1. Not only did a Latino actor not play Tony, who clearly in real life looks like a Chicano, but his ethnicity is stolen from the Latino community at a time when Latinos have been demonized. Our real Latino national heroes if acknowledged would dramatize our patriotism and contribution to the United States…

    In “Argo” we have yet another instance where the public has been denied of an opportunity for all Americans to learn of an American Latino’s valor, talent and patriotism. This occurs because there has been no consequence to this behavior. It is time for a change.

    — 

    Moctesuma Esparza on Ben Affleck’s Argo and the White-Washing of the Mexican-American.  Esparza says:

    The film actually goes out of its way to obscure Tony Mendez’ ethnicity. His name (Mendez) is mentioned only once and the character says he is from New York (Tony was born in Nevada from a mining family with six generations in Nevada and raised in Colorado). Nowhere in the movie does the viewer get that the hero is Mexican American. 

    Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Antonio “Tony” Mendez was very contained and had very little range, I don’t know what Tony personality is like to judge the portrayal but this did not impact the movie’s success or failure. It was an excellent role that would have elevated a Latino actor like Benjamin Bratt or Michael Peña.

     Instead, like with the story of Guy Gabaldon, whose extraordinary achievements in the WWII Battle of Saipan,  capturing, by himself, 1800 enemy soldiers, more than any other  American soldier in the history of our country, was similarly white-washed as Jeffrey Hunter played him in the 1960 film, “Hell to Eternity.”  But that was more than half a century ago, Argo is now

    In the closing credits, the photos of the real people portrayed are presented side-b- side with the actors’ photos showing the very close resemblance and care that was taken in the casting process to cast actors who looked like the real people. Yet, for the key role of Tony Mendez, the director/producer Ben Affleck chose a single long shot of Tony with President Carter where his image was not distinct or recognizable, breaking the pattern he had chosen for all the other real people depicted. 

    (via racebending)

    White privilege is being able to star in a person of color’s life story. See also: Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart and almost everyone in 21. Nevemind. I should have made a separate post. Sorry, folks.

     
  2. comoelfilodelmachete:

    to a white person diversity basically means ‘i have the option of interacting with Black/Brown folks at the time and place of my choosing.’
    like they are a resource to be called upon when they want ‘soul food’ or someone to practice their spanish on. but if the Black/Brown presence is readily visible/audible outside of the gentrifiers choosing, then they are an invasive nuisance.
    because this is ‘diversity’ not ‘i want to live in an all Black/Brown community’.

    They basically want to be cultural tourists, to visit POCLand, not live there.

     
  3. I love historical films and I’m so sick of all these kinds of Jane Austen movies where they have these fucking period movies. How many times do we have to remake fucking Pride and Prejudice? How many times do white people need their history told to them over and over and over again? It’s so fucking boring. It’s always the same. There are enough movies like that. There are enough examinations of white people history. There’s enough of all these novels, all the Bronte sisters, all the fucking Jane Austen bullshit — I don’t care anymore. I’m sick of it. Why can’t we go into other people’s history? Why can’t we go into more Asian history? Why can’t we go into more Asian-American history? Why can’t we go into more Latin-American history? Why can’t we do any of these things? But they don’t. We have to keep regurgitating Old England. It’s so racist, and nobody actually comes out and says this is fucking stupid.
     
  4. Who’s white?

    For whatever reason, many white Americans seem to think that ‘white’ = WASP (white Anglo Saxon Protestant) and that folks whose forebears came over on the Mayflower are the actual whites, not the Italians, Russian Jews, Irish Catholics, etc. It’s certainly true that non-Anglo European ethnic groups were once considered nonwhite. But the definition of whiteness changed generations ago to encompass pretty much any European ethnicity that embraced white supremacy. So nonwhites from Europe got to become white ethnic Americans and enjoy white privilege. And nonwhites from every other continent remained nonwhite…because what’s the point of being white if there are no nonwhite people around to oppress?

    Yet I’ve had many conversations with white Americans who’ve tried to employ that throwback definition of whiteness, to treat ‘white’ as though it only means ‘WASP’. Conveniently, this distancing from whiteness tends to only occur during conversations about racism. I don’t think they realize that whiteness is achieved, but that non-whiteness is thrust upon you. Their European ancestors gladly handed in their nonwhite badges as soon as they were able to do so. This was an opportunity that many others at the time did not have (though some tried) because their ethnicity was visible in their skin color, hair texture, eye shape, etc.

    What’s particularly annoying is when white Americans not only deny their whiteness, but attempt to use their immigrant ancestry to appropriate ‘person of color’ as an identity. ‘People of color’ was devised as a positive, empowering alternative to terms like ‘minorities’ and ‘nonwhites’, which can be inaccurate or suggest otherness and inferiority. The term subverts the usual racial dynamic by suggesting that white people lack color instead of us lacking whiteness. ‘People of color’ is a specifically racial term. It does not mean ‘ethnic people’ or ‘non-WASPs’.

    It is also a modern term that began gaining prominence by being employed by racial justice advocates in the 1960s and ’70s. It is nonsensical and self-serving to use an archaic definition of non-whiteness in order to claim a label that modern nonwhites popularized.

    So the fact that your ethnicity wasn’t considered white generations ago doesn’t mean you can get away with claiming to be nonwhite or a person of color today. You still benefit from white privilege. And claiming POC status so on the basis of your Euro ethnic identity is particularly offensive since your ancestors chose to leave non-whiteness behind by stepping on black people, Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, and other nonwhites on their way up the racial hierarchy.

    Some further reading:

     
  5. Nothing amuses me more than the fact that 9 times out of 10, when someone wants to know my race, they ask about my “ethnicity”

    undercoverangryangel:

    darkjez:

    the rest of the time it’s just “what *are* you?”

    Hell at this point, asking about my ethnicity is the preferred question. It’s better than the above, or “Where are you FROM? Oh, then I mean, where are your parents from???”

    Ha. This reminds me of a routine my Chinese American friend goes through (and which most visibly ‘ethnic’ people can probably relate to):

    "So where are from?
    "D.C."

    "I mean, where are you really from?"
    "Maryland"

    "No, where are your parents from?"

    "Well my parents moved here from California."

    "Where are they really from?"

    etc.

    I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with strangers that started with a brief, intrusive interrogation of my ethnicity, place of birth, native language, etc. I don’t understand why white people feel like they have to know all this information. What happens if I answer ‘wrong’?

    I’ve tried highlighting the strangeness and rudeness of these questions by pointedly asking them what their ethnicity is, but this backfires since white people love nothing better than to talk about being Irish-Welsh-German on their dad’s side and French-Dutch-Italian on their mom’s side and 1/16 Cherokee, blah, blah, blah.

     
  6.  
  7. Author Scott Lynch responds to a critic of the character Zamira Drakasha, a black woman pirate in his fantasy book Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second novel of the Gentleman Bastard series.

    zillah975:

    last-snowfall:

    fuckyeahscifiwomenofcolour:

    The bolded sections represent quotes from the criticism he received. All the z-snaps are in order.

    Your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what we have in the real world? I read fantasy to get away from politically correct cliches. 


    God, yes! If there’s one thing fantasy is just crawling with these days it’s widowed black middle-aged pirate moms. 

    Real sea pirates could not be controlled by women, they were vicous rapits and murderers and I am sorry to say it was a man’s world. It is unrealistic wish fulfilment for you and your readers to have so many female pirates, especially if you want to be politically correct about it!

    First, I will pretend that your last sentence makes sense because it will save us all time. Second, now you’re pissing me off. 

    You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. I realized this as she was evolving on the page, and you know what? I fucking embrace it. 

    Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain. 

    Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn’t a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder.”

    You don’t like it? Don’t buy my books. Get your own fictional universe. Your cabbage-water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears. 

    As for the “man’s world” thing, religious sentiments and gender prejudices flow differently in this fictional world. Women are regarded as luckier, better sailors than men. It’s regarded as folly for a ship to put to sea without at least one female officer; there are several all-female naval military traditions dating back centuries, and Drakasha comes from one of them. As for claims to “realism,” your complaint is of a kind with those from bigoted hand-wringers who whine that women can’t possibly fly combat aircraft, command naval vessels, serve in infantry actions, work as firefighters, police officers, etc. despite the fact that they do all of those things— and are, for a certainty, doing them all somewhere at this very minute. Tell me that a fit fortyish woman with 25+ years of experience at sea and several decades of live bladefighting practice under her belt isn’t a threat when she runs across the deck toward you, and I’ll tell you something in return— you’re gonna die of stab wounds.

    What you’re really complaining about isn’t the fact that my fiction violates some objective “reality,” but rather that it impinges upon your sad, dull little conception of how the world works. I’m not beholden to the confirmation of your prejudices; to be perfectly frank, the prospect of confining the female characters in my story to placid, helpless secondary places in the narrative is so goddamn boring that I would rather not write at all. I’m not writing history, I’m writing speculative fiction. Nobody’s going to force you to buy it. Conversely, you’re cracked if you think you can persuade me not to write about what amuses and excites me in deference to your vision, because your vision fucking sucks.

    I do not expect to change your mind but i hope that you will at least consider that I and others will not be buying your work because of these issues. I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for years and i know that I speak for a great many people. I hope you might stop to think about the sales you will lose because you want to bring your political corectness and foul language into fantasy. if we wanted those things we could go to the movies. Think about this! 

    Thank you for your sentiments. I offer you in exchange this engraved invitation to go piss up a hill, suitable for framing.

    Dude. I bounced off his first book in that series, but that character MIGHT just convince me to give it another try.

    Also, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Ching Shih, the Red Lady, Lai Sho Sz’en, Grace O’Malley, Sayyida al Hurra, the Lioness of Brittany, Mary Killigrew, Lo Hon-cho, and quite a few others.

    LADY PIRATES REPRESENT.

    This guy is such a patriarchal bigot that he actually wrote to Scott Lynch because he thinks all fictional worlds should be sexist and racist too. Lynch’s response was perfect.

     
  8. 16:14

    Notes: 69

    Reblogged from mardesalinidad-deactivated20130

    Tags: lolwhiteness

    ludwigfalalalala:

    “When the Germans invaded… *excuse me* when some but not all Germans invaded”

    (Source: taylorswifthecreator)

     
  9. 16:25 6th Dec 2012

    Notes: 15781

    Reblogged from hissingbooth

    Tags: gifgifswhiteness

    One of my favorite running gags on anything is how white characters on Louie hopefully invoked Obama whenever they were faced with a problem, “b-but, Obama!”

    One of my favorite running gags on anything is how white characters on Louie hopefully invoked Obama whenever they were faced with a problem, “b-but, Obama!”

    (Source: daddyfuckedme)

     
  10. image: Download

    micropolisnyc:

Why aren’t there more minority models in the pages of fashion magazines?
The answers are often disturbing, and speak to a form of racial bigotry found in the fashion centers of New York and London — as well as a deep-rooted aesthetic that equates prestige and elitism with stereotypical whiteness (and thin-ness).
Here are a few highly-revealing quotes from fashion industry employees, from an analysis of the industry by Ashley Mears, a sociologist and former model. Her article is called “Size zero high-end ethnic: Cultural production and the reproduction of culture in fashion modeling,” and was published in 2009. Mears kept the identities of her sources private.
“A lot of black girls have got very wide noses… The rest of her face is flat, therefore, in a flat image, your nose, it broadens in a photograph. It’s already wide, it looks humongous in the photograph. I think that’s, there’s an element of that, a lot of very beautiful black girls are moved out by their noses, some of them.” —H, London Agency Director
“But it’s also really hard to scout a good black girl. Because they have to have the right nose and the right bottom. Most black girls have wide noses and big bottoms so if you can find that right body and that right face, but it’s hard.” —A, NYC Agency Scout
“Okay let’s say Prada. You don’t have a huge amount of black people buying Prada. They can’t afford it. Okay so that’s economics there. So why put a black face? They put a white face, because those are the ones that buy the clothes.” —L, NYC Stylist
“We don’t like using the same model too often, but it’s harder to find ethnic girls. And…well, I don’t want to sound racist, but— well for Asians, it’s hard to find tall girls that will fit the clothes because most of them are very petit. For black girls, I guess—black girls have a harder edge kind of look, like if I’m shooting something really edgy, I’ll use a black girl, it always just depends on the clothes.” —A, NYC Magazine Editor
“Me personally, in my opinion, there really is no good, good, black girl around. The really good, good black girl around are still the same, and are still the one that everybody wants… It’s very difficult to find one. The agency don’t deliver enough choice to make happy the client [sic].” —O, NYC Casting Director

[TW for the article]
White logic is circular logic:

The absence of non-white models is also deeply rooted in a Western relationship with race that aligns ethnic women with a heightened sexuality and accessibility. The editorial fashion world wants to downplay sexuality to the maximum, thus they choose child-bodied, excessively thin women with unique facial structures within the parameters of the white aesthetic; no one in the editorial fashion world wants to consider their choices racist but their desire to only utilise a certain appearance and also dismiss ethnic women for a lack of conformity to that standard reveals the latent racism that is perpetuated without question but with a recognisable degree of disappointment and no sense of responsibility.       

    micropolisnyc:

    Why aren’t there more minority models in the pages of fashion magazines?

    The answers are often disturbing, and speak to a form of racial bigotry found in the fashion centers of New York and London — as well as a deep-rooted aesthetic that equates prestige and elitism with stereotypical whiteness (and thin-ness).

    Here are a few highly-revealing quotes from fashion industry employees, from an analysis of the industry by Ashley Mears, a sociologist and former model. Her article is called “Size zero high-end ethnic: Cultural production and the reproduction of culture in fashion modeling,” and was published in 2009. Mears kept the identities of her sources private.

    A lot of black girls have got very wide noses… The rest of her face is flat, therefore, in a flat image, your nose, it broadens in a photograph. It’s already wide, it looks humongous in the photograph. I think that’s, there’s an element of that, a lot of very beautiful black girls are moved out by their noses, some of them.” —H, London Agency Director

    “But it’s also really hard to scout a good black girl. Because they have to have the right nose and the right bottom. Most black girls have wide noses and big bottoms so if you can find that right body and that right face, but it’s hard.” —A, NYC Agency Scout

    “Okay let’s say Prada. You don’t have a huge amount of black people buying Prada. They can’t afford it. Okay so that’s economics there. So why put a black face? They put a white face, because those are the ones that buy the clothes.” —L, NYC Stylist

    “We don’t like using the same model too often, but it’s harder to find ethnic girls. And…well, I don’t want to sound racist, but— well for Asians, it’s hard to find tall girls that will fit the clothes because most of them are very petit. For black girls, I guess—black girls have a harder edge kind of look, like if I’m shooting something really edgy, I’ll use a black girl, it always just depends on the clothes.” —A, NYC Magazine Editor

    Me personally, in my opinion, there really is no good, good, black girl around. The really good, good black girl around are still the same, and are still the one that everybody wants… It’s very difficult to find one. The agency don’t deliver enough choice to make happy the client [sic].” —O, NYC Casting Director

    [TW for the article]

    White logic is circular logic:

    The absence of non-white models is also deeply rooted in a Western relationship with race that aligns ethnic women with a heightened sexuality and accessibility. The editorial fashion world wants to downplay sexuality to the maximum, thus they choose child-bodied, excessively thin women with unique facial structures within the parameters of the white aesthetic; no one in the editorial fashion world wants to consider their choices racist but their desire to only utilise a certain appearance and also dismiss ethnic women for a lack of conformity to that standard reveals the latent racism that is perpetuated without question but with a recognisable degree of disappointment and no sense of responsibility.       

     
  11. A lot of times people make excuses for old people’s racism, as if racism is just a product of a bygone era and it will die out when the old people do…I always think that if my old people have to suffer racism, your old people should get called on it.
    — 

    Old People and Racism (via downlo)

    THIS

    FUCKING

    SHIT

    I am not about to coddle these folks and “respect my elders” when not but too long ago these folks were calling for MY PEOPLE to fucking get lynched and die and shit. Hell the fuck no. You think you’re immune from my wrath but you’re not. 

    (via setfabulazerstomaximumcaptain)

    ALL OF FUCKING THIS

    My mother was born in 1957.

    She was in grade school when the whole desegregation shit went down.

    She told me about how white women would treat her like shit for daring to want to fucking learn.

    My grandfather told me of how white men his age would fucking JOKE about how they should have ‘put the niggers in the concentration camps because Germany had the right idea.’ He’s a WWII Vet.

    Fuck what you heard.

    I WILL NEVER EXCUSE OLD PEOPLES RACISM

    (via sourcedumal)

    Why is it that only white people are assumed to be capable of racism?

    The majority of racism my wife & I have dealt with has come from black people. We notice it’s especially prevalent in older people. But- I mean, race is bullshit. Skin pigmentation is a genetic trait. CULTURE is a choice, and something we create.

    You don’t choose to be born black or white, or anything. It’s like having pride in having teeth, or breathing oxygen. Or gender.

    Fuck that noise. You can’t take seriously take credit for shit that was lopped onto you like that.

    Why not take pride in things you actually CHOOSE, or work hard for?

    We don’t see each other as colors, other than as a commentary track to other people’s bullshit absurdities.

    How about we just be the betters of ALL our fucking elders- and get on with being human beings with respect for EVERYBODY (including people’s beliefs, orientations, etc)- as long as they’re not being fuckfaces? And if they are- do the worst thing you can do to a fuckface, and ignore them! Fuckfacery requires fuel.

    (via pancakesbitches)

    Hey look I found a fuckface ^^^

     
  12. When a Vietnamese family is driven out of its home in a project by African-American youth, that is white supremacy. When a Korean store owner shoots an African-American teenager in the back of the head, that is white supremacy. When 33 percent of Latinos agree with the statement, ‘Even if given a chance, [African Americans] aren’t capable of getting ahead,’ that is white supremacy.
    — African American Scholar Charles Lawrence (via locksandglasses)

    (Source: books.google.com)

     
  13. As the post-election quarterbacking heads into its second month, pundits are now turning their gaze on this forgotten group, wondering, if Asians are so good at math, why didn’t they vote Republican? The fact is that 73% of Asian Americans cast their ballots for Obama – that’s a higher percentage of Democratic support than even the coveted Latino bloc.

    David Brooks started opining in the New York Times just a few days after the election, wondering how the “party of work” lost Asian Americans. Because, you know… they are such hard workers.

    Over at Slate Richard A. Posner performs the post-mortem. And conservatives are getting in the game, too. The American Conservative is pondering the “loss” of the Asian American Vote. And the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute asks Why Aren’t Asians Republicans?.

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing that the media is paying attention to the political power of Asian Americans, even if it is after the elections.

    But all the discussion about Asian voters seems to neglect… Asians. As one white male after another opines about why Asian Americans voted the way they did, where are the voices of Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese and Filipino Americans? Sure, Slate quotes the Pew Research Center report from last summer (that Asian American groups criticized for reinforcing the old “model minority” stereotype and overlooking many current needs and issues) and then even brings up the “new Jews” comparison.

    What all these writers seem to have forgotten is that we are still in the room. And we even speak English.

    I have seen quite a few articles wondering why such a high percentage of Asian voters (73%) went for Obama instead of Romney and almost all of them have made me deeply uncomfortable. As OP states, they’re nearly always written by white American men who are examining Asian Americans in this creepy, dehumanizing way. Stereotypes abound.

    What’s particularly obnoxious about the articles examining the Asian vote is that hardly any of them to mention how diverse the ‘Asian’ demographic is, especially in terms of class, which is what a lot of these analyses focus on. But no—Asians are just an indistinguishable mass. Same with ‘the black vote’ and ‘the Latin@ vote’.

    Meanwhile, whites have always been carefully broken down into many distinct sub-racial demographics: soccer moms, rural, urban, blue collar workers, the wealthy, the religious, students and young people. It’s only very recently that I’ve seen main stream media outlets acknowledge the fact that whites—no matter their other demographic characteristics—vote as a racial bloc.

    (Source: nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident)

     
  14. There was a time when I was really into elves.

    That was also a time when I was also really into reading nothing but straight white people who live in Europelandia fantasy, also known as the Land of Banal-Shit-Boring. There is a correlation here. You see, when I sit down and think about it, I hit upon the realization that elves are often emblematic of the worst the genre has to offer. Partly this is because they’re so prevalent; so much of the genre is stuck in a quagmire of mediocre rip-offs where writers copy-paste each other with great zeal and vigor. It’s kind of like a circle-jerk, only what comes out isn’t splooge but pointy-eared white supremacists. The other part is that it’s a wonderful escapist fantasy and people love their escapist fantasy, and this is why we can’t have nice things and why SF/F fans will forever whine that, man, the mainstream, man, they just don’t take us seriously. Man.

    What do we know about elves? They are, generally, portrayed as the ideal: more magical, more beautiful, more in tune with nature. They are older than you but almost immortal. When you were hunting things with pointy rocks they had already built advanced civilizations, sprawling cities full of ivory towers (often literal ivory towers even if, inexplicably, no elephants live anywhere in the region). They are closer to their creator deities than anyone else can ever hope to be; if the same deities also created other species, elves will almost always be the “firstborn” or the “elder race,” the chosen ones. Elves are escapist fantasy—they’re what you wish you could be more like, and you probably wish the world was full of secret glades and cities where elves live in ease and glamor. The adjective “elvish” or “elfin” is always used in a positive manner, denoting either ethereal beauty or a particular kind of cuteness.

    Elves are also very, very white.

    There are cack-handed, wishy-washy attempts today to give elves a paint job and Laurell K. Hamilton even made them so multi-colored some of them are green, blue, or “obsidian black” (none of which, naturally, fits into the range of human complexions), but let’s not dance around the fact that the predominant image of elves in fantasy derives from the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Ljósálfar, or if you’re being particularly hacky and third-hand, from Tolkien (who, let’s admit it, was a Eurocentric bore with delusions of his own open-mindedness, and in social justice circles today would be considered a raging racist asshole).

    […]

    Another thing common among elves is that they have a low birthrate, are fiercely jealous of humans for being able to drop litters, and when humans get too numerous they will sail away to the west, weeping tears of severe butthurt all the way in their pearly swan-boats. You ever heard a particular breed of white folks lamenting how awful it is that all the black people and the Chinese and Hispanics are spawning like bunnies, and that white people are increasingly an endangered species? You ever seen a white family get spooked when their neighborhood becomes just a little colorful, so they move to an all-white suburban area where they can continue to send their kids to school full of other middle-class white kids, attend parent meetings where they’ll never ever be threatened by the sight of someone who isn’t the hue of frog bellies?

    (Source: liquidiousfleshbag)

     
  15. thetart:

    I’m confused” is the white girl equivalent of white dudes who demand to play devil’s advocate. You get to air your shittiness in the back end of the sentence, and the person you’re challenging is forced to either treat said shittiness as though it’s an honest inquiry or be cast as abusive for refusing to play along. It’s transparent, and it’s all over my dash every time a white woman wants to give a non-white woman a piece of her small white supremacist mind. Stop pretending it’s not the same old racist trolling, because you aren’t confused about anything.