links for 2010-09-07

  • “'I am more scared than I’ve ever been — more scared than I was after Sept. 11.'

    "That was a refrain echoed by many American Muslims in interviews last week. They said they were scared not as much for their safety as to learn that the suspicion, ignorance and even hatred of Muslims is so widespread. This is not the trajectory toward integration and acceptance that Muslims thought they were on."

  • "But that was a large part of the point: Ben wasn’t a hero. He was an average guy, an everyman of any ethnic stripe, who simply reacted to an irrational situation with strong survival instincts and a competence that, though far from infallible, surpassed that of his five adult companions trapped in that zombie-besieged farmhouse.

    "Since Ben’s character was written sans a specific ethnicity, there’s never any overt reference to race in the film — not even in those heated shouting matches between Ben and Harry (though one senses the ever-seething Harry’s unvoiced bigotry) — yet the character’s black identity undeniably added another layer of anger to the pair’s ferocious battles for alpha-dog status."

  • "Overall, I'm not sure how to feel about it. All I can say is it is interesting especially the juxtaposition of these 'delinquent' black girls clad in thousands of dollars worth of designer clothes and drinking malt liquor. This same thing I find interesting is also facile and dare I say exploitative. On one hand it's cool to see the designer clothes on a segment often totally ignored by the designer fashion industry. On the other, I'm simply thinking, 'why' since the only black model on their Fall/Winter 2010 runway was Lais Ribeiro, a Brazilian model."
  • "While such policy proposals impact all women, it’s almost a given that they’ll fall especially hard on those who are poor, of color, or immigrants. It’s no wonder that anti-choice politics have found a home in Mississippi, where legal abortions among Black women are extraordinarily prevalent. Anti-abortion policies are also predictably virulent in Arizona, where Latina immigrants have been demonized as criminal breeders who are “dropping anchor babies” like landmines.

    "Oddly, Latinas, as political images, are simultaneously victims of a rollback on reproductive rights as well as targets of paranoid delusions about allegedly excessive fertility. Politicians seem bent on both denying them the dignity of motherhood and robbing them of control over their sexual and reproductive lives."

  • "Honestly, when I think about this question, lots of things come to mind, like lack of support from family and friends, ignorance about the benefits of breastfeeding, the way black women's bodies have been hypersexualized, the desire from poor people of color to appear to be middle class, etc. But what I bemoan with the most frequency is the lack of images of black breastfeeding. When was the last time you saw a black woman breastfeeding in real life? When was the last time you saw a black woman on the cover of a breastfeeding book? When was the last time you saw a black woman used in advertising to sell a breastfeeding product? While there are some images out there (mainly created by government agencies who are actively seeking to increase black breastfeeding rates) for the most part, black breastfeeding is rarely seen."