Monica Martin is bae.
How dare she look that good?
white kpop fans
the sad part is, it’s not just the white kpop fans.
I really love Lapis Lazuli’s concept as a character, but I felt her design could have been pushed more to make her look as iconic as the other gems. (Ash thinks she may have been inspired by Ghibli protagonists. I’m not sure.)
I also feel like a huge opportunity was missed to make a really awesome homage to Sailor neptune. How often do you design ocean-themed magical girls with mirrors?
While keeping most of the design the same, I personally would have given her longer, anti-gravity wavy hair, to give her a constantly underwater look. Nothing says “ocean” to me like mermaid hair. This may not have been used because it’s a pain to animate, but then again, look at Marceline:
Not making this post to say I hate Lapis’ design or step on her designers’ toes! Just musing about how I would have done things differently.
y’all, at some point, ignorance is a choice. racism is definitely a choice. and no amount of fact spittin is going to change a hateful heart.
those people have to want to change. so stop arguing with them. stop frustrating yourselves.
So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X’s message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn’t that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn’t accomplished anything as Dr. King had.
I was kind of sarcastic and asked something like, so what did Martin Luther King accomplish other than giving his “I have a dream speech.”
Before I tell you what my father told me, I want to digress. Because at this point in our amnesiac national existence, my question pretty much reflects the national civic religion view of what Dr. King accomplished. He gave this great speech. Or some people say, “he marched.” I was so angry at Mrs. Clinton during the primaries when she said that Dr. King marched, but it was LBJ who delivered the Civil Rights Act.
At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn’t that he “marched” or gave a great speech.
My father told me with a sort of cold fury, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south.”
Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don’t know what my father was talking about.
But this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished. Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.
He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.
I’m guessing that most of you, especially those having come fresh from seeing The Help, may not understand what this was all about. But living in the south (and in parts of the midwest and in many ghettos of the north) was living under terrorism.
It wasn’t that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn’t sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus.
You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth’s.
It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment.
This constant low level dread of atavistic violence is what kept the system running. It made life miserable, stressful and terrifying for black people.
White people also occasionally tried black people, especially black men, for crimes for which they could not conceivably be guilty. With the willing participation of white women, they often accused black men of “assault,” which could be anything from rape to not taking off one’s hat, to “reckless eyeballing.”
This is going to sound awful and perhaps a stain on my late father’s memory, but when I was little, before the civil rights movement, my father taught me many, many humiliating practices in order to prevent the random, terroristic, berserk behavior of white people. The one I remember most is that when walking down the street in New York City side by side, hand in hand with my hero-father, if a white woman approached on the same sidewalk, I was to take off my hat and walk behind my father, because he had been taught in the south that black males for some reason were supposed to walk single file in the presence of any white lady.
This was just one of many humiliating practices we were taught to prevent white people from going berserk.
I remember a huge family reunion one August with my aunts and uncles and cousins gathered around my grandparents’ vast breakfast table laden with food from the farm, and the state troopers drove up to the house with a car full of rifles and shotguns, and everyone went kind of weirdly blank. They put on the masks that black people used back then to not provoke white berserkness. My strong, valiant, self-educated, articulate uncles, whom I adored, became shuffling, Step-N-Fetchits to avoid provoking the white men. Fortunately the troopers were only looking for an escaped convict. Afterward, the women, my aunts, were furious at the humiliating performance of the men, and said so, something that even a child could understand.
This is the climate of fear that Dr. King ended.
If you didn’t get taught such things, let alone experience them, I caution you against invoking the memory of Dr. King as though he belongs exclusively to you and not primarily to African Americans.
The question is, how did Dr. King do this—and of course, he didn’t do it alone.
(Of all the other civil rights leaders who helped Dr. King end this reign of terror, I think the most under appreciated is James Farmer, who founded the Congress of Racial Equality and was a leader of nonviolent resistance, and taught the practices of nonviolent resistance.)
So what did they do?
They told us: Whatever you are most afraid of doing vis-a-vis white people, go do it. Go ahead down to city hall and try to register to vote, even if they say no, even if they take your name down.
Go ahead sit at that lunch counter. Sue the local school board. All things that most black people would have said back then, without exaggeration, were stark raving insane and would get you killed.
If we do it all together, we’ll be okay.
They made black people experience the worst of the worst, collectively, that white people could dish out, and discover that it wasn’t that bad. They taught black people how to take a beating—from the southern cops, from police dogs, from fire department hoses. They actually coached young people how to crouch, cover their heads with their arms and take the beating. They taught people how to go to jail, which terrified most decent people.
And you know what? The worst of the worst, wasn’t that bad.
Once people had been beaten, had dogs sicced on them, had fire hoses sprayed on them, and been thrown in jail, you know what happened?
These magnificent young black people began singing freedom songs in jail.
That, my friends, is what ended the terrorism of the south. Confronting your worst fears, living through it, and breaking out in a deep throated freedom song. The jailers knew they had lost when they beat the crap out of these young Negroes and the jailed, beaten young people began to sing joyously, first in one town then in another. This is what the writer, James Baldwin, captured like no other writer of the era.
Please let this sink in. It wasn’t marches or speeches. It was taking a severe beating, surviving and realizing that our fears were mostly illusory and that we were free.” —
Reblogging this so I can come back to it in the spring when I teach the Civil Rights Movement to my 5th graders.
Reblogging this for all the non-black people who like to quote MLK like he’s theirs.
Yes, it’s racist. I mean it’s pretty much accessorizing the language and if you’re not Japanese then you shouldn’t use chan, kun, sama, senpai, kawaii, desu, hime, and so on in the first place. That includes ANYONE who’s not Japanese btw (talking to ALL you white people, Asian people that aren’t Japanese, and other POC). Also while we’re sort of on this discussion, I’m sick of the term “waifu” and I hope it dies out.
That’s not racist, because it has nothing to do with the actual race, but it is cultural appropriation which is also horrible.
Cultural appropriation IS racism. And don’t try to talk over Japanese people on Japanese issues.
Respectfully, I disagree. I believe reducing a language to race is wrong, even if it is a language that almost exclusively belongs to that race.
A lady from Japan goes to America and starts a family with an American. They have a child. Does that child have a right to Japanese? How far along does it have that right? To 1/8th? 1/100th? Or consider persons who move to Japan and start their family either, but their children are raised there. Are they not allowed to absorb the culture because they’re “foreign”?
So yes, using those words, especially without context or as part of speaking and just using them to be “cute” or something (I’m looking at you, Avril Lavigne) is wrong but it’s cultural appropriation, not racism.
I can post whatever I want on my blog. Honestly my audience is non-existent, and this is the first time I’ve gotten a reply to any post I’ve commented on in many weeks, so I highly doubt I’m talking over her on her issue. But you know what? These things are blurry. That’s why I can have an opinion on them. I definitely think cultural appropriation works better, especially since it’s what they’re specifically doing, but hey maybe it is racism, regardless they’re both disrespectful to the origin culture.
Upon checking out your profile, I’ve noticed one of my points is a bit funny, as you are a Japanese-American. I just want acknowledge that I now know this, but my opinion is still mixed.
wow, 10/10 whitesplaining. good job. Me, I like whitesplaining with tea, because I love the taste of entitlement and ignorance. Also, the aftertaste of “knowing you’re doing something wrong and going ahead with it anyways”. So bitter.
FILE THIS UNDER “JOKES I DID NOT GET WHEN I SAW THE MOVIE AS A CHILD”.
…I got it as a kid :S
"Ellen Reads Her Chinese Viewers’ Names"
Ellen mispronounces Chinese people’s names and she and her audience laugh at them cuz it’s racistly funny apparently
Ellen uses “American” interchangeably with “English”, as in, the language.
At 2:30: "This one, they didn’t even try to do American, this is just Chinese."
The comments are turned off on this video, but how was this even cleared to be aired?? Fuck you Ellen. This isn’t the first time you’ve been racist on your show.
This is why you weaboos/koreaboos/white ppl CANNOT give yourself a “japanese” or "korean" or "chinese" name for yourself (or any name from a language and culture that’s not your own). Whites take our names as jokes and we’re mocked for it in real life and in the media.
We’re constantly othered, demeaned, and fetishized. Trash like you butcher our names and turn them into racist caricatures.
Our names are precious and beautiful and meaningful in ways you can’t begin to understand. Our names are carefully crafted together by our parents/family.
You trash don’t deserve to utter our names. Fuck you.
Ellen.. I was rooting for you..
why? why were u rooting for her? she often mocks and disparages black women’s bodies as well. ellen been problematic. par for the course. the nerd was barely funny as a stand up comic, but that was before a lot of yall time so a lot of “current” ellen don’t know who the fuck this saltine really is. boo this woman. but i mean hey yall root for the white gurl, some easy bake basic shit, cuz hey white gurl fuck yeah!….. nope
Like idk why y’all are expecting Robert Pattinson to speak out.
You know damn well white boys are not gonna speak up for Black women even when they’re dating them.
Maybe he’ll surprise me but I’m not holding my breath.
Yeah, with his attitude of being “allergic to vaginas” in the past, I highly doubt he will say anything