Wow.. I didn’t know that
File under : things I wasn’t taught in school
Wow, what is the original named. I want to research this because this is crazy
And white people say, “What do you mean we don’t talk about your history? We talk about slavery!”
But shit like this isn’t in any history textbook I’ve seen. 😒
I remember learning this at my elementary school that was all black. There were sketches of the statue by the designer of a black women, freed slave with broken chains around her ankles and wrists. In middle school I tried to tell the class about this and non of them believed me. All the kids were laughing at what I was saying and the teacher was just standing there doing nothing. One girl said “She probably had chains on her because they used those to get her off the truck.”
As long as you know now.
Toph’s blindness was one of the most excellently handled aspects of AtLA because it wasn’t treated like a disability. So often in shows (and especially children’s animation) disabled characters are limited to apperances in “very special episodes” where the main characters have to learn a lesson that these people are capable “in spite of” their handicaps, like that episode of Kim Possible wherein Kim constantly stumbles over herself around Felix. This approach is often just as insulting as making them the butt of jokes, because it’s patronizing and it limits the amount of roles disabled characters are allowed to have.
Avatar challenged that stereotype with Teo, and then sent a giant middle finger its way by introducing Toph. She’s turned what would otherwise be a disability into an advantage, and she’s not afraid to crack jokes about it. She functions well enough that the other characters often forget that she is blind, but at the same time it’s an integral part of her bending and allows her to be the greatest earthbender ever. It sends a powerful message that having a physical disability does not make you less of a person, and often affords you a unique perspective that the so-called “normal” people never get to experience.
One of the many reasons I love this show.
Plus her blind jokes are down-right hilarious! Major plus!