links for 2011-07-19

  • "But neighbours say police frequently hassle immigrants for no reason at all. 'This is a reaction to the police's habit of illegally rounding up immigrants and checking people's papers on grounds of race,' said Olmo Calvo, a photographer at Diagonal, a leftwing bi-monthly newspaper based in Lavapiés."
  • "But regardless of choice or constraint, the patterns of intermarriage and multiracial identification point to a pattern of 'black exceptionalism.' Why does black exceptionalism persist, even amidst the country’s new racial/ethnic diversity? It persists because the legacy of slavery and the legacy of immigration are two competing yet strangely symbiotic legacies on which the United States was founded. If immigration represents the optimistic side of the country’s past and future, slavery and its aftermath is an indelible stain in our nation’s collective memory. The desire to overlook the legacy and slavery becomes a reason to reinforce the country’s immigrant origins."
  • "Imagine a bargain hunter's shock and dismay when responding to an ad on Craigslist listing a bunch of possessions for sale and then receiving an email announcing that gay people, Muslims, and [undcumented residents] aren't allowed to purchase the wares. Read it for yourself.

    "Our tipster, who lives in the D.C. area, responded to an ad on Craigslist, which has since been taken down, expressing interest in one of the items for sale. He received this mass email response peppered with casual racism and homophobia. I've highlighted the worst parts, but the whole thing is really amazingly awful."

  • Giving this side-eye on the appropriation of the word "'hood,"–among other reasons–but that's me. Thoughts?–AJP "Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (PCNAB) is in the 'hood, the South Bronx hood to be precise, teaming up with New Yorkers like Grammy Award producer, rapper, and artist Swizz Beatz, graffiti artist Cope 2, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Assemblyman Carl Heastie, all gathered in support of healthier lifestyle choices. 'The Bronx community has a special style and swagger,' said Javier Farfan, PepsiCo Cultural Branding Senior Director. 'PCNAB wants to celebrate the community by letting residents know that they can make healthy lifestyle decisions without losing flavor, Bronx flavor.'"
  • "Near the beginning of the piece, Marantz quotes a 2003 Guardian article which states: 'The most marketable skill in India today is the ability to abandon your identity and slip into someone else's.' It's factually correct that this is a marketable skill, but by labeling it the most marketable skill the article is overreaching. It also fails to make a distinction that few Indians overlook. Namely, that there's very little money that a middle class urban Indian can earn by slipping into the identity of, say, a villager in Orissa, or a farmer in rural Nigeria. The marketable skill is the ability to slip into an affluent Westerner's identity.

    "By itself, this is a small omission and overgeneralization, but there are similar ones throughout this article, forming a pattern indicative of a lack of awareness or concern for the underlying hierarchies that govern many aspects of a call center employee's life, as well as a lack of nuance."

  • That's one hell of a headline. – LDP "The ancestors of the Neanderthals are believed to have left Africa between 400,000 to 800,000 years ago. However, by 30,000 years BC, they had disappeared. The ancestors of modern man left Africa between 80,000 and 50,000 years BC, suggesting that there was a definite crossover between the two."