Posts tagged racism

So you want to compare rape culture to racism?
“Woman is the n***** of the world.”
Once upon a time, a very famous white man sang those words. His Japanese wife, an avant-garde artist, had coined the phrase in an interview a few years prior.
Two intelligent people, two brilliant minds, both convinced others would better understand sexism and the patriarchy if they compared women to “n*****s.”
Learn from John and Yoko’s mistakes.
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So you want to compare rape culture to racism?

“Woman is the n***** of the world.”

Once upon a time, a very famous white man sang those words. His Japanese wife, an avant-garde artist, had coined the phrase in an interview a few years prior.

Two intelligent people, two brilliant minds, both convinced others would better understand sexism and the patriarchy if they compared women to “n*****s.”

Learn from John and Yoko’s mistakes.

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Whitewashed ‘Exodus’ cast sparks a Twitter riot
Remember when Noah’s screenwriter explained that everyone in his movie was white because it was “mythical,” and because white people are apparently universal stand-ins for the human race?
Directed by Ridley Scott, the forthcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.

Whitewashed ‘Exodus’ cast sparks a Twitter riot

Remember when Noah’s screenwriter explained that everyone in his movie was white because it was “mythical,” and because white people are apparently universal stand-ins for the human race?

Directed by Ridley Scott, the forthcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.

The history of white people hating LeBron James
Basically, the LeBron James hatred is a three-pronged issue: He’s black, he’s great, and he knows it.

The history of white people hating LeBron James

Basically, the LeBron James hatred is a three-pronged issue: He’s black, he’s great, and he knows it.

9 clueless things white people say when confronted with racism
More often than not, when a person of color brings up racism, chances are there’s something problematic happening.

9 clueless things white people say when confronted with racism

More often than not, when a person of color brings up racism, chances are there’s something problematic happening.

How to talk to white people about Iggy Azalea
First thing’s first: Iggy isn’t the realest.

Photo via Laura Murray/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

How to talk to white people about Iggy Azalea

First thing’s first: Iggy isn’t the realest.

Photo via Laura Murray/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Backlash over accidentally racist tweet urges #CancelColbert

Oxford's white students start their own misguided anti-racism blog.

Is a medieval video game historically accurate without people of color?

MedievalPOC occupies an unusual space in the Tumblrblogosphere, combining an anti-racist social justice message with citation-filled historical research.

You’d think this would be harmless enough, but right now its author is on the receiving end of some Anita Sarkeesian-style backlash. 

According to its mission statement, the purpose of MedievalPOC is to “address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.”

It’s become a popular resource during debates over the relative “realism” of everything from Disney’s Frozen to HBO’s Game of Thrones, and often receives messages from people asking for advice when researching racial diversity throughout history. 

Last week, MedievalPOC reader tengokujin submitted a question about a video game called Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which is currently being marketed on Kickstarter as a “realistic single-player RPG set in medieval Europe” with “period accurate melee combat.” tengokujin asked MedievalPOC for information regarding any non-white ethnicities that might plausibly be included in the game, saying:

“I asked the devs if they plan on adding any NPCs of other-than-white-descent and received a polite reply of “[In Central Bohemia, there] were, unfortunately, almost none.” A casual search turns up the Mongols, so I figured there’s gotta be more. Do you have any sources or books that would indicate significant presence of other ethnicities?”

Basically, it was an academic question. Now seems like a good time to point out that there was no suggestion that the creators of Kingdom Come should be pressured into altering the content of their game.

MedievalPOC’s reply seemed somewhat unimpressed with the game’s lack of diversity, pointing out the lack of roles for female characters. “I can tell that representation really isn’t a priority there,” they wrote. “For example, their £600,000 goal of adding miniquests in which a female player character is even possiblecame after “Live Medieval In-Game Music” and “Symphonic Orchestra Soundtrack”, and remains unfulfilled as of yet. However, being able to “seduce local women” is already a part of the base game.”

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