Fanart of OCs of color

So I got this as an ask from someone and I wanted to share my reply, and see if other creators of color had input on this. A white fan artist mentioned that she had started following this blog, and really wanted to draw some of the OCs, but wanted to make sure she was being respectful, and wondered if there was anything she should do besides making sure to ask the creator if it were ok. This was the advice I came back with:

My suggestion - tell them you love their OC and you’d like to draw them. Ask if they have reference pictures or face claims. The MOST IMPORTANT PART (for me at least) is making sure you get skin tone/color right, and being careful to maintain non-Eurocentric features such as wide noses, monolid eyes, or full lips. Most people love fanart of their characters, but are going to be potentially worried about whitewashing. 

I’d like to get the input of others, since this is a question that a lot (hopefully!) of artists are asking themselves, and it’s a really good opportunity for them to expand their subjects and make people happy with lovely art.

A wonderful idea, COC’s what are your thoughts? 

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is like one of my favorite books because Zora’s writing style is very unique and during this time intraracial issues like colorism weren’t being discussed in a lot of AA literature that exists in the canon today (at least not to this extent)… but after a while you start to realize that her critiques on intraracial issues are essentially the faults of black people and not, say, racist ideologies during the time that created these intraracial issues such as Eurocentric beauty standards, economical disadvantages, the breaking of the family in slavery, and much more

This is a response to a post made by @nilaharan earlier today. I found the post to be very troubling and completely misinformed. Firstly, it is important to know that there is no such thing as “reverse racism.” Racism is based in systemic and institutional oppression. POC do not navigate society with the same power and privilege that white people do and therefore cannot be “racist” towards white people. People of colour (POC) calling out Amy Jackson for putting on brownface and portraying a Tamil girl on screen is a critique of this very system that celebrates Eurocentric standards of beauty. Also, Amy Jackson in Indian films is not at all comparable or the same as POC taking up roles in Hollywood. Aspects such as dialogues that are written for her (the picture for this post) are degrading and we need to continue to speak out against these aspects of Indian movies. As a makeup artist, I think it is important that we critically analyze what we post and understand that when we post images of Amy Jackson in South Asian attire/jewellery we are perpetuating the same systems of oppression that we experience on a daily basis. As a womyn of colour (WOC) I am dedicated to making sure that my workspace, social media included, is a safe space for POC. I encourage you to do the same and rethink some of the information you’ve posted.

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4 Ways Parents Can Support Their Mixed Race Children
If you have or are planning to have children who are mixed race, then this author's tips can help you avoid some common pitfalls and give your child the support they need.

Even though both of my parents are mixed, I never really heard them talk about racial politics. My mom would simply say that she’s Puerto Rican, and my father would often just identify as Black.

But I never really knew what that meant for my brother and I, especially as I got older and learned that Latinx was not a race. It didn’t help that everyone in my family had an opinion on the matter. Even my parents, who are both mixed, decided it was their responsibility to label me:

You’re just Puerto Rican, because that’s what your mother is.”

“You’re mixed. You can’t identify as Black because that’s dishonest.”

“Why are you saying you’re mixed? Girl, you’re Black.”

“If you’re only half Puerto Rican, you’re not really Puerto Rican.”

The problem was that rather than helping me to form and shape my own identity, family members simply tried to place labels onto me.

Oftentimes, their comments were hurtful because they invalidated my personal experiences. They also erased aspects of my identity by telling me what was okay for me to say I was (and what I wasn’t). For such a long time I felt like I didn’t really have any say in who I was, because everyone else was too busy making the judgment for me.

If you’re planning on having a mixed child, it’s important to let them explore all aspects of their identities.

This is actually an article that I wrote a few weeks ago on mixed children, fetishization, identity policing, and colorblind ideology! This is an article primarily directed at both white parents and parents of color that have mixed children. 

I do want to note that this is a very broad, sort of introductory article. It would have been impossible to write everything within my word limit - especially because this is all coming from my own personal experiences. One thing i wanted to make sure of is that it was inclusive to other mixed babies (like myself) who don’t have one white parent. :) 

Anyway. If you are a Person of Color (mixed or not) and have any critiques, comments, or concerns, please feel free to message me here. Thanks for reading! - Jennifer

“Even though Colombia is home to the third largest population of Afro-descendants after Brazil and the U.S., flicking through local TV channels or the pages of magazines, you probably wouldn’t get that impression. Everything from television to billboard ads depicts mono-ethnic, Eurocentric images.” via @blavity photo credit: Luis Robayo #colombia #afrocolombian #afrolatino #afrolatina #blacklatino #blacklatina #racism #africandiaspora #diaspora #ethnicity #igdaily #eurocentric

1st Panel
Robert Freeman: School starts in a couple weeks, Huey. Excited?

Huey Freeman: WHAT?! Hold up, I thought we agreed that I would be home schooled.

2nd Panel
Robert Freeman: We never talked about that.

Huey Freeman: Yes we did. Remember I was explaining to you the white man’s conspiracy to brainwash me wih eurocentrism?

3rd Panel
Robert Freeman: Oh. Maybe we did talk about it. I have a tendency to tune you out whenever you say the words “White Man’s Conspiracy”

sierracharliesahara asked:

Hi just wanted to say that I showed your blog to one of my colleagues (we both teach in an elementary school) and he really liked your blog. He does a series of historical marvels and historical characters when he teaches. He often complains of presenting too many white European men (because curriculum) so I showed him your blog and he found some historical POC he can include in his teachings. The kids really like it and he was able to introduce new pple! Keep up the good work and thank you! :)

That’s awesome to hear! I know that many educators are restricted in what they can teach, because of Eurocentric curricula. It’s been one of my aims to be able to provide resources to diversify any curriculum or topic at hand, from Vikings, to the French Revolution, to Elizabethan England. You both have my thanks for taking the opportunity to teach kids a more well rounded and diverse worldview in regard to history. 

Someone said that it’s pathetic that people needed Beyoncé to make them feel good about the shape of their nose. But that’s absolutely true for every human, we need affirmation whether it’s from our parents, friends or an R&B singer. The only thing that’s “pathetic” is that this is the first time many Black people of all ages are hearing that their noses are beautiful in any context.

woc do not have to be in full makeup to be beautiful
woc do not have to be wearing the latest trends to be beautiful
woc do not have to be thin to be beautiful
woc do not have to be light skinned to be beautiful
woc do not have to fit your eurocentric standards to be beautiful

chthonic--fantasy asked:

I've been toying with the idea of writing aracial characters. It's not that I have a fear of diversity, but my stories are mostly science fiction where most if not all characters are aliens, so it's not something I've ever kept in mind. I kind of want readers to have their own headcanons about how the characters look/what race they are. I kind of got this idea from the Homestuck fandom (I'm trash), in which Hussie claimed that no character had a specific race. Is this okay, or somewhat racist?

Should I Assign Race to my Alien Characters?

I think Homestuck is a cop-out to avoid having to deal with diversity, but staying away from that isn’t going to prevent any difficulties regarding race, you know that right? I mean, the creator and fandom of Homestuck are still pretty shitty in regards to race.

Also, it’s almost a guarantee that these aracial characters will still be seen as white due to Eurocentrism and the white default. Even if they’re alien, Hollywood’s done a pretty good job at making us comfortable with the idea of white humanoid aliens. 

So by choosing to not describe these characters, you’re being neutral in regards to representation which is kind of against what we do here at WWC..

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Imo there needs to be at least two more schools for China and India alone because these two countries have 1 billion+ population, and I wouldn’t think their wizarding communities would be smaller, considering the rich mythology there is. Preferably, there should at least be 3 distinct schools for East Asia / South Asia / Southeast Asia, if we factor in how wizarding history somewhat parallels the cultural developments of muggle history. And I’d think there should be a school in the Middle East + North Africa, because historically human civilisation first rose in the Fertile Crescent because otherwise yeah, it’s like there’s more European schools for a much smaller population. 

Unless the wizarding communities outside Europe are actually older, more developed, cosmopolitan and integrated (and so less factionalised and segregated from one another), which is to explain why their schools take students from a much larger area. You know, the angle where wizarding history doesn’t totally parallel muggle history?. I mean like for us muggles there’s the EU and it’s wealthy, developed and generally peaceful. Whereas wizarding Britain does seem kinda insular and basically almost ended up under a dictatorship. So I don’t see why say, muggle governments in Asia may often be at loggerheads but their magical communities couldn’t just be the complete opposite.

Here's the thing about Light Skin Privilege

As a person of color, I experience certain discrimination and unfair treatment that a white person will never experience, but as a person of color of a lighter shade than others, that discrimination is watered down, it’s diet discrimination, and that’s just fact. What light skinned people need to realize, is that we sometimes appropriate the struggles of our darker skinned sisters and brothers in an effort to “unify” our race, but what we’re really doing is silencing a very real issue. For example, a common struggle amongst black people in the face of Eurocentrism is to grow up hating our skin color, wishing it were white, but in all honesty, and because of my lighter skin, I’ve never actually had that issue. And I’m not denying that it happens, but what I’m saying is that sometimes I have to check myself when I’m talking to white people or anyone on racial issues, because that isn’t MY issue, and we tend to take specific issues people of darker skin face, and generalize it to “all black people.” Lighter skinned people need to realize when it’s not our place to speak on certain issues, the same way we can recognize when it’s not a white person’s place to speak for black people, and if we are speaking out, it’s acknowledging our privilege FIRST. Otherwise we’re helping no one. Growing up in a neighborhood that was almost entirely Black and Latino, light skinned girls were put on a pedestal, as they are anywhere, and with that came a sort of conditioning that led us to believe we were the “better black.” Now that I’m older I fully understand how much bullshit that is, but that doesn’t erase the years of brainwashing that went into us as children. I’m lowkey rambling now I think but the point I’m trying to make is that we need to realize when we’re doing harm within the black community, and a lot of that comes from making blackness a one size fits all issue when it isn’t. We can’t tackle racial discrimination OR self hate without first recognizing that being lighter gets us a certain level of privilege that we don’t get to ignore, and instead of appropriating the struggle of people who deal with the actual effects of colorism because “we’re all black,” understand that we have a hand in that conditioning. At least start there.

I am so fucking tired of white people pretending that our world isn’t Eurocentric as all fuck. I grew up desi, with a desi mother, her desi family, with desi friends. Yeah, I may have lost touch with the innermost lifestyle of being indian, but I’ve been there before. Skin care was geared solely towards lightening skin tone as much as possible. A while girl tried to argue with me today, with her premise that everyone wants to get darker because white people go tanning in tanning beds and tan outside. I specifically remember as a child that my mom’s friends houses would have skin care products like Fair and Lovely and some even had bleach based skin products. We were always discouraged from spending time in the sun and we weren’t supposed to get too dark. This is a real fucking thing. I’ve done a lemon juice bath treatment to lighten my skin tone before, as a fucking child, and that wasn’t an unheard of thing to do. It was just a normal fucking thing, it was something we all came up knowing, everyone tried to hedge their bets and be as lightskinned as possible. Yeah things are a little different now, not that I experienced it that long ago, but regardless internalized Eurocentric beauty standards is a fucking real thing.

anonymous asked:

I just want people to understand that being comfortable in the skin you're in and being "proud to be white" are different things. We all deserve to be comfortable in our own skin, but that's coming from a place of loving yourself despite insecurities or image issues. ____ Pride (Black, Gay, etc.) is saying "Hey, despite what hurtful things you say, I LOVE myself. I'm PROUD." When it's a white person it's like the only tall basketball player in a sea of short ones saying they're proud to be tall.

Yup. Not only is “White Pride” a component in white supremacy but it’s also redundant and unnecessary in a system that was built and enforced to uphold eurocentric beauty standards.

jkr start trying to create more wizarding schools around the globe and frankly speaking… it’s a huge mess.

as a european woman, it seems she’s just giving generic names to the schools (castelobruxo - that means ‘wizardcastle’ in english - and mahoutokoro - ‘magic place’). so… is this really necessary? can’t she just let the people from these countries to imagine their own schools based in their own culture?

her ‘expanded’ universe seems rather eurocentric (japanese wizards are all about quidditch? really, madam?) and as a brazilian myself, reducing south america in one school - when brazil is the only country in latin america that does not speak spanish - is nonsensical.

actually it would make more sense to divide latin america in three schools: one for central america (with mayan inlfuences), one for south america (based on the inca empire) and one for brazil (based on our indigenous background - mostly tupi guarani - plus the european and african influences).

i’m just guessing if japanese and african people are also finding these new articles offensive and generic…

this is me, and all of the features society told me weren’t beautiful - small tits, wide nose, thick limbs, crooked teeth… the list goes on and on.

i’ve just recently shed the self-loathing i’d developed from growing up in a eurocentric, white-washed society. instead, i’ve slowly discovered the beauty in what i’d been taught to hate: the cuteness in stubby legs, the sexiness in pert tits, the charisma of a wonky tooth, the elegance of a flared nose.

i love myself and every fucking inch of me, and god save the motherfucker who dares try to tell me otherwise. 

Remember that there is no such thing as a “Latin” nation, race, or ethnic group—there is only the racist colonial term of “Latin America” which refers to the colonialists and the colonial possessions of the Europeans of southern Europe. The only thing “Latin” about our land is the 500 years of racist colonialism that has killed 95% of our population, and the theft of our land and its wealth.
—  Olin Tezcatlipoca