How is it that in a film whose premise rests on the idea of reimagining the past, present and future, we still end up with a blonde white woman with flashing blue eyes as the stand-in for what personifies evolution and supremely fulfilled human potential? At one point the Ape-like Lucy and Evolved Lucy meet face-to-face as Evolved Lucy does a bit of time-traveling. Their fingers touch, and we see them deliberately posed to mimic the famous Creation of Adam painting, and in that moment I saw what I suppose we were supposed to see: humanity at its beginning, and then humanity at its end, at its most perfect. Blonde, white and blue-eyed.
I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen."
THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
Anonymous said: Oh you got in to a good college eh? Affirmative Action quotas sure are a bitch.
except my race wasn’t listed on my application
white woman benefit more from affirmative action than actual people of color so… ?
There’s also no such thing as affirmative action quotas at all there is no such thing as racial quotas and affirmative action is an initiative not a law… Schools don’t have to use it at all lmao
Some C-student ass White person mad their mediocre ass wasn’t automatically entitled to a free college education?
It’s a bit ironic that he’s saying this considering how he was a hug proponent for slavery.
But that’s none of my business.
Anonymous said: Do you think the issue of white folk having "dreads" is simply a matter of semantics. If someone matted their hair and called it matted hair would it be fair game? I think it's fine for white folk to have dreads as long as they understand the history and the context and know that they come from a place of suffering. I should say I would even get dreads just as an up yours to the white rule in this country. Aka saying I would rather route my identity and appearance in another people. B/c assholes
It doesn’t work that way. You don’t get to reroute your whiteness and pick up another identity out of guilt. That’s not how you deal with your privilege. As for it being a “matter of semantics” it’s telling already that you think dreads are the same thing as matted hair. That itself is insulting.
Look, if white ppl wanna not wash or brush their hair that’s their prerogative. But that’s not what’s happening. White people want access to black culture because black culture has ALWAYS been for non-black consumption. Because the world is anti-black. So it’s not just about a hair style or semantics. It’s about a continued history of disrespect. It’s about black folks taking ownership of our culture. And the only way white people can respect the history of dreads is to not get them. Otherwise they’re appropriating black culture. Point blank period.