links for 2010-12-20

  • "Most white players act as if the same rules and conditions apply to everyone, as if everyone starts with $1500 and gets $200 for passing Go, etc. If anything, they think yellow players get more for passing Go, that black players get more turns and that red players are too noble to care about winning."
  • "Holy Corn Nuts, we have someone to blame for that atrocious Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake (which she makes in the video below, if you haven't seen it). "Seasoned food professional" Denise Vivaldo wrote a guilt-ridden, slightly crazy, possibly satirical account of her experience writing recipes under contract for Lee, one of which included the Kwanzaa Cake, the now-legendary store-bought angel food cake hack. Wrote Vivaldo, "As a matter of fact, the more tasteless the recipes got the more she liked them, the faster she approved them, and I could get home and drink some medium-priced wine after our meetings."
  • "In an era where representations of Black beauty in the media are more diverse than in the past—yet still skew toward certain aesthetics—how do we collectively even out the playing field regarding the ways in which we judge beauty? Where do we find the space to teach ourselves not to make one sister “regular” and the other “exotic”—and to abandon the tendency to fetishize the mixed woman over the non-mixed one, or the East African stunner over the West African honey? Are we doomed to keep up a litmus test for Black beauty that still has the stain of Europe written all over it?"
  • "Yesterday, my mid-afternoon enjoyment of Michel Martin's dulcet, NPR tones was interrupted by a Tell Me More guest who let slip the most remarkable series of ignorant non-sequiturs on the topic of inter-racial dating that I have ever heard. It perhaps didn't help that the topic at hand was dating and unemployment, which was just the opening Davies needed to knit together her ethnic stereotypes with her fiscal stereotypes and make a cute little stereotype sweater."
  • "The Ngati Toa tribe, which hails from the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, is locked in talks with the New Zealand Rugby Union, the sport’s governing body. The tribe is trying to trademark phrases that form part of the song that the rugby players chant when performing the dance, known as the Haka. If the tribe is successful, the Haka as it is known today could disappear from the warm-up of New Zealand’s famous rugby team for the first time in more than a century."
  • "Minorities have been disappearing from radio journalism in the past decade, despite the importance of diversity in communications. The Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, reported that in 2009, minorities represented only 8.9% of the radio work force while the U.S. minority population was 34.4%. Unfortunately, this is not a new trend.

    In 2008, using RTDNA data as a starting point, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) calculated that minority news employment at U.S. English language, non-minority owned radio stations was statistically almost zero."

  • "The No Labels Movement is the School of Tolerance by another name.

    Longtime readers know that this bitch is not a fan of tolerance. People tolerate a stench when they have to and they do away with it as soon as they are able to – thus, being the thing that is “tolerated” is not a safe or powerful position to be in.

    I reject the No Labels Movement because it assumes that the principles folks advocate on behalf are negotiable."