Hilda is the god damn most precious pin up you’ll ever find and it’s pretty hard to pick favorites when it comes to paintings of her :Tc
thayet jian wilima | katie mcgrath
“No one knew who began it, but a patter of applause turned into a roar of enthusiasm. In Sarain she was the female who should have been a male heir; the Tortallan courtiers accepted Thayet for herself.”
Thayet is mixed race though. Her mother was a K’mir princess, and the K’mir are specified in the book as a non-white ethnic group.
Though if Katie McGrath is a white passing, mixed race woman then this is okay (To my knowledge, she isn’t, though I may be wrong).
I don’t know what Somalis apparently “trolled your tinychat,” or if you have any proof of any Somali doing so, but I can’t think of anything that would justify this type of outright racism.
Someone in your little KKK group gave me their password to creep someone we both know in real life, but that I am not facebook friends with. What I came across on her News Feed was absolutely horrifying. The above images show a tinychat named “Eff Pirates” (apparently because they were angry at alleged Somali for trolling them) and the reaction by many well known bloggers to this tinychat name. Idk, apparently they found it hilarious. Is it really that funny to you? Man, this is disgusting.
I know the person whose account I saw this on wont be happy with me for doing this, but she doesn’t deserve friends who are blatantly racist against her entire ethnicity IN FRONT OF HER FACE. Idk man. Not only are you racist, but you don’t even have enough respect for her to not do it in front of her face.
This is especially disappointing since 2 of the bloggers in the above screenshots were “speaking up against racism in the Muslim community” just a few days ago. I really don’t know how to feel about this, I don’t know whether posting this is a good idea or not. What I do know is that this behavior is behavior and hypocritcal.
I thank Allah for showing me this. Allah always brings the truth to light. Especially, in this week of discussing racism in the Muslim community.
The bloggers are: 1000meaninglesswords, afghangster, faineemae and two other bloggers I do not recognize, if you know their urls please reblog and add it.
Again, I apologize to my friend whose account I was on….but…I couldn’t not do something…
Amjad’s url is grandpa-amjad
Apparently faineemae is back after deactivating her account for over a month in light of all this coming out. What’s weird though, is that since returning she has gone on to delete her previous half-apology and any other references to this incident from her page as well. It appears as though she is trying to brush it all under the rug, rather than publicly acknowledging and owning up to the anti-black sentiments expressed here.
Nobody is perfect, and although some people may have already “awakened” to the issues of oppression they personally face, nobody ever fully /gets it/, and post-awakening is a continuous and gradual learning process. Mistakes happen during this process, and the one cited here is particularly egregious. Moreover, as a black person, brushing this under the rug feels personally hurtful and insulting as well, as our feelings do matter. I used to be a big fan of faineemae, but her actions in light of this incident (which most of the tumblr SJ community seems excited to forget on behalf of a shallow show of POC solidarity) have been disheartening and disappointing to say the least. You can’t denigrate a POC group one day, and then wake up the next pretending like nothing happened. Own your mistake publicly, properly apologize, and don’t delete it. As a popular SJ blogger with a big following, you owe your followers and others you hurt at least that much. I also doubt that I am the only one who shares these concerns.
As I was saying with unapologetically-yellow recently, the capitalistic concept of “failure” has subsequently shaped a narrative in which people are afraid to admit to it. And it’s also far too often that people (especially popular bloggers) forget that they do not own and inhabit the ideas and positions they post, but that those ideas instead inhabit them and can be used to both build up or destroy communities.
re-reblogging b/c i didn’t realize she had deleted the apology. smdh.
this is disappointing
JUST SAT HERE AND WENT WOAH FOR THIRTY SECONDS LAJFKJAFHLK
I like jumped in my seat the moment I say Daniel’s face. It’s fucking cray.
I’ve already reblogged this, but I was just struck by how much I love the idea that Draco became a healer. Sure, it could be seen similar to the doctors in the muggle quietus in which there is a lot of money, but I see it more as him choosing to help people and that’s who I always imagined he could be outside of the influence of his family’s expectations. I’m sorry, but I’ve got feels now. Please excuse me.
(Image Description: a blind black woman and a blind Klansman walking across a crosswalk. The original tumblr post’s author supplies the title of Love is Blind”.)
Let’s talk about The Kumbayah Myth.
In the Kumbayah Myth, racism will just stop if everyone just started acting nice to each other, and the only reason we still have racism is that people are silly.
Part of the Kumbayah Myth is the erasure of history, violence and power. In this falsehood, either no one is really at fault, or, actually, EVERYONE is at fault, so everyone is equally bad. This actually exists only to make white people feel better and never have to change their behaviors.
Go look at Without Sanctuary and maybe read up on The Reconstruction and come back and tell me it’s all equal and IF ONLY Black people were nicer shit would have been different.
Now, let’s talk about this picture I linked. It says, “Love is Blind” and has a blind black woman and a blind Klansman walking across the street holding hands….
Well, even the symbolism fails, because:
a) The black woman is basically minding her own business
b) The blind Klansman DRESSED UP AS A KLANSMAN- even blind he still HATES PEOPLE.
c) AND WE’VE JUST EQUATED A BLACK WOMAN, by nature of simply BEING A BLACK WOMAN as equivalent to a murderous terrorist.
Oh. Ok. If only those damn Black women would stop being so Black, the KKK wouldn’t HAVE to lynch, murder and burn them in self defense.
You know, tit for tat, right?
But let’s keep going- the only reason, at least, we’d see this picture working is because HE DOESN’T KNOW SHE’S BLACK. Otherwise, he’d push her into traffic and claim, “I’m blind! I didn’t know what was happening!”
What the world needs is not more hugs. It needs you white people to stop killing people of color. It needs for you to stop defending murderers. It needs for you to stop equating dark skin as violent threat, and therefore, justifiable homicide in self defense. It needs for you to recognize that YOU, collectively, pull this shit, and no, it is not “equal”, there is no “reverse racism”.
Love is not blind. Hate is blind- it refuses to see what it does, it demands no one speak of it or say a thing. And it kills and conveniently forgets a moment later.
Then demands hugs and holding hands and singing kumbayah, and wonders why everyone is so mean to it.
This argument is like, legit going on in my Facebook right now. ALL OF THIS. JUST ALL OF IT.
All of the above commentary, plus a little extra. In addition to everything said above, which I support the sentiment of entirely, this picture and the above commentary really bother me on a whole host of levels because of the way they use visual disability. The original poster (bankuei) states that the image depicts ““Love is Blind” and has a blind black woman and a blind Klansman walking across the street holding hands.”
Why does this bother me? Well, let’s start with four general reasons. These reason can also be read as a general commentary about ableist language and how incredibly damaging it really is even when it gets used by others in the battle against other ‘isms’. I would like to believe that there was no malicious, no ableist intent, on the part of the original tumblr post’s author (bankuei), but ableism is still ableism even without intent and it is just as damaging.
First complaint. This language is really ableist. LOVE is not BLIND. Seriously, an emotion does not have a physical disability. Please stop using my disability as a synonym for “lack of prejudice/discrimination”. The blind face a ton of prejudice and discrimination and guess what, just because you are blind does not mean you completely miss prejudice or racism or any other ‘ism’ when it occurs. Enough said. Please stop using ableist language. It’s not symbolism or an analogy It is ableist.
Second complaint. She doesn’t know he is a Klansman because she is blind? Both the author and the individual who made the image fall victim to this type of logic. If you think race (in the case of the woman) or a radical, oppressive political identity (in the case of the member of the KKK) are something a blind person misses because they are blind, you do not understand visual disability at all. Seriously, the ways these identities have been worked into language, the ways we interact with each other, the ways we navigate the world, etc. are incredibly nuanced and complicated. You do not need to be able to physically see them to know they exist. This complaint is especially true if you consider the original post’s comment about “love” and the implied relationship. Sight is not the only way a person would be able to understand someone else’s identity or proclivity to be an oppressive, violent scumbag and this is especially true as relationships form across time. Completely ignoring how blind individuals can and do navigate the world, the author takes their ableism in their analysis a step further; “The blind Klansman DRESSED UP AS A KLANSMAN- even blind he still HATES PEOPLE.” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!?!?!?! Please stop privileging sight as a key component of navigating identity, identification, and the world as a whole.
Third complaint. The creator of this image is ableist. The two figures are depicted on a crosswalk in front of a red car about to finish crossing the intersection (upper right of the image) and about to pass behind a gray car that has just finished crossing through the intersection and is now beyond the cross walk (bottom left of the image). Hmmm…so is that red car running a red light? Highly unlikely considering the gray car just made it through the intersection itself. Maybe they both ran the light. Or maybe the two caricatures just walked out into oncoming traffic without waiting for a red light. Yeah, hahahahaha. Super funny. Another really good one because hey, blind people cannot cross the street! Hahahaha, no wait, that’s messed up. Please stop depicting images of blind individuals not being able to carry out basic mobility tasks (and yes, this is another really common theme).
Fourth complaint. Not only is the language and the imagery itself ableist, but the author uses this ableism as a means to another end: addressing racism. The original post states that if the KKK member knew his companion was Black, ”he’d push her into traffic and claim, “I’m blind! I didn’t know what was happening!”” Yeah, because someone who is blind cannot possibly know there is traffic there unless they can see it clearly! I mean hey, they already just walked into oncoming traffic, right?. Ha, great joke; I am rolling on the floor laughing. In an attempt to address that this Klansman is a scumbag and is obviously racist, you just made another ‘blind joke’.But using ableism as a tool against racism doesn’t stop there. It gets taken a step further when the author claims that LOVE isn’t BLIND, HATE is BLIND. Really? That’s the conclusion? I am pretty confident that hate itself does not have a visual disability. In an attempt to address one ‘ism’, you just used another and threw another community under the bus (so to speak). Please do not use ableist language in an attempt to illustrate why this image is racist as all hell.
Please do not use ableism in your social justice battles. I wholeheartedly support the sentiment in the original post. The author is right on in many ways. But horribly wrong in others. Let’s not push each other’s heads under water in our own attempts to not drown under oppression. Thank you for listening.
This additional commentary from blindjewwanderringinthedesert is so very important. We can not use and perpetuate another form of oppression (here- ableism) to address another (here- racism). Thanks so much for adding on and clarifying this, as it is so important and is a point that many people in the SJ community (myself included) can be so prone to miss.
(Source: , via thisisnotjapan)
S. Ross Browne
Ummm…I am so VERY into this right now!
But Black people in period or fantasy settings totally makes the stories unreal.
Also holy shit I love these.
How come I don’t run across this stuff regularly?
Because of racism and the retroactive erasure of POC in Medieval Europe. Pretty much the same reason you almost never see these works of art either unless you’re already looking for them: