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gatitaborrachita:

So I’m going to rant here a bit. The time of year has arrived where empathy and consideration go out the window. The image on the left is an ignorant portrayal of what is supposed to be a native woman. The image on the right is in fact, a native woman.
There is no excuse for any race or culture to be compacted into a costume for one night of “fun”.
Portrayals like these strip us of our humanity.
I do not support any person who decides to make the conscious effort to perpetuate a vile act such as dressing up as something you’re not.
You are not honoring me. You do not care about me. You are not going to use my culture to spice up your dull life for a night.
I’m human. I’m native. I’m sick and tired.

Okay, but do keep in mind that “dressing up as something you’re not” is literally the point of Halloween. (Straying from what it originally was meant to be perhaps, but nonetheless, what it is today.) 

I am not trying to un-justify your offense to this particular costume (it isn’t something I would ever wear) but perhaps think of it this way:

Let’s say someone, a non-native american, really likes the Disney movie ‘Pocahontas’ and wants to dress up as the titular character for Halloween. (We all know that Pocahontas isn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of the real story but let’s set that aside for now.) Or maybe even dressing up as Tiger Lily to accompany a friend’s Peter Pan costume.

Would you consider this to be racist or offensive?

You say there is no excuse for anyone to dress up in the aesthetic of any race or culture but the fact of the matter is, it happens all the time, with every kind of culture + race, and I don’t think it is ever really meant to be harmful in the way you are perceiving it. Spirit halloween is shitty for plenty of reasons though, and it shows in a lot of their costumes as well. Especially anything accompanied with the word “sexy”… and everyone knows nothing is accurately designed or portrayed. All I am trying to say is that I personally believe there are a few exceptions to your claim.

Actually, let’s talk about Pocahontas and Tiger Lily for a second
They’re both problematic characters for many reasons
I have a problem with Matoaka’s (Pocahontas’ real name) portrayal mainly because of the inaccuracy. She was a child when she met John Smith. She’s hypersexualized in her short buckskin dress and made to look like an older woman. Indeed it is not necessarily problematic to wear a costume that is 100 percent identical to the movie, but it does not sit right with me.

Tiger Lily on the otherhand, doesn’t speak throughout the entirety of her scenes.
The “Why is the Red Man Red?” segment had me squirming awkwardly everytime I would see it. It’s not fun watching blatant racism being thrown in your face at such a young age. (If you don’t think that was one of the most offensive scenes you can fuck right off)

Costumes and representations that hypersexualize and demean native women perpetuate violence. Violence among indigenous women is an epidemic that has been overlooked throughout time. Harmful stereotypes in the media play a significant part in violence amongst indigenous women.

1 in 3 native women will be raped in her lifetime. 70 percent of abusers are non-native people.
1,186 reported cases of missing indigenous women in Canada has called for a national inquiry that is STILL overlooked

Overall, this is extremely toxic. Cultural appropriation should not occur as a basis for costumes. There are so many other creative and original ideas one can muster up, but using race and culture stings like no other.

The Beast

saynine:

 took the catalog of #FucktoyFriday tweets and distilled it even further to #TheBeast tweets. They have a decided flavor of non-consent. I have removed the FTF tag & the time stamps for easier reading.
For those unfamiliar, #TheBeast was a popular sub-genre of my #FucktoyFriday tweet series.
If you are unfamiliar with the project, Kendra Holiday did a pretty informative story on it a while back.

The stripes of my cane on the front if your thighs are just to warm the beast up. Do you hear it growling slut?

Whether you breathe or not, the beast inside me only wants your pain. I am your only hope for survival. Keep begging. .

From behind the fog, I see my hands around your throat, squeezing, you fading, my cock fucking, he has taken control, Beast

Your tears are no longer enough for him, your gasping, your terror only feed him, he will consume you #TheBeast

You said unleash him, do you have any idea the mistake you made? Your suffering will be legendary. . #TheBeast

You look at me with terror in your eyes, real fear, the kind he can smell, your cunt forms a puddle on the chair #TheBeast

Your face is covered in saliva, he spits on you to show his use for you as he growls & fills your cunt with anger #TheBeast

I have warned you many times that he must be restrained, “Let him out” you purred, you are cut and bruised #TheBeast

I want your pain, he wants your agony. I want your sobs, he wants your screams. You see him flash behind my eyes. #TheBeast

I would never truly harm you, but you must never ask to let him loose. He would destroy you, #TheBeast

I’ve warned you, he doesn’t have the control I have, I keep him locked down for a reason, you wouldn’t survive #TheBeast

He doesn’t understand, limits, negotiation, basic human respect, he wants to destroy you. Consume you. #TheBeast

Biting you, hearing you scream just raises his fury, the pain and fucking he will unleash on you is epic. #TheBeast

Blindfolded and bound, I whisper in your ear, “I’ll do my best to keep you safe from him, but he controls my hands” #TheBeast

The urge to run is outweighed by your urge to crumple at my feet. You swear the room is vibrating in fear #TheBeast

Hands more like paws snatch you up & toss you like a ragdoll across the room. Fury will be directed at your cunt #TheBeast

He doesn’t even speak, but I know what he needs. Your pain, your agony, your humiliation, my hands will deliver #TheBeast

He hides behind my eyes, deep in my skin, he moves my hands, to break you down, one cane blow at a time #TheBeast

Stand up straight boy, he wants me to bind your cock before I fuck hell into your asshole. #TheBeast

Such a pretty little boy, when #TheBeast and I are through with you, you’ll be a heap of trembling cum and tears

I have a feeling #TheBeast will be making an appearance at again tomorrow. I know he is restless.

On your knees, looking up, naked, innocent, a sacrifice to the fury. Your suffering will feed him little girl #TheBeast

Hand around your throat, you are lifted from knees to your toes. A bead of sweat on your lip. Cunt soaked. #TheBeast

Whispered in your ear “To go home with me is to imply consent to every thing he takes” you tremble with desire #TheBeast

There will be no negotiation, you hope to survive the night, but care less and less if you do #TheBeast

Are those claws ripping at your flesh? No longer recognizable. I have given him control. Mercy will not be given #TheBeast

He will tear from your very soul the desire you have so long hidden. Through your cunt and tears you will be born #TheBeast

The arrangement we have is perfect, he feeds upon the agony of your flesh, I reap the benefits of your new soul #TheBeast

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Dangers of the 'White Saviour' Complex

thisiseverydayracism:

After viewing a documentary called, “Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide.”  I instantly identified it as a case of what is referred to as the “white saviour syndrome.”  The “white savior syndrome” is the idea that oppressed racialized people can escape their marginalized realities through the guidance and intervention of a seemingly selfless white person. The white savior syndrome can be observed in Hollywood movies such as Dances with Wolves and Avatar but also throughout history.  Abraham Lincoln is seen as a hero for opposing slavery and John F Kennedy is revered for his commitment to civil rights.  These white figures overshadow the oppressed people who organized to fight for their own freedoms.  History, it seems, always favours the dominant white narrative, this is very disempowering for all racialized people who are fighting for their rights as it reinforces the idea that their rights can only be legitimized by a white person.

My concern is that Kevin Annett is expropriating the experiences of Native residential school survivors for selfish reasons.  Some potential reasons could be to get revenge with the church who terminated his employment or for fame, respect and admiration.  It is beyond the scope of this paper to identify if any of these things are true in Kevin Annett’s case and in reality, the reason for the expropriation in my view isn’t as important as the act of expropriation itself.

In this paper I will demonstrate how Kevin Annett exemplifies the “white savior syndrome,” by first examining how the title of the documentary indicates Kevin Annett’s self-perceived importance to the issue of genocide in Canada and secondly by explaining the importance of how much time he is shown on camera, how much he is narrating the documentary and the overall character development and central importance of himself in relation to other people in the documentary.

One of the most striking and immediate examples of Kevin Annett’s “white savior syndrome” is the title of his documentary, “Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide.”  His name in the title indicates, in his view his central importance to the issue being examined in the documentary, the genocide of indigenous people in Canada.  Someone who may be unfamiliar with both the genocidal practices perpetrated against indigenous people within Canada and Kevin Annett’s work would immediately deduct from the title that Kevin Annett has some sort of important relevance to the topic of indigenous genocide in Canada.  At first though it may be unclear as to what his role could potentially be in relation to the genocide.  A reader of the title may assume his role was as a victim of the genocide or as a perpetrator of it.  The title is not revealing of his role, but the documentary itself is.  The documentary content itself reveals Kevin Annett as more than an advocate of Native rights, but as a spokesperson for Native victims of state and church abuses.

Kevin Annett is pictured and narrates more than any other person in the documentary and there may be no mistaking that since he wrote and directed the documentary, that he intended that he be the star of it.  In this sense, the title of the documentary was a suitable one.  Two main topics were discussed in the documentary – Kevin Annett and the Canadian genocide.  It is the relationship between the two topics which require greater investigation here.

Kevin began to narrate his life story near the beginning of the documentary .  He began when he arrived in Port Alberni B.C. for a job interview at a St. Andrew’s United Church where he hoped he would be hired as minister.   He was hired and soon began his work with his congregation.  He found it curious that while Port Alberni was comprised of a large Native population, no  Natives were part of his congregation.  He began to investigate why the community was so segregated and soon discovered that the Port Alberni residential school which was run by the Port Alberni United Church had perpetrated horrific crimes against Native children.

The concept of ‘discovery’ is important here.  Kevin Annett ‘discovered’ that abuses had been perpetrated against Native children by the Port Alberni United Church, he took ownership of that discovery and filmed a documentary about it.  In accepting the idea that he, a white man has ‘discovered’ that great injustices have occurred, it is objectifying the victims of the crimes and framing Kevin Annett as a hero for bringing these crimes to light.  Of course, there are many residential school survivors who have been trying for many years for their stories to be exposed to the mainstream society, but none of the courageous work of the victims themselves was given exposure.  Victims were only interviewed to serve as factual evidence that abuses had occurred, backing up Annett’s ‘discovery.’

Kevin’s biographical story continues in the documentary as he reaches out to the Native population of Port Alberni by inviting them to church.  As the Natives began to tell their stories of abuse at the hands of the Port Alberni Church officials, the white members of his congregation were increasingly adamant that Natives not be allowed to attend their church.  He then says his employers had him fired and ex-communicated from the church because he was making the church look bad by allowing the Natives to use the pulpit to tell their stories.

In the documentary, Kevin tells of further research he conducted, outside of Port Alberni once he was ex-communicated.   He claims he ‘discovered’ to his horror that other residential schools had existed all over the country.  He began to create awareness around the issue and then he asserts the church tried to ruin his life by destroying his family.  He says that the United Church approached his wife, convinced her to divorce him and paid her legal fees for the divorce which amounted to $250,000.   He also states that the returned to university in hopes of working toward a PhD at the University of Victoria, but the RCMP had blocked his funding since he had exposed information that was damaging to the Canadian government.  These claims sound far fetched, but not as far fetched as Kevin’s later online assertions that the Queen of England herself had kidnapped Native children who were never to be seen again.

One of the troubles with allowing those who exemplify the “white savior syndrome” to speak on behalf of a group of people they are not a member of, is that they can take legitimate stories of oppression and distort them through sensationalism which can be fueled by ‘white savior’ selfishness.  The distortions caused by desperate attempts for attention by the ‘white savior’ make the stories themselves less credible, when really, residential school stories as truth are horrifying enough to be worthy of attention.

If Indigenous people allow white people to speak for us, even to allow one to be the spokesperson for our pain – we will never be viewed as equals.  We must tell our own stories if we are to show the world that we are human beings worthy of respect.  Allies are important but they must not try to lead us.  This can be frustrating for everyone involved in equity work.  Those with privilege must use that influence to get others with privilege to listen directly to the Indigenous narrative.

Kevin Annett used the 2011 “Occupy movements” all over Canada it as an opportunity to promote his work.   An “Occupy” member describes Annett as follows; “Annett has left a trail of pain in his wake. He’s stolen the stories of many brave residential school survivors and used them to promote his sideshow. Each time someone asked him to stop what he was doing he publicly attacked and defiled their reputation in public forums.”

To be clear, I don’t think Kevin Annett is a bad person, further, I do believe that he cares about Native rights.  Allies are not meant to lead but to support and follow.

In conclusion, it is my opinion that Kevin Annett has objectified the Native victims of church and state violence for his own gain.  He did interview Native residential school survivors who had the opportunity to tell their stories in their own words but no further character development was done on them.  Their purpose in the documentary was merely to support Kevin’s ‘discovery’ of injustices perpetrated by church and state.  I have shown that he is an example of the “white savior syndrome” by having examined how the title of the documentary indicates Kevin Annett’s self-perceived importance to the issue of genocide in Canada and secondly by having explained the importance of how much time he is shown on camera, how much of the documentary is his narrative and the his overall character development  and central importance of himself in relation to other people in the documentary.

On Twitter you can find me at  @Aakdewin_Kwe

thisiseverydayracism:

By Andi Sharavsky | Jan 9, 2014 | Reductress.com

So, you’re going abroad to an underdeveloped country. Good for you! Everyone is already impressed with your bravery and selflessness, but it’s important to make sure your help and goodwill have the most lasting effects – on social media! If Oprah and Angelina have taught us anything, it’s that giving solely for the sake of giving is a missed photo op and a waste of everyone’s time. The following photo tips may not give your host family easier access to clean drinking water, or provide them protection against parasitic worms and merciless warlords, but they will ensure that everyone you know sees that you are basically a living saint.

1. Cradling the child to your bosom.

The classic shot. Instantly invokes images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that sad dust bowl mom. For added poignancy, stare off into the distance. Suggested caption: Any lyric from “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.

2. While playing sports with all of the village children.

Women playing sports is already adorable, so this one is a no-brainer. Add a dusty, remote shanty town as a backdrop, and you’re golden. Suggested caption: “Who needs a personal trainer when you have these little cuties to kick your butt? Just kidding, Todd, I’ll be back in a few weeks, get those kettlebells ready!”

3. While wearing traditional native garb.

Really emphasize your newfound reverence for this developing country’s unique culture by incorporating it into your look. Be careful about camera angles though; dashikis do NOT cinch at the waist! Suggested caption: “I let my little host sister give me a makeover, and this is the most naturally beautiful I’ve ever felt in my life!”

4. The Family Portrait.

This quintessential shot of you and your host family (with you crouched down with their children, obviously) will show everyone how fully accepted, appreciated, and adored you are by the very people you came to help. Suggested caption: “They ended up teaching me more than I could ever teach them.” Or any lyric from Wicked’s “For Good.”

The most important thing to remember about your trip is that one person can’t really make a difference in the world, but she CAN look beautiful and benevolent while trying. You will forever cherish the posts you made on your timeline, so invest in a nice camera and get posting for all your family, friends, and vague acquaintances to see! After all, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does its Klout score go up? And if NPR never sends you your tote bag, was it even worth it to donate?

Source: http://reductress.com/cutest-ways-photograph-hugging-third-world-children/

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