I wrote this and forgot about it, but I’m posting it now. It’s super long so there’s a tl;dr at the end and I’m putting most of it under a cut.
So lichgem reblogged this post about the way people’s art is handled after they die. Especially crazy people’s art. The way that one guy, for instance, he was crazy and he loved cats and he painted lots of cats. And psychology textbooks and other books have rearranged his paintings so the most normal looking cats come first and the most psychedelic-looking cats come last, even though that is not the chronological order they were painted in. Then they try to show this as his “descent into madness” and so forth. His name was LouisWain, try to remember him for who he was, not who he was not.
I didn’t want to hijack a thread with such a wonderful poem so I am posting my response here. The poem is Heartless. Rather that’s its title, so you can click on it. It has more heart to it than many poems I’ve read.
I’m really surprised Tumblr doesn’t know that Fuckh8 is a piece of shit T Shirt company that acts like they care about social causes to pocket money while “donating” small amounts of profit to god knows where. Not to mention the fact that their employees are known to be both racist/transmisogynistic.
They have an ED page, people are aware they are shitty!
Olden times was when all the stories in the Bible and all the Disney Princess movies took place. Our parents were little kids and they had funny looking hair and clothes. They didn’t have TV or cars and food and movies costed 10 cents. Also everything was in black and white and nobody lived past 50 because they didn’t have medicine.
The video features a group of unnamed black kids, purportedly from Ferguson, reciting parts of a script that’s clearly been written by adults. A script that will make you think race is solely a black and white issue, by the way. Even if the children are from Ferguson, it’s unclear if or how they’ve been compensated. Either way, the idea that these kids are from Ferguson is paraded for consumption.
Towards the end, a white adult and a black adult make nice and encourage viewers to buy a FCKH8.com T-shirt. Five dollars from each shirt will supposedly go to unidentified “charities working in communities to fight racism.” Which charities? Who knows! What communities? Can’t tell you.
The video concludes with a dedication, “For Mike,” and a quiet scene from the Ferguson street on which Michael Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson more than a month ago.
The company behind the video, FCKH8.com, has made a name for itself selling what it calls “LGBT Equality Gear” (which sort of covers some LGB themes, but sort of leaves the T part out). It’s now trying to do the same with its “Anti-Racism Gear.” According to its website, FCKH8.com “recently became owned and managed by Synergy Media,” a corporate branding firm whose clients include Magnum bodybuilding vitamin supplements and pretty offensive “Buckeye Boob T’s” (the latter despite the fact that FCKH8.com says it’s anti-sexist).
There’s an entire economy around black death—and this ad campaign illustrates it all too well. Ironically, this economy’s profit margins depend on upholding the very racism this video claims to want to eliminate.
So there you have it, folks. Everything, it seems, can distilled, packaged, bought and sold—including racism.
We’ve changed our logo to blue today to support a Bay Schools student who was wrongfully pranked during what he thought was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We feel horrible that people would trick a boy with autism like this. You can show your support by donating to Autism Speaks: http://t.co/w57TWOTAaO and to the ALS Association: http://t.co/znB6J0W2iU