The Racial Line and its Inhabitants
Religion in the Americas can hardly be separated from the concept of race since they are two of the pillars of the post-colonial societies created onto these lands. Anti-Blackness specifically as a long history in the United States and those beliefs were laced into Christian religions as well as in the tropes created to embody those racist myths about Black people. This essay will look at the ways the line between Blackness and Whiteness was handled by some religious denominations as well as by the justice system, giving a special attention to how the trope of The Tragic Mulatt* falls into it, considering mixed race bodies fall onto this line. Finally, I will also make links between the trope and certain religious groups.
5 things not to say to a disabled person
Being disabled and vocal about it brings people to respond to you differently. Non-disabled people, able-bodied people, usually have those things they say in hopes that they will make us feel better but very often, they miss they miss the point, completely. This text will bring up 5 things you should not say to disabled people. While I know I am not the only one because I have heard disabled people bring up some of those points before, feel free to take this with a grain of salt if that makes you feel better. Overall, I want you to think about the reasons why you say these things, what are your true intentions and hopefully you will understand why they are ableist.
The Brown copy and paste
One of the crucial parts of sexuality representation is the study of the people it actually includes. Black women being portrayed as hypersexual beings has been part of the White imaginary for a long time, this belief spreading onto many stereotypes such as the Jezebel. While those are old, they persist in our society, including films, through a remolding of those racist and misogynistic ideas. This essay will touch on the ways that, due to the limited representation of Black female sexuality in cinema, the few examples available could hold more weight, including the stereotypical ideas they contain, such as the resemblance to the Jezebel stereotype and how their ‘‘promiscuous’’ sexuality affects the rest of their life.
VIP: Very Inaccessible Places
Nightlife venues can be inaccessible in terms of architecture meaning they lack structures like enlarged doors, adapted bathrooms and sinks or elevators when the venue is not on the ground floor, but also when prejudices make it hard for people with reduced mobility to feel welcomed. Usually, both work hand in hand because the latter justifies the former and the former reinforces the latter in the mind of able-bodied people and disabled people alike. I am a disabled young woman in my early twenties and eventually I won’t be able to go out in Montreal because of how inaccessible it is for people with reduced mobility, but I already feel the impacts of this exclusion. The first is sexual and gender related, hindering the sexual and gender development of disabled young adults, especially young women, and the second is social, the strengthening of negative stereotypes about disabled people.
From: Black Beauty
Ephemeral. Because my beauty though supported by a few is only valid for a certain amount of time. Like a bomb waiting to explode and release the true nature of my essence which to you is simply not good enough.
Lana Del Rey and White Clumsiness
I will start by saying that I absolutely love Lana. Discovering her discography in high school truly felt like an enlightenment, and her album Ultraviolence is, to this day, one of my favorite albums of all time. However, miss Lana dropped the ball a few days ago, severely. In an attempt to confront her critics and haters, she, in the eyes of many people, shaded a handful of female artists who are either Black, part Black, part of an ethnic minority or… Ariana Grande. While I don’t think her intention was to be racially insensitive, there were several missteps in her rant, and we will take a look at them in this piece.
''It's not my fault, if I'm only attracted to *blank*''. ''Attraction is personal and there is nothing I can do about it''.
Your White Opinion on Jeffree Star Doesn't Matter
On August 13th, the Morphe X Jeffree Star artistery eyeshadow palette launched, which is exactly two days before the release of Jackie Aina’s collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills for her own eyeshadow palette. To be very honest, I do not care for Jeffree Star, at all. Jackie, on the other hand, is one of my biggest inspirations and so I will not even try to be impartial in this discussion. However, I cannot help myself but be very curious as to why Jackie’s collab was so heavily criticized by many, people insinuating that she did not deserve it, and that ABH should have given this opportunity to another youtuber (*insert here a list of all the White beauty gurus on youtube.*) Once I recognized that pattern in people’s opinions, I then started wondering how come Jeffree Star’s collab didn’t receive such backlash and how come his empire is only getting bigger and bigger regardless of his shady past. Now the answer to that last question is pretty easy: not many people ever had an issue with his past, or perhaps… they ''forgave'' him.