Thursday, May 12, 2016

Feminist or white feminist

In her acceptance speech at the Oscars Patricia Arquette made a impassioned plea for civil rights and equality for woman.
"It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now"
She got in a little trouble for her speech with the internet being the way it is and people listening even closer. They claimed she was only advocating for white woman, later she clarified that's not what she meant. Looking back on the history of feminism in this country her words are exactly what she meant and in line with American feminism. A quote attributed to Susan B Anthony is:
"I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ask for the ballot for the Negro and not for the woman"
Not to say Anthony wasn't a friend of the negro she was a anti slave voice even at the age of 17 and was a agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. The American feminist movement has by and large been a movement for white women by white women. The black feminist has battled on two fronts, the specter of racism and sexism while white feminist have only battled sexism.

Look at any picture of feminist parades and you will mostly see black woman if present in the back.
Understandably people of color have had to worry about racism first and were and still seen as a monolithic group but each "minority group" is made up of men and women. The next time a feminist talks of women ponder whether they mean all women or just white woman

Thursday, April 21, 2016

purple rain

its with sad news I say Prince has died. The musical royalty of purple was found dead in his home at paisley park. Another great gone too soon at 57. Of course we all know his hits like Purple Rain from the Grammy and Oscar winning album of the same name. we have countless hits too many to name-1999, little red corvette, sign of the times, kiss, raspberry beret to name a few. In later years his popularity had waned with new songs but the older songs were always popular. rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Japanese anime characters white and japanese





whenever you see a anime the characters look white..white hair, white eyes, white features. Obviously they are white..right? The answer is not so simple. Japanese anime can be traced back to Osamu Tezuka creator of  Astro Boy. when asked why his characters don't have Asian eyes he said that he was influenced by Disney cartoons so he made the characters have big round eyes like Disney characters.


This explanation would suffice if not for other features most common to white people like multiple colors of hair and pointed noises and colored eyes. The characters have Asian names and live in japan but are clearly white. Don't say white people don't have green or purple hair...with hair ranging from black to brown, red and blond is green and purple really that much of a stretch? There are characters that are clearly Asian but in the popular cartoons they are few and far between. Akira is the exception where characters appear to be Asian and white together.


Recently there was a uproar over Scarlet Johnson being tapped to play the heroine of the popular anime Ghost In The Shell. Although I can understand people wanting the character to be played by a Asian actress they are misinformed. The character has a Japanese name, lives in japan but is drawn white.


Confusion ensues when certain characters look white but also have features and hairstyles that could be Japanese.