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Archive for September, 2007

Erase Racism Carnival Sept. 2007 Edition

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 27, 2007

This months Erase Racism Carnival was just posted up at ReadingWritingLiving, check it out:

This carnival’s topic is Erase Racism, and you can see the many other carnivals that have been posted so far. I’ve been collecting submissions since August, and there is a great collection of thought-provoking stuff. So settle down, get comfortable, click away, read and think.

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Arrest on Site (of Brown Skin)

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 26, 2007

Marisa Trevino, of Latina Lista, blogs on the recent deportations of Latinos in Irving, Texas:

Between June 1, 2006 and September 18, 2007, at least 1,600 people have been deported. That’s about 1% of the city’s total population.

The Mayor of Irving says that the police are just doing an excellent job of law enforcement, but there are enough doubts to those claims to make the Mexican Consulate issue a rare travel warning to Mexican nationals — Avoid Irving, Texas. Looking Mexican can get you harassed and deported.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Government, Immigration, Latina/o Issues, Law, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

Jena 6 and Black bloggers

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 25, 2007

AngryIndian posts:

Jackson, Sharpton and other big-name civil rights figures, far from leading this movement, have had to scramble to catch up. So, too, has the national media, which has only recently noticed a story that has been agitating many black Americans for months.

As formidable as it is amorphous, this new African-American blogosphere, which scarcely even existed a year ago, now comprises hundreds of interlinked blogs and tens of the thousands of followers who within a matter of a few weeks collected 220,000 petition signatures-and more than $130,000 in donations for legal fees-in support of six black Jena teenagers who are being prosecuted on felony battery charges for beating a white student.

Posted in Black Issues, Blog, Contemporary Racism, Empowerment, Institutionalized Racism, Media, Organizing, People of Color, Racism, White Supremacy | Leave a Comment »

A Noose, is a Noose, is a Noose

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 21, 2007

Pop Startled posts a blog entry on the Jena Six with links to some news articles about the incident:

The status quo is a white dominated society. Sure, its possible to think that nooses are not racially charged when you’re a white person. That comes from the unwavering idea held by most white Americans that racism is dead and that everyone is equal in our enlightened American society. However, the fact that you can see a noose and think a radically different thought than a fellow American who happens to be black shows that the status quo is actually just an imposed historical forgetfulness, an amnesia of only 1-2 generations after the struggles of the civil rights protesters and the death spasms of Jim Crow (who’s ghost continues to haunt white suburbs vs black urban neighborhoods).

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

Feminist Carnival No. 45

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 21, 2007

The newest edition of the Feminist Carnival is up at Feminist Philosophers:

First off I just want to say what a huge amount of great feminist writing there is out there, and how tough it’s been to put this together.   There’s just too much important stuff out there,  and I feel really overwhelmed. I’ve organized the Carnival a little artificially into categories, just to make it easier to take it all in (hopefully).  In particular, the fact that there is an “Analysis” header shouldn’t be taken to suggest that other items lack analysis.  It’s just that these didn’t fit the other categories, really! So, enough faffing, here we go…

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Being a Woman In The Middle East

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 20, 2007

Margari Aziza Hill writes about her travels in the Middle East and opens up with this line:

As the reality of being a woman in the Middle East sets in, I am becoming increasingly aware of my limitations in social opportunities.

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In Defense of Disruption

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 18, 2007

Greta Christina reaches back into her blog archives to repost a blog she wrote back in 2003 about the anti-Iraq War protests that tried to disrupt traffic in San Francisco:

I’ve had some disturbing conversations with friends lately. These are people I respect, people who are solidly progressive/liberal. They’re vehemently against the war — and yet they’re also vehemently against the recent anti-war protests that blocked traffic in downtown San Francisco. They argue that the protests disrupted life for everyone, disrupted the lives of people who aren’t responsible for the war and many of whom oppose it. They argue that the protests endangered lives by blocking traffic for emergency vehicles. They argue that a disruptive annoyance isn’t a good way to convince anyone of your position. Here’s what I want to say to my friends — and to any progressives/liberals who share their irritation and anger.

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Racial Tensions in Malaysia

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 16, 2007

The Cicak posts a video from a BBC interview with Malaysia’s foreign minister.  Some of the questions asked to the minister were:

Sarah Montague from the BBC asks Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar about the “rising resentment” from Indian and Chinese Malaysians about Malay rights and privileges.

1. Is it fair that it’s easier for Malays to get into universities compared to Chinese and Indians?
2. How can Chinese and Indians feel a sense of belonging when they can’t get access to top cabinet posts?
3. There are foreign investors “cashing out” of Malaysia because of privileges accorded to Malays. What do you think?
4. Is the constitutional right to profess and practice one’s religion becoming increasingly meaningless?

Posted in Asian Issues, Government, Institutionalized Racism, Race, South Asian Issues | Leave a Comment »

100th Anniversary of the “Hindu” Riots

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 14, 2007

Angry Asian Man blogs:

This week marked the 100-year anniversary of Bellingham, Washington’s “Hindu” riots, when a mob rounded up the city’s East Indian mill workers and ordered them out of town: 1907 Bellingham mob forced East Indian workers from town. On September 4th, 1907, roving gangs of thugs walked from mill to mill, and boarding house to boarding house, hauling out “Hindus” (a common label for all East Indians at the time) roughing them up and ordering to get out of town. This feature is a detailed look back at the area’s largely forgotten racist past, part of a larger campaign to get rid of Asians West Coast during the turn of the century.

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100th Anniversary of the “Hindu” Riots

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 14, 2007

Angry Asian Man blogs:

This week marked the 100-year anniversary of Bellingham, Washington’s “Hindu” riots, when a mob rounded up the city’s East Indian mill workers and ordered them out of town: 1907 Bellingham mob forced East Indian workers from town. On September 4th, 1907, roving gangs of thugs walked from mill to mill, and boarding house to boarding house, hauling out “Hindus” (a common label for all East Indians at the time) roughing them up and ordering to get out of town. This feature is a detailed look back at the area’s largely forgotten racist past, part of a larger campaign to get rid of Asians West Coast during the turn of the century.

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“You’ve Had Sex Before?…Well Than You Couldn’t Have Been Raped!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 14, 2007

Vanessa, on Feministing, writes:

Rape victims in Scotland are being questioned more than ever about their sexual history despite a previous victim committing suicide after being forced to show her underwear in court.

After the incident five years ago, the law was changed so that lawyers must request an application to “investigate” the person’s sexual history. (How considerate of them!) Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed much; more than three-quarters of rape trials include a request for an application. Scotland is also among the worst of rape convictions in the world with 3.9% of reported rapes ending in conviction in 2005.

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“You’ve Had Sex Before?…Well Than You Couldn’t Have Been Raped!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 14, 2007

Vanessa, on Feministing, writes:

Rape victims in Scotland are being questioned more than ever about their sexual history despite a previous victim committing suicide after being forced to show her underwear in court.

After the incident five years ago, the law was changed so that lawyers must request an application to “investigate” the person’s sexual history. (How considerate of them!) Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed much; more than three-quarters of rape trials include a request for an application. Scotland is also among the worst of rape convictions in the world with 3.9% of reported rapes ending in conviction in 2005.

Posted in Law, Male Supremacy, Woman Issues | Leave a Comment »

Kuwaiti Homosexuals Seek to Unite

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 13, 2007

Amal A. writes:

Al Arabeya. net reports that Kuwaiti transsexuals and homosexuals have applied for a permit to form their own association. They are hoping to get some protection from Kuwait law especially after the Kuwaiti parliament (Majles al Umma) decreed laws that criminalize changing to the “third sex.”

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Vota la Raza: The Democrats and the Latina/o Voter

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 12, 2007

Bitch Ph.D. blogs:

Sadly, the Democrats seem to be doing the standard white liberal outreach nonsense, rather than putting Latino issues front and center. What do the Dems plan to do to help reinvest in American cities? What do they plan to do about NCLB and anti-bilingual education? What do they plan to do to address the horrific drop-out rate for Hispanic high school students? What, for god’s sake, is our plan to support service workers, farmworkers, and industrial workers? Do we have any ideas about how to encourage and support small independent businessowners–restaurateurs, auto mechanics, bodega owners–against chains like Chipotles (owned by McDonalds) or Jiffy Lube or WalMart? How are we going to address the fact that one of the biggest effects of NAFTA (and globalization generally) is to help capital move across borders to set up maquiladores in Mexico and sweatshops in Los Angeles that pay sub-living wages to workers who aren’t able to legally cross those same borders to find better-paying jobs? What are the Democratic candidates’ positions on international relations with countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean?

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a-Rab Magazine Launches

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 11, 2007

The blogger at no snow here writes about the launching of a new Arab American magazine:

The inaugural issue of the a-Rab magzine launched this weekend, and I can not wait to get my copy! I contributed an article that is actually an updated and better version of my blog post encouraging Arab Americans not to enlist in the military.

Right now the only way to get a copy is hand to hand on Berkeley’s campus, but check the website for an update on ordering online. The editors have also provided a free downloadable PDF of the issue, and each article is posted on the website.

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Dog Breeding and…Black Slavery?

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 10, 2007

Zuzu, at Feministe, blogs about a post on Feministing in where blogger Jessica posted a video of her puppy and was attacked for it because the puppy was from a breeder, with commenter’s equating puppy breeding as a feminist issue as well being on par with slavery and the selling of Black slaves:

That’s just so willfully blindly privileged, and tin-eared, and utterly cruel, and racist all at the same time. But I suppose, given PETA’s history of racist and anti-Semitic ads, where images of black slaves and Jewish inmates at extermination camps were set alongside images of cattle going down a chute or chickens in battery cages, that this is not so uncommon an attitude among the animal-rights set.

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Dog Breeding and…Black Slavery?

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 10, 2007

Zuzu, at Feministe, blogs about a post on Feministing in where blogger Jessica posted a video of her puppy and was attacked for it because the puppy was from a breeder, with commenter’s equating puppy breeding as a feminist issue as well being on par with slavery and the selling of Black slaves:

That’s just so willfully blindly privileged, and tin-eared, and utterly cruel, and racist all at the same time. But I suppose, given PETA’s history of racist and anti-Semitic ads, where images of black slaves and Jewish inmates at extermination camps were set alongside images of cattle going down a chute or chickens in battery cages, that this is not so uncommon an attitude among the animal-rights set.

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Afro-Spear Carnival: The Mis-Education of the Negro in the 21st Century

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 10, 2007

Afro-Spear hosts their carnival for September and tackles topics such as diversity in education and how today’s educational system relies on propaganda and miseducation:

Welcome to Afrospear’s first Blog Carnival. I would like to thank those who participated. If you have any ideas for future Carnival topics, let us know.

Posted in Academia, Black Issues, Carnival, Contemporary Racism, Institutionalized Racism, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intamacy

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 7, 2007

The blogger at Feminist Review posts a book review on the book Private Lives, Proper Relations:

Why is contemporary African American literature — particularly that produced by black women — continually concerned with issues of respectability and propriety? Her first book, Private Lives, Proper Relations, Candace M. Jenkins looks at how African American writers express the political consequences of intimacy for the susceptible black subject. Jenkins argues that this fascination grew from recurrent beliefs about African American sexuality, and that it expresses a basic aspect of the racial self: an often unexpressed link between the intimate and the political in black culture.

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Transracial Adoptees, Permanent Homes, Forever Families, and Their Home They Are Forced to Leave

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 5, 2007

Sume blogs about the intracacies of what is really home and family while being a transracial adoptee:

In the case of domestic adoption, can more be done to keep families in tact? What roles do racism and class play in creating and perpetuating environments that feed children into system? Have we as a society become too reliant upon adoption as a solution because of lack of a better one?

And let us not forget that adoption is an industry regardless of it’s mutually beneficial appearance. As an industry, adoption has created as many or more problems as it has presumably solved. On one hand, it gives children to parents who want them, but on another, it feeds and sustains a voracious baby market. As potential adoptive parents seek cheaper, quicker ways to acquire children those only too willing to provide that without much thought to ethics will appear. Adoption as an industry will do what’s necessary to stay alive.

Posted in Adoption, Contemporary Racism, Identity, Imperialism, People of Color, Race, White Supremacy | 2 Comments »

“Oh domestic violence. How funny arte thee?”

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 5, 2007

Elizabeth writes about her experience while listening to two guys laugh about domestic violence perpetrated on a Black woman while she was on a ferry ride on the blog All Girl Army:

What year is this? Why would anyone ever laugh at a woman getting beaten up for no fucking reason. Are you serious?! and then they laughed harder cause she was African American! Seriously?! How fucked up is that.

Why aren’t the men in this world being taught that this isn’t funny, and it isn’t right?! We seriously need to get most of the men out their educated on domestic violence issues.

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“Oh domestic violence. How funny arte thee?”

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 5, 2007

Elizabeth writes about her experience while listening to two guys laugh about domestic violence perpetrated on a Black woman while she was on a ferry ride on the blog All Girl Army:

What year is this? Why would anyone ever laugh at a woman getting beaten up for no fucking reason. Are you serious?! and then they laughed harder cause she was African American! Seriously?! How fucked up is that.

Why aren’t the men in this world being taught that this isn’t funny, and it isn’t right?! We seriously need to get most of the men out their educated on domestic violence issues.

Posted in Black Issues, Contemporary Racism, Male Supremacy, People of Color, Racism, Woman Issues, Women of Color | 1 Comment »

Racism Don’t Exist Any More! CSI Told Me So!

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 4, 2007

The Angry Black Woman blogs about a  storyline in CSI were a young Black man was killed by one of the main white characters in the show which delves into a “Black people are soooooo sensitive” side story:

This storyline wouldn’t bother me so much if similar situations didn’t happen between law enforcement and black folks all of the time. It’s shows like this that convince people that black folks are usually in the wrong, anyway, or deserved to be killed because they were up to no good, and are crazy to think that the police are racists out to get them, and even if you give them what they want, money, they’ll just act like fools and still commit crime because, well, black people are just bad. By framing it in this context, with a character the audience knows and loves and guest characters who are unrealistically/stereotypically drawn, the show is doing a disservice to the very serious issue at hand. And that just makes me angry.

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Racism Don’t Exist Any More! CSI Told Me So!

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 4, 2007

The Angry Black Woman blogs about a  storyline in CSI were a young Black man was killed by one of the main white characters in the show which delves into a “Black people are soooooo sensitive” side story:

This storyline wouldn’t bother me so much if similar situations didn’t happen between law enforcement and black folks all of the time. It’s shows like this that convince people that black folks are usually in the wrong, anyway, or deserved to be killed because they were up to no good, and are crazy to think that the police are racists out to get them, and even if you give them what they want, money, they’ll just act like fools and still commit crime because, well, black people are just bad. By framing it in this context, with a character the audience knows and loves and guest characters who are unrealistically/stereotypically drawn, the show is doing a disservice to the very serious issue at hand. And that just makes me angry.

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16th Erase Racism Carnival

Posted by Jack Stephens on September 4, 2007

The 16th Erase Racism Carnival is up at Alas, a blog.  There are numerous entries for a dozen or so bloggers that range from critiquing the fashion industry, baggy pants being banned in Atlanta (?), and colorblindness.

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