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I will leave this one for you all to discuss.
Apparently, insert gasp and shock, some relatively smart folk (Question: Is being book smart the same as being intelligent?) think that black people are genetically inferior to white people. And guess what? Said person--Miss Stephanie Grace…
States that the Legislature finds and declares that public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people.
States that the Legislature finds and declares that public sc… Read full post »
"I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group."
The election of Barack Obama has been difficult for many Americans. As Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Pat Buchanan (among many others) have bra… Read full post »
Last night I met up with some nationalist brothers at the local bar. I had met a colleague and we discussed the definition of violence and if Malcolm X was indeed a "liberal democratic thinker" in the tradition of Hobbes, Locke, and the Federalists. After he left, a… Read full post »
The Right wing media and the Tea Parties are playing chess while the Left and the mainstream media are playing checkers.
While they can be disparaged as being narrow minded ideologues possessed of an authoritarian personality, Conservatives in the U.S.--and the extreme Right wing that…
When I saw this cartoon, I shook my head. If there ever was an example of a simultaneously "neutral" and "provocative" editorial cartoon that stinks of racism then this is it.
Rape allusions? Check. Allusions to the myth of the black rapist? Check. Intentional provocation? (and denial…
Concept: Cognitive Dissonance
In 1957, Leon Festinger published a theory of cognitive dissonance, which has changed the way psychologists look at decision-making and behavior. At its heart, cognitive dissonance theory is rather simple. It begins with the idea of c… Read full post »
With access to less than complete information, I would like to believe that I would have magically defused this situation and turned it into that pedagogical unicorn, the mythical thing educators call a "teachable moment." But in all honesty, I am unsure if I could have mustered…
Steele rejected the notion that the incident may make any association with the Tea Party Movement a danger.
“It’s not a danger,” Steele told NBC’s “Meet the Press on Sunday.” “It’s certainly not a reflection of the move… Read full post »
Sometimes one has to pick a scab.
A question to my original intent, strict constructionist readers: Is the extension of "rights" to corporations as "people" under the Equal Protection Clause a perversion of the sacred cow that is "original intent?" Or is it in keeping…
I am confounded as I try to make sense of film scholar Sheril Antonio and noted Black public intellectual Stanley Crouch's debating the merit of Precious--what is nothing more than a pseudo-monster movie disguised as melodrama.
And yes, I called that "cultural" document a monster movie b… Read full post »
I finished my teaching for the quarter today. After leaving class I went into the bathroom. What did I see? A fifth of Jack Daniels sitting used, spent, and helpless in the toilet. Is there any better metaphor for the state of higher education with its listless,… Read full post »
The We Are Respectable Negroes News Network (producer of such award winning programs as the White in America series (winner of a 2008 best Black Weblog Award), and hard hitting exposes with Jesse Jackson and Pat Buchanan) is proud to bring you the latest installment in our recurring… Read full post »
Sometimes I just shake my head in dismay. As I have asserted many times in my writings here and elsewhere, one of the great divides in this country--a divide that resonates throughout our political culture--is the force of memory and history. At our best, Black and Brown folks, our…
There is no going back to the glorious Sixties.
I am more old school and confront power face to face--as opposed to during a parlay. But, I will indulge the younglings storming the offices of sympathetic administrators while they were out to lunch and thus there was no fear of…
Glenn Beck's sick fantasies are one part troubling political theater and one part a voice for the deep divisions in this country politically. His misreadings of history and politics are so profound--and dangerous for they encourage and legitimate a radical pol… Read full post »
There is always one black Conservative in the room when they have these events. I wonder if Ken Blackwell,
This is all too easy. Tragedy strikes and the mainstream media finds a delicate and nuanced way to talk about an act of domestic terrorism. Often folks, more specifically some White folks and their allies, find a way to discount any discussion of white privilege. Common sense object lessons a… Read full post »
The impenetrable stupidity of Sarah Palin knows no boundaries. She wallows in mediocrity. Palin is the queen bee of a cult of personality where to be anti-intellectual is a trait to be rewarded. Ultimately, she…
I love to share things that make me smile. As a positive byproduct of what can be depressing work, a personal and professional interest in the politics of race does encourage one to develop a keen appreciation for the bizarre and the absurd...
Thus, I can confidently… Read full post »
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As Brother Malcolm said, "Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research."
This is the "progressive" dilemma in a bucket--a black president not beholden to a "black agenda"; institutional forces such as transnational corporations whose interests are NOT those of…
I am a wanderer of these Internets. One of my daily stops on my sojourn through cyberspace is a site called Erosblog. I do not as a rule repost information from other sites. But, for this I will make an exception. Today, Erosblog had a great story about a black/…