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Archive for July, 2007

Immigration, Nativists, and America’s “Moral Panic”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 11, 2007

XicanoPwr blogs:

Since 9/11, the question of what immigrants contribute to American society is at the forefront of the immigration debate. Stoking anti-immigrant hostility, nativists and restrictionists commonly resort to marginalizing immigrants by relegating them to an economic underclass. Critics of outsourcing have pointed to India as the source of America’s economic woes, but the issue is a lot more complicated than it is being portrayed. Nativists contribute to the stigma of immigrants are draining social services. However, immigrants actually generate significantly more in taxes paid than they cost in services.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Economics, Immigration, Latina/o Issues, People of Color, Propaganda, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Immigration, Nativists, and America’s “Moral Panic”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 11, 2007

XicanoPwr blogs:

Since 9/11, the question of what immigrants contribute to American society is at the forefront of the immigration debate. Stoking anti-immigrant hostility, nativists and restrictionists commonly resort to marginalizing immigrants by relegating them to an economic underclass. Critics of outsourcing have pointed to India as the source of America’s economic woes, but the issue is a lot more complicated than it is being portrayed. Nativists contribute to the stigma of immigrants are draining social services. However, immigrants actually generate significantly more in taxes paid than they cost in services.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Economics, Immigration, Latina/o Issues, People of Color, Propaganda, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

The Fourth of July

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 10, 2007

Blackamazon quotes Frederick Douglass:

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”

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The Death of Chandrashekhar and Indian Socialist Politics

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 10, 2007

Bhupinder writes:

Socialist politics, dominated now by such ‘bleeding heart socialists’ like Amar Singh and caste centered politicians like Mulayam, Laloo and BJP’s friends like Nitish Kumar and George Fernandes, has now come to practically a dead end. Acharya Narendra Dev is now a forgotten man altogether. Human Rights and civil liberties organizations that grew in the days of the Emergency are the only reminders of JP. Lohia’s ghost continues to haunt in the form of caste politics (not necessarily bad, but I don’t suppose even Lohia would have conceived of caste politics as an end in itself.)

Posted in Caste, Class, Economics, International, Organizing, Socialism | Leave a Comment »

Asian Americans and College Admissions

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 10, 2007

Anabsurdthought posts a blog on college and Asian Americans in the blog The Asian Americanists:

While Asian Americans have long been well-rounded students at elite institutions, they are still perceived to be one-dimensional. Their extracurricular engagement, perhaps, are not catching admissions officers’ eyes in the same way as those applicants of other racial backgrounds. While university and colleges are often lauded for their more comprehensive approach to determining a student’s admissions fate, few are question the socio-cultural implications of what is valued as extracurricular activities or how access to such activities may be limited to particular segments of our society due to any number of characteristics (i.e., socioeconomic status, geography, gender, sexual orientation, race).

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On Blackness

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 9, 2007

Macha, on her first post for Double Consciousness, blogs about “Blackness” and on what it meant to her back in the day and now:

I realized one day not only was I being played, thinking maybe I wasn’t Black enough, I had let someone else define what being Black meant to me. Blasphemy! It wasn’t even Blacks who defined it. My parents did a great job, but they were competing with millions of media messages and the day to day of, well… White people. I said to myself one day, Do you see how stupid this is? Someone else has defined Blackness for you. I continued with questions like, who decides this? Is there a committee somewhere in the world that defines Blackness? How come I’m not on it?

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, Identity, Media, Race, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Erase Racism Call for Submissions

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 9, 2007

RaceWire will be hosting the July edition of the Erase Racism Carnival:

This month, RaceWire will be home to the 15th Erase Racism Carnival. The Carnival is a monthly collection of blog posts aimed at provoking discussion about race and catalyzing the eradication of racism.

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Daily Kos and the CIA

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 9, 2007

The Unapologetic Mexican blogs:

WHOA. This article sort of throws a new light on Mister “poor immigrant” DailyKos Moulitsas and his Humble Salvadoran Family story. Maybe others who are familiar with DailyKos know about this, but it sure is news to me. And important news, given the size of his blog and the purported agendas.

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Prostitution: Economic Savvy or Economic Slavery?

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 8, 2007

Bridget Crawford writes about the debate between feminists who call prostitution slavery and third wave feminists who view it as just simple economic savvy:

Third-wave feminists for the most part ignore or gloss over the social and economic conditions that lead to prostitution…For third-wave feminists, it is the prostitute, not the john who has the morally (and perhaps economically) superior position in the relationship. Yet the voices of the third wave are the voices of privileged women who have the time, education and economic ability to write for publication.

Posted in Class, Economics, Feminism, Male Supremacy, Radical Feminism, Woman Issues | Leave a Comment »

“Did the defendent…uh…Ape-ray you?”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 8, 2007

Bean, at the blog Lawyers, Guns and Money, writes a bout a recent court case in Nebraska:

I couldn’t help but think of that scene reading Dahlia Lithwick’s most recent article today. Lithwick reports on a Nebraska state judge who is presiding over a rape trial and who granted a defense motion to bar the attorneys from saying the words “rape,” “rape kit,” “victim,” “sexual assault,” or “sexual assault kit.” The prosecution responded by seeking to have the words “sex” and “intercourse” banned, as those words seem to suggest consent in the same way as the use of the word “victim” connotes lack of consent. The judge denied the prosecution’s motion, noting that without those words, there’d be nothing left to describe the alleged rape. And the jury has been kept in the dark the whole time – they don’t know that the attorneys have been prohibited from using these words.

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“Did the defendent…uh…Ape-ray you?”

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 8, 2007

Bean, at the blog Lawyers, Guns and Money, writes a bout a recent court case in Nebraska:

I couldn’t help but think of that scene reading Dahlia Lithwick’s most recent article today. Lithwick reports on a Nebraska state judge who is presiding over a rape trial and who granted a defense motion to bar the attorneys from saying the words “rape,” “rape kit,” “victim,” “sexual assault,” or “sexual assault kit.” The prosecution responded by seeking to have the words “sex” and “intercourse” banned, as those words seem to suggest consent in the same way as the use of the word “victim” connotes lack of consent. The judge denied the prosecution’s motion, noting that without those words, there’d be nothing left to describe the alleged rape. And the jury has been kept in the dark the whole time – they don’t know that the attorneys have been prohibited from using these words.

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Canadian Independence Day

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 6, 2007

Thinking Girl blogs about Canada Day:

However, I can’t help but feel this year that, because I love my country, I should talk about what I consider to be the greatest and most serious blight on the face of our nation, and that is the ongoing brutal colonization of Canada’s indigenous peoples.  It’s something that I feel all non-indigenous Canadians should be extremely embarrassed by, and should be actively trying to correct. We have all benefitted from the brutalization, ghettoization, displacement, colonization, and genocide of First Nations people here in Canada, and we should be ashamed.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, Imperialism, Institutionalized Racism, Occupation, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Carnival of Feminists Book Edition

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 6, 2007

The Hidden Side of the Leaf hosts the 40th Carnival of Feminists.

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On Youth and Resistance

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 5, 2007

Brownfemipower writes:

But no matter how hard it is, how much it hurts us/strikes us down off our pedestals, we must begin to look deeply into ourselves and into our communities and challenge everything we know about being parents and about being elders. We must begin rethinking all the actions of our youths that we have labeled as “trouble making” (dropping out of school, getting pregnant, abusing drugs/alcohol, figeting endlessly, not doing homework, etc). We must begin considering how the actions of our youths can be reconsidered (as Grace Lee Boggs argues) as “Opting Out” of a violent system as a form of self-preservation rather than dropping out to make our blood pressure skyrocket–And most importantly, we must consider how we can share our hard earned knowledge such that “Opting out” becomes harnessed into mobilization efforts that are truly world changing for our youth.

Posted in Organizing, People of Color, Racism, Radicalism, Youth | Leave a Comment »

bell hooks and Outlaw Culture

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 3, 2007

Jeff, at the blog Feminist Allies, posts a video of bell hooks:

This interview/speech is a few years old now, but it’s always a treat to listen to hooks. In this video, hooks gives us a sort of video companion piece to her book, Outlaw Culture. In the first section, she explains why studying popular culture is important for critical thinkers, feminists and (yes) even literary critics to do. The short answer to why is: Popular culture is where hegemony works its evil magic.

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Segregation and America

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 3, 2007

Ann writes:

Black Americans overwhelmingly are the most segregated of all races and ethnic groups in America.

Residential segregation is something that many people do not give serious thought. For it is in the segregation of neighborhoods where educational, economic and social disparity is seen.

Keep blacks out of the predominently white neighborhoods (ergo, excellent schools, best jobs, best networking/social contacts) and you have in effect curtailed black people obtaining a better life.

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, Economics, History, Institutionalized Racism, People of Color, White Privilege, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Dimensions of Residential Segregation

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 3, 2007

Rachels, over at Ally Work, blogs about racial segregation in America:

Before I put up the full post on the Supreme Court decision on voluntary desegregation programs, I want to briefly discussion the dimensions of of residential segregation. Segregation is a really hot topic in sociology these days. This is probably true for a few reasons, including the fact that it is fairly easy to measure with statistics and it’s one of those areas where we still have significant progress to make.

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

Supreme Court Decision Part II

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 1, 2007

Race Wire blogs:

The Applied Research Center is dismayed by today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings allowing the districts of Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky to use race in making school assignments. This decision is especially disappointing, given that the majority of the Court affirmed race as an important factor to consider in educational equity and school integration. For more than half a century, the moral compass of 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education has guided our nation toward integration and equal treatment. The Court’s conservative bloc has led us backwards.

Michael L. Westmoreland-White comments:

For much of U.S. history, the judicial branch of our government, led by the Supreme Court, was the most regressive branch, defending slavery, defending the rich over the poor, defending corporations against workers, etc. Only from the mid-1930s to the late 197os was the Court a friend to the poor. Only from 1954 until 1980 was the Court strongly on the side of racial justice–something which began to be eroded with the judicial appointments of Ronald Reagan and both Bushes. Now, the Court is clearly, if narrowly, again against the creation of a just society. We must be creative in our response, but we must not let this wrongheaded decision stand in our way.

Mikhaela Reid blogs:

The Bush court says that not only is segregation totally cool (as long as it’s the “natural” result of segregated housing areas), it’s actively RACIST to oppose segregation. Why? Because racial diversity is AGAINST the spirit of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Jeff Lam writes:

the goal of the school district is to provide the same, excellent education to everyone, and considering race is one (perhaps flawed) way to do that. there are huge differences in parental involvement, school achievement, and teacher qualifications between some of the whiter north-end schools and the colored schools south of downtown. but some seem to believe that ignoring race means eradicating racism. absurd. devastating for broke colored kids in the ghetto. another victory for the privileged.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Government, Law, People of Color, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Howard Admits to Land Grab

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 1, 2007

Ridwan reports:

Thanks to Eugene for bringing the article Aboriginal Children Overboard to our attention. There are several other follow-up stories available on Perth IndyMedia so please check them out.

Now it seems like the arrogant Prime Minister is not even hiding his reason for invading the Northern Territory. See this breaking story: John Howard Admits Aboriginal Land Grab Intent.” I have copied the article below.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, First People Issues, Government, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Rights of Passage

Posted by Jack Stephens on July 1, 2007

Glen Ford writes:

Poor people from poor countries populated America, and then became “white.” That was their right of passage. It is the saga of the American immigrants, who now turn on the new immigrants, as they did on the Black laborers who worked alongside them. They chose whiteness. Now they turn on Mexicans – who are also not of their race. Racism is the game. White supremacy is the object, and the at root of discourse around “legal vs. illegal immigration.” It has always been. White America is out to protect its hard earned whiteness. But for Black America. the stakes are different. Do we need a whiter America?

Posted in History, Racism, Whiteness | Leave a Comment »

 
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