You cannot say that you like Pocahontas. The genocide of my people is turned into a cartoon musical with a singing raccoon? I mean, think about it, dawg, the real story of Pocahontas is about a bunch of white boys who come to my land, bribe the corrupt indian chief, kill off all the warriors and fuck the indian princess silly.
“I don’t think of architectural language as just a metaphor about space, but about spaces of power, about ideas of power.”
Julie Mehretu is an artist born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and Rhode Island and currently residing in New York. Mehretu’s complex pieces feature architectural forms, fictional landscapes, and grids layered with scribbles, smudges and shapes of different size and colors. Her paintings are more than just assemblage of random colors and lines. The underlying structure of her work consists of socially charged spaces such as government buildings, museums, stadiums, schools, and airports.
“I think architecture reflects the machinations of politics, and that’s why I am interest in it as a metaphor for those institutions.”
Julie Mehretu has received numerous awards including The MacArthur Award in 2005, often referred to as the “genius grant.” The American Art Award granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2005,) and the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin (2007).
On the super cute video that I just posted of the BLACK mother and BLACK daughter dancing to Beyoncé’s song, part of my blurb read:
This is so great. Super adorable Black mommy and her two year old daughter’s great choreography to Beyoncé’s song “End of Time.”
poppedamail-imsweatin decided to post this comment:
Wait, why did it need to be pointed out that she’s black…?
Because she is. Because the sheer act of mentioning a person’s race is not “racism.” Because the myth of “colourblindness" is racist within itself. Because it matters that Black mothers and their children are portrayed in ways that subvert common stereotypes of Black mothers (uncaring, irresponsible, cold, always strong and unfeeling, lazy, doesn’t exercise, abusive to children) and controlling images (loyal "mammy" but only for White children, "lazy welfare mother," "uncaring ‘ball-busting’ matriarch"). Because the entire mainstream media is dedicated to White supremacy and preserving Whiteness, which is a construct and social position of power, not the same as individual countries’ cultures of White people.
Because I am a Black woman who’s entire PERSONAL blog, which is not a mainstream media outlet, is dedicated to dynamic and diverse presentations of Black girls and Black women in addition to womanist, agnostic atheist, radical humanist and anti-oppression discourse. It’s a personal blog. It cannot even compare in scope to multi-billion dollar media conglomerates’ support of the status quo that I reject.
Because the words “mother” and “woman” are defaulted to “White” via the media, Hollywood, and the government.
Race is removed from stories of excellence while stories of pathology will make sure we know if someone Black is involved. You know how I know someone White did something wrong? When their race is not mentioned until the absolute last moment in the news.
As Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote about using the label “Black”
We all can recognize the distinction between the claims ‘I am Black’ and the claim ‘I am a person who happens to be Black.’ ‘I am Black’ takes the socially imposed identity and empowers it as an anchor of subjectivity. ‘I am Black’ becomes not simply a statement of resistance, but also a positive discourse of self-identification, intimately linked to celebratory statements like the Black nationalist ‘Black is beautiful.’ ‘I am a person who happens to be Black,’ on the other hand, achieves self-identification by straining for a certain universality (in effect, ‘I am first a person’) and for a concomitant dismissal of the imposed category (‘Black’) as contingent, circumstantial, non-determinant. There is truth in both characterizations, of course, but they function, quite differently depending on the political context. At this point in history, a strong case can be made that the most critical resistance strategy for dis-empowered groups is to occupy and defend a politics of social location rather than to vacate and destroy it.
Because there is a history and legacy associated with being Black. One that interrupted African history. One we now subvert and create with and celebrate and experience pain because of and are oppressed because of and are beautiful because of.
The connections are all around us. You just aren’t yet willing to accept them.
#DecolonizeHistory is about interrupting space, addressing colonial roots and undoing processes of white supremacy.
Historical narratives are most often presented without the context of colonization, slavery and imperialism despite the huge role they play on all aspects of life.
Hoping this project raises awareness about the injustices towards Trayvon Martin, subject to a system of racism that never served to protect his life, Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen arrested and detained in Guantanamo Bay when he was only 15 years old, and Assata Shakur & Huey Newton, labelled “terrorists” for actively resisting systemic racism.
#DecolonizeHistory aims to illuminate the role that processes of colonialism continue to play out in society.
Not your exotic…
Miss. Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
I’m annoyed with the outcome of the Federal election. But I’m more annoyed with the people trying silence women who don’t vote or have casted informal ballots. I have seen it happen numerous times over facebook and it’s really pissed me off.
Do you think any outcome outside of the obvious lnp…
My last concept piece of the school year. Its about 4 methodologies of art. I choose feminism.
A nation built on the genocide of its indigenous inhabitants, forced lifelong labor and brutal living conditions of African folks, designating itself as the morality enforcement of the rest of the world through even more brutal policies, economically intimidating sanctions, extrajudicial killings, prolonged military siege and occupation that cant even provide justice for the youth within its own borders.
What a world we live in.
I hope this young man’s (referring to Trayvon Martin) family know they have an army of people who recognize the horrid injustice they’ve suffered. Believe me, people outside of the US know what sanctioned terrorism from America’s legal system feels like and we feel deeply for them.my uncle in Eritrea sent me a long email yesterday and this is an excerpt from it (via maarnayeri)
When was the last time the United States won a war? You know, it lost in Vietnam. It’s lost in Afghanistan. It’s lost in Iraq. And it will not be able to contain the situation. It is hemorrhaging. It is now—you know, of course you can continue with drone attacks, and you can continue these targeted killings, but on the ground, a situation is being created which no army—not America, not anybody—can control. And it’s just, you know, a combination of such foolishness, such a lack of understanding of culture in the world.
And Obama just goes on, you know, coming out with these smooth, mercurial sentences that are completely meaningless. I was—I remember when he was sworn in for the second time, and he came on stage with his daughters and his wife, and it was all really nice, and he said, you know, “Should my daughters have another dog, or should they not?” And a man who had lost his entire family in the drone attacks just a couple of weeks ago said, “What am I supposed to think? What am I supposed to think of this exhibition of love and family values and good fatherhood and good husbandhood?” I mean, we’re not morons, you know? It’s about time that we stopped acting so reasonable. I just don’t feel reasonable about this anymore.Arundhati Roy, discussing the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in March 2013 (via infinitelywinding)
This is not an issue of “poc” discrimination. This is antiblackness. This is a black tragedy. This is an issue of black demonization. Don’t fucking start with this ~*kumbaya, all of us suffer under the same stereotypes and stigmatization, though we don’t and this is the only way I can soapbox over and dilute a community’s loss~* disingenuous bullshit, especially when Zimmerman himself could be considered a “poc”.
Yo, I’m telling you. Do not fucking start this.