day 5: the best friend you want to hang out with
Pocahontas seems like she would be such a fun best friend, always getting us into some kind of adventure or trouble… I’m not hugely spontaneous myself but, I am definitely always up for going along with a crazy scheme so xD. We’d have fun.
Why do all my dreams extend just around the riverbend?
IT WAS LIKE YOU HAD IT and then you lost it why did you boil everything back down to “Savages” the song. No disney. No.
^^ Seriously. How did that song not get scrapped?! It’s a fucking racial slur.
What a self-aware colonizer!
Okay… no offence to the people above or anything but did the whole POINT of the song “Savages” go right over people’s heads?
They put this little bit in to address the actual reasons for the tribes anger, but the whole point of the thing was that neither side thought that they were doing something wrong. The tribes were protecting what was their’s, and the colonizers had been fed this superiority line by their leaders for so long they actually believed it. They thought they were better so therefore they had every right to claim whatever land they wanted.
The song is racist, because these people were racist. They honestly thought these things, and it is important to know that, to remember that. We can’t just brush over the horrible things that people have done in the past, and the ridiculous reasons they did them, because it’s unsettling.
That whole sequence is about how bad things get when we let our differences divide us, when we think we’re somehow superior to other people. It leads to hatred, and assumption and anger and violence.
And it goes both ways. Both camps are doing the same to one another. Both automatically assume that because the other is different they must be inherently evil or untrustworthy. That whole song is meant to highlight that, and I know that that is how I saw it as a child, and then intermixing it with Pocahontas’ bid to stop the violence, and save John, is meant to show us that looking beyond race and culture is the right path.