These 3 tweets hit the nail on the head for me.
And with that said, I won’t say anymore about Madiba today. He’s lived a long life. He was 95. He’s now at peace. I just don’t like how the mainstream press is framing his life in a very easy and digestible narrative, but that is to be expected. It really is nauseating to see imperialistic vultures chiming in with their condolences. I mean, we have people who were part of a system that sought to crush Mandela weighing in to tell us about what an exemplary man he was. My words cannot express how disgusting that is, but the show must go on. All that is left is for Dick Chaney and P.W. Botha’s children to start singing Mandela’s praises.
This little South African girl’s poem for Nelson Mandela is so powerful… Damn.
"They made him break rocks, thinking they were breaking his spirit…"
I have a funny feeling that Mandela quote circling around at the mo:
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion…"
will be the MLK “I had a dream” speech of our time…
Plenty of people who knew nothing of him will learn everything they know about him from the coincidentally timed film ‘Long Walk To Freedom’.
Nobody will ask the Black South Africans what they’re going through or what they’ve been through.
Cue every celebrity that must now remind us that they knew Mandela & what he meant & what he stood for.
Cue every person of privilege that will use that quote will be used to try & calm the people down or pacify/confuse PoC’s when they try to revolt/stand up to something oppressive…
I’m just worried about what’s to come…
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot DíazEver since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.For example:
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
I need to get back to mine…
For the whites that say Egyptians were white and the blacks that just don’t know, this is a bust of king Tut. Note the color of his skin. Thank you.
We don’t even have to talk about all Egyptians… let’s focus in on King Tut ‘cause that’s a great example. So that’s his bust. As well as
That’s how we was represented when he was alive. These busts were placed in his tomb.
So, how the fuck when “researchers” reconstruct him, “race was allegedly ‘HARDEST TO CALL' ” so they made him white….
White supremacy is a motherfucker.
wtf @ that reconstruction
that dude looks whiter than me
wait, are his eyes blue even? jfc
he has brown eyes but yeah he’s paler than me
it’s strange because the reconstruction actually looks Mediterranean and African to me except without melanin
I remember when another team did a reconstruction before this one and it turned out like this
Damn… These people want to claim your lands, claim your culture, claim your resources… They want to claim your everything & even claim your damn History, really…
I feel sad for these folk, don’t have any of the above & feel the need to fill that empty void by taking from other people…
Seriously, White Supremacists & Co., people are getting tired of your shit & at some point you lot will have to suffer the consequences…
”Q.U.E.E.N.’ definitely is an acronym,’ Monae explains during an interview at Fuse HQ. ‘It’s for those who are marginalized.’ She says the ‘Q’ represents the queer community, the ‘U’ for the untouchables, the ‘E’ for emigrants, the second ‘E’ for the excommunicated and the “N” for those labeled as negroid.
'It’s for everyone who’s felt ostracized,' she adds. 'I wanted to create something for people who feel like they want to give up because they’re not accepted by society.'
Jeff Benjamin, on Janelle Monae
Quote is from the post: Janelle Monae Says “Q.U.E.E.N.” Is For The “Ostracized & Marginalized” on Fuse TV. I cannot express enough how much I adore this song and her!