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Archive for March, 2008

22nd Erase Racism Carnival

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 31, 2008

This months Erase Racism Carnival is up at the blog Double Consciousness.

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In Search of Ramrajya

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 29, 2008

V Ramaswamy writes a four part series on Muslims and Hindus in India and his own experiences as a community and grassroots organizer. Below is an excerpt from part I. Ramaswamy wrote this post for Blogbharti’s Spotlight Series.

It was only in the aftermath of 6 December 1992 that I came alive to the question of Muslims in India. I was an atheist, and a left-oriented social activist working on issues of urban poverty, low-income housing, slums and squatters. Riots had hit Calcutta too, with Muslim bastis being torched in Tangra in east Calcutta and in Metiabruz in the west. This was the first time in my life that I knew communal riots in my city. The enforced stay at home when Calcutta was under curfew in the days following 6 December 1992, led to an enforced engagement with this question, the Muslim question, something I had hardly thought about earlier. Afterwards, my friend, photographer Achinto, and I went to Tangra. The people from the burnt out slum were sheltered in the municipal slaughterhouse. I will never forget that sight, a vision of hell.

Part II, Part III.

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12th Carnival of Radical Feminists

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 28, 2008

Debs hosts this months carnival over at The Burning Times:

Welcome to the 12th Carnival of Radical Feminists – a celebration of radical feminism! We are sisters, all of us, and with our hearts and minds and actions, we can change the world.

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Steps to Success: Step One, GET ENSLAVED!

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 24, 2008

Karnythia blogs at The Angry Black Woman on a recent blog post by Pat Buchanan:

It’s this deliberate misinformation that bolsters the idea that black people are somehow magically getting ahead without merit, and fosters the resentment you see so often from whites that argue so vociferously against the concept of white privilege and against affirmative action. Never mind that the main beneficiaries of affirmative action have been white women. No, let’s just scream about that one time a POC “stole” a job that you really wanted/needed/preferred and ignore the part where you weren’t entitled to that job above all applicants.

It doesn’t help that even in school the history books skim over what Ida B. Wells, the NAACP, The Black Panthers, the NOI and others were doing in support of the black community. Aside from the actual Civil Rights Movement marches and demonstrations that are discussed, there is very little mention of day to day life in black communities.

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White Women Feminism – There They Go Again

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 24, 2008

Donna writes:

I got an email from the wonderful Elle PhD to alert me to the latest white women feminist shenanigans being reported at the Washington Post: To Women, So Much More Than Just a Candidate. Of course by women they mean the default women, middle to upper class white women, with some ageism thrown in for good measure since they show little respect for the decision making abilities of younger women too.

“During the NOW tour across Ohio, the makeup of each audience was almost exclusively white, middle-age women, many of whom had joined the organization in the late 1960s or 1970s.” People vote for who they think can best represent them. I understand perfectly well why this demographic is excited for Hillary Clinton, is showing up at her rallies, and is voting for her. But for some of us having a vagina isn’t enough, because she will be voting for white, middle aged, middle class interests. Not to mention corporate lobbyist interests, and starting wars to prove she’s as tough as the guys, which I hear is her excuse for her Iraq War vote.

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“Hmmmmm…Needs More White Folks.”

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 20, 2008

Alvin blogs on Hyphen Blog about the controversy surrounding the movie “21” in where a mainly white cast plays the roles of real life Asian Americans who won big in Las Vegas:

While there have not been too many complaints in mainstream media over these developments, one cannot help but wonder what the backlash would have been like if, for example, Hollywood had made the movie ‘Coach Carter’, with a Caucasian actor replacing Sam Jackon’s role, which was based on a real-life story. In terms of marketing or box office numbers, it is also puzzling why they would cast Sturgess (a relative unknown) as the lead student instead of Aaron Yoo (also in the film as a minor role), when the movie already had cast such big-name stars as Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.

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Sex Workers Project

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 19, 2008

Holly, of Feministe, interviews a representative from the New York based Sex Workers Project:

As the Spitzer scandal burns down into its coal-like embers, there’s been a lot of discussion about the nature of sex work as well as what society’s response to it should be. Legalization? The Swedish model? Or something else? Should we be looking at sex work as another kind of labor in which people–especially oppressed people–are victimized, coerced, trafficked and usually unable to exercise control over their work and their pay? Or is it somehow inherently different and deserving of different treatment? I don’t pretend to have all or even any of the answers to all of this. I’m not a sex worker myself, and since it seems clear to me that sex workers themselves are especially marginalized and victimized from multiple sides (traffickers, coercive environments, the dangers of a black market, bad clients, the hostile anti-prostitute stigmas of our culture, and not least law enforcement) I tend to think we should work to give sex workers–especially the most marginalized and silenced–more political voice and agency in how this industry is affected by theory, laws, policy, and practice. The most I can do on that front is try to be an ally to the current and former sex workers in my life, and to organizations that are run by and for sex workers and former sex workers.

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The Future of GI Resistance

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 17, 2008

Justin Cliburn blogs at the Winter Soldier LiveBlog, which was apart of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War:

We have heard heartbreaking testimony this weekend, but we have also heard and seen these things firsthand in Iraq and Afghanistan. Until we eradicate homophobia, sexism, and racism in the military, we will not be fully united as a military and as a nation. IVAW will not rest until we reach the three goals of our three points of unity: withdrawal of American troops from Iraq; reparations for the Iraqi people; and full benefits for the veterans when they return home.

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55th Carnival of Feminists

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 16, 2008

Penny Red hosts this edition of the Carnival of Feminists:

As luck would have it, this edition of the Carnival straddles both International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in the USA. As feminists, we are as diverse in our personal politics as the kitchen at a socialist’s birthday party at one in the morning, when the conscience-lesbians are clustered in the corner with the hidden vodka, the marxists have occupied the table with all the crisps, and someone’s anarchist girlfriend has nabbed the damn bottle opener again. There is no single politics of feminism; accordingly, responses to IWD and WHM have varied dramatically across the blogsphere, and our political diversity and ingenuity is something to celebrate in itself.

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Is There Something to Celebrate?

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 15, 2008

Junaid blogs about International Womens Day and its meaning in Pakistan on the blog Pak Tea House:

Last week the world celebrated International Women’s Day. So did Pakistan with a bit of fanfare on the electronic and print media. I thought of writing something but then wondered if at all there was anything to ‘celebrate’?

Are women in Pakistan any better than before? no morning ever brings sunshine in their lives. Their struggle in their homes and outside continues unabated. Discriminatory laws are still there despite tall claims of enlightened moderation…

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

Carnival of Socialism #19

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 14, 2008

The Carnival of Socialism #19 is up at Power to the People:

Solidarity,

This carnival i wanted to highlight posts in the left blogosphere which not only hardly receive coverage in the mainstream media, but independent and left press as well. My only hypothesis is that since what we know of as the revolutionary left is mostly made up of comrades from Western countries, their focus tends to be on,well, Western countries.

Is it because there is no class struggle in Africa, Latin America or Asia? As the following posts show, it is certainly not the case.

Posted in Carnival, Marxism, Socialism | 2 Comments »

Sex workers excluded at IWD march London

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 11, 2008

Sokari blogs about the International Women’s Day march in London and the exclusion of organized sex workers from the march:

I and my friends and colleagues left, what had started out as a march of solidarity – or so we thought at the beginning- with not just a sense of frustration and disgust but the realisation that the words RESPECT and SOLIDARITY were not in the vocabulary of some of the women attending the march and rally. Whilst they were prepared to listen to Middle Eastern and African women about violence, rape and prostitution, they were not prepared to listen to sex workers in their own cities and country not to speak of the vulgar racism spouting out of their mouths. Clearly for some attending the march, sex workers were not entitled to respect, solidarity or a voice and Black women were bitches!

How safe to stand up in London and shout support for the “other” not on your doorstep yet when you are face to face with the presence of sex workers and women of colour you try to silence them and scream “not in my backyard”!

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Hatin’ on the Debate?

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 10, 2008

Nezua blogs about an AP article about the rise of hate groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric:

EXCEPT IT’S NOT much of a “debate” is it? “Debate” is a grand word, one that implies intelligence, reason, insight, equal opportunity to speak and make your points, and an agenda of fairness and truth. I don’t see what is happening out there, the noise coming from the biggest bullhorns as “debate.” I see a lot of hostile agenda, I see fear feeding violence, I see the stupidest meanest most ignorant minds getting the most airplay, and a lot of people terrified, hunted, and suffering.

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“Hands Off the White Woman!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 8, 2008

Brother Peacemaker blogs about America’s infatuation with white women:

It would be easy to blame the media for such obvious white women favoritism. But the real problem is our culture that places such emphasis on looks, youth, sex, race, money, and other features and factors people use to compensate for the shortcomings of their character. Media is only a hapless pawn serving to feed the insatiable hunger of its master the character weak, wealth exchanging, public so tremendously concentrated in the white community. Until we have a more even distribution of wealth among all racial communities and/or a realignment of people’s priorities away from the secular and more towards a true all encompassing community oriented spirit, be prepared to hear more stories in the news from the undiscovered Susan Smiths and Natalie Holloways that are destined to become pawn in society’s perpetual endeavor to make pretty white women the focus of our attention.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Gender, Institutionalized Racism, Male Supremacy, White Privilege, White Supremacy, Whiteness | 1 Comment »

“I’m Soooo Black And You’re Not!”

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 5, 2008

The Undercover Black Man blogs about Margaret “Peggy” Seltzer (aka Margaret B. Jones) the author of Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival:

It’s the story of how young Margaret used to run with the Bloods – along with her foster brothers – and sell drugs… until she turned her life around and left the gang-banging behind.

Guess what?

Fucking lies. All of it.

Her real name is Margaret “Peggy” Seltzer. She’s white. Just plain ol’ white. And she grew up comfortable in white-ass Sherman Oaks with her natural family.

Posted in Contemporary Racism, Propaganda, White Supremacy | 3 Comments »

Obama and Progressivism

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 3, 2008

Margaret Kimberley, an editor for Black Agenda Report, writes:

The rush to tag along with Barack Obama’s presidential juggernaut shows beyond doubt that progressive “movement” politics is “on its death bed” in the United States, on both sides of the racial divide.

It doesn’t seem to matter that as a United States Senator his votes on Iraq are the same as Hillary Clinton’s. It doesn’t matter that he once opposed establishing a deadline for withdrawal. It doesn’t matter that he parrots the words of Republicans when he speaks of “the excesses of the 60s and 70s.” None of what he says matters, because speaking up would mean fighting back, and there is no movement left to do that.

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Vagina??

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 2, 2008

The Apostate blogs about a new feature on Feministing:

I’m so glad Jessica is out there.

Their new feature — Friday Feminist Fuck You — is great. There is something very powerful about young smart happy women saying Fuck You to the anti-feminist powers that be.

Here’s the first video — it’s very cute and spot-on. I’m not surprised it’s given birth to a Facebook fan-group.

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A Little History on Planned Parenthood

Posted by Jack Stephens on March 1, 2008

La Chola blogs on a controversy involving a few bloggers on the racist history of Planned Parenthood and its work today:

It’s dangerous to not know the history of an organization–even more dangerous to not know its present. Yes, PP has done some absolutely amazing and brilliant things. PP has also done some detestable and horrific things–and it is WRONG to let the detestable and horrific things pass because of the good things. It’s even worse to call a woman of color who has had a bad experience with her reproductive life “stupid” because there is no critical analysis of how a historically “population control” centered institute is currently conducting its business. As I said in my comment, the only reason PP is where it is today is because women of color stood up to all the people who attempted to silence them with calls of “stupid” and “worthless” and demanded to be heard.

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