The thing that sucks about Girls and Seinfeld and Sex and the City and every other TV show like them isn’t that they don’t include strong characters focusing on the problems facing blacks and Latinos in America today. The thing that sucks about those shows is that millions of black people look at them and can relate on so many levels to Hannah Horvath and Charlotte York and George Costanza, and yet those characters never look like us. The guys begging for money look like us. The mad black chicks telling white ladies to stay away from their families look like us. Always a gangster, never a rich kid whose parents are both college professors. After a while, the disparity between our affinity for these shows and their lack of affinity towards us puts reality into stark relief: When we look at Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, we see people with whom we have a lot in common. When they look at us, they see strangers.
When they look at us, they see strangers.
I was trying to find this quote recently. I don’t think most white people understand how it feels to be thought of as only as a dehumanized stereotype or a token. Never as someone like you who can be relatable and have things in common with you. It’s always a surprise to people online and offline when people find out that I like things that they do, too ; that I’m not just some angry activism-obsessed woman. When people like Lena Dunham say they don’t know how to write Black people, it’s pretty much saying that she doesn’t think that Black people are also fully complex human beings like her. Sure, there are cultural considerations to be made, but it’s ignoring the fact that people of color are diverse and not a monolith, so it’s not like the only girls who are like her are white.
I first saw this like a week ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
There’s a stereotype that black people are lazy. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know white people went all the way to Africa to get out of doing work.
Lance Crouther (via rattlingbone)
Sometimes you read something and your whole perspective of a situation changes. This is one of those things.
As pure as your intent may be tumblr needs to do this. Hosting this much content is to much of a cost for them. Yahoo is the best one right now to not fuck it up. Facebook would maybe be fine. Google would kill tumblr and roll the users into Google + their social site, and Microsoft would probably just leave tumblr alien as well. Microsoft left Skype alone when they acquired them so they might be the best bet. But I doubt they would go for it. from cris178
You make a really good point, and honestly, if it cuts down the number of Tumblr downtimes, I say go for it. I did that post more or less as a response to the (admittedly hilarious) response of most of Tumblr to the news. But if they do acquire it and then proceed to tank it, that would kinda suck. I like Tumblr. It makes my procrastination feel productive :P