people (and bethesda, jesus christ) tend to forget that according to the lore, there are multiple types of Khajiiti. We only typically see the Suthay-Rhats, but Khajit can be born with multiple levels of feline appearance dependent on the moon cycle they are born under. On one end of the spectrum you have some Khajiit who look practically like Bosmer with cat whiskers, and on the other end you have Khajiit who legit just look like housecats but still have sentience and intelligence. For instance, this would be considered to be a perfectly normal Khajiit family in Elsweyr.
So, I just found this meta that I never published in my drafts.
The scene between Abbie and Jenny’s former foster parent is one of my favourites in The Lesser Key of Solomon for so many reasons. I’ve heard/read about how exploitative the foster care system can be, but usually when it’s portrayed as such in the media, I rarely see the kids most marginalised by that system (i.e. children of colour, black kids especially). So, I appreciate the fact that Abbie’s pain and Jenny’s pain is actually being explored on the show through their eyes.
These two were in and out of foster homes and according to Abbie, they finally landed in decent one right before the incident in the forest occurred. I think the audience can safely assume that they didn’t have the love, support and security they needed after their parents lives fell apart. I think we can also assume that they suffered some neglect and abuse in those homes.
The confrontation emphasised why she and Jenny could only rely on each other, clarified why she lied about what happened to them, and why she held onto those lies for so long in order to keep some semblance of normalcy in her life. Lying wasn’t just about her own self-preservation, but Jenny’s as well. She was right, who would believe this bizarre testimony from two fostered black teenaged girls who had been drinking underage in the forest? Where would they be shuffled to next? Abbie truly believed that she was doing the right thing, but once she lied and betrayed Jenny, things spiraled out of control and she couldn’t take it back. She continued to justify her decision, which is part of why it was so difficult for her to come to terms with the truth in For the Triumph of Evil, even to the point of risking her life for the lie.
I will say though, one thing that disappoints me a little is that I feel like the narrative places the entirety of the blame and pressure on Abbie; I don’t think we’ve seen anyone acknowledge that they understand the choices she made. Even Corbin seemed to focus on Abbie’s fear about what she saw in the forest as opposed to her convictions (e.g. you were young, you made a mistake and thought that what you did was the right thing to do). I do think that in this instance, the narrative subtly acknowledges why Abbie felt justified. You could just imagine her recalling a similar situation and her picturing Jenny in the place of that neglected young girl lying on a cot on the floor, especially when the woman says to her, “I put a roof over your sister’s head; no one else wanted her,” as if that’s all that’s needed to parent a child.
Seeing Abbie finally being able to speak out and finally being in a position where she has the power to get justice against people who abuse this system and the kids in that system was very validating.
/PRESSES FACE TO SCREEN
srsly tho as a RL transracially adopted foster care survivor (we haven’t seen all of Abbie & Jenny’s foster/surrogate parents but the ones we have seen are all WHITE, which again is in keeping with the actual realities of the system so again well done TV writers/casters), THANK YOU for this post.
Amazing how a show about biblical prophecies, witches, and f’ing time traveling aristocrats has come up with the most accurate, relevant portrayal of foster care than any other current “gritty” TV series with the requisite tragically orphaned(TM) protagonists.
Bolded the parts that hit closest to home. omg what other excellence is waiting in your wings X
EVERYONE SLEEPY HOLLOW IS ON AIR AGAIN FOR SEASON 2 AND THE PREMIERE IS A GLORIOUS DOOZY CLASS BASTARDS WATCH THIS PLEASE
*GO-GO DANCES TO CONVINCE YALL* <3 X
“The “Asian accent” tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell. Our parents have the accent that white Americans perceive as the most foreign out of all the possible alternatives, so our choice is to have no accent at all. The accent of our parents is the accent of the grimy streets of Chinatown with its mahjong parlors and fried food stalls and counterfeit jewelry, so we work to wipe away all traces of that world from our speech so we can settle comfortably into our roles as respectable middle-class doctors, lawyers, engineers, hundreds of miles from Chinatown.
No wonder we react so viscerally to the “ching-chong, ching-chong” schoolyard taunt. To attack our language, our ability to sound “normal,” is to attack our ability to be normal. It’s to attack everything we’ve worked for.
And make no mistake about it — to sound like a “normal” American is to wield privilege.”
I think people not understanding the blog is mostly out of ignorance. Pople are so used to seeing things a certain way and you're basically telling them they're wrong and they're just like "nooo fak yew liar"
That’s not ignorance. That’s racism in practice. Viewing what I do here as an attack on white identity and historical entitlement isn’t the result of lack of knowledge. It’s a reaction to knowledge.
If seeing these images is somehow threatening to your sense of self, then you probably need to seriously re-evaluate what your sense of self is based around in as critical a fashion as possible.
The complexities of the psychology behind this and the connection to people’s everyday lives is explained better here: N. K. Jemisin’s Confirmation Bias, Epic Fantasy, and You.
i need to stop seeing this shit come up on my dashboard. stop mimicking “black men” when you invoke predatory sexuality. recognize it and stop doing it. recognize the part youre playing in perpetuating the deadly myth of the black male rapist.
and read this: "Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist" from Angela Davis’s Women Race and Class
I understand what is said here, and agree. But I think the pictures/gifs used to demonstrate were a bad choice, only one directly points to the “Predator” being a black man. Just an observation.
find out what aave is and come back
Point made, I was just giving an observation. I agree with your post 100% , but I think there are better examples
absolutely there are. but i made this post as a direct response to seeing the first two gifsets go viral around tumblr’s feminist community. i added the third screenshot to further contextualize my point. a lot of feminists i followm reblogged the hell out of the first two, obviously not seeing that they were using racism to fight sexism.
i also still think you’re failing to see that these are GOOD examples. because in neo-liberal media, overt racism isn’t as pervasive as “subtle” racism. so it’s exactly those first two posts that ppl need to be more aware of. because they might not be trained to see the racism in those situations where it’s not blatant. and that’s exactly what happened when those posts went viral.
this post is going around again a little bit so i want to add a thought process i’ve developed since this post’s conception. if you don’t actually think this is a thing (like some of you reblogging this to say black ppl are reaching bc you assumed op, i, was black) keep a notepad with you for a few weeks and write down every time a non-black person slips into aave (in speech, in a text message, on facebook, whatever.) then next to that, write down why. i’ve done this, and the second column never strayed from three overlapping categories:
1) jocose sexual predation (as in the examples above. real life examples: “AY GIRL, lemme holla atcha!” “lemme get cho numba.. ay yo where you goin’?” on someone’s selfie/profile pic: “DAYUM.” “damn ma, you is fiiiiine.”) verbally, this is, without fail, accompanied by a faked very deep voice. wonder why?
2) jocose aggression (real life examples: “YO FUCK DAT NOISE I AIN’T ABOUT DAT, FUCK DA HATERZ” “WHO IS YOU” “YO ima STOMP that FOOL!” "im finna snatch this bitch weave")
3) being loud (real life examples: “MUH FUCKIN HOMIE” “FO REAL DO” “ooo girrrlll!!!” )
so we slip into aave when we’re putting on sexual predation, aggression, and loudness. what does that tell us about stereotypes of black americans?
your solidarity is so real I wanna weep.
… The constant media imagery of Asians as rapacious intruders, combined with frustration over the economy, had a violent impact on Asian Americans. In a two-week period in December 1989, at least nine Asian Americans were attacked on New York streets and subways. In Queens, a group of thirty to forty youths calling themselves the Master Race went on a hate rampage in a video arcade, sending five Asian American boys—two Korean Americans and three Chinese Americans—to the hospital. Across the Hudson River in New Jersey, the Dotbusters, whose name referred to the decorative bindi many Hindu women wear on their foreheads, waged a reign of terror against South Asians during the late 1980s. The Dotbusters violently assaulted several South Asian Americans, but in 1989 the youths who killed Navroze Mody, a thirty-year-old Citibank manager, were sentenced to probation. In a bizarre incident that took place on a crowded Brooklyn-bound N train, a man shoved an egg roll in the face of Chinese American Henry Lau, then stabbed him to death while shouting, “Hey, egg roll!” The New York and New Jersey police refused to prosecute any of these as hate crimes, on the grounds that no racial slurs were used. When the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, A New York group founded in 1986 by Monona Yin and Mini Liu, complained to the New York Police Department, the head of the bias crimes unit explained that hate speech or slurs had to be uttered before an attack; if slurs were made during an attack, the police didn’t consider it a bias incident. Asian Americans already had difficulties in overcoming notions that they don’t experience racism; the arbitrary time distinction only added to the victims’ burden.
The rash of violence against Asian Americans extended beyond New York. On January 17, 1989, in Stockton, California, a white man named Patrick Purdy donned military fatigues and a semiautomatic rifle, then drove to his old school, Cleveland Elementary, which had become 70 percent Asian American, mainly refugee children from Southeast Asia. Firing a hundred rounds of ammunition into the school yard where second and third graders were playing, he killed five children—one Vietnamese and four Cambodian; thirty others were injured. Purdy then killed himself. The police chief immediately rejected the possibility of a racial motive. That night, ABC’s Nightline covered the shootings, but Ted Koppel didn’t ask the obvious question: whether race might be a motive. After viewing the program, I called a colleague at ABC News and learned that the newsroom that night discussed the race factor, yet decided that Koppel shouldn’t ask the question, in case the answer was no. But complaints by Asian Americans forced an investigation into the racial aspect of the killings. A special state commission discovered that Purdy often expressed his resentment of Asians—and that anti-Asian racism was most likely the motive for the attack.
With the continued antipathy toward Japan, the list of Asian American hate crime victims grew. Later in 1989, Jim Hing Hai Loo, a Chinese American college student in Raleigh, North Carolina, was killed after Loo and some other Asian American students were harassed at a billiards club. Two white brothers, Lloyd and Robert Piche, said that they didn’t like “Orientals” and called the students “stupid gooks.” They claimed that their “brothers” “didn’t make it back from Vietnam”—when neither they nor any of their brothers had served in the war. The students tried to leave the club, but the Piche brothers went after them, killing Jim Loo. The criminal court found the Piches guilty; Robert was sentenced to thirty-seven years, but Lloyd received only six months, even though he had committed most of the racial harassment. This time, Asian American networks created during the Vincent Chin case succeeded in bringing a federal civil rights prosecution against Lloyd Piche. Finally, in 1991, a jury found him guilty of violating Loo’s civil rights—making Piche the first assailant to be convicted in federal court of racially motivated violence against an Asian American. In an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times entitled “Another American Racism,” I wrote, “Almost as distressing as the rise in such racism has been the failure to acknowledge the anti-Asian racial component of such attacks. Whether expressed by business leaders and politicians in their Japan-bashing, or more overtly, by hate groups, anti-Asian sentiment is rampant.””
Helen Zia, Asian American dreams: The Emergence of an American People (via jessieestey)
Halloween store are popping up, which means that no matter how offensive you find the costumes, DO NOT harass the employees or make their lives miserable by defacing merchandise. They are seasonal, minimum wage workers and attacking them gets you nowhere.
people will always call out people for saying “fuck skinny bitches” but when the diet commercial comes on, when the fat jokes are being made, when conversations about how fat people are detriments to society are underway, when a size 6 expects her size 26 friend to go with her to the mall even though there ain’t shit for her fat ass there, when girls are saying “i can’t cut my hair short because my face would look fat” & “when i learned that drinking alcohol could make you gain weight i felt like my life was over!!!”, and when family/friends/TOTAL STRANGERS are saying “we’re just worried about your health” y’all STAY quiet
because body-shaming someone who “doesn’t deserve it” would be the worst thing you could do, right?