September 30, 2014

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September 30, 2014
What IS Black Face?

katblaque:

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This is a (loose) transcript of my youtube video

Hey Guys, it’s Kat and I’m here to talk to you about BLACK FACE.

In light of recent controversies, the YouTube community has taken to calling out problematic youtubers. I’m a huge fan of this as I’ve seen very popular youtubers profit from the perpetuation of things like sexism, racism and transphobia.

Now, let me start out by saying this: I don’t blame most people for not understanding the implications and the history of black face. Growing up being taught a whitewashed version of history a lot of the atrocities that came from racism in this country have been down played and in a lot of cases completely removed from text books.

Black face is something that not only manifested on small back alley southern stages, It was and still is international. It was on Broadway, The Silver Screen and even has a long history in Music.
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It’s a part of our culture a lot of people want to ignore, but I believe we need to talk about because it DOES still impact black people to this day.


Blackface is something that was so popular that there are several children’s cartoons that feature black face characters.

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In this video we’ll be focusing on Warner Brother’s Snow White Parody, Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs.

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Bob Clampet’s Coal Black and Sebben Dwarfs is 1 of 11  Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films that were censored in 1968 called the censored Eleven

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I’ll be using characters in this film to frame racist some archetypes commonly found in Black Face productions.

First we’ve got the Evil Queen. The evil Queen in this film portrays the most popular of the black stock character,The Mammy.

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The Mammy archetype is morbidly obese and often portrayed with large breasts. Despite these breasts she is seen as sexually undesirably, in fact she’s regarded as quite traditionally masculine in her demeanor.

In Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs she is in fact voiced by a man.

The Mammy is illiterate, loud and violent towards her own children, yet welcoming and warm towards the white children she was made to wet nurse.

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The mammy will bake a plate of warm pancakes for white soldiers but feed her children scraps.

Then we’ve got So White who in the title is referred to as Coal Black. So White is the Jezebel.
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The Jezebel is hypersexualized. She is seen as the polar opposite of a proper white woman. She exemplifies the idea that black women are more sexually available. She is portrayed as immoral, ditsy and willing to accept and appreciate any sex that comes her way, be it by her own will or by force.

So White is lusted after by every man in the film and never quite settles for one.

Then we have Prince Charming who in this story is Prince Chawmin. Prince Chawmin is the Zip Coon.

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The Zip Coon adorns himself with proper clothing and is arrogant in his demeanor. Despite dressing like a wealthy man, his lack of intellect undermines him. He is portrayed as essentially a man who is putting on airs. Not quite being able to maintain an air of high class, he is seen and treated like an animal in man’s clothing.

Finally, we have the Sebben Dwarves.
They are the Sambo.

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The Sambo are pickininines, unkempt black children usually depicted as having knotted hair and large lips that can often be seen gulping Watermelon.
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Sambo are often depicted as foolishly placing themselves into dangerous situations. Most popularly hanging from trees playfully as tigers roar at them from below. They’re also popularly seen near swamps near alligators and affectionately referred to as “alligator bait”.

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This is only scraping the surface of black face characterizations overall. At the time this film was produced (1942), it was considered to be quite progressive considering the inclusion of black voice actors as well as musicians.

You can watch the full version of the film here

So why is blackface harmful?

Blackface is harmful because these characters and these stereotypes were created by white people as a means of defining and dehumanizing black people.

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Blackface is to African Americans as Traditional Shakespearean theater was to women. Black people were not allowed to perform on the same stage as white performers.This means that whenever there was a black character in production, black actors were not cast. Instead they opted for white actors in black face.And these black characters were never meant to be portrayed as sympathetic characters. They were always either comedic relief or villains.

The archetypes I described have been reproduced and perpetuated to the point where when black actors were eventually allowed to portray themselves they almost never veered away from these stock characters.

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Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar for her Role in Gone with the Wind in 1940. What was her role?

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Her character was literally named Mammy. She was a phenomenal actress whose roles in film were almost exclusively that of the Mammy archetype.

So what happens when a white comedian dawns dark makeup in order to portray a black character for laughs?

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It conjures old feelings  and perpetuates the history of white actors darkening their skin to dehumanize black people.

Black Face has been used to make arguments for slavery and why African Americans should have limited human rights.

These are narratives created by white men that were made to oppress and dehumanize an entire race. So when white men are still perpetuating these tropes in 2014 and getting paid for it, it’s not going to sit well with many people in the black community.

OH BUT WHAT ABOUT WHITE FACE??

You literally can’t compare white face to black face because white face has never limited the options of white actors nor did it seek to represent them in a world that under represents them.

White face is generally criticism, while black face is degradation.

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When Dave Chapelle dawns light makeup and does the hip hop news break he’s making commentary on race and class. He’s parodying racist white men who will passively make racist comments, while not wanting to be seen as racists.

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When the Wayans Brothers went undercover as two white blonde twin sisters it was, again, a commentary on race and class. Half of the jokes in the film depend on the idea that these two black men are from a lower income and class and they’re trying to maintain the air of women who are from a higher income and class and they often fail.

What needs to be understood is that this isn’t a “two wrongs don’t make a right” scenario because we are at a point in society where we are equal.Equality doesn’t come with one black president out of the 43 white ones before him. Keep in mind, America is only 248 years old.

Black face, demonstrably has been used to dehumanize black people and has subsequently lead to perpetuation of institutionalized racism. What are the repercussions of white face? What rights were denied to white people because Chapelle or the Wayans brothers wore white face?

The best comedy punches upwards towards the established structure of power, not downwards at oppressed classes.There’s a reason why black people object to black face and it’s because of it’s history. It’s not just the makeup, it’s what happened and continues to happen because of it.

When your only exposure to black narratives are white men in dark makeup, your understanding of black people, let alone the racism black people face is going to be very distorted.So in this conversation, please understand that white people do not get to decide whether or not something is offensive or oppressive to people of color.

At the end of the day, I, as a black woman have to live with these stereotypes. So you can of course have an opinion about black face, but honestly if you don’t live with it then realize that that’s privilege and that the opinions of people who live with racism are going to give you a better understanding of this issue at hand.

Honestly, I hate being that angry black girl. I would love to feel like I’m over reacting but I feel like people need to understand why these conversations and altercations occur. I don’t want to live in a world where these things are still issues. But these conversations are so important and will help us get there one day.

We all make mistakes and like I said, I almost don’t blame people for not understanding the implications of black face. I just hope that these conversations will make people a bit more aware.

We have to accept that there are certain things that we’ve been socialized to accept that are problematic. We need to make the conscious decision to more forward and do better.

So on THAT note thank you guys so much for watching. I put a lot of effort into this video so if you liked it, please share it. And as usual, Always remember and never forget that YOU are beautiful and you are loved. <3

My Youtube channel

September 30, 2014

Anonymous said: Towards the whole "pronouns hurt people's feelings" topic. Am I REALLY the only person on the planet that thinks people are becoming far to sensative? Nearly to the point that they shouldn't leave their little home bubbles in the case that a bird chirps next to them in a way that sounds like a mean word. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, we're becoming a little TOO coddling and people need to learn to deal with simplistic shit like words. And yes, I've been insulted and made fun of. I got over it. So can you.

thefrogman:

Supposedly invented by the Chinese, there is an ancient form of torture that is nothing more than cold, tiny drops falling upon a person’s forehead. 

On its own, a single drop is nothing. It falls upon the brow making a tiny splash. It doesn’t hurt. No real harm comes from it. 

In multitudes, the drops are still fairly harmless. Other than a damp forehead, there really is no cause for concern. 

The key to the torture is being restrained. You cannot move. You must feel each drop. You have lost all control over stopping these drops of water from splashing on your forehead. 

It still doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. But person after person, time and time again—would completely unravel psychologically. They all had a breaking point where each drop turned into a horror. Building and building until all sense of sanity was completely lost. 

"It was just a joke, quite being so sensitive."

"They used the wrong pronoun, big deal."

"So your parents don’t understand, it could be worse."

Day after day. Drop after drop. It builds up. A single instance on its own is no big deal. A few drops, not a problem. But when you are restrained, when you cannot escape the drops, when it is unending—these drops can be agony. 

People aren’t sensitive because they can’t take a joke. Because they can’t take being misgendered one time. Because they lack a thick skin. 

People are sensitive because the drops are unending and they have no escape from them. 

You are only seeing the tiny, harmless, single drop hitting these so-called “sensitive” people. You are failing to see the thousands of drops endured before that. You are failing to see the restraints that make them inescapable.

September 28, 2014

see-linewoman:

red3blog:

This is from March of 1989 and was on the #3 rated show in the country. I’m having a hard time imagining anything similar today because so many people are committed to the myth that this lesson has been learned.

I agree that we wouldn’t see this on TV today but not for those reasons. It’s not because TV executives think rape culture is over. They wouldn’t show it because they want to make as much money as humanly possible and there is a belief, an incorrect and misguided belief, that you can’t say things like this and attract a wide audience. It’s the same principle that eradicated all the great black sitcoms from the 90s including shows like this one. Remember Moesha, The Fresh Prince, Martin, The Wayans, Living Single, Sister Sister, The Arsenio Hall Show? Remember their multi-faceted portrayals of blackness? They’re gone and wouldn’t see the light of day in this “golden era” of television. In the 90s, networks like Fox, for instance, needed to make money and were in the position to take risks. We got UPN, the CW, WB. All these great outlets for entertainment, and I hesitate to say “black” entertainment because these shows were loved by everyone. They were made by us (which is huge) and for us, but they didn’t feel as limiting as say a Tyler Perry movie. But once big money started to roll in and networks started to perk up, they didn’t need us anymore. It became harder for black television and filmmakers to find jobs behind the scenes. If there are no black voices, all that multifaceted goodness just goes down the drain. And let’s not forget the FCC and how they rule with an arbitrary, puritanical, iron fist. In governing the networks, they too are responsible for limited discourse and representation like this scene here. Anyway, I’m rambling. But you get the picture. Networks are well aware of the issues, but if it’s not going to make them money then they aren’t going to talk about it. When they believe defeating rape culture is cool again, they’ll talk about it. When they believe black people on screen will make them money, like in say Basketball Wives, The Real House Wives, The Bad Girls Club (in all their ratchet glory) they’ll cast them. But until then, we are shit out of luck. 

Everything about this is perfect from the gifset to the extremely on point commentary by @see-linewoman about networks and the way TV works and how black culture is blatantly exploited for ratings.  Don’t be a complacent viewer.  Learn to discern!

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September 26, 2014

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September 26, 2014

attilee:

glockgal:

attilee replied to your post: Where are Stacy London and Clinton Kel…

dammit I’d take you shopping D: I’D BE YOUR STACY

YES PLEASE!!!  I would also welcome the comedic shaming that comes with it.  Because when it comes to my deplorable style, I believe ‘tough love’ is the only way to make me drag myself into a clothing store

LORI NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! for you I would dye a gray streak in my hair, stomp around in stilettos and alternate yelling and praising at you while you tried on mountains of jeans and wrap dresses. 

But, bright side: At least you’re acknowledging you have some problem areas in your wardrobe! That’s good! Because nothing made ‘What Not To Wear’ harder to watch than the delusional clients that would come on like, “why do you think this graphic t-shrit is not ok for my corporate business meetings? I like ittttttt?????”

LOLOL OMG DID YOU JUST TELL ME ‘THE FIRST STEP IS ADMITTING I HAVE A PROBLEM’, I AM LAUGHING SO HARD I AM CRYING AT WORK, HELP ME PLEASE OMG ILU.

Dude when I was like 17 working part-time at an fancy shoe store, my boss and co-boss LITERALLY HAD A CLOTHING INTERVENTION FOR ME.  They waited till the store was quiet and then were like “Lori we have to speak to you”  and I was like “Oh nooo did I screw up the close last night or was I mean to a customer” and they were like “WHY DO YOU DRESS LIKE A GRANDMA, FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL 17 YEAR OLD YOU WILL NEVER GET THIS AGE BACK, PLEASE APPRECIATE YOURSELF” and I was like “…yeah lol ok…?”

I attempted dressing well in my 20’s! But Attilee, dressing well means a person has to take care of their clothes! Ironing and sorting colours and drying in fancy ways and NO WIRE HANGAARRRRRS, omg I can’t be bothered, ahhhhh.  OMG do I sound like one of those more complainy people on What Not To Wear now, LOLOLOL.

Give me all the jeans and wrap dresses!!! YESSSSSSS.

September 26, 2014
The Glorification of White Crime

theroguefeminist:

daughterofmulan:

Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.

White mobs.

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White pirates.

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White serial killers.

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White political corruption

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White drug dealers

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I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.

When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.

When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.

If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.

The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.

I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure

FYI this doesn’t mean ‘don’t watch these shows, you are a horrible person if you do, feel guilty for enjoying them’.  It just means that faves can be problematic.  Just be aware and keep thinking critically while you’re being entertained.  As an audience you deserve to be active in the media content you consume!!

September 26, 2014

attilee replied to your post: Where are Stacy London and Clinton Kel…

dammit I’d take you shopping D: I’D BE YOUR STACY

YES PLEASE!!!  I would also welcome the comedic shaming that comes with it.  Because when it comes to my deplorable style, I believe ‘tough love’ is the only way to make me drag myself into a clothing store

September 26, 2014

thegreatwarriorpoeticecube replied to your post: Where are Stacy London and Clinton Kel…

They quit on us. The bastards. Now I am stuck dressing like a teenage boy forever!

DAMNIT!!!!  I’m stuck dressing like someone’s angry hermit grandma.   I need to age like…30 more years before this style-choice becomes acceptable on me.  

September 26, 2014

thebicker:

stay-human:

I remember when I first found out the truth about “Somali pirates” I got chills because of how horrific the truth was and how insanely creepily well the media had twisted the situation. Every single fucking article making it seem like these “pirates” were just after money or something holding innocent people hostage and I never gave it a second thought, why would I? There was no indication that people were trying to legitimately fight off disgusting imperialism that left nuclear waste in their waters, that over 300 people have died from radiation sickness, that Europeans have been stealing Somalia’s seafood because they overfished their own waters and the indigenous fisherman are starving and so these “pirates” emerged to deal with those stealing their country’s natural resources. The truth is enough to make anyone sick to their stomachs.

This is a great article about the truth about Somali pirates, in case anyone wants a source.

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September 26, 2014

t-high-la420:

start ur day off right with hearty bowl of gina torres as cleopatra letting xena know she’s DTF.

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September 26, 2014
"Don’t let people get to you"

realsocialskills:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve experienced this a lot:

  • I’ll talk about someone being mean or bigoted towards me.
  • And someone will say something like “Don’t let them get to you”, or
  • "Don’t ever let people get under your skin like that, they’re not worth it"

And in my experience, that always makes me feel worse. This is what I eventually figured out about it:

Things hurt.

It’s not your fault that it hurts when people are awful to you.

It’s not your fault you care what people think of you sometimes. (Everyone does.)

Having connections to others matters. And when people we’re connected to are mean, it hurts.

Self esteem talk can end up being yet another stick to beat you with, and that’s not right either. 

Being hurt by mean people doesn’t mean you’re failing. It’s not possible to be completely invulnerable at all times. When someone’s shooting arrows at you, it’s not your fault for failing to make armor fast enough to stop them.

You’re ok. They’re mean.

September 26, 2014

attilee tagged me to do that Myers-Briggs Character personality thingie!!  I just listed the characters that I know well. And I’ll bold the ones that please me. So here we go.

I am INFJ:

SARA CREWE OH ALSO SARUMAN.  NBD.

As a side-note, I love how Myers-Briggs thingies are always like ‘oh INFJs are the rarest of personality types’! But I see (or I perceive I see?) so many INFJs on tumblr.  So either Myers-Briggs statistics are incredibly wrong, or INFJs just really love tumblr.

I tag stupidlullabies, arkilliandragon, nightfalltwen, toujoursher, notsally and everyone else! EVERYONE ELSE.

September 26, 2014

Where are Stacy London and Clinton Kelly to show up and give me $5000 and take me clothes-shopping.

September 25, 2014
darvinasafo:

Preach.

darvinasafo:

Preach.

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