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Archive for October, 2007

Announcement: Body Images

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 31, 2007

I just posted a blog on Double Consciousness that I want people, hopefully women of color, to respond to.  Thanks.

Since I’m the Educational Development officer for this student activist org. I’m apart of at San Francisco State University I always need to keep myself attuned to the needs of the membership.  We’ve done workshops on immigration, the Third World Liberation Front SF State student strikes, an upcoming one on white privilege, and a workshop in November on the basics of the capitalist system.  However I’ve been noticing among the membership issues on body image.  Specifically people being influence by white mainstream (fascist) standards of beauty.  So for next semester I’m going to get a hold of some fellow radicals to put on a workshop on white supremacist beauty standards and how it effects women of color and others in this American society.

Does anyone out there have any resources and blogs, blog posts, books, articles, etc. that they could share with me.  You can contact me here.  Thanks.

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Immigrants and the Fires

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 31, 2007

Seth Wessler blogs on RaceWire:

As the fires in Los Angeles cool and relief efforts heat up, we are once again posed with the bleak reality that when the smoke clears, people of color and immigrants face abandonment and punishment.

Reports show incidents of undocumented immigrants being turned away from or arrested at evacuation shelters and detained by Border Patrol at neighborhood checkpoints when trying to go back home. Many veer away from services that might be available for fear of being deported and others sought help from authorities and were turned away.

The fires have uprooted immigrants who, unlike their neighbors who are citizens, have no access to needed support services. Many of these immigrants remain unaccounted for and little is known about how many have been rounded up and deported. What is more, some have blamed immigrants for starting the fires themselves.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Government, Immigration, Latina/o Issues, People of Color | Leave a Comment »

Stop Police Brutality on Women and Trans People of Color

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 30, 2007

Brown Femi Power writes:

The amazing women of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence have created a powerful brochure about how to end police violence against women and trans people of color. My recommendation? PRINT IT OUT AND DISTRIBUTE!!!!! Also, if you would like copies of the brochure, you can also e-mail incite_national@yahoo.com, with the number of copies you’d like and an address to send it to!

Posted in Institutionalized Racism, LGBTQI Issues, Police Brutality, Transphobia, White Supremacy, Women of Color | Leave a Comment »

“Watch Out For Dem Burqas! Dems Is Dangerous!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 30, 2007

Samhita, on Feministing, writes:

O’Reilly appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to talk about his new book on the youth of today. I am scared that O’Reilly actually was near young people. But I remember teachers like him, the ones that did it to really set these kids straight. They sucked.

But now he has a book out about young people and how to control them and how they act in school. I wouldn’t normally pay attention this, but this got me. O’Reilly claims that wearing a burqa/hijab/veil, is an imposition of religion onto OTHER people. Huh?

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

“Watch Out For Dem Burqas! Dems Is Dangerous!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 30, 2007

Samhita, on Feministing, writes:

O’Reilly appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to talk about his new book on the youth of today. I am scared that O’Reilly actually was near young people. But I remember teachers like him, the ones that did it to really set these kids straight. They sucked.

But now he has a book out about young people and how to control them and how they act in school. I wouldn’t normally pay attention this, but this got me. O’Reilly claims that wearing a burqa/hijab/veil, is an imposition of religion onto OTHER people. Huh?

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

Erase Racism Oct. 2007

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 29, 2007

This months Erase Racism Carnival is up at Kill Bigotry:

The 20 posts have been divided into 4 categories: 1) Our Criminal (in)justice System; 2) Quotes that Made you Run to your Computer; 3) A Trip around the Color Wheel; and 4) A History of Violence. Finally, although tedious, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of being informed and enlightened by so many of you. — MODI

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iArabs.com

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 28, 2007

Rebellious Arab Girl blogs:

This is an Arab news network (http:///www.iarabs.com) that takes articles from various Arab sites on the net. I guess I found it because I saw people linking to my articles from there. I joined and I love it.. Great place to read just Arab articles. I like it also because it is simple and clean and not cluttered like Digg and other sites!

Posted in Arab Issues, Blog | 1 Comment »

The 4th People of Color Scifi & Fantasy Carnival

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 26, 2007

The fourth People of Color Scifi & Fantasy Carnival is up at Francie Doesn’t Like Coffee Ice Cream:

I’m starting off this edition of the People of Color Carnival with the question: what is common knowledge and whose knowledge is it?

Grada Kilomba begins the first day of class by asking her students questions about things which are common knowledge for most of the black students in her class, but that her white students have never heard of. This simple exercise highlights the biases behind what is considered “common knowledge.” Kilomba then says

It is not that [Africans] have not been speaking; but rather that our voices – through a system of racism – have been systematically disqualified as valid knowledge; or else represented by whites, who ironically become the ‘experts’ of ourselves.

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The 4th People of Color Scifi & Fantasy Carnival

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 26, 2007

The fourth People of Color Scifi & Fantasy Carnival is up at Francie Doesn’t Like Coffee Ice Cream:

I’m starting off this edition of the People of Color Carnival with the question: what is common knowledge and whose knowledge is it?

Grada Kilomba begins the first day of class by asking her students questions about things which are common knowledge for most of the black students in her class, but that her white students have never heard of. This simple exercise highlights the biases behind what is considered “common knowledge.” Kilomba then says

It is not that [Africans] have not been speaking; but rather that our voices – through a system of racism – have been systematically disqualified as valid knowledge; or else represented by whites, who ironically become the ‘experts’ of ourselves.

Posted in Carnival, Contemporary Racism, Literature, Media, People of Color | 1 Comment »

White Liberals

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 25, 2007

Kai writes a post entitled “The White Liberal Conundrum:”

As I’ve often noted, many white liberals remain oblivious to the depth and breadth of anti-racist work, opting to hide behind the delusion that anyone who votes for Democrats and doesn’t have a pointy hood in the closet is “a good guy” in the movement toward greater social justice — as though the Democratic Party is some bastion of progressivism and not one of two hands strangling US polity on behalf of the ruling class and the corporate-political establishment which sponsors its power. Some might be surprised to learn that when people of color talk about racism amongst ourselves, white liberals often receive a far harsher skewering than white conservatives or overt racists. Many of my POC friends would actually prefer to hang out with an Archie Bunker-type who spits flagrantly offensive opinions, rather than a colorblind liberal whose insidious paternalism, dehumanizing tokenism, and cognitive indoctrination ooze out between superficially progressive words. At least the former gives you something to work with, something above-board to engage and argue against; the latter tacitly insists on imposing and maintaining an illusion of non-racist moral purity which provides little to no room for genuine self-examination or racial dialogue.

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South Asian Studies

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 24, 2007

Zooey Live blogs about being a South Asian graduate student and South Asian Studies, one of her points is this:

[T]here is also something else which intrigues me about the South Asian departments. Something that’s also very visible in this class. So few of their students work on modern and/or contemporary South Asia. It’s not that I think working on pre-modern South Asian texts or societies is inherently bad. But there is also this general reluctance to acknowledge the existence of a modern South Asia. Very similar to the project of classical Indology. Which relegated India perpetually into the realm of “ancient.” And my pea-sized brain tells me this is not just an innocent fascination with the pre-modern past. But indeed, this is a very problematic manisfestation of an evolutionary understanding of the world and not totally unconnected to the racial-colonial politics which attempted to colonize non-Western territories by claiming that the people in there are not that “modern.”

Posted in Academia, Gender, Institutionalized Racism, South Asian Issues, Women of Color | Leave a Comment »

Nationality

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 23, 2007

No Snow Here blogs:

Earlier this week, I saw a commercial on TV. Several shots of people saying things like “I am American,” “I am Korean,” and “I am Indian.” When I heard the words, “I am Israeli,” I shouted some expletives at the screen. WTF!? And I shouted some more expletives when I learned that apparently the “right” to a nationality is Youth For Human Rights International’s 15th human right (just not for Palestinians, who have no rights, human or otherwise).  First, Israelis and Americans have no “right” to a national identity. Israelis and Americans have a national identity that exists on the backs and dead bodies of indigenous people, so I don’t even want to hear that bullsh#@. Second, most people in this world have a national identity that was entirely invented and forced upon them by colonizers. Who drew those lines on the map? Who constructed and named those countries? Uh huh.

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

The Whites Are Crazy!

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 23, 2007

Ridwan comments on a recent commercial advertising the Rugby World Cup which is meant to conjure up images of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, a racist movie from apartheid South Africa from the 1980s.  After explaining the concept of the movie and its white supremacist undertones the blogger goes on to explain the commercial and his dismay to it ever being created:

The background music is also taken from a very popular Afrikaans song known to conjure up images of the mythology of Afrikaner (whites of northwestern European ancestry) culture and their “trek” history.

The advert ends with a ‘sane’ voice-over by a white South African. The white voice reasserts the hegemonic rationality of whiteness against the barren and undeveloped childishness of the Khoisan!

Why are we still here? Who are the idiots who re-hashed this racist crap? And why does our national broadcaster, the SABC, not know better than to allow Vodacom to stand on the dignity of the Khoisan.

We will not be free anywhere until whiteness is broken so that it cannot degrade our bodies and our dignity anymore.

See more prtotests over the advert here.

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“You to can be Oriental!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 22, 2007

Angry Asian Man posts:

Halloween is…the time of year where we see all sorts of lame, racist costumes. You, too, can be Asian for Halloween! For instance, the Asian Princess Costume, available at Target. Or how about the China Woman Costume. There’s also the Sexy Giesha Glam Costume. And my favorite, the Oriental Delight Costume: “Try out something exotic and erotic with Forplay’s Oriental Delight. This sexy, Asian inspired dress features tied-up sides, a V-Neck neckline and authentic Asian accents. Fancy fan also included.” Fancy fan? Awesome! Ugh.

Posted in Asian Issues, Capitalism, Commodification, Contemporary Racism, Media | 1 Comment »

“You to can be Oriental!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 22, 2007

Angry Asian Man posts:

Halloween is…the time of year where we see all sorts of lame, racist costumes. You, too, can be Asian for Halloween! For instance, the Asian Princess Costume, available at Target. Or how about the China Woman Costume. There’s also the Sexy Giesha Glam Costume. And my favorite, the Oriental Delight Costume: “Try out something exotic and erotic with Forplay’s Oriental Delight. This sexy, Asian inspired dress features tied-up sides, a V-Neck neckline and authentic Asian accents. Fancy fan also included.” Fancy fan? Awesome! Ugh.

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Public Statements and Private Thoughts

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 22, 2007

Asabanga comments on the latest controversy caused by geneticist Dr. James Watson on his comments that Blacks are “naturally” inferior to whites:

He simply stated what is the widely held belief among those in the dominant “white” society. It is not the first time (nor the last) that science has been utilized to assert the inferiority of the so-called “Black Race”. Scientists are forever coming up with hypotheses and theories either contending that “whites” and/or “Europeans” and their culture is superior to everyone elses, or that “Blacks” and/or “Africans” and their culture are inferior to all others. However, because it is no longer “socially acceptable” nor “politically correct” to make such assertions publicly, “the rule” now is to do it within private (i.e. where Black people aren’t allowed) confines of the backrooms, the social clubs, the boardrooms, the executive offices… hell even in the bathroom…. but never, never out in the open and certainly not to the media! If you break this rule…. you are on your own!

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“Troublemaker”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 17, 2007

FAbulosa Mujer writes:

This here, I’m seeing more and more of. At 26 years-old, having been in the progressive circle for a couple of years now, mostly people of color and the few whites in positions of power in a nutshell this is what I see: when you’re new and excited about the work, always hopeful, dreaming, wanting to say yes to everything and not challenge everyone loves you. Speak in a tone that’s very welcoming…you are one with the movement. Beware once you fall, when you are not proper and you are speaking your mind “articulately” in a matter you believe in, and you disagree with um…the ranks, whether it be white women in the ranks or the men of color in the ranks or men of color colleagues when you challenge oppression, you’re a divider, trouble maker, punishable. You’re too loud and not as likeable.

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“Troublemaker”

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 17, 2007

FAbulosa Mujer writes:

This here, I’m seeing more and more of. At 26 years-old, having been in the progressive circle for a couple of years now, mostly people of color and the few whites in positions of power in a nutshell this is what I see: when you’re new and excited about the work, always hopeful, dreaming, wanting to say yes to everything and not challenge everyone loves you. Speak in a tone that’s very welcoming…you are one with the movement. Beware once you fall, when you are not proper and you are speaking your mind “articulately” in a matter you believe in, and you disagree with um…the ranks, whether it be white women in the ranks or the men of color in the ranks or men of color colleagues when you challenge oppression, you’re a divider, trouble maker, punishable. You’re too loud and not as likeable.

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The Only Good Civil Rights Leader is a Dead One

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 14, 2007

David Schraub blogs:

Many contemporary anti-racism activists have expressed frustration in the way MLK–and indeed, the entire 60s civil rights movement–has been “neutered” so as to mask just how radical and revolutionary its agenda was (and, by extension, how far short we fell from achieving it). I’ve noticed, along with this, a meme that floats around the conservative right that tries to split the “good” civil rights activists of the 60s, whose cause was laudable and just (though not, it’s worth noting, during the 60s themselves, as anyone who has read National Review articles from that time knows) from the next generation of Black leaders, who are charlatans and “race-baiters.” Dr. King is the emblem of the former group, and perhaps its only political member; virtually no other civil rights pioneer of that era gets similar treatment. Dr. King serves as an apt model because he is quite conveniently dead, and thus unable to take positions that might be inopportune for his more conservative supporters. Had he not been assassinated, I firmly believe that White America would not have accorded King his current valorized status, for the precise reason that it would have been that much more difficult to mythologize his legacy if he was alive to contest it.

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Jena, Katrina, and Racism

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 13, 2007

Zee writes about the outpouring of support for the Jena 6:

This should show people that the cries of inequality and racism over Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans were accurate. Remember that white officials in Louisiana stopped Black people at gunpoint when they were trying to escape the city. We were not even allowed to walk on public streets to find our way to safety. Louisiana has a social structure that is based on racism. When thousands of African-Americans were displaced from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina(actually the neglect of the levees by the Federal Government), the racist structure of Louisiana jumped on the opportunity to rebuild a New Orleans without the Black people that made up the flavor of the world reknowned city. Why didn’t people protest then?

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

Calm Like a Bomb

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 12, 2007

Arjun Sen, of the blog Rantings of a Gaged Journalist, writes about how the poor in India are a ticking time bomb ready to lash out against the authorities:

That is why even in Left-ruled West Bengal the so-called communists make sure that the administration and the law enforcement agencies protect the interests of the rich rather than the poor, and, to do so, resort to even murder, if necessary. Can you imagine living in a state where the police go about murdering an ordinary law abiding citizen simply because he has gone against the desires of someone who is not just a rich fatso but also has a criminal record to boot? So, a poor law abiding citizen is murdered by the police a few days after his marriage because his rich and criminal father-in-law wanted the police to do so.

Originally linked by Kuffir at Blog Bharti.

Posted in Caste, Class, Government, Organizing, Radicalism | 1 Comment »

National and Global Liberation

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 10, 2007

Jaguarito writes:

I contend that today, no liberation project can limit itself to the national terrain, and that our struggles must be global if we are to achieve true liberation. Key to this is an understanding that capitalist sovereignty no longer resides at the level of individual nation-states, but rather, at the level of the global. This new form of global sovereignty, which some understand as neo-liberalism, is being administered by such institutions as the World Bank and World Trade Organisation. Multinational institutions such as these, along with nation-states, and multinational corporations all comprise this new neo-liberal world order. If we limit our struggles to the national terrain, we are, in effect, leaving the wider problem of the neo-liberal world order unattended to.

Posted in Capitalism, Globalization, Imperialism, International, Organizing, Radicalism, Revolution | Leave a Comment »

Blowing Things Out of Proportion

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 9, 2007

Woman of Color PhD blogs about how white society accuses people of color bloggers and their white allies of blowing small incidents out of proportion and that in reality they are the ones causing racism, not that America is racist:

What is telling about this accusation is not only how easy it is to do a basic search and discover the number of incidents we are talking about but also the ways that once again standing up for the basic civil and human rights of people of color is being seen as inciting hatred and violence.  D.A. Walters said the only thing that saved Jena from violence was God despite evidence that the only people behaving in a violent way were Klan from neighboring areas. Adriene Curry argued that black history month was the real culprit of segregation and racism in this country and only encouraged people to avoid one another and hate each other.  Now, people discussing the Palmdale wrist incident are being likened to antebellum white supremacist propagandanists?

Well there is a pattern, a pattern that has been well documented by the SPLC (as I have said before) and was also documented on CNN tonight.  One month into the school year, we have the following examples at our disposal…

She also has an update on the  Palmdale-Knight High School “cake incident.”

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

Black Woman + Spilt Cake + White Security Guard = … Oh brother

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 9, 2007

Elle, at elle, phd, posts a video on one of her posts in where a Black high school girl is arrested for spilling some cake at her high school:

Professor Black Woman on how recent incidents of violence against PoC are not “isolated incidents” but part of a pattern. She also notes how PoC and their allies who document and protest the pattern are likened to “antebellum white Southerns who took isolated incidents out of context in order to stir up a violent fervor targeted at a named enemy.”

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Black Woman + Spilt Cake + White Security Guard = … Oh brother

Posted by Jack Stephens on October 9, 2007

Elle, at elle, phd, posts a video on one of her posts in where a Black high school girl is arrested for spilling some cake at her high school:

Professor Black Woman on how recent incidents of violence against PoC are not “isolated incidents” but part of a pattern. She also notes how PoC and their allies who document and protest the pattern are likened to “antebellum white Southerns who took isolated incidents out of context in order to stir up a violent fervor targeted at a named enemy.”

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