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atane:

zuky:

nezua:

Flappers shaming Miley Cyrus.

Oddly enough we could say that Miley Cyrus is following solidly in the appropriative footsteps of white flappers, who in the 1920s grabbed national attention and stirred alarmism concerning the end of civilization because they partied to Black music, wore their hair short like Josephine Baker (who fled US racism to become a superstar in Europe), and imitated dance moves from Baker and other Black dancers. The famously flapperesque Charleston was lifted from the African American dance called the Juba, which had West African roots and was danced in secret in the South and the Caribbean. The dance sped up when it reached Harlem, giving birth to both tap dancing and the Broadway hit called The Charleston, which spread like wildfire from there. White people didn’t sway their hips this scandalously prior to that era, making flappers roughly equivalent to white twerkers of the Jazz Age.

This is 100% true. The period from the jazz age to the beat generation, comparatively speaking was the height of cultural appropriation of black art. The beat generation used lingo popularized by Lester Young. They then appropriated the style, dress, and lingo of bebop musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, down to the beret, glasses, and soul patch. Bebop musicians, Parker and Gillespie in particular, were the blueprint of their image. Norman Mailer wrote an essay titled “The White Negro" that tackles this phenomenon. I’m no fan of Norman Mailer, but at least he admitted that white people were stealing from blacks. He wrote it in 1957.
With regards to the flappers, apart from Josephine Baker, they also liberally borrowed from black vaudeville performers. They would copy dance moves from black performers, and then introduce it as their own. Many dances attributed to whites are from black vaudeville performers who were forced to perform on the chitlin’ circuit because of segregation and Jim Crow laws.
It really is astonishing how nothing has changed in this regard. For example, people to this day still call Benny Goodman “the king of swing”, when what he did was procure charts for arrangements from Fletcher Henderson, a black man. Goodman’s biggest hits were from Henderson. It’s amazing how much credit Goodman gets for another man’s work. Of course Goodman became “the king of swing”, while Fletcher Henderson remains a footnote in history. How a white man becomes the king of something innovated by blacks is astounding. Benny Goodman is called “the king of swing”. Paul Whiteman is called “the king of jazz”. Elvis Presley is called “the king of rock n roll”. Is Eminem the king of rap? What about Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke with r&b? Miley is soon on her way to become “the queen of twerking”.
Anyway, apart from getting his charts from Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman got his ass handed to him by Chick Webb at the Savoy Ballroom when they had a battle of the bands. Goodman is often noted as being one of the few white men in the segregation era to have black men in his band, and the narrative is typically presented as if he did it out of benevolence. He did it because there was no way to get around the fact that swing music was the domain of black folks, and he poached the best black players he could find to bolster his band, and black musicians went with him because as a white man, he was able to pay them more than black bandleaders, and they wouldn’t have to deal with indignity while traveling. Many hotels refused black bands, so they often had to sleep in cars, bus terminals, or crash at the homes of hospitable blacks. A big portion of Duke Ellington’s money went towards renting out train cars and making sure his orchestra had a place to sleep while on the road because hotels often turned them down because they were black. These were issues Goodman wasn’t going to face. Black musicians certainly didn’t go with him because he was the best. Goodman even later hired Henderson to arrange and play in his band. He wasn’t doing it because he loved black people. Black people were the ones creating and innovating. Where else would he get the best charts and arrangements? Now that the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, Goodman gets all the credit. Funny how that works.
This stuff has been going on for a long time. Miley is the 2013 version. Twerking has been around for a long time, but Miley convulses on national tv and all of a sudden, dictionary definitions of twerking are made. Definitions complete with no mention of black people, like all this happened in a vacuum. It’s history repeating itself over and over again. I see the same thing happening with afrobeat music.

atane:

zuky:

nezua:

Flappers shaming Miley Cyrus.

Oddly enough we could say that Miley Cyrus is following solidly in the appropriative footsteps of white flappers, who in the 1920s grabbed national attention and stirred alarmism concerning the end of civilization because they partied to Black music, wore their hair short like Josephine Baker (who fled US racism to become a superstar in Europe), and imitated dance moves from Baker and other Black dancers. The famously flapperesque Charleston was lifted from the African American dance called the Juba, which had West African roots and was danced in secret in the South and the Caribbean. The dance sped up when it reached Harlem, giving birth to both tap dancing and the Broadway hit called The Charleston, which spread like wildfire from there. White people didn’t sway their hips this scandalously prior to that era, making flappers roughly equivalent to white twerkers of the Jazz Age.

This is 100% true. The period from the jazz age to the beat generation, comparatively speaking was the height of cultural appropriation of black art. The beat generation used lingo popularized by Lester Young. They then appropriated the style, dress, and lingo of bebop musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, down to the beret, glasses, and soul patch. Bebop musicians, Parker and Gillespie in particular, were the blueprint of their image. Norman Mailer wrote an essay titled “The White Negro" that tackles this phenomenon. I’m no fan of Norman Mailer, but at least he admitted that white people were stealing from blacks. He wrote it in 1957.

With regards to the flappers, apart from Josephine Baker, they also liberally borrowed from black vaudeville performers. They would copy dance moves from black performers, and then introduce it as their own. Many dances attributed to whites are from black vaudeville performers who were forced to perform on the chitlin’ circuit because of segregation and Jim Crow laws.

It really is astonishing how nothing has changed in this regard. For example, people to this day still call Benny Goodman “the king of swing”, when what he did was procure charts for arrangements from Fletcher Henderson, a black man. Goodman’s biggest hits were from Henderson. It’s amazing how much credit Goodman gets for another man’s work. Of course Goodman became “the king of swing”, while Fletcher Henderson remains a footnote in history. How a white man becomes the king of something innovated by blacks is astounding. Benny Goodman is called “the king of swing”. Paul Whiteman is called “the king of jazz”. Elvis Presley is called “the king of rock n roll”. Is Eminem the king of rap? What about Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke with r&b? Miley is soon on her way to become “the queen of twerking”.

Anyway, apart from getting his charts from Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman got his ass handed to him by Chick Webb at the Savoy Ballroom when they had a battle of the bands. Goodman is often noted as being one of the few white men in the segregation era to have black men in his band, and the narrative is typically presented as if he did it out of benevolence. He did it because there was no way to get around the fact that swing music was the domain of black folks, and he poached the best black players he could find to bolster his band, and black musicians went with him because as a white man, he was able to pay them more than black bandleaders, and they wouldn’t have to deal with indignity while traveling. Many hotels refused black bands, so they often had to sleep in cars, bus terminals, or crash at the homes of hospitable blacks. A big portion of Duke Ellington’s money went towards renting out train cars and making sure his orchestra had a place to sleep while on the road because hotels often turned them down because they were black. These were issues Goodman wasn’t going to face. Black musicians certainly didn’t go with him because he was the best. Goodman even later hired Henderson to arrange and play in his band. He wasn’t doing it because he loved black people. Black people were the ones creating and innovating. Where else would he get the best charts and arrangements? Now that the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, Goodman gets all the credit. Funny how that works.

This stuff has been going on for a long time. Miley is the 2013 version. Twerking has been around for a long time, but Miley convulses on national tv and all of a sudden, dictionary definitions of twerking are made. Definitions complete with no mention of black people, like all this happened in a vacuum. It’s history repeating itself over and over again. I see the same thing happening with afrobeat music.

(Source: melanskyyworld)

pardonmewhileipanic:

thegreatnarwhalsmuffin:

She looks like Cleopatra or something brought into the future. Powerful stare like, “All the Ceasar’s be fallin’ for me.”

OMG that second gif makes me feel like she just declared war and we’re all gonna die and I’m totally ok with that

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laughingacademy:

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cho-yu:

*note to kpop fans:

When you see a post saying something along the lines of "kpop fans need to stop fetishizing koreans", and you think to yourself "wait but I don’t do that, it’s not all kpop fans!!"

STOP.

Instead of being so quick to remove yourself from the blame,

FIRST: look at yourself. If you have doubts, I really encourage doing a quick google search about fetishization, or finding a social justice blog and running it by them, but IMPORTANT: instead of trying to weasel your way out of the blame, really be honest and ACCEPT THE FAULT, do not deny it or argue if you don’t get the answer you want.

SECOND: If you are one of the few that does not fetishize Koreans, do NOTTTTT breathe a huge sigh of relief and move on. You have a responsibility to recognize fetishization, and if needed, call out other people. It is a terrible thing to just be self-congratulatory “yay I’m not a fetishist” and ignore the problem.

Just because you’re not a problem doesn’t mean that problem doesn’t exist anymore.

Accept your fault, take responsibility, don’t be a bystander.

Anonymous sent: you need to stop reblogging from the shootallwhitepeople euthanizeallwhitepeople blog dont you realize how bad it is considering they promote genocide of whites

thisisnotjapan:

No.

- Jun aka euthanizeallwhitepeople 

euthanizeallwhitepeople:

A person can still be a victim of an abusive relationship / friendship if they don’t “speak up”.

A person can still be a victim of an abusive relationship / friendship if they don’t “disagree with you”.

A person can still be a victim of an abusive relationship / friendship if they play along with your games.

A person can still be a victim of an abusive relationship / friendship if they banter with you.

There are reasons why a person may not feel comfortable just saying “no”. It’s not always that fucking simple. 

Honestly

euthanizeallwhitepeople:

I don’t mean to get sappy here because we all know I typically don’t but 

I just want to say that any of my followers that are WOC, if you ever need anything, i’m always available. You can message me and ask me to reply privately, on anon, or ask for my Skype.

If you’re unsure about something happening in you life, something that happened to you or something that was said to you, feel free to ask me.

If you just want to vent or rant to someone please feel free to message me.

Never let anyone make you feel like you’re less than worthy. Never let anyone make you feel like if you don’t fit in and conform that you’re not fun or not worth being around.

Never feel ridiculous for feeling insulted, even if it’s by the “smallest” comment, the “smallest” look. The most innocent of joke.

Do not ever think it’s okay for you to be victimized, objectified, humiliated, used as a prop, as a tool, as an accessory. You do not exist for the amusement, humor, or gratification (sexual or otherwise) of someone else. Even if everyone else laughs, you don’t have to laugh. Even if everyone else is okay with it, you don’t have to be okay.

You deserve to be treated with respect, with dignity, and with appreciation. You’re allowed to be emotional and upset and disgruntled and that doesn’t make you any less of a strong and inspiring person. 

Your feelings are valid. They are valid.

They are valid because they are yours.

You are important.

Probably seems unusual coming from a man but I really genuinely mean this. If you rather talk to another WOC regarding anything but don’t know who to ask, I can always refer you to one of my awesome WOC followers who is willing to listen and give advice.

Don’t ever let someone make you feel less than human or allow them to treat you less than human. You are a human being and you and your existence is valid.

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white tumblr user: *gets called out for appropriating a kimono
white tumblr user: i'm not taking the photo of me in a kimono down because it proves how much i respect japanese culture! i love japanese people! it's a mark of respect!
white tumblr user: *is told that no cultural appropriation is not actually all that respectful*
white tumblr user: ugh you dirty fucking ch*nks just let me do what i want you're all just assholes no wonder everyone fucking hates sjws you pieces of shit i fucking respect japanese people you fucking j*ps get away from me.
lightspeedsound:

pmon3y69:

antifascistaction:

otipemsiw:

basedheisenberg:

Neo-Nazis get their shit pushed in by native american grandmothers, who then capture their flag, take selfies with it, and then burn it.
Neo Nazi status: Wrekt.

Fav 4ever

You will never be as cool as these grandmothers.

literally the most punk rock thing on my dash ever. Nazi Punks fuck off

literally these grannies will beat out every single white dudebro in a game of CAPTURE THE FLAG
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lightspeedsound:

pmon3y69:

antifascistaction:

otipemsiw:

basedheisenberg:

Neo-Nazis get their shit pushed in by native american grandmothers, who then capture their flag, take selfies with it, and then burn it.

Neo Nazi status: Wrekt.

Fav 4ever

You will never be as cool as these grandmothers.

literally the most punk rock thing on my dash ever. Nazi Punks fuck off

literally these grannies will beat out every single white dudebro in a game of CAPTURE THE FLAG

Anonymous sent: I did something a few days ago,but i'm not sure if i did the right thing,i was walking around chinatown and i saw this boy getting harassed by a group of girls calling him "oppa" saying things like "please be my boyfriend my skin is pale" "do you not like white girls?"i wanted to do something about it so i went up to them,i told them to stop that,but i managed to get the guy away from them,i asked him if he's ok,but he was so upset he said told me that hes not even korean but from hong kong

euthanizeallwhitepeople:

It’s the right thing to do. It’s important to protect MOC and POC in general from that kind of nasty attack. Just be careful not to get yourself ganged up on in the process. 

destispell:

men: rape jokes hahaha! beating women haha! lol make me a sandwich whore! put on makeup fugly! hahaha!

women: those aren’t funny.

men: lighten up, it’s a joke wow must be on her period women are so emotional lol

women: i drink the tears of men, haha!

men: hOW DARE YOU. HOW DARE YOU PROMOTE THE SUFFERING OF US MEN? DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR YOU? YOU WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT US. THATS NOT FUNNY AT ALL

Koreaboos repeat after me

noonaneomuhomo:

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

positive racism and generalizations are still ignorant, backwards, oversimplifying, racist and harmful

lactoria:

make your tumblr the best space for you

you are not on this site to please others or cater to things that upset you

surround yourself only with the things you want to see

your dash should lift your spirits, make you think and smile

if it doesn’t, don’t feel bad about unfollowing or doing whatever you need to do that is right for you

first and foremost, ensure that tumblr is a safe, fun space for you

(Source: black-quadrant)

Being proud of having so-called “yellow fever” is a form of racism. You are not only trivializing a disease that is still prevalent (yes it really is, affecting roughly 300,000 and killing 20,000 people each year) but also saying you won’t date other races is…well racist, isn’t it? You don’t know what tomorrow may bring; you haven’t met all men from every race. How can you happily dismiss a person based on their ethnicity before knowing their personality? You would be happy with an abusive partner as long as he/she was a particular race? Whether or not this is what you believe, by making that statement, this is the thought that is implied. It is a form of hypersexualization.

Sometimes I feel like people who post things like “I want a Korean boyfriend/girlfriend” have this assumption that all Korean people are like their bias. K-pop does not equal Korea.

I Love Korean Boys: The Problem of Fetishization (via beyondhallyu)