwhelmingly told through his eyes. From beginning, Aang looked at her through rose-colored lenses. He put her on a pedestal, believed she was perfect, and thereby only saw perfection in her. She was not free to be herself around him, unless the version of herself being portrayed was that of a nurturing mother. Any romantic connection between them was never voiced by her and rarely made evident, but for the few and far between blushes that came in Season One (The Fortune Teller, and The Headband). Other than these instances, most advances made by Aang were either rejected (which he chose to ignore and kiss her anyways— Ember Island Players, or he lashed out violently— Love Is A Battlefield) or Katara moved on without a second thought (The Cave of Two Lovers) or looked aside with a downcast grimace (The Day of Black Sun & Ember Island Players).

For me, the evidence of Bryke’s distaste for any opinions from Katara was made abundantly clear in The Fortune Teller. Aang receives an ambiguous fortune of a great struggle, of his tremendous destiny, and is prominently displayed as the hero of the entire episode, despite it being Sokka’s wit that saved the village.

On the flip side, Katara has her entire life laid out before her, from how many children she will have, to when she will pass away. Additionally, she is told she will marry a ‘very powerful bender.’ At a glance, this could be loose enough— a powerful bender could mean anyone, from Haru to Aang to Zuko. Even Toph and Azula fit into this prediction!

However, the final comment from Sokka, after Aang’s amazing display of airbending and his saving of the day—

Sokka, appearing amazed: “Wow, that kid is one powerful bender”
Katara, looking shocked: “What did you say?”
Sokka, shrugging: “Nothing. Aang’s just a really powerful bender.”
Katara, blushing and looking amazed: “I suppose he is.”

—sealed the deal regarding Bryke’s view of Katara.

In a show centered around shaping your world, finding your destiny, and creating a better reality, Katara was given no choice in her future whatsoever. There was no mention of her future as a master at fourteen. There was no promise of her destiny as the greatest waterbender, bloodbender, and healer. Her aid in training the Oh So Powerful Bender, her victory over Azula, her saving of the world’s only hope at a decent Fire Lord— not mentioned. She was to marry Aang, she was to be amazed by him, and she was to have three children, then die from old age. And if LOK is any indication, without other writers in the picture, Katara may as well have been a side note in ATLA, too.

Another side note: Even Sokka’s fortune is ambiguous and vague (He will face a lot of misfortune or whatever, as most of it is his own doing—- nothing different from what we all already expected given his development at that point in the story and Meng’s destiny is simply to marry a man with big ears. This showed an extreme preference for males having more say in their destiny over females. Males were to do great things, romantics aside. Females were simply to marry, all their value coming from their spouse.

Meanwhile the Ehasz couple had a large hand in Zuko’s characterization and Aaron Ehasz was responsible for the development of Katara into a WOC feminist icon (not to mention, the existence of Toph and Azula). Had Aaron been allowed complete control, or at least, enough to affect the shipping, we would’ve seen a slightly more pronounced development of Zutara and the natural rifts that appeared in Kataang would’ve been expanded. Furthermore, Season Three would not have been such a jumbled mess of will they or won’t they between Aang and Katara.

Aaron had respect for all the characters affected by his writing— unlike Bryke. He did not godmod one character, put down the rest to further pronounce one character’s heroics, and he not force a pairing together with little to no say from one side of said pairing. His respect for the characters can be demonstrated in a similar fashion that I illustrated Bryke’s disrespect: by referring to the Ehasz’s preferred ship and the interactions between both parties.

For the sake of keeping this concise, let’s ignore Katara and Zuko’s time as mutually respected and challenging enemies, and skip straight to their conversation below Ba Sing Se.

It was what, five minutes? Five minutes of Katara yelling and raging and Zuko sitting there in silence. It took five minutes for the viewer to gain the background story of the necklace, her mother’s death, and her anger towards the Fire Nation. I don’t want to say it was because she felt safe with Zuko, but I will say it was because she felt he would understand her anger. If nothing else, he was just someone who would listen to her, unlike everyone else in her life at that point.

Surprisingly, Zuko sympathized with her and opened up about his own background. Of everyone who knew, or I assumed knew, it was Zuko— her enemy— that said “Hey, I get it, and I’m sorry.”  He listened. He responded. He understood.

Wasn’t it Ehasz himself who said no one got katara like Zuko, and vice versa?

It can be argued that Aang understood her loss— he lost his entire culture, I would hope he understood Katara’s feelings— but how much can one know if he never asks?

From the very beginning, so much of the dynamic between Katara and Aang was her sheltering him from the reality and the pain of the world’s current state. She softly hinted that the airbenders had disappeared. She tried to hide evidence of the Fire Nation at the Southern Temple. She coddled him in the desert and held the group together as he fell apart. After every loss and every battle, she uplifted him, helped him, and focused solely on what he was feeling and what they needed to do moving forward.

Never once did Aang return the favor. Yes, he was kind. Yes, he was thoughtful. He did make her a replacement necklace. He did happily surprise her with the regained betrothal necklace. He did make an effort to help her learn waterbending in the North Pole. But the things that mattered, the deep things, the burning things…

Hey Katara, I know you lost your necklace. What did it mean to you?
Hey Katara, I know you lost your mother. Tell me about her.
Hey Katara, I know you’re upset with your father. What’s wrong?
Hey Katara, I know you’re afraid of losing me. Does it hurt you when I fly off?
Hey Katara, I know your father is imprisoned. Is there anything I can do?
Hey Katara, I know this man caused you deep pain. Tell me why hunting him down will help you.
Hey Katara, you know you mean something to me. What do I mean to you?

Tell me, did he ask her any of these questions? Even once? I’m afraid the answer is no. Aang wanted Katara to care for him and be there for him, but he did not return the same sentiment towards her.

But you know who did? Zuko. In the Crystal Catacombs, and multiple times following.

When her father was taken by the Fire Nation, he not only showed concern for her (indirectly), he showed concern for Sokka. He paid attention to the emotions of those around him and offered his aid. And when the family was reunited, the happiness on his face was unbridled. I don’t remember Aang asking or even mentioning Hakoda’s name following the Day of Black sun.

In the Southern Raiders episode, Zuko quickly picked up on Katara’s lingering anger and made every effort to understand her emotions, earn her forgiveness, and promote her own personal healing. He stood behind her in silent support during their journey. He backed her in front of Aang and Sokka. He did not try to voice his own opinions. I remember Aang telling her over and over and over again that she was wrong and ‘acting like Jet.’

In the finale, Zuko opened up to Katara about his Uncle, but instead of it being a one-sided type of thing (where she’s constantly checking up on him, but never receiving support of her own), the conversation was mutual and friendly. It was obvious they were close. It was obvious he respected her. It was obvious that Katara did not have to mother him to make him feel better.

Do you need any cheek kisses, Zuko, to make all your boo-boos better?

Additionally, Zuko looked to Katara as an equally capable bender, the only one he wanted by his side in that final fight. He sought to defend her and he valued her life above his own.

The connection between them was blatant. We didn’t need cheap episodes of dancing and contrived blushing to know what either side was feeling because Zuko and Katara asked each other. There was a mutual support, a mutual uplifting of the other. Katara was permitted a voice in her relationship with Zuko. She was permitted to be powerful and outspoken and she was respected.

Ehasz didn’t view her as a reward, therefore, through his writing, she wasn’t treated as such. And had his shipping preferences been endgame, had there been a fourth book as he envisioned, I’d venture a guess that you’re correct— the treatment of Katara, the progression of Zutara and digression of Kataang, and the development of Aang would’ve been handled beautifully. The viewers would have been offered the closure we lacked (the closure the comics are mutilating) and the characters would have been given the ending they all deserved.

Go tell [straights to] go away until they have spent a month walking hand in hand in public with someone of the same sex. After they survive that, then you’ll hear what they have to say about queer anger. Otherwise, tell them to shut up and listen.
—  Queer Nation, “I Hate Straights”