Posts tagged blackface
Posts tagged blackface
Hi everyone! I have a history research paper due next week (lol hi) and I’m writing it about implicit racism in media (such as Hollywood white-washing, cultural appropriation, making PoC invisible by not including them in magazines/movies, shadeism in magazines/fashion/movies, etc) in the 1950’s (could the cowboys and indians game be an adequate argument for cultural appropriation in the 50’s?) and I need more sources to support my claims. If I could write this paper based on personal experience then I DEFINITELY would lol but does anyone know of any articles/essays/books that I could go through that would help in support of the topic would be awesome!
I used Joseph Barndt’s “Understanding and Dismantling Racism” as a source to define racism and….. lol let’s just say that my professor did not like that at all lmao. He wrote, “Is Barndt your main source for a definition of cultural racism? If so, make that more explicit—explain his ideas as his, and perhaps even critique or extend them. If it is used in this way, Barndt can serve as your secondary source, though it would be preferable to use a historical monograph that focuses on your specific time period and sources” and I just don’t know what to do/say about that >_____<
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I can reward you with cookies
Also check out the book “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting TOgether” http://www.primarygoals.org/books/why-are-all-the-black-kids-sitting-together/ for more on the whole racism is prejudice plus power
Only if I were black for a day. Damn…talkin about having fun with Halloween face paint! Haha I’m so mi dang.
What kind of fucked up face paint did they put on that woman. Running looking like Snookie talmbout some she Nina Simone. Bitch no
I can’t breathe!!
Someone do her a favour and slap the black off of her
America you stay fucking up
ain’t nobody saying nothing but…. Adepero Oduye looks exactly like Nina SImone AND she’s an incredible actress. but it’s fine. Zoe Saldana can keep on doing whatever she’s doing.
she would have made the perfect nina simone. colorism at its finest. not even a dark skinned sister can be casted for the role a dark skinned character.
What part of her looks like Ms Simone????
Why is she blackfaced?
I… am flabbergasted.
zoe saldana is a good actress, but i still think whoever did the casting for this movie needs to uh…lose their job lmao.
*does the stank-est face I can make*
I am having a visceral reaction to this
where is my damn snake/hiss gif
Angry Gunther is suitable
Do me a favor and spread these like wildfire.
(tw: blackface, anti-Black racism)
Rebloggable by Request
I don’t like it, because it still has the same issue of blackfacing (and this isn’t just a modern Western thing). The blackface in the Philippines in which Filipin@’s portray the Aeta’s is degrading and wrong and I hate it when they do this in festivals like Aliwan and Dinagyang. If you are going to celebrate the Aeta’s, Ati’s, etc. you should actually get actual Aeta’s to portray themselves, not Filipin@’s who paint themselves with black paint or soot to portray them and say, oh ya these are the Aeta’s. We couldn’t find any so we decided to dress up and paint ourselves to be them! No, just no.
The only instance where I see it somewhat acceptable (and I will explain why I say somewhat in a bit) is in the Ati-Atihan festival of Panay as that festival originally was meant in honor of the Ati’s as part of an old legend from the people of Panay. The blackpaint of using soot was done to give honor to the Ati’s who sold pieces of land to the early Bornean settlers while in return they shared their food and harvests when the Ati’s had a bad harvest. The blackface in this pre-colonial festival was in tribute to the Ati who they had a friendship with and thanked for selling them pieces of land to settle.
So in this instance I don’t see it as the same as how blackface today is and like the blackface in other festivals like Aliwan and Dinagyang, because in Ati-Atihan, the non-Ati Filipin@’s did this as their thanks toward them along with the harvest festival (it was part of a dance in commemoration of it). Nowadays though that symbolism has pretty much been cast aside seeing as now Ati-Atihan has formed more into a religious Sta. Nino festival than acknowledging the Ati and giving of thanks to them and harvest. That is why I said somewhat because the original symbolism of this festival has been changed from the original so the blackface today in that festival has turned out to be like the blackface of other festivals despite the actual symbolism of why that started in the festival in pre-colonial times in the first place.
Other than that though blackface, especially in tv shows like the current airing of Luna Blanca, is yes dehumanizing, degrading, and racist.
And don’t forget Bela Padilla in FHM’s cover:
Her apology: “Some things are out of control…” she said and further tweeted that “it had nothing to do with racial discrimination… The concept was stepping out of MY inhibitions, MY fears, MY shadows. Not bashing a certain race.”
Translation: It’s all about me. You morenas can shut up.
And how all the articles put quotations around “racist.” She got so much good publicity about this, she gets a feature in Mexico:
“I’m just happy now and I feel so blessed to be given this chance,”
On Twitter, FHM expressed, “We love you bela. You handled it most beautifully. Mabuhay ka!”
And the stupidity of some journalists:
Journalist Thea Alberto said it was a case of “sensationalizing” color issues, an issue, she noted, that long ago has been resolved and should be left where it belongs — in the past.
“I don’t see anything wrong with that FHM cover. Racism and issues in skin color are so last century,”
She goes as far as to tokenize Aeta and other Negrito ethnicities. She can suck my toes for all I care.
And we also have TV shows that do this:
It’s disgusting how they didn’t even bother looking for black Filipinos for these roles (well they could always say that they did, but funny how the roles always go to the network’s own roster of talents). Our media is already saturated with light-skinned celebrities. It’s even worse because they don’t seem to find the blackface offensive, considering all they bring up in interviews is the “sacrifice” that they had to endure during make-up. Urgh no.
Just putting this up here to remind everyone:
Anti-Blackness is something that continuously needs to be addressed amongst Filipin@s.
It is not okay to dehumanize people in our culture (Negritos) and Black people in general.
Let’s go through this in steps, shall we?
1. As a whole, women in our society are often given tips on “how to avoid being raped/unwanted sexual attention.” Obviously, this is ridiculous because it implies that men can’t be blamed for their sexual urges and women should understand that. Ridiculosity aside, many of these tips include things like, “avoid eye contact with strange men. Do not smile at them. This will encourage them.” And, honestly? Speaking from personal experience? Yes. Accidental eye contact is probably the number one way men proceed to hit on me. No matter where I am, I will be smiling at something I’m thinking, I’ll make accidental eye contact, and the next thing I know, the man I made eye contact with will be trying to chat me up. Or asking for my number. Or asking me where I live. Or asking me where I go to school. Or what I’m doing. Ridiculously invasive questions.
2. This is directly related to another tip: Do not give money to homeless men on the street. I think the idea is that homeless men will grab your wrists when you give them change/food, and then will drag you away (even in broad daylight) to a dimly lit back alley, and proceed to rape you. Or, they will follow you, asking for more money and will stalk you. With their other homeless buddies.
3. Essentially, what I’m saying is: women are told that being polite to men, and/or caring in any way, will lead to rape.
4. Now let’s look at the racial statistics for homeless people. While emergency homelessness is more evenly divided between the races, chronic homeless people in New York and Philly are predominantly Black males. (yes, this is a government generated fact sheet). You can look at all the other statistics as well; Black people and Hispanic people feature largely on the chronic homelessness statistics. Wikipedia sources (and ok, I’ve checked, they’re legit) state that “49% are African American (over-represented 5x compared to 11% of general population).” Meaning, if you are homeless, it is far more likely that you are Black than if you are not homeless.
5. So, let’s also look at the whole history of Black men being falsely accused of raping white women. I’m going to link to this ridiculously comprehensive entire article here, but here are some choice quotes for people who don’t want to read the whole thing:
“During the early years of Reconstruction, slavery was replaced by lethal violence to control the activities of the freed Blacks, including sexual agency (Hodes, 1997, p. 148). According to MacLean (1994), White Americans, primarily in the South, had the belief that Black men “had an incorrigible desire to rape white women” (p. 142). This led to Whites referring to rape as the “new Negro crime” (MacLean, 1994, p. 142).”
“Black men who rape White women receive the longest and most severe punish- ments (Wriggins, 1995). For example, regarding violent offenses in 2000 (violent offenses include “rape/sexual assault, robbery, and assault, but not murder or manslaughter), African Americans served about 2 years longer (8.6 years) than both Whites (7 years) and Hispanics (6.3 years)” (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2004, Sentencing section, para. 3).”
“Racist- and sexist-mediated portrayals of ethnic minorities and women are not a new phenomenon. In fact, because of these mediated stereotypes, the
essentially racist perception leads to the widely held misconcep- tion that most rapes are committed by black men against white women, or by lower class men against higher class women—a conception bolstered by the press, which tends to give these sto- ries more play than other kinds of rapes. (Benedict, 1992, p. 15) “
7. So Where Am I Going With This?
- Ultimately, I’m trying to say that women are told to not make eye contact with strange men, particularly homeless men. This is a group that statistically, contains a high proportion of Black males.
- Women are also told that Black men are more likely to be rapists, particularly against white women. It’s a stereotype that’s rooted in slavery and lynching, and it’s incredibly pervasive in our culture. Ever read To Kill a Mockingbird? Yeah, that.
- So essentially, white women are told: Do not ever make eye contact with Black men. They will rape you. Essentially, Black men are even more “animal-ized” in our culture. There’s a long history of comparing Black people to apes and monkeys. Don’t believe me? Just look up the history of Blackface on google. I don’t have time to link you to the vast amount of scholarly articles on the subject.
- Meaning: INTERSECTIONALITY.
- Meaning: White women who bitch about how Black males will never be able to enter a conversation on rape culture without privilege and without “invading a safe space” really need to consider the OTHER repercussions of rape culture.
- This is not a claim of misandry, by any means. I am not saying, “Oh, the poor men of the world, told that they are all rapists! It’s oppression and they should be able to be given the benefit of the doubt!” Obviously, not. Rape is still a highly underreported crime because of RAPE CULTURE.
- But if you’re going to sit there, white, rad-fem style, and claim that rape culture does not have a profound effect on Black men, you are very much mistaken.
- And if you are going to sit there and talk about how feminism should be about the white women, and how all women are affected in the same ways, and how there’s no place for Black men to talk about how rape culture affects them, because OH LOOK THEY’LL PROBABLY BE RAPISTS ANYWAYS, you’ve also got to consider something: how does the perception of race change the dynamics of rape culture.
- And in conclusion, I’ll just leave you with a link to this highly offensive picture I found on google images, simply by typing in “don’t get raped.”…My work here is done.
Also, the man in that picture lost his job because some stranger turned images of him into that creepy meme. His name is William Todd. He had been homeless after the Mississipi River flooding in 1994 in Biloxi, Mississippi. A photographer took pictures of him for a coffee table book about homeless Americans.
In 2001 his images were uploading to somethingawful and he was turned into the rape meme.
He was also hit by Katrina in 2005.
He was fired from his job when the meme came to his employer’s attention, and couldn’t find another job for six months.
Because she could be a racist asshat who believes that “pearls” are in danger or she could be trying to show what’s happened to “coals”, “tigers-eyes”, etc. since they’ve been here.
It’s a very real possibility that Victoria Foyt is both a racist asshat AND that she believes she was trying to do something clever (that failed).