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[IBARW] linkdump

[info]delux_vivens wrote:
So I think everyone should read saskaia's posts on the damage caused by pretendians and her shout out to cinnamon bearclaws.

My ibarw post for the day is one I wrote recently about women of color being told to 'stand together' with white feminists (yet again).
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veejane wrote:
I started a research project last summer, which I'm still working on, about the American West. Among other things I was trying to do was track down black men and women who went west -- when, how, where they ended up, what they did. It seemed to me, suddenly on reading a detail, that I'd never wondered, and never particularly learned, about the immigrants to the West who weren't white, especially in the early periods, before most western movies take place. So I went looking.
I've seen scrollgirl's posts on fandom's treatment of the canonical racism of one character in Magnificent Seven, but I've never seen that show and only had a vague sense of when/where it was set, so it didn't contribute to a real consciousness on my part that yes, there were in fact people of African descent in the American frontier West.

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mycolorfulheart writes:
.:. If you ever want to get a good feel for where you fit in today's society, pay attention to the commercials you see. On television, on the street, on the radio, everywhere. You will see many ads that feature POC in a service position helping whites. Occasionally this dynamic is reversed, but usually only in a situation where the service job is a skilled job. For instance, a white doctor or lawyer helping a POC customer.

.::. Take a second look at your favorite book or movie. Who is the protagonist? Who is the enemy? Who is a 3 dimensional, relatable character and who is a 2 dimensional facade? Who is seen as scary? Who is innocent and pure? Who dies in a horrific manner? Who is dehumanized in some way? If there is a criminal, does (s)he follow the pattern of
'nonskilled crime' - mugging, other types of theft, having a band of colleagues which are kind of bumbling, POC
and,
'skilled crime' - committing thought out heists, a serial killer that is just so interesting, a child molester that had a horrible childhood himself, an individual (either by themselves or standing out from their colleagues), white
?
brown_betty, in commenting on a post by Charles Stross about the Bechdel Test, asks, "What is the last work you remember that had more than one character of colour talking to each other about something other than the (white) protagonist?"

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[info]fickle_goddess points out, "Quick, friendly tip to anyone out there thinking of writing a Character of Color: Don't constantly bring up their skin color for no reason except to prove it's a CoC."

From IBARW: Race and Racism in Fantasy Fiction  (a PublishersWeekly.com blogpost by rosefox):
While reading Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet (or rather, the first three volumes of it, since the fourth isn't out yet), I was struck by the presence of a character type I rarely see: the merchant who has made his home in a distant country and is respected reasonably well as a businessman even if he isn't fully fluent in the language and looks like a foreigner. In real life, I encounter hundreds of people like this. Why are they so unusual in epic/heroic/high fantasy? More often, you see unquestioned isolationism that leads very quickly to unquestioned suspicion, hatred, and violence between cultures. In order for that degree of strict cultural distance to be maintained, pretty much every fantasy country would have to be run like North Korea, and even then you would still get diplomatic missions and intermarriage and international students and smuggling and so forth. Instead you get theoretically relaxed, open societies where it just happens that none of those funny-looking people from the next kingdom over have ever even thought about coming across the border to, say, start a restaurant or an import/export business, or even to do a bit of shopping. There might still be suspicion, hatred, and violence, but at least it would have some degree of nuance, instead of being predicated on the wholly unlikely notion of happenstance separatism.
From Pirates of the Caribbean: The Tia Dalma conflict by shadowfae:
I remember writer Erica Jong said, after doing research for her erotic pirate fiction Fanny Hackabout Jones, that she was surprised to learn just how integrated pirate "society" actually was. Many pirates participated in the enslavement of Africans, trafficking human beings along with spices, rum and other sugar-based exports from the British triangle trade. But others raided slave ships and, instead of just stealing the sugar-based exports for resale, also freed the enslaved Africans on board, welcoming them on their pirate ships as high ranking crewmen. Pirates were thieves ... but most history (and even fiction) never tells you that one of the reasons pirates were hated so much was because of their threat to slave cargo. The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy ignores this important point, too. Enslavement and the life of piracy were intricately connected.
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Other links:

IBARW: Let's Not Talk About It - Being Black in Canada (by [info]troubleinchina)

Better than nothing: on the lowered expectations of a lifetime lived on media crumbs [IBARW3] (by smillaraaq) about growing up American Indian in Hawai'i c.1972

american history is not always two-sided (by nextian) some powerful stories

Nationwide is sort of on the side of African-Americans now, too [on TheHathorLegacy.com]


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Please tell me this isn't true:

Five year old Adriel Arocha is being blocked from attending school in a Houston-area school district.

The reason?

As an Apache, he has long hair that he has been growing in his Native cultural tradition that “violates” this school’s dress code rules.

-http://www.racialicious.com/2008/07/28/denied-kindergarten-for-being-native/
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PotC 2: Dead Man's Chest (2006) [2007-05-23]

I'm reluctant to see movies in theatres, and I heard such mixed things about PotC 2 (as well as that it ended with a total set-up for the third movie), so I opted to wait for it to come out on video. After Thanksgiving I put in an ILL request. It still hasn't arrived. So when Trelawney sent out an invite to see Pirates 3, I broke down and bought a copy at Newbury Comics. I do really like getting to talk about stuff with people, and I'd heard good things about the third movie, so it seemed worth it. (I mentioned to Trelawney on our drive to the theater that I had seen Pirates 2 for the first time last week when I bought it, and she was surprised that I hadn't just rented it. Honestly, that option hadn't even occurred to me so foreign is to my way of functioning. What I said was that I didn't even know where a nearby video rental place was, so I would have to track one down and go and get a membership, so it was worth it to me to just pick up a copy from a place I walk by every day.)

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Boston

on the serious up-and-up

from today's Metro, page 2: "After 80 years as the Ritz-Carlton, the famous hotel on Arlington Street will be changing its name to the Taj today."
I am upset to an irrational degree by this. (I think I'm just attached to being able to say, "tea at the Ritz.")

Via a mishearing with Alyssa, I learned that there is Toad as well as Toast.

Today I ordered three bottles of Vampire Wine (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon) and looked at coffee tables on Target.com as well as evite card designs.

paper_crystals got to be the first of my non-work people to meet Eric. And it was a fun lunch generally. Complete with my threatening to make out with Eric. It began with me saying to him: "Did you just stick your tongue out at me? Do that again and I'll grab it right out of your mouth." (And going to get lunch, Nicole saw me and said she'd heard I was having a rough day and bought me some of this plantain banana thing from the dessert table. It had cinnamon! I totally didn't realize that until I opened it up. It also has coconut, sliced almonds, and blueberries -- which is all yummy and good, but the cinnamon is for the win.)

I have mad love for the PotC: 3 promo pics (via penknife). I am now officially excited for the movie. May 25, huh? I still need to see the second movie (am on the ILL list).
I think I may need to revamp my "cubicle" decorations. I still have to put up a new Allie art [well, less-new by now, I suppose], plus I have these.

Plus, Jonah loves me more than a feminist loves Margaret Atwood. And I got Oryx and Crake from the library yesterday.