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"This is not a post-racial world.

Pretending that these problems are not still a very real part of people's lives is not helpful; it doesn't solve the problem, it just makes people feel better about themselves when there isn't anything to feel especially good about yet. It's sort of like changing your twitter icon to green for the Iranian election protests, or changing your Facebook profile pic to a cartoon character to prevent child abuse. "Slacktivism" is the term. Race may not matter to you personally, but I imagine you aren't blind to it either. There is nothing gained by pretending race doesn't matter to other people except complacence."

- ~whitetrashpalace


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GIMP 2.0 for all manipulations. Girl was desaturated in two different ways using monochromatic channel mixing. Ancient warmth action available on my website was applied to the greyscaled pieces.

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One of the most intriguing quotes I have come by so far during my time on dA. On a side note, why is racism generally portrayed as black and white...where's the yellow :lol:

Playing around with design and ideas.

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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
Btw, a link in the description doesnt exist and the other one has been deactivated. Sorry about that:(
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2016
Good message. The only reason why racism mainly refers to blacks and whites is because racist fights between blacks and whites was one of the biggest disasters of all time. Biggest tragedy in history! Blacks were the types of people that have suffered the most! Worse than jews even in the holocaust! Black and white people were kinda the biggest enemies
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Aeromars Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Photographer
great
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evelynthevampire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I love it! May I use it in a video in a video I'm making? I'll make sure to credit you and put a link to this in the description.
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patriotpride Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Anti-racist is code word for anti-white.
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
Only a black racist ignorant would say that
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Sinornithosaurus Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"anti-racist is code for anti-white" is code for dumbass
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patricitia432 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Artist
i don't get how is this pic racist
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khaledmid Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hey roseonthegrey...
i need your help about something...
i love a girl, and i pay attention to here, but what
also shall i do to win this love,, this is my first experiment...
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HeartbreakHannah Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
This is really good. It gives you a different view on racism and how we are actually not different from one another. [:
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DarkoNash Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
half the reason I say I'm black all the time
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Lainawolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
The photo is very cute ^..^ the outfit is adorable. The title is a little odd to me, I havent really seen much racism in my life as of late due to the fake post-racialism (I feel that everyone is racists/sexist/ect. Humans have survived this long due to our fear of things that are different. This is not really valid in this day and age since murder has Severe reprecussions which keeps most of the populace from self destructing. Honestly, its hard for me to trust anyone, especially people of the male persuasion based off of events in my past. I can honestly say that if you are male and you walk past me on the sidewalk, I will cringe wether you are blue, green, black, white, yellow, gold, ash, or cyclops.

But this brings me to something else entirely. Is being racially aware automaticly make you bad? All of the races and nationalities have unique cultures, diverse languages, interesting quirks, and different medical requirements. You definitely do not want a racially blind doctor because there are sicknesses that hit Native Americans harder then anyone else, different blood compositions in Africans, Asians have different dietary needs, caucasians have odd reactions to sunlight. Racial blindness means we ignore culture and take people for their actions instead of their appearance. There has to be a decent middle ground here.

Slacktivism is something I personally hate.. I also hate the notion that every little thing requires my compassion. I have enough crisis in my life to care about something I can't even effect. Life is hard and beautiful. It is intolerable and amazing. Earthquakes are going to happen and so are miracles.
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2016
When you say racial blindness do you talk about colorblindness? Because i always thought that the one advantage of being colorblind is you don't (even physically) see black people as black, white people as white, asian people as yellow, etc
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Lainawolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
Wow This is a post from a very long time ago haha. 

I think the point I was trying to make back then was that you have to be racially aware but remain unbiased. If you are a doctor, you need to know that an African descended patient will require different medical treatments than a native american patient. But, on the other hand, A teacher can and should teach an asian descended student the same as a caucasian descended student. 
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SkunkHat Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love this idea/concept.
Racism is such a real thing, and people ignore it.
What I love, when people claim not to be racist, they then name all their friends of other race.
It just amuses me.
Thank you for sharing your art!
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
People ignore it? People (especially americans) are horribly obsessed with racism, nowadays! That isnt mentally healthy!!
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SkunkHat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Photographer
This is a very old comment you replied to, but I'll try to respond based on then, not now -

When I made that comment, the SJW movement wasn't as prominent in everyday life as it currently is (unless you were a tumblr regular). People are generally more open about race now than they were years ago, and from MY standpoint (my race, class, job, etc), it's not something I encounter. I've always worked in teams that were racially diverse, and race rarely came up as an issue for anything. (Except all of us being called racist for not liking Kanye West....sigh.) With the shootings hitting mainstream media and causing outrages, it is less ignored now because it is SEEN now. It's not something that only involved people see, it's something everyone sees because of the news/social media, etc. 

I didn't mean ignore as in ignoring race/treating people equally. I meant ignore the issue. And people still do. People (see: racists) don't want to change. They don't want to see other colored people as people and treat them as such, so they ignore that there is an issue and claim everything is fine as it is. 

I also never said it was a healthy mentality. I think it is a very very very unhealthy way of thinking, and I also think its unfair to paint americans as all racist people. Look at the current election going on. Yes, a lot of people are voting cheering for Trump, but a lot of people are also voting for Bernie, OUTRAGED at the racism Trump spews. A LOT of Americans want a racism-free country. It's also unfair into say "especially Americans" when other counties are very racist as well. 

I don't know if you're starting an argument with me, or just misunderstood my meaning on a comment I made in 2011 - but we're on the same side here. Racism is uncalled for, unfair, and just disgusting and it needs to end. Complaining to people in the comments of this photo aren't going to change anything. Go out and do something. Slacktivism won't solve racism. 
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2016
So... People know that racism's still alive and they don't want to do anything about it? Makes sense. And I never said ALL americans are automatically racist. I'm just sayin that apparently, most americans are more touchy/sensitive. Slavery happened in the United States, the n word comes from the united states. You make one racial slur in the united states and they'll make a very big deal out of it. Have u seen those youtube videos about pranks in the neighborhoods and black neighborhoods!? Most of them are racist pranks, they tell gay/black jokes and most of these pranks have turned ugly and GONE WRONG (most blacks get easily violent over this) and it's mainly happening in the united states recently! Whats with people's obsession with these out-of-hand pranks!? And you're right, I dont see ANY advantage about racism. There are too many videos about it! People... constantly talk about it! It's time to turn the page and move on! Let it go already, right!?
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sar-the-scare Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Racism and prejudice are still very much prevalent, it is just that we seem to see far less discrimination. There's a difference. We need to start seeing each other as who we are, not as who we think we must be because of a skin color or religion or anything else that gives us false preconceptions. It's not a problem that's ever going to completely go away. We will always recognize the differences between us, and that's okay. That can be a good thing, actually. It's just that we must also recognize that we are the same.

Great concept and manip, Jean. :heart:
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NathiLuke Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ow!! i'm hate all ways of racism. this is ridicolous!! pretty text and photo. :)
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JanneO Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! Just astonishing! Love it!
Have a great weekend!...:D

Cheers,
Janne
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Wonders-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work
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tsokoboscradle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, racism still exist in society's system, I'm not generalizing though.
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like the message being conveyed, I think it was nicely done..
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GORG3OUSGOR3 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
this is my absolute favorite picture i have seen yet, i love the view from your eyes on things, your an amazing photographer. (:
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Favardin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I wash gonna add it to my favorites, but I don't like the title with this photo. I get your point and it's a great one. But it's to clear that to me that it's the same photo twice and then it's photoshop to look like to different. If you want to make statements with black and white feel free but seriously put some more work in it. Find a black and a white person. But I can tell you as much that the black a white issue is getting taken over by the Muslim issue.

I get you point, and it's a great picture, just not to show that kinda remark.
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Feel free to redo the concept yourself in the manner you feel best :)
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catlickfever Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Digital Artist
I love this. It's a really creative way to illustrate racism.
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SheezaPirateHorse Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing... its so powerful I love it
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LILY-m Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
so cool work!
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SuperNandy123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
lovely, i like the idea.
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GummyPiglet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
very powerful message!
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Karmaelf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Photographer
good work:heart:
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danthemainman777 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Interesting way of representing the concept. You've certainly have found something of a style of your own throughout your photography.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Where is the yellow? :noes: How racist of you!
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JeanFan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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Alosa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work
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pepsicolatier Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
We do not see, yet we are not blind...

Interesting.
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conman--87 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Awesome concept and execution. :) I really like this piece, though racism and other biases make me sad...
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WhoIsRJunie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
This is really beautiful
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xDaixChibix Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Amazingly true.

It's a shame people are treated like crayons.
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ResuChan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
While I do believe racism is still a problem in todays society, I feel that far to often things or people are accused of being racist when they're not.
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ALittleMind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
i love this
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newbie2expert Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
great concept :clap:
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dewfallen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
:thumbsup
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katchaphrase Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   General Artist
That's a great quote. I've run across it before. What I find really interesting is how white people are totally jumped on when they are racist, but other people (black, asian, hispanic, whatever) seem to be able to get away with being as racist as they want. (or at least that's how it is where I live.) Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in that?
Not that I'm saying racism of any sort is ok. I just find the whole thing ironic...
But then again, there's such a thing as being too politically correct. I've gotten criticized before for saying something like "over there, by that black guy", when I wasn't being racist. I was just stating a fact. Using a person as a point of reference. I wouldn't be offended if someone said "over there, by that white guy".
I could debate about this sort a thing for hours....^^;
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Nathanielpm1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Hypocrisy and ironic indeed. It's a huge shame that most people fail to realize that racism actually is a two way street
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foreverbeforenight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm, that whole "black guy" thing has happened to me, and I'm not white. Maybe being white DOES give you a disadvantage but if you think about the history of everything, are you really that surprised? However, I'm not one to let things go when you're actually being racist. Whatever race it is, I'll defend it because I believe in individualism so not every person from the same race is the same.
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katchaphrase Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   General Artist
Of course. That is a given. A whole race cannot be defined by the way one person acts. (thank God)

Something that has always puzzled me in this politically correct world is how a white person is just "white". Doesn't matter if they are from Russia, Britain, Germany, etc. They're just "white". But white people actually have some of the most mixed blood of any race. Don't take me wrong, I'm not saying that whites are superior. I'm just pointing out that we can be just as proud of our heritage as anybody else.
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foreverbeforenight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
That is true. Actually, I'm Hispanic, but I have a ton of blood from around the world too so I find it really annoying when they categorize someone under one single thing, like where they were born or the color of their skin. That is true, though. I've never met one person who was 100% from one country or one race—actually, I've never met a person who was 100% any specific race or ethnicity. Actually, most Hispanics are white and Native American. Just like any white or black or Asian (as in, all of Asia, not just the east) or Native American or any other thing, actually, is probably more than one race. History says the first humans were found in Africa. So, what's the difference if along the way, some of our DNA changed and we became lighter or darker and our eyes and hair changed color? We're all still the same.
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