"Africans go to jail for poaching, white men go home with trophy"
anyone else noticing a trend here?
didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…
RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING
Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall
Not even shocked.
you have to be fucking kidding me.
This is still my favorite comic ever
is famous for her backflip landed on only one blade; she is considered the only skater in the world capable of this move
Why am I just now hearing about her??????
Because you’re young. She retired from amateur competition after the ‘98 Nagano Olympics and never medalled at the Olympics in her career, but she did win gold at Europeans a bunch of times and silvered at Worlds a few times.
The main thing to understand about Surya Bonaly’s career as a skater is that figure skating is racist as fuck and she never fit the image of a skater, to judges or to commentators. Race and colorism were a huge fucking factor in how she was evaluated and discussed—she’s French, born in Nice, but her (white) adoptive parents lied and said she was born off Madagascar and abandoned by her birth parents to make her seem more ~exotic~, to give you an idea.
Commentators were especially horrid to her and loved to praise her for her “athletic” style but would always criticize her for not being ~artistic~ enough and she always got dinged on artistic presentation. She would always do well in the short program on technical marks and then the long program would be her achilles heel because of how heavily artistic presentation was weighted. (For the younger among you, this is pre-SLC so this is when the old judging system was still being used.)
More proof of how fucked skating is: Surya is also the only woman to my knowledge to ever land a quad toe loop in competition or even attempt one and to this day they don’t want to credit her with actually landing it, because all four rotations were not completed in air. Granted, there is a fair case to be made that it was only a triple, but don’t doubt that race played a role in that. They hated on this woman from the minute she got on the ice.
And yes, she landed that famous backflip on one blade at the 98 Olympics in her long program as one last FU to the system that had been fucking her for her whole career. Which is the real reason you should know who she is, tbh. Never was there a badder bitch on ice.
I remember when my mother threw her slipper at a television when Surya was receiving her marks in 1994 at Lillehammer.
Why yes. I will reblog Surya Bonaly.
And it’s not just youth, either. I was following figure skating pretty closely in the 1990s and my wife and I still have these moments like, “What was her name…that skater from France with the backflip…” “OH! I know exactly who you’re talking about, but I can’t remember…was it…” “Did it start with an S, maybe?”
But she was awesome. Now, I certainly agree with the above poster on the “figure skating is racist as fuck” thing, but that’s far from the only way in which the fuckedness of Olympic figure skating manifested itself in the 90s. In addition to not being able to get over Surya’s African descent, there was this rigid adherence to a particular feminine ideal of body type and style that was a disadvantage to any woman whose self-presentation was ‘too’ athletic and insufficiently pretty. You could get away with that if you were Katarina Witt and you sexed up the judges just as hard as you could the whole time you were out there, but otherwise, they had a real preference for slender and willowy. Same aesthetic that governs ballet, and whose psychotic enforcement by the men in charge makes the film _Black Swan_ so unbelievably painful that I could barely get through it.
Then there’s the ways in which my favorite pairs team, Shen and Zhao, got penalized by European and American judges over and over again for their programs not conforming to Western ideas of romance. They were so wedded to the heterosexual romance narrative as the template for evaluating these routines. I’d be listening to them talk about how they don’t have enough ‘artistic expression’ and yelling at the TV, “Did you fucking SEE that throw jump? Forget ‘romance.’ THEY CAN FLY!”
Sorry. I guess my feels about this are still strong within me.
Just want to point out that privileging a specific body type (slender and willowy) can also be racist. Black (and Latina & Native) female bodies are REGULARLY and ROUTINELY attacked for being too sexual or too masculine (or too fat, see criticisms of the Williams Sisters & Taylor Townsend in the predominantly white world of tennis, frex). There are a handful of sports that are still coded incredibly white (and wealthy), and figure skating is one of them (along with tennis, ballet, and dressage). So bodies perceived as non-white or not-white-enough get dinged for being “wrong”— for being too sexy, too muscled, too square, too squat, too whatever— and that is used as an excuse to score the performer lower. Wrong body. Wrong artistry. Wrong.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that the body ideal thing is separable from racism, but I can see how from that comment it looks like I did. I guess my point was that this demand to conform to that body ideal impacts everyone in the sport, though I am sure it was and remains a much bigger problem for skaters who aren’t white. In fact, as I think about it, the only other ladies’ figure skater of African descent that I can remember hitting the big time was Debi Thomas; and she took a lot of crap about her ‘style’ too.
Since I don’t follow figure skating any more I have no idea whether it’s different now, but my guess is no.
I wasn’t trying to CORRECT you or anything, I just think it’s a thing that (white) people OFTEN over look, to the point where you have an elite athlete like Taylor Townsend castigated for “being fat” when she’s an incredibly active well-muscled person. The Williams sisters both got this, in addition to having people mock their bodies by, like, sticking cushions under their pants to “dress up” as them. You know? CF also Nicki Minaj getting shit for her cover of “Anaconda” while similar images grace the cover of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition with no shocked outcry.
i just went on a huge twitter rant…oops
This just started gaining notes hello there
We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.
Now add Black to it,
And think about how white people are the ones in the hiring positions,
And white people never look at us or interact with us for longer than they absolutely HAVE to,
So most of us are automatically marked ‘unattractive’ simply because we’re Black,
Aaaaaand you end up with a Black unemployment rate that’s over DOUBLE that of the rest of the country,
EVEN DURING TIMES OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.
I don’t know what to tell you. I’ve never had people send me hate mail to my actual mailing address before. that’s tough. I would go straight to the cops. if they made comments about your daily life, you might have grounds to get them for stalking. (DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer, that’s just the first thing I thought.) you said they were hand-delivered? I would say that’s DEFINITELY grounds for stalking charges and hopefully a restraining order if they catch the bastard(s) who did it.
general advice for dealing with hate mail: you never “just get used to it” and it never really gets easier. I get rape and death threats online (and sometimes in real life!) and each one leaves me feeling a little violated and a lot upset. and that is totally okay! there’s this bullshit myth that you’re somehow weak if hate speech bothers you. that’s not true at all. hate speech is hateful, and hateful things hurt! it’s natural and 100% okay to be hurt and distressed by hatred.
what you can learn to do is cope. you can block people and laugh at them with your friends. you can make witty comebacks and laugh about that. you can tell yourself you’re stronger than they are over and over again until you really and truly believe it. you can treat yourself to ice cream every time you get a nasty message. you can do anything that makes you feel good to remind yourself that you are a great human being who is deserving of love and warmth and kindness. you can stop reading facebook comments. it won’t make them go away, but it’ll mean you don’t have to see them! you can remove yourself from situations when it gets too tough. you’re not a coward: you’re taking care of yourself.
none of those things will make it easier, and none of them will really solve the problem. fighting back solves the problem - frustratingly slowly, but it does help. you have to ask yourself if you have the time and energy to fight. IT IS 100% OKAY IF YOU DON’T. you don’t need to give hateful people even a second of your time. not fighting is the right choice. fighting is the right choice. whatever makes you feel best is the right choice.
me, I’m a fighter, but that’s because I’m a stubborn little thing and my da taught me never to start arguments but always to finish them. that’s what works for me. maybe it’ll work for you. maybe it won’t. maybe you’ll find that the easiest thing to do is block, delete and ignore. maybe you’ll find that screaming into a pillow afterwards helps. I don’t know your life. everyone’s different.
just remember: hate messages are never your fault. you haven’t done anything to deserve them and you never will. you are not bad or weak for being hurt. you are great! that’s why people are trying to bring you down by being nasty. don’t forget that.
good luck, and stay safe.