sully-s:

15 year old Elizabeth Eckford of the Little Rock Nine being escorted by 101st Airborne Division America. (I pick Eckford because she in most of the pictures and she got a BA in history.)

sully-s:

15 year old Elizabeth Eckford of the Little Rock Nine being escorted by 101st Airborne Division America. (I pick Eckford because she in most of the pictures and she got a BA in history.)

'Till We Meet Again - Character outfit sheet
I put this thing together to maybe give people reading TWMA a little visual on what the characters look like throughout the story. You’ll probably notice Anna looks a little older by the end. Keep in mind this story spans years.

TWMA is a Frozen AU,1940’s setting, KristAnna-centric fanfiction written by feistypaants​.

You can read the fanfic here
You can view a larger version of the images here

sailortralfamadore:

soulpunchftw:

stirringwind:

immensely frustrating how some US bloggers like to paste US race categories everywhere. Even in ancient history. “White people are oppressors since forever and began cultural appropriation!!!” History methodology-wise…that’s just so wrong.

Would the Romans see the Germanic tribes invading them like the Vandals and the Visigoths as “hey we’re all white people!!!” or like “ugh no! the enemy! the invader! the destroyer of our way of life!!” Compared to many of their legionnaires who hailed from Africa and the Middle-East and served the Empire? It’s just bloody anachronistic and wrong because the outlines of our world were totally different. How valid is the term “white supremacy” in the ancient world, where many of the most powerful and prosperous empires and centres of human civilisation were African or Middle-Eastern? 

like okay Africa was the cradle of humanity and some of the earliest cities arose in Mesopotamia. I guarantee you the fact that all humans have African ancestors means that it’s highly likely the very first empire to engage in any sort of cultural appropriation wasn’t white (because it probably occurred before those African ancestors migrated far north enough for their melanin to fade away to become “white people”). 

I just find this such a perpetuation of colonialism. Because so before European imperialism, everything was fine and dandy? Imperialism didn’t exist before that when plenty of powerful non-white empires demanded tribute from others (like the Aztecs) or invaded other people for their natural resources (like the Mali Empire)? Jeez. It just makes me uncomfortable like we non-white cultures are some sort of infantile, Noble Savage who lived in a pre-civilisation Eden before we got victimised. Like I mean hell no being a victim ISN’T the sum of our history.

Have I mentioned that stirringwind is, like, my new favourite person on this site?

I also love when these people suggest that all the ills in the world, from “the gender binary” to ultra-capitalism to war, are the result of “Western imperialism”.

Not only is this ahistorical — there’s abundant evidence that these “POC” ancient cultures had stuff like patriarchy and rigid social classes and such — it just seems to totally deny any sort of agency and complexity to POC. It’s like that post going around about how racist it is to say that ISIS was made up by Americans. As this says, it all plays into Noble Savage stuff that perpetuates the idea that POC are less intelligent and complex than white people. Because what else do you think it says when you say “these people aren’t capable of evil unless white people are manipulating them”?

yes, I absolutely hate it. The vestiges of colonialism will only be defeated when the wrongs against us are not only recognised- but we are also not seen as just victims. Because what does that say? It says were defined by the colonial powers, not by our much, much longer history before European colonialism. Not only is it totally nonsensical and inaccurate to say all modern problems and patriarchy originated from Western imperialism, it’s giving Western imperialism too much damned credit for shaping the outlines of the world. It’s as though these other non-Western factors didn’t exist. Nope, sorry- wrong. Written human history began in Sumeria, around 6 or 7000 years ago. What are the past five hundred years compared to the rest of that time? 

I hate comments that go on about how racism was started by “white people” (lmao WRONG, plus it’s an anachronistic term that cannot be so loosely applied to ancient history) or how oppression globally is white people oppressing POC since the beginning of time. That’s inaccurate- and condescending- it’s a perpetual status of victimhood sticker for us all. I didn’t know my grandparents’ culture’s history began only 500 years ago- so what’s that about Chinese history before that? Victims? Not the powerful “Middle Kingdom” Japan and Korea had to pay tribute to?

Many, many “POC” civilisations were just as ruthless, just as powerful and expansionist. Look at Achaemenid Iran- while it was governed very multiculturally, it controlled 44% of the world’s population at one point. Or the Ashanti Empire. The Aztecs who used human sacrifice of captured prisoners to strike fear into their enemies and as propaganda warfare to establish their dominance. The Arab conquest? “POC” civilisations had brilliant military commanders and power hungry kings, just as they had artists, mathematicians, poets and scientists. To deny that part of our history is perpetuating the odious lie of colonialism that our civilisations were not complex, that we were undeveloped, unintelligent and backwards. Or the romanticised lie of the Noble Savage. Our societies knew violence and genocide long before the “white man” made his entrance and to mythologise and romanticise “POC” civilisations for your political agenda to make things seem like some “POC= good” and “white people = evil” is such a distortion of history. How is that any different from people portraying colonialism benevolently? It’s whitewashing history too.

It doesn’t feel empowering. It feels like slavishly wallowing in victimhood and taking away the agency and responsibility of “POC” who live in developed countries if you try to group yourself with “POC” globally as though there is no difference. Of course there is. While yes, we may not have “white privilege”, it’s totally disingenuous to act as though those of “POC” living in developed countries are somehow oppressed the same way as poor people in developing nations exploited by modern capitalism. So what if I have Chinese ancestry? I get to go to university. I’m not as oppressed by my circumstances like those female Chinese factory workers who don’t finish their education and start working at 14. Just as those wealthy Chinese businessmen who allow terrible conditions in their factories are also morally culpable alongside the US companies they make products for. And are there not US POCs in the highest echelons of American power? In the US Army? Who are sentient adults choosing to work for the government- not brainwashed slaves forced to do their bidding? From my perspective as a non-American, MANY AMERICANS, not just “white people” are culpable in US foreign policy imperialism in that regard. To pretend otherwise and to dichotomise global problems as “white people oppressing POC” is a shameful failure to recognise how we too are culpable in perpetuating other ills. 

I don’t want my ancestors’ culture to be seen as backwards savages. Nor do I want us to be poor, martyred souls whose sole defining feature is being a pitiful victim of Western imperialism. I’d like my culture to be seen as complex and multi-faceted. With both heroes and philosophers and despots and villains. Like how EVERY other European culture is seen. Like what any HUMAN culture is really like. 

Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth react to their caricatures. [x]

ask-ottomans:

[[Egypt in WWI : Technically still part of the Ottoman Empire, at least officially, Egypt first had to be on the Central Powers’ side. However, the UK, who decided to deal with Egypt’s business since 1882, suddenly saw a great opportunity to go ‘OK YOU’RE A BRITISH PROTECTORATE NOW’. This, of course, had everything to do with Egypt being geographically close to the Empire.]]

Anonymous asked: in response to anonymous, i'm also a mixed person (half white/ half Latina) with light skin. people perceive me a just being white and whenever i tell them that i am half Latina they just give me a look like "really? but you're white". i am constantly having to refer to my last name (which is of Spanish origin) to prove to others that, yes, i am hispanic. dear annonymous, i understand what you mean by not being taken seriously.

^ here’s a POV of another person.

It’s quite annoying yeah, to have to like “prove” you are what you are. Also, a lot of Latin Americans are as “white” as Americans because they have predominantly European ancestry. Yet they’re not exactly like white, English speaking North America because they grew up in the very different context of Latin America-  many Latin American countries’ ideas of nationhood, identity contain non-European influences after all.

Like Mexico- the idea of the Mexican nation is not “Spanish” but a fusion of both European and indigenous traditions (also with some African influences). Like the Day of the Dead! Which has a lot of Catholic rituals but is actually a reinvention of a very, very ancient Aztec celebration dedicated to the Aztec goddess of the underworld. And pretty much all Mexicans, no matter their skin tone or ancestry, take part in the Day of the Dead.

That’s the danger of homogenising the idea of what people of a certain culture look like- placing many people in liminal positions and preventing them from freely celebrating the traditions they were born and bred in.

Anonymous asked: is it bad that i prefer not to get involved with matters of social justice even though i'm a poc in the us? does this make me racist?

whereitneverrains:

stirringwind:

i think you should at least care and have an opinion about it. you don’t have to start a social justice blog or a petition but I think you should care and discuss it with people when things happen. Being racist requires more active conduct or holding thoughts that dehumanise other groups of people.

it doesn’t make you racist, but it makes you apathetic if you say, don’t pay attention to the news about Ferguson. And the thing is apathy often serves injustice- because the groups or people who are marginalising others already possess institutional power. It’s fine if you feel you don’t know enough or don’t feel comfortable in expressing things to be an activist because these are topics that need to be handled with a lot of knowledge and sensitivity, but imo you should strive to be informed and have an opinion. 

I agree with you, but I understand why some people don’t want to get involved.

I mean, I don’t know the anon’s reasons but for people like me, with anxiety disorders, seeing all these posts about social justice can make it worse. I can’t eat, my hands shake, I have problems sleeping… because it affects me SO much. I’ve been thinking about leaving tumblr for a while because of this, because I fear I might fall into depression again. It might sound stupid, but I can’t help it.

So yeah, I think people should care and be informed but I understand people who try to avoid social justice posts on tumblr :/

Yeah, I understand that. Tumblr is not a very good place for discussion because the nature of reblogging means a lot of misconceptions can get shared virally. Also, there is quite a culture of snap judgments- and bullying. Advocating for a cause does not mean you are incapable of being an internet bully. The language used here is often frankly extremely rude, divisive and polarising. There’s also a prevalent attitude of dichotomising simplistically in a very black and white manner, despite the fact that social justice is often about combating generalisations and stereotypes.

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^^^^^^I am against blogs who shame people who are ignorant about race and saying offensive things- and post their photos and faces online like this. (That user either changed or deleted her blog so there’s noone at that url). Shame neo-nazi blogs, rapists and other people online who would be endangering unknowing bloggers. But not some person engaging in cultural appropriation like that. Because why, can you say you will be fully in control of the internet mob you unleash on them? Other people who send them death threats or stalk them even? Nope, it doesn’t excuse you if you have a disclaimer on your blog saying, “don’t send them death threats” if you’re gonna do posts like these. That seems like a very easy way to deny your culpability if one of your misguided followers goes overboard and actually causes someone to get hurt. You don’t get to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre and say, “hey, i didn’t mean to make everyone panic”. A person may be a horrible racist. Yet the law DOES NOT absolve you from culpable homicide if you shoot them dead or battery if you physical attack them. Just at best, you may get some leniency for provocation. 

People who wanna vent because of the crap they put up with? Sure. But if you’re gonna position yourself as a somewhat educational blog and an advocate, I don’t see what good you do typing up one post attacking ONE person culturally appropriating or being wilfully ignorant instead of writing a post where you black out their names but explain in detail why these things are wrong.

As a person who’d be considered POC in the US and who’s lived in countries where “white people” are in the majority, always seemed to me that advocates DON’T have the luxury to go around alienating potential supporters and making the discourse so acrimonious that you fail at changing people’s minds. If you’re angry, sure. You have every right to. But all that kind of shaming like the above example? There’s a difference between angrily talking about the source of all this injustice, and just gratuitously shaming this one “whitey” who isn’t a politician or public figure with enormous influence, and diverting disproportionate Internet hatred onto her (how many other people still go around culturally appropriating like her?)- instead of at those ideas, institutions and power structures that lead to people like her being raised not to realise what they are doing may be offensive. These individuals are not the main source of the problem.

I do get why these things put people off from getting involved on tumblr. But I hope the anon in real life will at least try to keep themselves informed.

cultureunseen:

Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…

This photo set is great and eye-opening- accept for the third photo from the bottom. Why? Because this entire photoset is about the oppression and physical violence black americans have faced at the hands of white americans- BUT those two white men were NOT beating the black man up- they were helping him after he was injured as this photo below shows despite the unfortunate wrong impression the photo conveys. Notice the white guy in the US Army shirt is holding a handkerchief in the original photo, which he likely used to help wipe blood off the black dude’s face. The bloodstain on his pants leg is also already there. Meaning the bottom picture is taken after the previous one- they were probably helping him move away from the violence once he could stand.

If it’s known that the people were actually helping him, it’s really quite manipulative to include this image without a note explaining the reality behind that photo. See how easily context can get lost when it’s just a single moment captured in time? How easily what is captured can be very different from reality? It doesn’t seem right to me that those two men, whoever they are, should be lumped in with all the other racists- because many people, including me, who did not see the other photos would easily think those two men are beating up a black man because that’s what the rest of the photoset is about.

This doesn’t mean oppression of black people is less real as the photo shows the reality of how black people were beaten up, injured and killed in many cases. It just so that the third picture from the last wasn’t showing white-on-black violence- but that fortunately, some human beings do not blindly follow the mob or racist institutions that privilege them. This is not because I am more concerned about two white men being wrongly portrayed as racists- that harm is yes, tiny compared to what black people have collectively suffered. But from the position of historical methodology, it is inaccurate and misleading to just present the photo like that without any notes. 

Anonymous asked: is it bad that i prefer not to get involved with matters of social justice even though i'm a poc in the us? does this make me racist?

i think you should at least care and have an opinion about it. you don’t have to start a social justice blog or a petition but I think you should care and discuss it with people when things happen. Being racist requires more active conduct or holding thoughts that dehumanise other groups of people.

it doesn’t make you racist, but it makes you apathetic if you say, don’t pay attention to the news about Ferguson. And the thing is apathy often serves injustice- because the groups or people who are marginalising others already possess institutional power. It’s fine if you feel you don’t know enough or don’t feel comfortable in expressing things to be an activist because these are topics that need to be handled with a lot of knowledge and sensitivity, but imo you should strive to be informed and have an opinion. 

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