in west narnia born and raised
through the wardrobe was where i spent most of my days
This is funny and all, but I can’t help but feel like it’s belittling. You wouldn’t say that someone whose ancestors came from, say, Uganda, the Congo, and Somalia that they were “three different flavours of chocolate”. Different nationalities might not necessarily mean different skin tones, but they do mean different cultures, ethnicities, and heritages.
SKIN COLOUR DOESN’T DEFINE YOUR HERITAGE. Just because white people are collectively privileged in North America doesn’t mean that they come from a collective One White Culture. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t differences, divisions, and yes, even prejudices between various European ethnic groups. Someone’s diverse heritage doesn’t deserve to be belittled just because the natives of the countries they come from happen to share a skin tone.
I think the point is more that we are all regularly taught about those varying cultures that the ‘white’ skin tone descends from. It’s great that there are so many European cultures, but those are essentially the only cultures we ever learn about. People wouldn’t commonly say that someone whose ancestors came from Uganda, the Congo, and Somalia are three different flavors of chocolate because people literally don’t know enough to say so. The response would be equally dismissive, though, I think.
The point isn’t really that those cultures and heritages don’t matter, but rather that everyone else’s varied cultures and heritages are treated as if they don’t matter while white culture and white heritage is given preferential treatment as if it is particularly special. Few people afford POC the respect of learning about or caring about the varied cultures of their background.
I hope that makes sense.
It does, and I do understand that. My issue was that by lumping everything together by skin colour, we diminish ALL people’s claims to their heritages. I’m not just speaking about white people, that was just the subject of the post so I stuck to that. I’m sorry if it came across differently.
I just find it irritating, speaking as a mixed person - French, German, and Gujarati (a state in Western India) - that skin colour is so often treated as an overarching descriptor for a person’s background.
Because I’m mixed, my skin is a pretty light shade of brown, so I often get mistaken for Arabic or a fair Indian, or am just assigned the general label “brown”. And sometimes, for the sake of brevity, I stick to that. But other times (most of the time) I want to specify that I’m not just one thing, that I belong to three very different and distinct backgrounds, and that I’m proud of all three. When I do that, though, it’s often read as me being pretentious or particular, especially when I get to the “French and German” part. (*Generic Voice* Why don’t you just say you’re half-white?!)
I know that this problem is reflective of larger racial issues, but I do think that it is a significant problem in and of itself.
Ah, gotcha! That actually makes a lot more sense and now I get where you’re coming from there. Sorry for lecturing you on an issue you are obviously already more than aware of!
The issue of mixed race and skin color is much more complex, and I think you are absolutely right to say it’s problematic to force labels on people only using skin tone as a determiner. That seemed to happen a lot when I worked retail with some of the girls in the Juniors department who were mixed race. It seemed like they were often denied the right to belong to any label other than the ‘generically brown’ label.
My heritage is not very diverse at all (Ireland and Italy, pretty much - my family’s been in the US since the first city was established), so that’s not an experience I’m particularly familiar with, but it’s incredibly shitty to have your heritage denied to you or be treated as lesser in any respect. Your history is yours and you have a right to it, and you have a right to claim it and be proud of it.
I apologize for misunderstanding!
Beautiful tumblr conversations.
Prince George receives a giant stuffed wombat from Australia’s Governor General.
In other news, George and the Wombat sounds like an excellent new children’s book series.
My medieval servant boy has gone missing. I’ll just use Google to see if I can find him.
I still say this was hilarious fuck you guys
guys i wore these heat-resistant sleeves today to clean the friers and they were super ridiculous right
i mean lookit them
and i realized
i waS LIKE SASUKE
tHEN REALIZATION PT 2
HE WEARS THOSE dUMB LOOKIN ARMBANDS CAUSE FIRE
HE BReATHES FIRE AND HE’S JUST PROTECTING HIS ARMS ITS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT LIKE WE THOUGHT IM KINDA UPSET BY THIS????
i really like looking at google image searches for “firemen rescuing cats” or something because you get super cute pictures like
AND THEN THERE’S THIS ONE
"THAT’S RIGHT TWAS I that set the house ablaze!!!”
i have been laughing for ten minutes straight because of that comment
This time the kids win :_D