persnickety poet type
not here for your non-Asian Cecils with a “third eye.”

nope.

may we all remember

biyuti:

radical feminists are feminists

roseanne barr is a feminist. so is the bug.

caitlin moran is a feminist.

so are all those nice white ladies who run
feministing/jezebel/feministe/etc

all of them feminists

that feminism does not contradict (or even often resist)

white supremacy, anti-Blackness, transmisogyny, ableism, the disappearing
Indigenous person, anti-immigration, and so many other oppressive
ideologies

is exactly what makes it feminism.

for every intersectional feminist, there are a dozen ableist feminists

for every Black feminist, there are a dozen white supremacist feminists

etc

and

so on

unless you mean to imply that feminism is a pure and unsullied as the
white women it benefits the most…

tariqk:

thymoss:

tariqk:

improbablepirate:

gehayi:

thymoss:

i know people are constantly talking about the american/european equivalents of hogwarts but who do i have to kill to learn more about nonwestern magical schools

magical school set in the outskirts of mumbai or shanghai or even idek chiangmai have you seen their rolling hills i mean obviously singapore is way out bc i can barely breathe much less imagine space to stick a magical school in but one set in malaysia or pakistan and you can’t convince me that baghdad still doesn’t have one after the glorious golden age they enjoyed come on

I am certain that there’s at least one in Tibet. India has to have more than one; it’s always been my headcanon that the Patil parents and their extended family had a long, long debate about whether to send Parvati and Padma to Hogwarts, an Indian school, or a Pakistani one.

The Pacific Islander magical schools must have the best secrecy charms in the world because they go on right under the noses of not only Muggles but tourists. And the schools by indigenous Australians—nothing like any school in the West, but powerful.  

And imagine all the different kinds of schools there could be on the continent of Africa.

This is the kind of worldbuilding that I’m almost afraid to to wish for an author to work on if he or she hasn’t thought of it already.Because it could be awesome—or it could be a collection of the worst stereotypes known to humanity.

My sister and I got into indigenous magic in Aotearoa New Zealand early this year, and the first problem we came across was the matter of genetics and exactly how many magical people there would be in island nations with small populations. Maybe one or two families across the country? In which case would they even know about each other and consult each other, or would they develop idiosyncratic systems fully integrated into the muggle society around them? 

Small population sizes also means colonising wizard families probably sent their children away to boarding schools in Europe until a Western-style school was created for Oceania this century when population growth supported it. And hopefully, given the school’s late founding date, indigenous magic studies would be a core component of its curriculum as a matter of course.

I’m pakeha so there’s a fine line between my speculation and cultural appropriation, but my headcanon is that pre-colonisation Maaori magic systems were needed to weave anti-nuclear charms into A/NZ  territorial waters in the late eighties.

I… sigh.

I recall trying to fit in anything that wasn’t English into Harry Potter’s universe, and having a hell of a time at it, because… to Rowling, anything outside of Eng-a-lond was semi-unreal, exotic and just plain weird. It was only in the final books do we see anything of the wider world, and really, what was it? Germany?

I just couldn’t find any traction. And I couldn’t reconcile the cheerful obliviousness of wizardom with colonialism and suffering, and I don’t know if I could bear the idea of having another community, willingly severing itself from the historical suffering of its people.

I mean, if you can find the space and the traction to carve a headcanon over what happened to your culture and its magic in your mind, more power to you. I couldn’t.

I’ve been thinking about this, honestly - the ‘logic’ of Rowling’s universe is indeed specifically constructed to sever itself from the muggle world as completely as possible and function within a world of its own, which I find to be a complete cop-out for worldbuilding set within the magical realism genre. 

I suppose in my head it works because the strictness of the magical/muggle divide appears to be most strictly enforced by the Ministry of Magic which is solely British, and doesn’t necessarily appear to refer to some sort of international standard regarding magical/muggle relations; so in other cultures the magical/muggle divide might not be quite as draconian. And, you know, just as in any community, I’m sure the magical communities within each country/area would suffer significant rifts of their own, which might spill over into muggle conflicts, and also explain the complications regarding why they weren’t completely capable of dealing with colonial invasions.

I think I was extremely unclear in my original post as well - I’m completely with you on the page of Rowling being pathetically incapable of writing realistically or sensibly about any non-British culture whatsoever. What I was expressing was more of a wish to hear these things discussed within the fandom, because honestly it’s almost comical the way effectively all the magical realist media I’ve consumed deal exclusively with Western cities and/or Western-style social dynamics. It’d be an intensely tricky balance, I would imagine! But - the whole idea of ~magic~ and fantasy in popular fiction these days - as I just said - functions according to really Western conceptions. There are so many more ideas of what magic and “superstitions” might mean in other cultures that I would love to see explored more thoroughly! Because magic is always palatable and ~imaginative when in a Western context, but when it’s not, it’s grossly Orientalized and mocked at and I really really really need media which takes that whole idea and just rips it apart.

Here’s an unpleasant thought for you — if there was a Ministry of Magic for the United Kingdom, at some point it would have had to administer the use of magic within the British Empire. Not the United Kingdom only, per se, but the entirety of the British Empire, colonies included.

It had to. I mean, are you telling me that the only people who went down to India and Malaya for a stint in the Civil Service, wearing khakis and drinking gin and tonic and stengahs were just Muggles? Where the Muggles went, wizards must have followed.

And while the Colonial Office were not visions of pleasantness and light, what came before them was, often, worse. The Colonial Office at least lied to itself and told itself and the citizens of the Empire that its job was to “administer” and “civilize” the poor bastards under their dominion; the East India Company didn’t even give a shit — all it wanted to do was make a fucking profit, as if they cared about killing and despoiling people.

So you’d have wizards and witches who, like Stephen Dawkins, would discover that their ancestors, were, say, slave-owners. And we’re not talking about Genuinely Nasty People™ like the Malfoys or the Peverells or hell, even the Blacks. Imagine if Ron discovers that one of his family at one time owned a sugar-cane plantation in Jamaica, which meant, you know what, that at some point they owned slaves. Oh shit, what now?

And this is a specific point I want to bring up with Harry Potter, but Rowling basically uses magic to prevent Horrible Things Happening to Wizards. I mean, the examples she gives are like wizards and witches casting fire-proof charms on themselves and then pretending to writhe in agony as they were burnt alive (lol serves u rite heretics for not having magic lolz), and we can smile in amusement with that because it was A Long Time Ago, but then we realize at some point in recent history, there were likely wizards in Auschwitz. And not all of them would have been prisoners. And that was barely a generation away from living memory.

I mean, how do we reconcile this? How do we reconcile the fact that humans are really, really good at killing other humans, that horror and atrocity stalks human history, with… a group of Really Special People who basically waltz away from the worst of history’s effects. I mean, really? Hiroshima? The Killing Fields? The Great Leap Forward? Stalin’s rule? They might have saved some people but you know what, people died by the millions; you cannot change that history without altering contemporary society to something unrecognizable.

How do you live with that? How can you still be cheerfully oblivious and not recognize that during WW2, the biggest horror wasn’t some wand-stealing German miscreant, but, oh, I don’t know, the fucking Holocaust? Memory charms? Memory charms? What kind of person does that make you? What kind of society allows horrors to be forgotten?

A lot of this just really came out when I was trying to RP Harry Potter like in the early 2000s, and trying to fill in the gaps. Just… I couldn’t deal  with it. That idea of a cloistered magical school, or a cloistered magical society, that is untouched by history, not ripped apart by colonialism and oppression, that had no part in the evil people do… it just seemed wrong and a little selfish.

I mean, I read Harry Potter until the end, and I won’t lie, that shit is entertaining, but… yeah, okay, you can have a boarding school for Magical People, but let’s face it, the byproducts of such an education are going to be oblivious, entitled and more than a little bit selfish, and there will be people who fucking hate them. And for damn good reasons.

moniquill:

seekingwillow:

ladyknucklesinshape:

imminentrevolt:

Source: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

And this is why I hate Christopher Columbus. 

Bless God.

___

Uhm no. This was good until they got to that fucker Bartolomé de las Casas and someone fixed their mouths to utter ‘Deify’.

Do you know how Las Casas ‘saved the Indians’? By advocating for for African Slaves; Africans being much ‘hardier and sturdier’ and in his mind, less likely to commit mass suicide in rebellion.

He gave up his Taino Slaves, but got new BLACK ONES.

Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de las Casas are EQUAL FUCKERS in ENSLAVING and DEHUMANIZING.

And in the Caribbean we KNOW THIS, starting at the very least from my Father’s generation, when independence happened and OUR historians got to make the books to teach us; vs the Spanish and the English and the French.

Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de las Casas BOTH deserve to be burned in effigy.

Whoever the fuck ‘theoatmeal’ is, they’re as shitty as zenpencils.

Reblogging for additional commentary because FUCKING IMPORTANT.

PSA

lifeforliberation:

browngirlinorange:

howtobeterrell:

I need someone to write a story based on black mermaids and their help in saving black captives who attempted suicide by jumping overboard during the slave trade. I need this book written. I need it to have some Yoruba feels to it. I need it. and then I need a film based on it.

I’ll write it. Read it. Love it again and again

if you write it I will film it. no fucking joke

lifeforliberation:

browngirlinorange:

howtobeterrell:

I need someone to write a story based on black mermaids and their help in saving black captives who attempted suicide by jumping overboard during the slave trade. I need this book written. I need it to have some Yoruba feels to it. I need it. and then I need a film based on it.

I’ll write it. Read it. Love it again and again

if you write it I will film it. no fucking joke

fuckyeahcracker:

kaalashnikov:

priimitives:

i-mnotbrokenjustbent:

spamano-in-china:

thespoopiesthetalian:

isaidfuckyouandyoureyebrows:

doitsu-veil-brides:

cronusnyeh:

i just saw this and im starting to understand why other countries seem to think we are nice, polite people.

Wouldn’t they run out of paper?

All polite tickets are printed on 100% recycled paper

That’s it. The Canadians level up in niceness to people and the planet. They are too nice.

Canada is like something out of a disney movie, it’s all happiness and niceness and rainbows up there

I just want to make a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, and we could all eat it and be happy like the Canadians



shut the fuck up. at the g20 toronto protests in 2010 toronto police mass arrested protesters and shoved them in small detention centres for hours without food, drinks, or water and physically and verbally abused the detainees as well as hurled tons of sexist transphobic and racist slurs
police in saskatchewan routinely ignore the murders of Aboriginal women in remote towns because they don’t care about the lives of poc
police in British Columbia let the serial killer Robert Pickton run unchecked through Vancouver’s lower east end for years because he was killing aboriginal women who were drug users and prostitutes so all their families’ reports of their absence went uninvestigated because the police did not care
police on reserves in northern ontario and quebec watch children commit suicide every day and do not lift a finger
SHUT THE FUCK UP

fuckyeahcracker:

kaalashnikov:

priimitives:

i-mnotbrokenjustbent:

spamano-in-china:

thespoopiesthetalian:

isaidfuckyouandyoureyebrows:

doitsu-veil-brides:

cronusnyeh:

i just saw this and im starting to understand why other countries seem to think we are nice, polite people.

Wouldn’t they run out of paper?

All polite tickets are printed on 100% recycled paper

That’s it. The Canadians level up in niceness to people and the planet. They are too nice.

Canada is like something out of a disney movie, it’s all happiness and niceness and rainbows up there

I just want to make a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, and we could all eat it and be happy like the Canadians

shut the fuck up. at the g20 toronto protests in 2010 toronto police mass arrested protesters and shoved them in small detention centres for hours without food, drinks, or water and physically and verbally abused the detainees as well as hurled tons of sexist transphobic and racist slurs

police in saskatchewan routinely ignore the murders of Aboriginal women in remote towns because they don’t care about the lives of poc

police in British Columbia let the serial killer Robert Pickton run unchecked through Vancouver’s lower east end for years because he was killing aboriginal women who were drug users and prostitutes so all their families’ reports of their absence went uninvestigated because the police did not care

police on reserves in northern ontario and quebec watch children commit suicide every day and do not lift a finger

SHUT THE FUCK UP

lifeforliberation:

sourcedumal:

spookyadept:

nudiemuse:

lifeforliberation:

nudiemuse:

so-treu:

LOL magnacarterholygrail just sent me an ask and it totally reminded me - back in 2011 i was doing a paper on voodoo tourism in New Orleans so i went on this voodoo tour there, where they took us to Marie Laveau’s grave

i took a homie with me cuz she was in town too but she was like, super skittish about shit, lol

if you’re ever seen a pic of Laveau’s grave you know that ppl always leave offerings there for her, and mark her grave with three X’s and make a wish. but the offerings are important and prominent, like all around her grave.

so anyway were were there with a tour, about to leave when another tour came through, and at one point i dunno what i was doing, maybe looking at nicholas cage’s ugly and disgusting ass tomb that he bought there in the cemetary, when my friend comes running up to me and is like, “yo yo see that white dude over there??”

"yeah?"

"and you see that bottle of vodka at Marie’s grave?"

yeah?”

"why did that white dude just take a sip from that bottle?????"

and it was this moment where we just looked at each other, and without a word turned and hightailed it out of there. lololol. like nothing else needed to be said. black people be knowing. whenever Marie Laveau gets you for them i want to be NOWHERE around you.

WAT NO

…………………………

nope.

I do not begin to understand why white folk do this shit. Like… how are they even alive with all this disrespect they pull, frankly?

you should see the face i’m making right now.

i would run away so fast.

SO FAST.

Like what the fuck?

When I was in Japan I went to a cemetery and found a grave thing without anything on it. I bought some stuff and put it on the grave and talked to the person for a while.

I looked and white ppl I was there with were TOUCHING THE STUFF ON THE OTHER GRAVES.

I was so horrified I fled in tears.

Shhiiit..I don’t go near graveyards, nope, not, nadda. Take away my goth card, no fucks given.

Dude who I went to school with would always ask me if I wanted to go through graveyards n shit

I was like BOY FUCK THAT

I don’t fuck with graves

The spirits is real

i just dont see the point of fucking with shit. Have some respect, dont take the shortcuts, have some fucking sense. 

DRINKING VODKA OFF MARIE LAVEAU’S GRAVE.

I HAVE A NEW EUPHEMISM FOR SELF-DESTRUCTIVELY STUPID.

azurewhelp:

Stop reblogging WillYouPressTheButton because they are racist/homophobic and include racist/homophobic slurs in some of the button choices.

pussyharvest:

frantzfandom:

read the comments only if you want to make a list of people in your head to kill in front of their families 

Way to fucking go, Dallas.

vixyish:

medievalpoc:

mry-j:

medievalpoc:

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This is a collection of art depicting people of color from the history of Denmark.

I’ve noticed that there have been a lot of people claiming “historical accuracy” once again in the tag for Disney’s Frozen, which according to many white fans, “everyone has to be white because it’s set in Denmark”.

These depictions range from the 1360s to the 1800s. The portraits of Danish royalty include the well-off servants of the Royal Family of Denmark. These are portraits of real people.

In addition to Black people living in Denmark throughout history, there is also a large population of Sami people in Scandinavia, who are also people of color.

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The Sami are indigenous to Scandinavia.

The claim that a fantasy movie like Frozen is somehow subject to “historical accuracy” is a ridiculous assertion in the first place; but moreover, it doesn’t hold water. People of color have been living in Denmark for thousands of years.

The lack of racial representation in Frozen reflects modern racism, not “historical accuracy”.

1. Karel Van Mander III. Prince George of Denmark (1653-1708) son of Frederick III. Denmark, 1667. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

2. Karel van Mander III.  Queen Anna of Denmark (?-1611), wife of Christian IV (1577-1648), king of Denmark and Norway. Denmark, 1672. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

3. Ottmar Elliger I. Full-length portrait of Isaack le Petit (1651-1723). Denmark, 1658. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

4. Jérémias Falck, Royal Engraver of the Court of Denmark. Allegory of Africa. Denmark, 1650s. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

5. Abraham Wuchters. Painting. Queen Hedvig Eleonora (1636-1715), princess of Holstein-Gottorp, married to the king of Sweden Karl X Gustaf (1622-1660). Denmark (painted in Denmark), 1661. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

6. Martinus Christian Wesseltoft Roerbye. Portrait of a Seated Nubian. Denmark, 1839. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

7. Anonymous (Denmark). Mural Painting Featuring Saint Maurice. Denmark, 1450. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

8. Anonymous (Denmark). Saint Maurice. Denmark, 1462. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

9. Anonymous (Denmark). Saint Maurice, Polychrome Wood. Denmark, 1360s. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

10. Georg Hinz. Curio Cabinet with Black Couple and the King of Denmark. Denmark, 1666. (Among the precious objects in the cabinet, a jewel containing a double cameo with the profiles of a black man and a black woman, both in Roman attire, facing each other. A second jewel surrounds a cameo with a laureated portrait of Christian IV [1577—1648], king of Denmark and Norway, as a Roman emperor.) Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

11, 12, 13. Karel van Mander III, details from the Aethiopica series. Denmark, 1645. Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University).

While I agree with the sentiment behind this post, I really need to say this: if arguing for a POC character/s in The Snow Queen should be based upon the ethnic and racial make-up of the Danish population and/or existence, please, for fuck’s sake, look at the actual ethnic and racial make-up of the population and its history instead of pushing down a US-centric POC-awareness agenda down upon it. It is outright ignorant of Danish history and of both the historical and the current racial and ethnic make-up to talk about the existence racial and ethnic minorities in Denmark without talking about the Greenlandic Inuits. Yes, they has been black people in Denmark in the majority of its history, no, Samis are not indigenous to Scandinavia - they are to fenno-Scandinavia - nor are they to Denmark, but oh-my-god I am tired of seeing discussions about POCs, the Snow Queen and Denmark without anyone talking about awesome an Inuit Gerda would have been :’(.

One of the characters in the Snow Queen is - though quite the stereotype - a Sami.

Well, I’m an American, and frozen is an American film. It’s gonna be US-centric no matter how you slice it. That’s unavoidable.

UNESCO disagrees with you about whether or not the Sami are indigenous:

The Sámi are Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people, their homeland spanning Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Inari Sámi people, who constitute a distinct language group, have occupied the vicinity of Lake Inari for two thousand years.

And I totally agree that representation for Inuit people in Frozen would be awesome.

Here’s an article about Inuit people in Denmark and how they get screwed over.

I’m genuinely unsure about what your beef is here.

Where was that one Tumblr user who was like “if there were POC in Frozen they would have to be slaves?” They need to see this.