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Jai Rani Alisha: The Glorification of White Crime

theroguefeminist:

daughterofmulan:

Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.

White mobs.

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White pirates.

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White serial killers.

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White political corruption

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White drug dealers

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I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.

When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.

When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.

If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.

The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.

I always felt extremely uncomfortable with this trope because, not only is it racist, but it tends to feed into the already too common propensity society has to humanize, romanticize and exonerate irrevocably terrible white men. Like if you’re a white man and you commit awful crimes, you will likely go down in history as a legendary celebrity and historical figure

Your mother did not raise you with a wolf in your chest so you could howl over losing a man.
read this on here today and i haven’t stopped thinking about this quote since (via pluiedem)

mdthwomp:

Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

Darren Wilson's "blowout fracture"

delphoxqueen:

EDIT:
  • It’s been pointed out that the gateway article never clearly stated whether this was really Wilson’s scan, but it never sourced this picture either. Deliberate dishonesty.
  • I am aware that the gateway pundit [first article] is ridiculously right wing, but some people aren’t as…
Stupid white woman shows up in Ferguson in support of the shooter. What an attention-grubbing narcissist. Prom queen days are over honey, but I’m sorry you’re this bored and that you need attention this much. Go protest in your suburb.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarizati…

ghostofscrooge:

when an unarmed black man or woman is killed by police or another citizen a period of character assassination begins

snarkbender:

oreyoreos:

maria-amino:

rihenna:

Rihanna as Tip in the first official Dreamworks Animation Trailer Home

I WANNA SEE LOTS OF HYPE OVER THIS MOVIE I WANNA SEE EXCITEMENT CAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST CGI MOVIE WITH A BLACK PROTAGONIST

gonna reblog so that everyone can know about this movie

freaking out about how good her hair looks

Das weekend

Das weekend

I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO on Livestream

Police in Ferguson shooting rubber bullets, using sound canon and crackers completely unprovoked.

The first image alone will break your heart.

Do not remove source: http://jarredgastreich.tumblr.com/post/94380777942