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Ivy’s favorite comic book charactersZatanna Zatara (Zatanna)
Every night I got on stage and perform the most amazing magic show that anyone in this or any other dimension has ever seen. Not just card and rope tricks, but actual feats of sorcery. Whether or not the audience chooses to believe what they are seeing is beside the point. I’m out there calling down thunder and lightning, making the run backward, turning the occasional heckler into a warthog. Because this is my territory. Spells, Hocus Pocus, demons. It’s meat and drink to me.

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[Gifset: Wyatt Cenac, a brown comedian, speaks on a stage, he says “This happened when they were making The Hobbit. They needed to cast background actors, specifically background hobbits.

So they had an open casting call and this Indian woman showed up, and she wanted to be one of the background hobbits. Presumably because she was tiny with giant feet. She showed up to the casting call, and they turned her away. They said “No, you can’t be in this movie, because you are to brown to be a hobbit.”

Now I’m gonna repeat that for you. Somebody told a real-life woman that her skin was too brown to play an imaginary creature. That basically in the whole fictional world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where you have dragons, and trolls, and talking trees, where you draw the line, whee imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit.”]




Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)

"where imagination is capped out, is a brown hobbit."

 Not to detract from Wyatt Cenac’s point, because it is definitely the most important issue at hand here, but shame on Peter Jackson even more because the Harfoot Hobbits were described by Tolkien as having brown skin:

“The Harfoots were browner of skin, smaller, and shorter, and they were beardless and bootless, their hands and feet were neat and nimble and they preferred highlands and hillsides.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien “Concerning Hobbits”

Reblogging again for the quote proving that brown hobbits are CANON Tolkien.  Also, for SilverSarcasm’s text description of the lines being said in the gifs.  Though I agree with bathsabbath: even if brown hobbits weren’t already canon (even if there are evidently fans—and producers—who were oblivious to this), it’s just silly (as well as racist) to claim that a brown hobbit is somehow more of a challenge to the imagination than a fiery eyeball thing, or a ring that can make you invisible and whatever.

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I am trying to see things in perspective.
My dog wants a bite of my peanut butter
chocolate chip bagel. I know she cannot
have this, because chocolate makes dogs
very sick. My dog does not understand this.
She pouts and wraps herself around my leg
like a scarf and purrs and tries to convince me
to give her just a tiny bit. When I do not give in,
she eventually gives up and lays in the corner,
under the piano, drooping and sad. I hope the
universe has my best interest in mind like I have
my dogs. When I want something with my whole
being, and the universe withholds it from me,
I hope the universe thinks to herself: "Silly girl.
She thinks this is what she wants, but she
does not understand how it will hurt.

THEORIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE by Blythe Baird (via blythebrooklyn)

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Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process. … Race also matters because of persistent racial inequality in society — inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities. … In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (via englishprof)

Sonia Sotomayor is my hero.

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