The strength of the Ferguson community in the face of the war zone the police have created is truly a thing of beauty.
i feel like if more people said
"i want companionship"
"i want a relationship"
they would end up more fulfilled
because relationships are a dime a dozen
but to find a companion
someone that compliments you and makes life experiences more enjoyable
having that as a goal would likely lead to something more enriching
than a title, or someone to call “mine”
Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.
White serial killers.
White political corruption
White drug dealers
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
Even on Breaking Bad, with Gus. You never saw him with any family or having a personal life that wasn’t an elaborate mask to hide his real life.
BREAKING BAD DOES NOT ROMANTICIZE METH MAKING WTF
That’s literally like saying Oz romanticized prison life??
Have any of you watched the show or?
Walter White died with the world HATING him. The entire country was after his ass and his entire family hated him. A show doesn’t win an infinite amount of Emmys for romanticizing shit. It showed the real effects of meth/drug addiction in general on the populace that used it. Walter White was a criminal who made a drug that ruined people’s lives and as a viewer, you KNOW this. He is not likeable for doing those things. The reason Breaking Bad is amazing is because you understand him. Replace him with any person of any race in that exact same position, broke and dying in the middle class suburbs of New Mexico and you get the same damn result. Race doesn’t factor into his decisions. He’s simply a man who was so fucking unsatisfied with his life and when he finds out he’s dying, he does something that gives him a sense of fulfillment while securing his family’s needs for after he dies. But what he does is God awful and THAT what makes Walter despicable yet empathized.
SPOILERS COMING AHEAD FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING
The romanticizing comes from the fact that, even after he has cooked, becomes more abusive towards his wife, manipulative towards Jesse, and killed or been responsible for the death of multiple people we’re still supposed to feel sorry for him because he’s depicted as this middle aged white man who’s stuck in life. The whole last episode is him coming back and seeking redemption from everyone he’s wronged.Some may even argue that he never really faced justice because he escaped through death.
All the POC on the show however, were never given the same tragic back story. With Gus, we never see his family or friends or anything that shows his humanity. Same with the twins, the guy in the wheelchair (Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve seen the show), and several others. Even minor white characters are given back stories (Mike with his granddaughter, although I think he’s just white passing.)
this is why I only stand for black people tbh
everyone’s crazy, they really think climbing over a mountain of black corpses is going to lead them to the white man’s paradise
"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.
So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.
Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.
Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”
Ladies and Gentleman, the man that will be in history books. He was throwing the burning tear gas. Not to the cops but away from the children protesting. In his American Shirt and bag of chips. Check his twitter.
HE HAS ALSO STATED NOT TO PURCHASE THE T-SHIRTS THAT ARE BEING SOLD WITH HIS IMAGE BECAUSE HIM NOR THE TOWN OF FERGUSON WILL SEE THAT MONEY!
Just needs to be stated again!
“Not to the cops but away from the children protesting”
again, right after. look at this shit again.