Trapped in A World He Never Made!

cmykaffir:

3 Ways to Speak English.

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”


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yungmethuselah:

If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.

I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.

🙌thissss

Also, for many white people activism (and interacting with or professing care for people outside of their race in general) is tied with immaturity.  For them it’s often just a pit stop on the way to embracing the system and adopting the same ideals as their parents.  

It’s something they “do” in their teens and early twenties to be different, to be noticed, to feel superior, to feel significant, to show that they’re an independent thinker and their own person.  Knowing the ins and outs of an issue isn’t really as important as “finding their voice” and the point is to be as loud and annoying to “the establishment” (Their parents) as possible to show they’ve grown up.  In this effort they often change causes more often than underwear without accomplishing much.

Deep down they know they’re full of shit and so do their parents, which is why they put up with it up to a point. (The quote  ”If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” really comes into play here. This is the standard progression for white people who have no “skin in the game”.)  

Young white liberals become white conservatives (or “moderates” as they now prefer to call themselves) either when they get a job or have kids and they no longer need something artificial and foreign to them to give them a sense of purpose and importance OR when their repeated half-assed attempts at playing white savior are met with genuine criticism by the people they’re talking over and not helping.  At that point they decide that “I’ve done all this for ‘these people’ and it’s not enough — I guess the stereotypes were right.”

SO…  I think when white people see people of color and other oppressed groups advocating for themselves on Tumblr, Twitter and elsewhere online, they project their experiences onto others.  For them “tumblr activism” is like their activism phase… something you can throw off and on at a whim and which doesn’t really affect you.  They may have patience at hearing about oppression at first but after a while they get bored with it and want you to move on… to grow up… and grow out of it… like they did.

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twiststreet:

"Lucy" or "The People Who Made this Movie Only Used 10% of Their Brains" (2014): Scarlett Johannesburg plays a lady who doesn’t exhibit emotions and talks in a dull, persistent monotone, or in another words, “the role she was born to play."  I don’t really enjoy her actings, but here at least, she doesn’t actually even try to play a recognizable human being, so it’s at least not another Don John situation…?  Anyways, this movie is about the scary science fiction concept of a “woman with a fully functioning brain" …?  Terrifying.  (How is the premise of this movie “empowering”???  I don’t know— it just seems like there’s something NOT OKAY about the whole “what if a lady used her brain all men would have to hide" premise.  It’s very "strong female character", that The Ultimate Woman is basically autistic, instead of, like, recognizably feminine…?  I don’t know— seemed, like, kinda gross).
She has to interact with Asian Men who are just, like, cartoonishly evil and either/or sexless or rapists.  (Until she meets a French guy who she immediately starts making out with…?).  But I mean, Luc Besson was impregnating 15-year olds when he was in his 30’s so “his movie wasn’t cool to Asians" isn’t really high-up on his list of bad behavior.  And either way, some of his early stuff before he decided he wanted to be the French Robert Rodriguez is pretty decent.
Anyways, this was a pretty fun time at the movies.  I don’t think there’s a human being on Earth who can say “I went in with really high expectations and it didn’t meet them" about this movie— I think we all knew what he walked into on this one.  It’s 80 minutes of snickering at a movie— I don’t remember having snickered as much at a movie in recent memory, and I don’t remember the people around me laughing AT a movie as much.  It’s pretty, pretty dumb.  But he at least seemed to have fun with it, Besson.  There’s some fun stuff early on with how he edits things together— like, I’m curious how much of the first half of the movie he found in the editing room and how much the way he edited it all together was why he wanted to make the movie to begin with…?  He has Morgan Freeman (playing his signature role of "Morgan Freeman wanted some money”, the #1 role of his career) giving the goddamn dumbest lecture I’ve ever heard (total gibberish) for a half hour before his character figures into the plot— and just splices the lecture through scenes of Asian People Being Awful…?  I found that pretty fun.  
None of it works— the movie has no stakes; the bad guys present no legitimate threat (and exist for no discernible reason past a certain point); the parts I think the movie wanted to be “Trippy” are all generic while the parts that I think would have been fine being generic are actually done more creatively; action is okay, but weightless.  But I don’t know— I had a good time laughing at it at least.  It was pretty and dumb and kind of laughably impressed with itself.  Hating it would be like hating Mario Lopez.  I mean, who hates Mario Lopez??  What kind of weirdo is like, “That Mario Lopez rubs me the wrong way I’ve thought about him a lot and you know what people don’t get is blah blah blah”?   That’s just not a healthy way to be, brother.

twiststreet:

"Lucy" or "The People Who Made this Movie Only Used 10% of Their Brains" (2014): Scarlett Johannesburg plays a lady who doesn’t exhibit emotions and talks in a dull, persistent monotone, or in another words, “the role she was born to play."  I don’t really enjoy her actings, but here at least, she doesn’t actually even try to play a recognizable human being, so it’s at least not another Don John situation…?  Anyways, this movie is about the scary science fiction concept of a “woman with a fully functioning brain" …?  Terrifying.  (How is the premise of this movie “empowering”???  I don’t know— it just seems like there’s something NOT OKAY about the whole “what if a lady used her brain all men would have to hide" premise.  It’s very "strong female character", that The Ultimate Woman is basically autistic, instead of, like, recognizably feminine…?  I don’t know— seemed, like, kinda gross).

She has to interact with Asian Men who are just, like, cartoonishly evil and either/or sexless or rapists.  (Until she meets a French guy who she immediately starts making out with…?).  But I mean, Luc Besson was impregnating 15-year olds when he was in his 30’s so “his movie wasn’t cool to Asians" isn’t really high-up on his list of bad behavior.  And either way, some of his early stuff before he decided he wanted to be the French Robert Rodriguez is pretty decent.

Anyways, this was a pretty fun time at the movies.  I don’t think there’s a human being on Earth who can say “I went in with really high expectations and it didn’t meet them" about this movie— I think we all knew what he walked into on this one.  It’s 80 minutes of snickering at a movie— I don’t remember having snickered as much at a movie in recent memory, and I don’t remember the people around me laughing AT a movie as much.  It’s pretty, pretty dumb.  But he at least seemed to have fun with it, Besson.  There’s some fun stuff early on with how he edits things together— like, I’m curious how much of the first half of the movie he found in the editing room and how much the way he edited it all together was why he wanted to make the movie to begin with…?  He has Morgan Freeman (playing his signature role of "Morgan Freeman wanted some money”, the #1 role of his career) giving the goddamn dumbest lecture I’ve ever heard (total gibberish) for a half hour before his character figures into the plot— and just splices the lecture through scenes of Asian People Being Awful…?  I found that pretty fun.  

None of it works— the movie has no stakes; the bad guys present no legitimate threat (and exist for no discernible reason past a certain point); the parts I think the movie wanted to be “Trippy” are all generic while the parts that I think would have been fine being generic are actually done more creatively; action is okay, but weightless.  But I don’t know— I had a good time laughing at it at least.  It was pretty and dumb and kind of laughably impressed with itself.  Hating it would be like hating Mario Lopez.  I mean, who hates Mario Lopez??  What kind of weirdo is like, “That Mario Lopez rubs me the wrong way I’ve thought about him a lot and you know what people don’t get is blah blah blah”?   That’s just not a healthy way to be, brother.