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Indian Photographing Tourist Photographing Indian, Zig Jackson (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara)

Ugh these people and their damn cameras.

White lady (at my school’s powwow): “Can I take your picture?!”

Me: “Go away, white woman.”

At least she asked, I’ve had to step in front of my daughters repeatedly to foil the photos of self-entitled tourists who want some souvenir pics. Generally my skunk-eye gives them the message, but occasionally they actually get offended, like “I wasn’t doing anything wrong!”

This actually happens a ridiculous number of times when my kids are just playing outside. Like me, my kids are usually coded white, so it’s not that these (always female) photographers are trying for ethnic flair. But my daughters will be playing, and suddenly this woman is shoving a camera in their faces. I live in a neighbourhood with a lot of white artists (glad to be leaving actually) so there are a lot of people wandering around ‘looking for inspiration’. Only once have one of these women asked my permission to photograph my children, which I refused. I had to tell the others to stop, and I got very upset with them. Three times these self-entitled moniyawak argued with me about it, like what was I doing interfering with their amazing work? On one occasion, my partner had to step in and tell the woman to leave because he could tell I was a breath away from beating her face in. You are NOT entitled to my children, in any way.


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You might say I’m crazy perfect, but I’m serious.


Racializens, Ms. Janet for your Monday.

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The Sidis are a small community of Indians of African descent.

Photographer Ketaki Sheth has documented their lives for a new book, A Certain Grace: The Sidi - Indians of African Descent, published by Delhi-based gallery Photoink.

It is estimated that 60,000 to 75,000 Sidis live in the western state of Gujarat and the southern state of Karnataka. Fewer numbers live in the state of Goa and in the cities of Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Their ancestors, say historians, were slaves, soldiers, traders, pearl divers and Muslim pilgrims who arrived in India over centuries. A large number of them, they say, also arrived in India as free citizens.

Historian Mahmood Mamdani says the ordinary Sidi were descendants of slaves brought by Portuguese down the coast of East Africa, mainly from Mozambique. “The big difference with Atlantic slavery was that hardly any slaves were brought to India to provide cheap labour… Their main attraction was not their cheapness, but their loyalty”, he says.

Ketaki Sheth says the Sidis have lived in India for over half a century. “Except for one or two people I photographed, no-one has visited Africa. The older generation too feel rooted in India,” she says.

“Except for their dance (called Goma, from the Swahili word, ngoma, meaning both drum and dance) and some exorcism rituals which have roots in Africa, they are Indian in language, customs, dress, food and temperament,” says Ms Sheth. The Sidis of Gujarat, for example, speak Gujarati as their mother tongue.

The Sidis are “poor for the most part”, Ms Sheth says. They get some affirmative action benefits from the government as they are classified as “scheduled tribes”, one of India’s most disadvantaged groups.

Mahmood Mamdani says a Sidi elder told him that a girl marrying outside the caste or community is usually thrown out. He said the prohibition on marriage outside the community is more because of “interest than identity”. Outsiders, the Sidis fear, will take advantage of the affirmative action benefits.

“Whenever I asked a Sidi person I met whether they thought of themselves as African or Indian, I inevitably got a quizzical look. What, they seemed to think, was wrong with me: they were of course, Indians,” says Mahmood Mamdani.

(images & text via BBC)

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Harper’s Bazaar Korea

Title: The Gentleman

Model: Daniel Henney

Photographed by Hong Jang Hyun

June 2013

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Title: Mi Vida Loca

Photographer: Amanda Lopez

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Young African American Girl, c. 1855. Courtesy of The Kinsey Collection

Black History Album, The Way We Were

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Your Racialicious Seriously Cute for today.

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