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Anonymous asked: Wait wait wait, Jar Jar Binks is annoying, but I've never heard people say he's racist. I'm not disagreeing, I just want to know how he's supposed to be racist.

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raptorific:

When I was a child, I read a Boondocks strip starring Jar Jar Binks. Unsure of what the joke was, because the strip had him talking exactly like he did in the movie, I asked my father. He explained that the joke was that many people viewed Jar Jar Binks as a racist stereotype. I was very confused and asked him what he meant. 

The next day, my dad sat me down and had me watch a movie starring Stepin Fetchit, as well as an episode of Amos n Andy, and several blackface minstrel performances. The common thread in all of them was that at least one character had an identical voice, identical body language, and near-identical mannerisms to Jar Jar Binks.

Some of them even added “-sa” as a suffix to seemingly random words. When I asked my dad why they kept doing that, my dad told me to notice who they were talking to when they said “yessa” or “nosa” or “mesa” or “yousa.” As it turns out, they only seemed to do this when talking to a white man, and they weren’t saying “-sa,” they were saying “sir.”

I wish I could find the clips my dad showed me again, because they’re pretty damning, but all I can do is give you the Boondocks strip that originally piqued my interest by combining blackface minstrels’ mannerisms with Jar Jar’s mannerisms and demonstrating that they are indistinguishable from one another:

Note: Both George Lucas and Ahmed Best, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks have claimed Jar Jar isn’t a racist caricature. On a related note, George Lucas and Ahmed Best are capable of being wrong.

Yeah I doubt he intended it but intent here is subsumed by the result

It may have been unconsciously racist, but it was not coincidentally racist. The odds that George Lucas independently invented a character that is identical to a blackface stock character are about the same that someone would write a song that is word-for-word and note-for-note identical to Bohemian Rhapsody without ever having heard it. 

Like, even if we assume that it was totally unintentional, the best-case scenario is that they heard Bohemian Rhapsody, forgot it, and then unwittingly pulled it from their subconscious, believing it to be an original composition, and the worst-case is that they were jut hoping nobody would notice their song is just Bohemian Rhapsody.

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itsvondell:

if you look closely at the washington memorial, you can see a patch of discoloration on the bottom section of the structure. this is due to water damage resulting from when president nixon famously and controversially let the government open the water gate in 1973. this caused washington dc to flood and the damage took many years to repair. the american people voted to impeach president nixon for this oversight. it is widely remembered as one of the worst decisions in the world.

Actually wasn’t that because construction was stopped for a time for some reason idk but then when I started again they couldn’t get the same material

im pretty sure it was because of the water gate

Watergate was a scandal that happened in which documents were destroyed in the watergate building which lead to his impeachment. Not an actual watergate

there is a lot of conflicting information out there and probably a lot of different cover-ups to be found. who knows what really happened.

::in my granny voice::  You kids!  You coulda looked this up, you know!
The Democratic headquarters for the 1972 elections was located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington.  Nixon’s staff set up a plan to wiretap their phones.  On their third attempt a security guard saw signs of a burglar and arrested them.  The FBI discovered the name of other Nixon officials in one of the “burglar’s” address books, and they started investigating.  It started a long mess involving illegal funds, illegal committees, illegal spying, a criminal Attorney General, taped recordings that Nixon had had erased (which looked very bad), an anonymous informant who told two reporters a lot more bad things the White House was up to.  In the end, Nixon resigned before he could be impeached by Congress, and Gerald Ford, the new president, pardoned him immediately so he couldn’t be investigated any further.
Some people even say that’s why the Republicans hate the Democrats today, because of their slimy buddy Richard Nixon.
That’s Watergate.  Not a flood in the Washington Mall that left a mark on the Washington Monument!  If you can track down a book called ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, it will tell you about it.  What are they teaching for history these days?


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frequentlydefiant:

tamorapierce:

itsvondell:

oedipiss:

itsvondell:

oedipiss:

itsvondell:

if you look closely at the washington memorial, you can see a patch of discoloration on the bottom section of the structure. this is due to water damage resulting from when president nixon famously and controversially let the government open the water gate in 1973. this caused washington dc to flood and the damage took many years to repair. the american people voted to impeach president nixon for this oversight. it is widely remembered as one of the worst decisions in the world.

Actually wasn’t that because construction was stopped for a time for some reason idk but then when I started again they couldn’t get the same material

im pretty sure it was because of the water gate

Watergate was a scandal that happened in which documents were destroyed in the watergate building which lead to his impeachment. Not an actual watergate

there is a lot of conflicting information out there and probably a lot of different cover-ups to be found. who knows what really happened.

::in my granny voice::  You kids!  You coulda looked this up, you know!

The Democratic headquarters for the 1972 elections was located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington.  Nixon’s staff set up a plan to wiretap their phones.  On their third attempt a security guard saw signs of a burglar and arrested them.  The FBI discovered the name of other Nixon officials in one of the “burglar’s” address books, and they started investigating.  It started a long mess involving illegal funds, illegal committees, illegal spying, a criminal Attorney General, taped recordings that Nixon had had erased (which looked very bad), an anonymous informant who told two reporters a lot more bad things the White House was up to.  In the end, Nixon resigned before he could be impeached by Congress, and Gerald Ford, the new president, pardoned him immediately so he couldn’t be investigated any further.

Some people even say that’s why the Republicans hate the Democrats today, because of their slimy buddy Richard Nixon.

That’s Watergate.  Not a flood in the Washington Mall that left a mark on the Washington Monument!  If you can track down a book called ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, it will tell you about it.  What are they teaching for history these days?

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astairical:

Fred Astaire breaks character to mouth “you’re sexy” to Ginger Rogers in Top Hat (1935). After Fred mouths those words to her, Ginger laughs and mouths back, “thanks”. It must also be noted that Fred had control over which take of the dance made it into the final film, and he chose this take on purpose.

astairical:

Fred Astaire breaks character to mouth “you’re sexy” to Ginger Rogers in Top Hat (1935). After Fred mouths those words to her, Ginger laughs and mouths back, “thanks”. It must also be noted that Fred had control over which take of the dance made it into the final film, and he chose this take on purpose.

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