Black farmers and gardeners have been growing and raising food before it was cool, when it was what one did for survival. They were organic before organic–few could afford fertilizers and modern farm equipment; biodynamic before biodynamic–the earth-cosmos-animal-human connection has always been a major tenet of pre-Christianity African-centered spirituality and farming; sustainable before sustainable–can’t misuse what you ain’t got; local before local–black farmers’ had limited local selling power because of few profitable wholesale and retail opportunities and institutionalized racism; and, they are all small family farms.
I never once in my life thought I would live to see this day in any country on earth. So much of my life has been spent doing unpaid work-cleaning, cooking, organizing, and household-running….whether or not I had a “real job”, no matter what other obligations I have had. I STILL do the majority of housework. There is more than one reason my url is what it is.
Never in all my days would I have imagined I would see the day that women of color are paid for this amazing contribution to the running of the world, in any country, at any time.
Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go cry tears of amazement that this has happened for any of us, anywhere, until there’s snot.
Sometimes, white privilege is as simple as knowing that, generally speaking, if you’re white, you’ll be perceived as competent and hard-working until proven otherwise, while people of color — even those who have proven themselves competent and hard-working — will still be subjected to presumptions that they just might not be, and that somehow, they (but not you) need to be reminded of the importance of hard-work and personal responsibility, lest they (but never you) revert to some less impressive group mean.
And done! So this is my attempt at a steampunk Indian character. I was irritated into it by bad depictions of Western-aesthetic-pretty Indian Girlies in fake saris. Her hair is partly “inspired” by the Indian-rapunzels, because like Battameez, I cannot imagine an Indian woman with that much hair left unbraided.
I’ve tentatively named her Amrita Bai, but that’s probably not period-accurate so it’s subject to change as I do more research. Her family’s from Tamilnadu, & are Vishwakarma caste (specifically metalsmiths, I assume), but they moved to one of the forts under Shivaji’s control, and she’s training under a mechanical artificer there. — All subject to change as I do more research. (Plz do tell me if this is faily somehow…)
Real saris are hard. And group-specific; this is a Tamil-brahmin 9-yard sari, and probably not quite period accurate but I’m not sure how it’d be different. No blouse, because this is from my no-British-Raj alternate India. I haven’t actually worn a 9-yard sari myself, so I’m not at all sure I have the folds right on this one. But I did get input from my mother, who has.
Anyway ya know what’s not hard? Making her skin dark. I find that dark skin is so much easier to get looking human rather than zombie than pale skin is, so extra wtf to those whitewashers who say it’s haaaard.
And now I run off to the doctor.
reblogged it before, but always worth reblogging steampunk POC characters who lack Victoriana
Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student’s invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds.
I don’t believe in any kind of nonviolence. I believe that it’s right to be nonviolent with people who are nonviolent. But when you’re dealing with an enemy who doesn’t know what nonviolence is, as far as I’m concerned you’re wasting your time.
And I think that the people in this part of the world would do well to listen to Dr. Maritn Luther King and give him what he’s asking for and give it to him fast before some other factions come along and try to do it another way. What he’s asking for is right, that’s the ballot, and if he can’t get it the way he’s trying to get it, then it’s going to be gotten one way or the other.
Even though Malcolm disagreed with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent approach, he still supported him. Don’t buy into the fake story that they were enemies. Taken from footage in Selma, Alabama, Feb. 4, 1965.
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It looked on it’s surface like one of those super cliche trainings about sexual harassment, and ended yup being this really raw, frank conversation about rape and sexual assault and how to identify the abuse of minors. The presenter was amazing. She have trigger warnings, and dispelled common myths about rape. All in all it was very well put together.
One thing has been eating at me though. our one activity was to write one concern we had about what we had learned and anonymously turn it in to the presenter, who would, barring specific requests, read it aloud to the group. Don’t you know that the majority of the concerns were about being falsely accused of sexual misconduct. Based on how many men there were in this session, the chances of most of those concerns being from them is pretty high.
So now I an on hyper alert around half the men in my department because I know a bunch of them still care more about the extremely unlikely sullying of their precious fucking reputations than about the huge number of people that are subjected to sexual abuse and harassment.
But Black people in period or fantasy settings totally makes the stories unreal.
Also holy shit I love these.
How come I don’t run across this stuff regularly?
Because of racism and the retroactive erasure of POC in Medieval Europe. Pretty much the same reason you almost never see these works of art either unless you’re already looking for them:
But it’s SOOOOOOOOOOO UNREALISTIC TO SEE BLACK PEOPLE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE!!!!
Oh the last picture is the cutest.
On a more relevant note, this reminds me of when people are like ‘We can’t have POC in Lord of the Rings (or whatever) because it’s unrealistic.’
OH BUT HOBBITS AND ELVES AND MAGIC RINGS AND WIZARDS ARE FUCKING REAL, RIGHT?
Ok, I hate to rain on your parade here, but
1) A number of those are showing the nativity scene, and one of the three kings as been fanon-black since basically forever. (can you say fanon for christianty? It’s certainly never mentioned in the bible). There’s a theory that the three kings were meant to present the three continents known back then, Asian, Africa and Europe, so naturally one of the would be black.
2) Another number of those is not from the middle ages? The last for example is no way in hell from the middle ages, neither the paiting style nor the clothes fit. Another one of them is even dated to 1744. That is not middle ages at all. and the vase up there? All people on ancient greek vases are black. Every single one of them, it’s the style this type of ceramic was done in. I’m also fairly sure that one of the sculpture heads included there (the white stone one) is a work of Egyptian art, so yeah that would be a black person from both the wrong age and moreover the very wrong continent?
3) two of these paintings (4th and 9th) are the same guy, btw. Alessandro de Medici to be precise (hail the google fu!) who was of mixed decent (half italian, half black (nationality not known)) and it’s actually not hard to find paintings of him seeing how he was duke of Florence.
4) can you maybe source the rest, I did my best to find the rest of them on google but to avail? Especially those in the collected picture up there?
READ THE NOTES
I’VE ALREADY DONE THIS ABOUT EIGHT TIMES:
you know, I’m fucking sick and tired of people thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about. Did you notice that the DATE 1744 is right ON one of the paintings I posted? Or maybe that a few of the “paintings” are actually urns and sculptures that date well before the Medieval era? I swear to fucking god you people
Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag Hours of the Virgin: Sext
The first introduction to black people in the ‘Low Countries’ almost certainly occured between AD 200 and 500 when black Africans came to the region in the service of Roman armies.
Research at the University of Newcastle has revealed that black Romans were found in all ranks of the army and that most Roman armies were multi-ethnic. Some Roman emperors, such as Septimius Severus (145-211), were North African in origin. Severus probably marched through the Low Countries with his army in 209 and died in England in 211.
While he may not have been a black African himself, the Historia Augusta does mention a black Ethiopian who served in his army in England. Objects on which black Romans are depicted have also been found in England, although not in the Netherlands as far as is known.
In later Netherlandish art there are certainly many representations of black Romans and black Roman emperors.
The following phase in European history, the Middle Ages, is considerably more important in establishing the roles and image of black people at courts. From the eight century onwards there was a real danger that the Moors, or Muslims, who included many blacks amongst their numbers, would conquer and colonise Europe. They proved formidable opponents.
In subsequent centuries the Moors held sway over the Iberian peninsula, Sicily and Corsica. Both negative and positive representations of black people appear in northern European art and literature from this period of Moorish threat and conquest. Initially these images were chiefly negative, as in the Spiegel Historiaelby Jacob van Maerlant from circa 1330. ( picture Charlemagne )
Positive representations of black people were inspired by the crusaders’ discovery of Christian Ethiopians living in Jerusalem.
When it further emerged that both Ethiopia and Nubia were ruled by Christian kings who were also fighting the Muslims, European crusaders and potentates became increasingly interested in these two lands, believing that they had finally found strong black Christian allies to help them against the Moors.
This idea persisted in art. In Les Très Riches Heures du Jean Duc de Berry(c. 1416) for example, an illumination by the Limburg brothers features three realistic black monks at the foot of the holy cross.
That the Obama administration is now repeatedly declaring that the ‘war on terror’ will last at least another decade (or two) is vastly more significant than all three of this week’s big media controversies (Benghazi, IRS, and AP/DOJ) combined. The military historian Andrew Bacevich has spent years warning that US policy planners have adopted an explicit doctrine of ‘endless war’. Obama officials, despite repeatedly boasting that they have delivered permanently crippling blows to al-Qaida, are now, as clearly as the English language permits, openly declaring this to be so. It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war - justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism - that is the single greatest cause of that threat.