Neger Don’t Call Me, 2000
Video projection, 4 chairs with loudspeakers, 11:34 minutes (courtesy of The Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC)
"Rize 4 Maya Angelou" (2014)
Artist - Jeremy Swan Watkins (alias) J.Watt
::DO NOT REMOVE::
A Danish performance art show that makes use of blackface to alter the ethnicity of participants has been banned in Sweden due to public outcry about the racism involved. Called “Through Different Eyes”, the project aims to highlight the realities of discrimination by making people ‘assume’ other identities in a public space.
Although the project does include non-white people taking on white identities, in the case of the reverse, resorting to such offensive and unnecessary extremes only highlights one thing: that the voices, stories and experiences of the racially oppressed are not enough evidence of racism on their own.
(H/T: Al Jazeera | image via ‘medandreojne.com’)
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First African Slaves Arrive In Jamestown On This Day In 1619
A Dutch ship carrying 20 Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, on Aug. 20, 1619, a voyage that would mark the beginning of slavery in the American colonies. The number of slaves continued to grow between the 17th and 18th centuries, as slave labor was used to help fuel the growing tobacco and cotton industries in the southern states.
In fact, African slaves may have been present in England’s North American colonies earlier than 1619, but Rolfe’s letter is the earliest hard evidence of the presence of slaves.
395 years ago Africans were put on this road of murderous oppression and we’re still fighting everyday to be seen and treated like human beings and not cattle.
Do you guys think there would be less racism? Or just more denial?
interesting. our goal would have to be a truly integrated history with all peoples histories cause how could adding just black history help racism against, for instance, asian-americans?
and overall, i say no.. even an integrated history in schools wouldn’t lessen racism because the generations aren’t just getting racist messages from school history courses. they’re getting it from all entertainment mediums and then from their families and their politicians (and even their religion).
introduction of integrated history may help a little to combat these but most schools can’t even teach the crap they are already supposed to be teaching effectively. as a whole, the education system as it stands today cannot be trusted to do anything positive for black children. the whole entire system needs to be completely reevaluated and reformed before we can even teach integrate history. and how the hell are we gonna reform education? they don’t want things to get better. it benefits them if it stays the same. we can’t even get them to convict after killing us. it would be a fight just to get the history changed. and then, after all that, would it be effective?
i’ve seen white students sit in required “ethnic, non-western” courses in college and learn NOTHING and act resistant towards the professors. maybe the information came too late.. or maybe it just wasn’t enough.