A crash course on cultural exchange vs cultural appropriation:
A video by 16 year old actor, Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the 2012 movie version of The Hunger Games has recently gone viral. The video, which was produced for her history class, discusses black culture and the issue of cultural appropriation. In the four and half minuted video, Stenberg not only gives a crash course explanation on Black American culture but also discusses the difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation. In particular, Stenberg discusses the mainstreaming and adoption of Black culture by non-black pop culture icons and artists, while also noting their often silence on the very really social and political issues impacting on Black Americans, including institutionalised racism, police violence and police brutality. At the end of the video, Stenberg notes the willingness of non-Black pop artists and icons to adopt Black culture while failing to offer solidarity with the Black community struggling against police brutality, pointedly asking: “What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”
A great TED talk by John Marcotte, the founder of Heroic Girls, in which he challenges the audience to look beyond what is labeled as “girly” or “feminine” to explore how such labels limit the potential of future generations. Marcotte talks about his daughters, superheroes and how gender stereotypes limit both girls and boys.
Hello! It has been awhile since I have blogged at Red Butterfly Effect! Unfortunately, life, study and work all got in the way. But I am hoping to be back on a more regular or at least semi-regular basis! So much has been happening in the world of pop culture and geek over the last few months. While I won’t have time to catchup on all of it, I will try to revisit a few items/issues a long the way but in general I will focus on what is happening world of pop culture, geek, politics etc as they are happening over the coming months and year. I also have a heap of kdrama reviews that I will try and catchup on and of course there will be blogs about random fun stuff, politics and anything else which takes my interest!
19 October 2014
Islamophobia is a form of cultural racism and racial vilification which has been prominent in Western Society since the start of the “War on Terror” in 2001. Attacks on the Muslim and Arab Communities of Australia have escalated in recent weeks in the wake of the so-called “terror raids” which have targeted the Muslim and Arab communities. Ordinary Australians from all backgrounds have been horrified at the greenlight given to racists by the Australian Abbott government and are taking a stand to say no to racism and Islamophobia. Racism in all it’s forms shouldn’t be tolerated in a Multicultural Society was one of the key sentiments of the ‘No to Islamophobia’ demonstration which took place today in Melbourne.
Today’s rally opposed the Abbott government’s use of the politics of fear to promote a wave of racist attacks on the Muslim and Arab communities. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government, aided by the mainstream media, have sought to create a moral panic by scapegoating the Muslim and Arab communities in order to fast track through laws restricting civil liberties and to distract from their unpopular budget.
The widely publicised “terror raids” and Abbott’s march to war, coupled with the government’s dogwhistle racism has given a green light to racists and bigots. In the last month, we have seen knife wielding attackers enter Muslim schools to threaten school children and teachers and Muslim women attack on the streets because of what they wear, including a terrifying attack where a Muslim woman was beaten and pushed from a train.
Speakers at today’s rally included:
- Adel Salman, Member of the Islamic Council of Victoria
- Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
- Aseel Sammak, Muslim Students Association of Victoria
- Heba Bendak, Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth
- Jeff Sparrow, Author, Journalist and writer for the Guardian
Aboriginal activist, Viv Malo give acknowledgement of country and speaks about racism in Australia, against both the Aboriginal community and the Muslim and Arab communities.
Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens speaks at the rally
Heba Bendak, Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth
Jeff Sparrow, author and journalist.
Aboriginal activists in solidarity with the Muslim and Arab communities
Oh dear, I can’t believe its been 6 weeks or so since I last posted something! To make up for such a long absence, here is Block B with their dance practice version of their latest single, Her.
And as an added bonus: