black uprising

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After you fled, the pirates sent warnings to the other estates that any violence done to the slaves in their possession for what happened here would be answered.

I don’t believe in the current “Black Widow” series that Natasha has found out about Nadia yet. So this is the first time that they’ll be in contact where they know about each other and that they come from the same place. That is touched on in the story. The kind of training that Natasha is giving is the kind that Nadia basically fled.

The conflict for her is what is she willing to do? She’s run away and gotten a new life. Then this horrible event happens and she has to deal with getting pulled back in. That becomes part of the conflict.

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Alanna Smith, re: Secret Empire: Uprising

Natasha has a history of being used as a mean mentor to teen hero-types in one-off ways. She taught shooting to the kids at the Initiative, she apparently told young Franklin Richards how to shank people in Hickman’s Avengers run, and even her relationship with Rikki Barnes in her Nomad stories had shades of this.

This is directly and obviously in conflict with Natasha’s own backstory and her personal mission. Over and over we see Natasha determined to save young women from the sort of exploitation she has experience with. The Samnee/Waid Black Widow run was all about this, and so was DeConnick’s work with Natasha in her various oneshots.

It’s pretty telling that the first kind of story tends to happen in books that aren’t really about Natasha, while the second kind of story happens in books that are. Obviously, Nadia should be conflicted about being drawn back into the grimness of a life she’s escaped, but Natasha should be just as conflicted, maybe more.

I feel that if Marvel’s determined to push the child soldier angle with Natasha’s backstory they should also really be reexamining her relationship with the teen hero community, both the “mean mentor” stories and the ones where she functions as a more kindly older sister figure. It’s not that this means Natasha can’t be brutal or manipulative or even hypocritical. Abuse is a cycle, and we saw in how she dealt with Yelena that Natasha’s own past makes it hard for her to draw the same lines normal people would. I just would like a story that explored that dynamic with some weight and nuance.

I don’t expect Secret Empire: Uprising to be that story, since it’s a one-shot beholden to the needs of so many other characters, and that’s fine. But maybe if Nadia sticks around we’ll get there eventually. Mostly, I mourn the lost arc of Marjorie Liu’s X-23 that would have featured Natasha.

stages of being a muser:
  • <p> <b>latent muser:</b> heard uprising, supermassive black hole and neutron star collision but doesn't know that those songs are made by muse<p/><b>general plebs muser:</b> knows the band's name, listens to them but only likes dead inside, mercy and starlight<p/><b>regular muser:</b> listens to muse regularly, knows the titles of all the albums but sometimes fails to recall them correctly (exmp.: "ohh, wrecked whores and levitations? gotta love it, but i love the showbiscuit one more")<p/><b>muser:</b> listens to muse every day, loves knights of cydonia, handler, psycho; realised that hysteria is genius, likes unnatural selection and new born<p/><b>true muser:</b> knows the whole discography by heart, came to the realisation that all muse songs are great without exception<p/><b>mega muser:</b> listens to muse religiously, loves stockholm syndrome, citizen erased, megalomania, micro cuts and actually understands the lyrics of fury<p/><b>massive muser:</b> listens to muse religiously, owns hullabaloo, aware of all the b-sides, loves the groove, jimmy kane, shrinking universe and host, thinks that con-sience is a masterpiece<p/><b>supermassive muser:</b> watched all the live recordings including 120px videos; owns HAARP and Live AT Rome Olympic Stadium, when bored sometimes subconsciously sings the guitar riffs of knights of cydonia<p/><b>delux muser:</b> watched some videos of george bellamy, thinks that 'gothic plague' and 'rocket baby dolls' wouldn't suited them as a band name anyway<p/><b>hardcore muser:</b> perfectly aware of the fact that soldier's poem is not on the album named absolution<p/></p>
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June 16th 1976: Soweto Uprising begins

On this day in 1976, police fired upon peaceful anti-apartheid protests in Soweto township, near Johannesburg in South Africa. Black Africans had been marginalised in the education system for many years, with black schools neglected and underfunded. The 1953 Bantu Education Act formalised this discrimination, taking all black schools into state control and declaring that the only role for black Africans in South Africa was one of manual labour. Further legislation excluded blacks from universities and led to overcrowded and underresourced schools. Students became increasingly politicised as they felt the effects of racist apartheid policy, and began articulating their protest with school boycotts. In 1974, Afrikaans - the langauge associated with apartheid -  was made compulsory in schools alongside English. This measure was the immediate cause of the Soweto protest. On June 16th 1976, mobilised by the South African Students Movement and the Black Consciousness Movement, thousands of students and schoolchildren marched peacefully against the government policies, intending to end in a rally at Orlando stadium. However, the march was halted by heavily armed police, who fired tear gas, and, eventually, bullets, on the protestors. In one of the most famous images of the event, Mbuyisa Makhubo can be seen carrying the lifeless body of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson. Outrage at the brutality sparked a nationwide uprising against the government, and prompted condemnation from governments around the world. It is unclear how many people died in the violence that followed Soweto, with estimates ranging up to 700, making it a pivotal moment in the years leading to the formal end of apartheid in 1994.

40 years ago today