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medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

peopleofcolorinlove:

Feature films, independent films, short films, and yes even B films. This masterpost has been created to showcase the stories of people of color, who love, laugh, cry, and kick ass. This is by no means the end all list of movies featuring people of color, there are thousands of great films out there, this is just a snippet of films found for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.

.D R A M A S.

.R O M C O M S.

.D R A M A D I E S.

.R O M A N C E.

.A C T I O N/.T H R I L L E R.

.L G B T  F I L M S.

.S H O R T S.

.A N I M AT I O N.

(via jessieestey)

gradientlair:

Plagiarism itself is common of course, and anyone can engage in it. But when it comes to feminist/progressive writing by women of colour, a very specific type of plagiarism is common. It is top down. It is often done by people with privilege if not privilege and power via the support of institutions such as the mainstream media or the academe. And even when they do not have the support of such institutions, White privilege alone is enough for them to be belligerent and feel entitled to the content while demanding “niceness” from those they’ve taken from. Many Whites engage in tone policing while they are being abusive.

Black women especially experience this type of plagiarism (as I mentioned in Exploitation of Black Women’s Labor…In The Name of Feminism or Justice? Please.) as much of what shapes feminist politics has a Black woman’s work as origin. (I am plagiarized multiple times per week without fail and have mentioned this before in I Could Not Be Any More Tired Of Academia And I Am Not Even A Part Of It.) Black women’s epistemology and Black culture in general are always treated as a picking place for vultures who simultaneously want to use our every expression while not only refusing to cite us but also discrediting us and straight up insulting us. The entitlement to consumption and exploitation of Black culture has a long history where Black cultural production and Black bodies themselves are viewed as products open for a White market at will. Even non-Black people of colour do this to Black people by using this knowledge while being anti-Black, yet many times cannot describe their experiences without this knowledge. Non-Black people of colour can be perpetrators of the exploitation of the cultural production of Black people and not feel accountability is necessary for the same reasons that Whites do. But Whites also engage in this exploitation against other people of colour. Many women of colour, Black and otherwise, have to deal with White plagiarists and the stages of plagiarism. 

By the stages, I mean the common pattern of behavior when Whites are confronted about their plagiarism of women of colour:

  1. They deny that the plagiarism has occurred, even when it is obvious and blatant and other people notice it as well.
  2. They claim that the woman of colour that they plagiarized should be flattered to even be thought “worthy” enough to “deserve” to be plagiarized by someone White. They suggest that plagiarism is “appreciation” yet to actually appreciate someone is to mention them, and this logic is purposely skirted by Whites.
  3. They demand “niceness” and “humility” from the woman of colour that they plagiarized. It’s unacceptable for that woman of colour to be upset despite being exploited. They suggest that her caring about plagiarism is a “mental health” issue about “needing recognition” versus a matter of their own White privilege and actually a matter of the law; plagiarism is actually not legal. I know it’s common. It is still illegal. And Whites who especially are consumed by “legality” when a person of colour is in question sure do not give shit when their own behavior is in question.
  4. They insult. Racial slurs (i.e. anytime I speak of plagiarism, people bring in the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype), coded language only used against women of colour online (i.e “bully,” “toxic,” etc.) and sometimes ableism (the woman of colour who made the content magically becomes “stupid”) comes into play.
  5. They discredit the work itself. Ironically, their plagiarism is based on work that they think…is “stupid?” The mental gymnastics involved in taking work and thinking it is valuable, but thinking its creator is “stupid,” but then if the creator finds out and doesn’t applaud the plagiarism, they’re also “stupid” makes me think of the elaborate social illusions that accompany White supremacy, ones that James Baldwin wrote about so well. 
  6. They turn into the victim. When the White person is a woman, White supremacist, patriarchal constructions of womanhood are evoked where they’re the victim of the “mean ol’” woman of colour who could not politely allow plagiarism to occur. “Delicate damsel” performance occurs. Worse, some will even claim it is “racist” to point out this form of top down plagiarism of feminist/progressive writing happens and plays out this way because of White privilege. They easily move from tyrant to toddler in these situations, trying to maintain control the entire time. At this point, other Whites may join in to gaslight and abuse the woman of colour or make excuses. Sometimes other people of colour join in the abuse as well and make the unequivocally false and nonsensical claim that the woman of colour in question wants “White approval?” Or is “greedy” and a “capitalist” for not wanting to be exploited? Nonsense.

Last night a mutual follow, a woman of colour and queer Muslim feminist @jaythenerdkid (Aaminah Khan) noticed that her tweet and viral quote about men giving women insincere compliments rooted in misogyny was haphazardly plagiarized by various White women. Again, this is very common when it comes to feminist/progressive writing even in the smallest microblogging form, as she uses Twitter for and as many women of colour do. She herself recently wrote about being plagiarized before in her essay If My Words Are Worth Nothing, Why Are You Stealing Them?. These White women will perch in the Twitter streams and blogs of women of colour looking for something as small as a tweet to steal in hopes of increasing their attention on Twitter or something as large as exploiting major conversations among Black and other women of colour and turning them into profit for their own mainstream media platforms or blatant content trolling and plagiarizing for their articles on feminism. Again, common and old activity here. 

Once @jaythenerdkid confronted those White women, they followed the stages listed above to perfection. I supported her and spoke to some of these White women and advised them that they could share the content that they think is great without plagiarizing. It’s actually easier to use the retweet button or reblog button than to make a new tweet or a new post and take the content and pretend that they created it. It actually takes less time to do the former. They of course acted dominating and entitled at first and then switched to “delicate damsel” phase. This reminded me that @bad_dominicana alluded to how White women use their perceived “softness” as a weapon because of how White supremacy works in their favor. This is the pre-cursor to full-fledged White Tears™. Women of colour have no such luxury and Black women especially do not as we are not assumed to even be human enough to have nuanced emotions or feel pain

There is no excuse to be made for this unless the person making the excuse is ready to defend White supremacy. And suggesting "well as long as the knowledge gets out there" does not address the question of why must the thoughts, ideas and cultural productions of women of colour be taken and are only acceptable from a White woman? No one can answer that without defending White supremacy. No one can explain why can’t the "knowledge get out there" attached to its creator and still matter? Why is it only good when when the woman of colour involved is erased? White supremacy and the notion that knowledge is not even knowledge unless it comes from someone White is why; period. 

I tire of this cycle. I tire of the entitlement and petulant tantrums by Whites who feel entitled to the work of women of colour. It doesn’t matter if it is a single tweet (i.e. in @jaythenerdkid's case) or if it is a full essay (as it has happened many times to me and to so many other women of colour) or if it is an entire framework (i.e. how White women try to erase "intersectionality" from Kimberlé Crenshaw). It’s unacceptable. The entitlement to the labor of women of colour—and especially Black women since we are regularly viewed as objects of labor and not even as people—needs to stop. It is sickening and especially so coming from people who claim to be about justice, as many of the Whites who do this claim feminism or some other progressive politics. How can you truly desire to dismantle oppressive systems when you perpetuate them by manipulating and silencing the voices and knowledge of women of colour?

Related Essay Compilation: 2013: A Year Of White Supremacy and Racism In Mainstream Feminism

Related Post: How EVERYONE Works Together To Silence Women of Colour’s Critiques of Mainstream Feminism

theroguefeminist:

mmanalysis:

staylovelystaylucid:

daddys-little-mermaid-princess:

sameatschildren:

equestrianfangirlswag:

thetallesthobbit:

gentlemen-always-know:

A great example of why you don’t have any idea what is happening in the world around you. I don’t generally blog this stuff but, you Should know Time Magazine is not the only media to do this. .

I HAD NO CLUE THIS WAS HAPPENING AND I AM SO ANGRY

american schools teach about other countries’ propaganda, but look at this shit.

Did you guys know that the first Canadian deaths in the war in Afghanistan happened in 2002 when an American pilot dropped a bomb on some Canadian soldiers doing training exercises

killed 4 people and injured 8

Did you know this? Probably not because boy does your country like to brainwash about their fucking military being the greatest and most important and amazing fucking thing

Americans, we get more news about your country than you do, because gosh diddly darn does your country ever like to hide things from you and keep you stupid.

i really want to move to a different country :c

RIP my canadian soldiers.

Y’all realize that the story is in the magazine, right? That the only reason it’s not on the cover is because of sales most likely. Seriously, look on their website and you can see that for yourself: 

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601130916,00.html

It’s funny, most of y’all talk about Americans being brainwashed but I bet most of y’all didn’t even properly research to see if this was legit or not. 

but it’s still telling that Americans are the only ones getting that other cover? and you can’t pretend like what’s in the headlines doesn’t get looked at first or most? few people read a magazine or newspaper cover to cover

also that doesn’t change the very true and real point that the US is very shielded from world news and the media here is largely manipulated and controlled - i never heard about the deaths of those canadian soldiers - there are lots of stories that are censored here and while i’m sure it happens in other countries the issue is huge in America and the kind of nationalism and mindless patriotism we perpetuate here is incredibly excessive and dangerous

flippydoodle:

Caste Discourse in Kerala is Impossible (Part 2)

Dr. Sanal Mohan and Prof. Yesudasan in conversation with Prof. Gopal Guru about the ways in which Malayalam newspapers and journals have refused to address the question of caste in Kerala. They also talk about their personal experiences with casteism, and how the Malayali identity is based on a specific exclusion of Dalits and minorities

imadinosaurraaww:

Please, I beg you, do not watch the video without reading this text. it’s very important.

I’m born in Serbia and I’ve lived here my whole life. Never once before today have I heard about such inhumane conditions in our mental institutions. And it really breaks my heart. I cried my heart out watching this video. But why haven’t I ever heard about this? Probably because everywhere I look I see poverty. There isn’t one single day that I do not hear some news about people living badly and in inhumane conditions. It’s not that we are turning a blind eye to situations like this one, but there are just too many for us to know about them all. Heck, on some days my parents do not have enough money to give me for to you from rich countries cheap basic stuff. And keep in mind that we are middle class and that they both have jobs and education. I can’t even imagine lives of dose who aren’t as lucky.

And I am sad seeing that this report was purely made to make us look like monsters. If you would live in Serbia, even for a bit, you would encounter many humanitarian actions every day. Even if we do not have much money, we still give a bit to those who need it more.
And how did we get into this state? War. War we never wanted. It left us devastated, with poverty and diseases. Oh, and who bombed us and left us like that? America. The same America that made this video which depitcts us like monsters. Please Americans, do not feel offended by what I wrote, I am not blaming you at all. I’m blaming your media and your government. Instead of raising awareness about such problems and making a charity, western media propaganda uses such powerful images like those from our mental institutions for political  purposes. This report could have been such a humane thing! They could have raised a charity! I’ve searched the internet and I couldn’t find any site for donations, just accusations towards Serbian people. If you know any site where you can donate or volunteer, please post it.


If you’re asking yourselves why they are tied, it’s simple. There is not enough staff to take care of them. Why? Because there’s not enough money in the budget to finance their pays. But why don’t you volunteer? Because people are working hard 24/7 trying to feed their families and themselves. Ask yourselves how is it possible to take care of other people if you’re struggling everyday to survive.
And our government is to blame, a lot. They’re doing a very shitty job. But people here were so tormented over history that they do not have enough strength to rise up. I dream of one day being a part of a great revolution. Also, corruption is everywhere, which is a result of a broke nation.

You see? This is just a small portion of what war can do. And what I’m trying to do is open your eyes American people on this wonderful site. Do not believe what you see on the TV about other countries. When your government tells you that they are helping other countries by going to war, they’re shitting you. No help will come from war, only more destruction. I know, I’ve experienced it all.

Just a disclaimer: I’m not saying that Serbia is the poorest country in the world, there are many other countries that are far worse off than ours. I could never compare it to some African countries. But still, we aren’t financially stable to take care of all our less fortunate citizens.

This turned awful, sorry I’m bad at writing stuff like this, I’m only good at yaoi ff~
To resume: what i was trying to say is that do not believe what you see on the TV because they only show you one side of the picture, and also, if you find any site where you can donate for this cause, please post it down below. Or even better, do not only post about this problem, post any charity that you believe enough money isn’t donated for.

So once again, the purpose of this post is to let the world know that we aren’t heartless bastards and that we can’t make sights like this go away without help. My goal is to raise awareness of this problem (and many more like this one) with Serbs and also with the whole world.

Please, do not remove this text when reblogging. Thank you.

ethiopienne:

it’s also esp impt to note how transmisogynistic it is to continuously have black female characters played by men considering the legacy of racialized sexism that insists black women are unfeminine, mannish, etc. it plays into the idea that black womanhood is inherently a drag performance.

these decisions do not occur in a vacuum, and they have legitimate consequences for cis women, and life-threatening consequences for trans* women.

(via wocinsolidarity)

paxil-rose:

feminishblog:

radicalrebellion:

vegannvagina:

Feminist Frequency on race and casting for The Hunger Games

think HARD about that: not only did they white-wash Katniss, they EXPLICITLY PROHIBITED WoC TO AUDITION FOR THE ROLE OF KATNISS. Smells like blatant racism.

Can we focus on that last part? B/c white people will always come up with “well the white actor/actress was just the best one to audtition.” Well, yeah if that’s ONLY who auditioned. 

Their theory of white actors/actresses being better doesn’t hold up if no one else if given the opportunity to even audition.

What I love about this is how Anita states right off the bat, that this is not about Jennifer Lawrence. This is about something much bigger than her. And she didn’t need to diss her to make the point. She sets hr aside, rolls up her sleeves, and tackles the bullshit head on.

Excellent approach.

Anita is actually incredibly brilliant and tactful as FUCK, and the fact that so many people want her head on a pike illustrates her point even more because if that. Seriously how the fuck could you get so mad at Anita Sarkeesian? Like holy shit.

(via our-lady-of-misandry)

gradientlair:

White men, White women, Black men and others are desperate to try silence Black and other women of colour’s critiques of White supremacist mainstream feminism (especially around these areas: blatant racism/White supremacy, specific individualized abuse, plagiarism, labor exploitation and marginalization in discourse). The same old lies, distortions and insults surface. I’ve discussed this via Twitter (@thetrudz, @GradientLair) and Storify in the last few days, and here’s what I’ve said:

A lot of harm occurs on an individual level. Systems, structures and institutions support it. But when an individual harms women of colour, I care. You cannot claim to reject White supremacy and then when individual Whites harm women of colour, you overlook it. Make your theory become praxis. And individual incidents of Whites being able to harm with impunity are instances of White supremacy. Addressing them remains critical.

But this LIE persists: Critique White supremacy, generically = “activism.” Critique individual with White supremacy supporting that individual = must want White “approval.”

Critiquing via theory is great for foundation. But it means NOTHING until you stand up for others, when the theory becomes life. Oh and, critical theories couldn’t have existed without actual life happening. So don’t parse here where avoiding real incidents = “being deep.”

Black men/men of colour who don’t care how Deen, Schwyzer and others harm Black women/women of colour, your “allyship” isn’t needed. You’re dismissed. But of course they don’t care. Let them break a nail though. Black women will be demanded to organize a Sally Hansen rally for their asses. Not interested in your generic critiques and then when something actually goes down, you’re ghost. And the obtuse liars who’ll claim that I don’t critique intraracial issues among Black people because I critique White supremacy among Whites now? Whatever…

Telling Black women to allow labor exploitation for “justice” is NOT critiquing capitalism. Labor exploitation is KEY to capitalism. Accepting exploitation as proof of your “goodness” is a fool’s mantra. Just because I don’t desire Whites’ money/attention doesn’t mean that Whites have a right to exploit my labor or target other Black women/women of colour.

Patriarchal Black people will claim that critique of White feminism = Black women want White “acceptance.” I will tell you ONCE GODDAMN MORE. I critique ANY racism. And spare me from the ignorance of "if you critique racism outside of feminism that’s good, but inside feminism means you want their acceptance."

Some Black men (and others, honestly) have to be honest when their feminist praxis includes stereotypes, even faux positive ones of “strong Black woman,” which makes them ignore Black women’s pain. If you call yourself an ally to Black women and other women of colour, why does what we say/think/feel/express not matter to you?

And as I’ve mentioned to White women many times, I don’t want a seat at your table. I want you to stop setting fire to my table in a different room in a different house that you try to rob. Again, most of those in the margins do not critique mainstream White feminism because we want acceptance. Nope. Never did. We want any oppression to stop.

Here are some common derailment tactics that surface whenever women of colour critique mainstream White feminism:

  1. People of colour (sadly) will state "that’s what y’all get" for aligning with feminism versus Black patriarchy/theist patriarchy. As if women of colour don’t add our voices to feminist discourse and shape it, even as credit is denied. Thus, critiquing mainstream feminism does NOT then mean that kyriarchy is “good.”
  2. The Black women among the women of colour are told that we are “siding” with White women against Black men. LIE. Black women have been the ONLY true supporters of Black men and critique White women’s racism/White supremacy often. (I have addressed this complaint before. And “support” from White women is not sex. Black men will posit this as evidence, while Zimmerman’s jury versus Black women before, Ida B. Wells herself and Black women after Wells have supported Black men).
  3. White women will claim that any critique of White supremacy and racism “harms” feminism. I’m pretty sure that White supremacy and racism themselves, not the critiques, harms feminism and absolutely anything/anyone else.
  4. Primarily Black people will give the "well women of colour ‘only’ critique White feminists and should’ve ‘known’ that they are racist" line, being willfully ignorant about the fact that women of colour deconstruct, critique, reject and fight oppression in many spheres, not only amidst feminism.
  5. White men (and some men of colour) will posit the notion that it is just “liberal squabbling” or “the little women not being able to get along.” This partisan and misogynistic derailment is the least intellectually complex of them all. And who are men to critique “getting along” with their atrocious male-to-male violence rates, war, imperialism and genocide? Please.
  6. Sadly, sometimes other women of colour who are stuck on The Help feel that we should be coddling and catering to White women’s racism and never critique it as the only way to build “solidarity.”
  7. People of a variety of backgrounds will suggest that any criticism of systematic oppression is just the oppressed being “jealous” of the oppressors. These people needs library cards, asap.

I reject racism in any form. The idea that I only critique it among White feminists because I want acceptance is about as ignorant as claiming that I want to have a show on Fox News because I critique their sexism and racism.

Because many people couldn’t silence us in the last few days and @Karynthia's (she started it) #solidarityisforwhitewomen, some of them lost their shit! And worse, some of these people genuinely call themselves allies to women of colour!

The truth is, White men, White women and Black men have a lot invested in preserving White supremacy insofar as how it relates to White women and their womanhood being centered as most important. Many Black men reject racism up until White women are the perpetrators and Black women/women of colour are the targets. I don’t consider them or anyone who does this an ally.

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” - Zora Neal Hurston

"Your silence will not protect you." - Audre Lorde

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” - Alice Walker

gradientlair:

White men, White women, Black men and others are desperate to try silence Black and other women of colour’s critiques of White supremacist mainstream feminism (especially around these areas: blatant racism/White supremacy, specific individualized abuse, plagiarism, labor exploitation and marginalization in discourse). The same old lies, distortions and insults surface. I’ve discussed this via Twitter (@thetrudz, @GradientLair) and Storify in the last few days, and here’s what I’ve said:

A lot of harm occurs on an individual level. Systems, structures and institutions support it. But when an individual harms women of colour, I care. You cannot claim to reject White supremacy and then when individual Whites harm women of colour, you overlook it. Make your theory become praxis. And individual incidents of Whites being able to harm with impunity are instances of White supremacy. Addressing them remains critical.

But this LIE persists: Critique White supremacy, generically = “activism.” Critique individual with White supremacy supporting that individual = must want White “approval.”

Critiquing via theory is great for foundation. But it means NOTHING until you stand up for others, when the theory becomes life. Oh and, critical theories couldn’t have existed without actual life happening. So don’t parse here where avoiding real incidents = “being deep.”

Black men/men of colour who don’t care how Deen, Schwyzer and others harm Black women/women of colour, your “allyship” isn’t needed. You’re dismissed. But of course they don’t care. Let them break a nail though. Black women will be demanded to organize a Sally Hansen rally for their asses. Not interested in your generic critiques and then when something actually goes down, you’re ghost. And the obtuse liars who’ll claim that I don’t critique intraracial issues among Black people because I critique White supremacy among Whites now? Whatever…

Telling Black women to allow labor exploitation for “justice” is NOT critiquing capitalism. Labor exploitation is KEY to capitalism. Accepting exploitation as proof of your “goodness” is a fool’s mantra. Just because I don’t desire Whites’ money/attention doesn’t mean that Whites have a right to exploit my labor or target other Black women/women of colour.

Patriarchal Black people will claim that critique of White feminism = Black women want White “acceptance.” I will tell you ONCE GODDAMN MORE. I critique ANY racism. And spare me from the ignorance of "if you critique racism outside of feminism that’s good, but inside feminism means you want their acceptance."

Some Black men (and others, honestly) have to be honest when their feminist praxis includes stereotypes, even faux positive ones of “strong Black woman,” which makes them ignore Black women’s pain. If you call yourself an ally to Black women and other women of colour, why does what we say/think/feel/express not matter to you?

And as I’ve mentioned to White women many times, I don’t want a seat at your table. I want you to stop setting fire to my table in a different room in a different house that you try to rob. Again, most of those in the margins do not critique mainstream White feminism because we want acceptance. Nope. Never did. We want any oppression to stop.

Here are some common derailment tactics that surface whenever women of colour critique mainstream White feminism:

  1. People of colour (sadly) will state "that’s what y’all get" for aligning with feminism versus Black patriarchy/theist patriarchy. As if women of colour don’t add our voices to feminist discourse and shape it, even as credit is denied. Thus, critiquing mainstream feminism does NOT then mean that kyriarchy is “good.”
  2. The Black women among the women of colour are told that we are “siding” with White women against Black men. LIE. Black women have been the ONLY true supporters of Black men and critique White women’s racism/White supremacy often. (I have addressed this complaint before. And “support” from White women is not sex. Black men will posit this as evidence, while Zimmerman’s jury versus Black women before, Ida B. Wells herself and Black women after Wells have supported Black men).
  3. White women will claim that any critique of White supremacy and racism “harms” feminism. I’m pretty sure that White supremacy and racism themselves, not the critiques, harms feminism and absolutely anything/anyone else.
  4. Primarily Black people will give the "well women of colour ‘only’ critique White feminists and should’ve ‘known’ that they are racist" line, being willfully ignorant about the fact that women of colour deconstruct, critique, reject and fight oppression in many spheres, not only amidst feminism.
  5. White men (and some men of colour) will posit the notion that it is just “liberal squabbling” or “the little women not being able to get along.” This partisan and misogynistic derailment is the least intellectually complex of them all. And who are men to critique “getting along” with their atrocious male-to-male violence rates, war, imperialism and genocide? Please.
  6. Sadly, sometimes other women of colour who are stuck on The Help feel that we should be coddling and catering to White women’s racism and never critique it as the only way to build “solidarity.”
  7. People of a variety of backgrounds will suggest that any criticism of systematic oppression is just the oppressed being “jealous” of the oppressors. These people needs library cards, asap.

I reject racism in any form. The idea that I only critique it among White feminists because I want acceptance is about as ignorant as claiming that I want to have a show on Fox News because I critique their sexism and racism.

Because many people couldn’t silence us in the last few days and @Karynthia's (she started it) #solidarityisforwhitewomen, some of them lost their shit! And worse, some of these people genuinely call themselves allies to women of colour!

The truth is, White men, White women and Black men have a lot invested in preserving White supremacy insofar as how it relates to White women and their womanhood being centered as most important. Many Black men reject racism up until White women are the perpetrators and Black women/women of colour are the targets. I don’t consider them or anyone who does this an ally.

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” - Zora Neal Hurston

"Your silence will not protect you." - Audre Lorde

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” - Alice Walker

globalvoices:

Disillusioned by the mainstream media’s lack of in-depth knowledge and coverage of India’s marginalized communities or ‘Dalits’, members of the group are turning to citizen media to tell their stories. Dalit Camera aims to document and chronicle their lives, conditions and struggles.

Here Dalit Camera visits a Dalit colony in Kottayam Kerala, along with Prof. Yesudasan, English professor at Kottayam’s CMS College.

thisisableism:

Could you give any advice to authors who want to write disabled characters without Unfortunate Implications?  The story I’m working on has a few — but they’re busy having an adventure and most of their drama comes from personal issues that don’t have much to do with them being disabled. (for example, one character is injured in an accident and is an amputee as a result, but their angst comes entirely from the fact that they made a bad decision that got some of their friends killed and now have to live with the guilt. I just realized that realistically, there would be no way they could survive without losing some body parts)

At the same time, their disability isn’t a facet of their character that can be ignored, and I want to strike a good balance between showing how it affects their characterization and not having it be the be-all, end-all of their character.

You seem to be doing a very good job so far, you’re aware and asking questions and that’s great.  I’m not sure if you already have, but there are other tumblrs centered around disability education as well and having multiple opinions is great.  

My biggest suggestion is that pwd don’t have to be cured.  It’s not a realistic stand point, even though many pwd presented in the media are cured or ‘fixed’.  A character can be full and well developed without being cured of their condition.  However, it seems like you understand all of that.   You’re very right in saying that the disability can’t be ignored but it also shouldn’t be their entirety.  

If you’re going to show your characters interacting with normal society, and you decide to show some of the hardships they face as a result of their disability just make sure that the people who discriminate against them are displayed in a negative light.  They don’t have to be an evil character or even a significant character, but I would just try to make it clear to the reader that this is an inappropriate action.  Although, since it sounds like your characters are more on their own and on an adventure this might not be applicable.  

Do any of my followers have any suggestions or opinions on this?  

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“the Unwritten Rules” Web Series

When I wrote the book, ”40 Hours and Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman” in 2003, I wanted to create a voice that had been silenced, judged, and disregarded. And eight years later, that voice was resurrected with “the Unwritten Rules”. 

“the Unwritten Rules” is a web series based on the book, “40 Hours and Unwritten Rule” (Butterfly Ink Publishing, 2004). The series follows a Black woman’s, Racey Jones, journey in a predominantly white workplace with real situations, truthful thoughts, and honest reactions. With Season 1, the voice was heard globally (ie. US, the UK, Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean) and embraced by Black & White and Young & Old. And for Season 2, we want to speak louder! But we can’t do it without your help.

“the Unwritten Rules” stars Aasha Davis (‘Pariah’, ‘South of Nowhere’, ‘Friday Night Lights’), Balbinka, Sara Finely, David Lowe, Kayla Ibarra, Ebenzer Quaye, and Antonio Ramirez. The series is Written and Executive Produced by me (Kim Williams). I have 16 years experience in Television and Film Production working as an Associate Producer/Post Supervisor. I’ve also written two novels (butterflyinkpublishing.com), as well as, Co-written and Produced the theatrical play, “Bitch” (bitchtheplay.com). Aasha Davis and Michelle Clay also serve as Producers on the series.

The web series has received an overflow of positive response and has been featured on The Grio.com’s 6 Web Series to Watch List, Sister 2 Sister’s 9 Web Series to Watch List , clutchmagazine.com, The Urban Daily.com, Womanist Musings BlogAol.com, and many more.

To watch Season 1 episodes, go to www.theunwrittenrulesseries.com

Kim Williams (Creator, Writer, Producer)