This practice of whitewashing in Hollywood has been going on for a long time. The problem is that there’s this attitude that white is the normal and everything else is not. And so there’s this kind of idea that a lot of times roles that originally come from sources — like comic books or novels and things like that — are ethnic roles, are often given to white actors when it’s converted into a film.
“…I think this upsets a lot of ethnic people — ethnic actors — because this was, this is something that is perpetuated by Hollywood and this idea that white is the norm and if you want to identify with the hero — identify with the person on the screen — he or she has to be white. America’s not the same as it was 50 years ago and I think those things should change now.
“…I think it’s just a mindset that exists from a long time ago, you know that like I said white is the sort of norm. If we want to project ourselves onto the screen in the form of a hero or heroine, that person has to be white. And that’s been sold to us for decades.”
Kenya is on the brink of building Africa’s first underwater museum, which will be dedicated to studying marine life and shipwrecks.
Designs of the proposed museum, which is expected to be open in 2014, have already begun with the help of US architects and a budget for construction costs is being discussed at government level.
“Apart from studying shipwrecks that happened in the Indian Ocean Coast, we will also be studying the marine life that exists [there]… Construction is set to begin soon and it is expected to be fully operational in the next two years,” said Cesar Bita, head of archaeology at the National Museums of Kenya.
Kenya will be one of the few countries in the world to have an underwater museum. The US and the United Kingdom have such facilities as well as China, which has the world’s largest underwater museum. Egypt is carrying out studies to also construct an underwater museum but it has not advanced its initiative like Kenya.
The museum will be located in the shores near the town of Malindi, a popular tourist destination. “Shipwrecks attract a lot of fish which feed on micro-organisms on the wood [of the ships] and they are also a habitat for the fish and several other aquatic species. We will partner with many organisations in the study of marine life,” said Bita.
“The marine life that we aim to study is several species of fish, turtles, and even dolphins because there seems to be a relation between feeding and the shipwrecks,” Bita added.
Human remains from the shipwrecks will also be archived in the museum records.
“Building an underwater museum is a good idea but expensive. It is happening when the government has put at least one percent of its annual budget on scientific research and innovations. Other areas however need to be prioritised, such as the science of development,” said Prof Germano Mwabu from the department of economics at the University of Nairobi.
“I think to some people this is a big, messy, grey world but at least there are some sharp distinctions, like the distinctions between gender and sexual orientation and those are just lines that should always be hard lines. But saying that simplicity is natural is idiotic because the most natural thing in the world is complexity, and gender and sexual orientation are proven over and over again to not be firm lines. The whole world is grey and if you just appreciate that, if you just understand and appreciate that, it’s beautiful.”—Hank Green (via yeahhohyeah)
“Hiding your hurt only intensifies it. Problems grow in the dark and only become bigger and bigger. But when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So take off your mask. Stop pretending you’re perfect. Walk into freedom.”—Rick Warren (via floralnymph)
This is actually a huge issue for me in terms of the kinds of men I attract/am attracted to. I often attract “conscious”/”feminist” Black men who have said things to me like “you’re so different” or “you’re not like those OTHER (ratchet, uneducated, unclassy, unintelligent) Black women” and it blows my mind that they think denigrating other Black women is the way to my heart (or any other part of me).
Women are not deserving of human treatment if and only if they live up to your standards of intelligence, femininity, class, etc. Women are deserving of human treatment 100% of the time because women are human 100% of the time. And that goes for all women—that means strippers and video girls and single mothers and sex workers and drug addicts. That means women with weaves and relaxers. That means queer women, even if they will never be your wife or your girlfriend or even your friend. That means trans women. ALL WOMEN DESERVE HUMAN TREATMENT.
”— because someone asked me to make what i said in response to this rebloggable. (via ethiopienne)
do you ever think about people you used to be friends with and how it’s weird to imagine how life was when they were back in it and how weird it would be if they still were now? like neither in a good nor bad way but like you forget how people really are and what they used to be like and do you ever wonder if people wonder what their lives are like without you
“One day, a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.”—J.D. Salinger (via mentalfornication)
Exposure to new people doesn’t automatically produce tolerance. When explorers traversed the earth looking for opportunity, they pillaged and plundered even before they began colonising. Fear ruled the seas. And let’s be honest, exposure to other people during great explorations did not magically produce tolerance. It bred anger, distrust and hatred.
Through networked technologies, the average person is exposed to more things today than ever before in history. People can get a window into the lives of others halfway around the world. Onlookers may not understand what strangers are saying nor may they be sharing that much publicly, but the internet enables more access to more people than even the greatest explorers in history ever had. But what does someone make of this opportunity? Are people really looking around to understand difference? Or are they more committed to finding similarity and avoiding people who aren’t like them?