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Archive for June 24th, 2007

White Males and Privilege

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 24, 2007

Responding to a post in where Rob Knop laments that despite taking on white male privilege he is still considered privilege (and regards the fight as un-winable) Irrational Point states:

It is true that men who speak out about these issues risk not being taken seriously by their white male colleagues. But staying quiet de facto upholds the status quo (it’s not possible to be neutral on this issue — to do so is to avail yourself of the privilege of being white, male, etc). That’s not to trivialise the whacking that men get when they bring up equality issues — yes it’s hurtful, yes it’s unfair. But men who talk about gender equity might come under fire, but it’s women and minorities who are on the front line. The going is tough for women and minorities all the time, not just when they speak out about equality issues.

This isn’t about “I’m more oppressed than you” competitions. It is about accepting that challenging your own privilege isn’t easy or pleasant work, but it is necessasry if men are going to take part in changing the structural inequalities that exist.


Posted in Male Supremacy, People of Color, White Privilege, Whiteness, Woman Issues | 1 Comment »

Hollywood, Iraq, and Darfur

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 24, 2007

Quuer Arab writes:

Vietnam had Jane Fonda… countless rock stars and actors spoke up… not this time. And I can’t help wonder wether it’s because Arab lives are the victim here. Arabs after all are supposed to be villains in the Hollywood mindset. Barbarians… Savages… Darfur was “cool” because Arabs were the bad guys… and Africans are the victims.. very chic.. nice contrast pics for Angelina and Oprah… not Iraq. No John Lennon benefit CD for the victims of US Occupation in Iraq…

Posted in Arab Issues, Contemporary Racism, Imperialism, International, Media, People of Color | Leave a Comment »

Rushdie: Blasphemer or Critical Thinker?

Posted by Jack Stephens on June 24, 2007

 Cubano, of Eccentric Optimism, blogs:

Like most Muslims, I was raised to think that Sulman Rushdie was some sort of a demon.  It wasn’t until recently that I decided to actually read a few books written by Rushdie and realized that his writing is simply brilliant.  Pakistanis and other Muslims should be proud of a writer of such caliber.  The National Assembly of Pakistan is an embarrassment for the people of the country.

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