I love this film. I love it especially because it concerns the bond between a mother and daughter, which is always a tightrope for both to walk - but it can grow strong, and it can be loving.
August 28th 1955: Emmett Till murdered
On this day in 1955, the 14-year-old African-American boy Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. While visiting family in the state, Till allegedly flirted with the young white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant while buying candy. Bryant told her husband and a few nights later he and his half-brother abducted Till and brutally tortured and murdered him. His mutilated body was found three days later in the Tallahatchie river; Till’s face was unrecognisable, but he was identified by the ring he wore engraved with his father’s initials that his mother gave him before he left for Mississppi. The viciousness of this unprovoked, racially-motivated crime sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The case drew attention to the oppression of African-Americans throughout the nation and provided a name and a face to the threat of lynching. Till’s mother Mamie, a highly educated woman who went on to become a devoted fighter for African-American equality, insisted on an open-casket funeral in order to show the world what was done to her young son. Thousands attended the funeral and thousands more saw the horrific images of Till’s body. Due to the fierce reactions the murder had engendered it was a particularly painful, but sadly expected, outcome when the all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted Till’s killers, despite Till’s great-uncle openly identifying them in court. A few months later the killers, now protected by double jeopardy laws, sold their story to Look magazine and openly confessed to the murder in chilling detail. Taking place a year after the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, the outrage over the murder galvanised the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. 100 days after Emmett Till’s murder Rosa Parks, on her way back from a rally for Till hosted by the then-unknown Martin Luther King Jr., refused to give up her seat for a white man on an Alabama bus. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thus beginning the movement that would result in the dismantling of the system of Jim Crow segregation and win successes in promoting African-American social and political equality.
I remember spending the evening of April 4th, 1979, at a friend of my babysitter’s who lived on Chicago’s west side. My babysitter was black; so was her friend, and so were the group of old men who sat on the porch and talked about how it was the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. They spoke of the South Side riots, when Richard Daley gave his infamous order to “shoot to kill.” And they also spoke of Emmett Till.
April 4th was my mother’s birthday. Until then, I had no idea that a birthday was anything other than a slightly special day. That evening, I learned more about race relations in America than I would until 1992, when I was living in Whittier during the Los Angeles uprising.
1979, and Emmett Till, for those old men, was like something that had happened the day before. Michael Brown will be that for the men and women of Ferguson. And the world turns … and unless we commit to making a change, there will be no justice.
TW: Transmisogyny, Transphobia, Suicide
i’ve been talking around this for a long time but yes the systematic desexualisation and segregation of trans women from communities of intimacy and care literally makes us die so haha
I brought this up recently, although I don’t remember to whom or in what context, beyond pointing out ways cis women have caused the deaths of trans women.
And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sansa is not courageous in the least. If she was courageous she would have stood up for her sister, stood up for her father, she would have gone down fighting and not have resigned herself to be joffery’s plaything. IMHO she is the least stark of the children. She is a traitor to her family. The lone wolf dies but the pack survives.
Excuse me, but no. To everything. I mean, I respect your opinion, but you are wrong. So wrong.
- She is very brave. Surviving needs bravery. She’s all alone in King’s Landing, she needs to survive on her own. She doesn’t have friends, and she doesn’t know who to trust, who she can trust. So she relies on herself. She tries to be brave all the time, her chapters are full with her talking about gathering her courage.
- Sansa couldn’t have stood up for her sister (whatever that means for you), Arya hit Joffrey in the head, she did commit the crime. She said she doesn’t remember, and Robert went with the answer, leaving the incident behind. But anyway, Sansa was engaged to Joffrey, she couldn’t have said anything against him. Also, you insult Sansa for it, but please, don’t forget, that Ned also knew what happened, since Sansa told him before exactly, but yet Ned kept silent. Why aren’t you angry at him for not telling Robert, or ordering Sansa to tell the truth, when he knew what happened and that she remembered? Because it wasn’t smart, that’s why. It wasn’t about courage, it was about consequenses.
- She did stood up for her father, she begged for Joffrey for his life. What else do you want from an 11 years old child?
- "not have resigned herself to be joffery’s plaything" - I’m sorry, but what? Do you think she wanted that? Do you think she enjoyed it? In what world…..? She didn’t want to be Joffrey’s anything. She wanted to go home, to leave him behind. She hates Joffrey after her father’s excecution. She hates all the Lannisters. I can’t see how’s that not clear. Also, like in AGoT/s1 she wanted to push him down of the bridge or what was it, but the Hound stopped her. How is that for resigning?
- "she is the least stark of the children" - I really don’t know why is this a thing often said by Sansa haters, but I find it stupid. She is just as much as a Stark as any of them. She gatheres strenght form the thought of her family, of Winterfell, of her siblings (even Arya, who she didn’t stood up for). The thought of family and home keeps her going. She even thinks about her dead direwolf, Lady many times, and it gives her strenght and courage. She is just as much of a Stark as any other Stark.
- "She is a traitor to her family." - NO. She is not. She’s an 11 years old girl, who didn’t want to loose the boy who she liked for no reason. Because Ned didn’t give her any reason why she should just pack and leave. She wanted to stay. So she went to Cersei (to someone who was kind to her) and complained to her. How could she have known that it’s gonna lead to terrible things? No one told her. She didn’t have any reason to suspect that Cersei is not trustable. That doesn’t make her a traitor. That only makes her young and innocent, and a victim. Think about that.
- "The lone wolf dies but the pack survives." - A great quote, but untrue. Arya is also alone, but lives. Bran is also alone, but lives. Rickon is alone but lives. Sansa is alone but lives. Robb wasn’t alone but died. Think about this one too.
Also, because this was under a gifset of Sansa and Tyrion I’d like to add as a sidenote, that Tyrion is aware of everything I just said above. Tyrion respects Sansa for being brave, for being a surviver. I say this every time, but Tyrion Lannister adores Sansa more than any Sansa fan, trust me.
May we take sometime today to remember the author who proved to all that fantasy is not only escapism, but an inherent and vital part of the human being. To the man, whose stories were always a light to me in dark places, thank you.
(if you know the credits to the last painting, send me please)