Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
Some people notice here that I specifically refer to my ethnicity here as being Han Chinese. Usually, I’m not so picky about it, but I’m doing so on this blog as a reaction to tumblr’s treatment of race.
Here, in race relations discussions, humans are broken up into “whities” and “people of color.” I do think non-whites share a lot of things in common in the western world, but on the other hand, we are NOT the same. Being Han Chinese is not the same as being a descendant of indigenous Amerindians in South America. It is not the same as being aboriginal. It is not the same as being Laotian, Dravidian, Mongolian, or Korean. It is not even the same as being a member of one of the dozens of other ethnic groups that have lived in the current borders of the People’s Republic of China - Tibetans, Uighurs, Bai, Tujia, Miao, etc. I have to add that as an upper middle class American, my experience is still different than millions, if not a billion, of people of my same ethnic group, but that is a different story.
It means that people in my ethnic group have contributed to the oppression of other people. I think it is ridiculous that so many of my fellow Han Chinese on this site are totally ok with “kill whitey” and think that their racial origin gives them immunity to similar sentiments because of their racial origin.
Also, it means that my people have been oppressed by people who were not white at all. The worst thing in my living family’s history was not done by westerners, but by fellow Asians - the Japanese. My grandparents lived through the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, and that city is not too far from Nanjing, where the brutal Nanking Massacre occurred. Even today, as someone who is interested in working in Japan after graduation, I’m very terrified against Japanese racism against Chinese people, especially with the conflict over the South China Sea. (And look how they’ve treated the ethnic Koreans and Ainu who also call the country home.)
I can’t speak for anyone else or their experiences. But my experience with my culture and its history speaks to me that its pointless to hold grudges, because I’m not going to be able to make amends with every Vietnamese, Korean, or Chinese ethnic minority person who has suffered at the hands of my people. And being angry at the Japanese isn’t going to do make up for any of the tragedies the Japanese caused in my parents’ country.
Sorry, but the world is made up of more than white and non-white. It’s not Asians and non-Asians. To a different degree, every single group in this world has hurt another, and I’m not going to deny what people have done, but I’m not going to live in eternal shame forever.
This is perfect. Thank you.
I think this is a very important thing to read. And I decided to add to this. What I wrote is very long though, so it is under a Read More due to length.
Thank you, this is very excellent! And yes, I totally forgot about the Okinawan people even though I watched a movie set there over winter break.
Please check the link out if you want to educate yourself more on issues of Asian conflict.
On the movie and why the casting is the least of the problems
Shyamalan has been widely and rightfully criticized for whitewashing the ATLA main cast. Sadly said whitewashing is only the tiny tiny tip on a huge iceberg of racism hidden in the depth of a bad movie.
I can take only so much of that movie without wanting to throw something at our TV, so I will do this in bits and pieces.
Let’s start with the opening sequence. Notice something? All the Chinese characters from the animated series have been replaced with gibberish. Deliberately replaced with gibberish. There was no need to change them, especially since the rest of the opening was kept exactly the same.
This would be offensive in and off itself, but in the grander scheme of what Shyamalan did to the ATLA universe, it is the first step in his grand effort to remove anything Chinese from ATLA and replace it with India (in case of the Fire Nation, which he clearly seems to fanboy) or, when not possible to replace, portray as living in squalor and poverty and full of dumb people.
And there is more:Part Eight
Men feel the pressures of society just as much as women. Through my internet searches I have come across nothing that encourages body positivity in men. This needs to change.
Please, tell me of the struggles this dude faces as a white male. I’m really interested in hearing about the alternate reality that he inhabits.
WHAT A DUMBASS POST
CRY HARDER WHITE BOY
Booohooooo who says all girls wanna look like barbie dipshit
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are you guys honestly saying that just because he’s a man and white? Are you fucking kidding me? You all do realize what you’re technically saying right? You’re pretty much saying that this guy has no right to be sad because there are people out there who have it worse. I thought that was one of the main things you never tell a person with depression, so why are any of you saying that here?
Seriously, what world do you guys live in? What if a white man was abused as a child? What if they were told that they were not good enough by their family and and the people around them? Do you think every white guy lives a life where everybody loves them, nobody thinks they’re ugly and they get everything they want by simply asking for it once? You have to be a fool to believe that.
Are you trying to tell me that a white person can’t be depressed because he has “privilege over everybody else”? Let me put it to you like this: Let’s say you have a white man who lost his job, is insecure about his body (because maybe he’s not very tall or muscular, which is what society today thinks a man should look like), and has no friends. Now let’s say you have a successful black business woman who is paid well, has a great social life, but also has depression. Which one of these two people has more right to be depressed? The answer: NEITHER!!!! Because depression is not always about how successful you are in life or what you have. Depression is feeling that you’re not a good enough person no matter who you are and how hard you try.
All of you that contributed to the above commentary should be ashamed of yourselves. There are people out there, including white boys, who hate themselves because of their looks. They will self harm just like anybody else with self hate issues but none of you care. All you care about is their gender and skin color. I’d hate to see what any of you would say if you ever met a cutter that happened to be a white guy. What would you say when he shows you his scars? Will you laugh at his face? What if he told you that he attempted suicide? Would roll your eyes at him?
None of you are any better than those racist and sexist people you claim to hate so much. You don’t want equality. You want anybody that shares physical similarities with the “oppressor” to feel like shit. You want people to be looked down upon because of the their race and gender; two things they have no control over.How is that any better than someone belittling a Black/Hispanic/Asian/etc person because of a broad and untrue generalization?I’ve come to realize this important fact: Tumblr isn’t the safe haven for logical people that so many want to claim it is. It’s full immature, hypocritical , and ignorant people just like any other website. I don’t care if I lose followers because of this. This has to stop.
In Selma, Alabama, a monument to the first leader of the Ku Klux Klan is under construction on public land.
The statue of Confederate General Nathan Forrest — infamous as the first Grand WIzard of the Klan and for massacring black Union soldiers at the Civil War battle of Fort Pillow — even has the blessing of the Selma City Council.
Selma is home to some of the most important events of the Civil Rights Movement — including “Bloody Sunday,” when 600 activists fighting for African-American voting rights were attacked by state and local police.
A group called Friends of Forrest built the original monument, and now the group is planning to lay concrete for a new foundation, add a new bust of the KKK founder, enclose the monument in a wrought iron gate, and add night lighting.
Malika Sanders-Fortier is a community leader in Selma, and when she heard about the plan for the monument she was outraged. Malika is proud of her city’s place in history, and she thinks that monuments celebrating violent racism and intolerance have no place in this country, let alone in a city like Selma, where the families of those attacked by the Klan still live.
And we don’t have a racism problem in this country?
Dorothy Cooper, age 96 and a retired domestic worker living in Chattanooga, never had any trouble voting even in the Jim Crow era and missed only one election in her entire adult life. But when she went for one of the state’s new free photo IDs last month so she could keep voting, they turned her away. Why? Her maiden name, Dorothy Alexander, is on her birth certificate, and she didn’t have her marriage license.
Due to Tennessee’s new voting law, she has to have a state photo ID to vote and now, even with her current voter registration card, she can’t get one.
She is older than Voting Rights Act.
Like let’s get this really real yall
Mama has voted without bureaucratic bullshit in JIM DAMN CROW
but the new millenium is trying to keep her out cause her birth certificate ( which is older than the current incarnations of both parties) has her maiden name
from back when the probably write that shit in fountain pen…
I quit all of you
EVERY SINGLE ONE
doing math : She has been eligible to vote since 1937
SHE HAD LESS TROUBLE VOTING AROUND FDR vs. LANDON than OBAMA vs.ROMNEY
God damn it.
I am Asian and I am a lot hotter than my cis white het male boyfriend, so clearly I am using him to get a visa.
Oh wait, I was born in the US, so I don’t even get that out of him. :(
SJW tries to pull the racism and “yellow fever” cards on the white guy she sees but comes off as the racist ass instead. Because two people can’t be happily together, it has to be PRIVILEGE and OH MY GOD HOW DARE THEY DO THAT THEIR COMBINATION IS LOATHSOME. And all Asian chicks date white guys for visas, OF COURSE. They can’t possibly be American citizens or know English AT ALL * rolls eyes *
As a Chinese girl in a relationship with a white dude, such attitudes from supposed “well-meaning” people make me sick. My boyfriend has done nothing wrong and yet he has to bear the brunt of this bullshit because SJWs need a scapegoat to scream at instead of actually doing shit to combat the actual racism that people suffer in their daily lives. But oh my God, suggest that to them and they FLIP OUT.
And of course, if that same white guy was dating a white girl instead, the same person will bitch about HOW RACIST that is and how much that “oozes” WHITE PRIVILEGE ughh
Anyways, this has been a rant.
“Save the Pearls” is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next “The Hunger Games.” The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’”
It uses blackface as a plot device.
In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.The rule in Eden’s post-apocalyptic world is: the darker the skin, the higher the mate-rate. Other factors calculated into one’s mate-rate include wealth or employment status. For example, Ronson Bramford, a handsome Coal titan of industry, is at the top of the heap with a mate rate of 98%. At age twenty-two, he only has two years left in which to mate—or else he’d probably have a 100% mate-rate. Tiger’s-Eyes, or Latinos, usually rate above Ambers, or Asians, in the future race wars. White-skinned Pearls offer little resistance to The Heat, and therefore, are at the bottom. Only a Cotton, or Albino, would be lower.”
THE MIND IT BOGGLES.
wow we can only care about racial oppression when it’s about white people
it’s not like there aren’t already people who believe that reverse racism is a real thing or anything
not like the story of racial oppression is more complex than a difference in populace and biological differences.
You know how they say that homophobia/heterosexism is just this fear that “men will treat you the way you treat women” and anti-feminism is fear that “women will treat you the way men have treated them”? This is kind of like that, right, this fear that people of color will treat you like how white people have treated them without any real reflection on what privilege means.
“TURNS THE TABLES ON RACISM”
I’d like to think it’s like this experiment, but that most likely isn’t the case.
Sounds to me like a white author seeks to affirm this idea of mass institutionalized white oppression in the form of her own fantasy world
so anthropology majors can feel better about themselves.
Oh, So I found their YOUTUBE ‘VIRAL’ MARKETING PAGE
and it’s basically full of marketing in which people are putting on ‘half’ blackface and
AND UGHHHH EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE
Even if the plot is good, or the premise is attempting to be intriguing.
Stop writing books about homophobia and racism when you reverse it and make it gross and adds to how current media, literature, movies push things.
SO HOW IS THIS BOOK HELPING EXACTLY? It doesn’t and the people buying it will read it to feel better about themselves UGHHHH
UGH I am so uncomfortable even just watching the videos Victoria Foyt WATER YOU DOING.