"My life is not an easy one"
My name is Patricia, I'm from Venezuela and on this blog you'll find mostly films, books, comics, random stuff etc, etc, etc. Nothing out of this world, really.
That being said, have a look around.
Here in Australia, this is what has been happening over the past few days. The media is largely ignoring it, despite it being one of the largest protests in this country’s history. My state has also just passed laws that will come into effect in September that put restrictions on protesting which could lead to two years imprisonment. Our Prime Minister won’t even acknowledge that this has been happening.
Please get this circulating. Australian media refuses to cover it and the government is pretending it didn’t happen even though there were people on their doorsteps at Parliament house. People in Australia are discontented with the way asylum seekers are treated like criminals, indigenous people are still being treated horribly, that our prime minister is a racist, sexist, homophobe who appointed himself as Minister for Women, that our health care is threatened, that our environment is being treated as a commodity, that our university funding is being cut, and that our Prime Minister doesn’t “believe” in climate change and that this country now only caters to the rich and conservative. And that barely scratches the surface.
What this government does is not in our name and we need to get the message out there, loud and clear.
I was thinking about making a comic about this because this is the most annoying thing.
When I was 17, I went to otakon with a (white) friend of mine. She had red, pink and white dread extensions and piercings and what not and every 5 feet we had to stop so someone could get a picture with her. She wasn’t dressed up as anyone, she was just there.
We met a (black) girl with some of the most beautiful dread extensions I’ve ever fucking seen in red, black and white dressed up as Jesse from team rocket and I kind of lost my shit because she was so cute, but I was too afraid to talk to her. While my friend was getting her 1000th picture taken, I approached her and she found out it was my first time there and wanted me to go around with her so that I didn’t feel lost.
Walking around with her for a bit was so fucking awful only because people kept saying, “It’s a ghetto Jesse.” or that she wasn’t really into that stuff because black girls don’t like pokemon.
She was seasoned by conventions to handle this talk and I felt so awful for her. I am filipina and Irish American, no one questioned me being there. But so many people assumed that because of the color of her skin that she was any less of a fan and any less unique and wonderful. How fucking dare they.
Thus is the reason the nerd culture needs to be turned inside out. So we can lose these fuckers that think that if Ramona Flowers had been black that she’d be ghetto and unfuckable.