“These people are so repressed,” Sarah laughs. “You just have to talk to them sometimes, and they’re shaking. I know as a black woman I am always going to be fetishised to an extent – and the darker you are, the more you are. “They think we are naturally very sensual, all of us are Rihanna.” She laughs at the absurdity. “They are very threatened but secretly, they want to be with us, they want to be like us, they want to taste us and touch us. If they could, they would have one of us in their houses in a room, just kept there, for when needed. That’s exactly what they did not that long ago! And they’d love it again.”
It’s strange to hear an educated British person speaking in such crude racial stereotypes, “us” as these forbidden black fruits that “they” are salivating over. But then sex and relationships are one of the last remaining bastions of unreconstructed racial prejudice.
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I was recently assigned to read this entire article/essay/magazine in a class of mine and was blown away by how comprehensive it is. If you guys are just beginning to dip your toes into IT or software development, then this is a must-read!
To read the article:
The most persistent forms of bigotry/intolerance are the ones who aren’t as overt and comes in the form of microaggressions and exists when society excludes them from social and economic processes (think of Mr Norton from Invisible Man). It mentions in the video that some people, when confronted a subject of controversy like the existence of transgender individuals, may, with good intentions, respond with “I believe they can change their name, how they dress etc. etc. I think people should be allowed to do as they please with themselves.” In the video’s analysis, it calls out the fact that these statements are merely tolerant of transgender individuals and are just playing along. It’s like they’re talking about a child going through a dinosaur or a horse phase in that it is implied that the phase will “pass eventually”. This dismissal of what is a central part of a person’s identity is highly damaging and means that things like legislation which can help acknowledge the existence of such people aren’t being brought forward because their existence is denied by the legislative bodies.
Furthermore, the statement sounds patronizing. It doesn’t really matter if “you” believe because these people exist outside of what you believe. Your belief that they should be allowed to do what they wish implies that you have power to take away their freedoms as if their freedoms and rights aren’t guaranteed. Mostly, I get this feeling from the tone and context in which this statement is spoken in so this may not apply in all instances but my point still stands. The video goes into philosophy to help break down the arguments that ____phobes use to justify their views and actions and also goes into the more academic sides of such issues so if you’re interested, please watch this video in full:
Happy New Years y’all! This’ll be a new series that I’ll be starting. Basically, it’s a compilation of all the cool websites, channels, etc. that I’ve found on the internet in the past year and want to share with you. I don’t have a very long list this year since I only came up with the idea recently and wasn’t keeping track the rest of the year but here’s the list with an example from each source:
Also, nothing is sponsored. Also also, there’s a clothes section in the second half of the post.
3Blue1Brown – Complex Mathematics Visualised
ContraPoints – Issues Tackled w/ Frank Analysis (PG-13)
God is Grey – Assimilating Religion into Reality
Knowing Better – History/Gov./Psych. so that next time, you’ll know better
Chubbyemu – Medical Detective
NativLang – Linguistics
Now, on to the entertainment side of YouTube:
The Architect of Games – Game Analysis
Borodante – Improving Your Art (Over-pain Series)
Design Doc – Game Analysis
Fandor – Movie Analysis
Game Maker’s Toolkit – Game Analysis from an Insider
Lessons from the Screenplay – Movie Analysis
New Frame Plus – Animation from a Professional
Peaceful Cuisine – Food-making ASMR
PostMesmeric – Game Analysis
Pop Culture Detective – Movie Analysis
ScreenPrism – Movie Analysis
ShoddyCast (aka Austin from GameTheory, ’nuff said)
Storytellers – Movie Analysis
VaatiVidya – SoulsBorne Lore to the Max (Dark Souls & Bloodborne)
Grana is in the same vein as Everlane where their materials are high-quality and responsibly sourced with a high degree of transparency into the entire process. I find that Grana has a lower average price point than Everlane, especially when they have sales going on. Grana’s selection of items is smaller than Everlane’s but the themes between the two brands are about the same where they both carry minimalist, classic styles. They work with materials like silk and cashmere and I’ve ordered some of their pieces and they’re amazing. They have a men’s line too. If you can’t tell, I like neutral colors (grey) a lot.
Krochet Kids (the following were all on sale)
In the spirit of minimal waste and the three Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle, ThredUp ticks all these boxes and offers great pieces with great discounts. They have a special designer category where you can find secondhand luxury items at amazing prices in great condition. They also offer Goody Boxes which is similar to the clothes subscription services where they send a collection of clothes according to your preferences and you can pick and choose what you want to keep and pay for. Being a thrift store, you can also fill one of their Clean Out bags with clothes/bags/jewellery and send it back to keep your unwanted clothes out of the landfill and earn some store credit. They also launched their own line of clothing called Remade where the clothes are made to last and produced ethically with an emphasis on resale where the customer can sell the clothes back for 40% of original price. Overall, what they’re doing is great and going thrift shopping is like going treasure-hunting so it’s a win-win for everyone.
I saw that H&M has a “sustainable style” category now where they’re trying to offer organic and sustainable alternatives to the fast fashion that they usually sell. I haven’t really researched how sustainable they are though, so I don’t know how well their claims stand up although any steps towards a more ethical production process is a step in the right direction.
That’s it, y’all! Lemme know some cool places on the ol’ interweb you guys have stumbled across this year.
This is Lieutenant. Peace out.