“We are now, I think, beginning to see the pendulum swinging back and saying...– Identity politics fragment society, says Archbishop of Canterbury
The central point about Trayvon Martin, racism and social media here is that the...– Trayvon Martin, Racism and Social Media
at last, quiet heart: From an Atlas of the... →
threedaysofrain: From an Atlas of the Difficult World I know you are reading this poem late, before leaving your office of the one intense yellow lamp-spot and the darkening window in the lassitude of a building faded to quiet long after rush-hour. I know you are reading this poem standing up in a bookstore…
But I also want to inhabit the inarticulate—to give Trayvon more than a minute...– #TrayvonMartin « Gukira
Black Girl Dangerous: White Silence: A Follow-Up →
blackgirldangerous: There have been many, many views of my post on white silence, many re-blogs, and much discussion, and I just want to clarify a few things: I am not calling for “commentary” from my white friends about issues of race. I am not calling for my white friends to tell me that they understand what it…
Black Girl Dangerous: White Silence →
blackgirldangerous: by Mia McKenzie I’ve noticed a trend. When I post to my Facebook page about gay cats, or my friend Sacha (a boy) trying out for the Denver Broncos cheerleaders, or bacon, my Facebook friends respond with comments and likes all across the board. That is to say, the friends who respond are…
beautiful-afrique: A djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace”.
People of color, women, and gays—who now have greater access to the centers of...– Teju Cole, The Atlantic (via theatlantic)
Oh the irony.. In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings...
White savior complexes, hurt feelings and the... →
“Cole makes all these points really well. I am more concerned with his larger point–which is the limited avenues we as people of color have to call out racism and racists. He himself has to explain how he comes from a place of privilege–an unfair pressure put on writers of color so they are not laughed out of white circles of thought. And it’s a trap, a trap he himself knowingly falls in to,...
For All Those Who Were Indian In A Former Life
“Of course, white “feminists” want to become only partly Indian. They do not want to be part of our struggles for survival against genocide, and they do not want to fight for treaty rights or an end to substance abuse or sterilization abuse. They do not want to do anything that would tarnish their romanticized notions of what it means to be an Indian. Moreover, they want to...
criticalwitness1: “I Can Fix Racism”-Guide by Damali Ayo
Neoliberalism or market fundamentalism as it is called in some quarters and its...– Gated Intellectuals and Ignorance in Political Life: Toward a Borderless Pedagogy in the Occupy Movement | Truthout
Racism remains the greatest cancer of American society, and has been since the...– Trayvon Martin and the fatal history of American racism | Kevin Powell | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
This is one of the complicated paradoxes of demanding justice from the very...– http://www.lowendtheory.org/post/19640906873/justice-for-trayvon-but-how
“In the days following the rogue US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar,...– http://blogs.aljazeera.com/asia/2012/03/19/no-one-asked-their-names
The International Criminal Court is, by any... →
March 15, 2012 “The Telegraph” — Imagine if there were a criminal court in Britain which only ever tried black people, which ignored crimes committed by whites and Asians and only took an interest in crimes committed by blacks. We would consider that racist, right? And yet there is an International Criminal Court which only ever tries black people, African black people to be precise, and it is...
As Hirst has become wealthier, his work, which (as Houellebecq points out)...– Damien Hirst and the great art market heist | Art and design | The Guardian
It’s About Immigrants, Not Irishness
“So let’s have one day — March 17 — where the word “immigration” is not immediately followed by the word “problem” in our national conversation. Because that has never, ever been our real immigrant story. St. Patrick’s Day reminds us to celebrate, not despise or fear, immigrants. And the hyphenated-Irish, descendants of the first “immigrants,” ought to lead the parade.”
The video is very White American: bad guy/good guy storytelling White...– Kony 2012
Didier Fassin on Resentment and Ressentiment by... →
Journalism gives us a simple moral world, where a group of perpetrators face a...– Mahmood Mamdani · The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency: Iraq and Darfur · LRB 8 March 2007
On the genre of “Raising Awareness about Someone... →
The similarities between Iraq and Darfur are remarkable. The estimate of the number of civilians killed over the past three years is roughly similar. The killers are mostly paramilitaries, closely linked to the official military, which is said to be their main source of arms. The victims too are by and large identified as members of groups, rather than targeted as individuals. But the violence...
We are often faced with information that pulls at our heartstrings and compels...– Unmuted | Before You Give, Think!
Lack of context and nuance: in the video, the founder of Invisible Children...– Unmuted | You Don’t Have My Vote
Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not...– We got trouble. - Visible Children - KONY 2012 Criticism
In almost thirty years of being a nurse I’ve learned that what one person thinks...– http://www.ruthdesouza.com/2012/03/10/when-helping-does-not-help-invisible-children-and-colonialism/
The Educated Field Negro: We got trouble. →
visiblechildren: You do not need to ask my permission to share this. Please link it widely. I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the…