The Daughter of Dawn, an 80-minute feature film, was shot in July of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.
insert video here wherein i parody that okcupid “kiss every cat” girl by crying about kissing every pre-scratch lady troll
shout-out to all the people who, when I was younger, smugly belittled my shitty relationship with my mom as being something that all teenagers go through and not-so-subtly implying that it’s all my fault/in my head
separate shout-out to other people who have non-relationships with their parents because their parents actually are abusive and horrible and it didn’t suddenly repair itself once we “grew out of it” or w/e because oh yeah parents being terrible people is an actual thing that happens and is not our fault
I know that there are blogs on Tumblr devoted exclusively to issues surrounding social justice. Lately I don’t even like the term social justice. Oppression isn’t a “social” thing. It’s pervasive. It permeates through every part of a person’s life.
Anyway, many people on Tumblr have personal blogs. They just so happen to talk about their lives. If you are a part of a marginalized group oppression is a part of your life. Many of us choose to talk about that. Many of us choose to comment on the pervasiveness of white hegemony.
I am not a “social justice blogger”. I am person who posts things on a blog. A good chunk of those things happen to be about white hegemony.
I think the frustrating part of the label is that the idiots who deny the exist of white hegemony use it to dismiss people. Those “social justice bloggers” are just bleeding hearts who see oppression everywhere.
I speak for myself when I say that I am not a bleeding heart. But oppression is everywhere. It was sewn into the fabric of society. It exists in the tapestry. From the way our government functions to the advertisements that we see on television, oppression is present.
I don’t turn a blind eye to it.
Get over it.