links for 2011-07-20

  • "But as the 2012 campaign ramps up along with the anti-Muslim rhetoric machine, a look back at 2010 turns out to offer quite an unexpected story about the American electorate. In fact, with rare exceptions, 'Islam-bashing' proved a strikingly poor campaign tactic. In state after state, candidates who focused on illusory Muslim 'threats,' tied ordinary American Muslims to terrorists and radicals or characterized mosques as halls of triumph (and prayer in them as indoctrination) went down to defeat.

    "Far from winning votes, it could be argued that 'Muslim-bashing' alienated large swaths of the electorate—even as it hardened an already hard core on the right."

  • "Similar to the U.S., one of the drivers behind the numeric rise of nonwhites in Brazil has been the rise of the non-white birth rate. Moreover, experts also cite an increased willingness of Brazilians to self-identify as black or pardo, a Brazilian term akin to mestizo or mixed race. Among the reasons attributed to this include: a period of economic growth that is helping to dispel associations between poverty and skin color; increased presence of blacks in high-profile positions, including the appointment of a black judge to Brazil’s Supreme Court and the country’s first black actor in a leading telenovela role; and a sense of hope that is permeating the country."
  • "Women delegates will meet to share their experiences in the resistance and the situation in their communities and within their own organizations, said Cárceres. This will enable them to better articulate strategies 'to support the struggle not only against capitalism but also against racism and patriarchy…' And making these connections requires going beyond reports of ongoing violations of indigenous and women’s human rights today to examine the patriarchal roots of colonialism and neoliberalism that have provided historical precedents and current strategies for the ongoing repression of indigenous and Afro peoples. 'This is part of the history of the resistence that we as indigenous and Afro-Honduran women continue to develop,' noted Cárceres."
  • "Since then, Krock has made it his mission to make sure that Crutchfield and other Negro league players are not forgotten — one grave at a time. Twenty-two grave markers have been dedicated so far, with more to come. 'It's important for people to realize that many of these ballplayers when they left professional baseball, they were forced to take menial jobs such as custodians and security guards. Many of them had to work for minimum wage,' said Larry Lester, chairman of the Negro League Committee for the Society of American Baseball Research."
  • "Earlier this year Ashante was accepted at the University of Connecticut, where she planned to study medicine starting this August. Her single father, who home schooled her and recruited retired teachers to tutor Ashante, planned to move to Connecticut this summer before she started her college career. In the video above, which was uploaded to YouTube July 2010, Ashante mentions she’s going to the University of Connecticut next fall. She’s been talking about going to the University for a year now. But many people believe Ashante’s admission was revoked because her poems are seen as too radical."
  • "Cross-cultural marketing is, as the term suggests, aimed across demographic groups to appeal to consumer similarities rather than differences. By contrast, traditional multicultural marketing is directed at specific demographic groups like Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, women or gay and lesbian consumers.

    "One of the largest global agencies, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, has formed a unit, OgilvyCulture, that specializes in cross-cultural marketing. British Airways and Ikea are among the initial clients of the unit, which has also provided consulting services to advertisers like Eastman Kodak, Kimberly-Clark and Unilever."

  • "I came across the article from the Daily Beast as it made it’s way across my twitter stream. The article, titled, Meet the Fútbol Moms, focuses on the launch of a new website targeting mamis, that is Latina moms. The website, Mamiverse, which I have yet to explore in depth, promises to give Latina mamis, a huge demographic, 'the Oprah treatment."

    "Who said we wanted that?"

  • CB

    Having read the (deeply troubling) Colorlines article, and having previously read the roundtable discussion on True Blood, it struck me while reading the student’s poem that vampires are a pretty good allegory for white imperialism and oppression. And there aren’t any vampires of color on True Blood. (Although there are barely any supes of color at all. It’s Luna the shifter and Jesus the brujo vs. all the other shifters, witches, werewolves, vampires, and fairies we’ve met.)

    “We will eat you. After we eat your children.” 

    • Mickey

      Very true. Although, there was that black female vampire, Diane, in the first season, a black male werewolf in the third season (do not remember his name), and a few nonwhite fairies in the background of Fairyland (you have to REALLY look to see them.)