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Sigh, I really love dark-skinned Fiona, but I just finished rereading The Calling and found the most disappointing line. Because despite the fact they did change a lot of Fiona’s features, Fiona was never dark-skinned and she was not whitewashed in Inquisition. She is quite light even in the book.

I want to keep seeing dark-skinned Fiona though because fuck the amount of white people in that book.

anonymous asked:

So several celebrities, all of them white, have their private nude photos stolen and made public. Then it happens to one - ONE - black person and suddenly it's a race issue? ..., Yeah, sounds about right for SJWs.

^^^ This

anonymous asked:

Pssst why do u hate zayn 👀

i don’t hate him i can’t really hate someone whom i’ve never met, be it a celebrity like… i mean he’s just another guy who hears only what he wants to hear and overall he just doesn’t want to educate himself nor his fans when it comes to specific subjects such as race issues besides i’m really over his music lmao…. its basic imo and his voice really isnt that good i was just really hyped because hes good looking (but his personality isnt as much so lmao)

James Meredith, the black man who 50 years ago inflamed white Mississippi by quietly demanding admission to the state’s segregated flagship university, does not plan to participate this week in the university’s commemoration of his history-making enrollment.

The University of Mississippi says Meredith, now 79 and living in Jackson, has been invited to take part in events to mark the anniversary, but Meredith says he doesn’t see the point.

“I ain’t never heard of the Germans celebrating the invasion of Normandy, or the bombing and destruction of Berlin. I ain’t never heard of the Spanish celebrating the destruction of the Armada.”

Asked to clarify, Meredith said: “Did you find anything 50 years ago that I should be celebrating?”

Mississippi’s segregationist governor in 1962, Ross Barnett, denounced the federal government as “evil and illegal forces of tyranny” for ordering Ole Miss to enroll Meredith, a 29-year-old Air Force veteran.

In the face of state defiance, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, deployed more than 3,000 soldiers and 500 law enforcement officers to Oxford. Two white men were killed and more than 200 people were injured, including 160 U.S. marshals, in the ensuing riot.

Meredith is now memorialized by a bronze statue on campus, which he calls “hideous” and wants destroyed.

Meredith says the monument glosses over the magnitude of Mississippi’s resistance to his exercise of what should have been recognized as an obvious human right.

James Meredith sounds like an ornery and wonderful old gem of a human being.

anonymous asked:

I agree Fiona is still oppressed simply because she's a mage/elf/ex-slave but when you say "she's 100% a PoC" by being those things is just ??? Idk if it's just they way you worded it but it really bothers me. If she's white than she not a PoC. Just because some people think that elves and mages are "coded" as PoC doesn't mean they actually are, especially when they are white elves and mages present throughout the entire narrative.

I apologize if if the wording threw you off, but the reason I used that wording is because not all non dark-skinned people are white. There are fair-skinned asians, blacks, latinos, and hispanics.

Fiona is never said to be white, she is said to be pale-skinned which doesn’t automatically mean white and elves (especially ancient elves) have asian influences in their visual culture.

I apologize, because 100% may not have been the best wording. But the point I was trying to make was, Fiona being pale-skinned doesn’t discount her as being PoC, it just discounts her as being a dark-skinned PoC.

The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79 percent among Republicans compared with 32 percent among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties. That test showed a majority of both Democrats and Republicans held anti-black feelings (55 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans), as did about half of political independents (49 percent).

There are several bits of interesting information in this new Associated Press poll that found a majority of Americans now hold negative views of black people, but above is perhaps the most important one. Many liberals like to cluck their tongues at the “racist” GOP, but it’s good to remember that, under the surface, so-called progressives can often be just as anti-black as the bigots they condemn.

–Cord Jefferson

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Between the World and Me (2015)

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Meclearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.”

 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations.” He lives in New York with his wife and son.


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anonymous asked:

do you mean the line abt her being pale? while she was physicly exhausted? really, grandenchanterfiona has a lot of stuff written on fiona, including why its likely shes poc (also, doesnt whitewashing also include the situation, when an ambiguous person is later revealed to be white? bc it makes the story even whiter?)

There are technically two lines, first when it described that she goes pale white after being exhausted. Which is not what dark-skinned people do, second it refers later to her “pale skin reddened by the sun”. 

I understand dark-skinned people can be pale, but I’m not going to give Gaider undue credit, when any other time in the same book he very obviously points out Duncan’s dark skin. He treats all the white characters just as he does Fiona, not ambiguous, but blatant references to being pale.

Like I said though, I like dark Fiona better and plan on keeping her that way, but I’m not going to waste time on dragging Bioware for that (not really) whitewashing when I can drag them for other confirmed things like the unaware treatment of elves, their need for every black person to be from Rivain in one way or another (and state it every time) and getting a straight man to write a lesbian.

That said, Fiona is still a huge read/coded for an oppressed minority regardless because of her being an elven mage with a past of slavery.

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race (2016)

“In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin’s 1962 “Letter to My Nephew,” which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: “You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.”

Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns.

The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume.

In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a “post-racial” society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about.”

by Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward is a former Stegner fellow at Stanford and Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her novels, Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, are both set on the Mississippi coast where she grew up. Bloomsbury will publish her memoir about an epidemic of deaths of young black men in her community. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama.

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anonymous asked:

*duncan* is described as 'pale' in the books, Fiona is still poc. Whenever she's described as pale it's linked to being in pain or being stressed ect ect there's a long post explaining it all but yeah have no fear friend Fiona is still poc even if inquisition whitewashed her

First, thanks for the kind words my dude.

There is a reason I didn’t use PoC in my post though, Fiona still has the potential to be a person of color just by being an elf, mage, and ex slave. She is regardless a coded representation of a PoC. I’m just saying that she was pretty much dismissed as dark-skinned by the book, in which Gaider seemed intent on referring to her as pale (getting Paler/becoming pale white) more times than the word pale needed to be used; especially for a dark-skinned person. And making it so other characters (i.e. Maric) saw her pale skin as the norm/default shade.

Also wtf, did he not have a thesaurus?

Marilyn Frye on white patriarchy, hetero-relations, and compulsory motherhood

Marilyn Frye on white patriarchy, hetero-relations, and compulsory motherhood

Something that stood out to me in Marilyn Frye’s 1983 essay “On Being White: Thinking Toward a Feminist Understanding of Race and Race Supremacy” was her point on white patriarchy being a driver for hetero-relations and compulsory motherhood.

“White women’s attachments to white men have a great deal to do with our race privilege, with our racism and with our inabilities to understand these. Race and racism also have a great deal to do with white women’s attachment to white men. We need to look at these connections more closely.

Within the span of a few days, a little while back, I encountered three things that came together like pieces of a simple puzzle: 1. I heard a report on the radio about the “new” Klan. It included a recording of a man making a speech to the effect that the white race is threatened with extinction. He explicitly compared the white race to the species of animals that are classed as “endangered” and protected by laws. He also noted with concern the fact that ten years ago the population of Canada was 98 percent white and it is now only 87 percent white.

#2. In a report in the feminist newspaper Big Mama Rag, it was pointed out that “they” are making it virtually impossible for white women to get abortions while forcing sterilization of women of color both in the United States and around the world.

3. In the feminist magazine Conditions, No. 7, there was a conversation among several Black and Jewish lesbians. Among other things, they discussed the matter of the pressure on them to have Black or Jewish babies, to contribute to the survival of their races, which are threatened with extinction.

I think on all this.

For hundreds of years and for a variety of reasons, mostly economic, white men of European stock have been out, world-wide, conquering, colonizing and enslaving people they classify as dark, earning the latter’s hatred and rage in megadeath magnitudes. For hundreds of years, those same white men have known they were a minority in the population of the world, and more recently many of them, have believed in the doctrine that darkness is genetically dominant. White men have their reasons to be afraid of racial extinction. I begin to think that this fear is one of the crucial sources of white racism even among the nonrabid who do not actively participate in Klan Kulture.

This suggests a reading of the dominant culture’s immense pressure on “women” to be mothers. The dominant culture is white, and its pressure is on white women to have white babies. The magazine images of the glories of motherhood do not show white mothers with little brown babies. Feminists have commonly recognized that the pressures of compulsory motherhood on women of color is not just pressure to keep women down, but pressure to keep the populations of their races up; we have not so commonly thought that the pressures of compulsory motherhood on white women are not just pressures to keep women down, but pressure to keep the white population up.

This aspect of compulsory motherhood for white women–white men’s anxiety for the survival of their race–has not been explicit or articulate in the lifetimes and lives of white women in my circles, and the pressure to make babies has been moderated by the pressure for “family planning” (which I interpret as a project of quality control). But what is common and overt in primarily white circles where the racism runs deep and mostly silent is another curious phenomenon.

In the all white or mostly white environments I have usually lived and worked in, when the women start talking up feminism and lesbian feminism, we are very commonly challenged with the claim that if we had our way, the species would die out. (The assumption our critics make here is that if women had a choice, we would never have intercourse and never bear children. This reveals a lot about the critics’ own assessment of the joys of sex, pregnancy, birthing and motherhood.) They say the species would die out. What I suspect is that the critics confuse the white race with the human species, just as men have confused males with the human species. What the critics are saying, once it is decoded, is that the white race might die out. The demand that white women make white babies to keep the race afloat has not been overt, but I think it is being made over and over again in disguised form as a preachment within an all-white context about our duty to keep the species afloat.

Many white women, certainly many white feminists in the milieux I am familiar with, have not consciously thought that white men may be fearing racial extinction and, at the least, wanting our services to maintain their numbers. Perhaps here in middle America, most white women are so secure in white dominance that such insecure thoughts as whether there are enough white people around do not occur. But also, because we white women have been able to think of ourselves as looking just at women and men when we really were looking at white women and white men, we have generally interpreted our connections with these men solely in terms of gender, sexism and male dominance. We have to figure their desire for racial dominance into the equations.”


Regardless of if this is an “issue of race,” as my white friends on facebook would like to call it, you do have to note that America’s history of using legal authority to terrorize black people does make race an important factor in this discussion. If there wasn’t a historical precedent of racism and injustice in America, then racism and injustice wouldn’t have to be brought into the discussion at all. If this racism and injustice did not exist (both in the present and in the past) then people, especially black people, would not always have to be suspicious of how much of a role those two factors play when a black life is ended by a police officer.

anonymous asked:

"All lives matter" is in fact racist. When have you ever heard "All lives Matter" before people started saying "Black Lives Matter" never, because white people have never been shot for walking down the street.

More white people are killed by police than black people. You didn’t hear it before black lives matter started because people thought it was an obvious statement. White people absolutely get killed for walking down the street.

You know what’s racist?? Taking a issue that impacts everyone and turning it into a race issue so you can push a political agenda. That’s what BLM is doing, and it’s absolutely destroying race relations in this country in the process. They’re the racists.  Fuck them and their disgusting movement.  

The Difficulty Of Being Simone Biles

She might be the best gymnast ever. But her hardest trick may have been tuning out issues of family and race

The Undefeated writes:

Periodically, the whump of sinew against gym equipment echoes through the cavernous World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. High-octane pop music blasts from all sides.

“All right, let’s see if we can find the ground,” a coach yells, clapping as a young female gymnast readies herself to run. The gymnast sprints, flips and lands in a pit of foam cubes.

“Is that supposed to be a Biles?” he asks as she emerges. He shakes his head.

The “Biles” is a double flip with the legs straightened and a half twist thrown in at the end. The gymnast has to fly end over end and land facing the same direction she was running, as if deciding on the spur of the moment to trick out a sprint with some midair acrobatics.

Standing nearby, Simone Biles, 19, a four-time U.S. all-around champion and the first female gymnast ever to win three straight world titles, appears not to notice the attempt at the skill that carries her name. It’s an incredibly tough move. She’s the only one in the world who’s ever thrown it in competition.

It’s been a light practice day at the Biles’ family business in this suburb north of Houston—a 52,000-square-foot facility that resembles a mega- church, a house of praise for full extensions and improbable leg splits. On this May afternoon, the 4-foot-8 Biles, a hummingbird with muscles, is flitting, bouncing, checking social media and not yet exclusively focused on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. There, starting with the first women’s gymnastics event on Aug. 7, she’ll be a threat to win five gold medals, become the most decorated American gymnast ever and solidify her position as an evolutionary step forward in gymkind—an order of magnitude ahead of her competition.

Biles “may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life,” Mary Lou Retton told the U.S. Olympics website teamusa.org. “And I don’t think she’s tapped into what she can really do.”

It turns out Biles did see that attempt to throw her eponymous move. “She said she was going to tuck it,” Biles says of the gymnast. “I was like, ‘There’s no such thing as a tucked Biles, but OK, go do it.’”

She doesn’t always show it, but Biles is always processing. Always paying attention to the spaces in which she moves. Flipping things in her head to try to come out on top. Like how she bends her mind to try to dodge the expectations that would consume her if she let them. “A successful Olympic experience for me would be giving it my 100 percent every time I go out and compete and doing the best routines that I can do for Team USA,” Biles says. “If that’s the best I can do that day, then I’m good with it.”

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