Women of the KKK, 1923.
No one can honestly tell me that this isn’t something that looks like it is straight out of the demonic mind of a scary movie producer. Sadly, it’s not. This is a real photograph taken of the female KKK members in 1923 ( just incase you thought white women were innocent ). As I stare at this picture my heart mourns for every strong POC, no not just those of African diaspora because we all know the KKK despises all us POC, they lived during the arguably the worst time for POC in America. They had no laws that could protect them or even had the chance to defend themselves in court like what we are rightfully and deservingly given today. Take a moment to pray (whatever your religion) for the souls of those affected by pre desegregation. Take a moment to thank those who lost their sons, daughters, Etc in the fight to be able to walk outside in broad daylight and not get lynched. Will racism ever end? I don’t know, but what I do know is that no one should have to put up with it as an every day nightmare. No matter what your ethnicity is we MUST stick together, for together we are strong. I dream of a day these people may never hurt our children.
- Susie the Moderator
this shit looks like american horror story
it was the black american horror story
My alma mater, Smith College, had a chapter of the KKK until the 1930s, thought we generally pretend it wasn’t the case. The myth of white female innocence with regards to systemic racial oppression is so pervasive it’s ridiculous.
white women are not and have never been passive victims of the white supremacist patriarchy, they are active enforcers of racial oppression as means of holding shared privilege with their white male counterparts
What I been saying tho.
Thank you! White women might be worse for WoC than white men. They have always been very clear about where they stand.
Oscar The Grandiose
Second piece from the upcoming show “The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me - A Jim Henson Tribute Exhibition.” at Gallery Nucleus.
This was the first idea I had for the show. It took me about 10 tries before I got it right, but I was dead set on making it work.
damn. what if this was the origins of Oscar? Before he was dubbed Oscar The Grouch.
Best lesson from a Disney movie
This is an underrated movie
This is a grossly underrated movie.
Can I take a minute to rant? Good. Cuz I’m gonna.
I FLOVE this movie. And I HATE all the stupid hatred it gets. For a long time the buzz was “finally a black princess yay!” and now everyone is like “Fuck this movie, first black princess and she spends the whole movie a frog.”
You know what? Fuck that. Because Ariel spent a good majority of the movie not talking. Mulan spent the majority of the move pretending to be a man. Aurora and Snow White? Asleep (Hardly in the movie at all). They’re all just plot devices, not designed to take away from the traits of the women.
And you know what else? Unlike some of the other princesses, Tiana is in control of her destiny every step of the way. When she turns into the frog does she lose hope and need rescuing? Hell naw. She busts Naveen over the head and gets the job done. She is consistently responsible and capable even after having her dreams crushed and turning into a freaking frog.
So don’t tell me that Tiana is “less than” just because she gets turned into a frog. She’s still one of the most hardworking, badass, and capable chicks in animated history and I love her like crazy cakes.
wait no one was actually mad at the movie but at the creators for the making of the story being revolved around the fact that it was a black princess who spent most of her time as animal. cause unlike the other princesses they spent their time as a FUCKING HUMAN!!!!!!!
Both commentaries are good. I feel that the creators, knowing how historic and important movie having a black princess, should have made a story where she was human! However, despite that political fuckery that took place, it is still a phenomenal movie
I’ve said this literally every time this photoset has come on my dash and I will keep saying it: I would just like everyone who constantly, uncritically praises this movie because Tiana is so hardworking and bad ass to stop and think for a moment about why it is that Disney chose the film with the first Black princess to break away from the traditional Disney narrative and send the message “you won’t get a fairy godmother, you have to work hard to achieve your dreams”. Why now, with this particular movie, with this particular Princess?
My problems with this movie go a lot deeper than just ire at the fact that the first Black princess spent most of her movie as an animal, though that is certainly worthy of criticism. (After all, in her human form, she wasn’t allowed to have natural hair either, meanwhile people fall over themselves to praise Pixar for lovingly animating every ginger curl on some white girl’s head.)
Telling girls that they have to work hard to achieve their dreams is a good message. Girls having control over their own destiny is a good message. Girls of all races and ethnicities can benefit from hearing this. But these messages can’t be divorced from the reality of oppressive expectations for Black women and how we specifically experience racialized sexism in a kyriarchal society. They can’t be divorced from the way that Black women are specifically expected to shoulder our own burdens, are not allowed to dream too much or be too carefree. And we are expected to do this by everyone—white folks, Black folks (esp. Black men), everybody of every persuasion. Black women are told from the moment we are born, by our parents and by the world, that we have to work three times as hard to be half as successful, that toil is our lot in life, and not to expect a damn bit of help with any of these burdens. Not only that, we are told we have to shoulder everyone else’s burdens, too. And we can’t have a moment of complaint or vulnerability, we have to be Strong Black Women at all times. Some of us have our dreams literally beaten out of us by parents who fear for us—they crush us before the world can do it, for our own good. Dreams and whimsy are specifically not for us as Black women, we can’t “afford” to have those things, and we certainly can’t afford to dream of being swept off our feet by Prince Charming, not in a world that denigrates and denies our beauty and desirability as women worthy of love and romantic companionship at every turn, hypersexualizing us as animalistic exotic Jezebels and de-sexualizing us as Mammies by turns.
Why is it that the first Black princess is the one who is saddled with a lazy man-child that she has to whip into shape for a prince?
And these are things that are never ever ever told to white girls, not in a million years, because they are placed on pedestals, they are told to expect Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet. The very fact that this movie is specifically set in the real world and grounded firmly in real history as opposed to a fantasy mashup only inspired by various times and places like every white Princess movie was a deliberate choice, make no mistake. It was about denying Black girls a fairytale princess like Cindy or Aurora or Ariel. Dreams and whimsy and fantastic flights of fancy are not for us. Even Tiana’s requisite cute animal sidekick died.
And in the very end, how did Tiana actually achieve her dream? It wasn’t even through all the hard work and toil and struggle that the movie kept harping on as being the way to go for her. It wasn’t even though the closest thing to a fairy godmother the movie gave us, in Mama Odie. In the end, it was through the benevolence of a rich, spoiled white woman who took pity on her.
I’m not saying don’t like the movie. It’s a good movie in a lot of ways—the animation is beautiful, the songs are amazing (esp. Mama Odie’s song), the characters are great, and it’s got way more emotional punch than most Disney movies. Tiana is truly an amazing character and one of my favorite Disney Princesses. I love Naveen, flaws and all, and I felt like their romance was probably the best one out of all of them because it felt the most genuine, even with my problems with it. And just the fact that Black children, particularly Black girls, finally have a princess to call their own and be included means the absolute world to me. All my younger relatives have PatF everything, by design, because I want them to be able to see themselves in the stories they love the way I never could when I was coming up, and my generation of Black girls had to adopt Jasmine because she was The Brown One and we figured she would be the closest thing we would ever get. I’m not saying don’t love Tiana and what she means, or don’t love the movie.
What I’m saying is think about this movie on more than just a “yay Tiana is so badass” type of level, think about what mindset went along with the message (again, a message crafted by a white corporation). What might appear on the surface to be a wholly positive message really isn’t when you look at it on a deeper level, and you place this film in its proper historical context of media messages sent about and to Black women and girls—particularly when juxtaposed against the historical context of media messages sent about and to white women and girls.
You can enjoy and appreciate the movie for what it means, especially to little black girls, while still criticizing it for the undertones of misogynoir lurking under the pretty surface. You can love Tiana while recognizing that she is a product of a society that believes Black women only exist to work hard, carry everyone around them, and then die.
White women (and a lot of non-Black WOC) would be better off recognizing that the only reason they get so offended when hearing “Black is beautiful” is because their entire self-image is built around being to epitome of beauty (and thus womanhood).
You are literally built up as the epitome of beauty/womanhood while Black women are positioned as the antithesis of it. To hear the group you believe (and most often this belief is subconscious) to be the antithesis of beauty, actually claim ourselves as beautiful (and thus worthy of love, respect, humanity) is shattering to your very fragile egos.
That’s why y’all stay in folks inboxes (on anon no less) talking about “we’re all beautiful.” But I don’t see you protesting Calvin Klien or anyone else in the fashion/modeling/makeup industry for more inclusivity of Black and Brown women. But we all beautiful, right?
BOOM CODED LANGUAGE DESTROYED IN FIVE SECONDS
The Disney Channel of my childhood
I loved this movie growing up
But did they actually say “nigger” on Disney Channel because I really don’t remember this
This movie was so dope though
Trust me, they really said nigger because it was on just a few years ago and my ass was shocked
Y’all remember how her dad went OFF ‘cause he thought the white girl called her kaffir?
remember when you could actually have serious conversations in media targeting kids?
Fake film: At Sixes And Sevens
└ Lupita Nyong’o, Tatiana Maslany, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt, Lyndie Greenwood, Natalie Dormer
Trained together in the academy six women become the unstoppable force that’s needed to take down the country’s biggest threats and keep the people safe even if no one will ever know but them.