- 2 weeks ago
"I’m just trying to live through this problem man created. Nature didn’t create the problem. Man created the problem. And I’m going to be honest, I’m going to say it, it was the European man who created this problem. European man invented the gun. Then he made a bigger gun, and he said: ‘I’m gonna keep this big gun for myself, and I’m gonna sell this small gun to you." And ever since then, he’s been keeping the big guns, and selling the small guns. So everybody’s got guns but none as big as him. And I’m through with it. I’m blind in one eye from Vietnam. If you want to die for this garbage game, that’s your fault. I’m through."
- 3 weeks ago
I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime.
Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards
why is Brando remembered as being crazy instead of being ahead of his time?
(via thebicker)Source: brandomarlons
- 3 weeks ago
this should be taught in school
the 369th infantry regiment
The 369th. Nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters, (The Germans named them Hellfighters because they fought like hell, never lost ground and never had any men captured. One third of the 369th died in combat). were the first all-black regiment to fight in World War I. Even before they left for duty, the Hellfighters had to endure the racist taunts, jeers and violent attacks from their fellow white soldiers on the Camp Whitman base. The regiment had arrived in France in early 1918 and was trained for several months in French military camps. By May they were fighting on the Front lines, where they spent the next six months— longer than any other American unit during the war. The entire unit was given the distinguished Croix de Guerre by the French national government for their service.
But their heroism and valor were never recognized back home.
Despite the sacrifices and courage displayed by African American soldiers during the war, they nevertheless encountered a virulent backlash of white racism upon their return to the United States. A number of newly discharged soldiers- still wearing their uniforms- were lynched by white mobs. The post-war landscape was rife with racial and economic tension. The demobilization of the troops was met with severe and rising inflation and unemployment. At the war’s end, approximately 9 million people were employed in industries pertaining to the overseas effort. The war effort had provided openings for the migration of blacks into urban manufacturing jobs, but with the war’s end job scarcity fueled the notion among working class white workers that blacks were taking their places in the labor force.
Racial violence erupted in the summer of 1919, in what Harlem Renaissance poet and intellectual James Weldon Johnson would call “Red Summer.” On 27 July, in the Northern city of Chicago, Eugene Williams was drowned by white swimmers who threw rocks at the young African American boy for swimming too close to a white beach. The black community was outraged after police refused to arrest those responsible for Williams’ death. Rioting erupted throughout the city, and for the next five days, black neighborhoods were the sites of terror, burning and lynching. By the beginning of August, the city lay in disrepair, 38 dead, 500 injured, and over 1,000 black people homeless.
The fear of organized black labor was the catalyst for more racial violence and terror in Elaine, Arkansas. In early October, as black farmers and sharecroppers met to organize a union, a white mob swarmed down upon them in attempts to break up the meeting. The violence that ensued left over 100 black farmers dead and their farms destroyed. Throughout the South, independent black farmers and unions became the targets of racist violence and lynching.
Throughout the summer and fall, 24 other race riots erupted within American cities, all instigated by white acts of violence. In the Washington, D.C. riots, whites were shocked to find that black urbanites quickly organized collective resistance and militantly stood their ground. Indeed the war had meant something to black Americans; it meant that if they were to support the fight for democracy abroad, they would wage one for equality at home.
-Amistad Digital Resource
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- 3 weeks ago
On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world.
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of racism, a sinister force that had led children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Here she is, age 70, still absolutely elegant and poised.
she deserves to be re-blogged.
she’s so goddamned inspirational
this makes me want to cry
you ever think the people who don’t believe in reparations do so because they realize that as soon as we start paying damages for racism we’ll never stop?
this woman wasn’t a “slave” but she was subject to horrific, sanctioned abuse because WHOA her skin wasn’t the same color as the other children.
she deserves more than gratitude and reblogs, she deserves official apologies and a check. And she’s not alone.
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- 4 weeks ago
- 1 month ago
"Because [he/she/you] are a foreigner" I’m getting real tired of hearing that, especially at work.
Sensei pulled out this chestnut TWICE today and it pissed me off both times.
First time it happened, I was doing gestures for the class so the kids would guess which sport I was playing. She showed me the “sumo” card and instantly started giggling.
"Here’s something you should all know," she told the class in Japanese. "Feit-sensei…well, he’s a foreigner so I don’t know…"
RAGE POINT ONE: I guarantee I know more about sumo than every kid in that classroom. I’ve been watching sumo since before these kids were even born. Baseball and soccer are Japan’s favorite sports now, sumo doesn’t even scratch the top 10.
RAGE POINT TWO: the best sumo wrestlers are all foreigners. There hasn’t been a Japanese yokozuna (the top rank of wrestlers) in over a decade. Which, frankly, proves I know more about sumo than the lady who’s belittling my sumo knowledge.
In the very next period, we were doing quizzes. I drew a map of Japan on the chalkboard and highlighted the northeast area. I said “North, east” to punctuate each direction in the hope of communicating my meaning.
Sensei, ever the enthusiastic helper, said (in Japanese) “Oh, he’s referring to the Tokyo area.” Which isn’t the case at all. When I explained that, drawing a dot where Tokyo would be on my map, she said to herself (yet loud enough for me to hear) “nevermind, you’re a foreigner” before moving on.
I am not an expert artist, but I can draw Japan. I know where fucking Tokyo is. But her mistake turned into an opportunity to make me look like an idiot.
I know these are little things. Microaggressions. It’s not like I’m being pelted with racial slurs and sent to sit in the back of the bus. But it’s still racist and bullshit and most of all, it’s rude.
What are my options here? Can I possibly explain to her how insulting this is? Because the whole point of having me in the classroom, in my opinion, is to encourage the kids to learn from and interact with a non-Japanese person. These kids live in the sticks, I’m probably the first foreign face they’ve ever seen outside of television. And I’ve been working in this town for seven years, which means I’ve been going to their school longer than they have.
Can I please be afforded a micron of respect? Is it too much to ask that teachers avoid making broad assumptions about me so as not to “other” me in front of the kids? Because these kids are already getting a steady diet of that on television every night, to say nothing of any biases their parents or grandparents might have.
I can’t fight the children’s prejudice and adults’ prejudices at the same time. You want to help me teach the kids, teach them I’m not a stranger. We can talk about differences in culture, just don’t insult my intelligence. Don’t ask me questions and hold my answers aloft as proof that everyone is different from Japanese people. If you can’t manage that, I’d rather teach classes alone and deal with the headaches later.