In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).
This might be the best thing I’ve ever read.
This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read.
[image: fanart by glockgal. two paneled art of Jason Tood as Robin, sulking in a closet. Bruce is peeking in in the first panel and in the second he gingerly places a slice of pizza for Jason]
Drawble Price for iocassandra! Who asked for:
could you make a fluffy Batman piece with Jason Todd and Bruce?
I took some artistic license haahah. I hope it still qualifies as fluffy. XD I call this art ‘Alfred’s Day Off’.
these expressions are amazing
Omg this. is. SO. cute! The transition from Jason being all grumpy to being surprised by Bruce is just downright adorable. The expressions are fantastic, and it’s so clear even without words what’s going on. The body language is subtle but really expressive, and can I say I just LOVE how Bruce and Jason are drawn here? That face! Those curls! Fuuu. Babies. This is such a wonderful picture! <3
WOW thank you for this AMAZING FEEDBACK, tealgeezus. I love when feedback on my art makes me ‘relook’ at my art with new eyes. “I did that??! Really? I need to see this.”
After three years of working on Racebending.com I am not sure if I should be excited by how fiercely and rapidly the fandom can and will break down why the film was problematic, or sad that years and years later, the same excuses and apologetics get trotted out over and over.
It’s hard, sometimes, to stand in a sea of A:TLA fandom and not know if I am surrounded by supporters of our efforts to fight discrimination in entertainment media, or people who view this subversion as traitorous to our fandom identity. Apparently, the good fan is docile, and “calms down” and doesn’t clog the Korra tag with ‘frivolous’ or ‘irrelevant’ commentary. Even if the commentary is about a serious thing that happened to a franchise we all love. Even if media critique is an essential part of fandom.
The reality is that the “The Last Airbender” film replicated the same oppressions and casting barriers faced by Bruce Lee. It replicated the same systemic discriminations—systemic racism, yes, racism—that Mako Iwamatsu, the late voice actor of Uncle Iroh, spent his entire career fighting. I cannot presume to speak for the dead, but I am reasonably certain both of them would have supported the fans against the casting, were they still alive. Or perhaps they would have been saddened to see these casting patterns still happening, and the people still denying, in 2010?
The Mako that Korra’s Mako is named after spoke out directly against these practices. Would you dare tell him that he was “too sensitive”? Would you tell Bruce Lee he was “making a big deal out of nothing?” Yet, merely having to scroll past those speaking out against racism on the Korra tag is a prohibitive inconvenience to those who view themselves as the “true” fans.
dramaticallyawesome asked: I’m not sure I can say that you’re comforting. You made my friend cry, and that’s not fair. She wasn’t trying to create a new myth, she was just making a story. People do that all the time. I can link you to a comic on deviantart that has some made up Norse myths, for example. It’s only offensive if you try to make it so. I don’t want to start anything; I just think that it’s not nice to make the teen cry, especially when it seems like you share similar views. (anti oppression, car singer, etc.)
Did I give the impression I was trying to comfort her? Comforting people who refuse to engage with their own racist behaviour isn’t on my list of priorities.
Keep your links. I don’t give a damn about some random deviantartist who decided to invent Norse myths. A white person who decides to invent a demonic Hindu creature is not “just making a story”; they are engaging in a long tradition of white colonization, co-opting, and appropriation of Hindu culture.
“ It’s only offensive if you try to make it so.”
That is a patently ridiculous thing to say. The whole construction of “offense” as something that people choose to feel is ridiculous, trivializing, and insulting. I didn’t MAKE her post her racist drawing, I didn’t MAKE her respond with such callous disregard.
Your friend found my response to her to be offensive. Does that mean she made it so? What kind of double standards are you proposing exactly?
As for “making the teen cry”, I can’t even take that seriously. Being told that she did something racist is the worst thing in this whole situation, right? Far worse than her actually DOING something racist, of course.
If your friend truly believes in anti-oppression, she would understand that she shouldn’t help herself to the cultures of people she has a lot of privilege over and is not a part of. She would do some research in order to present her ideas in a respectful and non-harmful manner. If she falls down on this, when called out by a member of that group, she would listen to their critique, apologize, and try not to do it again. She would attempt to grasp that it’s not just one little doodle; it’s one more fucking cavalier insult built upon hundreds of years of oppression, misrepresentation, and cultural appropriation. She would understand that she has caused pain in this exchange and that her tears are just another disgustingly common way that white women who have fucked up attempt to make themselves the victim of any situation.
Am I clear enough? Your friend has already, due to my “rudeness”, decided that she will never ever EVER bother to research the peoples and cultures she co-opts. Is that fair?
LOLOL I love how dramaticallyawesome UNIRONICALLY compares playing in Norse mythology to playing with a real, living, existing religion. A religion of over a billion people. But I guess those people don’t matter, and so their religion is actually just some fun mythology for her artist friend to play around in.
Young artists really need to understand that being an ‘ARTIST’ does not exempt them from the real world. Their thoughts and actions have consequences just like everyone else. Being an ARTIST is not a free pass to Ignorant Happy La la Magicland. In fact, being an ARTIST means you should be even more sensitive/aware of your world than the plebians around you. As an ARTIST, that’s YOUR responsibility to investigate and process and think. As an ARTIST.
YESSS, in Orlando! I was checking out the website and the hotel is like a 15min (free!) water taxi ride away from the Harry Potter themepark. Or something. Universal Studios? You know how it is: Americans like to have things piled on top of greater things so all things can eventually be reached and enjoyed, LOL.
I GET A CHICKEN DINNER, TOO? IT’S LIKE OPRAH UP IN HERE! Could I have Dick Grayson presenting Lian in her very own superhero costume while Roy looks on like, “Dick…No. You have terrible fashion ideas, what even is this? I see feathers. Stop.”
CAN YOU? CAN YOU???? CAN MONKEYS EAT BANANAS? CAN ALPHABET SOUP SPELL ‘YAY’? CAN DREAMS BE WISHES YOUR HEART MAKES??? KHKJFHDKJFHIURHkjdksfjh /so excite
LOTR: pippin, merry, sam, frodo, legolas, aragorn. HP: harry, hermione, snape, draco, ron, cedric or oliver??? Star Trek: spock (IN A REALLY LOVELY OUTFIT). TRANSFORMERS: optimus prime. SW: han solo, leia, luke - and only FOUR fandoms? but spock...?
OOOH SO CLOSE! BUT WHATEV, U STILL GET A DRAWBLE PRIZE FOR PLAYING I AM FEELING THE OPRAH HERE.
and there are two folks in here that look like Sam and Dean Winchester, but you said FOUR fandoms so…yeah.
I KNOW I am total fail for miscounting my own art, AHHAAH. There are five fandoms, but Supernatural ain’t one of them! That’s a really good call, though, now that I’m looking at who potentially looks like the Winchesters. XD
YAY! You got four! Sorry, I miscounted - there’s also one more fandom tucked in there, d’oh. Five fandoms in total. And alls I need is a character list and you’ve got yourself a drawble of your choice, my friend!