bosimba:

i found a leather jacket made for build-a-bears in my closet so naturally i had to put it on my cat

lamperouge-s:

- If you don't like it, don't eat it!!! You come here all the
time to mooch food!!
- Since I stopped fighting, I no longer have an income. Don't be
so uptight!
- Oro! Oro!?

Commemorating 20 years with Rurouni Kenshin ( ̄〜)

tags: rurouni kenshin + samurai x + kenshingumi + rkanime + anime + gif + graphics + fanwork +
Not everyone in A:tla was asian/brown. Most of the Fire Nation citizens were white, Earth Kingdom was the most racially diverse being Toph white, Haru, Teo and King Bumi being brown skinned and the Earth King and Long Feng having asiatic features. The Water Tribes people being dark browned skinned and having a Inuit-like culture, and the Air nomads being mostly biracial too, but mostly having asian features. It's was really great show that showed a whole lot of cultural and racial diversity

wocinsolidarity:

…Yes, yes they are.

This is a reminder that just because a character has light skin doesn’t mean that they are white. There are no white/European characters in the ATLA universe. The show definitely had a lot of cultural and ethnic diversity - but it showed the diversity of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous cultures. There are literally no white people in the ATLA universe, which was a major problem when the live-action movie was created. 

From Racebending.com:

The Avatar: The Last Airbender series was established by the creators and Nickelodeon as set in a “fantastical Asian world.” The Intellectual Property Bible affirms that the world of the series is and should be authentically Asian, and cultural consultants were hired to ensure the depiction of the world and characters would be respectful. People who have worked on the original series have also affirmed that the characters were ethnically Asian.

The default physical appearance for all characters in live-action fantasy worlds is not and should not always and only be anglo-saxon, western European facial features and coloring–particularly not in a series like Avatar: The Last Airbender, which featured ethnically Asian Pacific characters and Pacific Rim cultures.

From the Avatar Wiki page:

Avatar: The Last Airbender is conceptually influenced by the many different real-world cultures of the Pacific Rim. It is primarily influenced by East Asian cultures, as well as South Asian and Indigenous cultures, with contemporary American storytelling tropes interspersed throughout.

And I would suggest reading the entire page which clearly points out that there is NOTHING about the world that was inspired by European cultures, and that none of the characters are white. Like, literally. From another page on the Avatar Wiki:

Avatar is notable for borrowing extensively from Asian art and mythology to create its fictional universe. The show’s character designs are influenced by both American cartoons and anime; the show, however, is not considered an “anime” because of its origination in the United States. Explicitly stated influences include Chinese art and history, Korean clothing and folk tales, Japanese anime, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and yoga. The production staff employed a cultural consultant, Edwin Zane, to review scripts.

And finally, from the mouths of the actual creators:

BRYAN: Mike and I were really interested in other epic “Legends & Lore” properties, like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but we knew that we wanted to take a different approach to that type of genre. Our love for Japanese Anime, Hong Kong action & Kung Fu cinema, yoga, and Eastern philosophies led us to the initial inspiration for Avatar.

MIKE: Bryan and I love the films of Hayao Miyazaki. The stories and emotional depth of Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke were big inspirations for us when we began creating Avatar. Also, the character design and animation of Fooly Cooly from studio Gainex was influential as well.

If you can watch the series or watch Legend of Korra and honestly think that there are white characters you are not paying attention. Besides the light skin, there’s literally nothing that could even possibly hint to characters being white (and if you say eye color, then you clearly haven’t watched the show - eye color within each nation corresponds to bending. Hence, Katara has blue eyes because she’s a waterbender, Zuko’s are golden because he’s a firebender, etc.) The Water Tribe is based off of mostly Inuit culture. The Earth Nation is based mostly off of Chinese traditions with a mixture of other East Asian traditions. The Fire Nation is a mixture of Chinese and various Southeast Asian traditions. The Air Nomads are based mainly off of Buddhist Tibetan culture.  

EVERYTHING - the various governments, bending styles, clothing, hair styles, politics, histories, architecture, food, literally anything you can think of - is based off of the intermixing of many different Asian and Indigenous cultures. So do you really think Bryke would be like, “alright now let’s put some white people up in this bitch?” (And yeah, we can and should talk about the problems of two white dudes using all these various cultures and traditions and mixing and matching for the show - but the point remains that they created an entire world based on mainly Asian cultures and people). 

THE ANSWER IS NO. THERE IS NOT ONE WHITE PERSON IN THE ATLA UNIVERSE AND I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO WHITEWASH IT AND PRETEND THERE IS. 

Tbh it would’ve been really easy to just delete this ask because all this information is really easy to find and this is a space for Women of Color. But if there’s one thing that really fucking pisses me off is people who whitewash and erase PoC from media. ATLA is one of my favorite television shows and has given us some of the strongest and most nuanced WoC characters on television. So don’t sit there and whitewash Toph or Azula or Suki when it’s so fucking clear that they are characters of color.

- Jennifer 

lmao no one even had white people names except the ONE!! character named ‘hope’ who was a baby and was on screen for less than a quarter of the episode and the name was literally unique in the entire world

how the fuck do you get ‘white’ from TOPH BEI FONG too srsly

tags: AtLA + whitewashing + racism + danger husk robinson + kami-queue +

much demon, such scary,

tags: kami blogs things about stuff + kami watches natsume yujin-cho +

pulpofiction:

I love a lot of male characters but I’d love them even more if they were women

tags: textpost + about me +

cupboardgods:

I watch this at least 10 times every time it shows up on my dash

(Source: kaiserneko)

tags: video tag for ts + video + zombizombi +

wilwheaton:

[I]f the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway. If not, we’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing, which is making it work for people all across the country.

I’m sorry, I’m going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.

- President Obama

Most of the states with Republican governors who have opted out of the Medicaid expansion have very poor people living there, too. These governors are deliberately hurting their own citizens because they don’t like the president. That’s just wrong.

(Source: dailykos.com)

tags: ACA + affordable care act + american politics +

anime catchup time

*more spiraling into sports anime hell*

tags: kami blogs things about stuff + zombizombi +
tags: sailor moon + haruka tenoh + bishoujo senshi sailor moon + pretty soldier sailor moon +

iron-pigs:

This is frustration in the form of a gif

(Source: brucewaynes)

tags: kami-queue +
I am grade 12 student who has just recently graduated. You might call me accomplished, and in a way, I am, but not in the way you’d think. 12 years of pouring over text books and being lined up to be judged in front of my peers has not made me any more intelligent. I can tell you the first 45 digits of Pi and I can explain to you the difference between an acid and a base, I can recite the Pythagorean Theorem in my sleep, I will recite lines out of a textbook like they are a religion. But I cannot tell you the value of security, or of kindness. The distinct contrast between personal health and personal gain. I can tell you in grade 10 four of my classmates attempted to take their own lives before finals. I can tell you our counsellors office is always booked. I can tell you how when I didn’t understand something in AP Chemistry my teacher asked me to leave if I could not participate in his class. I merely asked him to explain a question. Instead of doing his job and teaching, he told me to leave. Told me I was not good enough to be there. Mistakes are viewed as failure in these hallways. A wrong answer is a sin you must atone to, not a human error, but a flaw so grand it defines your entire life course. There is no “average” here. We all must exceed expectations. Do your parents know that a grade that is considered average is a “C”? When I got a C in fourth grade my parents grounded me for a month. They said I was lazy and stupid and incompetent and that I’d better smarten up and stop fooling around. I never fooled around. I am driven by a deep need to impress others. I never fool around. I worked and worked and worked, with a deep hollow of anxiety in my chest. I have never been good at History, but I worked and worked and I attained at best a low B. It was not good enough. It is not said but we are expected to put our education before our personal health. It is not asked of us, but it is what we must do to achieve what we are asked to achieve. Our teachers will tell you, “Oh, I only give them one hour of homework each night.” Which is essentially true, each of my five teachers only gives me one to two hours of homework each night. Hmm, that adds up to 5-10 hours of homework, and overdue classwork, and projects. Say goodbye to sleep, say goodbye to feeling calm. I’ve developed a deep rooted anxiety disorder due to school and perfectionistic tendencies. Even when you get 100 percent on an assignment they still criticise you, it is never good enough. One slip, and you are in deep deep trouble. I can tell you that 90 percent of us try our hardest, and our teachers and parents stand in the sidelines, screaming, “You can do better than that!”
—Why I say our education system is flawed (via perfect-delusions)
tags: kami-queue +

friendsofthegaybc:

travisstolls:

friendsofthegaybc:

travisstolls:

WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG WARTHOG

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG WARTHOOOOOOOOG

Very nice

Thanks

(Source: angryarya)

Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.

- moniquill (on red face & cultural appropriation)

I’m just going to reblog this again, since some people apparently need reminding. 

(via darkjez)

DING DING DING DING.

(via mirandaadria)

(Source: nishwari)

tags: kami-queue +
Artist || arcchi
tags: Free! + Nagirei + Reigisa +

othertomperson:

Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked a ridiculous question about “genetic differences” being the reason there aren’t as many women in science as men and answered fantastically about how gender and race affect access to STEM :)

tags: Neil deGrasse Tyson + race + gender + STEM + intersectionality +