US of A
THEY SAY CLASSISM IS THE BIGGER ISSUE BUT NEVER LINK IT TO IMPERIALISM & THE VIOLENCE WE EXPORT.
ON WHOS BACKS WILL OUR SO-CALLED ECONOMIC EQUALITY BE RESTED UPON?
IF YOUR VIEW OF CLASS & CAPITAL IN THIS NATION IS AHISTORICAL THEN IT WILL REMAIN INACCURATE.
Dear White People:
I’m going to need you to come to an immediate stop with the whole “why are black people so homophobic?” shit you’ve been peddling.
Number one, some black people are queer. Please stop regarding queerness as an all-white project and blackness as an all-straight project. Notice…
Because it cannot be stressed enough;
Privileged White Guy Refuses Jon Stewart’s Case For White Privilege — TYT
"Jon Stewart had one request for Bill O’Reilly during their latest interview battle Wednesday night on "The Daily Show."
"Admit that there is such a thing as white privilege," Stewart said off the bat.
The thing is, that’s not such an easy thing to do. See, O’Reilly has long denied the existence of white privilege, even publicly stating on air that his program “does not believe” in the ideology.
O’Reilly pulled out all the usual defenses against Stewart Wednesday night, arguing that Asian Americans are more privileged than whites and that the concept of white privilege hasn’t existed for years.”* The Young Turks hosts Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (TYT University) break it down.
leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:
The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
- only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
- of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
- 0% of protagonists are women of color
- 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
- 1% of protagonists are people with a disability
Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch.
Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.
Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han!
Firefly the first mate is an African American female!
You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.
I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.
I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.
I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:
This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.
Read more Diversity Gap studies on:
But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.
If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.
They tried to use Firefly, a show that uses an entire culture as a backdrop for a space drama and two characters with the surname Tam who are not Chinese, to tell people that we should be grateful for scraps from Joss Whedon, who is not actually a feminist writer or producer. Who are they kidding?
1. I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity
2. I agree with this so hard it needs an onomatopoeia
And that’s how you consume media critically.
Left of Black S5:E4: Mass Incarceration, Voting Rights & State Sanctioned Violence
Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in-studio by Daryl Atkinson, Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in North Carolina. In a conversation about mass incarceration, the erosion of voting rights and State sanctioned violence Aktinson asserts that “the State sanctioned violence that we saw in Ferguson…cannot happen outside of the larger context of putting 2.2 million people in cages.”
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