Our silence and inaction makes us complicit in these murders. If you don’t make a purposeful choice to become a white ally and actively work to dismantle the racist system that runs America for the benefit of white people then it becomes your shame because you’re white and black lives matter.
And if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American Racism becomes your legacy.
Overlooked Disney Scenes: Humiliation, Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Now within a lot of inner circles on tumblr this is a well known scene. But for many who have overlooked this film (as it sadly often is) this scene is something to behold. In my opinion this tender moment is the very heart of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and speaks to the essence of the film. Quasimodo has been stripped of his rights reduced to that of a carnival animal covered in mud for a crowd to laugh and gaze at. It’s terrifying how quickly they go from cheering him, to laughing at his obvious torment. Yet within seconds the entire mood shifts, silence falls over the crowd and in a way the realization sets over them as to what they were doing. All because one person, Esmeralda decided to walks up the steps.One person’s voice is all it takes to change a mob.
This is a whole other level of sophistication that I sadly have yet to see again in an animated film from Disney, including Frozen. As a kid I always teared up a little at this scene, and wondered how in the world people could be so cruel to someone that is different. I think now more than ever we have to realize that kids shouldn’t be completely coddled when it comes to the media they see. That they have a level of understanding that we always belittle when we shouldn’t. Because for me as a child this scene taught me a bit about myself and how I viewed others who were “different”.
There is a message to be taken from this film. When we see cruelty being done to others for their differences. When we see others ostracized. When we see true torment and injustice done. We as people should always fight against it. Not fighting it with fire, but with compassion and kindness. As Esmeralda does in this scene. Which in my opinion should be considered along with all of the other iconic scenes in the animated classic genre.
Just food for thought. Until next time!
my ultimate goal is to be at peace with myself, eliminate toxic feelings and elements and energies from my life, unlearn negative and harmful practices and thought patterns, stop checking for people that don’t check for me, create a space for myself that is nurturing for growth so that i may generate loving energy for myself and for others, nourish my spirit and balance my energies, i have big dreams and i deserve to live a life i love and let that love radiate
This? Is why I think it’s vital that we fight for diverse literature in schools. When the book-banning folks come out, it’s so often to shut down a person belonging to a minority group speaking about experiences that make people uncomfortable. Of course we are uncomfortable. We are complicit. It takes discomfort to impel change.
Not all kids will get a real picture of the world at home; I certainly didn’t. Those kids may go on to be the next generation of oppressors, having been taught lies that cause them to see minorities as subhuman, unless they have outside influences to show them otherwise. It matters that they read books by African-Americans, by women, by LGBT authors. It matters that they gain empathy and experience others’ lives.
It matters that they become uncomfortable enough to change.
My daughter’s district and at least one in much closer proximity— not that we ALL aren’t in proximity, but STILL— has directed teachers to not talk to students about Ferguson.
Among other things, let’s stop pretending teachers are professionals until we are treated as such. A gag order because of reports that some unknown number of teachers have expressed personal opinions— and I believe it: my daughter’s heard more Tea Party clap trap at school than anywhere else— is insulting and counterproductive.
It also highlights the need for this kind of curricular decision— and how unlikely these schools are to make them.
I went into this year with the goal of abandoning cannon (shhhhhh! don’t tell). This just confirms that my personal goal for this school year- to read less white, male literature- is an important one and not one to brush under the rug as work and papers and everything-that-is-not-actually-teaching pile up. Also I’m linking my post about starting the school year off honoring names and diversity through names.