A new University of Delaware study has revealed two disconcerting pieces of information: a whopping 67 percent of white Americans support voter ID laws, and that number jumps to 73…
In upsetting but unsurprising news, white people have a lot of deeply-held racist views. This is why “I don’t see race” is such a problematic POV - well, it’s problematic for a lot of reasons, but basically YES, YES YOU DO, everyone “sees” race and everyone in America grew up in a culture that criminalized blackness and made it OK to be inherently suspicious of non-white people (the darker the scarier!).
If you’re more upset at the possibility of a Civil War movie than at the reality that every Marvel movie has starred a white man, I am judging the hell out of you.
I just want y’all to remember that a few days ago a visibly armed white man was pointing a gun at children in a park in broad daylight. He was calmly talked down and brought in to custody. TJ Lane shot up his school, was taken to trial peacefully, sentenced, escaped, and peacefully captured again. Or the white man who under the influence of some drug, attacked 3 officers in the police station, disarmed one and fired a shot. He wasn’t even tased.
Let’s compare that with the fact that, Mike Brown was shot 6 times while surrendering. Vonderrick Myer was armed with a fucking sandwich and shot at 16 times. Levar Jones was stopped for a seat belt violation and got shot at 4 times for retrieving the ID he was ordered to show. John Crawford III was shot for being armed with an airsoft gun, in Wal Mart, where they sell airsoft guns!
It was hard to whittle my anger down to 140 characters believe me
i should be a little bit more thick skinned or idk think things through more
all the tags on my 2 recent queer CA fanarts are really appreciative and supportive, save for some accusing me of bi erasure(on nat) and making sam ace simply because he’s black
the first hurt me a lot because im bi myself. the second i talked about with intheindigo who enlightened me on the issue(bless them).
and i feel like im not guilty of any of those accusations because
a)everything i draw is MCU-based which barely scratches the surface of canon or sometimes contradicts it and
b)i already stated my reasoning for sam being ace and while i SHOULD take in account the problem with making black characters ace as a way of excluding them from shipping, i cant just NOT make any black character ace or write a disclaimer under each pic.
and while i feel i should not feel guilty, those comments really put a damper on my mood
I think with regards to Sam (and Natasha), it’s not personal, or related to anything specific to you or your art, but people recognize larger patterns endemic in fandom: trends toward desexualizing characters of colour, especially black characters, so that they’re “safely out of the way” and not threatening to other (usually white/white) ships. This isn’t always conscious on the part of the artist or writer, but it is part of the greater trend, latent or not-so-latent bias. I don’t think you personally did anything wrong, and any inclination to self-flagellate (not that I’m saying you are, just that the tendency is often there in situations like these) is ultimately not really that helpful. However, it’s good to take a situation like this and take a step back from the example of your own work, and look at the bigger picture: what are fandom’s inclinations, subconscious or otherwise? What can we be doing as fans to ameliorate underlying racist and sexist inclinations in ourselves, in our work, and in our world?
As someone (I forget who) once said, we’re all fish swimming in racist (or other ist) water; we’re the product of the cultures we grow up in.
Our job is to examine our own prejudices, whether they’re conscious or not, and to examine greater systemic patterns in the world and in our subcultures. We don’t have to finish the work, but neither are we free to desist from it. [x]
i’ve never encountered a single pairing where a possible pairing with a woman/poc was sidelined with a lot of people saying “i just don’t like women” or “black people are gross!” like some people say that, but most people will tell you, very earnestly, that they have REASONS, okay, they TOTALLY WOULD SHIP IT but it’s just not their THING, they like dudeslash cuz they’re straight/uncomfortable w women in porn/etc and oh, you know, Shawn and Gus never got popular because fandom doesn’t like BFF ships! but Sam and Steve are soooo much better as friends, best friends even, and Gwen deserves MORE than being QUEEN of England, and Ichabod LOVES HIS WIFE AND IS A MARRIED MAN, but really it’s just easiest to write Steve/Danny’s love interests out, and Tony and Rhodey are just BEST FRIENDS, okay, why poison that?????
like. there is always a reason. that doesn’t make a pattern that is ultimately racist & sexist not exist.
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is ON IT! #staywoke #farfromover
I actually adore her because I’ve NEVER seen a black person get to be so fucking frank and honest about racial injustice on tv.
She’s real, she’s smart, she’s witty, she’s informed and she’s fucking unapologetic. I’m obsessed.
if you don’t think this carries an important message about our society then you are what is wrong with human society today
And this is why when you see a post empowering and uplifting black women, do not invade it with “don’t you mean all women.” No, because this is not the reality of “all women.”
"I would rather see a white male protagonist with a murderer who killed the white dudes family than see him with a Black woman"
"Black women just need to stay single and alone so I can see my two favorite white dudes fuck"
"I dont care about the rape and torture of a Black woman in the narrative…
"But the white male protagonist shouldnt be attracted to the Black woman cus THERES A WHITE WOMAN HE COULD BE WITH INSTEAD!"
"The Black woman just needs to be single because having love would ‘diminish her character.’ Wait, lemme fawn over the love octagon the white woman is getting tho"
"Oh the Black woman is being emotionally abused by the protagonist? Thats what she gets for not being a white woman."
"Black women are a threat to the ‘queer relationship’ between my two favorite white guys."
"NOT ALL OF WHITE FANDOM!"
"The black female character is just useless. She didnt do anything despite saving the world."
"I only liked the black female character when she wasnt a threat to my two white folks ship anymore"
"But Black women should have only been slaves in the Medieval times! Not Queens!"
"How dare a black guy be a knight!"
"You cant make this character Black! They are supposed to represent a UNIVERSAL group!"
"I just cant see this character as Black because the book described the character as innocent, ya know?"
"I didnt feel bad when the Black character got killed in a horrific way. But I’m not racist tho."
"Well who cares that the book said the character was black from an all black neighborhood and surrounded by black people. The best actors for the job were chosen!"
"WHY IS A MAJOR CHARACTER BLACK? IF THEY MADE A MOVIE IN AFRICA ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE EVERYONE WOULD BE MAD!"
"I WILL NEVER EVER SHIP THIS BLACK WOMAN CUS MY TWO FAVORITE WHITE BOYS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOUKD BE FUCKING!"
"So what if we’ve ignored the moc main character all this time! The black woman was MEAN TO HIM AND SO SHE DESERVES TO DIE!"
"Its homophobic to have a black woman in a relationship with one of the main white male characters."
"She is lazy and never does anything and doesn’t deserve her spot"
"I dont see how the white male lead could be attracted to her black woman self. He should be with the white woman who caused the world to end, almost killed him and tortured his family. Shes a better choice."
"I used to love this Black woman when she was an emotionless Mammy to the white folks but then she started having feelings and actually had a relationship with one of the main white male characters and that’s just not how this is supposed to work"
"But why is this black woman crying when someone she cares about is dying? Ugh, she’s so whiny"
"See, the white woman was such a better role model despite doing nothing the whole time!"
"But I just see the Black woman as a sister/mentor/anything other than a woman in a sexual relationship with teh main white male character"
"But they are married despite the fact that death has already parted them and thus their wedding vows are null and void"
"I’m sorry, I just can’t accept the black female lead as a suitable love interest because black women need to be strong and independent and devoid of any sort of sexual interest okay!"
Ah, the classics.