Titled the “Tokyo Bouz Collection,” the event featured 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects blinged out in gold embroidered robes performing a rap version of a Budddhist sutra. They strutted the runway while chanting prayers and throwing confetti that looked like lotus petals.
*Michelle Singletary gives us all a 2008 financial to-do list.
Black people don’t fit into easily described binary categories, especially not Steele’s regifting of the “good nigger/bad nigger” dynamic. If Steele was even slightly more intellectually honest, he would argue that part of negotiating race in America requires that one know when to bargain and when to demand. But even that college freshman level of insight is beyond the man.
*The Washington Post ran an excellent op-ed explaining how putting a new face on America – even if that face is Barak Obama’s – is no substitute for solving the problems that we now face:
As someone who once was that young Muslim boy everyone seems to be imagining (albeit in Iran rather than Egypt), I’ll let you in on a secret: He could not care less who the president of the United States is. He is totally unconcerned with whatever barriers a black (or female, for that matter) president would be breaking. He couldn’t name three U.S. presidents if he tried. He cares only about one thing: what the United States will do.
That boy is angry at the United States not because its presidents have all been white. He is angry because of Washington’s unconditional support for Israel; because the United States has more than 150,000 troops in Iraq; because the United States gives the dictator of his country some $2 billion a year in aid, the vast majority of which goes toward supporting a police state. He is angry at the United States because he thinks it has hegemony over almost every aspect of his world.
T[his] is how the post-Bush “war on terror” must be handled. Not by “re-branding” the mess George W. Bush has made, but by actually fixing it.
*The New York Times published an article about pre-Katrina New Orleans residents establishing roots elsewhere. Tragically titled “With Regrets, New Orleans is Left Behind,” the piece contains this sobering statistic:
[Former residents] voted in 2006 clinging to a hope of return, and in some cases a desire to protect decades of black political gains by returning an African-American, C. Ray Nagin, to the mayor’s office. But while 113,000 voted in May 2006, only 53,000 did last October. The mirage of the old, comfortable life in a city of densely woven neighborhoods, beguiling if sometimes dangerous street life, and inviting po’ boy sandwich shops contrasted too sharply with the grimmer present-day reality of New Orleans for these exiles.
* Brownfemipower is on a break, but she still found the time to post on the BS that passes for cultural analysis/reporting on BET.
These two experiments were a reminder that even if the multiethnic crowd on the London tube is ever more difficult to distinguish from the one on the New York subway, British self-identity and British history remain somehow fundamentally white.
Random Scene from my Life (aka not really related to this post but it happened while I was collecting these links)
Latoya: (to sleepy boyfriend) Are you about to take a nap?
Boyfriend: Huh? I brushed my hair. Why are you calling me nappy?
Latoya: I asked if you were taking a nap.
Boyfriend: (turns over) Sorry, racial conditioning.