begin with “buckle your seatbelts, motherfuckers, because in eight short pages i am going to learn u a thing that i only learned myself about two hours ago, so sit down, shut up, and enjoy the experience of my 4-am-redbull-induced-self-hatred-fuelled-writing-extravaganza”
One time working at Disney World this guy came up to me saying that two men were being “feminine” in the restroom and I thought that was code for them fuckin and then I went in to ask them to stop and there were just two dudes putting on makeup and I helped one pick out eye shadow
If you think eating healthy is cheap you either live with your parents or have never actually been to a grocery store
let me put it this way, i can buy ten ramen or one apple
Important things to consider in this discussion which I don’t have the energy to elaborate on much rn:
Cheap, healthy options (dry lentils, dry beans, home grown veg, etc.) do exist but often require a time and energy cost that is not realistic for poor folks who often work long and unreasonable hours and/or are disabled and/or have other significant demands on their time (like kids and other dependant family members)
"Eating cheap and healthy" often means a lack of variety in one’s diet that isn’t reasonable to expect a person to sustain (I can buy two bags of frozen mixed veg, a bulk bag of brown rice and a bulk bag of dry beans and a jug of milk that will feed me for two weeks for $25, but what’s the point if I’m not enjoying what I eat even a little bit?) <== This one I think is extra important to discuss because a lot of folks who are on the side of justice will avoid this particular point because of internalized classism - the idea that poor folks don’t deserve to enjoy their diets is still v. pervasive. This also intersects with a couple other axis of oppression, for example women are told that they don’t deserve to eat food they enjoy all the time by media, etc. etc. etc.
Commonly touted ways to save money (buy in bulk and freeze/store/etc. for example) often pose a storage problem that poor folks and especially folks who do not have a reliable home situation (or any home situation) may find impossible to solve; it can also require expensive equipment (a chest freezer, a vacuum sealer, canning equipment) which represents an up-front cost that people with limited funds may simply be unable to meet
All of this, plus:
Food deserts are a thing. Look it up. Convenience stores have lots of cheap processed shit. If they have any produce, dry beans/lentils, or other healthy food at all, it’s going to be expensive as hell.
Lack of reliable transportation is a thing in a lot of places. Fun fact: a whole hell of a lot of places have NO public transportation whatsoever unless you count taxis, which are exorbitantly expensive. Another fun fact: even if buses exist in a place, many of them limit the number of bags you can carry on board. Basically, you can carry on two bags containing a bag of rice and a jug of milk and maybe some veg, or you can carry on two bags of canned shit and frozen dinners. And in some places they only run 6-6 weekdays—i.e. not nights and weekends, when most people would need them to get to a grocery store. If I didn’t have a bicycle and the physical ability to ride it while laden with a couple of bags in the basket, a bag or two hanging off each handlebar, and a bag stuffed into my backpack, I’d be in trouble.
Lack of cooking knowhow is a thing. You are not going to buy food that costs more if you are afraid of fucking it up when you try to cook it, leaving you with no food AND no money and NO, JUST TAKING A COOKING CLASS IS NOT A GODDAMN SOLUTION WHEN SOMEONE HAS TO WORK 2-3 JOBS JUST TO KEEP THE RENT PAID AND THE LIGHTS ON.
Rules that actually FORBID YOU TO HAVE ANYTHING TO COOK WITH OTHER THAN A MICROWAVE are a thing, depending on where you live. When I was in the Air Force and living in the dorm, we were allowed to have the microwave the room came with and a coffee machine. That’s it. No toaster. No toaster oven. No crock pot. No electric skillet. No panini press. No George Foreman grill. Microwave and coffee machine. Oh sure, the chow hall was free for dorm dwellers, but… look, try something for me.Think back to your school lunches. Now imagine living on that food. The instant mashed potatoes. The overcooked noodles and veggies. The undercooked chicken nuggets. Everything you dreaded about school food, imagine eating that three times a day. Three school food meals a day. Every day. For four years. And then tell me you’d never want some fuckin’ variety. I got really damn good at microwave cookery over those four years, let me tell you Internets, but 1) it was a rare treat and 2) it was not all that healthy—lots of cheesy pasta and rich soup and shit..
Anyway. College dorms tend to have similar restrictions. I’m sure other places do as well. And there may be serious penalties. Like, “pack your shit and move” penalties.
Tbh money would solve all of my problems right now like I could move out and pay for school and take care of my mental health and overall I would just be happy and in a better place so I get really annoyed when people are like “money can’t make you happy” uh you obviously never experienced financial instability and dependence so please shut the fuck up you pretentious shit.
My mum’s friends at work are having a baby and their last name is watts so they were trying work out a name for it, i suggested 60 and they both looked confused so i said maybe 20 would suit them better
The fact that Terry Pratchett doesn’t stop at metaphors for representation. A lot of fantasy writers or series think they can pull that shit, like, ‘oh, the discrimination against (fantasy race) is an important social allegory, but let’s not have any actual POC in the books.’
Terry Pratchett writes about ethnic tensions between dwarves and trolls, yeah, but he doesn’t stop there, because hey, let’s talk about real racism. He writes about dwarves discovering themselves outside of a monogender world, but he doesn’t stop there, because hey, let’s have some real queers! He writes about vampires giving up blood and living by the pledge of temperance, but he doesn’t stop there, because hey, let’s have an actual alcoholic who manages to overcome his addiction and then kick a- prod buttock in every direction known to mankind and then some.
whenever someone on tumblr says “I’m posting this because no one’s awake so no one will see it”, i look outside my window at the beautiful sunny day outside. it is mid afternoon. the Australians will always be awake and ready for your 3am shame posts
1. As we know, Hong Kongers are protesting against the latest news that they can only choose their leader from a list of candidates pre-approved by Beijing- a troubling development because China had promised Hong Kong could keep its liberal democratic traditions from under British rule as “Two systems, one country”. The police have responded heavy handedly.
While mainland Chinese nationalism generally sees Hong Kong (and Taiwan) as a part of China, that’s not the ONLY perspective. Go and ask Hong Kongers and Taiwanese that and MANY of them would disagree. Identity amongst the Chinese diaspora is EXTREMELY fractured. Taiwan doesn’t see itself as the same as China. Many Hong Kongers don’t QUITE see itself as part of China either. Diasporic Chinese elsewhere in Asia have extremely different and fractured identities, and very confusing and contradictory feelings towards our mother country because of how tumultuous our history has been. That is the reason why you can see people all of Chinese ethnicity having completely different views about Hong Kong being “part of China”. There isn’t one person who is really, truly “correct”. What I am explaining here is why though, I resent the idea that we are somehow disloyal if we don’t agree with Beijing.
2. Some background. I am not a HK-er but I am a person of Chinese ancestry. My great grandparents were ethnic Han Chinese.
They left China in the early 1900s in the wake of the political strife and poor conditions caused by the Opium Wars- caused by the British and other European powers. That same conflict that led to China being forced to give Hong Kong to the British Empire. But that doesn’t mean I support the Chinese government in Beijing. Because, the year is not 1860, but 2014 and so many other things have happened. Because blind loyalty is dangerous. Because buying into oversimplistic arguments that want to portray anti-Beijing dissidents as neo-colonialists and traitors to the “motherland” is a trap. Because sharing the same ethnicity doesn’t automatically mean you have people’s interests at heart.
Because contrary to what this post seems to assume, people from the same ethnicity can damned well oppress one another and rob them of their right to self-determination.
3. You know what this comment below is calling Hong Kongers?
“A bunch of English dogs”. Because, yes, everything is soooo simple. Chinese govt good, West bad. Two legs good, four legs bad! “Dog” by the way, is often used pretty derogatorily as an insult in China.
So because they disagree with Beijing, Hong Kongers are “dogs of the English” huh? How convenient. How convenient that they are supposed to support or be loyal to the Chinese Communist Party just because they look like them. So nothing about their policies matter. Nope, nope. The Chinese Communist Party treated Chinese people better than the British because they were also Chinese. So even though Mao caused a disastrous famine that killed anything from 18 million to 45 million Chinese, that’s still better than British rule over Hong Kong.
So even though the CCP started the Cultural Revolutionwhere millions of Chinese were subject to political witch hunts and accused of being “bourgeois anti-revolutionaries” and caused turmoil and strife that just severely damaged the country and destroyed its education system, destroyed or damaged numerous, treasured historical sites from pre-Communist China- it’s still better than British rule over Hong Kong. Just because.
While all of this was going on, Hong Kong flourished by comparison. No matter how British rule had certainly problematic paternalistic elements, there was nothing on the level of what mainland Chinese were suffering. Although the circumstances under which Britain obtained Hong Kong were wrong (the Opium Wars), the fact is Hong Kongers were consequently shielded from the worst excesses of Communist China later and generally had it good under British rule. And so many mainland Chinese fled to HK. And are today’s Hong Kongers. To ask for their loyalty after what has been done to their families, many of whom were killed? To call them “dogs of the English” when their own government persecuted them? Is that ironic as hell? Yes, but it is true. With that history, any wonder why Hong Kongers resent the influence of the government in Beijing and tend to view British colonial rule more positively (a very, very rare exception to colonialism)?
So now, wanting civil and political rights, democracy = English dog. Nice. Nice how the rest of the non-white world that is democratic must also be “dogs of the English”. India, which won its independence by demanding and fighting for it from the British Empire, is evidently a “dog of the English” because hey, they’re a democracy too! Sorry Americans, y’all “dogs of the English” after all too, despite the Revolutionary War and stuff. What a cynical oversimplification of why many Hong Kongers are at odds with Beijing, what a way to completely discredit them without realising they have good reason to prefer British rule, as ironic and a bit strange as it is.
4. I’ve seen a lot of comments claiming Hong Kongers are colonised. And disloyal to the “motherland”. And y’know what? All these claims of disloyalty are WRONG because they fundamentally forget… the CCP =/= CHINA.
THE CCP IS NOT CHINA. And all of us diasporic Chinese have no obligation to support them.
Because this political party has existed for barely 1/50th of China’s known, 5000 year old history.
My Chinese heritage is in my name, my family’s traditions, the dishes we eat, how we celebrate Chinese New Year. Not the fucking CCP, which is the GOVERNMENT of China. China is bigger than the CCP. That’s why I can say I am against them. That’s why I understand why Hong Kongers say they preferred the security of British rule, as ironic as it all is. Because it was a fact that they were treated better by a foreign power than mainland Chinese were by their own government. Opposing Beijing doesn’t make me a colonial lapdog. It’s so easy for people to wrap themselves in the flag or history of an ancient civilisation and demand loyalty when it’s a LIE.
being “chinese” is
so much bigger
than just loyalty to these people
5. The reason Hong Kong doesn’t want to be “part of China” is in big part because of the CCP. They have NOT disowned their Chinese heritage. Go there. You’ll see they speak Chinese dialects. They celebrate Chinese New Year. The food they eat is very much Chinese. Culturally, they’ve HARDLY disowned their heritage. Also, Hong Kong definitely benefits from increasingly wealthy, growing and capitalist China.
Why don’t they want to be a part of China then? Because what they don’t want is this unaccountable political system that already causes a crapload of problems to mainland Chinese being imposed on them. Beijing tries to meddle in their affairs and threatens to roll back their long-held civil and political rights. Because unlike how Scotland has a Scottish Parliament, how Westminster has at least kept its promises to devolved power when Scottish people asked for it, Beijing now insists Hong Kong must choose its Chief Executive from a pre-approved list of candidates. Because it looks like they’re going back on their promise of “Two systems, one country” made when Hong Kong returned to China in 1997.
Perhaps this is bewildering to Mainland Chinese. After all, wasn’t HK wrongfully taken away as part of the humiliation of China during the Opium Wars? Yes, but the experience of the damage Maoist Communism did to the mainland caused Hong Kongers to start to view British rule more positively. The sense I get is that HK wants to retain its unique political character and not to have the politics of the mainland (and therefore, the CCP) influencing it due to the extremely negative view of Maoist Communism (which colours the modern CCP, even though they are quite different). It has led HK-ers to see themselves as distinct from mainland China. They see it as “colonisation” (I do recognise this word as used by many protesters may be poorly chosen due to how HK even came under British rule) because they think the mainland is trying to impose another system of governance on them and interfere with their right to self-determination.
6. China today is the world’s second largest economy because Deng Xiaoping and other more practical minded members of the CCP won a power struggle against the staunch Maoists in the 1970s- and ended its disastrous economic policies. But as much as they have reformed economically,politically, the authoritarianism from the Communist era is still there. And still causing a lot of problems. More reform is needed. Saying Hong Kongers should be loyal to a bunch of people just because they are also Chinese and that they are “English dogs” for preferring the system fostered under British rule, is the most shallow, the appeal to lowest common denominator in politics. Race and ethnicity based politics.
Nice try, but I’m not going to disregard reality and history, the reality that the Chinese Communist Party is so fucking problematic today in not just how it treats Hong Kong but mainland Chinese themselves even. How it treats Tibetans and the Muslim Uighurs. So the fact that their skin colour is the same as mine negates ALL THAT. What a load of nonsense. Throughout human history, some of the worst crimes have been committed by governments against their OWN people.
Do you know how much further along and better off China could have been without those two decades of strife, political persecution and famines in the late 50s-70s? The economic progress in China today is because of REFORM. Because China started moving away from Maoist Communism. And they still need to move further away from the authoritarianism of the Communist era to fully realise the potential of their country.
So, if you want to legitimately debate issues, sure. But this attempt at wrapping oneself in the flag to proclaim those angry with Beijing are “English dogs”, this accusation of Hong Kongers or diasporic Chinese of disloyalty, try harder. That’s a false paradigm. Our recognition of our ancestry and heritage is to a much longer history, not to some political party that has barely existed for 1/50th of China’s history that tries to make itself synonymous with an entire culture and civilisation. China existed long before the CCP was even an idea.
And that’s why I support the Hong Kong protesters even though my family fled China because of the Opium Wars. Because blind loyalty is dangerous. Because people who are of the same ethnicity are perfectly capable of oppressing one another. Because oppressor and victim can sometimes wear the same skin.
Hey Guys, it’s Kat and I’m here to talk to you about BLACK FACE.
In light of recent controversies, the YouTube community has taken to calling out problematic youtubers. I’m a huge fan of this as I’ve seen very popular youtubers profit from the perpetuation of things like sexism, racism and transphobia.
Now, let me start out by saying this: I don’t blame most people for not understanding the implications and the history of black face. Growing up being taught a whitewashed version of history a lot of the atrocities that came from racism in this country have been down played and in a lot of cases completely removed from text books.
Black face is something that not only manifested on small back alley southern stages, It was and still is international. It was on Broadway, The Silver Screen and even has a long history in Music.
It’s a part of our culture a lot of people want to ignore, but I believe we need to talk about because it DOES still impact black people to this day.
Blackface is something that was so popular that there are several children’s cartoons that feature black face characters.
In this video we’ll be focusing on Warner Brother’s Snow White Parody, Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs.
Bob Clampet’s Coal Black and Sebben Dwarfs is 1 of 11 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films that were censored in 1968 called the censored Eleven
I’ll be using characters in this film to frame racist some archetypes commonly found in Black Face productions.
First we’ve got the Evil Queen. The evil Queen in this film portrays the most popular of the black stock character,The Mammy.
The Mammy archetype is morbidly obese and often portrayed with large breasts. Despite these breasts she is seen as sexually undesirably, in fact she’s regarded as quite traditionally masculine in her demeanor.
In Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs she is in fact voiced by a man.
The Mammy is illiterate, loud and violent towards her own children, yet welcoming and warm towards the white children she was made to wet nurse.
The mammy will bake a plate of warm pancakes for white soldiers but feed her children scraps.
Then we’ve got So White who in the title is referred to as Coal Black. So White is the Jezebel.
The Jezebel is hypersexualized. She is seen as the polar opposite of a proper white woman. She exemplifies the idea that black women are more sexually available. She is portrayed as immoral, ditsy and willing to accept and appreciate any sex that comes her way, be it by her own will or by force.
So White is lusted after by every man in the film and never quite settles for one.
Then we have Prince Charming who in this story is Prince Chawmin. Prince Chawmin is the Zip Coon.
The Zip Coon adorns himself with proper clothing and is arrogant in his demeanor. Despite dressing like a wealthy man, his lack of intellect undermines him. He is portrayed as essentially a man who is putting on airs. Not quite being able to maintain an air of high class, he is seen and treated like an animal in man’s clothing.
Finally, we have the Sebben Dwarves. They are the Sambo.
The Sambo are pickininines, unkempt black children usually depicted as having knotted hair and large lips that can often be seen gulping Watermelon.
Sambo are often depicted as foolishly placing themselves into dangerous situations. Most popularly hanging from trees playfully as tigers roar at them from below. They’re also popularly seen near swamps near alligators and affectionately referred to as “alligator bait”.
This is only scraping the surface of black face characterizations overall. At the time this film was produced (1942), it was considered to be quite progressive considering the inclusion of black voice actors as well as musicians.
Blackface is harmful because these characters and these stereotypes were created by white people as a means of defining and dehumanizing black people.
Blackface is to African Americans as Traditional Shakespearean theater was to women. Black people were not allowed to perform on the same stage as white performers.This means that whenever there was a black character in production, black actors were not cast. Instead they opted for white actors in black face.And these black characters were never meant to be portrayed as sympathetic characters. They were always either comedic relief or villains.
The archetypes I described have been reproduced and perpetuated to the point where when black actors were eventually allowed to portray themselves they almost never veered away from these stock characters.
Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar for her Role in Gone with the Wind in 1940. What was her role?
Her character was literally named Mammy. She was a phenomenal actress whose roles in film were almost exclusively that of the Mammy archetype.
So what happens when a white comedian dawns dark makeup in order to portray a black character for laughs?
It conjures old feelings and perpetuates the history of white actors darkening their skin to dehumanize black people.
Black Face has been used to make arguments for slavery and why African Americans should have limited human rights.
These are narratives created by white men that were made to oppress and dehumanize an entire race. So when white men are still perpetuating these tropes in 2014 and getting paid for it, it’s not going to sit well with many people in the black community.
OH BUT WHAT ABOUT WHITE FACE??
You literally can’t compare white face to black face because white face has never limited the options of white actors nor did it seek to represent them in a world that under represents them.
White face is generally criticism, while black face is degradation.
When Dave Chapelle dawns light makeup and does the hip hop news break he’s making commentary on race and class. He’s parodying racist white men who will passively make racist comments, while not wanting to be seen as racists.
When the Wayans Brothers went undercover as two white blonde twin sisters it was, again, a commentary on race and class. Half of the jokes in the film depend on the idea that these two black men are from a lower income and class and they’re trying to maintain the air of women who are from a higher income and class and they often fail.
What needs to be understood is that this isn’t a “two wrongs don’t make a right” scenario because we are at a point in society where we are equal.Equality doesn’t come with one black president out of the 43 white ones before him. Keep in mind, America is only 248 years old.
Black face, demonstrably has been used to dehumanize black people and has subsequently lead to perpetuation of institutionalized racism. What are the repercussions of white face? What rights were denied to white people because Chapelle or the Wayans brothers wore white face?
The best comedy punches upwards towards the established structure of power, not downwards at oppressed classes.There’s a reason why black people object to black face and it’s because of it’s history. It’s not just the makeup, it’s what happened and continues to happen because of it.
When your only exposure to black narratives are white men in dark makeup, your understanding of black people, let alone the racism black people face is going to be very distorted.So in this conversation, please understand that white people do not get to decide whether or not something is offensive or oppressive to people of color.
At the end of the day, I, as a black woman have to live with these stereotypes. So you can of course have an opinion about black face, but honestly if you don’t live with it then realize that that’s privilege and that the opinions of people who live with racism are going to give you a better understanding of this issue at hand.
Honestly, I hate being that angry black girl. I would love to feel like I’m over reacting but I feel like people need to understand why these conversations and altercations occur. I don’t want to live in a world where these things are still issues. But these conversations are so important and will help us get there one day.
We all make mistakes and like I said, I almost don’t blame people for not understanding the implications of black face. I just hope that these conversations will make people a bit more aware.
We have to accept that there are certain things that we’ve been socialized to accept that are problematic. We need to make the conscious decision to more forward and do better.
So on THAT note thank you guys so much for watching. I put a lot of effort into this video so if you liked it, please share it. And as usual, Always remember and never forget that YOU are beautiful and you are loved. <3
Living in The Netherlands I’m confronted with blackface every single year in the form of a character called “Zwarte Piet”, or Black Peter, who is part of our St. Nicholas Day celebration. The character is supposed to be a dark skinned moor servant who helps St. Nick hand out toys and candy to good kids, and punishes the naughty children.
The character is almost exclusively portrayed by white people in blackface makeup, that usually includes big red lips, curly wigs and golden hooped earrings. This is completely normalized in The Netherlands and children are bombarded with this image constantly.
As a POC I’ve had people call me “Zwarte Piet” quite a lot and it has always made me somewhat uncomfortable. In recent years criticism of the blackface part of the custom has become a lot more vocal, and the amount of white people rushing to defend this particular aspect is actually rather scary. They’re so eager to defend their “tradition” that a lot of their casual racism is laid bare.
They will make excuses saying it’s okay because the character is loved by everyone, or that’s not supposed to be an actual POC, or say that because he’s not a slave it’s no problem. Some of them will just come out and say that POC need to “get back to our own country if we don’t like the way we do things over here.” I can even name one instance where an elderly WOC was nearly assaulted by a large group of white “pro-Piet” protesters and had to be escorted away to safety by police. “Zwarte Piet” is frequently used as a derogatory term to refer to POC, and yet most people still refuse to acknowledge how harmful this part of the custom is. White people will instead see any criticism as an attack on THEM. “How dare you call me a racist? I just care about our traditions!”
I’m glad that you found this post and commented on it. I read a bit about this while writing this script and it kinda shocked me how normalized it was.
If you don’t know who katblaque is, you need to get into her Tumblr and YouTube channel. So glad to see other creators stepping up and educating our audiences! This is so so important!