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Oct
21
 Sometimes this really seems to shock people. They appear genuinely upset when I say ‘this conversation is over’ or ‘I’m actually not interested in debating this with you.’ There’s an expectation that if you care about social justice and political issues, you’re always ‘on.’ You’re always ready to debate, you’re always ready to have theoretical discussions about your own lived experiences and the issues you care about, you’re always ready to defend yourself. That’s manifestly ridiculous and unjust, an expectation that’s simply not reasonable. 
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Oct
21

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How to get out of saying the “L” word by Victory Brinker

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Oct
21
 Your privilege is comprised of the questions you’ve never had to ask. 
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Catherynne Valente

Important for ALL of us to consider.

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Oct
20
 I can’t emphasize enough the importance of solo adventures. Everything from eating lunch by yourself to strolling in the park alone all help to shape your sense of independence. If you’re never by yourself how will you ever know yourself. 
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Oct
20

eamo2747-deactivated20140924 said: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

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By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

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(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

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Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

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They whitewashed BEETHOVEN?  O_O

Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.

I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.

beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?

jk because erasure

I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
My life has been a lie.

OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT.

I HAVE A BACHELOR DEGREE IN MUSIC, MY MAJOR WAS “MUSIC HISTORY, THEORY, AND LITERATURE”

I TOOK MULTIPLE CLASSES SPECIFICALLY IN BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS AND MY SCHOOL HAD AN INTERNATIONAL BEETHOVEN SYMPOSIUM WHERE THERE WERE PAPERS ON THINGS LIKE THE KIND OF FUCKING PAAAAAAPER HE DID HIS MANUSCRIPTS ON, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, TO SEE WHERE AND WHEN HE WROTE SPECIFIC SNIPPETS OF MUSIC.

NEVER IN MY EDUCATION OR READINGS DID I EITHER

A) NOTICE THIS

B) WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD THIS.

I think there’s a combination of systemic racism in this, and my own internalized racism. I have, in fact, read Maynard Solomon’s biography and didn’t pick up on this. I have read the Czerny sources as well. My Beethoven teacher (Bill Kinderman) is one of the top Beethoven scholars in the world, and I don’t remember hearing any of this from him.

I even did a semester of graduate work in musicology, specifically focusing on the Beethoven string quartets (I really fucking love those things) and we never spoke about this.

I cannot say I am in any way surprised at this. I am embarrassed, angry, and upset that this was erased from my DECADES of music education.

Which doesn’t surprise me at all, because classical music is very specifically in our culture for white people, especially men, especially upper class white men.

Oof, this one is going to take a while to fully fucking digest, I am in angry tears.

Holy shit. One of the greatest musical minds of all time and he got whitewashed.

The truth needs to be spread.

Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”

This isn’t the first time that I’ve read on tumblr that Beethoven was black, but I feel compelled to reblog it now because casually scrolling past evidence of erasure and noting it is not enough. I’d love to see a documentary about this.

Oct
20

Questions not usually asked

  • 1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
  • 2: Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
  • 3: Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
  • 4: Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
  • 5: Do you like to use post-it notes?
  • 6: Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
  • 7: Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
  • 8: Do you have freckles?
  • 9: Do you always smile for pictures?
  • 10: What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • 11: Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
  • 14: Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?
  • 15: Do you chew your pens and pencils?
  • 16: How many people have you slept with this week?
  • 17: What size is your bed?
  • 18: What is your Song of the week?
  • 19: Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
  • 20: Do you still watch cartoons?
  • 21: Whats your least favorite movie?
  • 22: Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
  • 23: What do you drink with dinner?
  • 24: What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
  • 25: What is your favorite food?
  • 26: What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
  • 28: Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
  • 29: Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
  • 30: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
  • 31: Can you change the oil on a car?
  • 32: Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
  • 33: Ever ran out of gas?
  • 34: Favorite kind of sandwich?
  • 35: Best thing to eat for breakfast?
  • 36: What is your usual bedtime?
  • 37: Are you lazy?
  • 38: When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
  • 39: What is your Chinese astrological sign?
  • 40: How many languages can you speak?
  • 41: Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
  • 42: Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
  • 43: Are you stubborn?
  • 44: Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
  • 45: Ever watch soap operas?
  • 46: Are you afraid of heights?
  • 47: Do you sing in the car?
  • 48: Do you sing in the shower?
  • 49: Do you dance in the car?
  • 50: Ever used a gun?
  • 51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
  • 52: Do you think musicals are cheesy?
  • 53: Is Christmas stressful?
  • 54: Ever eat a pierogi?
  • 55: Favorite type of fruit pie?
  • 56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
  • 57: Do you believe in ghosts?
  • 58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
  • 59: Take a vitamin daily?
  • 60: Wear slippers?
  • 61: Wear a bath robe?
  • 62: What do you wear to bed?
  • 63: First concert?
  • 64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
  • 65: Nike or Adidas?
  • 66: Cheetos Or Fritos?
  • 67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
  • 68: Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
  • 69: Ever take dance lessons?
  • 70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
  • 71: Can you curl your tongue?
  • 72: Ever won a spelling bee?
  • 73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
  • 74: Own any record albums?
  • 75: Own a record player?
  • 76: Regularly burn incense?
  • 77: Ever been in love?
  • 78: Who would you like to see in concert?
  • 79: What was the last concert you saw?
  • 80: Hot tea or cold tea?
  • 81: Tea or coffee?
  • 82: Sugar or snickerdoodles?
  • 83: Can you swim well?
  • 84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
  • 85: Are you patient?
  • 86: DJ or band, at a wedding?
  • 87: Ever won a contest?
  • 88: Ever have plastic surgery?
  • 89: Which are better black or green olives?
  • 90: Can you knit or crochet?
  • 91: Best room for a fireplace?
  • 92: Do you want to get married?
  • 93: If married, how long have you been married?
  • 95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
  • 96: Do you have kids?
  • 97: Do you want kids?
  • 98: Whats your favorite color?
  • 99: Do you miss anyone right now?
  • someone send me some of these??: )
Oct
20

idle-handss:

Nothing more hilarious than seeing a guy’s behavior towards you completely change as soon as he realizes he’ll never get anything out of his interaction.

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Oct
20
 A researcher tells the following story about her own experience of discovering the seriousness with which young children take gender stereotypes. While interviewing 3 to 6 year olds about their career aspirations, she asked each of them what they would want to be when they grew up if they were members of the opposite sex. Their responses showed that not only did most of the children choose careers that fit the stereotypes of the other gender but also that their perceptions of the limitations imposed by gender were sometimes quite extreme. One little girl confided with a sigh that her true ambition was to fly like a bird, but she could never do it because she was not a boy! One little boy put his hands on his head, sighed deeply, and said helplessly that if he were a girl he would have to grow up and be nothing (Beuf, 1974 as cited by Lips, 2008, p. 401). 
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that last line

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Oct
20
 Fuck cops, bosses, rapists, racists, Presidents, the money
economy, Border Patrol, prisons, cat callers, haters. Go feminists, anarchists, indigenous communities, gift economies, queers bashing back, apolitical violent hoodlums, border crossers, friends, and totally making out for like hours. 
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