On Friday, January 20th of 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the Unites States of America. Saturday, January 21st of 2017, people across the globe marched as a stance of union for equality, justice, and peace for all.
Paprika, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, all films that are considered to be greats in their respective genres within Japanese animation, Satoshi Kon just happens to have a part in every single one of them, and it shows.
No, I’m not talking about sex workers, that is a whole different topic I am not well-versed at, at all. I am talking about the comic book series by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, which brings forth the story of two (and more) people that can stop time when they orgasm. But the plot was not the thing that made this series something I enjoyed, it was how it managed to teach its readers sex education in the most subtle of ways.
The simple version: All lives do matter, but one type of life has a much, much harder time living than the other.
The longer version: Imagine that you are at a restaurant and you want to order food, you have been waiting for over two hours, while people that have arrived fifteen minutes ago already have their food. You call the waiter and ask about the situation: “ I’m sorry waiter, but I haven’t gotten my food and I’ve been here longer than anyone else, is there any way I can also get my food?” To which the waiter replies: “Wow Sir, everyone should get their food, not just you. Everyone’s food matters!” That sounds stupid right? Yep, that is how people that shout “All Lives Matter” seem to me. It is not a matter of someone’s life being worth more than any other, it is about how some lives are not valued, by others, and the system, as equally as other lives, in this case black lives and Latino lives, and Asian lives, and queer lives, and Muslim lives, et others, in comparison to white lives. Continue reading “Why it’s #BlackLivesMatter and not #AllLivesMatter | Discussions”
“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.“
– Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin”
A few days ago, in my home state of Nevada, we had the caucus elections for the Democratic Party, and I was at the edge of my seat to see the results. Why? Because I belong to the “class” now known as Millennial. I am a college student, I am middle-class, I am a Cuban immigrant, I am a part of a religious minority, I am a woman, and according to Baby Boomers, my generation is an embarrassment to the American community, because we all want free stuff and cannot stop playing with our phones. This meaning that a small group holding the political power finds it amusing to put a category on the most diverse generation in American history, and then create a bunch of blatant and uneducated statements, putting them down in order to make themselves feel better about ruining the economy, creating the biggest disparity in American economics, and living in the civil rights time where certain lives don’t matter and women should still not be able to make decisions. Belonging to this group has made me even more politically active than the other generations expected, because now I am more aware of how others see me, and what I can do to change it. Voting has an impact, we can change the course of history with votes. And that is why I wanted Bernie to win the delegates in my state, which he did, but not as much as Clinton won.
★★★★½/★★★★★ Dear White People directed by Justin Simien.
Professor Bodkin: …Might I also remind you that I read your entire fifteen-page unsolicited treatise on why the Gremlins is actually about suburban white fear of black culture.
Sam White: The Gremlins are loud, talk in slang, are addicted to fried chicken and freak out when you get their hair wet.
I have been meaning to see this film ever since I saw the first trailer. A film that uses satire to delve into racial tensions in America? Sign me up! And has small glimpses of Homophobia? And also speaks about other signs of oppression done to all kinds of minorities? And about how certain races are fetishized? Sign me up forever!