“I went on this journey to do something for the children, I came back with so many dreams that they gave me.” — Yunho
#while the use of african bodies to enlighten others~ and make others appreciate their lives~#because look at these poor africans~#is extremely frustrating and problematic#i suppose this is somewhat ‘nice’#yunho#idk
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I’ve never seen a GIF of this.
I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.
Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.
Don’t know what this is referring to? Here you go.
This is really powerful.
Wow, I had no idea about the solidarity patch.
This is still so powerful to watch.
(fyi Australian guy’s name is Peter Norman, he was banned from competing internationally for Australia after this, because our government can be a real sack of dicks sometimes)
I had no idea there was so much going on here. It’s fascinating. According to the Wiki article:
The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described “were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.” All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals. Sociologist Harry Edwards, the founder of the OPHR, had urged black athletes to boycott the games; reportedly, the actions of Smith and Carlos on 16 October 1968 were inspired by Edwards’ arguments. Both U.S. athletes intended on bringing black gloves to the event, but Carlos forgot his…It was…Peter Norman, who suggested Carlos wear Smith’s left-handed glove, this being the reason behind him raising his left hand…differing from the traditional Black Power salute. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed, a gesture which became front page news around the world. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd. Smith later said “If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.
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John Phillip Simpson
The Captive Slave (Ira Aldridge as model)
Oil on canvas 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.5 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago
The story of this artwork is quite remarkable.
The Art Institute of Chicago announced in 2009 that it had acquired a painting that had not been viewed or on display for over 180 years.
This is that painting.
There is sufficient evidence to assume that this painting was done by Simpson in collaboration with Aldridge as an abolitionist statement. It was first displayed in 1827 at the Royal Academy of Arts Along with this poem:
But Ah! what wish can prosper, or what prayer
For merchants rich in cargoes of despair
"The Captive Slave" by John Simpson (1782-1847): A rediscovered masterpiece
The British Art Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Spring 2009), pp. 18-26
It will never stop hurting me how much his outfit looks like a the outfits we put prisoners in. Every time I see it I see an incarcerated man in a modern prison. And then I am again reminded that no, this is an enslaved man from nearly 200 years ago. And in that moment the parallels between those two are so sharp and so poignant that I have to stop for a minute and just think about the world. And I want to scream and cry and burn this nation down and start fresh. But instead I just find myself a little more dedicated to my activism and a little more humble about the comforts and privileges afforded to me as a white person by other white people at the cost of the lives and freedom of other people.
I think the parallel hit a lot of people really hard.
I just wanted to point out that this isn’t an enslaved man-this is Ira Aldridge, an American actor working (and wildly popular) in Britain during this time. He collaborated with the artist for an Abolitionist work.
This is not a portrait of someone who had no choice over being painted.
I think it’s an important distinction to make because of both the effectiveness of his pose and expression; also to keep in mind the directed, purposeful agency of the man in this painting who is choosing to pose and express the deep emotions he feels. He is very much a part of this artwork’s creation and power.
Another painting of Aldridge performing:
Always relevant. I got a comment on YouTube that was like, “There aren’t black girls like this.” Which is rude because no, I’m not a special snowflake in that regard. There are LOADS of black girls who don’t buy into bullshit media stereotypes, and you’d see them if you wanted to.
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"Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was not your human rights professor. he was not your mentor. what does it say about you that you feel you need to be taught how to honor and respect another human being BECAUSE of the color of their skin. what does it say that you feel you ‘need’ a mentor to show you how to be an actual human being. you are so busy trying to beat us to the finish to lionize him as your champion, claim/take/steal him as yours, that you do not see, in this you reveal your true starvation, your extreme difficulty in comprehending how to be compassionate to poc. who needs to be taught that it is wrong to be brutal and sadistic to another human being, BECAUSE of the color of their skin. apparently, by your own admission, you do. we see you. clearly."