race-in-media

The thing I loved most about “Thin Ice” (and I loved the whole episode) was that when Bill expressed concern for her safety in 19th Century London, The Doctor didn’t wave it off (the way Ten did to Martha). She wasn’t the only Black person there like she thought she’d be, but that didn’t automatically mean she’d be OK. In The Shakespeare Code, Ten pointed to the two Black women, and that was it, it was a non-issue. And don’t get me started on how she was treated Family of Blood… Twelve made it pretty clear he would not allow Bill to be treated like that.

If you’re not into Doctor Who or quit watching it, this season is a good time to start up (again). It’s a fresh start (you don’t need to have seen previous seasons to follow it) and so far it’s seriously good.

i really love it when mixed race actors play characters who acknowledge they’re mixed (even if they have physical traits that don’t make their heritage obvious) like i love in parks and rec that april speaks spanish and talks about being puerto rican, i love how rainbow in blackish struggles with her biracial identity, i love how koen in cleverman feels disconnected from his people because his mother is white and vanessa hudgens’ character in powerless is also half Filipino - i love that this is happening more and more because growing up as mixed, so often you see mixed people in media and they’re portrayed as one or the other and its so important we create media that doesn’t encourage internalized racism and encourages mixed kids to accept their identities are both whole and multifaceted i just hope we see more mixed representation for mixed poc as well as poc mixed with white 

Reasons to watch Cleverman
  • Australian scifi
  • Australian Aboriginal scifi with a predominantly Aboriginal cast
  • filmed in and around Sydney
  • does not hold back on the metaphor for race relations AT ALL
  • the Aboriginal men are intelligent, sexual, caring and not in the least emasculated
  • the Aboriginal women I am waiting to see another side to aside from wife and victim
  • it’s airing simultaneously on Aussie ABC as well as on the Sundance channel
  • second season has already been commissioned

  • the white people are the least interesting in this story and so they bloody well should be 
  • did I mention how completely unapologetic it is about depicting the vile conditions Aboriginal people have and still face, how it totally depicts the struggle the Aboriginal person has between cultures?
  • Aboriginal superheroes … already one guy and I am really hoping for a girl awakening to her potential in the second ep

Not my gif, made by @clevermanabc.

it’s really sucks that a lot of discussions about respecting older fans in fandom has turned into white women saying they should have the freedom to go back to being able to perpetuate racist and toxic shit without consequence, but we really need to recognise the older women of colour (especially Black women, holy shit, especially Black women they were holding the line long before the rest us of and have been doing so much good work) who have been in fandom for 10-20+ years and have guided these discussions surrounding race in fan spaces.  (i wasn’t an active participant back then as i was now, so i’m not going to claim their legacy as my own but i am speaking as long-time woc in fandom)

older fans of colour - who were predominantly Black women, with a few non-black women of colour, and maybe what few white allies they had - started conversations about race and representation in media a long damn time ago. what tumblr does today is simply continue it. everyone who’s ever talked about racism in fandom discourse needs to recognise the foundations on which they’re building on. 

and i’m not saying that the conversations on tumblr are unimportant, or that the conversations back then were non-problematic, but it is still the labour and legacy of fans of colour that created that small part of fandom history, who used tooth and nail to carve out a space for themselves. 

conversations about racism in fandom and media are not new. conversations about how poc in media are erased, sidelined, brutalised, neglected, how poc in fandom are silenced and attacked, conversations about whitewashing and misogynoir in fandom - none of this is new. they’ve just been comparably difficult to find and spread before, because on previous platforms these discussions wouldn’t spread to different fandoms and communities as easily. they were not popular or easy discussions to have, white fans were not happy to be made aware of how their own behaviours were racist. and so a lot of it was ignored or silenced, if not ending in personal attacks, social ostracisation and flame wars. 

while civil conversations exited, they never gained the same amount of traction due to the limits of how blogging mediums worked at the time. these issues flared and died, but you can bet that they’ve been around for as long as fandom itself has.

we’re able to talk about the mistreatment, racism, misgynoir, anti-semitism and whitewashing etc, etc, in fandom today because we’re carrying on old conversation instead of building from scratch.

i’m hitting 30 in a couple of years time, at which point i’ll have been in fandom for 15 years. i’m critical to tumblr’s cries for ideological purity, but in general i’m not opposed to the direction fandom is heading in, if it means that it becomes more inclusive for more younger marginalised fans. but for the first handful of years of that time, i was ignorant and racist as shit, i had very little awareness of my own internalised prejudices, and i perpetuated a lot of shitty opinions. but i looked to fans of colour who were older than me for guidance and read their discussions about fandom politics and prejudices, i decided to learn and i am honestly so goddamn grateful that they existed.

there’s been a slow paradigm shift over the years. it’s still not great how much white fandom still focus on white men and idolise white women over poc, but people are talking about it more. which means that those discussions have gained tract and white fans are forced to be more and more aware of the racism they perpetuate. i’m not always comfortable with how tumblr goes about it, i generally dislike most of the Discourse, but it’s still more awareness than what it was when fandom was on LJ.

and the sole reason we have that is because older fans carried on those conversations and refused to let these issues die out. so if you’re still saying shit like “if you’re 30+ why are you still in fandom”: they’re here because they built this fucking place

grinningloner  asked:

I saw your post about Mike Hanlon fron It. All I can say is I'm dissapointed with what they did to him. The next time someone starts accusing you of overreacting to a character like Finn from Star Wars for example, potentially being sidelined for a white one, turn their attention to this. This is as blatant a case of sidelining a poc character as you can get. I wouldn't at all be surprised if they continued this trend in Chapter 2. Since this is an ask, are you surprised by this.

No, not really.

King is not known for being the best at representing Black characters, but here we’re talking about a kid who’s story actually dealt a lot with racism and brutality. I suspect they figured that since there was a time shift from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, there would be no issue with racism in New England, which is completely false. (And a bit ironic, since the book, which dealt with racism as a horror, was published in the ‘80s, but the 2017 movie doesn’t want to deal with it at all).

IT is an especially messed up book that will probably never be faithfully adapted to the screen for good reasons, but having a developed Black character and a racial storyline is not one of them.

I hate that twerking has become so mainstream b/c everyone seems to have forgotten what twerking is & what it looks like. So, not only do white people get a pass for being semi mediocre but black children are sexualized in the name of it. When little black girls have an ounce of rhythm it’s “she shouldn’t be doing those moves” and “shouldn’t be out here twerking.” Let kids dance without sexualizing it. Most of the times they aren’t even twerking ppl just don’t like to see black girls happy.

Okay so I’m getting in on the discourse for a change rather than just reblogging stuff.
I’m seeing a lot of “Cinder isn’t Asian” stuff and (quite rightly) a lot of backlash to it.

If you change a POC character’s race to white/Caucasian, that is a form of racism. You might not think it is, as it’s not such an obvious form of racism as you might be used to seeing, but it is.

By changing a POC character’s race, you’re basically erasing that race from the piece of media. As a white woman, I was privileged to grow up reading books that had girls that looked like me, so it was easy for me to escape into their worlds and see myself as the protagonist or one of their friends. I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up and not see characters who look like you and your family/friends.

POC characters are largely invisible in mainstream literature and when they are visible, they’re often the subject of harmful tropes. The Lunar Chronicles is a wonderful exception. It is so important for people of all ages that we’re given diverse and real characters in literature. It’s important for young people to grow up seeing themselves in the pages of their books because it teaches them so much.

Celebrate the POC characters that we’re given. Write POC characters. Read POC characters. Whitewashing is not okay. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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Kamala and the Khan Family

I love Ms Marvel. I love Kamala. I identify with her more than I’ve ever identified almost anyone else, ever.

But what I love even more about this book is the Khan family as a whole. It’s obvious that the creators set out to create a book about family. Sana Amanat, the editor, ends the letters section with one from her mother. “Thanks, MOM,” she responds, “I’m so glad you finally understand what I do for a living. Also I love you” … yeah, the letters section made me cry.

Unlike so many other teenage superhero stories (which I love and adore), Kamala isn’t isolated from hers–nor does she want to be. In mainstream media, we often airlift women of colour out of their familial settings, so that they can be supporting cast members in other people’s stories. It is so lovely to see that Kamala’s super-story will (probably, hopefully) take place alongside her family’s. 

This scene, especially, made my eyeballs mist. Kamala appreciates her parents as people; she recognizes that her parents’ word and hardships. She will still fight with them, because they’re not always right (even when they think they are). She will disobey them and she will forge her own path. But she will do it in a way that still shows some respect. And resonates with me on a pretty personal level…

clari-clyde  asked:

I’d also argue that when Missouri appeared, Kripke was still in the mode of Sam = hero and Dean = Sam’s accessory. It wasn’t until later episodes when Kripke, under Singer’s advice, started to want to develop Dean as a character. But then, as the seasons wore on, Kripke also showed his racist ass and no one challenged him on that and, unfortunately, Missouri became part of a larger pattern.

IDK, Dean was hardly bereft of nuanced, sympathetic characterisation in early s1. As early as the pilot and 1.03 we got our first inklings of how badly traumatised he was by Mary’s death. In 1.04 we catch on that Dean is something of an engineering genius. 1.06 was the first glance at how badly mangled his psyche is thanks to John. 1.08 gave the first hints of an abusive, conflict-ridden upbringing, and then Missouri shows up in 1.09, just when all this should be fresh in the audience’s minds. All through these episodes we see a Dean who puts on airs as an uneducated, Male Platonic Ideal, bad-boy ladykiller but is actually highly-intelligent, empathetic, deeply troubled young man who puts his family first, even above himself, and cares more about saving lives than getting the girl. By the time 1.09 rolls around the show – under Kripke’s direct supervision – has already demonstrated that Dean is a good, if damaged, person and an interesting character.

I will allow, though, that he had been firmly established as being the living (and frayed and desperate) tether holding Sam to the family business, which could on its own be read as “Dean is Sam’s sidekick”, but all the same the first 9-10 episodes treated the brothers pretty evenly in terms of narrative weight.

Where Missouri fits into this is that while she’s decently complex (as much as one can expect of a supporting character who only appears in a single episode) at the core she’s the Magical Negro trope with a thick overlay of Scary Black Momma. The latter, idk, it’s pretty well-rooted in reality – Southern matron types of any race are lionesses – but on the other hand it creates the twin problems of presenting a WOC as irrationally abusive & pointlessly cruel and undermining a POC character’s sympatheticness (good lord how is that a word? English is weird) by having her act with unwarranted hostility towards one of the main characters. I think what Kripke probably intended there was to show that she was a tough, gruff, no-nonsense sort to try to balance out the Magical Negro thing but playing to one stereotype to try to subvert another isn’t always the best idea.

Completely topic, it’s fascinating how the protagonist and POV character are often different characters in SPN.

Beyonce Gets Political, and I Get Snatched Bald: An Overview of Themes and Motifs in the Formation Music Video

It is important that you know, I am not even a Beyonce stan like that. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the post I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced of Jacob Marley’s death before the play began, then there would be nothing remarkable about him showing up at his “business” partner’s house to bitch him out in the middle of the night.

It’s also important to note that Beyonce usually doesn’t go in for this sort of thing. She’s not really the Artist/Activist type. This video is the most political she has ever gotten, and I swear it took the convergence of Black Lives Matter, Black History Month, Mardis Gras, a Nat Turner Rebellion movie, the blatant disrespect of casting a white man to play Michael Jackson, and all the planets to bring us this blessing. Many have said Formation is the phrase, “I love my blackness, and yours.” given physical form. It is all that and more.

Originally posted by lahnvahn

This opening line prepares us for the realness to come

Let’s start with the fact that Formation features a voice over by Big Freedia the Queen Diva of NOLA Bounce. If you don’t know Bounce music, or you don’t know Big Freedia–and if you don’t know Bounce, you won’t know Big Freedia–let me direct you to Youtube so you can educate yourself. I recommend you start with Excuse, and Y’all Get Back Now. Big Freedia also has a very nice feature in Ru Paul’s Peanut Butter.

All throughout this video we are treated to imagery from Black queer culture, from Big Freedia’s voice-over, to dancers, to queens just slaying in the beauty shop. Again, if you are unfamiliar with the richness of Black queer culture, I direct you to the internet, because there’s just too much to explain. Start with Paris Is Burning on Netflix and go from there I guess? Like, literal books have been written and it is too big an undertaking for me alone. But Formation is an anthem for Black Femmes as much as it is for Blackness in general.

Originally posted by yoncehaunted

Beyonce heard all y’all talking that shit about “Why is her hair always done, but she can’t make sure her baby’s hair is done?” Uh, because Blue is a child, and that is her NATURAL HAIR, and she clearly is ROCKING IT.

In fact, this video features A WEALTH of natural hair, textured hair, weaves, perms, braids, Black hair in general.

Note: Baby hairs are small, fine, wispy hairs on your hairline that your mother would brush or gel in a specific way. If you don’t know what a baby hair is, ask a Black person, or someone with “ethnic” hair (gag).

Originally posted by yoncehaunted

Originally posted by freekumdress

Originally posted by 711vevo

In fact, every single person in this video is Black except for the cops.

And let’s talk about that scene

Originally posted by ecstasyformyears

A little black boy dancing his heart out in front of a line of cops in riot gear,

and the cops put their hands up. YES YES YES YES YESYEYSYESYES!!!!!

Originally posted by dorawinifredread

Please note the multiple nods to Majorette culture (okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, prove to me you got some coordination, slay trick or you get eliminated) which is very southern.

Formation is very southern

Originally posted by nerd4music

From Southern Gothic imagery

to people dressed for Mardis Gras

To the scenes with people dressed in 19th century Creole garb, in their parlors, with fans.

Now let’s examine some of the lyrics:

My Daddy Alabama, Mama Louisiana

This is more than a statement about Beyonce’s roots. The vast majority of Black Americans can trace their ancestry to the South, after many of us moved to northern cities in the Great Migration. To this day, the majority of Black people in the US live in the South. I’m a New Yorker for generations back on either side, but guess what? The family reunion each year is held in Virginia, because that’s where my people come from.

I like my negro nose and Jackson Five nostrils

There has literally never been a more full-throated, stalwart, stark as hell positive affirmation of Blackness in mainstream, popular media since the original Black Is Beautiful movement in the 60′s. Maybe not since the Harlem Renaissance? I predict In a few years, people will be inverting their contours and getting plastic surgery to achieve the coveted Jackson Five nostril. Only by then they’ll rename it something more palatable to the mainstream (Read: white people).

I got hot sauce in my bag

Let me tell you something about my septuagenarian Grandparents: they literally always have a bottle of hot sauce in their car. Like many retirees, they like to travel, take cruises, do old people stuff. Never have they ever gone anywhere without a bottle of hot sauce. Never has my grandfather been in a restaurant and not requested hot sauce–even though he always has his own.

As I type this, I have a bottle of hot sauce on my night stand, next to my bed. Why? Because I put that shit on everything, and it’s just more convenient to keep it handy. I put hot sauce on pepperoni pizzas. Sometimes I sip out of the hot sauce bottle like it’s a fine wine.

I make all this money, but they’ll never take the country out me

A reminder to never forget your roots, a statement about preserving your identity under the pressures of assimilation, or commentary on respectability politics–no matter how much money you make, how famous you become, you’ll always be Black to the powers that be? Trick question. It’s all three

Originally posted by northgang

BLACK AS HELL

Note: Red Lobster is known to be the de-facto Black date night restaurant. I have no idea why.

All of this culminates in Beyonce, sprawled atop a NOLA police car, sinking into the flood waters of Katrina. She metaphorically drowns the police in a flood caused by the colossal abdication of responsibility by those in power at the expense of the disenfranchised. She is prostrated on the symbolic corpse of the oppressor as it is subsumed by water.

I Literally Can Not.

Other images that made me want to praise dance:

  1. Black man riding a horse down the street. Little known fact, Black people were some of the first cowboys in the American west. For the most famous example, see the actual man The Lone Ranger is based off of.
  2. The newspaper with the picture of Martin Luther King and front page headline that read, “More Than A Dreamer.” A reference to the #ReclaimMLK movement, which is about countering the sanitized, white-washed, commodified version of his message with the reality of his radicalism.
  3. The fact that the portraits on the walls of the mansion are of Black women
  4. I slay, I slay, I slay

@crissle, @melinapendulum, @chescaleigh, @jemandthediazepams

anonymous asked:

Why does it fucking matter what people draw a character? The show is meant for a variety of interpretations

hiya! so if you’re white, this probably doesn’t mean a lot to you! you’re probably like, “wow, why is this important?” that’s because you don’t know what it’s like to not be represented in media! a lot of things get made in your image, and everything caters to you, and race in media doesn’t even seem important anymore

however, as someone who is definitely not white? it kinda sucks to never see anyone who even vaguely looks like you ever! so many things don’t have any characters of colour whatsoever, and with taz you can literally imagine whatever you want! that’s why i don’t have any white headcanons. it’s because there’s more than enough white characters in the world.

however, here are some more reasons why this is important to me, em roswelltxt:

  • historically, poc do not have a place in fantasy media, apart from like, terribly racist caricatures (ie. orcs). this is an opportunity to create a space for poc!
  • making characters white simply because you’re white is, frankly, boring! like, come on!! as a white creator you can help push designs of poc and like, really shift people’s thinking. you have a lot of freedom with stuff like this, so why not make some people of colour happy!!
  • white/green taakos get championed the most, out of all character designs. this is especially prevalent in the adventure zine! a post about that was made by my bud rob flovvright over here
  • continuing from that point, i know what it’s like to be worried about posting nonwhite hcs in a fandom that makes a character predominantly white all the time! i want to be the person i wish i had when i was growing up in fandoms, you know? i want artists of colour to know their nonwhite boys are good and perfect! 

so yes. a variety of interpretations are welcome, and as i’ve repeatedly said, people not drawing nonwhite boys doesn’t keep me up at night. however, it’s important to consider what being represented does for people of colour, who seldom have a place in media.