If you don’t respect - and more importantly support - muses of colour, rpers of colour, or people of colour in general, get the hell off my blog please and thanks.
As a queer ethnic Jew, I know firsthand that standing idly by while other people are bigots makes you an accomplice. If you don’t call out bigotry when you see it, or at the very least support the victims of it, you are part of the problem.
If your blog is not a safe place for people of colour, I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT
If you’re more offended by people calling out the racism of white people than you are by white people being racist, I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU
And if you can’t swallow your pride for just a little while to support the rpers of colour in our community who have been hurt then please take a good long break from the rping community to think long and hard about your priorities.
Please stop making this about white people and instead support the people who have been hurt and remember: standing by while racism happens makes you an accomplice to the hate
How about an AU where people can create everything they can imagine with their minds, the only downside of it is that it’s always in the same colour and only in red, blue or yellow. People are divided by colours, argue why their colour is the best and even wars have been fought about it. Insert character A + B, who manage to form a friendship despite everyone telling them they should hate each other and that they are fraterniseng with the enemy.
They don’t listen and when they create something together for the first time, they find out that they can create new colours like that.
Romani are usually excluded whenever the topic of the Holocaust/WW2 comes up, so it’s not all too surprising that the Romani Day of Resistance is very unknown to the majority. But it should be celebrated and embraced since it represents a change in the way Romani culture and identity appear in public space - where a history of resistance replaces a history of oppression:
On 15 May 1944, the underground resistance movement in the Auschwitz, Birkenau concentration camp
warned the Roma that the SS guards were planning to round up the nearly 6,000 Roma and Sinti prisoners and send them to the gas chambers.
On the morning of 16 May, the Romani prisoners did not show up for the usual morning roll call and ceased cooperating with the SS guards.
The Roma barricaded themselves into their shanties. They had broken into an equipment warehouse and armed themselves with hammers, pickaxes and shovels, taking apart the wooden sections of the bunks they slept on to make wooden stakes.
When the SS guards approached the area, they were met with armed resistance from the inmates.
The prisoners forced the guards into retreat, and though some prisoners were shot that night, the act of resistance allowed the Roma and Sinti prisoners to put off execution for several more months.
The SS were in shock because they had completely failed to anticipate this resistance. Concerned they might lose more men and that the uprising might spread to other parts of Auschwitz, they retreated from camp BIIe.
No Roma died in the gas chambers that day. The Nazis subsequently put the prisoners of BIIe on a starvation diet.
Later, on 23 May 1944 the Nazis moved 1,500 of the strongest Romani prisoners to Auschwitz I, many of whom were then sent to Buchenwald concentration camp.
On 25 May 1944, 82 Romani men were transported to the Flossenburg concentration camp and 144 young Romani women were sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
Less than 3,000 Romani prisoners remained in the family camp at BIIe, most of them children.
On 2 August 1944, the Nazis gassed all the remaining Romani prisoners to death in gas chamber V, although the Roma fought back on that dark night as well.
In Hungary the 2nd of August was designated in 2005 by the Parliament as “Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day”, yet most European countries make no or insufficient mention of the Roma victims in their official position regarding the Holocaust.
Roma are still misrepresented by stereotypes that overshadow our culture and real identity and it should be needless to say that Europe should put some effort on making the Roma genocide widely known and recognized, to serve as a counterforce to the increasingly violent rhetoric and action against the Roma because and through them. Yet it does not seem like anything like that will happen any time soon.
& Yes, please reblog this to make at least some of our history known.
brown is dirty.
brown is smelly.
brown is curry
mixed with broken english.
brown is beard.
brown is turban.
brown is cheap.
brown is miser.
brown is smart
(but in an uncool way).
brown is high waisted pants
and tucked in shirts.
brown is being good at math
and science (but in broken english)
brown is bollywood.
brown is drama.
brown is taxi drivers.
brown is doctors.
brown is lawyers.
brown is invasion.
brown is a red dot.
brown is hindu.
brown is muslim.
brown is terrorist.
brown is conservative.
brown is arranged marriage.
brown is oppression of women.
brown is brutal.
brown is disease.
brown is a blemish.
brown is a bruise.
brown is ugly.
brown is lazy.
brown is always looking for a deal.
brown is a coachella outfit.
brown is a talent show.
brown is samosa and roti.
brown is indian.
brown is spicy.
brown is a funny accent.
brown is loud.
brown is obnoxious music.
brown is stupid.
brown is danger.
brown is suspicious.
brown is sketchy.
brown is up to no good.
brown is a fraud.
brown is all the same.
brown is useless.
brown is sucking society dry.
brown is only good for their food.
brown is a cheat.
brown is fake.
brown is multiplying.
brown is radical.
brown is islam.
brown is a danger to our kids.
brown is uncivilized.
brown is barbarian.
brown is everywhere.
brown is no good here.
brown is taking away jobs.
brown is unwelcome.
nav k || brown is a red dot: a record of overheard conversations and observations over the span of less than a week.
Films by or about people of colour directed by women*
Some notes on the list:
This list is non-exhaustive.
The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.
Directed by American WOC starring POC
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash) Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair) I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin) Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons) Girlfight (Karyn Kusama) Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood) Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) Saving Face (Alice Wu) Something New (Sanaa Hamri) Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry) I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay) Pariah (Dee Rees) Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney) Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero) Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism) Selma (Ava DuVernay) 13th (Ava DuVernay) Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins) Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon) It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting) Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao)
Directed by WOC starring white people The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta) D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson) Vanity Fair (Mira Nair) Jennifer’s Body(Karyn Kusama) Last Night (Massy Tadjedin) The Invitation (Karyn Kusama) Equity (Meera Menon) Shake It (Hella Joof)
International WOC Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Monsoon Wedding(Mira Nair) India Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada Belle (Amma Asante) UK The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmabaf) Iran
Directed by white women starring POC Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary Black Panthers (Agnès Varda) documentary Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis) Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders) Whale Rider (Niki Caro) Frida (Julie Taymor) Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit) Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier) 35 Rhums (Claire Denis) The Wedding Song (Karin Albou) 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy) Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson) The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold) American Honey (Andrea Arnold) Ayanda (Sara Blecher)
*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that.
If a train leaves the station at 6pm travelling at 80 miles per hour and another is travelling in the opposite direction leaving around 4pm travelling at 50 miles per hour… what is my favourite colour ?
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