Oh, I don’t think that would get rid of racism, not at all. One has only to read Dr. Seuss to get an idea of how people would be prejudiced against other people even if we suddenly got rid of differences in skin color.
I remember when I first went to college, I said something similar to what you’re saying while I was in a class—actually, I used the whole “I’m ‘color blind’” argument, saying that I wasn’t racist because I didn’t see color. Which, of course, is a product of my privilege, isn’t possible anyway, and is kind of a tool thing for me to say, although I didn’t realize it at the time. A black friend of mine stopped me before I even finished speaking and pointed out that ending racism isn’t about getting rid of the colors and ethnicities that make us all different. If that were the case, eugenics would work, and it clearly, clearly does not (as evidenced both by real history—see not just Hitler, but also Darfur, Rwanda, apartheid in South Africa, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, and so many more tragedies—and in fiction. My book is certainly not the first one to touch upon the idea of why having one race is bad.)
One of my favorite movies as a kid was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Please don’t tell anyone I had a crush on Kevin Costner. But my favorite scene is when the character of Azeem, a Muslim character played by Morgan Freeman, encounters a little girl from England who’s never seen a black person before:
Azeem: Salaam, little one.
Small Girl: Did God paint you?
Azeem: Did God paint me? [laughs] For certain.
Small Girl: Why?
Azeem: Because Allah loves wondrous varieties.
It isn’t that we’re different that’s the problem. Just the opposite: the world is amazing and brilliant and beautiful and wondrous precisely because we are different.
The problem is merely that people hate other people because they are different.
To “fix racism,” the solution—and the problem—does not lie in the fact that people are different. Take away skin color, and there would still be difference. It’s not at all about taking away the differences. It’s about taking away the hate.
Beautiful answer from Beth Revis here. <3
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society