black-and-white-movies

anonymous asked:

because they're seeing it through different lenses. they're seeing it from a girl in a boy's movie perspective, not a black vs white girl's cliche perspective. neither of you are wrong, just different views.

okay but that person is wrong because black girls in movies are different from white girls in movies, white girls are allowed to be multifaceted hence why to white women making a white female character into Love Interest #1 is a sexist cliche because it’s lazy and reduces what could be a fully fleshed out female character who just happens to be in a romantic relationship into just a love interest,

where as for black girls in the media we’re always portrayed negatively, we’re the other woman, we’re the temptation, we’re the dangerous and overly sexual beings or we’re not allowed sexuality at all then we’re mothers, either single and depressed mothers living in struggleville, or raising white children and we’re maids and etc. so yeah, black women and girls aren’t allowed to freedom to be seen as romantically desirable and we deserve that

Sometimes talking about diversity in media seems like a really bad game of “spot the minority.” Countless TV shows and movies have had just one visible person of color in their casts, if at all, and we’ve currently reached the point where a number of movies have one white woman and one Black man and are content to call that “diversity.” Whatever little progress we’ve made, it’s become clear that even if we include people of color in our stories, we’re still not dedicating ourselves to telling their stories.

If there’s a token minority in a story, it used to be that they were the villain or helpful sidekick; nowadays it’s more likely that they are the leaders of the group. At first glance, that sounds like a good thing—showing that people of color can be competent in places of authority can only be good, right? Maybe so, but we inevitably see a large number of Black leaders, not Asian or Middle Eastern or Latinx leaders, and, again inevitably, these Black leaders are often the only Black characters or characters of color in the story at all. This phenomenon ties into a number of tropes and poor writing choices that highlight the insidious problem of having your single solitary Black man or woman be the boss or leader for your ultimately white protagonists.

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