Zombie movies are going to be popular as long as dudes fantasize about being in a situation where the most valuable possible trait is the capacity for heteromasculine violence and sociopathy towards the diseased and weak.
HOLY SHIT THIS IS MINDBLOWING
Also as long as white people fear being “infected” by impure blood such that they become less than human. I mean, there’s let’s not overlook the racism inherent in a story whose protagonists (who could and should be of any race) are overwhelmingly white, and in which any minority characters (who seem to be overwhelmingly Angry/Sassy Black People(TM)) generally die well before the end credits roll.
Let’s go a different direction: White FANDOM says this. Example: Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Rochelle was beyond hated, Louis was reduced to stereotypes, Coach was too. Even saying Rochelle’s name was considered a bad move, despite the fact that she was genre-savvy, gained confidence throughout the game, had a unique and custom-built sprite instead of a recycle like her teammates Spy, Scout and heavy Weapons Guy (the only other one being Francis, who was 6’6), quoted Anchorman, and took no shit. She got flirted on by her teammates Nick and Ellis but only responded positively to Francis, the character it turns out she had the most in common with and Fandom Adored (and she became a popular pairing half, but ONLY as a pairing half). Coach and Louis were still reduced, too. All that and make matters worse?
The game was cited as racist for having African American INFECTED.
The first game was set in Philadelphia and the only black character, out of FOUR players so actually not so bad, was also a computer programmer and extreme optimist, which was cool to see. The second game was set in Savannah GA (over half the population is black pop over 350k) and New Orleans (ditto except pop over 1.15 million) and had two black characters (out of FOUR, remember), which is mind-blowing when you realise half the game was black. Seven survivors on the planet that we can verify as canon, and three out of seven are black.
And all you ever hear about is how awesome the gamer chick is, Nellis (aka, shipping the two only surviving white boys that aren’t in a canon ship, and even then, one is openly crushing on Zoey, who is likely with Louis. Two interracial couples? A slash couple reduced to Pair-the-Spare??? Let’s not be TOO ground-breaking, Valve, you’ll traumatise us), and worst of all, “PILLZ.” No-one cares that in a full game, no Bill-death, there are more black characters total much less percentage than most games have in casts of dozens. Or that race is never important, not even the biker guy is mildly racist (in fact, another subversion in that he ONLY hits on the black woman, who responds, and again, it’s because, they both hate stuff.)
White fandom didn’t just ignore the possibility of “tainted” blood being part of why they love zombies. White fandom erased the black characters in their zombie franchises, or reduced them to bare bones.
Agree with this. Fandoms are often the problem rather than the writers (see Breaking Bad fandom hatred for Skylar).
Can’t not cite Night of the Living Dead here, which was a commentary on racism and the race riots of the ’60s, and cast a black man as the lead. NotLD is one of the most influential horrors of all time, and is generally regarded as having set the standard for modern zombies and zombie films.
British zombie media has a pretty poor track-record of racial diversity, but elsewhere it seems to be quite good compared to other genres/areas of media.
Definitely something I’d like to think about more though! I always have time for a discussion like this.
"The ease of not being aware of privilege is an aspect of privilege itself, what some call “the luxury of obliviousness” (or in philosophy, “epistemic privilege”). Awareness requires effort and commitment. Being able to command the attention of lower-status individuals without having to give it in return is a key aspect of privilege. African Americans for example, have to pay close attention to whites and white culture and get to know them well enough to avoid displeasing them, since whites control jobs, schools, government, the police, and most other resources and sources of power. White privilege gives little reason to pay attention to African Americans or how white privilege affects them.
In other words, as James Baldwin put it “To be white in America means not having to think about it.” We could say the same thing about maleness or any other basis for privilege. So strong is the sense of entitlement behind this luxury that males, whites, and others can feel put upon in the face of even the mildest invitation to pay attention to issues of privilege. “We shouldn’t have to look at this stuff,” they seem to say. “It isn’t fair."
Actor and director LeVar Burton explained Monday on CNN that he follows a particular procedure every time he is stopped by police to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.
“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.
He’s not exactly known for bad behavior, but even the former host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation actor, fears he will be mistreated by police because of his skin color.
And this guy has been rich for 30 years.
Let that sink in.
are black people in england called african-english instead of african-american this is a serious question
They’re called people…
Don’t. You either answer the question properly or go away.
No one has time for your colorblind bullshit.
To answer this question, typically if talking about nationality it’s ‘British’ (or English/Scottish/Welsh whatever, depending on where they’re from). Some may just refer to the nationality of the country that their parents or grandparents are from (if applicable) but, unless they are a first-generation immigrant themselves, I think that’s pretty rare.
If talking about race then ‘black’. I always found the African-American thing sort of odd, to refer to someone else I mean, because you can’t look at someone and know where they’re from. (Obviously if you’re referring to yourself as African-American then that’s different.)
If anyone living in the UK who is actually not white wants to chime in that would probably be helpful.
What shape are you?
It’s pretty popular nowadays for radicals to dismiss analysis and arguments based around privilege. Especially popular in the wild forests of the non-tumblr internet, critiques often mix up ‘privilege use in theory’ with ‘my personal experience of how privilege is used in practice’.
Popular critiques are to attack:
- the more abstract theory of privilege
e.g. “psssh fuck identity politics”
- how privilege theory is inherently middle-class/reformist
e.g. “it takes the focus away from class struggle”
e.g. “it stifles militant action”
- how privilege used in practice
e.g. “it’s just used to stifle points of view you don’t want to hear”
- the effectiveness of privilege as a tool
e.g. “it’s demoralising and makes people feel guilty and apathetic”
e.g. “it over-individualises everything and doesn’t focus enough on structures of oppression”
I’ve broken my response down into five separate posts
You need the theory: the class struggle must be intersectional: why privilege is a key item in the class struggle toolkit.
Militancy: why privilege isn’t a toothless tool: the strategy of balancing anti-oppression thoughts with militant action.
The irrational fear of “check your privilege”: how ‘the privilege card’ only tends to shut down obnoxious dicks, and how to deal with being called-out.
Privilege talk just makes people feel guilty, right?: a short post bcs that’s obv bollocks.
The limits of privilege as a tool (some much-needed caveats): when privilege is useful as a tool, and when it tends to fall down.
Dear White People- (2012)
“four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.”
Based on a similar experience, but that in Jr. high school, I can defiantly support this project. Also it is a satire, so I can defiantly defiantly support it. Also, the film is still in the pre-production stage, so the film crew is raising $25,000. Here is where you can learn more. http://www.indiegogo.com/dearwhitepeople
“You guys get country clubs, and we get to say nigga”
WHY YES I WILL BE DONATING A FEW DOLLARS TO THIS FINE CAUSE.
Possibly the most worthwhile kickstarter I’ve seen yet.
Please donate to this! It NEEDS to get made! It looks fucking awesome.
This is a serious question - and I’m open to any and all help available!
My 2 youngest children - and moreso the baby - are fascinated by Asian culture. (By Asian, I mean Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) It started with the discovery of Anime, and has ballooned from there.
That in itself? Doesn’t bother me. Anime may not be my thing, but if they like it, that’s all that matters.
What has started to bother me is the way they - and again, it comes more from the baby than her older sister, although they both do it - treat Asian people as if they’re some sort of exotic alien or something.
I’m probably not going to put this the right way, but I hope I get my point across: I feel as if their fascination (that’s not quite the right word but it’s the best I can come up with) perpetuates “othering” of Asian people - and all POC, as a knock-on effect.
It’s not the interest in other cultures, it’s the WAY they go about it.
Now I should also say that they’re only 10 and 11, so I DO realize that a lot of that is pure ignorance about how the world works. I can’t expect them to understand the concept of “white privelege” at their age. At the same time, I also realize that it’s my job, as their mother, to teach them how to interact and deal with people that are different. They have a bit of a head-start in that direction, having lived their entire lives with a sister with quite severe special needs. They’ve seen at least one version of different all their lives.
The problem is that I’m not entirely sure what to say to them. I want to do the right thing, but I don’t want to end up saying the wrong thing for the right reasons. If that makes any sense. For example, growing up I always tried to explain my acceptance of people of all races by saying something along the lines of “I don’t care what color they are. Black, brown, yellow, pink with neon green polka dots…” But I’ve come to learn from reading essays and blog posts from POC that that actually irritates rather than assuages them. I always thought I was saying the right thing, but it turns out it was wrong. But it was for the right reasons. I’d like to avoid making that mistake in whatever I say to them.
And since tumblr is such a large, varied place, and what with people answering and maybe reblogging… well, hell, I figured it was worth a try.
The Hip hop that you see on TV isn’t actually targeted or marketed towards black people, or even POC at all really. While many hip hop artists are black, and are presenting the construction of “authentic blackness” - we take for granted how commercial hip hop is a carefully structured entity.
Interestingly enough, hip hop is looked to as a musical representation of black culture and black people. People use hip hop as an excuse to paint black people as pathologically depraved and oversexualized… But these representations of blackness are created by white CEOs and sold to white youth in the suburbs.
Why is America obsessed with this idea of blackness that isn’t even real? (rhetorical question, we all know the answer) I’m tired of being told by white audiences who move to the suburbs to escape the “troubled” populations of people who live in MY neighborhoods, to then turn around and tell me what blackness should be. Are you serious? Really? Get the entire fuck outta here thinking that buying Odd Future and Watch The Throne makes you an expert on blackness and my experience. My life isn’t your commodity.
/end rant. Melissa Harris-Perry had a segment on Hip Hop today and got me in rant mode.