elettaria: (Trans-friendly equal marriage symbol)
In the wake of the Woolwich murder, I've been reading a few people who are horrified and alarmed at the strongly racist response that's occurring, both in the media and amongst the general public. This IS my home, you racist swine is an article by a woman talking about her experiences of "'my difference' or to put it in correct terms 'other peoples' racism'". She's Asian British, and I've also been reading responses from people who are black British, or immigrants who are white British.

All this has made me think about racism, ethnicity and identity politics, and how they affect me. Read more... )

To return to the Woolwich situation, I also want to say that I too am absolutely horrified at the amount of racism coming out in response, and concerned about the safety of people of colour and Muslims. I'm thinking of you, and I hope you stay safe.
elettaria: (Trans-friendly equal marriage symbol)
I've been reading an excellent article about white privilege and feminism called This is white privilege by Reni Eddo-Lodge. After a much-needed discussion of racism and transphobia within the modern feminist movement, she goes on to relate her experience of trying to explain what it feels like to be discriminated against to a white woman.

I told her about a recent experience of being passed over for a job I’d interviewed for and finding out through mutual friends that the job had gone to a white woman my age with almost identical experience to me. Read more... )
elettaria: (Triffid geranium)
The BBC has published an article about a cartoonist depicting Obama as a dead chimpanzee, which has outraged a vast number of people. The next two paragraphs are the ones I've just sent as a comment to the article, though knowing the BBC it won't get published.

-----------------------------

Cartoonists and satirists need to be aware of the connotations of images they use, including historical connotations. Using a chimpanzee to depict a black man* is the equivalent of using a sheep to depict a Jew. Both images have been used repeatedly as ways of attacking those particular ethnic groups, accusing them of being animals. These attacks have often been in the form of cartoons, such as those made by the Nazis.

The author's intent isn't really the point. The text, in this case the cartoon, is what matters. It's what's out there and what will be read by many different people in many different ways. Some interpretations may be the sort which are so far out that you have to squint to see where they're coming from and only a small handful of people will think of them. Some interpretations will be so obvious that a large proportion of people, even the majority, will think of them. The old insults about black men being animals is in the second category, and the reference to an obscure news story is in the first. The cartoonists seem to be so far removed from reality that they've got those two the wrong way around.

-----------------------------

This is really niggling at me. )
elettaria: (Triffid geranium)
The BBC has published an article about a cartoonist depicting Obama as a dead chimpanzee, which has outraged a vast number of people. The next two paragraphs are the ones I've just sent as a comment to the article, though knowing the BBC it won't get published.

-----------------------------

Cartoonists and satirists need to be aware of the connotations of images they use, including historical connotations. Using a chimpanzee to depict a black man* is the equivalent of using a sheep to depict a Jew. Both images have been used repeatedly as ways of attacking those particular ethnic groups, accusing them of being animals. These attacks have often been in the form of cartoons, such as those made by the Nazis.

The author's intent isn't really the point. The text, in this case the cartoon, is what matters. It's what's out there and what will be read by many different people in many different ways. Some interpretations may be the sort which are so far out that you have to squint to see where they're coming from and only a small handful of people will think of them. Some interpretations will be so obvious that a large proportion of people, even the majority, will think of them. The old insults about black men being animals is in the second category, and the reference to an obscure news story is in the first. The cartoonists seem to be so far removed from reality that they've got those two the wrong way around.

-----------------------------

This is really niggling at me. )

Profile

elettaria: (Default)
elettaria

January 2014

M T W T F S S
  12345
67 89101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags