Definetly very dissappointed about the No vote
A 20-year-old girl from South Africa known as Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman was recruited to work in a Paris zoo because of a genetic characteristic known as steatopygia – protuberant buttocks and elongated labia. Whites went to the zoo to look at her buttocks and at other naked Black women with the same shape.
Gawking with desire: since forever and today.
Her story revolutionized my view of my own self and my relationship with white men. Please please read her story and watch the movie it’s like free on YouTube honestly. Our image has long been made a think to gawk at and fetishize. It has long been a prop for white men to make money off of. They kept this queens genitals on display in France for years. The Khoi Khoi people fought to get get reburied on her land. She is so important.
So interesting. This week I showed up to a course called ‘the exotic in the 20th century’ but had to leave. Almost all the pictures were of naked black women or women of colour and although I understand what the exotic has meant historically this prof was not being critical. At. All. And everyone else in the course was white. Therefore I left but not before giving the professor a piece of my mind before I left.
"And when I had suffered enough rejection, I found rejection even where it did not exist — and, worse, I drew it forth from people simply by expecting it."
"When did Martin Luther King get transformed from a revolutionary civil rights leader that the FBI feared into a teddy bear that only says “I Have A Dream” when you pull the string?"
"Ever notice makeover shows on TV, how the black woman has natural hair (coarse, coily, kinky, or curly) in the ugly “before” picture, and in the pretty “after” picture, somebody’s taken a hot piece of metal and singed her hair straight? Some black women, AB and NAB, would rather run naked in the street than come out in public with their natural hair. Because, you see, it’s not professional, sophisticated, whatever, it’s just not damn normal. (Please, commentors, don’t tell me it’s the same as a white woman who doesn’t color her hair.) When you DO have natural Negro hair, people think you “did” something to you hair. Actually, the folk with the Afros and dreads are the ones who haven’t “done” anything to their hair."
there are some figures so shrouded in myth that historians cannot conclusively say they did or did not exist and it is that ideal that i aspire to
I am not here argue the idea that white pop stars are culture grabbing and shaming left and right. they are blatant and disgusting. My question to you is: In the video styles of dance are shown with representation of many races of people dancing each style. It is tragic that the two women of diversity in the "ballet" section are lighter skinned, but in all sections more than representative is present. I know limited representation /= the answer, but how does showcasing the style become racist?
because all you’re doing is changing the terminology of what you’re actually doing. you say “showcasing the style”, “appreciating the culture”, “promoting the culture” but in the context and reality of white supremacy is that really what you’re doing? are you just appreciating and showcasing or are you stealing and misrepresenting? you don’t get to choose that. just like you don’t get to choose the terminology between the person who’s foot you stepped on all so you can avoid saying you hurt their foot. you still hurt it.