GloZell shows why cultural representation is so important (x)
For people who cannot see the images: There are four animated video gifs. The first shows a close up of the face of a black woman with medium brown curly hair saying, “Here comes the black princess!” Next we see a black princess with deep brown skin and black hair wearing a white crown and white gown and gloves walking by. The princess and the woman say to each other “It’s nice to meet you! It’s nice to meet you, too!” The camera swings away from the princess to show the black woman from the first frame wiping away a tear from her left eye. In the third panel, the black woman explains, “That was the black princess. I’m so happy to meet her because when I went to Disney …” you see her touch a finger to her eye again to wipe another tear. In the fourth and final panel, the woman continues, “…as a child there was no black people–even in the parades. None less a princess!”
This is the reason that I will never ever stop saying that representation matters.
For the lack of better wording and recognizing the fact that I am white.. I’m not sure if this might come off as a bit “white feminist” and please call me on my shit if it does…
I love seeing POC’s reactions to representation in mass media that they enjoy. Even media representation that they don’t like gives me the opportunity to listen to their complaints and act accordingly by giving credence to their cultural and individual dignity and worth. I know that I like seeing the representation myself because the diversity of knowledge and experiences from other people that are unlike my own are invaluable.
Of course, I know it shouldn’t be done solely for my enjoyment, but for the fact representation is just something that should be done. Period. Also, to the majority, having POC representation seems like something executives, story-tellers, and casting directors can do that seems so minor to white people, but to other POC individuals it’s a HUGE deal.
Seeing the happy reactions make me want to fight to have more of it happen because I like seeing people happy.
Representation matters not only to people of color, but also to lgbtiqa+ people and to people with disabilities, and to Muslim and Jewish peoples, and people who have experienced poverty.
This is why I can relate to the woman shown in this set of gifs even though I am white:
https://ramblingjustice.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/1st-met-me/ (read this one first)
https://ramblingjustice.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/meeting-myself-again/ (then this one)
I have a masterpost with links to many more blog posts about why all kinds of representation matters to so many people:
And another masterpost for entire blog sites about all kinds of diverse representation in all kinds of media. These are good for finding books, TV, films, etc. with diverse representation. Because often they exist, but are not marketed as well as media about white nondisabled cishet middle class guys, so it is harder to discover them without the help of blog sites that specialize in diverse representation:
Since you want to help fight for more representation to happen, you could consider whether you can volunteer for or otherwise support the We Need Diverse Books campaign (focused on representation in books, especially books for children and young adults):