Welcome to the January 20, 2007 edition of the erase racism carnival. I’m extremely excited to have the honor of hosting the Carnival here at Trying to Follow.
We have a great line up this month. As the carnival continues to grow and as the audience expands esremember to reflect and acknowledge the fact that we really are taking steps to Erase Racism.
Rachel get’s us started with a great post showing strong evidence of Pervasive Racial Bias in Employer Callbacks as diagrammed below:
Read more of the study and Rachel’s thoughts at Rachel’s Tavern.
J.C. Wilmore has a quick response to Delegate Hargrove who said “Our black citizens should get over it” referring to Slavery.
Hakim Abdullah presents An Occidental-Muslim’s Criticism of Empires and Orthodoxies posted at Hakim Abdullah, saying, “This article compares the criticisms of orthodoxies to that of empires and as a result we discover that they are not dissimilar.” And if that description was too confusing for you, check out this brief quote:
That fact is that, the United States of America is by every stretch of the word, an empire. It has within its control a number of territories by which it influences either economically, socio-politically or by way of aesthetics.
Hakim also wrote a blurb about “Hard-Times” & the Human Soul.
Kai Chang brings us the “The Unapologetic Mexican” in a series of excerpts entitled: The Colored Lens. It’s a great history lesson as well, so bring your thinking caps.
Karen Lynch reflects on the famous blue eyes/brown eyes experiment in Allowing Others and Practicing Non-judgement (the video of the experiment is below and here):
And the CARNIVAL Continues! Don’t lose interest yet, we’ve got a great series of posts to follow that your really going to enjoy. For your brief intermission here is a carnival joke: Why won’t cannibals eat clowns? Because they taste funny. (Stay tuned for one more at the end!)
Amy Lin presents The greatest story ever sold is a fantasy covered in blood. posted at Wisebread. Watch out De Beers your about to be ousted:
Asking for conflict-free certificates is not enough. In April 2006 after a scathing report by Partnership Africa Canada about activities in Brazil, an internal review showed that 49 of 147 Kimberley Process certificates were fraudulent. Besides these fraudulent certificates, real certificates could still be issued if conflict diamonds were smuggled and mixed with legally traded ones before being certified.
Children in India are cutting and polishing the diamonds. Children in India can become “bonded” – forced to work to pay off the debts of their family. These children end up working in the diamond factories.
Children in conflict zones are being used as soldiers. The images in Blood Diamond with child soldiers are very real. They are drugged and brainwashed to handle the manslaughter they are forced to do.
Jennifer Connelly says in the movie Blood Diamond, “People back home would not buy a diamond if they knew it cost someone their hand.” Now you know.
It’s just marketing. The whole “A Diamond is Forever” and the idea of a diamond engagement ring is not an ancient tradition to be revered and followed. It is Sprite’s “Obey Your Thirst.” It is Nike’s “Just Do It.” It is Gary Dahl’s “Pet Rock.”
Natalie wonders if we are ready for Barack Obama to be Our Next President?
Therefore, how often does the southern Black vote truly count (obviously this goes for other minority groups as well and while race doesn’t always equal voting preference it obviously matters some)? It’s institutionalized racism at its best. I kind of digress; the real question is do I think America is open enough to elect a Black man to our highest office? Sadly, I kind of doubt it…
Barack’s Call To Renewal Speech:
Michael Adams continues with further thoughts on Barack’s success and what that means in, What will 2007 present for Blacks seeking Leadership? posted at The Chess-Board-Room:
It is now the time for Black Men to become Fathers and role models for their children, the educated to become more selfless and greater mentors for those new to the game and our spiritual leaders (pastors, elders) to show more of an interest in their surrounding community than how much is in the collection plate.
And now, For White Folks: How To Be An Ally (Part 3), Changeseeker continues here popular series at Why Am I Not Surprised (If you missed the beginning here is part 1, 1b, and 2). This post is fairly long, but it has lot’s of practical examples and application. Well worth your time if your one of the White Folk wondering what to do:
Then, you can validate the truth you hear by accepting its legitimacy, no matter now difficult it is to face, no matter how sad it is to look at, no matter how formidable the wall it seems to illumine, no matter how deep the chasm it seems to produce. You can say, “Yes. I hear you. Yes. It must be painful. Yes. It is immoral. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.”
And finally, you can sit beside the wounded.
I saw a quote years ago by a woman back in the sixties, a SNCC-member, I think, who said something about, “What it all comes down to in the end is one person saying ‘I will sit next to you.'” A commitment so simple it can be made by anyone. Without training. Without education. Without planning. Without agenda. “I will sit next to you.” When the tempers blaze and the tears come. “I will sit next to you.” In the rain. In the sun. In the darkness of night. “I will sit next to you.” We can share a sandwich. We can pass the dipper down the row. We can breathe the air of a planet that has waited five hundred years for these words: “I will sit next to you.”
I passed him then, and he continued on his merry way right behind me.
After a block, I began to feel wary of his intentions, so I spun around and asked, “Do you have the time?” As he politely answered, I memorized his face, his clothes, his watch, everything about him. I was preparing for the inevitable on this dark, deserted street. He gave me the time, then we continued walking, quickly, with him so close behind me I could feel his breath on my neck.
Katie summariz and asks questions about Dr. John McWhorter’s theory about what ATTITUDE about racial disadvantages will produce the most positive change the fastest. She hit’s on McWhoter’s great point in response to the question: “What can we do to help poor black people not be so poor?”
A disproportionate number of poor black people indeed don’t want to work, but their reasons for feeling that way aren’t unreasonable. Whatever the reasons were that older generations of young black people stopped wanting to work (Greatest Generation social policy, jobs moving away from the city, discrimination by employers, etc.), young black people today don’t think about their predecessors’ motivators & demotivators consciously. They just grow up observing
it and imitating it, like all humans do. Dr. McWhorter’s example of
this was a child born to Chinese parents in Brooklyn. That kid’s going to grow up speaking English because he/she observed it and that’s what humans do.
Kai Chang presents White Supremacy By Any Other Name:
Yes, the n-word is “just a word”: a word that has historically led to scenes such as these. If you’re cool with such scenes, by all means continue supporting this word’s use by “edgy” white folks (you say “edgy”, I say “coward hiding in a mob”). You know why black folks “are allowed” to use the n-word (though it remains deeply controversial in the black community)? Here’s a hint: look at the pictures and see if you spot any black folks among the living. Okay I’ll fill you in: they’re the ones being murdered; white folks are the ones doing the murdering. Get it? In the context of the n-word’s countless unpunished crimes, black folks are not the accused.
“Just a word”: what a moronic defense. I suppose “war” is “just a word” as well — unless you happen to be among those getting bombed and shot. “I intend to kill you and your family” are just words too, but if someone were to say those words to me, my response would be very unwordy.
Finally, Eric Stoller presents Goode isn’t good featuring the OPPRESSIONATOR 3000:
The primary theme surrounding Virgil Goode is that everyone who is on his oppression-list is a person of color. Latino’s, Muslim’s of Color, and “anchor babies” (apparently brown babies are also a threat to Goode “the Oppressionator 3000″.
Goode informed Fox news that he wants to limit legal immigration and put a stop to “diversity visas,” which he said let in people “not from European countries” and “some terrorist states.”
Note: I found several online newspapers that were
covering this story. None of them had anything in their story titles about racism or islamophobia. Goode’s comments were labeled as “criticism.” Newspapers dilute racism by labeling it as something less oppressive. It helps to maintain the dominant paradigm and marginalizes those who are oppressed.
Check out the rest of more of Stoller’s review of the Oppressionator 3000 at Stoller’s Blog.
UPDATE: I can’t believe I almost missed including Vegankid’s Great post about the NRA’s graphic Novel, Whitey Arm Yourself, you absolutely have to check this out:
it is unarguable that fear and race have been involved in a very happy marriage for quite some time. just look at some of the stereotypes to get a good idea of racialized fear: men of color are rapists, young Black and Latino men are gang members, Arabs are terrorists, etc. you can also look at how the media frames things: Affirmative Action is taking jobs from better qualified White workers, Latino immigrants are stealing jobs, Black people trying to get food after Hurricane Katrina were looters, and so forth.
The rest of the post reviews the character’s in the NRA’s Graphic Novel, you’ll find it absolutely shocking.
And as you so patiently waited here is your final Carnival joke:
What is the gooey red stuff between an elephant’s toes?
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