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This is why those pious calls to “respect the law,” always to be heard from prominent citizens each time the ghetto explodes, are so obscene. The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer. To respect the law, in the context in which the American Negro finds himself, is simply to surrender his self-respect.
James Baldwin (via jessehimself)
kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!

It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

What IS Black Face?

chescaleigh:

katblaque:

urahonne:

katblaque:

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This is a (loose) transcript of my youtube video

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.
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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.

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In this video we’ll be focusing on Warner Brother’s Snow White Parody, Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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The Sambo are pickininines, unkempt black children usually depicted as having knotted hair and large lips that can often be seen gulping Watermelon.
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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”.

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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.

You can watch the full version of the film here

So why is blackface harmful?

Blackface is harmful because these characters and these stereotypes were created by white people as a means of defining and dehumanizing black people.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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YES, THANK YOU.

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.

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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! 

spookylemon:

busket:

problackgirl:

*bully pushes you*

*you push bully back*

bully: wtf you piece of shit, that’s reverse bullying

everyone around you: yeah you cant fight hate with hate why can’t we all just be nice to each other

u know this literally happens right

in schools

for real

kids get suspended for being bullied because they fought back or were considered a distraction to the bully it’s not just a metaphor it’s literally reality

biorobo:

slyjinks:

pyrositshere:

internetgoose:

I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go

so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”

nice idea and all

but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.

as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.

observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind

so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable

but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time

"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."

Personal anecdote time!  I’m in a biology graduate program.  An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major.  When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”

I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”

The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.”  She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.

It’s also interesting to look at fields where the reverse pattern happens, such as computer programming. Computer programming used to be a female-dominated field, but, in order to raise the prestige of the field, new entry tests and hiring practices were instituted to discourage the hiring of women. Because, naturally, there’s no way a field can be dominated by women and prestigious at the same time (reference: Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”).

I’ve argued this exact thing before! Biology was NEVER considered a soft science before women entered. And medicine is now losing prestige too because women are becoming doctors instead of staying in lower positions. Suddenly these mentally rigorous fields based on insight and analysis are “just memorization” or some other bullshit about how they’re not REALLY using “intelligence.” 

yeah, a couple of years ago i noticed increasingly people treating Statistics like it is a completely fabricated joke (that they still don’t understand) and not a branch of Mathematics still heavily rooted in theory and proofs.

then i looked around and noticed the increasing numbers of schools where women were not only the majority of the Masters programs but entering the Doctorate programs in droves.

it has nothing to do with the field, everything to do with hating women.

luvallstuff:

The thing that’s so disgusting about the murders of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Sean Bell etc (a very long list) is that it’s not like we’re trying to figure out who killed them. We know perfectly well. We’re just trying to figure out if that black kid deserved to die. They’re humanity is put on trial, like being a person wasn’t enough. Black people literally have to prove that we’re worthy of living.

The people wanted to believe that the Negroes couldn’t learn to read music but had a natural talent for it. So we never played with no music. I’d get all the latest Broadway music from the publisher, and we’d learn the tunes and rehearse them until we had them all down pat— never made no mistakes. All the high-tone, big-time folks would say, isn’t it wonderful how these untrained, primitive musicians can pick up all the latest songs instantly without being able to read music?
Eubie Blake
how many ways do we have to say the same thing?

how many ways do we have to say the same thing?

queenfattyoftherollpalace:

If children of color have to be aware of the realities of racism, white children should too.

I’m tired of hearing that white children are too young to understand the consequence of their words or actions when for nonwhite kids they live with the impact of racism every day 

More people are offended shanes being labelled as a racist.. and not the fact he was actually being racist.. Its nice hes apologized, but it doesn't take from the fact his mind led him to do the video in the first place.. thats the issue here.. not that he might feel bad or that he can apologize cause he did wrong.. but how the world sees these things as acceptable only to realize afterwards they are mistaken

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chescaleigh:

And that he’s normalized these ideas so much that his fans are calling me the n-word and telling me to kill myself but I’m “spreading hate”. It’s so backwards. I’m pretty sure his “apology” is 100% for himself and his movie publicity and has nothing to do with me or the actual harm he’s done. I specifically asked him to leave my name out of his video and he didn’t. He knows what he’s doing and I’m not here for it. I’m seriously disturbed by how these children are behaving. What’s worse is some of them are POC and a few are even adults. This world is terrifying and this “YouTube community” is a joke.

You don't get a gold star or a cookie for acknowledging your racism. You don't get rewarded for realizing what people have been telling you for YEARS. Shane Dawson does not deserve nor is he owed acknowledgement for his apology. His fans need to realize making amends for this isn't as simple as making a video just saying he's sorry. His supposed self-awareness of his culpability needs action. Such as even stopping support his new racist "Not Cool" movie & ending his other problematic behaviors.

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chescaleigh:

this right here

All the roles I’ve ever gotten, they’ve been wonderful, but so many have been down-trotting. [Whoopi Goldberg begins to lowly snicker in agreement because she’s had similar roles]. They’ve been women who are pretty much asexual. They haven’t been realized. They have careers but no names. So all of a sudden I was given the opportunity to play someone sexy, mysterious, someone complicated. It was a chance to use my craft, a chance to transform, a chance to surprise myself and the public. And I took it.

I know so many actors in their careers—in the 70s, 80s—fantastic actresses of color who have never been given the opportunity. I’m just so thankful it came to me at this point in my life. [Rosie Perez chimes in that Viola is intelligent, fierce, and sexy in the show].

Listen, I see myself as those things, but I have very rarely seen people who are a physical manifestation of me on the screen. When I was younger it was people like Cicely Tyson and Diahann Carroll who made me believe that I could do it. Then somewhere along the line they disappeared…

I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me. She SAW me. She took me in when I interviewed with Oprah and I said, ‘No one’s ever going to cast me in a sexy role’ and Shonda looked at that interview and said, ‘Well, why not?’ I’m glad she said, ‘Why not?’ I think that’s what makes her a visionary, that’s why she’s special, that’s what makes her iconic.

[Whoopi Goldberg goes back the part of ‘she saw me’ and uses it as a segue to bring up the NY Times article that called Shonda Rhimes ‘an angry black woman’ and referred to Viola Davis as being ‘less classically beautiful than typical tv stars.’]

Beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement my entire life that being a dark skinned, black woman. [Whoopi Goldberg mmm hmms in agreement.] You hear it from the time you come out of the womb. Classically not beautiful is a fancy term of saying ugly, and denouncing you, erasing you. Now it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now.

It’s like Ruby Dee said, she wanted that hard to get beauty that comes from within—strength courage, and dignity. So many black women came out after that article and used the hashtag to show their face and step into who they are because they’re teaching a culture how to treat them and how to see them.

Really at the end of the day, you define you.

Viola Davis on The View

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I’m ready

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dynastylnoire:

smallrevolutionary:

wheretruthechoes:

Eric Holder is going to announce his resignation later today.  This is important because the Justice Department has launched investigations into a bunch of important cases—Mike Brown and John Crawford III among them.  The next person to take over the department will decided the voracity with which Justice prosecutes those cases and I simply don’t expect the Senate to give consent to a nominee that would aggressively follow Holder’s lead.

did he state a reason for his resignation?

I’m reading articles and all it says is that he doesn’t want to be there for the rest of Obama’s term.

elections are coming up in November.

if we don’t vote, we risk allowing the Republicans to take control of the Senate without much of a fight.

and if they do, it goes from a having low expectations to not having a chance in the world.

cornerof5thandvermouth:

petitepasserine:

the-hairy-heterophobe:

ablogforemily:

shamelesslyunladylike:

the-hairy-heterophobe:

if anybody asks me why i hate men, i’m just gonna redirect them to this post.

it’s pretty fucking obvious that men only want to invest in breast cancer research to further degrade, objectify, and jerk off to body parts they already feel 100% entitled to. that’s what is at stake for them. 

what about the women whose “tatas” weren’t saved? how must they feel being surrounded by awareness ads that focus more on keeping women’s sexy-sexy-titties-to-continue-titillating-the-males than saving real life human beings and helping survivors? 

If anyone’s wondering, those posts came from here. It’s a forum for breast cancer support. Give it a read, and you’ll see how many women are outright abandoned by their husbands, sometimes after being married for decades, because their “tatas” couldn’t be saved.

This culture of “save the tatas” even goes as far as the doctor’s offices themselves. Most doctors request that the husband be present during surgical consultations, as though he has an equal say in the patient-professional discussion.

If the woman is single, as was my case, doctors have actually recommended postponing surgery until she finds a relationship, because “it could be nearly impossible to find someone who accepts it [your unnatural tatas] in years to come”. 

I’m 15 months post-mastectomy, and the date I had this past week was the first time since then that a guy hadn’t reacted negatively to my scars. The relief was so overwhelming that I was fighting back tears. When I told him —essentially warning him that my body wasn’t what he must be expecting — I felt so guilty; it seemed to have the same weight and shame as telling someone I had some sort of an incurable STI or a felony record.

I shouldn’t have felt that way. I should not be ashamed of choosing to live. 

Thank you for your important commentary! I hope you find someone who can love you for who you are and admire your strength as a survivor.

holy shit this just makes me so immensely disgusted and i actually feel sick to the core??? just. holy shit.

when my mother was getting a surgery consult for the lumpectomy, the surgeon actually insisted i was in the room with her and kept asking my opinion ABOUT MY MOTHER’S BOOB even though we were both visibly uncomfortable with the situation

i mean for fuck’s sake i’m her son, that’s a: awkward as hell and b: it’s just a fucking TIT, who cares if it “looks good” as long as she fucking LIVES, jesus god damn christ, why is it that doctors think a man has to sign off on a fucking tit???

fucking infuriating

anyhow fuck “save the tatas” campaigns

blackfemalescientist:

I don’t think its cute when little black children protest police brutality or the school to prison pipeline or any other social issue based in anti-blackness. I think its incredibly sad. Because either the children understand the signs they’re holding or they don’t. If they don’t, they’re being used as props to humanize the movement, and its sad that things have become so dire that we need to pull the babies away from their toys and set them out on the front lines to get people to stop killing us and our communities. And if they do, then its so sad that they have to learn the evils of the world so early. So I will not reblog the posts of the precious babies holding signs with comments like “yasss” and “teach the babies” I’ll teach them if i have to, but I won’t do it with a smile and a cheer.