I hesitated being involved in the community, however, because I had some reservations about what it meant to be in steampunk. Would I have to pretend to be British? As someone whose family suffered directly from imperial powers, did I want to romanticize that this time period as one of heedless adventure? My grandparents and my parents are from Vietnam while it was part of French Indochina, being a citizen of empire isn’t as great as steampunk might imagine it to be. I discussed this with someone from the steampunk community at the time that I had a problem with steampunk and colonialism, and they replied, “Oh, you don’t have to worry about that— although we’re Americans, for example, we can pretend that America is still part of the colonies!” Which missed the point of my question entirely.
So when creating my steamsona (aka steampunk character), I thought of what I would like to see as a SF character based on my family heritage. One hundred and fifty years ago, I’d like to see a female assassin who shoots French imperialists in the face — and so Ay-leen the Peacemaker was born."
— Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer and journalist (via xuron)
'I'm not the president of black America,' Barack Obama has said. 'I'm the president of the United States of America.'
And the president of the United States is not just an enactor of policy for today, he is the titular representative of his country’s heritage and legacy. In regards to black people, America’s heritage is kleptocracy—the stealing and selling of other people’s children, the robbery of the fruits of black labor, the pillaging of black property, the taxing of black citizens for schools they can not attend, for pools in which they can not swim, for libraries that bar them, for universities that exclude them, for police who do not protect them, for the marking of whole communities as beyond the protection of the state and thus subject to the purview of outlaws and predators.
The bearer of this unfortunate heritage feebly urging “positive habits and behavior” while his country imprisons some ungodly number of black men may well be greeted with applause in some quarters. It must never be so among those of us whose love of James Baldwin is true, whose love of Ida B. Wells is true, whose love of Harriet Tubman and our ancestors who fought for the right of family is true. In that fight America has rarely been our ally. Very often it has been our nemesis.
Obama-era progressives view white supremacy as something awful that happened in the past and the historical vestiges of which still afflict black people today. They believe we need policies—though not race-specific policies—that address the affliction. I view white supremacy as one of the central organizing forces in American life, whose vestiges and practices afflicted black people in the past, continue to afflict black people today, and will likely afflict black people until this country passes into the dust."
— Ta Nehisi Coates (via delaodino)
being a carefree black girl has nothing to do with actually having no cares. to me it literally just means being alive and carving out tiny pockets of happiness and freedom in this shitty ass society that is trying to mentally destroy you for existing.
keep in mind many men don’t really like women, they like the high regard afforded them by other men when seen with a certain kind of woman. they like the confirmations of their masculinity and sexual prowess when engaging physically with a woman, and they like the ego boost of being attractive to many women. but they do. not. like. women.
Reblog this if you think that cis* people should be prohibited from making surveys about anything trans related
Can I reblog this a million times?
of course. Do mind the post limit though.
Fair point. I’ll never reach a million.
The fact that Coachella would choose ‘native aesthetics’ to co-opt and reproduce for the amusement of a largely white audience right on the doorstep of the Cabazon Indian Reservation just shows how little they consider NDN’s anything more than fiction or exotic history for the consumption of 20-something hipsters.