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Archive for May, 2007

The Fashionability of Domestic Abuse

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 31, 2007

The blogger Vox at the blog Vox Ex Machina writes about a recent ad campaign by United Colors of Benneton:

Domestic violence is not fashionable. Violence in general is not fashionable, nor is rape. But, as a society, we are taught that fashion is, well, fashionable. Mixed messages, right?

If women and girls are constantly shown images of dead women, beaten women, bound women, raped women and ARE TOLD THESE WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL by the industry that DEFINES beauty, then eventually, some of them are going to start believing it.

And since we’re also taught from a young age that beauty is everything, with women’s magazines focusing almost exclusively on what bathing suit best flatters your frame, how to make your eyelashes look longer, choosing the right foundation, the best type of squats to get rid of butt flab, the best breakfast to help you lose weight … what higher goal does society dictate a woman should have, after over 150 years of women’s rights movements, than to be beautiful?

Posted in Corporations, Male Supremacy, Woman Issues | 1 Comment »

Mankato and the American Indian Movement

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 31, 2007

Ravenmn writes:

I watched the HBO movie based on the book by Dee Brown.

This book, plus the rise of the American Indian Movement had a direct effect on my life when I was in junior high in Mankato, Minnesota.

Think about the stories you hear about young Germans in the 1960s not being educated about the camps. It was the same for us. We were surrounded by this horrible history, and yet nobody talked about it. Mankato is the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history shown below in an etching

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The Use of “Ghetto Chic”

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 31, 2007

Wendi Muse, who writes for Racialicious, blogs about the term “ghetto chic:”

Over time, the term “ghetto” has been used in a way that separates it from its history, a dark one of ethnic exclusion (i.e. forced isolation of Jewish communities) and government-sanctioned segregation (i.e. communities of color in the United States). Little thought is given to the true meaning of the word and how people ended up in ghettoes to begin with when it’s used. Along the same lines of a proposition made by Robert B. Moore in his essay “Racist Stereotyping in the English Language,” I’d like to make a little proposal of my own. Moore challenges typical methods of teaching and discussing the history of the United States by making his readers take a closer look at those who were oppressed in order to create it. He suggests that the “next time [we] write about slavery or read about it, try transposing all “slaves” into ‘African people held in captivity,’ ‘Black people forced to work for no pay,’ or ‘African people stolen from their families and societies.’” Imagine if we replaced “ghetto” with something like “the only place African-American men (who had fought for their country’s freedom from totalitarianism) and their families were allowed to live due to redlining, racist real estate monopolies, and restrictive covenants” when used as a noun. Or what about “a type of behavior I associate with the poor even though I don’t know anyone who lives in the projects or has had to struggle to make ends meet”/ “a style of dress that I associate with poor blacks and Latinos becauseI am racist and classist deep down inside, but cover it up by using this word instead of saying what I really mean because it’s more socially acceptable” when used as an adjective. So that’s a little harsh, but it would put a whole new spin on saying something or someone was “ghetto,” now wouldn’t it? It might make people think twice before applying it to any and everything that they deem as sub-par.

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The Use of “Ghetto Chic”

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 31, 2007

Wendi Muse, who writes for Racialicious, blogs about the term “ghetto chic:”

Over time, the term “ghetto” has been used in a way that separates it from its history, a dark one of ethnic exclusion (i.e. forced isolation of Jewish communities) and government-sanctioned segregation (i.e. communities of color in the United States). Little thought is given to the true meaning of the word and how people ended up in ghettoes to begin with when it’s used. Along the same lines of a proposition made by Robert B. Moore in his essay “Racist Stereotyping in the English Language,” I’d like to make a little proposal of my own. Moore challenges typical methods of teaching and discussing the history of the United States by making his readers take a closer look at those who were oppressed in order to create it. He suggests that the “next time [we] write about slavery or read about it, try transposing all “slaves” into ‘African people held in captivity,’ ‘Black people forced to work for no pay,’ or ‘African people stolen from their families and societies.’” Imagine if we replaced “ghetto” with something like “the only place African-American men (who had fought for their country’s freedom from totalitarianism) and their families were allowed to live due to redlining, racist real estate monopolies, and restrictive covenants” when used as a noun. Or what about “a type of behavior I associate with the poor even though I don’t know anyone who lives in the projects or has had to struggle to make ends meet”/ “a style of dress that I associate with poor blacks and Latinos becauseI am racist and classist deep down inside, but cover it up by using this word instead of saying what I really mean because it’s more socially acceptable” when used as an adjective. So that’s a little harsh, but it would put a whole new spin on saying something or someone was “ghetto,” now wouldn’t it? It might make people think twice before applying it to any and everything that they deem as sub-par.

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White Supremacy at a Student Newspaper

Posted by Carlo Montemayor on May 30, 2007

Jack Stephens and Christine Joy Ferrer, both reporters for [X]Press news services at San Francisco State University, blog about a recent opinion piece by the future editor for the [X]Press newspaper.

Christine wrote about the actual situation:

Damn, I have never felt so awkward, disheartened, angry, and yet so very proud before in my life. A few days ago while I was sitting in the journalism lab at SF State, talking to the new [X]press newspaper editors for next semester, Ian Thomas, the current head editor, stormed into the room consumed with frustration. He was pissed off at the soon-to-be editor Sean Maher for his column that we published in this week’s current issue called “A Note on Diversity from Next Semester’s Newspaper Editor.”…Basically, Maher was inadvertently saying that race doesn’t matter and that we need to be colorblind.

And Jack did a content analysis of the opinion piece:

Ok, I buy that (sort of), we should judge people based on the content of their character just as Martin Luther King, Jr. told us to do. But talks of diversity have nothing to do with the content of people’s character based on their skin color. What talks and discussions of diversity have to do with are looking at age old biases that are ingrained into our minds and souls. Discussions and talks on diversity are there to challenge our assumptions based on people’s race. In a society that is saturated in white privilege and heterosexual privilege we never encounter real genuine discussions on issues such as race and diversity in the newsroom because we are blind to it. It is ingrained in us to see white as the norm, heterosexuality as the norm, etc. So when there are a bunch of white people in the newsroom and in the paper we don’t question it or see anything wrong with it because that is what we’ve been taught to see as normal growing up (subconsciously and consciously). This is why we need to bring up questions of diversity in the workplace, newsroom, etc. because no one is there to bring them up.

And yet whenever someone tries to bring up questions of diversity there is always some white person, always, stating how this makes her or him “uncomfortable,” or, in Maher’s case, “squeamish. Yet that is why we need to bring up issues of diversity, because people are uncomfortable with it. We need to challenge our assumptions and bring us out of our comfort zone, if we don’t than we remain ignorant to the realities of America and to the realities of our own assumptions and privileges.

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

Chief Fontaine Warns of Breaking Point

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 30, 2007

The Radical Indian, a Canadian blogger, writes:

“Many of our communities have reached the breaking point,” said Fontaine. “Many people ask why First Nations peoples are so angry. At this point you must realize we have a right to be.”

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Caste, Reservations, and a Divided India

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 30, 2007

Shivam Vij comments on the latest caste based violence in Rajasthan by quoting B.R. Ambedkar:

The literature of the Hindus is full of caste genealogies in which an attempt is made to give a noble origin to one caste and an ignoble origin to other castes. The Sahyadrikhand is a notorious instance of this class of literature. This anti-social spirit is not confined to caste alone. It has gone deeper and has poisoned the mutual relations of the sub-castes as well. In my province the Golak Brahmins, Deorukha Brahmins, Karada Brahmins, Palshe Brahmins and Chitpavan Brahmins, all claim to be subdivisions of the Brahmin Caste. But the anti-social spirit that prevails between them is quite as marked and quite as virulent as the anti-social spirit that prevails between them and other non-Brahmin castes. There is nothing strange in this. An antisocial spirit is found wherever one group has “interests of its own” which shut it out from full interaction with other groups, so that its prevailing purpose is protection of what it has got. This antisocial spirit, this spirit of protecting its own interests is as much a marked feature of the different castes in their isolation from one another as it is of nations in their isolation.

Posted in Affirmative Action/Reservations, Caste, Class, Identity, International | Leave a Comment »

Gender Discrimination At Work Is OK

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 30, 2007

Ann, of Feministing, writes:

We’re a little tardy in writing about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear. The court ruled that employees must make their discrimination complaints within 180 days “after the alleged unlawful employment practice occurred.” In other words, the discrimination occurs at the time a woman is given a salary that is significantly lower than her male counterparts. If she doesn’t catch on to the pay disparity within 180 days, she’s screwed. Which is why Ledbetter’s attorneys had argued that she was discriminated against every time she was handed a paycheck for less money than her male equivalent on the job — not simply when her salary was determined.

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Guest Worker Program an Open Door to Slavery

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 26, 2007

Lucky White Girl brings our attention to a report on abuses under guest worker programs:

NPR had another story on the plight of those who come to this country legally on guestworker programs only to be exploited and abused, this time on the part of the recruiters in other countries

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Slumlord in Jail

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Fabulosa Mujer blogs:

The issue of slum housing is rampant in the city of Los Angeles — because of gentrification, many landlords neglect regular wear and tear maintenance of a building, allow for vermin infestation, going as far to shut down water and electricity for days, and including verbal and physical violence to intimade and coerce tenants out of their rent controlled units. All in efforts to wipe out clean a building that is occupied by low income usually people of color families; to then sell an empty building at market rate in this hot gentrified land, or turn the building around toand rent to higher earning tenants.

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Memorial Day Tradition

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Shark-fu, of the blog Angry Black Bitch, blogs in memory of her father and of their Memorial Days together:

The Air Force was the first place where my father was given expectations and expected to meet them. Not fail, but meet and/or exceed high expectations. My father left the Air Force believing in himself for the first time. With that belief and some nice ‘thanks for your service now get yourself an education, son’ funding he struggled yet succeeded to get an education then build the life he dreamed of as a bitterly poor young man so long ago.

And that belief ran head on into the reality of American during the mid 1960’s…into the reality of prejudice and racism…into the harshness of guaranteed failure and low if not no expectations. Like so many, my father’s military service only took him so far before segregation came into play. But like so many, his service showed him that he could…should, but for the color of his skin, go farther. I have always believed that my father would never have become committed to social justice if his experience post service hadn’t been dehumanizing by comparison.

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India, Africa, and Their Colonial Past

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 25, 2007

Diepiriye writes about his trip to Delhi and about the relationship between Indians and Blacks in his Myspace blog:

Just like in most of the colonial world, the whims and desires of the colonial masters determined which Indians would encounter which Africans- and this has unfortunately led to a great deal of conflict and mistrust amidst a people who ultimately must engage one another, even if only for commerce. Nonetheless, there is a lot of mutuality shown by the way that both African and Indian Diasporas lend and borrow cultural traditions, or in many cases, develop whole new cultural traditions.

Via Krish.

Posted in Imperialism, Institutionalized Racism, International, Stereotypes | Leave a Comment »

Obama and the Secrete Service

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 24, 2007

Stephanie blogs:

The darker the candidate’s skin and the more serious his candidacy, the earlier he seems to need protecting.All of which adds a telling dimension to the ongoing debate about Obama and blackness that has percolated for months beneath the surface of his candidacy.On the one side, you have earnest white people insisting that, because his mother was white, Obama is not really black, but “biracial.”On the other side, you have earnest black people insisting that, because his heritage does not trace to slavery, Obama is not really black enough — that is, not black in a cultural sense.Apparently, however, he is both black and black enough for whatever individual or individuals unnerved his handlers enough to seek Secret Service protection.

Posted in Black Issues, Government, Racism | 2 Comments »

Exotic

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 24, 2007

Frances M. writes:

This weekend I had a customer at work come up to me and say “you’re so exotic looking, what are you.” Granted she was smiling & I suppose trying to compliment. But it got me thinking about what the term exotic to the mainstream American mind.

It’s hard to know how to react when people say “you’re so beautiful…exotic…what are you?” I know they’re in part trying to compliment so I don’t want to be all bitchy about it but on the other hand ignorance is not my shade of bliss & if I can prevent another person going though the silliness of such questions, I’d perhaps want to try. Well I’m off to have pizza with my beautiful & just plum pretty girlfriend. Thank goddess she she’s my soul & not just my skin!

Posted in Commodification, Contemporary Racism, People of Color | 1 Comment »

Health Care System and Race

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 24, 2007

Teraza, of the White Anti-Racist Parent, blogs about the health care system and discrimination:

The disparities in healthcare are due to “direct discrimination by government policies” and health care providers. Sound familiar? The study states that “an overwhelming majority (95 percent) of the Roma women who had experienced gender discrimination also believed that health care professionals discriminate against Roma.”

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A Call for Submissions: Carnival of Radical Action

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 23, 2007

Sylvia calls for posts for the Carnival of Radical Action:

“Most of us are organizers or activists in our real lives. Or at the very least, we think about it an awful lot and wish we had the skills and/or knowledge to organize. But contrary to the images of protest that make front pages and cause our hearts to swell–actual organizing is not as easy as it looks–nor is it very glamorous.

That’s what this carnival is all about. I will be accepting any posts/submissions that have anything to do with organizing on a grassroots level.

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The Intricacies of Adoption

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 23, 2007

Sume, of the blog Ethnically Incorrect Daughter, posts an article by Tess Nacelewicz:

When you’re of one race and your adoptive parents are of a different one, just walking down the street with your family can feel like the whole world knows you’re adopted.

Posted in Adoption, People of Color | 1 Comment »

Rebuilding the Left Coalition

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 23, 2007

The blogger of Anti-Capitalism writes:

The following is a summary of an article I’m working on, which proposes a framework for thinking about the strategic tasks confronting radical activists who want to work toward rebuilding the broad Left (of which the radical left is one component). One of my assumptions is that a rebirth of radicalism as an effective force presupposes a renewal and reinvigoration of the broad activist left in general.

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LGBTQI Asian Americans

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 22, 2007

C.N. posts a blog about a report on Asian American LGBTQI peoples done by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force in the blog Asian-Nation:

In my writings and my classes that I teach, however paradoxically it may sound, I’ve always felt that the more that we unite under the collective identity of “Asian Americans,” the more power and authority we will have in asserting the specific needs of unique subgroups within our community, whether they relate to different ethnic groups, or to those among us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). In that context, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has come out with its annual report on the state of LGBT Asian Americans.

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16th International Communist Seminar

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 22, 2007

A blogger at leftspotblog.com posts a blog on the International Communist Seminar:

Earlier this month, the 16th annual International Communist Seminar took place in Belgium. This is an important event that brings together many of the most important communist parties and organizations in the world (including some parties that hold state power and many that don’t). The seminar aims to unite communists, many of whom have previously been divided, around an ongoing commitment to Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism. A basic statement of the politics that guide the seminar are in the declaration from the 1999 seminar.

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From Cult to Religion

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 22, 2007

Violet, of the blog Reclusive Leftist, writes about religion and cults:

See, all the revealed religions pretty much start out like that. Comets, magic underwear, resurrected corpses. The key to graduating from Nutcase Cult to Respected Religion is all in the staying power. Obviously the Heaven’s Gate people fumbled the ball right off the bat with the mass suicide thing, so you’ll want to bear that in mind if you’re thinking of starting your own religion. But if your cult sticks around, maybe loses some of the weirder practices, maybe puts a little effort into blending with the rest of society, then you’ve got a shot.

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No Nukes Grassroots Movement

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 22, 2007

Verbena-19 posts an article by Harvey Wasserman which opens with:

Thirty years ago this month, in the small seacoast town of Seabrook, New Hampshire, a force of mass non-violent green advocacy collided with the nuke establishment.

A definitive victory over corporate power was won. And the global grassroots “No Nukes” movement emerged as one of the most important and effective in human history.

Posted in Environmental Issues, History, Organizing | Leave a Comment »

Erase Racism Carnival May Edition

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 21, 2007

The Angry Black Woman hosted this months Erase Racism Carnival today:

This is a very media-heavy edition, mainly because media issues are very interesting to me. The summer movie season is starting to heat up and this season’s television shows are coming to an end, allowing us to examine them completely. There’s plenty to talk about in the realm of literature, too. So, get comfortable, grab a drink, and settle in. There’s a lot of great stuff to read.

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

“Let’s Eat Fried Chicken and Paint Ourselves Black!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 21, 2007

Detective Mat writes about the rising trend of racially themed parties being held by predomenently white college students:

Of course if you ask any of these beautiful people if they’re racist, they’ll violently deny it. Which is actually to be expected. These are the ideals that surround them, whether by their peers or by the media they’re surrounded with. White dominance in American society has become more dangerous as time moves on by subtlely disguising itself as the negative stereotypes of black people pushed onto whites and deeming it as whats hip. For almost all these people, they’re only delusion to being exposed to black culture is exactly what is emulated here. As the product of white dominance, it is racist.

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“Let’s Eat Fried Chicken and Paint Ourselves Black!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 21, 2007

Detective Mat writes about the rising trend of racially themed parties being held by predomenently white college students:

Of course if you ask any of these beautiful people if they’re racist, they’ll violently deny it. Which is actually to be expected. These are the ideals that surround them, whether by their peers or by the media they’re surrounded with. White dominance in American society has become more dangerous as time moves on by subtlely disguising itself as the negative stereotypes of black people pushed onto whites and deeming it as whats hip. For almost all these people, they’re only delusion to being exposed to black culture is exactly what is emulated here. As the product of white dominance, it is racist.

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

 
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