- Thx RD. ” Add President George Walker Bush to the list of top-tier U.S. politicians whose ancestors include slaveholders. U.S. Census records for 1790 to 1830 testify to the slaveholding past of some early Walker-family members.”
- Thx Dawn. “Actually, I don’t think we’re so different. When I hear his life story and read his writings, despite what must be paranoid schizophrenic delusions, I begin to identify with the tragic figure of Seung-Hui Cho.”
- Thx berrybrowne. “Sen. Barack Obama…lamenting that many of his generation are “disenfranchising” themselves because they don’t vote, taking rappers to task for their language, and decrying “anti-intellectualism” in the black community”
- “The violent computer game, along with the discovery of swords in the boy’s room, and other undisclosed information, led to the mandatory removal and transfer of the student to M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center. Oh, and guess what? The student is Asi
- Hat tip to The Coup magazine blog. “Men in Guinea’s capital have begun attacking women who they accuse of doing the popular buttock-swinging Wolosso dance from Ivory Coast.”
- “ultimately, Mrs. JV and Those Two Asian Girls, it is women like you who give women like me a bad name. You facilitate and excuse anti-Asian racism and anti-female sexism…As an Asian American, you embarass me. As a woman, you embarass me.”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
What do you think of this spoken word piece? It’s an excerpt from the documentary What Black Men Think.
I love so many of the points he makes in this video, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that it’s only white people who are supporting these images in hip hop. Blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans — all of us, really, play a role. As Saul Williams pointed out, even Oprah has been known to boogie down to some 50 Cent:
Like the rest of the world, I watched footage on AOL of you dancing mindlessly to 50 Cent on your fiftieth birthday as he proclaimed, “I got the ex/if you’re into taking drugs/ I’m into having sex/ I ain’t into making love” and you looked like you were having a great time. No judgment. I like that song too.
- Hat tip to Highjive. “After convincing so many that it was invincible to criticism and no more than a fresh voice of the street that was holding up a mirror and expressing unpleasant truths through its music and its poetry, the hip-hop dragon has begun to
- “The woman has already demonstrated cultural cluelessness with more popular minority groups. Prospective clients ought to wonder why Salzman should be trusted with any non-White audience. Or for that matter, any White audience.”
- Even with the best intentions, Asian actors get screwed. Read this account of how this actor’s Reno 911 appearance was edited so that it changed from him faking an Asian accent to him actually being a walking stereotype.
- Hat tip to AAM. Here’s “an honest, candid glimpse at his pre-show jitters and concerns, gripes about a stolen messenger bag…and his hopes for what West 32nd might contribute to the greater scope of Asian American popular culture.”
- “If you’re going to be in the Miami area for the opening, though you may want to get used to saying El Hombre Araña 3. That’s because film goers there can watch Peter Parker speaking Spanish since there will be a dubbed version available on the big scree
- “In Chicago in 1886 labor activists held a general strike demanding an 8 hour day. Lucy Parsons Gonzalez, an African-, Native- and Mexican-, mother to two children and possibly born a slave in Texas, was leader in the strike along with her husband.”
- “Prosecutors in a revived civil rights-era case are trying to persuade a federal judge to allow a television interview that Gilbert, who died in 2004, gave in 2000 to be used as evidence in the trial of reputed Klansman James Ford Seale.”
- “Five members of a self-styled militia were denied bail Tuesday after a federal agent testified they planned a machine gun attack on Mexicans, but a judge approved bail for a sixth man.”
- “Angry over recent raids and frustrated with Congress, thousands of people protested across the country Tuesday to demand a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. From Phoenix to Detroit to Miami…”
- “Among students at 28 top U.S. universities, the representation of black students of first- and second-generation immigrant origin (27 percent) was about twice their representation in the national population of blacks their age (13 percent).”
- “They started with free meth samples. The men pursued Indian women, providing them with meth even as they romanced them and fathered their children. Eventually, the women needed to support their habit, so they became dealers, too…”
- “Thx Zhu. “A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white..
- Thx Latoya. “At the end of the night we were finally introduced, but he was so full on, straight away – talking about how I was a delicious chocolate thing. Then he started to churn out more chat-up lines, like, ‘Don’t you want to be my leading lady?”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
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From the neo-minstrelsy of Flavor of Love to the racial segregation on Survivor, from the race-swapping families on Black.White. to the fascination with interracial sex, from Gwen Stefani’s use of Harajuku girls as mute human props to Angelina Jolie’s obsession with international adoption, from Michael Richards’ lynching tirade to Rosie O’Donnell’s “ching chong” remarks, race and pop culture are colliding more now than ever before.
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by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I wish my grandfather (the Chinese one) was as cool as this! Hat tip to Angry Asian Man.
- Thx nsekuye. Just who we wanted to hear from about this tragedy: The Pied Piper himself. “R. Kelly has written a new song, “Rise Up,” about healing in the aftermath of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech.”
- Thx Tereza. “Barack Obama’s popularity is gaining on rival frontrunner Hillary Clinton, according to the Rasmussen Institute poll released Monday. Obama leads among voters under 40, it said. Clinton, 59, is strongest in the 65-and-older bracket.”
- Thx Ananser. “Few of those at Mr. Wright’s tribute in March knew of the pressures that Mr. Obama’s presidential run was placing on the relationship between the pastor and his star congregant.”
- Thx Kyla. “A genealogy Web site has taken a bold step in exposing the details of the British slave trade by publishing a list of Barbados slaves.”
- Thx Ananser. “Consumer companies and advertising executives are focusing on ways to use the cultural aspects of the Muslim religion to help sell their products.”
- Thx Ananser. “The federal courts have ruled that the statute of limitations has expired for the victims and heirs to sue the city of Tulsa and OK over losses during 1921 race riots that left more than 200 blacks dead and 400 businesses and countless homes
- Thx Ananser. “Oakland city officials Wednesday announced two new resolutions condemning recent federal immigration raids and formalizing the city’s intention not to cooperate with the U.S. government effort to deport undocumented residents.”
- Thx Sylvia. “To add insult to injury – literally – Kensington Publishing has canceled its book deal with Shoshana Jonson, the country’s first African-American female prisoner of war.”
- Thx Ananser. “Japan’s abhorrent practice of enslaving women to provide sex for its troops in World War II has a little-known sequel: After its surrender — with tacit approval from the U.S. occupation authorities — Japan set up a similar “comfort women”
- Thx joy princess. “Eng also claims to “admire” Cho for the worst individual mass-murder in American history, and tells the Voice that he, at one time, planned to go on his own killing spree while he was a student at NYU, but couldn’t afford a firearm.”
- “Let’s talk about white kids who consider themselves more enlightened than their granddaddy because they would never call a black person ‘nigger,’ yet pay black men to call black people ‘nigger,’ and black women ‘ho’ and ‘bitch’.”"
- “BAD NEWS FOR LOU DOBBS and those who dream of a culture with no flava. …HP today announced two additions to its HP Pavilion product line specifically for U.S. Hispanic consumers.”
- “Maureen Dowd’s admiration for “cheeky women” who “puncture the ego of a cocky guy” comes with a caveat: the women have to be white…her distaste for Michelle Obama’s attitude toward her husband.”
by guest contributor dnA, originally published at Too Sense
I used to hate hip-hop… yup, because the women degraded
But Too $hort made me laugh, like a hypocrite I played it
A hypocrite I stated, though I only recited half
Omittin the word “bitch,” cursin I wouldn’t say it
Me and dog couldn’t relate, til a bitch I dated
Forgive my favorite word for hers and hers alike
But I learnt it from a song I heard and sorta liked
-Lupe Fiasco, Hurt Me Soul
One of the unique things about Hip-hop is its ability to respond directly to criticism, which has been completely omitted in the ongoing mainstream media assault on Hip-hop culture and music. The root of Hip-hop’s mainstream popularity is its ability to provide to white men, access to a fiction of black masculinity that reinforces their own perceptions of what a man is supposed to be. This in itself is informed by thousands of years of Western Civilization, and is present in all aspects of American culture.
However, unlike other mediums of artistic expression, something which is rarely acknowledged is that rappers regularly adress the problem of misogyny in Hip-hop. Lupe’s verse above is to me, a powerfully simple explanation for the way certain ideas about gender are spread, he simply heard it from a song he sort of liked. But his admission of hypocrisy stands in stark contrast to the rest of American popular entertainment; when was the last time you heard anyone from a major television or film company admit that their product was sexist or misogynist, or in someway perpetuated harmful stereotypes about women?
That said, there is a strong reactionary sentiment among Hip-hop heads. Byron Crawford may be the single most popular Hip-hop columnist on the web, but there is little question that he absolutely hates women. He also apparently hates Muslims, and I will try to stay focused and not adress the absurd right wing talking points he clings to in this column on Lupe. More relevant to this post is that Lupe’s admission that Hip-hop’s depiction of women is harmful, and his criticism of mainstream Hip-hop’s excessive materialism tags him, in Crawford’s eyes, as a “suicide bomber”:
Does Lupe Fiasco consider himself the equivalent of a suicide bomber sent to rid the rap world of a few infidels (metaphorically speaking at least)? When you think about it, his album does seem filled with that kind of rhetoric. He speaks of the images of champagne and bling bling so often projected in hip-hop the same way that Islamic fascists speak of American culture in general and, in particular, the “MTV culture” that they view as such a threat to Muslim youth.
And his claim that he once hated hip-hop because of the way women were treated (presumably before he became a gat-toting crack slinger?) seems ripe for further inspection beyond declaring his views “refreshing.” Muslims, after all, aren’t exactly known for being progressive when it comes to that sort of thing. Does he find that the depiction of women in rap lyrics is especially harsh vis a vis other genres of music or is the thought of a woman in revealing attire alone enough to set him off?
Crawford is regularly clowned by his readers but the sheer number of people who read his column means that on some level, people are absorbing his watered down Limbaugh talking points. (When I say Limbaugh, I’m not speculating; Crawford refers to Louis Farrakhan as “Calypso Louis”, which is a term of Limbaugh’s invention).
But if Crawford wasn’t so bent on hating women for what may be a lifetime of rejection or the result of anger stemming from repressed homosexual tendencies, I won’t speculate further, (again, read the man’s column, he is unable to refer to gay people without using the phrase “teh ghey” and feared that if Imus were fired for referring to women as hoes that god forbid, people might actually stop doing that) he would realize that there is an ongoing discourse about the representation of women in Hip-hop. No one can argue that Jay-Z has been selling more albums for longer than anyone else still rapping, and he certainly took personally accusations of misogyny on Blueprint 2: Continue reading
- Thx Kimberly. “Black women who walk across the stage and receive college degrees become 145 times more likely to suffer sexual, domestic or other abuse than those who did not finish high school, according to a recent study.”
- Thx HighJive. “four years after NASCAR launched a program called Drive for Diversity to produce elite minority and female drivers, it has no blacks or women competing regularly in either of its top circuits, the Nextel Cup and Busch series.”
- Thx AAM. “The lead character…is an Asian-American playwright named “DHH” who realizes that a white actor has been mistakenly cast as an Asian in the playwright’s latest Broadway flop.”
- T-shirt of Chinese food container. “Yet another one to file under stupid racist t-shirts: Where My Dogs At? And in case you were confused, the accompanying description reads, “Everybody knows that the cutest dogs are orange flavored.”
- “Senator John Edwards released the following statement…”The recent radio skit of these two hosts was beyond disgusting. As individuals and as a nation, we have to condemn this kind of language – there is just no place for it in our public dialogue.”
- Thx Tereza. “”A lot of Muslim kids are tired of being told what to do, how to think, what to believe in, and how to act, by their parents. . . There’s so much animosity towards Muslims and we need a dissenting voice to say ‘fuck you’ to people who pigeonh
- Thx Tereza. I’m shocked. Shocked! “Black, Hispanic and white drivers are equally likely to be pulled over by police, but blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be searched and arrested, a federal study found.”
- Thx Tereza. “More than 142 years after a band of state militia volunteers massacred 150 sleeping Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in a misdirected act of vengeance, a memorial to the tragic event was officially dedicated Saturday.”
- This is fucking disgusting. Thx Tereza. “Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far…Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil.”
- Thx Milan. The Roots drummer ?uestlove gets harrassed by the DEA at the airport.
- “Led by mixed race celebrities like Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Tiger Woods, race, culture and identity are changing in America. Is being multi-racial an identity all its own, or a delicate balance of old divides?”
- Thx Tereza. “More than 350 letters that university officials call racist were sent to seven dorms on the Ohio State campus. The essay style writing of the letter, titled “On Average, Blacks Are Less Intelligent Than Whites,” has students talking.”