"This is not a post-racial world.
Pretending that these problems are not still a very real part of people's lives is not helpful; it doesn't solve the problem, it just makes people feel better about themselves when there isn't anything to feel especially good about yet. It's sort of like changing your twitter icon to green for the Iranian election protests, or changing your Facebook profile pic to a cartoon character to prevent child abuse. "Slacktivism" is the term. Race may not matter to you personally, but I imagine you aren't blind to it either. There is nothing gained by pretending race doesn't matter to other people except complacence."
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One of the most intriguing quotes I have come by so far during my time on dA. On a side note, why is racism generally portrayed as black and white...where's the yellow
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Please take a moment to leave a friendly post on their sites letting them know why racism is wrong.
This makes me so mad and upset.
Trigger warning about vile racist behavior of known troublemaker account Crescendodragon (known associate of racist attack account Khai2000)
Devout racist and antisemitic Crescendodragon, a deviant with membership to a group that proudly dispays the Confederate Flag attacks innocent Asian boy Xhe99.
CRESCENDODRAGON's latest attac
"xhe's absolute cow shit."
A distraught and terribly shaken Xhe99 responds
"Why? I don't know why this bad person target me because the color of my skin. This Crescendodragon frighten me with his violence behavior to me. He not friendly and kind to people like I was taught to be in my small village"
But this brings me to something else entirely. Is being racially aware automaticly make you bad? All of the races and nationalities have unique cultures, diverse languages, interesting quirks, and different medical requirements. You definitely do not want a racially blind doctor because there are sicknesses that hit Native Americans harder then anyone else, different blood compositions in Africans, Asians have different dietary needs, caucasians have odd reactions to sunlight. Racial blindness means we ignore culture and take people for their actions instead of their appearance. There has to be a decent middle ground here.
Slacktivism is something I personally hate.. I also hate the notion that every little thing requires my compassion. I have enough crisis in my life to care about something I can't even effect. Life is hard and beautiful. It is intolerable and amazing. Earthquakes are going to happen and so are miracles.
I think the point I was trying to make back then was that you have to be racially aware but remain unbiased. If you are a doctor, you need to know that an African descended patient will require different medical treatments than a native american patient. But, on the other hand, A teacher can and should teach an asian descended student the same as a caucasian descended student.
Racism is such a real thing, and people ignore it.
What I love, when people claim not to be racist, they then name all their friends of other race.
It just amuses me.
Thank you for sharing your art!
When I made that comment, the SJW movement wasn't as prominent in everyday life as it currently is (unless you were a tumblr regular). People are generally more open about race now than they were years ago, and from MY standpoint (my race, class, job, etc), it's not something I encounter. I've always worked in teams that were racially diverse, and race rarely came up as an issue for anything. (Except all of us being called racist for not liking Kanye West....sigh.) With the shootings hitting mainstream media and causing outrages, it is less ignored now because it is SEEN now. It's not something that only involved people see, it's something everyone sees because of the news/social media, etc.
I didn't mean ignore as in ignoring race/treating people equally. I meant ignore the issue. And people still do. People (see: racists) don't want to change. They don't want to see other colored people as people and treat them as such, so they ignore that there is an issue and claim everything is fine as it is.
I also never said it was a healthy mentality. I think it is a very very very unhealthy way of thinking, and I also think its unfair to paint americans as all racist people. Look at the current election going on. Yes, a lot of people are voting cheering for Trump, but a lot of people are also voting for Bernie, OUTRAGED at the racism Trump spews. A LOT of Americans want a racism-free country. It's also unfair into say "especially Americans" when other counties are very racist as well.
I don't know if you're starting an argument with me, or just misunderstood my meaning on a comment I made in 2011 - but we're on the same side here. Racism is uncalled for, unfair, and just disgusting and it needs to end. Complaining to people in the comments of this photo aren't going to change anything. Go out and do something. Slacktivism won't solve racism.
Great concept and manip, Jean.