And of course, they are. They’re exhausted from the pace of life that a competitive capitalist society imposes on everyone, and it’s hard to hear about privilege and oppression. But it’s one thing to have to hear about such problems and another to have to live them every day.
The quick white defensiveness runs right past the fact that whatever it is that exhausts white people, it isn’t the fact of being white. It may be exhausting to be a parent or a worker or a spouse or a student who works all day and studies all night, but it’s not exhausting to be a white person, or for that matter, a heterosexual, or a man.
By comparison, people in subordinate groups have to do all the things that also exhaust members of dominant groups, from raising families to earning a living to getting older. But on top of that, they must also struggle with the accumulation of fine grinding grit that oppresion loads onto people’s lives simply because they’re in the ‘wrong’ social category.” —Allan G. Johnson (via wretchedoftheearth)
Every time I hear people talking about bans on saggy pants for looking unprofessional and just “off putting”, I wonder how come there aren’t bans on multiple facial piercings and those disgusting stretched earlobes and unkempt, greasy, white people dreadlocks and realize that the unprofessional and off putting ways white people choose to express themselves are never policed the same way black people are.
Stokely Carmichael & Charles V. Hamilton.
Excerpt from ‘Black Power : The Politics of Liberation in America’
- The Hollywood Reporter: What's your worst audition?
- Connie Britton: "We just didn't get you."
- Anna Gunn: "We just didn't respond to you."
- Monica Potter: I'd just had my last kid..I was pushing like 180 pounds at the time. I'm like, "You guys, I just don't feel physically fit yet." I had my Spanx on and looked like a damn sausage, but I went in and thought I did a really good job. I got home and get the call from my agents. I'm like, "I did good, right?" And they say, "You did great. The problem is you're just …" "I'm too fat." "Yeah, we're just going to wait a little bit." I said, "I already told you this!" The weight thing is a crappy thing in this town, you know?
- Elizabeth Moss: On the first season of "Mad Men," I had to wear a fat suit and prosthetic makeup to make me look bigger.... We all have this perception of what we're supposed to look like. But that's what's so great about all these women here today: We're all completely different-looking, you know? We're all beautiful, but real women.
- Connie Britton: I agree. I've never had somebody say to me that I needed to look a certain way for a role, but I've always lived in dread of what that would be like. It's our responsibility to play these full-fledged women, and to play women who look like people we actually see in life. It's more interesting, and I think audiences appreciate it, too.
- Kerry Washington: It's a little bit different for me because I'll audition for something and they'll just decide that they're not going "ethnic" with a character, which I hear a lot.
- The Hollywood Reporter: Casting directors still use the word "ethnic"?
- Kerry Washington: If not "black," then yeah. People have artistic license … that's what casting is: fitting the right look to the right character. Whereas you could maybe lose some weight, there's not really anything I can do, nor would I want to, about being black.