watermelon and black people

goldstar-goldfish-deactivated20  asked:

Is it stereotypical to have a scene in which a black character and her mother go and get their hair done? It's something that they always do together and the hairstyle they have (crochet braids) does play an important role later in the story (symbol of royalty and she has to go into hiding). The character has already been established as black; I just wanted to use this scene to both show some of her interactions with her mom and establish why cutting out the braids later will be significant.

Tradition and Culture vs. Stereotype

This is adorable. They’ve created a tradition and i’m sure it’s something other Black families do, whether it be father and son and/or mothers and daughters getting their hair done together. 

Personally, I grew up for many years getting my hair done with my sisters, my mom waiting in the salon, bringing us fast food and nearby gas station eats to snack on while they tugged and twisted away at our hair. So that became an unintentional tradition of sorts. 

People with little care or understanding can easily weaponize a piece of Black culture into a flat stereotype. Consider, for example, watermelon. It was a fruit Black Americans could make a living off of, a symbol of freedom. Whites used that against us, instead turning this symbol of freedom into a mockery with dehumanizing “art” depictions and jokes and now no one wants to be associated with it.

The stereotype that African Americans are excessively fond of watermelon emerged for a specific historical reason and served a specific political purpose. The trope came into full force when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture, becoming so pervasive that its historical origin became obscure. Few Americans in 1900 would’ve guessed the stereotype was less than half a century old.“

Source: How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope

I see the same thing happen with other pieces of Black culture. Braids and Afro hairstyles, southern food, and music like rap and r&b as some examples. Whatever it may be, Black traditions (on Black bodies) can hold a heavy stigma, often relegated to "ghetto” and “stereotypical.”

Really, it’s just more racism, society’s smear campaign against anything Black. So don’t let that stop you from having Black characters engage in their culture!

Now, recognize these things can still be used as stereotypes, especially if you group all Black people as liking and doing the same things. No, not all Black people like rap or automatically should you assume they do because Black. And if they do, that doesn’t mean they don’t wind down to classical music in the evenings! Don’t compose characters based on only what you assume you “know” about Black people. That’s when you’ll get a flat stereotypical character who lacks depth. People are dynamic, and many many things.

In summary: Adding Black cultural aspects does not a stereotype make!

For more on this, please read the response here of a question we received on Black weddings, where my (and the other Black mods’) blackness was questioned for giving a portrayal of Black weddings that was too “Stereotypical” when it was literally us describing Black weddings we’ve attended.

~Mod Colette

“Being Politically Correct means treating people with equality!”

<Generalizes about white people eating bland food, especially mayonnaise>

“LOL! That’s so funny! And always true!”

<Tells a joke about black people eating watermelon>

“OMG YOU RACIST, BIGOTED, TRUMP-SUPPORTING SCUM!”

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“The melanin in my skin proves to be too much for the ears of others and because I…

Enunciate clearly –

They tell me that I talk white?

Like “talkin’ black” means talkin’ slang with my Kool-Aid, watermelon, and chicken wangs!

How are black people supposed to talk? 

Like “bands a make her dance, bands a make her dance, these cheeks clappin’ and they ain’t usin’ hands”

Twerk teamin’ and screamin’ WORLDSTAR with they hands to the cielin’”


PLEASE. PLEASE watch and listen! Let me know your thoughts.

Wow, Black People in Alabama put that  sorority in Alabama under fire that printed those racist T-shirts with a Black Man eating watermelon and black people picking cotton. Soooo, will you all put to rest  the myth that  white women “are not as racist” as white men? But, I still wonder if the subject of their racism was a black woman would their be a similar reaction? Probably NOT!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering, you don't have to do this if you don't want to or if you're too busy or whatever, if you have any tips on doing french characters? I'm thinking of putting a french character in my book and was wondering about maybe some stuff about english/american that's weird to you or something just like, about the french people? Again, you can totally ignore this if you're uncomfortable or if you don't have time, I know you're a busy gal. It would just be super great if you could ^.^

Hi anon ^^

It’s a tricky question because French people can be very different according to the place they live, their social or ethnic background, their education or just because of the fact that we are all different but I’m gonna try to tell you about “general trends” and our relationship with Americans. Here is a (certainly incomplete) list, in no particular order.

- French people have a pretty “dry” and dark sense of humor. If they are a bit “mean” to you, it means that they like you and that you are a part of their circle. Think South Park, Georges Carlin, Chris Rock and even for some people, Jimmy Carr. Also, all the “white guuurls” jokes don’t  make any sense to us. It doesn’t mean that we don’t joke about racial stuff but it’s different. So yeah, we are often pretty violent verbally, but it doesn’t mean we are angry. It can be a bit baffling for foreigners because they don’t know when we are joking or when we are really angry.

- We don’t have the same racial stereotypes. For instance, this racist cliché about black people liking watermelon or chicken is beyond understanding for a French. I remember this hilarious French forum thread about Mary J. Blige being called out because she was in that Burger King commercial 4-5 years ago. People were outraged and didn’t understand why it was such a problem. “If this damn woman wants to be in a commercial, it’s her problem!” - “I don’t understand. Is it because she’s a rap artist and it’s not good for her image?” - “Are vegans not happy or something?”. And it’s finally after the 50th comment that someone explained that the association “chicken/black people” could be seen as racist in the USA and the whooole thread went O____o

- Ok, sorry about that one but….the American “PC culture”. It doesn’t mean that in France everything is allowed or that we are not offended by precise topics, it means that we often have the impression that American are offended by the tiniest things. Whether it’s objectively true or false doesn’t matter: it’s the general impression that we have. For instance, in political debate shows in France, when someone is easily offended, you can be sure that at a  moment or another you are gonna have a “We are not in the USA” (or more recently “We are not in Sweden” - Sorry Sweden :S) from one of the participants.

- No, we don’t hate Americans for fuck’s sake. Ok, sometimes, we tend to see Americans as a bit arrogant (but we see ourselves as fucking arrogant too, don’t worry) but we have for instance nothing against American tourists. We also have a great respect for WW2 veterans:

(US army veteran Jack Schlegel, 91 y.o at the time, in front of the street named after him.)

- Everything is the government’s fault and the government should do something about it (whatever the problem of the moment is)…but on the other hand, it shouldn’t interfere too much either. xD

- French people have no problem finding ways to get around the law when they judge the law is restricting their everyday life and that “we can’t do anything anymore in this fucking country”. Simple example. Before, in cafés and restaurants, you had a smoking and a non-smoking area. It stopped when an anti-smoking law was voted and that all the bars, cafés and restaurants had to become 100% non-smoking. Do you know what happened? The shop owners installed heating devices in the restaurant terraces to give people the possibility to smoke outside and then, they closed the terraces with some sort of plastic wraps. You are outside and inside at the same time. Inside because you are hot and you can eat like in a normal restaurant but outside in regard of the French law.

- We love to complain, we are big mouths. That’s our way of communicating. For instance, this is how French illustrator Uderzo sees us (and it’s also one of the most famous gags in French comics: A fight that starts because of the bad smell of the fish shop. You have one in every volume of Astérix)

- We are a bit pessimistic. We are individualistic (you can see it in the way people act toward each other in the streets, they don’t care about other) but we see the ideas of solidarity and fraternity as important (don’t fucking touch to the NHS). It’s a fucking contradiction. We are also a bit disorganized but as it’s our way of living we don’t realize it. It drives tourists and foreigners living in France nuts.

- We don’t open easily and sometimes we can see as suspicious someone who asks too many questions, particularly in Paris (less in the south, though)

- There’s a great hypocrisy concerning money. We live in a country where the notion of social classes is very important to us, where rich people are often despised and not seen as examples and where we don’t talk about how much we earn…but a lot of us want to be rich: we spent millions of Euros a year in lottery games. Speaking of social classes…

- Our relationship to communism is different. At the time where USA were obsessed to know who was communist and who was not, the communist party was one of the strongest parties in France, particularly among the working class. Consequently, it’s not unusual for a French to have a communist grand-father. In other words don’t freak out if you hear someone says “My grand Pa, who was a member of the Communist Party in the 70′s…”

- Lunch break is important. It baffles foreigners to see how long we take to have lunch even when we are busy. And we are obsessed with “good” food too. Yes, that one is true…even if we are the #1 European con summers when it comes hamburgers. Once again: contradiction.

- Hugging people. That’s not natural at all. Either we kiss people on the cheeks (2 times or 3 times or even 4 times depending on people or on the region they are from. It can awkward sometimes because you never know how many times someone will kiss you), either we shake their hands but hugging feels very…intimate and awkward.

- Secularity. We don’t joke with that shit. The US President ending his speeches with “God bless America” is something you will never see in France. The French President ends up his speeches with “Long live the Republic, long live France”, no reference to God.

- We don’t care about what politicians do with their private life and we don’t expect apologies when it happens. If they cheat on their wife or have 5 mistresses, it’s their problem. When the affair between President Hollande and Julie Gayet became public, a lot of people were not happy that he cheated on his partner, Valérie Trierveiler but the main concern was that he did all this using the tax payers money…and that he got caught because honestly, François, it’s not good for the image of the country.

(At least, we had fun with “scooter memes”)

- There’s a French obsession around a graduation degree called “The Baccalauréat”. French parents ABSOLUTELY want their kids to have this degree…while complaining that this degree has no value anymore because French schools have turned into an idiot factory (”une usine à crétins”)

- There’s a kind of “rivalry” between Paris and the rest of France. Parisians seem to see themselves as better than the rest of the country (it’s not my fault if it’s true…just saying. What? Yes, I’m a Parisian, how did you realize?) and the rest of France sees Parisian as grumpy, cold, despising, full of themselves, stressed sons of bitches. (ok, this is maybe true too but being amazing and fab comes with a price, ok?)

- Names. Like seriously enough with names like Yvette, Nicole or Robert if you write about someone who is in their 20-30′s. Nathan, Lucas, Léo, Gabriel, Timéo, Enzo, Louis, Raphaël, Arthur, Hugo, Jules, Ethan, Adam, Nolan, Tom, Noah, Théo, Sacha, Maël, Mathis. (most given boys names in 2015) and Emma, Lola, Chloé, Inès, Léa, Manon, Jade, Louise, Léna, Lina, Zoé, Lilou, Camille, Sarah, Eva, Alice, Maëlys, Louna, Romane, Juliette (most given girls names in 2015) are fine.
 
- France is a multi-ethnic country….

…so you can have a French character called Fatou or Sofiane. We have a lot of people from African or north-African descent, particularly in big cities. And exactly like French names, the trends have changed when it comes to the names of kids from north-African descents. For instance, bit less Mohamed and Fatima and more Rayan, Anis, Ilyès, or Sara. On the contrary, Asian kids (mainly with parents or grand-parents from China, Thailand, Vietnam) tend to have French names.

- We have a love/hate relationship with our national football team. They are a bunch of rude uneducated thugs with no values..except when they win, of course.

- We don’t care about striped shirts (at the exception of people from Brittany: striped shirts, the famous marinière, is imporiant) and mimes. Unless we are loaded, we don’t wear designer clothes.

- I don’t care what boring French movies with Louis Garrel show you, we don’t live in this kind of apartments (except for some rich people, of course):

And speaking of movies. A lot of French people pretend they know something/care about old movies but a lot of us have never seen a Nouvelle Vague movie. They are even considered as boring and pretentious.

- American supersize stuff. Is it really necessary? I mean, you can feed a family of 4 during two months with some of your portions.

- That thing below…

…is a fucking “pain au chocolat”. Don’t let people from the south west of France tell you it’s a “chocolatine”. They will try to fool you but stay strong my little one!

Voilà! The result of brainstorming with some friends. TLDR: We are loud, full of contradictions, nice if you understand our sense of humor and don’t touch to our NHS.

Good luck to you and happy writing. ♥

“In a book I found at the library, a camp song about a watermelon vine was illustrated with caricatures of sleepy-looking black people sitting by trees, grinning and eating watermelon. Slowly, the hideousness of the stereotype began to sink in. In the eyes of those who told and repeated the jokes, we were shuffling, googly-eyed and lesser than.

Perhaps my allergy was actually a deep physical revulsion that came from the psychological impression and weight of the association. Whatever it was, I could no longer eat watermelon.”

The Pain of the Watermelon Joke is a powerful op-ed essay in today’s New York Times from Jacqueline Woodson. Her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Image credit: Eleanor Taylor

It Got Worse

Just when we thought UK politics was calming down with the appointee of reasonably sane (if very right wing) Theresa May as Prime Minister…she’s only gone and appointed Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

That means he’s in charge of MI6 (foreign intelligence, like the CIA), GCHQ (signals intelligence, like the NSA) and diplomacy.  Yes, diplomacy. This is the guy who said that Barack Obama was anti-Brexit because he held a grudge against the UK ‘because he was Kenyan’, and has once referred to black people as “picaninnies” and said they had ‘watermelon smiles’. When he was editor of the Spectator he allowed articles to run that suggested black people had lower IQs and also talked about “Orientals”. He’s also said Islam “is the problem”…and has said incredibly homophobic things on multiple occasions.

Jesus fucking Christ.

I am hereby apologising in advance to all the countries and peoples Boris Johnson will be officially offending on behalf of the United Kingdom.

if you’re and your family are voting out (or not voting at all) you’re voting for boris johnson (who described black people as “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles”) to be our prime minister. you’re voting in favour of violent british football fans who go to france and clash with the police, chanting "fuck off europe, we’re all voting out”. you’re voting for racist and xenophobic ukip values to become mainstream values. maybe the leave campaign didn’t start this way, but this is what it has become, and even if you’re voting leave with more socialist ideologies, this is what you’ll be really supporting.

Content Vs. Viewership

A little bit about me that I want all of you to understand:

Let me tell you about what I don’t do:

I don’t do pranks for views.
I don’t do fake P.S.A.’s
I don’t do bullshit love stories with fake expectations.
I don’t tell people everything’s gonna be ok.
I don’t get discouraged cause I don’t do what the world wants.
I don’t collaborate with people based on views and exposure.
I don’t sell out my culture or my soul.

Let me tell you what I am:

I am REAL.
I am no better no worse than any of you.
I am an average human being that want’s to create real content that rings true with who I am.

I have never looked at my videos and said, “what can I do to get MORE VIEWS and SUBSCRIBERS?”

Fuck that. I do me, and I do it the best I can.

Let’s clear up two questions that you guys have been asking on the regular:

1. Why don’t you collaborate with more youtubers?

It’s going to be either a smash of all these answer or just one of them.
- I haven’t/can’t think of a written a part for them.
- I don’t like their content.
- I don’t think they can act.

As I said before, I don’t care about their exposure or what they can do for me viewership wise. That is not what I’m about. Think about it? How many major youtubers have I used in my sketches and videos? Not many right?

Just cause you do well on youtube, doesn’t mean you can do well with my sketches or my writing and it sure as fuck doesn’t mean you can act. I’m not that great of an actor, but that doesn’t mean I want another bad actor on my channel to fuck it up further.

I don’t have kid content, and I don’t work with people who don’t care about the writing or acting behind my content. Why do you think I’ve used REAL actors vs. popular you-tubers in my sketches? They are hungry and they care about the motive behind these sketches that I write. That skill level is what brings the sketches to another level, not views.

You-tuber does not automatically mean that you are someone with real talent. The same goes for me which is why I try to improve myself on the daily.

2. Why don’t you go out and do meet and greets?

I love meeting you guys! I truly do and if you ever see me out in the streets run up and say hi! BUT, I don’t think I’m anybody special. I know a lot of you kids want to do YouTube cause you love attention and spotlight, but I don’t give a shit about that.

I never did comedy because I wanted people to praise me. I did it because I wanted to make people laugh, that’s it. I’m not someone who really loves attention. I love myself but I don’t dig myself. I was never raised to think my shit doesn’t stink and if you meet these youtubers who think they’re the shit, they really aren’t. There’s a reason why 90 percent of you-tubers can’t get into real Hollywood or grab meeting with real executives, and production houses DESPITE their viewership. At the end of the day, THE TALENT AND DRIVE WILL SPEAK FOR ITSELF.

I can’t change and not only do I no want to, I am incapable of it. I can GROW, but I can not change who I am so do not expect it. I say shit that I think and feel whether people agree or disagree, that’s the fucken difference. I have real thoughts and opinions and I always stay true to myself. People create content based on what others want to hear and it’s sad because content like that doesn’t withstand the test of time. Content like that does not move you passed a child audience and to real entertainment.

People get older, wiser, and they can smell shit and garbage from a mile away. Real content creators know how limited you are with your lovely, overused, boring, heard a million times content like:

Black people love WATERMELON!
Asians love BOBA!
How to get an ASIAN GIRL!
Girls are mean on their PERIODS!

People like that disappear and they are forgotten. I’m not trying to be one of them. I live and die by my content and I can sleep well knowing that I’ve stayed true to who I am.

Integrity and art over views and stardom ANY DAY.

if some yt person ever tells a “lol black people like watermelon” joke remind them that 1) that is literally one of the oldest jokes ever told like if you’re going to be racist at least be original/creative damn and 2) after slavery free black people started selling watermelon to sustain themselves and it became a symbol of Black self sufficiency and freedom. So the whites were like um wait no and then when white supremacists made the film Birth of a Nation (which was used to recruit KKK members) they included a watermelon feast so that the symbol would lose its legitimacy and power. So like, you’re literally telling a joke that the KKK made up, you are unoriginal, boring, and perpetuating white supremacy 0/10 

  • Tumblr girls: Not all Muslims are terrorists
  • Tumblr girls: Not all black people like watermelon
  • Tumblr girls: All men are violent and sexual predators
  • Tumblr boys: Not all men are like that
  • Tumblr girls: hahahahahahaaha nice try

anonymous asked:

THERE'S THIS CERTAIN GROUP OF WHITE VINERS WHO THINK IT'S OKAY TO SAY THE N WORD AND THEY THINK IT'S FUNNY AND IT JUST???// THEY MAKE A JOKE OUT OF SERIOUS THINGS AND ARE FAKE AND I THINK SOMEONE SHOULD SAY SOMETHING?? IDK

vine is made up of white viners who think comedy is composed of black people jokes about fried chicken, grape soda, watermelon & their deluded black “friends,” casual racism, smack cams, some fail video from 2012, kingbach & white people, kevin hart memes, and the other 1% of good vines

anonymous asked:

Kind of embarrassing...but, I still don't understand Marcus's rude/inappropriate Snapchat from a while ago? What was he trying to say?

There’s a racist stereotype that black people have a particular thing for watermelon, which is why Marcus putting a black emoji over the watermelon slice was very offensive. Essentially the stereotype comes from the idea that black people are simple-minded and can be satisfied by just eating some watermelon (as was often depicted in racist propaganda), which is why they’re perfectly happy as slaves and there’s no need to set them free. But that very obviously racist concept that’s literally centuries old has trickled down through the years and remains in society today as an association between African Americans and watermelons. If you want to read more about it I’m sure you can google “watermelon stereotype” and find some more detailed information, but yeah, that’s the general idea.

the worst part of vine isnt even racist white people its self hating black people that make jokes about watermelons and not knowing how to swim when jokes like that only draw a white crowd so whats the difference between that and a minstrel show 

stereotypes aren’t even clever like “gay men love fashion” “black people eat watermelon” “asians are smart”

like damn…. sick burn………