So You Think You’re Not Racist

Alternate title: “Levels of Racism: Why White Fans and Creators Have a Responsibility to Confront Our Biases”

So here’s a thing I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m pretty sure it’s nothing new and if anyone knows of resources written by Black people that address this, please send me the info because I definitely want to read them. 

(Also if I’ve misstepped or misspoken in any way, please let me know. Criticism is welcome.)

Part of the difficulty of discussing racism, particularly with other white people, is that we don’t actually think about the same thing when we talk about racism. The way I see it, there are three levels:

  1. Individual beliefs and actions that are rooted in racial prejudice
  2. Subconscious racial bias that comes from socialization
  3. Systemic racism enshrined in institutions of power

There are probably more in between, and obviously these aren’t strict black and white categories; there’s a lot of overlap and blurred lines involved. I don’t know if any particular level is worse than the others, and I don’t think I’m qualified to speak on that. But I think these work well as large bucket categories.

The problem is that often people are talking about different levels without actually realizing it. When I try to get my parents to understand why level 2 might lead them to judge Colin Kaepernick’s method of protest unfairly, they respond as if I’ve accused them of level 1 racism. When I tell my coworker that I don’t like the Bruins because the crowd booed PK Subban every time he had the puck, I can tell he’s desperately trying to come up with a reason other than race because he doesn’t want to accuse an entire stadium of people of being level 1 racists, when really the problem is probably a mix of 1 & 2.

And obviously, they’re all bad. They’re all racism and we should fight against all of them. But I think we have to fight against the different levels in different ways, which is why people get frustrated with these conversations.

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By sskuvira

“So … I fell in love with the characters from The Legend of Korra and spent the last two years drawing them. The show contains a vast array of female characters: many are (canon) or could be interpreted as queer, differently-abled, and non-binary and ALL of them are women of color.
Representation in the media absolutely matters. I could have saved myself a lot of emotional stress and mental anguish growing up if there had been more/better representation of queer women of color on TV.

I’ve spent a lot of time and effort drawing these characters; exploring the nuances and crossing them over into other shows/books. I try to keep the work very optimistic or positive: Body positive, sex positive, with many different types of relationships. Drawing the characters being unabashedly queer….modeling different body types …. just out their living their lives….that type of world building in art…. can have a huge affect on the artists own self-image.

Drawing these characters is a type of healing for me…. and hopefully positive for the viewers. It’s a different type of activism”

This piece of art was submitted to the @aroomoftheirown​ project, a blog and zine that seeks document the myriad of ways in which LGBT content creators and fandom participants use fanworks as a celebration of their identities and to force popular mainstream media to reflect their lived experiences by collecting essays, comics, and interviews documenting how LGBT members of fandom use their various talents to carve out a space for themselves in mainstream fiction and to explore their identities in a relatively safe space.

The blog that will accept submissions on a consistent basis and the eventual goal is to compile a selection of the pieces into a zine or a series of zines, the proceeds of which will go to the Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline

To learn more or submit to the project, click here.

anonymous asked:

It saddens me to see people always complaining about bi rep, and I know we should always be aiming higher, but it feels like nothing will ever be good enough for people. The characters/films I identify with are always shouted down as being 'bad rep', but this whole YA trope of it only being 'good rep' if characters end up in a monogamous, same-sex relationship ignores and erases a lot of bi people. *rant over*

Wanting better bi rep can easily cross the line into respectability politics, as if bi people don’t want to be represented by a polyamorous bi person or a sexually active bi person. Whether a bi person ends up in a same-sex relationship or a different-sex relationship gets tricky, because sometimes heteronormative writers can’t imagine a happy ending in a same-sex relationship, but people lobbying for this kind of representation can at times end up being biphobic as well. We aren’t less bi or less queer depending on who we are dating, but it is understandable to want same-sex representation as well.

What I think this boils down to is queer people fighting over crumbs of representation. We shouldn’t be fighting amongst ourselves to make the only non-straight character in a show fit our individual identities. It’s not a zero-sum game. As it is, we are reduced to begging them to just say the word “bisexual” onscreen one time! If there were more non-straight characters including bi characters, if the numbers of us onscreen even approached the percentage we are in real life, we could have polyamorous bi characters, closeted bi characters, bi and aro characters, bi POC, bi people ending up with people of any gender or being happy to remain single. One character alone shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of being the perfect representation, because there is no one way to be bisexual. What we need is more bi characters!

Dear white women feminists who loved Wonder Woman–

Listen, I also loved Wonder Woman. But I also think that Diana would be the first to note that we are not free until we are all free. So if you posted a thousand times about how important WW was for little girls to see, then I hope you are also prepared to post a thousand times about how important the new Black Panther movie is for black kids- girls and boys- to see.

I saw Wonder Woman, and I teared up the first time she stormed the battlefield in her full regalia. But, as a black woman, I couldn’t not notice that the women who looked like me played supporting, and largely non-speaking, background parts. Black Panther is the chance for women who look like me to see ourselves as the heroes in our own story. To see ourselves as warriors, as epic royalty, as fully actualized superheroes. In a major studio blockbuster, no less. Never- not ever- has that happened before.

We are looking forward to your support.

Can we talk about American Gods? We really have a dark-skin black woman playing a Biblical Queen and a Love Goddess. We have Black People portraying Egyptian Gods. The lead of the show is black. They have West African Gods being portrayed on mainstream media. Seeing black people’s mythology and history represented on screen by black actors is a big thing. People aren’t even aware of nor regard the several figures in Abrahamic religions being African. .
This Black Queer Love Story Is Exactly What The Comic World Needs
You'll literally fall in love with this queer romance novella.

Black queer love between two women often goes underrepresented in any medium.

Writer Tee Franklin wants to help change this with her forthcoming comic “Bingo Love.” It follows the fictional story of Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, beginning from the time they fall in love as teenagers in 1963.

Their parents find out and forbid them from seeing each other again. The women lead separate lives, marrying men whom neither of them love. Hazel and Mari reunite at a bingo hall and old feelings surface. They divorce their husbands and live out their truth as a married couple, a light in which audiences rarely see elderly black women. Their love story extends all the way to 2030.

The 80-page graphic novella is one of the first of its kind.

Franklin, who created #BlackComicsMonth in 2015 to promote diversity in the straight white male-dominated industry, said inclusive stories like “Bingo Love” are crucial. She said that sometimes white superheroes aren’t as exciting as representation in comics…

This looks adorable, I would love to read this :3 Representation in so many ways. This is actually what we all need! Thank you Tee Franklin!

I’m glad her crowd-funding was successful so she can bring this to light.