How white people can talk about Trayvon Martin: Brilliant! “That sick feeling in your stomach is OK, you don;t have to change the channel”…” Black is an adjective but not a noun”..”Don’t mention your black friends” etc etc.
“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,...