Pulled from WestIndians.tumblr.com:-

The way that racism operates aesthetically is to neglect or, in extreme cases, erase whoever is not white. In the 1950s, for example, Kodak measured and calibrated skin tones in still photography using a reference card featuring “Shirley,” a white model dressed in high-contrast clothing. Ultimately, Shirley ended up being the standard for image processing in North American photography labs. It didn’t matter if the photo in question contained entirely black people; Shirley’s complexion was still treated as the ideal.

Kodak’s film was so bad at capturing the different hues and saturations of black skin that when director Jean Luc Godard was sent on an assignment to Mozambique in 1977, he flat-out refused to use Kodak on the grounds that its stock was “racist.” Only when the candy and furniture industries began complaining that they couldn’t accurately shoot dark chocolate and brown wood furniture did Kodak start to improve its technology.

— Morgan Jerkins, The Quiet Racism of Instagram Filters

TESTIFY… “Race, Colonialism, and the Women of color in Mad Max Fury Road.”

@fangirlJeanne‘s  “Race, Colonialism, and the Women of color in Mad Max Fury Road.


And as for feminism, this is not the first time this has happened. When Girls came out, minority women were expected to ignore the show having an all white cast because it was written and directed by Lena Dunham. And anyone who dared to not ignore this issue was considered “non progressive”. This is why I don’t identity as feminist. Because this is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable for these huge steps for feminism to not include people of color. And if you’re white and telling people to get over it, you’re a part of the fucking problem.

But then @fangirlJeanne adds her 2 cents; perfect points, those:-

There are THREE women of color in Mad Max Fury Road. Zoe Kravitz (which you already listed), but also Courtney Eaton and Megan Gale. Eaton and Gale are biracial Maori women.The presence of Polynesian women in this film and a fictional future are incredibly important on multiple levels…What’s important about the location and the presence of Polyneisan women within this future world is how their very roles reflect the history of colonialism in the Pacific region…While Zoe/Toast is biracial black and Ashkenzai jew, she (too) represents an aspect of WOC’s journey through white supremacy and colonialism which was the driving force behind the trans-atlantic slave trade… Also there ARE other people of color in the film, though by virtue of the dominate culture in the film being literally white male supremacy, the only men of color we see are in the lowest cast of society. Not uncommon in colonialism either, given how white men see MOC as a threat to their power and masculinity…

Read on.


Just like the rest of the world, we get pretty giddy whenever Vogue unveils its new cover girl each month.

Uh, no. Never head the pleasure. That’s a pretty huge assumption on their part, I think, and pretty indicative that they don’t have a default inclusive worldview. Maybe it’s because I’m a POC (person of colour), that I don’t get all giddy over white chicks, or other demographics I just don’t fit into that Vogue is supposed to appeal to. Am I supposed to get giddy over magazine covers?

Naturally, we were pretty happy to see Claire Danes‘ tough, yet beautiful, face staring back at us on the August 2013 issue yesterday.

No, I wasn’t. Not since she made that kinda-racist comment around the time of making Brokedown Palace. You remember that, right?


Just a thought.

When my worlds collide…

I started in Nick Mamatas’ twitter today, saw something unfortunate (to add to the “Bitch from Worldcon” post I saw earlier in the week, James May’s take on white privilege) NO. *NOT* linking. Ew.

But. Silver lining time. Saw Scalzi’s post because it was linked.

I’ll let others articulate the obvious, and use a mallet to that effect, and I’m not fangirl squeeing here.

A year late (and a dollar short?) to Scalzi’s post. But.

When my worlds collide. Say what? He’s designing a game? (here.)

And. Oh. That mallet he’s wielding in his twitter profile makes SOOOO much sense now.

Ok, I lie. I’ll say something. A little thingy. Again, obvious. But, yanno.

Speaking from someone with likely the second highest difficulty setting: It’s Scalzi’s fucking sandbox. *HIS* corner of the ‘net. He PAYS for it. He wants to keep it clean. If it’s dirty, go articulate as such in a manner that’s knife-proof. He wordsmiths for a living. Don’t dither, or be foolhardy, with yours.

Hence. Mallet.


I lie?

Some more food for thought, if the 800+ comments on Scalzi’s post didn’t make u think and entertain you (the mallet thwapping):- http://www.harryjconnolly.com/blog/index.php/four-ways-to-use-your-social-networking-skills-to-build-a-large-community-of-assholes/

Off to hunt food.

(At least I’m not a SOCIAL gamer, according to those stats… Angry Birds? Wassat?)

Didn’t realise the Walking Dead TV show differed so much from the comics…

See, I came to the Walking Dead bandwagon late as it is, having only seen it when they had some marathon going on AMC when the sun was out (so summer sometime or something). Due to a serious case of TV ennui. 500 channels and nothing on and all that.

So I saw this bit lingering about on Afrofuturist Affair’s Twitter feed. Started reading it to see what they had to say.

Ended up getting a major shock.

I’m having the same thoughts about the show as I did when having to be conscious about my being a fan of Mad Men…

Just one of the points to seriously consider in this post:-

Merle knew where Glenn stood on the pyramid of power simply by the fact that he was allowed to remain at the prison and therefore had no problems challenging him.

As is rightly pointed out, no one asked Rick to live with Shane…

And if, like me, you had no idea about Tyrese’s de-… de-everything-ing in the TV version, you’ll be amazed, like the authors were, that the same people who wrote the comics are writing the TV series. Lemme just quote again to show what happened:-

The sad thing is the contrast between the bowing and scraping Tyrese of the TV series and the powerful, capable co-leader from the comics is glaring.

Thats right. Read it again. You read that correctly. I’ll quote yet again:-

He used to join in the decision making, being consulted by Rick; he was actually one of the few characters who did and would check him.


Succinctly, as they said:-

In the comic series Tyreese is a co-leader with Rick. He’s one of the main fighters of the group, he’s one of the people the rest of the group look up to. He is respected, he is honoured, he is a valued and highly contributing member of the group. In many ways he fulfills the role that Shane fulfills in the television series – only without the arseholery that makes us wish for Shane to become a chew toy every episode. Most importantly, Tyreese could be counted upon to share the burden of leadership with Rick, matching him walker kill for walker kill. Tyreese is so skilled that upon being locked in a gym with walkers, her emerges unscathed with scores of kills to his name.

WHAT?! How could they de-… de-everything him so…

So far we have not seen a lot of Tyrese, which, as we said before, is already a big deviation from the comics where he was an integral member of the group since before the survivors even reached the prison or Hershel’s farm…


This delay means Tyrese didn’t join the group when Rick was still accepting of outsiders, willing to share leadership roles and welcome of help; instead he arrives when Rick is paranoid, suspicious and violently hostile. In a desperate attempt to fit in and be accepted, Tyrese goes beyond accommodating and is positively servile. Whatever they need, whatever they want, he bows, he crawls, he begs – desperate and subservient.

Yeah, that’s right. The two-bit POC player in the TV show that you see here, was a Shane, with all the bad parts out.


I dunno how to end this post.

The general deconstruction aside… see what they say about Michonne’s difference as well, not to mention the commentary on T-Dog… that’s enough to make me… reconsider.

I’m crestfallen.

They don’t even really hold out the hope that they’re planning on building him to be a leader like Rick. As they said:- “There can be only one silent Black token!”

Me, I’m still getting over the shock that I had something to be disappointed in.

I could see on my own what they’re saying about about Darryl already, that in comparison to his brother’s “classic” depiction, his subtle racism looks as if it doesn’t exist at all. People can say “Well, lookit Merle, I ain’t racist” and all that tripe.

But, yeah.

I can’t even. I can’t even.