links for 2009-06-07

  • "McIvor’s long and difficult road began in 1985 when the federal government amended the Indian Act to correct a century of discrimination against Aboriginal women. Prior to this amendment, an Aboriginal woman who married a non-status Indian (as defined by the Act) lost her own status, as did her children. Aboriginal men, however, not only kept their status if they married a non-status woman, but conferred status to their partners and children.

    When McIvor, a professor of Aboriginal law and proud feminist, applied to register her and her children as status Indians of the Lower Nicola Band, she discovered that the sexism in the Act had not been eliminated. It had simply been postponed. While she was able to regain her status, her children could not. "

  • "But true to its title, “The Hangover” goes down smoothly enough and then kicks you in the head later on, when you start to examine the sources of your laughter. There’s the easy, lazy trafficking in broad ethnic caricature — Mike Epps as a black drug dealer, Ken Jeong as a prancing, lisping Asian gangster known as Mr. Chow — which is decked out in flimsy air quotes to make it seem as if the movie is making fun of racism."
  • "One argument is that LGBT activists of colour in America “need” to get more involved. However, how can LGBT activists of colour become more involved when they sometimes encounter hostile opposition, stereotyping, racial prejudice?

    I have been to LGBT community centres and organizations where all the staff are “white” or mostly “all white”. Where are the gays of colour in leadership roles and positions in the LGBT communities? How can the LGBT elite claim to be for “all gays” when these organizations are a complete white wash?"

  • "A New Zealand scientist has stirred controversy with his claim that the country's indigenous Maori people have a "warrior" gene which makes them more prone to violent and criminal behaviour."
  • "In the piece she acknowledges both that she knew all along about Epstein's crime and that she nonetheless kept him on staff at both of the anti-immigrant organizations which she chairs–facts which she more or less conceded when I interviewed her earlier this week.

    She also writes this: "What happened next was a modern day lynching by a faceless, angry, ignorant mob who reveled in the collective assault on their victim.""