links for 2011-01-09

  • "It’s a graphic where the left half is a black & white photo of several black, presumably African, children who look extremely malnourished; the right half is a color photo of a cow. The text at the bottom says, “Who do you want to feed?” The font, by the way, is the same one used for LOLcats or other popular graphics that are generally seen as sarcastic or ironic (like Privilege Denying Dude).

    I get what the person is trying to say; it’s drawing attention to how much grain is used to feed cows that are killed for human consumption versus how many people that could feed instead. I get the intention. Nevertheless, intention itself is not enough. This graphic embodies the worst kind of oppression porn, OMG-THOSE-POOR-BROWN-PEOPLE-OVER-THERE."

  • "No amount of tweaking could have turned the show’s cast members into moody, misbehaving teenagers or moody, misbehaving vampires.

    Or make them white. Scripted shows with predominantly black casts are virtually nonexistent on contemporary network TV. Apart from the slate of TBS comedies under Tyler Perry’s umbrella, they’re hard to find on cable too. “Are we that insignificant and don’t matter, and it’s O.K. that we’re disappearing from the screens?” Ms. Robinson asked.

    Mr. Chanchez, who recalled watching diverse black characters on network shows while growing up, said: “I’m saddened for the generation of young black men that come behind me. TV exposes you to a world outside your own. I knew about complex relationships because of ‘Martin.’ I learned there were black doctors because of ‘The Cosby Show.’ ” "