medievalpoc:

searlait:

hathor-aroha:

lifeisliterallylimited:

I AM SO BLOODY FURIOUS:

Three-year-old Aboriginal girl left in tears after she is racially abused by a grown woman for wearing her favourite Frozen costume

  • Samara Muir, 3, had dressed up as Queen Elsa from Disney film Frozen
  • The little girl wore the outfit to a Disney event in Melbourne
  • She was racially abused by a mother and her two daughters
  • ‘Black is ugly’ the three-year-old was told by one of the other girls
  • Samara was so upset she would not go to her Aboriginal dance class
  • When her mother asked why she replied: ‘It’s because I’m black’

This is why people who seem to need “proof from history” that WE NEED MORE DIVERSE REPRESENTATION IN FANTASY piss me off so much. People of color get harassed at Renaissance Faires, at SCA events, in online fandoms, at LARPs, and events based entirely on fantasy and fairy tale stories, because supposedly “there were no PoC back then”.

That’s a lie, and it’s wrapped in another lie.

Despite that fact that Disney’s Frozen has nothing to do with actual history, people still have asked me over and over again about it. Because they want “proof” that it should have been more diverse. 

I really don’t get why anyone would need any more “proof” than the fact that a 3 year old child was told “Black is ugly” at a Disney event because she was dressed as Elsa.

I really wonder if things would change if Frozen really had been based on media from historical Denmark, as a lot of the mistaken “historical accuracy” police had claimed it was. Maybe then people would have seen someone in Frozen, maybe even Elsa, who looked like Karel Van Mander III’s Queen Persina (from a series for the Royal Court in the 1600s):

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[The models for this series were Black people living in Denmark in the 1600s, if anyone was wondering.]

But it’s not set in historical Denmark, or Norway, or “somewhere in Scandinavia”. It’s set in a 100% make-believe world with magic ice powers and sentient snowmen. 

And in THIS world, the one we all live in, racist grown women attack toddlers for dressing up as characters who don’t look like them, when there are practically NO characters who DO look like them. 

WE NEED DIVERSE REPRESENTATION.

And we need it now.

Dinosaurs

seananmcguire:

animatedamerican:

seananmcguire:

animatedamerican:

patrickat:

Scientists say we’ll be able to clone actual dinosaurs by 2020. GoP says science knows nothing; we’ll be able to put an actual dinosaur in the White House as soon as January 2017.

BUT LET’S NOT.

BUT LET’S.

allow me to clarify my position

METAPHORICAL DINOSAUR IN THE WHITE HOUSE: LET’S NOT

ACTUAL LITERAL FIRST PET DINOSAUR IN THE WHITE HOUSE: YES LET’S

Ahhhhhhh yes okay.  I was going RAPTOR PRESIDENT, and let me tell you, I am ALL ABOUT raptor president’s State of the Union.

“RARAHGHGHGHRHBFHGGGHHG!!!!”
“OH GOD RAPTOR PRESIDENT JUST ATE CONGRESS!”

…new representatives are elected, raptor president is fed, everyone wins.

postleft-propaganda:

Immigration raid meets fierce resistance at East Street Market

‘Home Office immigration
enforcement have been targeting the East Street market in Walworth,
London SE17, all week, with no less than five raids over previous days.
Today they came again at 5PM and snatched one man from a fish shop,
presumably accused of working without legal documents.

But this time, things were not going to go so easy
for the thugs in blue. After call-outs went out through the local
grapevine and also on social media, people from the area including the
next door Aylesbury Estate rushed down to the scene. The Home Office
snatch van was blockaded and penned in on a side street off the market.
The bullies retreated inside the van with their prisoner while it was
surrounded by people’s bodies and by makeshift barricades, the tires
were let down, and it was pelted with rotten fruit and eggs from the
market.

The Home Office thugs called in police reinforcements. They arrived
with six cars of cops, plus dog vans and plainclothes cops, and a
helicopter circling overhead, as the street was cordoned off. However,
the crowd kept on growing as more people from the estate and nearby
streets joined in, local teenagers called up their mates, others arrived
seeing it on social media.

The stand off continued for over an hour, the local police clueless
about what to do next. Then three vans of TSG riot cops arrived, tooled
up in full body armour. The TSG pushed through, escorting the Home
Office van limping out on deflated tires. They came under sustained
attack as new barricades of street furniture kept getting thrown up to
stop their progress and hails of rocks, bottles, road cones, etc., kept
them at bay. At least one TSG cop was knocked to the floor, a riot van
windscreen and other windows broken.

In the end, they managed to get their prisoner out, and also took one
more arrested from the resisters. After the immigration van had got out
the crowd kept blocking the TSG vans with commercial rubbish bins and
other barriers to continue
the fighting. Eventually, visibly shaken by the angry mob,the TSG
managed to escape. After giving them a rowdy send-off, the crowd danced
to a mobile sound system.

This was concerted angry action which brought together local
teenagers, Aylesbury Estate residents, anarchists, and whoever was in
the street and not going to take this shit lying down. If we could meet
more raids with resistance like this it would seriously screw up the
system of repression. This is the response we want to be growing on our
streets, every day of the week.’