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Archive for July, 2007

Transgender/sexual Bashing

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 31, 2007

Apurva posts a cartoon from amptoons.com on the absurdities of feminists criticizing trans peoples.

Posted in Feminism, Gender, Identity, LGBTQI Issues, Transphobia | 2 Comments »

Hot Ghetto Mess

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 30, 2007

Mark, blogger for Progress At All Costs, writes about the campaign to stop “Hot Ghetto Mess:”

Bronze Trinity has written a post about a current campaign to get the sponsors of HGM to pull their sponsorship of the show. Sponsors such as State Farm have started pulling their sponsorship of HGM. Bronze Trinity has illustrated what is going on in this post titled Stop BETs HOT GHETTO MESS Bronze Trinity has written a post about a current campaign to get the sponsors of BETs Hot Ghetto Mess (HGM) to pull their sponsorship of the show. This campaign is an excellent example of online activism practiced by activist bloggers such as Eddie Griffin and What about our Daughters who is really, really getting up in peoples hind parts, especially BETs. Bronze Trinity has illustrated what is going on in this post titled Stop BETs HOT GHETTO MESS.

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, Media, Racism, Stereotypes | 1 Comment »

15th Erase Racism Carnival

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 30, 2007

July’s Erase Racism Carnival is up at RaceWire:

Every month, a different blog gathers posts from throughout cyberspace that explore issues of racial justice. The goal is to enhance the discussion of race online and connect bloggers working hard to make that happen. We thank everyone who submitted pieces for this, the 15th carnival.

This month we wanted to highlight some topics we feel don’t get enough time in the sun. So we sought out several pieces on topics that matter: Media Representations, the Green Economy and Black/Brown relations.

Posted in Carnival, People of Color, Racism, White Privilege, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Immigrants the Modern Day Pilgrims?

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 28, 2007

Brownfemipower comments on some recent cartoons depicting  Native Americans as anti-immigration opponents and the pilgrims as the immigrants of today.  She takes exception with these cartoons as they don’t portray history correctly and view the Native Americans as allowing to be rolled over by the Europeans:

They imply that the colonization of indigenous land is parallel to or equivalent to the migration of brown people over falsely created borders. Let’s be real clear here. Pilgrims came here to colonize the land. They created permanent settlements by which they could steal the resources of the land to pay for their “adventure” while at the same time creating the God blessed “communnity on a hill”. They came here with no intention of leaving–they came here with the investment and backing of companies and government officials back home. We can whine all we want about their noble deeds, but they. were. colonizers.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, History, Immigration, People of Color, Propaganda, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Life in Gaza

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 28, 2007

Mona Elfarra, back from a tour in the U.S., writes:

Now it is my personal story, like the daily stories of 1.4 million people in GAZA under siege and occupation, poverty, lack of resources, killing, shooting, violence etc….

I cannot cross the borders, I cannot cross the Rafah crossing. I badly need to be next to my mother. I badly need to be there with her to help her, to do whatever I can for her. To say good bye mum.

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Dalit Seminar

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 27, 2007

A blogger at Teluga Bloggers writes about an upcoming national seminar in India about Dalits and religion:

Religion is one of the problems for Dalits in India. It is the question of its being implicit and explicit, inclusive and exclusive, an insider and outsider for Dalit life. Dalits have been in dilemma as to which religion they have to follow in the Post- Colonial period. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar has made a statement that he will not die as a Hindu. It had an impact on several Dalit Hindus. Moreover, his conversion to Buddhism has influenced thousands of Dalits to follow. However, there may be a few Dalits who are in Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Islam and some others have considered Ambedkarism as one of the religions. The Dalits who are in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism have constitutional benefits and others who are in Christianity and Islam are denied the same. This could be one of the debates that the seminar is looking forward to address.

Originally linked by Kuffir on Blogbharti.

Posted in Academia, Caste, Hinduism, International, Religion | Leave a Comment »

“We had Nina.”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 27, 2007

Ann blogs about Nina Simone:

There is a quotation attributed to Richard Pryor that states that: “White people had Judy Garland — We had Nina.”  Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, 1933-2003) was a masterful, superb singer-songwriter, pianist, arranger, composer,  goddess, a civil rights activist, “High Priestess of Soul”, and a beautiful woman the likes of which the world will never see again. There are so many of her songs that I love, including, “Four Women” (a song of four different women who epitomize America’s racist, sexist mistreatment of black women), “Mississippi Goddamn” (a scathing indictment of white America’s racist mistreatment of her black citizens), “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, her black ballad which would become Black America’s national anthem,  “Strange Fruit” (her inspiring rendition of the legendary Billie Holliday classic), and my favourite, “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, a song that is an homage to the beauty of black women (ironically the song appeared in a Chanel No. 5 commercial decades ago).

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“We had Nina.”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 27, 2007

Ann blogs about Nina Simone:

There is a quotation attributed to Richard Pryor that states that: “White people had Judy Garland — We had Nina.”  Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, 1933-2003) was a masterful, superb singer-songwriter, pianist, arranger, composer,  goddess, a civil rights activist, “High Priestess of Soul”, and a beautiful woman the likes of which the world will never see again. There are so many of her songs that I love, including, “Four Women” (a song of four different women who epitomize America’s racist, sexist mistreatment of black women), “Mississippi Goddamn” (a scathing indictment of white America’s racist mistreatment of her black citizens), “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, her black ballad which would become Black America’s national anthem,  “Strange Fruit” (her inspiring rendition of the legendary Billie Holliday classic), and my favourite, “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, a song that is an homage to the beauty of black women (ironically the song appeared in a Chanel No. 5 commercial decades ago).

Posted in Black Issues, Empowerment, Gender, History, Racism, White Supremacy, Women of Color | 1 Comment »

Slavery, Capitalism, and the Sugar Plantations

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 24, 2007

Louis Proyect blogs:

The anthology “Working Slavery, Pricing Freedom,” edited by Verene A. Shepherd, includes an article by Veront Satchell titled “Innovations in sugar-cane mill technology in Jamaica.” The book evolved out of a series of seminars at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Shepherd and Satchell are Afro-Caribbeans who are obviously much influenced by the work of fellow Afro-Caribbean Marxists CLR James and Eric Williams. This trend starts off on a completely different premise than Robert Brenner and Ellen Meiksins Wood. Rather than seeing the forced labor and trade monopolies of the mercantile period as “pre-capitalist”, they see it as a necessary first stage in the development of capitalism, a period that Karl Marx referred to as “primitive accumulation.”

Posted in Capitalism, History, Imperialism, Marxism | Leave a Comment »

A Marxist’s Look at Palestine

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 24, 2007

Renegade Eye posts an essay by Lal Kahn, a Pakistani Marxist, on his blog:

“It is one thing to raise the aspirations and sentiments of an impoverished populace, but to establish order and bring to heel Gaza’s tribal warlords, smugglers, criminal gangs and jihadists is beyond the capacity of Hamas. With 70% unemployment; despicable health and other social conditions, the raging poverty and violence cannot be resolved through the mythological dogmas and metaphysical rhetoric of Hamas. It has no scientific analysis, method, perspective or solution to the crisis.

Furthermore, there are such violent convulsions erupting that they are opening up cracks both in the Hamas and Fatah hierarchy. There is now an open split between Khalid Meshaal, the so-called supreme leader of Hamas, and Ismail Haniyah, the Hamas prime minister ousted by Abbas.

The followers of the left-wing Fatah leader Marwan Bargoughti (incarcerated in Israeli jails serving several life terms) are defiant against Abbas. The more he capitulates to imperialism and the more his stoogism is exposed, he will be confronted with an even bigger revolt from within the Fatah and the left organizations within the PLO.”

Posted in Government, International, Marxism | Leave a Comment »

A Marxist’s Look at Palestine

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 24, 2007

Renegade Eye posts an essay by Lal Kahn, a Pakistani Marxist, on his blog:

“It is one thing to raise the aspirations and sentiments of an impoverished populace, but to establish order and bring to heel Gaza’s tribal warlords, smugglers, criminal gangs and jihadists is beyond the capacity of Hamas. With 70% unemployment; despicable health and other social conditions, the raging poverty and violence cannot be resolved through the mythological dogmas and metaphysical rhetoric of Hamas. It has no scientific analysis, method, perspective or solution to the crisis.

Furthermore, there are such violent convulsions erupting that they are opening up cracks both in the Hamas and Fatah hierarchy. There is now an open split between Khalid Meshaal, the so-called supreme leader of Hamas, and Ismail Haniyah, the Hamas prime minister ousted by Abbas.

The followers of the left-wing Fatah leader Marwan Bargoughti (incarcerated in Israeli jails serving several life terms) are defiant against Abbas. The more he capitulates to imperialism and the more his stoogism is exposed, he will be confronted with an even bigger revolt from within the Fatah and the left organizations within the PLO.”

Posted in Government, International, Marxism | Leave a Comment »

“Oh It’s not that bad! You craz-ay Negros.”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 23, 2007

Keith Kamisugi quotes Luke Visconti in a piece he wrote for diversityinc.com:

“In my observation from personal experience, almost 100 percent of white people have almost no concept of the “struggle” that African Americans face today. They may think they do, but it’s not so.

… I watched Carson Daly and Wanda Sykes co-host a New Year’s special in 2005. After showing a Johnny Carson clip, Daly was musing over how much simpler things were back in 1963. Sykes commented on how they weren’t simpler for blacks and mentioned that she certainly wouldn’t have been a co-host in 1963. Daly wrinkled up his nose and said, “Oh, come on, it wasn’t so bad?we had Sammy Davis Jr.” Sykes’s desire to “discuss” this with Daly was written on her face, but with 15 seconds left until midnight, she swallowed it and went on.”

Posted in Contemporary Racism, People of Color, White Privilege, Whiteness | Leave a Comment »

“Oh It’s not that bad! You craz-ay Negros.”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 23, 2007

Keith Kamisugi quotes Luke Visconti in a piece he wrote for diversityinc.com:

“In my observation from personal experience, almost 100 percent of white people have almost no concept of the “struggle” that African Americans face today. They may think they do, but it’s not so.

… I watched Carson Daly and Wanda Sykes co-host a New Year’s special in 2005. After showing a Johnny Carson clip, Daly was musing over how much simpler things were back in 1963. Sykes commented on how they weren’t simpler for blacks and mentioned that she certainly wouldn’t have been a co-host in 1963. Daly wrinkled up his nose and said, “Oh, come on, it wasn’t so bad?we had Sammy Davis Jr.” Sykes’s desire to “discuss” this with Daly was written on her face, but with 15 seconds left until midnight, she swallowed it and went on.”

Posted in Contemporary Racism, People of Color, White Privilege, Whiteness | Leave a Comment »

Carnival of the Godless 71

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 22, 2007

The 71st Carnival of the Godless is up at Aardvarchaeology.

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Rudy and Racial Exploitation

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 22, 2007

Terry Smith, at blackprof.com, writes:

The Times’s expose of Giuliani’s macabre racial side isn’t likely to diminish his standing among Republican primary voters, a group of lily whites with known racial indifference.  The appearance of the story itself, however, is quite ironic because the Times endorsed Giuliani’s re-election as mayor with complete knowledge of what it’s now reporting in 2007.  Clearly Republican primary voters aren’t the only whites with racial indifference.  For a far more comprehensive expose of Giuliani’s racial misdeeds, read Wayne Barrett’s article, Rudy’s Milky Way , published in 1999.  Among its many highlights is a remembrance of Giuliani’s campaign slogan, “one standard, one city.”  It was a not-so-subtle dig at blacks and Mayor David Dinkins.  But among the many ways in which Giuliani contradicted his own slogan was his selective abolition of mayoral liaisons to some ethnic groups–blacks–but not others.

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, People of Color, Race, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Third Carnival of Radical Action

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 19, 2007

The third Carnival of Radical Action is out at No Snow Here:

Welcome to the third edition of the Carnival of Radical Action! This installment is inspired by the recent Allied Media Conference, and themed on media as a tool for organizing, education and social change.

Posted in Carnival, Organizing, Radicalism | Leave a Comment »

Happy Birthday Mandela

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 18, 2007

Michael writes:

On 18 July 1918, Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Qunu in the Transkei, South Africa.  Born to African royalty, Mandela (a Methodist Christian) studied and practiced law, joined the African National Congress during its Gandhian nonviolence stage, and later came to lead this central organization in the struggle against apartheid(racial separation) in South Africa.  After the Sharpesville massacre (1961) of unarmed students, Mandela led the ANC to abandon its commitment to Gandhian nonviolence and take up arms in a campaign of sabotage and guerrilla warfare (terrorism was rejected).

Posted in Black Issues, History, International, People of Color, Race, Racism, South Asian Issues, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Murder of South African Lesbians

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 18, 2007

Fellow Blog and the Bullet member, Yolanda, blogs about the recent rash of murders of lesbians in South Africa:

Like the United States, South Africa is a deeply misogynist, racist, and homophobic society, a consequence of its (our) legacy of white supremacy and apartheid. It has one of the highest per capita sexual violence rates in the world, and women who identify as lesbians or who are thought to be LGBT are routinely targeted for rape. Police are often unresponsive to this violence and insensitive to its victims. Perhaps not surprisingly, misogynist-homophobic violence often hits Black women and girls the hardest.

Posted in Homophobia, International, LGBTQI Issues, Male Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Health Care for Everyone?

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 18, 2007

Jack, from Angry Brown Butch comments on the recent conversation about health care of Feministe:

…folks question whether trans health care is really a necessity; in the face of countless trans people and medical professionals who maintain that, yes, trans health care in its various forms is medically necessary for some people, this is simply another form of meritocracy, with trans people’s needs falling rather to the wayside, being deemed less important than – what – “normal” health needs? Still others take the “divide and conquer tack”, asserting that by advocating for the inclusion of trans health care in universal health care, we’re providing conservatives with ammunition that can take down the whole damned cause. Funny, this sounds familiar: hasn’t social movement after social movement tried to shunt their less popular members and issues out of sight, asking them to take the back seat so as to not prevent the more publicly palatable people and issues from getting a pass from the establishment?

Posted in Health Care, LGBTQI Issues | Leave a Comment »

Poll Says: “Muslims Seeking Destruction!!!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 16, 2007

Tereza at White Anti-Parent:

About a month ago, on May 22, the Pew Research Center released a report on Muslim Americans entitled Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream. Headlines announcing the results and commentary on the study continue to appear in the press.

Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Executive Editor of the online magazine American Muslim Perspective, made some interesting points about the Pew study. In his article, “Hidden agenda of PEW Center’s million dollar survey of American Muslims”, for The American Muslim, argues that the report grossly undercounts the Muslim population in this country by as much as sixty percent, putting the total of U.S. Muslims at 2.4 million instead of the 6 or 7 estimated by many researchers and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Islam, Propaganda, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Poll Says: “Muslims Seeking Destruction!!!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 16, 2007

Tereza at White Anti-Parent:

About a month ago, on May 22, the Pew Research Center released a report on Muslim Americans entitled Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream. Headlines announcing the results and commentary on the study continue to appear in the press.

Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Executive Editor of the online magazine American Muslim Perspective, made some interesting points about the Pew study. In his article, “Hidden agenda of PEW Center’s million dollar survey of American Muslims”, for The American Muslim, argues that the report grossly undercounts the Muslim population in this country by as much as sixty percent, putting the total of U.S. Muslims at 2.4 million instead of the 6 or 7 estimated by many researchers and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Islam, Propaganda, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Is Katrina Forgotten

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 16, 2007

Zee writes:

It’s been two long years since my life along with hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents were changed by the fury of Hurricane Katrina. As a New Orleans native and someone that was “racially put in my place” by numerous Federal and State officials, I must say that not much has changed. I am still stuck hundreds of miles away from my beloved hometown and I am still struggling to rebuild my life in literally hundreds of ways. There is still bureaucratic red tape that is preventing thousands upon thousands of people from resuming their livelihoods. Most of the country has moved on choosing to focus on more recent tragedies like school shootings and Paris Hilton’s plight in jail. The United States has forgotten that our government caused one of the biggest examples of pain and suffering in this country’s history this side of slavery.

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, Government, Institutionalized Racism, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Bono: The White African Messiah?

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 14, 2007

A blogger at the sub-Saharan African roundtable blogs about Vanity Fair’s recent issue on U2′s Bono and Africa:

Western reporters tend to shirk many of their journalistic responsibilities, including those that fall under objectivity and accuracy, when it comes to covering the work of do-gooders in Africa. This month’s “Africa”-themed Vanity Fair, the thickest July issue thus far, is a glaring example. Guest edited by Bono, it includes admiring reviews of the U2 frontman’s campaign, Project (Red) and his messiah, Jeffrey Sachs. These two features alone take up seven and eight pages respectively and both writers are unabashed in their adoration of the Bono/Sachs crusade. Considering Graydon Carter’s alarming remark in his editor’s letter that many of those submitting pitches mentioned their “good friend Bono,” they could very well have been written by Bono’s good friends.

Posted in Capitalism, Economics, International, Media, People of Color, Propaganda, White Privilege, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Hate Crime Hits Close to a Blogger’s Home

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 11, 2007

Vox writes:

The area around Sacramento has become sort of a haven for violent hate groups in the past decade or so. There are several white pride and anti-gay groups, and even some anti-Semitic groups (one fire-bombed five synagogues a few years ago), and they’re getting more violent lately, less secretive about their prejudices.

And now a young man my age, a nice guy who was trying to make a good life for himself, is dead because people have just ignored them, or worse, because they secretly agree. And the Russian community is hiding them, and the police will only charge them with involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest if they are caught.

Posted in People of Color, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Hate Crime Hits Close to a Blogger’s Home

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 11, 2007

Vox writes:

The area around Sacramento has become sort of a haven for violent hate groups in the past decade or so. There are several white pride and anti-gay groups, and even some anti-Semitic groups (one fire-bombed five synagogues a few years ago), and they’re getting more violent lately, less secretive about their prejudices.

And now a young man my age, a nice guy who was trying to make a good life for himself, is dead because people have just ignored them, or worse, because they secretly agree. And the Russian community is hiding them, and the police will only charge them with involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest if they are caught.

Posted in People of Color, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

 
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