Liam Neeson as Ra’s Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. His name in Arabic has been translated in the comics as “The Demon’s Head”. Ra’s Al Ghul is born to a tribe of nomads in a desert somewhere in Arabia, near a city whose inhabitants’ ancestors have journeyed to the Arabian Peninsula from China.
Marion Cotillard as Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. The graphic novel “Batman: Birth of the Demon” explains how she was of mixed Chinese and Arab descent.
Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Bane is Hispanic. There is no getting around it. He was born in the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Dura, and speaks Spanish as his first language. Bane is a person of color.
Chimamanda Adichie: “The danger of a single story”
I love, love, love this speech. Everything in it applies to everyone in some way, regardless of race, nationality, religion, etc. I’m sure we can all come up with instances where we assumed that a certain group of people were one way based on “a single story” we’d been told, and were surprised to discover that that group is more diverse than we thought and more similar to us than we thought.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes in not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” -Chimamanda Adichie
Please watch and enjoy! :-)
I’ve had this bookmarked for ages, and seen several people refer to it, so I finally sat down and watched it. It is utterly brilliant.
I really enjoyed this movie today, but upon reading up on some of the characters, I have become goddamn fucking pissed off.
RA’S AL GHUL IS NOT WHITE
TALIA AL GHUL IS NOT WHITE
BANE IS NOT WHITE
Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Liam Neeson all did wonderful jobs, BUT WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY…
i honestly don’t think it matters what the fuck their race is so long as they do a good job. and if it makes any difference, Laurence Fishburne is gonna play Perry WHITE in Nolan’s new Superman movie.
Are you trolling? Please tell me you’re trolling.
“i honestly don’t think it matters what the fuck their race is so long as they do a good job" - Are you white?
“and if it makes any difference, Laurence Fishburne is gonna play Perry WHITE in Nolan’s new Superman movie.” - I don’t even know how to respond to this. Is this supposed to be a legitimate point of argument?
look. it’s okay to appreciate another culture.
I have dozens and dozens of non-chinese friends who, for whatever reason, decided to learn mandarin chinese. (which is fantastic—multilingualism is wonderful.) and through learning mandarin, many of these friends learn about various aspects of chinese cultures, and they’re now totally in love with china and have a really deep appreciation for everything chinese.
and I am cool with that.
a lot of them would love to live in china. a lot of them wish they’d grown up in and with chinese culture.
they know that they’re always going to be laowai (foreigners, others), and that they can’t change that.
the thing about ~*transethnicity*~ though? well, there are multiple things about it:
(1) it essentializes and homogenizes races, ethnicities, and cultures. (link contains gifs)
(2) it trivializes the struggles that many peoples go through to claim their heritage. people are persecuted for their heritage. people die to claim their culture. these are ongoing struggles.
(3) it does not erase the presence of white privilege. I am aware that there may be transethnics that are not white. but many of them are white, and they still have white privilege. they will still go through society benefiting from the system that privileges them and rewards them for their existence. the system of racism does not oppress them as it does people of color. white people may scream all they want about how they’re really Black on the inside, but that won’t change their skin color, and they will still receive the benefits of white privilege.
(4) and furthermore, physical designation of race and ethnicity is all very much arbitrary and constructed. that is to say, people who are of a certain race or ethnicity have a vast spectrum of physical appearances. there are very light Black people, very dark Black people, and every shade in between. there are chinese people with straight hair; there are chinese people with wavy hair. there is no one way to look a certain race or ethnicity, and yet transethnics very often stereotype these physical appearances into one model that very frequently is the dominant fetishized model of a certain race/ethnicity (dainty Asian women, strong Black men, etc. etc. etc.)—and I don’t think that that’s a coincidence. it’s a form of incognito racism.
(5) transethnicity appropriates from the trans* community as well. violence and discrimination against trans* people, especially trans* people of color, are on the rise: trans* people are murdered for simply existing. trans* people struggle for access to basic human necessities such as healthcare and housing, and it is still very much legal in too many places to fire someone from their job for being trans*. and this discrimination, this oppression, is systematic and normalized. transethnics do not face this kind of oppression. maybe there’s some prejudice and discrimination on an individual level, but on a societal, institutional level? nope.
(6) marginalization based on race and marginalization based on gender are not the same. they are two struggles that often intersect, that may have similarities, but they are not parallel. my experience as a cis chinese-american does not in any way qualify me to talk about marginalization based on gender. being trans* does not qualify a white person to talk about racism. etc. etc. etc. being “transethnic” is not parallel to being transgender.
(7) there is also the question of transracial/transethnic adoption, which is a whole different set of struggles, and I don’t really know enough about it to say anything on that topic.
mostly, for me, the reason why transethnicity pisses me off the way it does boils down to this: people of color in a white-dominant society have essentially been forced into “transethnicity” for as long as the system of racial oppression has existed. that is, people of color who talk white, dress white, act white, think white, step all over their fellow people of color as an act of buying into white supremacy, are rewarded and allowed to advance in white-dominant racist societies.
we’ve been forced to assimilate. we’ve had our cultures and heritages stripped from us. we’re forcibly whitewashed. we struggle to reclaim our heritages and histories. these struggles are deep collective wounds that span generations, and we’re shown signs every day that these struggles are in no way ending.
and ~*transethnics*~ want me to respect their identity? while denying me the autonomy of defining my own damn heritage?
no. just no.
here’s some more eloquently worded anger. (contains gifs)
I’m gonna return to my regularly scheduled fandom blogging. I’ve spent far too much time on this topic.
I fixed her. I’m sure it was just an honest tonality mistake. They couldn’t have possibly been trying to wash her out.
fucking hell man!! the fucking difference! racists gonna whitewash
I’m so tired of this shit.
She’s so not-give-a-fuck, I’m waiting for her to say something about this shit. Call a motherfucker out, Rihanna!
yes. my first thought when i saw these was damn she’s hot but why so white?
according to media i’m not light enough
this is disgusting.
My friends have too much free time on their hands
TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, LYNCHINGS
CC: Ah. It’s supposed to be funny. A couple of KKK beer cans gathering around the hung brown bottle.
When I saw this, it immediately turned my stomach.
The fact is: people are seriously desensitized to the plight of people of color.
Our history has been so downplayed, so whitewashed, so demeaned that the METAPHORIC REENACTMENT OF LYNCHING A HUMAN BEING could possibly be perceived as funny to a wide audience. This reminds me of the “texts from drone” meme circulating Tumblr, making everyone laugh and giggle and heehaw.
THIS is FUNNY?
Do you know what this is attempting to make light of and why it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach?
There are people dying.
There are innocent people being killed in those countries and sick individuals thought it was appropriate to make jokes out of the loss of their lives.
This is inhumane on principle, regardless of race/ethnicity.
People of color are valued so little in the world. Our lives mean practically nothing.
The picture above
THAT DISGUSTING PICTURE ABOVE
Look at what it’s really about.
Look at it.
Think about it.
Think of the fear, the pain, the hurt those Black individuals must have felt.
Think of how they begged for their lives.
How gutwrenching it was to be dragged through the streets and hung.
Excuse me while I throw up.