This semester I’m taking an Early African-American literature course. The course covers material from both before and after the Civil War.
One of the things I’m thinking about as I take this course is: what place do non-black voices have (if any!) in discussing African-American literature? How do I respectfully write about the literature of a culture without erasing the voices of that culture that need to be heard much more than my own?
My professor, prefacing that she certainly doesn’t mean to speak for all black people, is of the opinion that as long as one is respectful towards the people who DO have a personal connection to this literature, and who have fought long and hard for there to even be a space for talking about African-American literature, it doesn’t matter what colour one is when one writes about this literature. She stressed that most importantly, one should respect the literature and respect the people, and not treat them as lab specimens or as “things.” Respect the people and the material, and give credit where credit is due. (This is a very short synopsis of a 45-minute answer she gave to this question, and doesn’t pretend to cover all the separate points of her answer).
Don’t know how much more I’ll write about it as the semester goes along, but it’s the thing I’m thinking about the most as I start this course. This is something I think about when talking about any content from an ethnicity and/or culture other than my own.
Sigh. I really wish I had art friends around here to go on art adventures with. :<
In ANY case. An adventure to the natural history museum is a go for Friday!
Fuck everything about this.
Wearing one of these shirts is flat out advertising a person’s disgusting racism and should be reviled as such. The KKK is also raising a defense fund for Darren Wilson. Let that sink in for a moment.
The cops met the 125 protestors on bicycles and on foot, with no riot gear, tear gas or SWAT. As opposed to tonight, when they gassed the crowd and threatened to shoot a reporter.
ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS
would proudly wear this shirt :)
You could save yourself the cash and just sew a hood out of a white pillowcase. It would have the same effect.
Disgusting. I hate everything.
I’m getting to the part that happens in all Kamen Rider shows where bad stuff starts going down, and you start getting seriously worried about all the characters they’ve built up so well over the series.
I wish I had an art friend where I live. I’m planning a sketching visit to the natural history museum. Artists are safer in numbers, and fewer people are likely to ask to see things. >.>;
yugichrist asked: hey you know those photos of trees where it looks like they have a big round human ASS, that's a tree disease right, what's it called
if it’s what I’m thinking of, those are called Burls if you’re murrican or Burrs if you’re from pretty much literally anywhere else
It’s less of a disease in itself and more like a sign of a disease. Usually fungal infections fuck up the tree growth and cause them
People actually steal them sometimes because some of them are super valuable. They make really cool looking carved stuff and are really dense.
what the fuck. they just chop the ass right off a tree and sell it to the tree ass black market. that’s brutal
That’s… Yeah, that’s actually pretty accurate.
People have actually been arrested for it and redwood national park gets blocked off at night because people stealing and selling tree ass on the black market is such a big problem
requesting backup for a 376 in process, that’s right we’ve got a tree ass jacker here
those ass bandits will do anything to get wood
That’s weird, since I live in the US and have only ever heard them referred to as “burrs.”
On a separate note, I think there are certain kinds of burrs like this in Finland that Finns make tea out of?