I came across a few articles today, one was model Lara Stone in black face for French Vogue http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/10/french_vogue_shoots_lara_sto... , another a Dutch magazine calling Rhianna a ni***bitch http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/rihanna-called-n-word-in-_... , and most recently French Elle saying that black people didn't have style until the Obama administration http://www.afrosomething.com/article/quand-le-magazine-elle-parle-d... . How is the rest of the world viewing us, that they would think any of this is acceptable?!?!?!?
We are in a dangerous time in the world. Racism NEVER went away and nor is it going anywhere, but now openly being racist is fair game. There was a time people would laugh in our face and call us ni***ers behind close doors. Now people are doing it in public in the name of politics or fashion or even God. It's a hot pot that is going to boil over...soon...
It's really a messed up situtation. It's like Cypher from the AP documentray said, at the end of the day it is only black people that will have your back not THEM. It's a hard and ugly truth, given the state of things. Below is a picture from a Japanese film called Vampire Girl vrs. Frankentstien Girl. The Japanese actress in black face here is the leader of a group of five or four Japanese girls who belong to a "Black Girl's Club"_ apparently they wanted to be black. These girls are characterized as loud mouthed, angry all the time and every other word out their mouths is a curse word.
I don't believe that this is an example of what Japanese people think of black people so much as it is an example of what they think about the mainstream, hip hop street black. I say this because Michael Jackson was big over there and they couldn't have thought that he was like the clowns protrayed in the film. But alot of the hip hop Bozos are and this is the message THEY put out.
^^^Isn't that kray though? I have a song that talks about the exact same phenomenon you just described. What you just said pretty much describes a huge chunk of american popular culture in general. Black folks copying white folks that were copying black folks to began with. And usually not copying us all that good I should add. And then capatilism commodifies this third generation product and sells it back to us at triple the price of the original prototype. It's actually quite interesting. lol
It's sad that racism in America (and around the world) is still a reality in 2012 but honestly, i'm glad that this type of ignorance is coming to the light. Now there is no way of denying what's going on or pretending that we live in some completely benevolent world. When i see these articles i am completely dumbfounded and a part of me is angry and i accept that. Unfortunately to be black and angry is often looked down upon. But i think that all the world should get angry more often and stop pretending that everything is okay. That's what's going to motivate the change that needs to happen.
Thanks for your response!
I also believe in practicality and i'm not saying that people should walk around being angry. Not at all. But i don't think that there is anything wrong with initial feelings of anger prompting social change. It's all about how that anger is channeled. I'm sure that lots of political movements (civil rights movement, womens liberation, anti-vietnam, occupy wall street) didn't start because their leaders felt lukewarm about the issues at hand. Those leaders had fire running through their veins. They surely were "upset" about social injustice. I just think that we should embrace that fire and use it to solve problems peacefully and with love. I am a bit of a hippie ;)
fructose soda said:
seems to me that there are tooooo many angry people.
I'm not sure if the problem is that more people aren't angry enough.
we can be proactive without getting upset.
ofcourse, I'm just coming from a basic/ practical point-of-view. In my personal life, I work with youth that've been in foster homes & "juvenile camps", and what I've learned from my own experience is that you can't be of any good to people when you're angry. Its not the anger that helps solve anything. Its being calm. Positive energy. I aint a hippy tho. Feel me?
... whateva helps, tho. I don't know everything.
But i think that all the world should get angry more often and stop pretending that everything is okay. That's what's going to motivate the change that needs to happen.