true diversity

I am all for poc being cast in roles that highlight their cultural history and struggles

But can we also campaign for giving poc roles that are about an average person with average problems????? Roles that are given to white people by default…….

A black girl in a romance movie where the greatest obstacle isn’t her race and the greatest reward isn’t that she ends up with the white dude…….

A romantic comedy where all the poc characters aren’t stereotyped by what Hollywood classifies as their culture…..

A coming of age story starring a diverse group of children instead of a token (stereotyped) minority character…..

Can we make movies that don’t make the family dynamics in black or latinx culture dramatic or toxic?????

Can we have more Muslim representation in general????????

Can we show non-christian religions as more than oppressive?????

Can we give poc more roles than the ones that were “written for them”?????

Can we make movies showing the true diversity of society rather than trying to convince ppl that poc are just sprinkles in a white world ????????

Whence all this passion towards conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and you will have no tyrant states. Why, if they follow this conformity business, they’ll end up by forcing me, an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but the lack of one. Must I strive towards colorlessness? But seriously and without snobbery, think of what the world would lose if that should happen. America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain.
—  Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (born in this day in 1914)
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I am a Sheith shipper. Like, I ship Sheith so much it hurts sometimes. But if I see Klance artwork that is beautifully done (or any other ship for that matter) I am going to admire it and give credit to the wonderful, imaginative, and talented creators. You know why? Because true fans understand diversity and love other fans regardless of who they ship. In the end, we’re one big dysfunctional family, but we’re a family nonetheless. So let’s start acting like it. :)

theatlantic.com
I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days
When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country.
By Rumana Ahmed

I might have lasted a little longer. Then came January 30. The executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries caused chaos, without making America any safer. Discrimination that has existed for years at airports was now legitimized, sparking mass protests, while the president railed against the courts for halting his ban. Not only was this discrimination and un-American, the administration’s actions defending the ban threatened the nation’s security and its system of checks and balances.

Alt-right writers, now on the White House staff, have claimed that Islam and the West are at war with each other. Disturbingly, ISIS also makes such claims to justify their attacks, which for the most part target Muslims. The Administration’s plans to revamp the Countering Violent Extremism program to focus solely on Muslims and use terms like “radical Islamic terror,” legitimize ISIS propaganda and allow the dangerous rise of white-supremacist extremism to go unchecked.

Placing U.S. national security in the hands of people who think America’s diversity is a “weakness” is dangerous. It is false.

People of every religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and age pouring into the streets and airports to defend the rights of their fellow Americans over the past few weeks proved the opposite is true––American diversity is a strength, and so is the American commitment to ideals of  justice and equality.

American history is not without stumbles, which have proven that the nation is only made more prosperous and resilient through struggle, compassion and inclusiveness. It’s why my parents came here. It’s why I told my former 5th grade students, who wondered if they still belonged here, that this country would not be great without them.

anonymous asked:

You may think Italy's accepting a lot of refugees, but compared to countries like France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands Italy is not racially diverse. You have a lot of Romanians and Albanians so an ethnically diverse certainly, but statistically speaking very few non-ethnic-Europeans so not racially diverse

not true 

The fact that Moonlight won Best Picture and 90% of people are only talking about the mix up meme is exactly why the Academy purposefully did this ~accidental switch~. They want to satisfy those asking for recognition for diversity but also keep the achievement from being the focus of the night, because it would put more pressure on the Academy to continue the act of celebrating true diversity. I’m not saying that you can’t make jokes and share funny memes about the fake out, but don’t lose focus on what the important part is - the part that White Hollywood is trying to hide from you.

I know there’s this stereotype that’s going around that all demigirls use she/her pronouns and are feminine, but I’m here to tell you that this is not true! We are all diverse, so to refer to us as a single monolith is injustice at best.

but I’m also here to tell you that if you DO fit that stereotype, don’t feel ashamed for it! you are valid and beautiful just the way you are!

all us demigirls need to stick up for each other, because in the end we’re all we’ve got!

So, I just found out about the new Eurovision 2017 slogan (personally I find it really cool) and I look at the YouTube comments, and it’s full of hate for the logo and slogan “Celebrate Diversity,” most of which I find atrocious.

This is the slogan:

First off, I saw a comment saying, and I quote, “the emblem of anal beads”. This is mocking Ukrainian culture and the Namysto that the logo is based on. On the official Eurovision website, it states that “Celebrate Diversity is the central message for this year’s event and is complimented by a creative logo design based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace known as Namysto. More than just a piece of jewellery, Namysto is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and celebrates both diversity and individuality.” Comparing a unique aspect of Ukrainian culture to a sex toy is just unfathomable. It disgusts me how immature people are these days. Sure, it doesn’t look like all the other logos, but that’s because Ukraine wants to do something unique and keep a theme that is beautiful and honestly, should be taken more seriously.

There’s also a comment from a person, I won’t say names, so let’s just call him Steve. Steve commented on the YouTube video, “Celebrate Diversity….what liberal bullshit is this? Its all fun when Diversity means unique countries with a strong national image, but if every country has the same “diversity” of people, then nothing is unique about them and the actual diversity is lost.“ It’s a little hard to understand, but I think they are trying to say that in every country and culture there are the same types of people and true diversity is not prominent. But I think that the logo and slogan wants to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity between cultures as well as people, because we all are different and unique. Every person has their own personality and belong in a different culture. As the executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand says, “The notion of celebrating diversity builds on last year’s theme of ‘Come Together’ and is at the heart of Eurovision values: it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music”.

So, my final question is, why criticize Ukraine’s effort to celebrate the diversity of the Contest and people around the world? Why make fun of the logo if it is an unprecedented sight? The production team worked long and hard to create a slogan with meaning to Eurovision and Ukraine’s message that they want to portray (even if we’ve heard or seen the words diversity many times), and a logo filled with meaning and historical culture to go along with it. 

So why do people hate it so much?

Ok this might lead to discourse but idgaf. Ok so apparently some people are mistaking equality for conformity. I don’t know about you but equality for me never meant that we all had to be the same. In fact true equality embraces diversity. Equality is the baseline we should strive for. HOW that equality is expressed may differ from person to person. People have different needs. But we all deserve a place in the shared public space. We deserve to be given a chance at life and access to the necessities of life. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg. How we achieve equality will involve acknowledging, working with/accommodating and celebrating differences but the end result is still equality. And equality will involve us becoming more united. We cannot have equality if we are divided and hate each other. It just does not work. If we don’t come to care for one another and see us all as members of the Earth Biosphere then we won’t be motivated to achieve true equality. Because while equality is a goal that we should strive for it is not the end result. Well-being is the ultimate goal. Equality itself is ultimately a means to an end in some ways. Well- being comes by being valued and loved and being free. No matter who you are and BECAUSE of who you are. This was a realization I just had today it really blew my mind. I just want to be well. I just want to be free. And seeing the world like that I want everyone to have the opportunity to have that as well. And that is equality for me.

@ladybookmad made a post about Read the Margin this December, which is a challenge to read only authors from marginalized groups, and I thought it was a great idea. Hopefully it will help shine light on the stories of people who are often ignored (or stereotyped) by the dominant white/straight/cis narrative.

My reading list:

The Mortifications by Derek Palacio—Cuban-American

The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa—Palestinian-American

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie—Native American (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi—Nigerian-British

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam—Bangladeshi-American/Muslim/LGBTQ

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7 of the top 10 on Masterchef Junior are children of color. Aka not 9 white kids and a random Asian kid. And that my friends is a beautiful thing to see.

Shockingly its Fox that is showing true diversity and respect to cultures.