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The Southern Reach trilogy is a surprisingly diverse series of books. The Biologist is of mixed Asian descent and arguably aromantic, while Control is half Mexican, The Director is Native, the Assistant Director is black and a lesbian, and the only white POV character is a middle-aged gay man. Most of the characters are women.

It’s an eco-horror science fiction series and it’s not happy, at least not in any conventional sense. I wish VanderMeer had been a little more explicit when mentioning The Biologist’s ancestry (she’s presumably white-passing in the book), ‘cause the filmmakers cast Natalie Portman to play her in the upcoming movie. Still, it’s nice to have really excellent bestselling fiction take diversity in stride and not just tiptoe around it.

In my 40+ years on this planet, I’ve dealt with a lot of horrid people. And I’ve often fantasized about the worst of them getting their poetically-just comeuppance.

Never, though, have I felt the churning, seething, nauseating RAGE I’ve felt over the last year, and especially the last few months. Never have I had to face my own capacity for hatred of a very small, specific group of individuals. If my intense ill wishes could supernaturally manifest themselves, half of a particular town between Virginia and Maryland would be piled high with corpses.

I have to spend the rest of my life knowing this about myself. It’s awful.

anonymous asked:

whoop yeah, im sorry for thinking Emily is the only poc. Maybe because she is one of the "mains" . but yeah i stand corrected

Hey it’s all good! Normally when we think of the show we think of Emily, Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Ali. And truthfully, I don’t think a lot of people know that Troian is partly of African-American & Creole descent because she is white-passing. She has a lot of Italian characteristics and her last name is very Italian, so I think most people equate her with being white Italian

anonymous asked:

The white washing thing: There was one artist getting attacked (like really mean, name calling) for drawing Jefferson with a lighter skin tone. It wasnt so light it was white-passing, it just was lighter than Daveed. I checked out the art and it didn't look to me like the drawing was supposed to resemble daveed as jefferson. What are your thoughts on things like this, when the character could be played by other people such as in musicals?. (Sorry if this explanation doesn't make sense)

u didnt rly provide that much information here, but obviously the artist should ask what they’re doing wrong n be open minded abt the ideas ppl suggest them :0

anonymous asked:

Are you even native American

Hello nosey nonnie.

Yes I am Native American, but I don’t look it. And no it’s not one of those my great grandmother was Cherokee. I am 2nd generation off the rez Tuscarora, Iroquois Turtle Clan.

This is me and my mother. Yes she is my birth mother, I just got very fucked over in the genes department. I swear I’m adopted but we have many photos of the birth and have several paternity and maternity tests to prove that I fell out of this woman’s vagina.

Here are some more pictures cause I’m pale and I honestly don’t think you believe me:

(My mom actually made every piece of jewelry I am wearing and hand beaded that vest as well).

And here’s pictures of the woman that I blame for my bad genes: My grandmother.

I get told I look like her all the time AND I HONESTLY DO NOT SEE IT, but because I get told I look like her all the time I BLAME HER.

On the left you see my grandpa (full blood native) in his headdress, on the right you see my cousin (also full blood), the great medicine man Mad Bear, here’s a book about him since you seem to be so nosey.

And in case you doubted me, here are a few pictures of me when my ma and I were on the powwow circuit.

This is me with my ma’s regalia (if you call it a costume I will shank you) because a) she had a bad leg day and couldn’t dance and b) mine was not ready and made and I JUST REALLY WANTED TO DANCE. (This is also the day I got burnt ON MY FUCKING HAIRLINE WHERE MY HAIR WAS PARTED. THAT FUCKING HURTS!)

Here’s me in my fancy dance shawl. There aren’t that many pictures of me because a) I fucking hated them b) it’s normally seen as disrespectful to take pictures of dancers out of the circle without their permission and my ma and I were always dancing at the same times AND I NEVER LET ANYONE TAKE MY PICTURE AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE.

So yes, my family is a very rainbow family, I just happen to be the one WHITE passing one. No really…

Here’s me (in the middle if you can’t guess), Bebe and Audree. I like to call this the ABC Rainbow of the Printup family (because my first name is Cheyenne…..I swear our parents DID NOT PLAN THIS). 

And this is another pic of me and Audree YEARS later

Am I Native? Yes

Do I look traditionally Native? No

Does that mean I am not going to label myself as native? HELL TO THE FUCK NO.

Please reblog and share so that people can understand that there are white passing people of color. Yes even some that pass as white as me. We do exist and no that does not give you the right to basically white wash us. I am proud of my native roots and I will share everything and anything you want to know. The more educational resources we can get out there the better. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOOT ME AN ASK. I LOVE IT, but please do not be a dick like this one and phrase it so accusingly. Much appreciated, thank you!

good argument: white passing people have privilege because they are not effected by colorism and they should use this advantage to help others but we shouldn’t invalidate their identity + even though they may look white and their experiences aren’t akin to those who don’t that doesn’t make them exempt from all forms of racism especially even within their own communities

bad argument: white passing poc are white

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Opre Roma!!!

There were (and are) precious few depictions of Romani women that don’t fall back on negative and harmful stereotypes. We are not allowed to be human- instead we’re told that all we are is fortune-tellers, thieves, and exotic dancers.

Spoiler: We’re not.

Esmeralda & Notre-Dame de Paris are undoubtedly problematic portrayals. But- as a child- it was all I had. Here was a character who looks like me. Here was a character who seemed comfortable in her identity and fought for what was right. She’s stuck with me for a reason. I explore her character for a reason.

Happy International Romani Day. May our generation create characters who aren’t caricatures.

Opre Roma!

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