These things actually permeate your brain and plant little seeds that people then carry around with them and influence how they behave. And it’s so important to analyze this, especially when you have an audience of MILLIONS.
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I found Shane Dawson when I was 18 about five years ago, and was a fan of his for about two years before unsubscribing. During that time, I had a lot of internalized racism and self-hate, so I never saw anything wrong with his portrayals. Even when he did Blackface, I was the type to justify it as him playing a role, like when he portrayed a Black actress from the Degrassi franchise. As I became more aware of issues of racism, his virtual (and literal) blackface was too much for me and I unsubscribed.
The thing that you have to remember is that as Black kids, we don’t get the education that we need. Our history is not taught, and when it is, it’s brushed off as a past era, and almost punctuated with a “aren’t things so much better for you Black people now?” Like with that video where Kat went into details the archetypes of Black characters that, mind you, are still active to this very day in mainstream media (and even in Black-centric media, unfortunately), most of us probably didn’t know where these archetypes and stereotypes came from. And because we don’t know where they came from—because we don’t know that they were legit propaganda to encourage slavery—we think it comes from some funny joke. That may be based in a bit of truth. It’s like you said; if your only interactions with Black people are from what you see in the media, you’re going to have a negative view. With me, I was one of those Black kids that everyone said “talked/acted” white, and Black kids like that tend to embrace it and believe what the media says we are. And to prove they’re not like that, those Black kids will support and endorse people like Shane Dawson. These kids are kids who were not taught their history, and when they are, they’re given a tragic, abridged version that no one would want to claim. The fact that this country was built on the backs and labor of their ancestors escapes them because white people love to ignore that fact themselves. We have history books being written that literally leave slavery out. They don’t know their history or worth as Black Americans; they don’t see the richness in our culture and existence. Shane Dawson’s fans of color are the result of what happens when our children grow up not knowing their history nor their worth.
Alright guys, this shit got me heated.
So today as I was getting ready for school, I get a call from my youngest sister’s elementary school clinic. My sister gets on the phone and tells me she is sitting out of class because her skirt is too short. “You need to bring me one that goes down to my knees, they said,” is what she told me.
Quick recap: My sister is eleven years old, in fifth grade, and has some mental and physical disabilities. She’s the tallest girl in her class. Also, the dress code states her skirt must be down to her fingertips, not her knees.
When I get there, I insisted I see her instead of just dropping her stuff off. I was not suprised to find her with a skirt obviously within the rules of the dress code. I asked her what class she was missing and she told me math. She’d been sitting out for atleast twenty or thirty minutes while she waited for me to come.
She only learns things at about a third of the pace as everyone else in her class. Even missing this short amount of time means missing a lot of information for her. Just to recap: she has to sit out of class because of the length of her skirt. She can’t even just sit in her classroom while she waits for me, because apparently that’s too distracting. To whom, you ask? I can’t really tell you. Are ten year old boys, fifth grade boys already old enough to be sexualizing her to the point that they were going so insane with horniness that they had to whisk her away until she could put on something ‘decent’.
So not only are the sexualizing a fifth grader, they are giving her different rules for the dress code based on her height and making her miss valuable class time. This bullshit needs to stop. Eleven goddamn years old and she’s already being taught her body isn’t her own anymore, that she’s being too provocative if she wears a skirt to the same standard as all the other short, skinny girls in her class just because she looks older.
As a P.S., I would like to point out that she is already bullied because of her disabilities. Pulling her out of class and making her change is even more of an embarrassment, and only leads to more teasing.
please signal boost this.
this is the kind of stuff that makes people feel shameful about their bodies.
sempiterna said: i can't believe the sheer amount of people missing the point. "she didn't mention race once!" exactly. "feminism isn't about race!" yeah, for YOU maybe. but for women like me, we don't have the option of separating our womanhood from our race.
EXACTLY! They will never understand how much our race and gender intersect! We can not seperate our race from our gender it just doesn’t make sense. This is how black feminsim was born. Because we were too tired of white feminists telling us not to focus on our race and black men from the black nationalist movement telling us to ignore our gender. We need to focus for creating spaces for women who are more marginalized in the movement.