It’s just. Fucking. Isn’t.
But sometimes I go, “FUCK YOU, THE 90s WERE GREAT.”
Because I was a little black girl in the 90s and I grew up on shows that had a large black cast and focused on black families.
And television had a lot more diversity back then and I will never say the 90s were perfect, but that was one thing I really appreciated so. And diversity on TV has gone down the shitter, so yes, I am justified for being nostalgic for the 90s. And I feel awful for the children of color who are growing up on mostly white media and only have like 1 or 2 characters to look at.
So, the 90s were great, bite me~
#this has been a post #race #racism #media representation #media matters#characters of color #people of color #text post #there are honestly different connotations when a white person vs. a black person says this
The Famous Jett Jackson, Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Cosby Show, Martin, All That, Reading Rainbow…
MY BEAUTIFUL CHILDHOOD
Plus, I got Shelby Woo, Ghostwriter, Asian Power Rangers, Lucy Liu on Ally McBeal, Ming Na on ER and for a brief moment, a mostly Asian cast headlined by Margaret Cho, in All American Girl. Not all of them were great, but I felt their presence.
I’m white but oh man Shelby Woo and Gullah Gullah Island were the best.
Dreadlocks on non-black people are not racist. Or casually racist. I don’t know how this whole debate started. Dreads are what happens when hair is left to its own devices. I know dreadlocks are, for the most part, associated with the Rastafarian belief system and it is much much easier for black people to develop dreads, but that doesn’t mean other ethnicities/races with less textured hair can’t or it’s racist for them to do so.
For example, the ancient Romans described the Celts as having ‘hair like snakes’. And the Celts were pretty darn Caucasian. And I would describe most of the mummies found in mountain ranges in Asia as having dreadlocks, which wouldn’t have formed like that over the preservation time without the natural oils of the live person.
I’ll just leave this link to the dreadlocks Wikipedia page here. Scroll down to the bottom for the source links and read through them if you’re of the “Wikipedia isn’t legitimate” camp. About half of them talk about dreads throughout all of history, and the others are more specific to African/religious connections.
Obviously as a white girl I can’t decide what is or isn’t racist, but I’m pretty sure a style of hair all races have had for one reason or another throughout all of history is not.
What Kristen Stewart did was wrong obviously and I don’t condone cheating but the fact she’s getting dropped from a movie while a rapper who beat the shit out of his girlfriend is winning Grammys is disgusting
whats even more disgusting is the fact that the only abusive person people are STILL talking about is a black man. all the white guys get a free pass apparently. michael fassbender dragged his girlfriend from a moving car and blew out her knee. sean penn held madonna hostage and tortured her for nine hours. charlie sheen shot his fiancee, knocked out a woman because she refused to have sex with him, and abused at least four other women in his life. matthew fox beats women. mark wahlberg beat a vietnamese man with a pipe until it blinded him because he was a poc. sean connery abused his ex wife. david hasselhoff abused his wife and children. mel gibson threatened his ex wife. christian slater groped women on the street. all of these white men have had work since they have done these things so why is it that the only person that is still constantly brought up and torn down a black man? hmmm?
Have you seen pictures of the people Fassbender et al. hurt all beat up and bloody? I haven’t. But you know who I have seen a picture of after she was beaten? Rihanna. She was beaten by Chris Brown and there were pictures of the aftermath.
Images are incredibly powerful. An image can start a movement. No one did anything real about L.A. police targeting and beating black men until they saw video footage of it. And for only white people not getting flack: Bobby Brown beat Whitney Houston, and nobody talks about it except to make some gag on T.V.
I’m not saying Chris Brown always being an example has nothing to do with his race, but I believe it has much more to do with the pictures of what he did.