Announcement: new editor of Racialicious

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m happy to announce that starting today, Latoya Peterson will be Editor of Racialicious!

I’ve been very impressed by the depth and breadth of Latoya’s writing, and of her ability to facilitate conversations on this blog that are inclusive not only of people of all different racial/ethnic backgrounds, but also of people who are dealing with “isms” other than race: class, gender, size, and so on.

I’ll still be around of course, but I’ll be less involved in the day-to-day operations of the blog.

Please join me in congratulating Latoya! I know that she’ll do a great job and make Racialicious an even more vibrant community! :)

Link Love: Outspoken – the AZN Network blog

by Racialicious Special Correspondent Latoya Peterson

And here I was thinking the AZN network was dead. I heard about all the layoff and industry shakeups and noticed when the channel was banned from my regular line up to reside in the 200 block which is not included in my cable plan. (Off topic – I hate Comcast.)

With a heavy heart I bid adieu to The Bridge, Popcorn Zen, and What’s Up Thailand and went back to surfing the internet for my music video/short film fix.

So, imagine my shock when I got an email saying that AZN Network had a blog. Titled Outspoken, the blog encourages viewers to “unite in a new movement of Asian American thoughts.”

After paging through the archives, I ended up adding the blog to my bloglines reader. While there are lots of excellent writing to be found on the blog – covering a multitude of topics – here are excerpts from three of my favorite posts:

My People’s History – Lisa Leong

Everything I learned about Asian Americans in my K-12 education can be summed up in one sentence: Chinese laborers built one half of the Transcontinental Railroad. I accepted that that was all there was. Here it was, my people’s greatest and sole contribution to the country: getting exploited.

I remember that the Chinese were good workers willing to risk their lives blowing up mountains to make way for train tracks. Some died from the dynamite blasts. They were well-behaved in contrast to the Irish workers who drank and gambled. Because of their diligence, the Chinese finished their half of the railroad before the Irish.

This is a pretty racist version of history to learn in the fourth grade. While the stereotyping of Irish people is obvious, the depiction of the Chinese laborers seems like a compliment. “Positive” stereotypes are deceptive like that. Continue reading

Lou Dobbs: “The Fact is Most Americans Don’t Have a Problem Talking About Race.”

by Racialicious Special Correspondent Latoya Peterson

Apparently, Condoleezza shocked the hell out of people by reminding them that she was black.

For those of you who missed it, here’s the text of what she said in response to Barack Obama’s speech on race:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national “birth defect” that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country’s very founding.

“Black Americans were a founding population,” she said. “Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding.”

As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, “descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that.”

“That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today,” she said.

Condi pulled out the racial big Joker! Oh snap! Continue reading