She woke up like she did every day: slowly pulling her motorcycle helmet off, then shaking her head slowly back and forth to reveal a long, blonde ponytail. Everyone gasped. “That’s right,” she said, kicking the winning football goal before sliding into a sheer, sexy camisole under a blazer and playing as hard as she worked, “I’ve been a girl this whole time.” One of the guys, the real sexy one, shook his head in slow motion, as if to say “wh-wh-wh-whaaat?” You know the kind. His mouth was kind of open while he did it. He was totally blown away.
She walked off the field, and she knew everyone was looking at her butt, and she totally loved it. “Sorry, boys,” she called out over her super-sexy shoulder. She always called men boys, because she knew what gender was. Now she was carrying a briefcase and wearing a pencil skirt and sex glasses. She was at law.
“Your Honor,” she said, and the Honor paid attention, “I’d like to win this case,” and she totally did, she totally beat that busted-looking male lawyer who had the mushy face and wore suits that didn’t fit. She gave a little fist-pump, because even though she’s tough, she’s still relatable. “Girl power,” she said, high-fiving her curly-haired friend, who had just appeared behind her.
“Girl, you need a drink,” her curly-haired friend said, “and I need a man.” She laughed because her curly-haired friend didn’t really get it yet, but she was getting there…
I want to be naked in your arms
to kiss you without shrapnel falling
but when I saw you I knew loving you
would be too much a war
bombs exploding under our skins
from different continents
We can see exactly how each other
has been broken
but when we love
we want to remember
what has stayed whole.
I would be too naked in your arms
to kiss you without shrapnel falling
Not only did Hollywood ignore black cowboys, it plundered their real stories as material for some of its films.
The Lone Ranger, for example, is believed to have been inspired by Bass Reeves, a black lawman who used disguises, had a Native American sidekick and went through his whole career without being shot.
The 1956 John Ford film The Searchers, based on Alan Le May’s novel, was partly inspired by the exploits of Brit Johnson, a black cowboy whose wife and children were captured by the Comanches in 1865. In the film, John Wayne plays as a Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his niece who has been abducted by Indians.
'If something is not in the popular imagination, it does not exist,' says Searles.
But why did Hollywood choose to so misrepresent the true racial diversity of the West?
'The American West is often considered the birthplace of America, where Americans were distinct from their European counterparts,' says Searles.
'The West was where white men were able to show their courage. But if a black man could be heroic and have all the attributes that you give to the best qualities in men, then how was it possible to treat a black man as subservient or as a non-person?'
maybe i’m a goddamn bleeding heart hippie liberal but i’m totally down with paying an extra .50 cents for a thing of fries if the person who makes me those fries doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to survive.
The strongest ‘pound for pound’ muscle is the uterus: it weighs around 2 pounds but during childbirth can exert a downward force of 400 Newtons, which is one hundred times as strong as gravity and equivalent to the power in a fully extended modern longbow.
in the library with my friend liz, when my roommate mentions the difference between "real asians" and the kind of asian Liz was. I stood up for Liz and told this chick how offensive that was but later thought that I wasn't standing UP for Liz but standing IN FRONT of her you know? making her issue my issue instead. She said "thanks" but how would you personally view a white person standing against racism like that? I thought it was WITH her at the time but maybe I was just in the way
the appropriate response is to say how offensive it is to you. harmful language is not only damaging to people of color; white people should be offended by racist comments. you do not need to speak up for her or stand up for her or act with the intent to come off like a hero. even if she never said thank you, you should speak up because that kind of talk is inappropriate.
she may have thanked you any way, but the way to not come off as a white savior is not to act like one. you correct people because they are wrong, not because you want to save someone.
also, PoC do not have an obligation to speak up. for many reasons, people of color will keep their mouth shut if they hear someone saying something offensive. they may not have the energy to fight every time. they also might fear their safety. they may also just not want to make things awkward. you speaking up shows that you are willing to use your voice and position of privilege to create a safer space for someone else. so you speak up to create a space that is comfortable, maybe for yourself but also because racist comments should make you uncomfortable. that you end up helping a friend is just an added plus, because even if she wasn’t there you would have spoken up anyway
“Changing the way we talk is not political correctness run amok. It reflects an admirable willingness to acknowledge others who once were barely visible to the dominant culture, and to recognize that something that may seem innocent to you may be painful to others.”—David Plotz (via thatkindofwoman)