when i am sad i remind myself that
- when derek hale fake flirts, he uses his good looks
- when derek hale flirts genuinely, he uses his booksmarts
and i feel a little bit better
teen wolf xmas meme // day 1 - favorite werewolf of season 1
i feel like i’m going to be 85 years old and still bitter about boyd and erica
Recently the fandom has been abuzz about the racial issues on the show. There were several posts going around last week and earlier this week and it seems like the arguments are one of two poles – the entire writing/marketing team is incredibly racist and prejudice and is actively working to push down the POCs on the show, or there isn’t a single racial problem on the show and everything is just hunky dory.
Now, in the opinion of some random white person, aka me, neither of these is the case. As usual, I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, and I’m going to explain why - and I encourage you to read and respond.
I really, truly and honestly wish I had not read this post. As with most of the wank in the Teen Wolf fandom, this series of racial issue arguments entirely passed me by until this post showed up in my dash. For those of you that do not know me personally, which is basically all of you, I am a 24-year-old black female, and I am now so extraordinarily pissed that I am shaking. There are just so, so many things wrong with Chasing’s post that I cannot let it stand. I have taken a little while to process and cool down, so hopefully no one will take my anger personally.
Chasing, I know your post was well-intentioned, but it is racist in an entirely different manner than you wrote against.
As a 24-year-old, I haven’t been around very long, so to test my initial reaction’s validation, I sent the post in question to my mother and father, who were both born before the height of the Civil Rights movement. In matters of race, I feel they have an insight that I do not have. Their reaction, as were those of my minority friends, was the exact same. To sum it up, it was basically—
WHAT THE FUCK IS A POC EXPERIENCE?
Pardon the language, but I do not know, my parents do not know, my friends do not know, and Chasing admitted that she did not know. So what the hell is it?
According to her post, this is the POC Experience:
There are a plethora of experiences that define people of color that are much, much more important than the color of their skin. These are things that white people do not, will not, and cannot understand or relate to because we will never have them. Many, maybe even most, of these experiences are intricately tied to the oppressions faced by people of color, the discriminations and prejudices they see on a daily basis.
Due to my age and geographical location, I am vastly untouched by direct prejudice or racism, so I have basically no “shared racial experiences” to speak of.
I am defined by my life experiences and the people I surround myself with. I am no more defined by these shared racial experiences you speak of, than I am defined by the color of my skin. And the fact that you say I am only those experiences makes you a part of a different issue of racism.
People of color deserve to have their experiences represented on television and to see characters in which they can see themselves because they have a shared experience. This means wide-ranging, diverse and accurate depictions of all different people of color living their experiences in all different ways, with all different personalities and backgrounds and problems, but still acknowledging and representing at least some semblance of a POC experience.
Do you feel a kinship to every white person you pass on the street? Do you feel like you somehow know them? That they will understand you better because they are white?
That’s what you’ve just said— that POC do. *NEWSFLASH* We don’t. I am no more comfortable next to a random black person on the street than I am next to a random person of any other race. Because they’re a stranger. They don’t know me, and I don’t know them. They may have had similar experiences, but so could that other random person. Sure they have the same skin color, but that means nothing. They don’t know ME, and I don’t THEM.
We are more than racial experiences and skin color. We have personalities, lives, friends, families that have nothing to do with those things.
Now, without the inclusion of these experiences, a character loses its ability to be representative. The character is being made to “fit” into white society by writing them just like any other white person. This is erasing that person’s identity and that is what is happening on Teen Wolf.
Scott McCall is essentially being written as a white teenager whose actor happens to not be white. The thing is, it doesn’t work that way. You cannot just write a white character, cast a POC and call it diversity. This is not diversity, this is white-washing and setting an example that if other people of color learn to “pass” as white people, they’ll be treated as such. This is A) totally untrue and B) a misrepresentation of the POC experience. And it’s only further feeding into the perpetuation of problematic media portrayals of POC.
WHAT. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO SAY SUCH A THING?
Since when is going to high school something only white kids do?
Since when is turning over a new leaf and trying hard, something only white people do? How about taking care of your mom by bringing her dinner at the hospital— am I to believe that a latino kid wouldn’t do that? Are white kids the only ones who rise based on their own merit? Are they the only ones who fall in love but gracefully step aside? White people are the only ones with loyal best friends and absent fathers?
SINCE WHEN ARE THOSE WHITE THINGS?
These are things that happen to ALL people, Chasing. ALL PEOPLE. They are not exclusive to white people. That is not white-washing. That— it just makes me so sick to know that you believe this and felt righteous enough in it to post it.
You are saying that in order to accurately represent Scott McCall as a Latino, the Teen Wolf writers would have to do something trite like make him face the choice of joining a gang. Or have him speak Spanish at home. Because, you know, all latino people can identify with that (highly sarcastic). *NEWSFLASH* The writers already did the former. What the hell was the Alpha Pack? A freaking gang that killed people that wanted to recruit Scott!
One could choose to see that as a supernatural, so-called “POC experience” because it falls into the category of extremely offensive, POC stereotypes you seem to think POC characters need to have in order to be truly representative of POC. But it’s not. Literally anyone else could have been dropped into that situation and it would have been the same. It didn’t somehow gain more significance because Scott is a different color. It was significant because of who Scott is. Because the kid who always holds out hope, had lost his and saw no other way out. Because of his personality traits.
And that’s what I identify with. That’s what POC identify with. That’s what ANYONE identifies with. I don’t watch a show because the main character is a minority. I wouldn’t watch a show because its main character was a black female with the same racial experiences. I watch a show based on its merit, based on its characters’ personalities and actions.
I identify largely with Stiles. He is not a black female, but he is witty, unfailingly loyal, extremely dedicated, and smart. He is overlooked and taken for granted; he loved someone so much and for so long it was just another fact about him. He tries to help everyone, but no one is ever there to help him.
Those are not white male things. That is human experience. That is me on the screen with werewolves in a teenage boy body.
The people who know those things about me first-hand are the people I feel a kinship to. Not some random black person I’ve never met before, or a black character who’s been endowed with a “black enough” background.
This POC experience and white-washing you speak of is a part of this systematic racism you say you are against. The notion that I am so extraordinarily different from my white friends because of the color of my skin and the experiences that sometimes follow is a huge, glaring issue. The notion that I am so fundamentally different that I am not represented, better yet misrepresented, on the screen because no one of my color as a character is adequately colored enough makes me so fucking angry I can’t even see straight.
WHAT IS WHITE? WHAT IS BLACK? WHAT IS FUCKING COLOR?
Actions, words, personalities— these are not things that can be attributed to any one color. The fact that you are doing so, albeit probably blindly, highlights this huge racial issue that no one ever talks about. There are people who see me differently and would treat me as less because of it, and then there are people like you, Chasing, who speak out against those other people, but are still guilty of seeing me differently because of the color of my skin.
I do not need you arguing on my behalf because you do not speak for me. You speak for people righteous in their belief that they are not racist, when they are just another piece in the puzzle of racism that I fear will never be solved.
Stiles is the focus of 3b?
Lol. As the face of show now officially makes the transitions into Dylan being the face of the show.
#Lydia wears her make up like goddamn WAR PAINT#It’s precisely placed to how she knows it’ll knock people off their guard the fastest and most effectively.#Her face and her make up are as much a weapon as her wit and her IQ#and she KNOWS it #So she utilizes all the tools available to her including her lipstick.#and she knows she looks damn good while doing it too #Lydia Martin is my hero. (via stilesoralfixation)