i'm a wildflower
“Seeing race is not the problem. Refusing to care for the people we see is the problem. The fact that the meaning of race may evolve over time or lose much of its significance is hardly a reason to be struck blind. We should hope not for a colorblind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love.”

-Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow 


“I want to taste the glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain, and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and critcizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”
—Sylvia Plath  (via pariswiwe)
“In the original Trek, Khan, with his brown skin, was an Übermensch, intellectually and physically perfect, possessed of such charisma and drive that despite his efforts to gain control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk (and many of the other officers) felt admiration for him.

And that’s why the role has been taken away from actors of colour and given to a white man. Racebending.com has always pointed out that villains are generally played by people with darker skin, and that’s true … unless the villain is one with intelligence, depth, complexity. One who garners sympathy from the audience, or if not sympathy, then — as from Kirk — grudging admiration. What this new Trek movie tells us, what JJ Abrams is telling us, is that no brown-skinned man can accomplish all that. That only by having Khan played by a white actor can the audience engage with and feel for him, believe that he’s smart and capable and a match for our Enterprise crew.”

Marissa Sammy on Star Trek: Into Whiteness.

perfect commentary which parallels what Rawles was saying earlier about the possibility of Moriarty being a person of color

  • “…The actual issue is that black people aren’t often allowed to play full and complete characters, and an antagonist who isn’t unintelligent, thuggish cannon fodder is just as much of a rarity for black men as the stubbly hero who saves the world or wtfever. “
  • “…The stereotype in no way intersects with brilliant geniuses who choose to step outside of the boundaries of society in order to exercise their intellect while having no concern for lesser beings.

    Or to break it down further: the problematic stereotype regarding black people is that of being, in essence, subhuman. Characters of the Moriarty (and Holmes) archetype are rooted in being superhuman.”

You see? It’s more complicated than “people of color get typecast as villains.”

Black people get typecast as an extremely specific type of villain - they’re thugs, brutish and animalistic. South Asian actors are similarly typecast as scary oppressive (usually coded Muslim) terrorists.

But when your villain is of the superhuman archetype? When they’re brooding antiheroes, when they’re nuanced, when they’re multi-faceted?

They’re white.

(And check out this post on the glorification of white criminality in shows like Dexter, Breaking Bad, Weeds, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, etc.)



In reviewing The Punk Singer, Laina Dawes presents a thoughtful and relevant critique of riot grrls and race.  I have generally felt empowered and inspired by the Riot Grrrl scene — but this article provided a different, more critical perspective of a movement I, being born a good 15 years too late, have only been able to look at through the lens of hindsight.

I think that for the women of my generation, those of us following Gen X and scenes like the riot grrls…we have the torch now. & there’s a lot the riot grrrl scene can teach us — one of my favourite things is that they are angry and not afraid or ashamed of it. In the intro to “Double Dare Ya,” there’s this strong, self-assured holler: We’re Bikini Kill and we want revolution girl style now! 

We want revolution. Anger at society is still righteous. We still need to challenge bullshit -isms, from feminism to capitalism, and racism and clasism and the list goes on. We still need to do it by supporting each other, working together, and creating our own alternatives and validating each other. Those are all bits of the riot grrrl manifesto and critiques from Laina Dawes and Mimi Thi Nguyen tell us they didn’t get it quite right, but also tells us we can hopefully learn from mistakes. We can learn as much from the criqitues as we can the movement itself.

In the end, feminism that isn’t inclusive of all women, that puts privilege and ego above sisterhood, that doesn’t take into accounts the lives and experiences of wcacross boundaries of class, ethnicity, race, body type, age, etc, a feminism that can’t listen or learn… then that’s feminism that needs refining. 

BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.


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