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why do ppl assume attractive black girls have to be mixed :/
gazzymouse:

feministdisney:

sanguinarysanguinity:

kingloptr:

tamahi88:

copperbadge:

elliphantidelli:

"kneel"
something i drew for a banner competition :) 

POCAHONTAS AS CAP THO

Why not? She’s an original American

THATS WHY WE’RE EXCITED BC THEY GOT IT RIGHT

Did they get it right, though? There’s a long, long history of Native people being co-opted or coerced into displaying the symbols of US patriotism. And it was always done to deny the Native genocide, legitimize the US state, and consolidate the US’s power.
For example, there’s a lot of old-fashioned rhetoric out there that Native people were the first US patriots. (Take Paul Dyck’s Brulé: The Sioux People of the Rosebud, in which he describes 19th century Lakota — who were at war with the US! — as “American patriots” and asserts that “throughout the trying historical period of westward expansion, the Indian of the West never lost their allegiance to America.”) I run across this kind of talk a lot, in which someone asserts that a Native people were all about liberty and freedom JUST LIKE AMERICA, thus there’s just one big unbroken tradition of AMERICAFREEDOMLIBERTY leading from Native people to the US nation-state. What’s genocide? What’s colonialism? It was just Native-USians acting as the warm-up act for the American-Usians.
Furthermore, there’s a long, long history of the US government requiring subjugated Native people to display symbols of US patriotism. Know why so many powwows are on the Fourth of July? Because the government’s Indian Agents would only permit festivals that celebrated Christian holidays or the US nation-state.
Moreover, see the thing where serving in the US military was an official method of renouncing your NDN-ness and becoming an “American” instead. (Before the universal citizenship act, Native people got citizenship person-by-person, by doing something that asserted that they weren’t “really” Indians anymore. Serving in the military was one of those things.)
So given all that, Pocahontas dressed in red-white-and-blue, boosting for the US nation-state? How subversive is that, really? 
Note, please, the issue of patriotism and military service in Indian Country is complicated. I in no way mean to suggest that it isn’t. There are lots of reasons that NDNs will wear the stars and stripes, man, I’d love to see a nuanced exploration of that.
But re the alleged subversiveness of this illustration? The US has usually been thrilled to see NDNs don the red, white, and blue. I’m just saying.
tl;dr: Pocahontas wasn’t an American — not the way you mean it here — and portraying her as one falls solidly within the US colonialist tradition.

good point worth noting

This is why I’ve been uncomfortable reblogging this. Thank you for putting this into words. This is important.

gazzymouse:

feministdisney:

sanguinarysanguinity:

kingloptr:

tamahi88:

copperbadge:

elliphantidelli:

"kneel"

something i drew for a banner competition :) 

POCAHONTAS AS CAP THO

Why not? She’s an original American

THATS WHY WE’RE EXCITED BC THEY GOT IT RIGHT

Did they get it right, though? There’s a long, long history of Native people being co-opted or coerced into displaying the symbols of US patriotism. And it was always done to deny the Native genocide, legitimize the US state, and consolidate the US’s power.

For example, there’s a lot of old-fashioned rhetoric out there that Native people were the first US patriots. (Take Paul Dyck’s Brulé: The Sioux People of the Rosebud, in which he describes 19th century Lakota — who were at war with the US! — as “American patriots” and asserts that “throughout the trying historical period of westward expansion, the Indian of the West never lost their allegiance to America.”) I run across this kind of talk a lot, in which someone asserts that a Native people were all about liberty and freedom JUST LIKE AMERICA, thus there’s just one big unbroken tradition of AMERICAFREEDOMLIBERTY leading from Native people to the US nation-state. What’s genocide? What’s colonialism? It was just Native-USians acting as the warm-up act for the American-Usians.

Furthermore, there’s a long, long history of the US government requiring subjugated Native people to display symbols of US patriotism. Know why so many powwows are on the Fourth of July? Because the government’s Indian Agents would only permit festivals that celebrated Christian holidays or the US nation-state.

Moreover, see the thing where serving in the US military was an official method of renouncing your NDN-ness and becoming an “American” instead. (Before the universal citizenship act, Native people got citizenship person-by-person, by doing something that asserted that they weren’t “really” Indians anymore. Serving in the military was one of those things.)

So given all that, Pocahontas dressed in red-white-and-blue, boosting for the US nation-state? How subversive is that, really? 

Note, please, the issue of patriotism and military service in Indian Country is complicated. I in no way mean to suggest that it isn’t. There are lots of reasons that NDNs will wear the stars and stripes, man, I’d love to see a nuanced exploration of that.

But re the alleged subversiveness of this illustration? The US has usually been thrilled to see NDNs don the red, white, and blue. I’m just saying.

tl;dr: Pocahontas wasn’t an American — not the way you mean it here — and portraying her as one falls solidly within the US colonialist tradition.

good point worth noting

This is why I’ve been uncomfortable reblogging this. Thank you for putting this into words. This is important.

vivaaalabam13:

zachattackrules:

Last night we camped out on a giant disc structure on top of a mountain that overlooks all of Los Angeles county. It was a good night.


Anyone wanna run away to LA for a camp out? Or nah?

vivaaalabam13:

zachattackrules:

Last night we camped out on a giant disc structure on top of a mountain that overlooks all of Los Angeles county. It was a good night.

Anyone wanna run away to LA for a camp out? Or nah?

childservices:

y’all think I have time to google every post I see? sike bitch tumblr my news source I see a post saying I’m dead ima believe it

Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish, it makes you indestructible.

Things I’ll teach my children  (via paulineway)

(Source: humblebackbones)

analish:

do you ever have those times at 4am where you get so motivated and decide to get all your shit together and then plan out your entire life and future and then the next morning you’re just like lol