The Black 01
When the world goes post-apocalyptic this is how I hope we all dress.
I would so wear all of this.
never have I wanted a plushie so bad in my LIFE
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.❞
Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.
I agree that some things (such as Native American wear) can be seen as offensive. However, when people say that using chopsticks make a white person racist?!
Let me tell you.
My boyfriend of almost seven months is Cambodian and Chinese. Most of his family came here to escape genocide, they love…
Who is saying using chopsticks is racist?
Are you sure they’re not saying not to use chopsticks in a misrepresentative way, like in your hair?
Even then, is it really wrong? Or if I wore traditional clothing in order to celebrate his heritage, is that bad?
Celebration =/= cultural appropriation, in my opinion. If I was putting chopsticks in my hair to make a joke, THAT’S not okay.
Intent is irrelevant. And of course it would be wrong, you’d be misrepresenting another culture? How is that not wrong?
If you were invited to celebrate your boyfriend’s heritage, that’s awesome and you should totally participate. But that is entirely different from if you were to chose to use Khmer traditions on your own.
Thing is most people don’t understand that just because you’re invited to participate doesn’t mean you can go and use the traditions however you want later.
A lot of people also don’t understand the difference between learning about other cultures and using the traditions of other cultures.
Does that help you understand?
I still don’t know if you quite understand.
Could you elaborate as to how or what I don’t understand?
I am trying to explain to you the difference between you participating in your boyfriend’s culture and appropriation, and the harm in misrepresenting others’ cultural traditions.
Saying ‘I don’t think you understand’ and not explaining what you mean is not helpful.
Actually, it’s not entirely misrepresentation.
Coming RIGHT FROM MY BOYFRIEND’S LIPS, chopsticks can be worn in your hair for decoration. I actually have a pair with mother-of-pearl embedded in them, they’re beautiful, definitely not made for eating but rather for wearing. Only thing to watch out for is wearing them straight up, as it’s bad luck.
Like I said, unless someone’s doing it to outright be racist, it’s okay to celebrate cultures. My boyfriend is completely okay with it.
as a white girl
it is 10000000000000000000000000000000000000% inappropriate for you
to use your boyfriend of chinese descent
to shut down other chinese people telling you you’re fucking up
whether your boyfriend is okay with it or not does not give you the right to speak over other chinese people who are not okay with it.
that is some racist bullshit
furthermore, you state yourself: definitely not made for eating but rather for wearing.
when we talk about white girls wearing chopsticks in their hair, we’re talking about 1) how it is a misrepresentation of traditional chinese hair ornaments, and 2) the inappropriateness of wearing eating utensils in your hair
the “chopsticks” you’re wearing are obviously meant to be worn decoratively. that’s gr8. you obviously wouldn’t eat with them. that’s gr8. so idfk why you’re using this as an example when what we mean is people who use actual eating utensils. like you are 1000000000000000000000000000000000% missing the point.
Use that word.
I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo