[“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” -Toni Morrison]
Wow. I swear, every time Toni Morrison opens her mouth, truth that cuts to the core falls out.
This quote resonates with me because so much of what I want to happen here has to do with removing a lot of the racist assumption about history in so that others can just get on with it. Even if you don’t like what I write, the images, links, books, and resources are still here to link to, rather than constantly being bombarded with and distracted by demands for “education”, “proof” that racism exists, or anything else anyone might need it for.
Whether you’re writing, making visual art, working in education, or just trying to have a conversation, it’s my hope that this blog might help remove some of the distractions of racism as defined above, and do your thing.
So well said.
The audio is 2 hours long, and well worth your time.
Omg! Thank you so much for your gift of transcription. I just printed and will be reading and highlighting during my chaperone duties :)
OH thank you! I didn’t know; I’ve never actually seen it. I’ll have to go check it out. Maybe become a little involved, expand my repertoire of fanart…
Karl Lagerfeld has never been to India. ,"It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go," he said. What kind of british raj vibes, and colonial exploitation themes in Chanel’s 2012 Paris- Bombay collection. Even the use of the name Bombay, the anglicized version of Mumbai, invokes a time of British rule.
"It’s all about refinement. It’s the Paris version of the idea of India," explained Lagerfeld. Look at this modern day colonialism, here are the pretty parts served up in Paris, while we ignore problems that the raj left behind.
The clothes/ few desi models used look stunning, but look at where this collection is coming from, a place of ignorance, and a complete disregard for our history.
"It’s the Paris version of the idea of India."
Oh my fucking GOD
"The made-up fantasies that we have about them in our heads is so much better than… them."
Oh god ew
Awww that’s so nice of you ^_^ that’s my face! I’m not sure it was really -cosplay- I was just in the office before my workday started, and I taped a crumpled ball of paper to my forehead.
Personal page of a certain doodler and casual webcomicker.
Lots of oppression discourse, magical girls, illustration, and comics.
I know it looks like it's mostly pictures and doodles sometimes, but seriously just go follow my art tumblr (conveniently located under the "Pages" tab) if that's what you're looking for because I am going to blog about oppression a lot and will not be feeling inclined to personally or gently usher anyone into a conversation for which they have no context.