(Rebloggable version of this reply, per request.)
Well, here’s the deal, anon. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian group, and they impose those beliefs on the people that they employ and the communities they serve. Here are a few examples:
They are so opposed to LGBT rights that they have lobbied multiple times for exemptions from Federal and Local anti-discrimination laws, and threatened to withdraw their services.
They refused to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple, unless they broke up and renounced their homosexuality.
They refused to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.
Speaking of gender, there was also this charming incident where one of their hostels refused to open the door for a 17-year-old victim who had just been brutally raped (or even call the police for her) because that particular hostel had a strict “men only” policy.
Children who can’t prove their immigration status are turned away.
The organization also disposes of any Harry Potter or Twilight related donations (rather than giving them to other charities), because they claim the toys are “incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs”.
During the Bush Administration (thanks to ‘faith-based initiatives’) they fired about 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Gay), simply for refusing to sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
So, that—in a nutshell—is what’s wrong with it.
i will never stop spreading the word about how fucking shady the salvation army is
think twice before you donate to the bell-ringers in your local mall this holiday season … i am planning on starting a dialogue with the ones that are set to station themselves outside the store i work in
also one time i volunteered with the salvation army around christmas time being an “elf” and helping parents pick out free donated toys for their kids
which was all well and good until they ESCORTED TWO MEN OUT OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THEY “LOOKED GAY”
this was a first-hand eyewitness account and i should have left then and there, but seeing as i needed to take the bus back to school…
And this is why I starting to donate to other charities around Christmas.
No more red buckets for me.
and theres also how in Australia they have teared apart native aboriginal communities to “christianize” them and make them part of capitalist western society, up until the late 60’s they assisted with the taking of aboriginal children from their families in the stolen generation and put the children into missions where they would follow strict pattern of work and christian education
reblogging again because of that whole “but salvation army is changed!!11!!” post circulating because people need to be reminded of the terrible shit they’ve done
In case we need a reminder this year
Runic Stone: Crucified Christ in Interlace
Denmark (c. 940 A. D.)
Made for Harald Bluetooth:
"King Harald bade these memorials to be made after Gorm, his father, and Thyra, his mother. The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity."
Denmark, East Jutland, Jelling
It’s also interesting in a historical context as this was during a time when the Vikings were expanding and had a great deal of contact with peoples on other continents-which is how Harald Bluetooth ended up a Christian in the first place.
In fact, the only 100% confirmed pre-Columbian Viking Settlement in the Americas at L’Anse aux Meadows dates only 50 or so years later.
This Norsified version of Christ resembles Byzantine and Coptic Christian images moreso than those from other parts of the world.
But at this time, Jesus was more or less consistently depicted as a person of color regardless of where the art was made. Christs from Belgium were looking like this:
Lobbes Bible ms. 1 fol. 6 Genesis Initial (1064)
Psalter (fragment). whole page, Folio #: fol. 085r. (1025)
Christ in Majesty with symbols of the Evangelists, illumination from a Castilian Moralia in Job, fol. 2 (945)
Munster: St. Johann Int.: nave fresco: Scenes of the Life of Christ: det.: Christ and the children (800)[…]
alright, lets address this nonsense in a little bit further detail, because i’m bored. anyone can see that these shitty little photos are terrible examples. the fact that this girl (surely not male) started off the post with a st. lukecaptioned, “Christs from Belgium were looking like this” should be enough to let everyone know she has no idea what she’s doing, and clearly just looks through old paintings until she finds something that might vaguely resemble a “person of color” (for her, anyone who isn’t obviously ivory-complected) and then bases outrageous and unfounded claims on them. she found 4 images from medieval europe which looked kinda sorta non-white to her, and so decided that “at this time, Jesus was more or less consistently depicted as a person of color regardless of where the art was made”. uh.
anyone who knows jack shit about medieval christian art should instantly know that that “belgian christ” is one of the evangelists. when has christ ever been depicted holding a pen? a look at the fuller image shows that he is inside an L initial. here is a christ from the same bible (which is actually the stavelot, not the lobbes), looking very white indeed.
that obscure psalter fragment and spanish illumination should be suspicious to anyone not completely blinded by his political agenda. the colors have obviously faded and changed a lot over the years. that’s what happens sometimes with medieval pigments over the course of a thousand years. they wash out and darken.
i didn’t do any research on the english psalter, but just from looking at the image you can see that particular pigment used for the skin was used quite a lot, and has over the years turned into a dull and unflattering greyish brown. it was probably originally a much bronzer hue. also consider st. joseph’s reddish hair. also, what the fuck,
11th centuryany century english art never depicted the holy family as black, what the fuck is wrong with you?
take a closer look at the spanish one. this one makes the pigment discoloration effectvery clear. look at st. matthew’s face in the lower left. do you think he has vitiligo? wait, they all have it, don’t they? yes, that’s probably it. the artist, whilst illuminating christ in majesty, decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of pocs suffering from loss of skin pigmentation. if you’re still trying to figure out a way to make this particular jesus a poc, just look up the mozarabic style, of which this illumination is an example. what do you know, everyone looks about how you would expect an arabized iberian art style to depict them. that is, not black. but of course, the art style is so shitty and unrealistic anyway, it is pretty damn dumb to try and base your speculations of what people looked like back then on it.
and the german christ. i don’t even need to say anything about that one. just look at the rest of the art in the st. johann, or any other german art from the era, holy fucking shit
Alright, class! Let’s go over what we’ve learned from this post, which totally debunks everything I’ve ever said, all of my sources, ArtSTOR, JSTOR, most academic databases, and most scholarship in the field from the last ten to fifteen years.
1. I am a “girl”, who is surely not male, and therefore I have no idea what I’m doing.
2. I base my “assumptions” about who is and isn’t a person of color…on skin color. What the flip is wrong with my girlish and extremely feminine confusion. It must be the “hysteria” taking hold of my ditzy girlish brains. Gender nonwithstanding. Please note also that I am a “girl”, which is not to be confused with a “woman”, who also is “Surely not male”.
3. You can learn more about Belgian Art from the same blog you’re reading right now in order to argue any claims I make.
4. Any images that seem to be of brown-skinned people are due to age and pigments and other science that silly girls don’t know about. U R GIRL U DUN KNOW SCIENCES!!!!
5. Any English Psalters that seem to be of brown people are not actually English or do not exist because there were no brown-skinned people in English art, and we know this because any evidence of brown-skinned people in English art doesn’t exist! Circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works because circular reasoning….
6. Everyone knows that “Arabized” art style is that art style and art style not Black look like people not Black art people look like people of color!
7. Everyone knows Iberian art style brown people thing is brown people art style!
8. Everyone know that German Art style is art style German all brown people look like want do far as anyone could look as want to do more look like!!!!!
P.S. If anyone would like to know more about English Psalters that depict the holy family with brown skin, I hope you have access to ArtSTOR!
i fucking love you medievalpoc
[about how she got cast as Johanna] I’m so not an angry person. So I was like, F—-, this is going to be a little complicated, and I don’t wanna go in there and give him something fake and ridiculous. but the morning I woke up, everything started pissing me off. And I was like, Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s happening? And I was like, Oh, wait. She’s [Johanna] totally taking over. By the time I was in there, I was seething; I was frothing at the mouth. I don’t even think I said hello to Francis. I just walked in and said, “Tell me when you want me to start.”
French sculptor Bruno Catalano works in bronze sculpture, with a reoccuring motif. His figures are always lacking mid sections, and seem to be eerily suspended in mid air.
Each of his sculptures feature somebody with a suitcase in hand, usually with an introspective or uncertain expression.
Trans women in Paris in the 1950s.
I never get tired of looking at this series. These women are our forebears, our history should be better documented.
These are beautiful! (my favorite is, of course, the one with the two women on the bed with the kitten, because kitten! But they are all just really fantastic photographs)