Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always make a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom. They always ask me how tall I am and I always lie and say 5 feet 10 inches. Next time, I am going to get more adventurous. If they ask me ‘what color are you?’ I am going to say white.
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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on being detained at the U.S. Airport—twice. (Once, he was detained while promoting a film called “My Name is Khan” which was ironically about a person with the last name Khan suffering from repeated racial profiling.)

Multiple actors and other prominent individuals in the film industry with the last name “Khan” have been detained when entering the country. Irrfan Khan (The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, Spider-man) described the three times he was stopped—while on the way to receive honors for his roles in films such as The Namesake—as “humiliating.” Actor Aamir Khan was stopped and stripped searched in 2002. Director Kabir Khan, was reportedly detained at least three times in 2008 while filming in the United States. The New York Times ended up remarking on The Dangers of Fying While Khan

This much is clear:

  • Despite being an incredibly common surname, in the United States, Khan is a racialized last name and those who carry it suffer from additional, insulting, stigma and scrutiny.
  • There is no shortage of talented actors of South Asian descent whether from within the United States, from the UK, or Bollywood—and many of them even have the last name of Khan.
  • With Star Trek Into Darkness the name “Khan” is once again stigmatized as antagonistic, but the actors named Khan, the Khans of the world, and those who look like Khans once again have no voice about how they are represented in American media.

If you’re an award winning actor named Khan, you will still get stopped and humiliated at the airport. When that rare character in American media finally shows up sharing your name, he will be played by a white British man. That actor will wear your name for one movie and sneer and strut to great critical acclaim. You will wear your racialized name, your skin color, and hope you don’t get detained another time.

(via racebending)

(Source: rt.com)

karnythia:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

fetusfiesta:

thepeoplesrecord:

Oh look, it’s another blackface editorial in Vogue
April 19, 2013

Somehow, in 2013, yet another magazine has decided it would be a good idea to put a Caucasian model in literal blackface for a fashion editorial. This time, the culprit isVogue Netherlands. (In the recent past,Numéro, L’Officiel and Vogue Paris, have all come under for using blackface.)

Model Querelle Jansen stars in the May 2013 issue’s “Heritage Heroes,” sort of a retrospective editorial of some of Marc Jacobs’s work for Louis Vuitton. The styling of each look is, we guess, somehow meant to illustrate the inspiration of a particular collection. Marc Jacobs found inspiration in African-American cultural icons for his Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 collections–Grace Jones and Josephine Baker, respectively. Vogue Netherlands decided that the best way to convey those inspirations would be with some white models, black face paint and wigs of what looks like black hair, worn throughout. A caption from the editorial translates to “This collection is inspired by the style of the Parisian showgirl Josephine Baker, mixed with tribal influences.”

A couple of alternative ideas: use a model who already looks something like Grace Jones or Josephine Baker without face paint. Or just, you know, don’t paint a white person’s face black ever? Why is this even something we have to keep pointing out? European editors and stylists especially, it seems, are really not getting it.

Vogue Netherlands, though it’s a relatively new Vogue (it launched in March of last year), has a particularly bad track record with using non-white models. And lest we forget, the Netherlands is also the birthplace of the controversial “Zwarte Piet” tradition, wherein Dutch people dress up in blackface to celebrate Sinterklaas every year.

As many Dutch commenters have pointed out, Zwarte Piet takes place during Sinterklaas, a winter holiday that is similar to Christmas but preceeds it. Those in blackface are depicting a helper of Sinterklaas (essentially Santa Claus) who was either a slave or a white person covered in soot, depending on whom you ask. 

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jesus fucking christ.

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Before anyone claims they don’t know what black face is or that there are no black people in the Netherlands? Kindly spend some time with Google. And note that they chose to do this as part of a “nod” to African Americans. This is how you use racist imagery to generate free press and increase your sales.

Ughhhhhhhhh

mohandasgandhi:

sabersandphasers:

Glenn: +1

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and English doesn’t surpass it by much. Most acts of terrorism in the United States have historically been committed by English-speaking white men. The KKK and other white supremacist/far-right groups have committed multiple 9/11s alone, especially over the last century, but we usually aren’t overly suspicious of English-speaking white men without any known ties to the aforementioned groups. In fact, since the early 90s, most terrorist attacks in the United States came from mostly white, right-wing groups and they’ve been steadily increasing, especially around 2006. Individuals of a Middle Eastern heritage and/or Muslims haven’t even come close. And yet, agencies like Homeland Security and the FBI have disassembled task forces and departments that focused on those groups, even refusing to track and analyze the terrorist attacks committed. Why could that be?

blackfangirlsunite:

disneyforprincesses:

political-linguaphile:

cognitivedissonance:

Meet Mexican Barbie. I’m going to stop there, because journalist Laura Martinez nails it:

The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed.
In addition to a “wonderfully bright pink dress with ribbon accents,” Mexican Barbie comes fashionably ready for a fiesta with her Chihuahua friend (we all do.) But that is not all: According to Mattel, this beauty features accessories that “add play value,” including a passport and sticker sheet.
It is not for me to inform you about the “play value” that a passport provides, so go ahead! Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don’t even think of calling her indocumentada. Oh, and she can be yours for only $24.50 on Amazon.com

I’m curious who at Mattel looked at the sketch for this Barbie and said, “You know what? She’s not Mexican enough. I know! Let’s make her legal!”
I’m sure that person exists somewhere in their design department. And that person is awful.

I don’t know about the rest of my fellow Mexican women, but I ALWAYS leave my house decked out in folklorico attire and randomly bust out zapateando all around campus. I mean, I like to make it easy for racists to spot me, of course.
Ok, on a serious note. This ridiculous and incredibly racist. Thanks, Mattel. It’s not like this country doesn’t already treat us like a costume. 

Since someone asked about the Mexican doll, here’s a condense reply

yeah no go fuck yourself Mattel

blackfangirlsunite:

disneyforprincesses:

political-linguaphile:

cognitivedissonance:

Meet Mexican Barbie. I’m going to stop there, because journalist Laura Martinez nails it:

The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed.

In addition to a “wonderfully bright pink dress with ribbon accents,” Mexican Barbie comes fashionably ready for a fiesta with her Chihuahua friend (we all do.) But that is not all: According to Mattel, this beauty features accessories that “add play value,” including a passport and sticker sheet.

It is not for me to inform you about the “play value” that a passport provides, so go ahead! Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don’t even think of calling her indocumentada. Oh, and she can be yours for only $24.50 on Amazon.com

I’m curious who at Mattel looked at the sketch for this Barbie and said, “You know what? She’s not Mexican enough. I know! Let’s make her legal!”

I’m sure that person exists somewhere in their design department. And that person is awful.

I don’t know about the rest of my fellow Mexican women, but I ALWAYS leave my house decked out in folklorico attire and randomly bust out zapateando all around campus. I mean, I like to make it easy for racists to spot me, of course.

Ok, on a serious note. This ridiculous and incredibly racist. Thanks, Mattel. It’s not like this country doesn’t already treat us like a costume

Since someone asked about the Mexican doll, here’s a condense reply

yeah no go fuck yourself Mattel

thegoddamazon:

wretchedoftheearth:

pedazitosfightsback:

A knife is on the white supremacist side?
Not a disease-ridden blanket or fleets of colonizers or guns?
pff -10 points for this picture I give it a D-

oh my god i’m so sick of these images that pretty much equate members of white supremacist groups to black people

EXACTLY.
We are not the fucking same. Black gangbangers definitely don’t kill for the same insane-nationalist reasons the KKK do.
And why a knife? That sends me the message that they’re trying to downplay how dangerous the KKK actually is (bringing a knife to a gunfight and all), as if the KKK wasn’t hunting us down and shooting us like animals.

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thegoddamazon:

wretchedoftheearth:

pedazitosfightsback:

A knife is on the white supremacist side?

Not a disease-ridden blanket or fleets of colonizers or guns?

pff -10 points for this picture I give it a D-

oh my god i’m so sick of these images that pretty much equate members of white supremacist groups to black people

EXACTLY.

We are not the fucking same. Black gangbangers definitely don’t kill for the same insane-nationalist reasons the KKK do.

And why a knife? That sends me the message that they’re trying to downplay how dangerous the KKK actually is (bringing a knife to a gunfight and all), as if the KKK wasn’t hunting us down and shooting us like animals.

^^^ commentary

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Is it Fair for Chefs to Cook Other Cultures’ Foods?

Last week, the New York Times published a piece by me entitled “Cuisines Mastered as Acquired Tastes.” In it, I tried to explore how American-raised chefs learn to cook the food of immigrant cultures, and why they so often become more successful than the immigrants themselves.

I admit the article started in my head because I felt that immigrant chefs often get dealt a tough hand, but I tried to report out an even story. In part, that was because I really respect the American-raised chefs I wrote about, but also because I think many of the factors that make for this phenomenon aren’t anyone’s “fault”—they’re tied up in a bigger picture of how restaurant people, media, and our society deal and don’t deal with all the weird stuff that happens when you mix all kinds of races and cultures together like we do in America.

But then my friend Eddie Huang emailed me. The son of a Taiwanese immigrant restaurant family and chef / owner of Baohaus, he wrote, “Look, for a lot of the article I was like, ‘FRANCIS, HAMMER THEM!’ I really didn’t like the thing about the chefs being more ‘objective’ because they’re distanced from the food and it’s not personal. I disagree entirely. Food is PERSONAL. Business is personal! The Godfather was wrong!”

And so we talked, immigrant son to immigrant son, food-lover to food-lover, Chinaman to Chinaman. (It isn’t the preferred nomenclature, but it works for us.) We had an honest debate over whether it’s right for chefs to “take” someone else’s culture and sell it, what responsibilities writers and chefs have to make sure people understand where cuisines come from, and, in the end, what it means to be an immigrant in America. What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. It’s long and there is some tough talk in there, but we felt it was worth sharing. And please share your thoughts in the comments below, but you don’t want to see how Eddie deals with trolls. – Francis Lam

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slattern:

the next time you think about comparing a POC to a dog 

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fucking don’t. 

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stfuhypocrisy:

Jordan Russell Davis: Unarmed Black Teen Shot Dead

keepbangin:

If real life interests any of you….

R.I.P

I suspect he’s one of those guys, a kind of guy who unfortunately feels familiar to me, who just gets explosively enraged when people he perceives as his inferiors don’t do what he wants them to do, because he thinks he has the right to demand it.

I suspect that Dunn erupted like an emotional volcano because he was fear-raging at being denied some show of deference to which he believes he’s entitled, sheerly by virtue of who he is.

Or: He “snapped,” as it is known in the common parlance when white men behave this way, as though it is inexplicable behavior instead of inevitable behavior when certain portions of any population are told they are special and then their frustrations at a world that treats them otherwise redirected onto scapegoats by the very tricksters who created their discordance of identity in the first place.

I suspect that the problem was not that Dunn “felt threatened” in that particular moment, but that he “feels threatened” all the time, in ways that are carelessly encouraged by all the institutions that exploit the impotent rage of people whose identities and self-worth are inextricably tied to unearned privilege, fanning the flames of their insecurity that their privilege, nay their very identities, are being eroded by nefarious Others whose very existence is an existential threat.

- Melissa McEwan at Shakesville: He Felt Threatened (via billowingclouds)

The story of how I almost got shot by a racist white man.

dmwalking:

I was assaulted when I was a teen by a middle aged white redneck before…..over a movie theater entrance!!!  

I had already paid for my ticket.  Left, got some ice cream, and came back.  I’m going through the door to bypass the lines and this guy on his way out suddenly bumps into me hard. I’m thinking it’s a simple “oops we bumped into each other” for a split second.  I’m a pretty big dude so the bump felt like it was just my mass. I even said, my bad.  But I noticed he backed up and kept trying to keep me from getting in the door. Now I’m confused. I back up and I’m like, what’s your problem?  He’s like, “You gotta pay like everyone else.”  I say, “I did. I’m going to show my stub to the ticket guy. I’m not trying to movie jump.”  So I try to reach for the door again and this dude really put his hands on me and pushed me….hard! I’m normally a cool headed person but I was furious.  I pushed him back and told him not to put his hands on me.  I’m heated. I ask him again what his problem is. I paid for my ticket.  And he says, “I don’t like your kind. Always trying to get a free ride.” I can imagine my face turned red. But I kept relatively cool and just let him know, he’s not security.  He has no rights to put his hands on me. Let the ticket guy check my stub. At that point I was under the false assumption that you could reason with white people. Not this guy. He was feeling his white privilege strong that day. 

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invisiblelad:

cannelledusoleil:

auauk:

Japanese-American Internment (the result of Executive Order 9066.)

Never forget.

Perpetual reblogging. As if on cue, a very good example of institutional discrimination. 

Thought you might be interested in reblogging some racist tweets about Red Dawn

Child kicked out of class because she smelt like “curry and spices” and made the teacher feel sick.

takealookatyourlife:

Jaswinder Paul, said his 13-year-old daughter, who is of Indian-Maori descent, was asked on Friday to move to another classroom because the teacher felt sickened by her. 

That teacher should be kicked out cause the smell of racism makes me sick. 

唐朝女王武则天: Yellow Face and Orientalism in the Media: Controlling What it Means to be Asian

hannahology:

[Inspired by my Amplify associate, Karachi, and her post on Blackface, Slurs and Appropriation]

Yellow Face isn’t just the mere inauthenticity and a failure of aesthetics of white people dressing up, wearing make up, trying to be Asian, and/or playing the roles of Asians. No,…

A blog dealing with racial issues across different social intersections. While we do focus on the black/white binary there are also many posts on other non-black POC groups. As we mostly reblog or gather info from other sources, things do slip the net from time to time so please let us know if anything you see here is plagiarized or needs to be taken down.