Disney did something that legitimately shocked and surprised me. One of their cartoons actually had the nerve to mention reparations and calling white supremacy by name in an episode! This isn’t any irony or satire. I’m legitimately dumbfounded that the Mickey Mouse corporation would try that for one of their shows. In this case, it’s the new iteration of The Proud Family. I saw the original version of that show when I was a kid, and I had mixed feelings about it. While it was good to show a Black family that’s not from the ghetto, and there were some funny moments, I wasn’t a fan of showing Oscar Proud (the dad) as a buffoon or how his wife Trudy suffered from protagonist-centered morality partially because of her getting away with things men can’t get away with in fiction or real life, but that’s a rant for another day. In the sequel/remake Louder and Prouder, they actually did an episode where Penny and her friends have a moment talking about Juneteenth, systemic racism, slavery, and the other original sins of America. Not surprisingly enough, you have racist idiots in and out of the Disney fanbase outraged. If people had their jimmies rustled by Halle Bailey playing Ariel, then this episode would’ve given people heart attacks. I saw the clip in this news video, and even someone who’s a prominent critic of Disney didn’t see any lies told. If anyone has a problem with what was said, then they’re bigots, and they probably use the word “woke” as a dog whistle.
Don’t get me wrong, having an episode addressing reparations and white supremacy doesn’t mean I’m getting myself a Disney+ account. They have to do a lot more to show me they don’t want to do any anti-Black racist crap, and they still have to answer to different things they’ve done instead of being selective at best. Sure, they’ll own up to the portrayals of the crows in Dumbo, but they haven’t dropped the trademark of THAT Swahili phrase or credited Solomon Linda, for example. I would like to call this moment from The Proud Family a start, but I’m still skeptical about it. With that said, this moment proves me right even more that you have racist imbeciles in the Disney fandom, and they need to be called out.
Also, reparations aren’t a handout. They are a debt owed to the descendants of those who built this country with their unpaid labor. However, if you have no issues with Ukrainians and Afghans getting money but have a problem with the possibility of American descendants of slaves getting cash payments, then you’re a hypocrite.
Miss me? I haven’t been blogging a lot, but I just found a story worth talking about.
A video has been making the rounds of an African immigrant to America (presumably from Egypt) talking about how she and others saw a video while in the immigration process about Black Americans being shown as evil and all criminals. She claims that this is all by Caucasians in the Department of Immigration while also claiming she didn’t know about slavery or Civil Rights until after she was already in America. While she’s not wrong about how it was “them folks” making this propaganda to her and others (why would the melanated people in America make propaganda about themselves?), but I did find it odd that she didn’t know about those atrocities. Unless she was from a remote region without the internet, computers, or smartphones, I can’t see how she wouldn’t know about this stuff in this day and age. I don’t expect her to know everything because even Americans aren’t taught about everything, but she should’ve at least done some basic Google searches to learn some of the basics at minimum. I’m also glad Phil brought up the point that Black America didn’t go and colonize her and others’ homelands, steal their resources, or violate their people en masse, so why are Black Americans the bad guys worldwide when we didn’t collectively do these things?
If there was any news involving Carolyn Bryant, I wanted to cover it. I did hear about that Till movie coming out this year, but I didn’t want to make any mention of it until the movie was released. However, warning signs went off when I saw that Whoopi Goldberg was cast to play Emmett Till’s grandmother.
Once I heard about this story where Whoopi opened her mouth about this atrocity, I just HAD to talk about it. Trust me, Candace Owens and Kanye West haven’t been the only ones selling out in a hardcore fashion with that infamous Paris Fashion Show stunt, but this case is just as appalling.
Whoopi said that Carolyn Bryant doesn’t need to be in jail and should just admit to what she did.
ARE. YOU. FREAKING. SERIOUS?!?!?! This is low even for you! I’m not expecting her to be some major activist, but I know she knows better. I’m glad Phil used the example of the Jewish community not forgiving Nazis and how they are still getting locked up despite being centenarians even this year, so how on earth could Whoopi or any sane person defend what this murderer did. She was responsible for a lynching, got others to kill Emmett, admitted she was lying about being harassed or assaulted, and never spent a day in jail for her crimes. Now the mainstream media is going to use Whoopi’s comment as a rhetorical dodge and encourage people to forgive her. I’m not like her, so I’m definitely going to call her out. She doesn’t represent me, and she certainly doesn’t represent the Till family. I’m definitely not going to watch that Till movie, especially after this nonsense.
I’m not a fan of Whoopi Goldberg whether it’s her acting, stand-up, or her stuff on The View even though I don’t watch that show. She’s said and done stupid things, but this is the most offensive thing she’s done in her career so far. Keep in mind, this is the same person who defended the crows in the Dumbo movie and believed that they should’ve kept the “I Ain’t Seen No Elephant Fly” song let alone having the characters in the remake (even Tim Burton was smart enough NOT to include them). I’ve said this multiple times, but this bears repeating…the lead crow’s name is Jim! Speaking of Disney, this is also the same person who played a character while portraying Black stereotypes and using her “hood” voice. Yes, I’m obviously talking about Shenzi the hyena from The Lion King, but you knew I was going to make that potshot given the reputation I got here (I’m sure Carolyn Bryant thinks all Black people are like that character or the other hyenas). This is straight-up blasphemous what she did and I don’t see how any person could find what she said to be good.
Whoopi, you’re a godforsaken traitor for defending that white supremacist devil!
Sorry for saying that I wouldn’t be posting as much. I did surprisingly have some free time yesterday and I just had to post on this story when I found out about it.
It’s been a while since I ranted about Disney on this blog!
This Indonesia Law student at Northwestern University was caught doing a disgusting parody of those reaction videos of the upcoming Little Mermaid trailer featuring Halle Bailey. Yes, I did see the original trailer even though I have no plans to see this remake. I remember the racist backlash when they announced the casting a few years ago, but wow these white supremacists and their sellout allies have been absolutely livid. These same people who didn’t bat an eye about Scarlett Johanson playing Motoko Kusanagi in the American live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell are throwing a tizzy about the new Ariel. It wasn’t limited to the racists of the Caucasian persuasion, but this bigot from the Jakarta region just had to get his Al Joelson on TikTok and now he’s getting dragged on the net for his blatant racism. I hope the pressure is on for him to get expelled and deported back to his homeland. I get Disney has been getting a ton of buzz once the trailer dropped and there were all these reaction videos of Black girls seeing an Ariel who looked like them. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against them for wanting to see themselves in a positive way, remake or not, but this remake isn’t going to make the House of Mouse a bastion of anti-racist allyship. Can we at least agree that much, everybody? Remember that this is the same company that tried to make that Princess of North Sudan Movie not even a decade ago, tried to trademark “Dia de los Muertos” with Coco, and (if you’ve known me for a while, you see where this is going) never owned up to the racist stuff they did with The Lion King with the portrayal of the hyenas and still haven’t dropped the “Hakuna Matata” trademark to this day. I’m also glad Phillip brought up the whitewashing and blackface with real-life people or fictional characters who weren’t white, to begin with. I’m also sick of people who tell me not to call out stuff with fiction when these same people freak out about stuff like this. I could namedrop certain bloggers who attacked me or think that way, but I’m not that petty. It’s 2022 and people are still being complete morons and showing their klan hoods because of a new depiction of someone from the Disney Princess Breakfast Club.
To that guy who pulled off that blackface nonsense, you won’t get to kiss the girl with your bigotry. I had to shoehorn a Little Mermaid reference in somewhere.
This woman is brave for bringing this up on TikTok. I have never been to Texas in my life so far and I had never heard of Vidor, so please forgive me for not knowing. What I’m not naive about is how hateful and racist multiple areas are. I’m not surprised, but I’m disgusted how this is still a Sundown Town even in 2022. So many humans are disgusting and you need to know how bad this town is.
The magnolias wither by every drop Throttling the life out of the purest essences Erasing souls slowly in the city with soul While seen in Flint before The environment is larger The eighty percent are afflicted Like in other cities and towns (regardless if they get reported) The situation is at a crossroads Not just the moniker in this part of the South Bottles become treasures and lifelines For something that is a human right As they drown in carcinogens Watch the outrage should this happen in Madison Or other hubs where melanin is lacking in the majority How many of the aforementioned regions had this happened for this long? Environmental apartheid strikes again
I hard relate to this rant since this woman and I have a few things in common. Both of us have a lighter complexion and are descendants of interracial couples where we have Caucasian dads and African-American moms. What really grinds my gears is when I see people questioning people like us when it comes to talking about racism or specifically Black issues. Give this woman a freaking medal for calling that nonsense out. Not every person from a mixed family acts like a sellout or is (god forbid) a “tragic mulatto”. That is one term I will not tolerate being addressed as such. She was on point by talking about how she deals with racism even with the so-called “light skin privilege” and how even Black people with two Black parents question her experiences. Don’t get it twisted, I don’t lie about the fact that I have a white parent, but I sure as heck have NEVER been treated like I was white and it’s not just because I have a noticeable amount of melanin despite having a lighter skin tone. That didn’t stop me from getting called the N-word, getting profiled at some stores, people low-key and overtly discriminating against me, and so on. Also, not everyone from a mixed family has lighter skin such as Jordan Peele, for example. One’s parentage isn’t their fault! I’m also glad that Phil called out those people as well and also mentioned how some people who would be considered biracial have been harder on white supremacy and racism compared to some people with two Black parents (the footage of Candace Owens during that part of the video to prove his point was too hilarious even if she’s an easy punchline). You can even throw Larry Elder, Herschel Walker, and Whoopi Goldberg (yeah, I said it!) to that portfolio, but that’s a story for another day. Don’t these trolls know that this categorization and name-calling about “not being Black [enough]” only adds to the division and discord even when those who could be considered biracial/multiracial are genuine in fighting against bigotry?
I’m just sick of this litmus test imposed on people like me and it needs to stop. Just because you have some people from mixed-race families who act like sellouts doesn’t mean everyone else is. So what? Are you going to bash Colin Kaepernick or even the late Frederick Douglass because they have white parents? Those haters deserve to be ignored. This woman should keep on speaking the truth. Seriously, I’ve been frustrated like her whenever I was bashed just because of my parentage when I’m not even being confrontational or rude. It disgusts me whenever I get excoriated just because I have a white dad, but actual racist jerks don’t get that kind of energy from those same people.
Before we get to the subject at hand, we can all agree that the word “woke” has these specific meanings if you pardon me for getting a bit Mirriam-Webster on all of you…
1: The past tense version of the word “wake” (I woke up at 8 AM today).
2: It is a term to become more aware of important issues (Miriam became more woke when she learned about Black Wall Street). It can also be contextualized as “wokeness” whether in a literal sense of being conscious or when companies pretend to care AKA corporate-wokeness.
I’ve noticed since the Summer of 2020 that the term has been used in a derogatory and racially-charged way. Leave it to Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis to help lead the charge of turning that term into an anti-Black dog whistle much like previous examples such as “welfare queens”, “superpredators”, “lowering the property taxes”, and most famously “thug”. DeSantis has been on some bigoted jihad with trying to get anti-CRT laws in his state, so it’s not surprising that he would make a claim that he and others should “fight the woke” in schools, businesses, and other establishments and that Florida should be the state where “woke goes to die”. His words, not mine! Watch the video and tell me if I’m lying.
DeSantis, your klan hood is showing!
To paraphrase Phillip Scott: Mr. Governor, do you want Black people or any potential individual ally who wants to fight against racism to die? I’m just asking questions here. Oddly enough, Ron DeSantis is a 4th generation Italian-American and (not going to lie, it’s weird learning about this fact) Italians weren’t always considered to be white in this country until decades ago, so he really shouldn’t be talking. I learned that from the book Birth of a White Nation by Dr. Jacqueline Battalora who talks about the history of the classification of whiteness going back to pre-Independence America starting with the aftermath of Bacon’s Rebellion (check out that book whenever you can). So this guy and others who think like him want there to be oppression full stop and for Black people to be subjugated and killed with impunity? Yeah, but DeSantis is too cowardly to curb white supremacist terrorists and mass shooters running around in his home state, that’s for sure! It’s why you have to question media and really look at the context of what is being said. It’s a shame that I was told I was “overanalyzing” things if I suspected someone having negative connotations with what they say and do when I realized in hindsight that I apparently wasn’t allowed to question anyone while blindly listening to what people say.
Just watch the wording and what is really being said. It could lead to dangerous implications in the future with various laws.
Regardless of what side of the political aisle you’re on in America, can we at least agree that health care should be easier to access especially when you truly need it? It’s also weird how so many other countries including those that people would consider “developing” have free health care, cheaper doctor visits/surgeries, or at the very least is seen as a human right. When I was in Ecuador a few years ago, the tour guide was talking about basic facts about the country while driving around in Quito (the capital city, for those scoring at home) about the cost of living and health care. Since Ecuador uses the US dollar as its main currency everything made so much sense with the various rates. It was cheaper to get a house in a good area there than in most parts of America, and health care was seen as a basic right in their laws. The tour guide was shocked that in this alleged first-world nation we didn’t have that kind of access to medical care unless you had insurance as a benefit from a full-time job or something you had to pay every month for premiums and whatnot.
This brings me to the point of the video by The Black Congregation. There was a white woman on TikTok who mentions having a conversation with someone from Germany and the German was confused about why Americans wouldn’t vote for free national health care. She mentions that there are white people (mainly of the right-wing variety) who don’t want to see Black people get the same medical care and they would rather die slow painful deaths than let Black people get that kind of thing. There was talk about “freeloaders” getting free stuff which is beyond insulting to me not just because I’m not an immigrant (no offense to those who are immigrants in this country, obviously), but because I’ve worked multiple simultaneous jobs most of my adult life so far and my mom’s side of the family was taken against their will to be enslaved in America centuries ago. So I guess it’s “socialism” for the majority only and “picking one’s self up by their bootstraps” for those with melanin in their minds? That’s not even getting into the classism stuff there! It’s another aspect of medical racism and it’s just plain fallacious. Besides, you have doctors in European countries where free health care is available who are paid less than their American counterparts but can still afford nice cars and houses with their salaries. This was a very eye-opening video and this could grab attention of everyone. Like Phillip said in the video, I wouldn’t mind paying a little bit more for taxes if it is going for something useful like free health care or other essential services to help anyone who lives here. Again, I’m sadly not surprised how you have people who think about that in this nation.
Think I’m going to stop talking about the Carolyn Bryant situation and how she literally got away with murder? Think again! I’ve been trying to find more information despite the slap in the face that was the grand jury in Mississippi not indicting this elderly white supremacist low-life (did this involve an all-white jury?). She admitted in that unpublished memoir that the police at the time would escort her and her family at the time away from her hometown given the elevated tensions back then. Her ex-husband and her brother-in-law admitted they kidnapped and murdered Emmett Till and no one still did anything. And people tell me this country is based on law and order! What massive lies! They literally protected a murderer. Could you imagine if someone like R. Kelly got police protection to avoid scandals and avoid prison simultaneously? There would be mass hysteria and riots in this country if that happened!
There was even a quote in this article that the Mississippi authorities in the 50s declined to arrest her in order to “protect white womanhood”. Wow! That’s a double dose of the skin-color privilege AND pointing out her gender to make sure Carolyn Bryant didn’t face a minute of jail time. How sickening! I don’t want to hear ANYBODY complaining about OJ Simpson or Bill Cosby since they still got prison time and the latter didn’t get that “too old” excuse like she did as well. I’m seething hearing that her living into her 80s so far is somehow “punishment enough”. DON’T GIVE ME THAT EXCUSE! Again, Nazis have been arrested at her age and older for their past crimes, so she deserves to face judgment just like them for the murder of an innocent 14-year-old boy that she lied about. As much as she deserves to be demonized, Carolyn Bryant wasn’t the first or last woman to pull off something like that. I hope other demons like her are exposed and get punished. There needs to be more pressure to see her locked up, and I don’t care if she has a bloody oxygen tank and is legally blind. She got to live while Emmett Till didn’t get a 2nd chance despite not doing anything wrong to begin with.