Launched last month, Wafrica — Africa plus wa for Japan — has unveiled a range of kimono handcrafted in an array of African cotton fabrics that would seem to be a million miles from the subtle silks more commonly associated with traditional Japanese dress. Yet despite the orange comets and flashes of lightning tearing across a moss-green background, and the tribal swirls in colors that recall the sun-drenched African soil, the prints blend seamlessly into the kimono form before they surprise Japanese shoppers with their foreign origin.
The cultural cocktail is the brainchild of Serge Mouangue, a Tokyo-based concept- car designer for Nissan, who joined forces with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker, to produce the traditional Japanese attire in 18 African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.
Serge Mouange introduces the WAfrica concept and kimono (Fashion show)
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End racism.Empower humanism
There is this thing called history, so depending upon the content of your “joke” it may not in fact be a joke and in fact be racism. Please stop misusing humanism.
If you make someone feel uncomfortable or offended by a…
Sometimes, in cases like this, you need to learn to brush off the shoulder and keep your head up.
No one is water blasting you or letting dogs loose.
A neutral joke should not be turned into a racial slur just because you are black. Not should violence be the first mode of defense.
ok that was an extremely rude comment. You don’t have to make comments about being shot with water hoses or being attacked by dogs to make your point. I hope your “neutral joke” about the color of my skin was a lot tamer than that comment because that statement would have been met with violence. Racism is racism even if isn’t the most extreme case. This is the problem with white people. You think its ok to bring up these things because they don’t happen anymore but thats not right. The context of that comment put fear into my heart and you used so sparsely that it didn’t even phase you. That isn’t funny. You making that comment was not humanist either. That was white entitlement.
I truly didn’t mean to offend you. Skin color wasn’t even present in my joke, which was my main point. That it gets turned around and whatnot.
I’m sorry for offending you and I respect your opinion, but I still believe what I believe. The problem with white people is whatever you wanna say.
But what I’m saying is you take this too seriously.
I don’t fly off the handle every time someone delivers an “oven joke” or slavery joke. The holocaust and slavery in Egypt are historical events as well. And I have yet to encounter a Native American who responds like this to exposure of the trail of tears. We are all saddened, afraid, mad by the persecution to our groups. I think the change happens in how we react.
But why shouldn’t I take it seriously? Is it because racism is over? Is it because black kids aren’t getting shot by police officers anymore? Is it because the government has banned the KKK from rallying? Why shouldn’t I take your racially charged joke in to consideration? What was the joke anyway if it wasn’t about the color of my skin? You must have a particular example when you made this post.
The joke I’m referring to I actually saw on tumblr and did not practice myself.
It was a gifset of a dude walking Into a bad neighborhood, taking selfies but appearing to take pics of those around him. Each response was violent until this person’s phone was broken. And someone made a comment about how it was targeting black people.
IMO- this guy went to the closest bad neighborhood to him. Being black has nothing to do with it. Perhaps the closest bad neighborhood to him was filled with white people, or Hispanics? I think this prank or joke or whatever is way more offensive to a class system- the lower class should be offended, not a race.
Of course this is just my assumptions based off of something I saw on the internet.
Again, sorry for offending you and getting you worked up.
Why? Because we live in a world where we need to learn to set our differences aside and come together. If I cannot joke with you how you joke with you, we are more separated than the Red Sea. The words should not offend. Actions should offend.
When someone makes a joke about humans burning in an oven, I laugh. Not because the HISTORICAL EVENT is funny or something to laugh about, but because it is an event that we have overcome. Neo nazis still live in this world, but their persecution should not define my life. Why should I ruin my own time and isolate myself with anger by being offended when I can let the moment pass gracefully?
I have also seen this man doing this particular prank and many others. He specifically targets black people because they offer the reaction that he wants. He specifically targets blacks because he wants to get them to react violently. This isn’t about class or upbringing. He could have chosen any person on the street and almost exclusively chose to torment black individuals for his prank. I am also sorry because I am trying my hardest to be civil. You don’t understand the problems with some of the stuff you say and how they make others react. You think you should allow anyone to marginalize your history just for the sake of getting along with that person? That isn’t the way you should initiate bonding. If that person cannot respect the torment of your ancestors or your community’s collective past then he does not deserve the inheritance that comes with it. You should never let someone say something rude about the Holocaust. I don’t have to be Jewish to know that that experience is gut wrenching and no jokes should be allowed. People suffered and died but it was not for the sake of a few jokes. That’s the point you are missing.
I am sorry but I cannot continue this conversation. Your comments on my community’s collective past has left me feeling extremely ill and volatile. I would say good day but I don’t think I want that for you.
Yeah, it’s always easy for white people like this to think it’s not offensive simply because it doesn’t offend them. White people like this CONSTANTLY try to TALK OVER PoC and DECIDE how a PoC (in this case how black people should react) to issues like this because at the end of the day, they really don’t care. Proof is their comments on the Holocaust and Native Americans (I’m SO sure N. Americans enjoy joking about the “Trail of Tears” *rolls eyes*) having NOTHING to do with making insensitive remarks about black people, meaning they’re trying to deflect from the topic at hand (racist jokes ABOUT black people) and attempt to pit “sensitive” black people against other PoC to excuse themselves from the racist trash that they are (“see these groups are not offended so why are you so touchy”).
I’ve had multiple white friends in the past hide behind “jokes” to say whatever racist shit they believed and I no longer am friends with any of them. In fact I have NO white friends (every other group except white people, but I now live in NYC in a community that’s mixed Latino, Black and Asian so it’s way easier to be around other PoC and like EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE U.S. white people don’t like being around too many PoC so they segregate themselves like usual) , in the end they’re out of control with their “subtle, casual” racism and honestly, I love myself WAY TOO MUCH to deal with that nonsense.
PLEASE don’t let anyone like this make you feel like you deserve less humanity simply because THEY can’t empathize with black people (race studies show that quite a few white people are incapable of empathizing with black people, some EXTREMELY DISTURBING SHIT, they have more empathy for dogs than black people). I know it’s hard to ignore trash but your mental and emotional health is WAY more important than them.
Please try to remember that, it’s not you, you’re not the problem - they never learned empathy for black people (and hide under the usual victim blaming scheme).
You sound like every single White guy from Wales that every tried to pick me up while clubbing in Busan that it’s really fucking hilarious that you mentioned that.
I know your type, every wannabe sexpat too afraid to go to South Asia to exploit the boys there so you try to use your whiteness in the East to troll for the young Korean boys first going out with their friends, first time getting drunk, etc. and using all these nasty flowery words on them to try to get into their pants.
You don’t respect or love shit. You can act like some sort of amazing cracker who just ~*~loves the Asian male body~*~ or whatever the fuck but that is the shittest way to try to veil your blatant fetishization and general racial grossness.
You’re a fucking plague. White men who come to Korea or Japan or China or any Asian country to harass men - when we already have enough problems being LGBTQ in this society - are the absolute worst. Take your transparent STD ridden raisin dicks and get out. The last time some stale piece of white bread English dude tried to put his hand on my back, I bent his index finger so far backward that I heard it crack.
Members of the Lev Tahor Jewish community stand on a street in the village of San Juan La Laguna August 24, 2014. A few months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala to find religious freedom, the group of ultra orthodox Jews have been forced out of their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers. Over 200 members of the Lev Tahor community packed its bags on Friday in San Juan la Laguna, around 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Guatemala City, to board buses bound for the capital after weeks of religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents. (Photograph credit: Jorge Dan López/Reuters)
Lev Tahor had maintained a small presence in San Juan La Laguna village for about six years, but it expanded considerably in March after a contingent arrived complaining of persecution by Canadian authorities. Tensions appear to have flared after the newcomers arrived, and leaders of the village told news agencies that the group sought to impose its practices on the indigenous peoples. Miguel Vasquez Cholotio, a member of the elders’ village council, told Reuters the sect members refused to greet or have physical contact with anyone outside their community. “We felt intimidated by them in the streets. We thought they wanted to change our religion and customs,” he said. Lev Tahor leader in San Juan village, Rabbi Uriel Goldman, told Reuters that the group had friendly relations with the locals, and was the victim of charges by a minority among the village’s leaders. “I don’t understand why they don’t want us, we’re doing nothing bad here,” he said. "We are a people of peace and in order to avoid an incident we’ve already begun to leave," Misael Santos, another Lev Tahor member, told the AFP news agency. “We have a right to be there, but they threatened us with lynching if we don’t leave,” he added, and hoped the group would seek another site in Guatemala to settle. Founded in the 1980s by Israeli Shlomo Helbrans, the Lev Tahor members of the controversial Haredi sect practice an austere form of Judaism. Winning admiration from some Jews for its devoutness, the group is condemned by others as a cult-like sect.
Gee, I wonder WHY the locals don’t want them there. Especially considering the history of white people trying to force their religion down the throats of the peoples of the Americas (as well as ANY and ALL PoC nations). And I’m not at all surprised by their refusal to acknowledge the community they live in, there are Ultra Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods like that in NYC (Lee Ave in Williamsburg, perfect example).
I only feel bad for the victims, the children and the girls/women in these forced unions. Plus I’m sure the victims are “encouraged” to refrain from mingling with the locals.
Disgustingly racist exhibition happening in London, including the display of a chained black woman, horrifically reminiscent of the days of exhibition Sara Baartman. Needs approx 4,000 more signatures. SPREAD & SIGN.
Ugh I saw the pictures of the actual display, this is DISTURBING AND RACIST AS HELL. And of course the white artist (who was born in South Africa) sees no problem with it because to him it’s just “art” (yeah wishing you could enslave black people again would be seen as “art” to someone whose ancestors created apartheid).
Really human zoos? When will these people realize that their sick ass fantasies regarding black people (and other PoC) will ALWAYS be racist?? If it’s just “art” why not make white people the subject of your little shitty human zoo? This is part of the reason why I dropped my “Fine Arts” major, racism is STRONG in the art world (as well as white “artists” being pretentious ignorant little shits who overestimates their talent and their worth).
Urgent - Please Spotlight:
I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality.
Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!
PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place.
HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!
CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.
UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840
DETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa
Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.
Neo-Nazis get their shit pushed in by native american grandmothers, who then capture their flag, take selfies with it, and then burn it.
Neo Nazi status: Wrekt.
Collegehumors’ new video is on point as always
It’s even funnier when you see the White Tears in the comment section saying EXACTLY what the actors say in the video.
This IS PURE GOLD!
In the past decade or so, Korean entertainment—particularly Korean dramas and pop music—has thrived beyond South Korea’s physical boundaries, drawing…
Update as of August 28, 2014: I just received an email from an associate of Change.org Korea who has offered to translate the petition in Korean to send it to users in Korea! It’ll link to the original petition so that way the number of signatures are totaled! :D
Please continue sharing in the meantime!