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It's International Blog Against Racism Week, so here's a brain dump for you.

First - I posted about this on Eithin the other day, but it's worth mentioning here - the blog Skin Coloured is "intended to be a collaborative, visual exploration of what it is to be non-white in a white culture." I'm white myself (dark skinned, but unmistakably white), but this issue fascinates me. Racism, art & design, and usability issues all rolled into one.

They're looking for more pictures with examples, so please do drop them a line if you have any.

Second - London is plastered with advertisements for Spamalot, the Monty Python musical, and this particular crop proclaim that Sanjeev Bhaskar is Arthur, King of the Britons. Apart from a Kitchener reference in the design, the advertisements make no mention at all of the fact that this nigh-stereotypical Englishman (technically he was Welsh, but try telling that to the English who idolize him) is being portrayed by an unmistakably subcontinental actor. It's rather nice to see, and what's even nicer is that (as far as my Google-fu can tell) nobody is complaining about it.

Third - I've posted before about doing body art, but something I've never mentioned in the past is that all the models I've used for this have been white. It's always annoyed me, but it's hard to talk about most of the time because you end up coming off like the creepy guy who's desperate for a Hot Asian Girlfriend. I know why they're all white, of course - it's because they were all friends, and most of my social life is via geek-dom. And geek-dom isn't just whitebread, it's practically Tesco Value white bread. The bi and poly social groups are better, but not much better.

Date: 2008-08-06 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sashagoblin.livejournal.com

I have three major responses to this. None are really edifying. 1) is a kind of YES, and great intesrest in non-white in a white culture, and the pressing desire to talk to you about my reverse experience of race and South Africa and the schizophrenic impact of having my privilege (not only white, which is bad enough, but young, white, female, educated, *English*) so drastically imprinted on my skin after the different but no less extreme racial-majority-privilege of London; 2) is wow-i-hadn't-noticed-and-that's-SO-cool, and 3) is actually quite shameful, which is basically 'oh, wow, um, er, if you ever need *another* white model..' I just love getting turned into Art...

Hoever, it is 5.30 and i am largely incapable of articulating ay of these things with any degree of clarity, and can only pray i haven't said anything drastically offensive or tactless...

Date: 2008-08-06 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Nothing I can find drastically offensive or tactless, but then I has a privilege and all that.

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