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anonymous asked:

I didn't realize that inter-racial couples was such a know issue until Pitch started. Not being American I don't really get why it's an issue in this day and age, you'd think people would be more accepting of it.

Anon, the issue is not so much an American one. It’s a two-fold problem with the need to preserve white female supremacy in sexuality and desirability, and white insistence on being the norm.

Let’s tackle the supremacy issue first. Racism and white patriarchy made white women top of the desirability totem pole. Attraction to non-white women is a non-issue so long as the idea of the white woman as the holy grail remains salient. Historically speaking, white women were off limits to the black community. A black man could and would be lynched, castrated, and set afire for even looking at one. The movie “Birth of a Nation” (the original) made the case that the Ku Klux Klan was formed to protect white female purity from ravenous black men looking to rape them. And while white women collectively express the progressive view that they are and wish to remain sexually liberated, they have and continue to benefit from the sexual hierarchy. Now when you add interracial relationships with black women–who have been regaled to bottom of the totem pole as wholly undesirable despite our alleged sexual prowess–this hierarchy is threatened. And not because black women are superior, but because racial issues survive on the principle of a dichotomy (black:white; good:bad; wrong:right). If the black woman is taken out of her place at the bottom of the scale, where does that leave the white woman? Superiority cannot exist without inferiority, so the scale must be maintained for white women to maintain their top spot. When the relationship is with a white man–the pinnacle of male sexuality and desirability–the scale is even further threatened. White men set the tone globally, so if white men are in loving, devoted relationships with black women where no fetishization is taking place, where there is no white “upgrade” waiting to happen, where the black woman is actively desired and chosen, the rest of the world will follow suit and this is threatening to the white woman’s sense of self.

As for white entitlement to be included in all things, that one’s almost self-explanatory. All consumable media except that which makes a deliberate effort not to be, is populated by whiteness. Television casts that are not heavily white are an anomaly and the media reacts as such (Orange is the New Black comes to mind). This has led to white people not comprehending their absence or exclusion. They’ve literally never been excluded. Marginalized groups in America have grown up consuming media that regales them to places similar to real life: in the margins. White people have never been there. White women ages 18-49 are the prime television demographic, so when a show like Pitch comes along and lacks the representation of that demographic in their usual spot (the female lead/ primary love interest), a dissonance is created because these women lack a self-insert character. Couple this with the supremacy issue I mentioned above, and you have a recipe for fandom racism masquerading as feminism. “She’s too independent to have a man” or “Why does there have to be a romance?” means “This version of black women [the non-sassy, non-matriarchal, sexually desirable but not in a dehumanizing way black woman] does not coincide with my prescribed images of them and I don’t understand” or “I don’t view black women sexually/desirably and can’t understand others doing so.”

TL;DR: Fandom is inherently racist and continually perpetuates racist stereotypes despite it’s progressive image.

What was fun was during the filming of “Twin Peaks,” whenever David [Lynch] would come in and do an episode – and that’s something that’s never done because in television the writer is top of the totem pole – and he would come in and basically the script would just end up being destroyed. He would take out pages, we’d rearrange scenes, we’d change dialogue. I mean, we’d just completely bastardize what we had. And that was fun. It really felt like the inmates were taking over the asylum for a week, which he enjoyed as well. But it was always with a purpose.

Kyle MacLachlan

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From top to bottom:

SACRED RAM * Skull Totem Staff * Private Collection

BLESSED RAVEN * Black Obsidian Crystal Skull Staff * Private Collection

MISTRESS OF THE FOREST * Quartz Crystal Staff * Private Collection

PENDRAGON FIRE * Smoky Quartz Crystal Staff * Private Collection

AMARANTHINE DREAMS * Amethyst Quartz Crystal Staff * Available

Having read through quite a bit of analyses and seeing the intensity of discussions concerning Book Four’s final scene, I thought I would throw in my two cents in an attempt to find some common ground.  I believe Bryke knew exactly what the scene implied when designing it, but they left it purposely ambiguous to allow the viewer to come to his/her own conclusions on what it signified. I’d even venture to presume that they themselves haven’t even decided what is in fact canon. By ending the show in this matter, they gave that power to the fans, who they knew would interpret the scene in a variety of ways. So is Korrasami canon? Maybe. The beauty (or perhaps cruelty) of this endgame is that we’ll never likely know, and much like the final shot of the spinning totem top in Inception, this scene leaves fans having to decide what comes next.

Black Females Are The Main Targets Of “Beauty” Terrorism
Since BEAUTY is largely a feminine concept, females are more likely than males to be JUDGED, VALUED, and DEVALUED solely by
how far they rate up or down on the “attractiveness” scale.
Men are also victimized by beauty standards but are able to overcome their physical shortcomings by bringing money, status, power,
and/or fame to the table.

In a white supremacy society (like America) whites set the standard for what is “normal” and good. “Whiteness” is given the highest
value, and the “whitest” female with the palest skin, hair, and eyes is placed at the top of the beauty totem pole, while the “blackest” female
with the darkest skin, hair, and eyes is forced to the bottom.
When it comes to BEAUTY, all non-white females – black, red, brown, and yellow – are INFERIORIZED (made to appear inferior) to
maintain the superior position of the white female.

BEAUTY then becomes a zero-sum equation: if one thing is good; the opposite must be bad. In other words, for the white female to be
beautiful (good), the black female must be ugly (bad).
While it’s true that black males are severely degraded in the mainstream media – especially dark-skinned black males – their degradation has more to do with stereotyping their behavior rather than ridiculing their physical features.

The proof:
Black males are NOT pressured to look “whiter” or to have longer, straighter, processed, or weaved hair – or any hair at all. Black male
sex symbols range from the darkest complexions (like Wesley Snipes) to the lightest complexions (like Boris Kodjoe) BUT it is difficult to
impossible to name ONE black actress as DARK-SKINNED as Samuel Jackson who plays the role of a desirable sex symbol in ANY
Hollywood-produced movie or TV show, OR in ANY independent black film for that matter.
Black females are the MOST likely group in America to be targeted AND terrorized by the (white) mainstream media and by white
society in general based SOLELY on the way they look. For example, in the May 2011 issue of Psychology Today:
“Why are African-American Women Rated Less Attractive Than
Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?”

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Where Alchemist was most in tune with nature in the form of elements, Onyx was more like a “beast.” He was capable of traveling in spirit across time or space, thanks to his artefact, the Triptych Mask.

The Three faces of the mask allowed him to freely access his own subconscious and the roots of living awareness in all creatures; he shared vision with beings he could never meet, across distances he could never travel, gaining knowledge from other ways of being so alien that the rest of us would not even recognize them. This ability made him seem powerful and a little frightening at times, and his alpha nature made him play this up.

The first mask, at the top of the totems, was named Farsight. This opened visions into other places and times, many real, some unreal - he knew the difference, but nobody else who tried to see through it could tell what was truth and what was some distance creature’s dream.

The second mask, in the center of the column, was Predator. This gave him immediate insight into any creature, so that he could hunt is faultlessly.

The third marks was the strange undead face of Mournsong - it was alive and vigorous on the back, but cold and empty on the front - and gave visions that only Onyx was able to comprehend. He reported faithfully, watching me write it down, that “Mournsong shows the journey of a Spark across the hidden regions of death.”

Onyx was the only Prime so powerfully attuned to spirit. Some considered him illogical and fanciful, but there was a burning, friendly loyalty about Onyx that simply made him good to be around. He was inspiring, and for that he was unique in being the friend of all Primes.

- The Covenant of Primus, Onyx Prime