links for 2011-09-01

  • "So we now have the means to do infrastructure work and a few upgrades. But all of those years when we made do without the benefit of granite countertops do not reflect poorly on our moral values. We did not have a pathological predilection for cheap Formica. We were broke!

    "For decades, that's exactly what countless black families who remained in the city have done: made do. The city's positive transformation does not reflect some inherent white-people goodness trumping black pathology. The difference is that now the city has the right policies and public and private investments to reach critical mass.

    "We all — rich, poor, black, white — want better for our kids. We all have a lot more work to do. You just don't get extra points if you happen to be white."

  • "'It is unconscionable when a fellow CBC Member, Congressman Andre Carson, comes to South Florida and claims that some in the Tea Party would love to see black Americans 'hanging on a tree,'' West wrote Wednesday in a letter to CBC chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), which he also released to the media. 'It is appalling to hear another CBC colleague, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, say 'The Tea Party can go straight to hell.'

    "'As Chairman of the CBC, I believe it is incumbent on you to both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks. Otherwise, I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization.'"

  • "Under these pernicious circumstances we can no longer afford to blame the African-American filmmaker for not making a more marketable product since the product that Hollywood does not want to market are African-American films that challenge the racial representations that have always contributed handsomely to its bottom line.  We have to realize that all of the African-American films which we are not seeing are a direct consequence of the “chosen few” that are being placed in front of us to block our view.  In short, it is not the weakness of the individual filmmaker that is keeping him or her in poverty and obscurity, but instead the strength of the system which is being fed by our conformist tendencies and conservatism which translates as a lack of a sense of urgency when it comes to African-American cinema."
  • "He was particularly concerned with the treatment of Native people.  He pointed out that calling them savage is like calling them animals, and that the song What Makes the Red Man Red was one of the worst songs that he had ever heard. He further went on to point out that Captain Hook is a White man and that calling Natives, red men was absolutely racist. Can I take a moment to have a bit of Momma's pride?  I knew that Destruction understood a good deal about racism as it applied to Black people, but I wasn't sure if he understood that racism is something that can happen to all people of colour until that moment.  Even adults constantly miss this point, because inevitably conversations about race become a binary in which White and Black are constantly debated, while other minorities are specifically erased from the conversation. Race cannot be reduced to Blackness vs Whiteness, but people of colour versus Whiteness or White supremacy."
  • "United States history classes may teach the injustices brought upon Native Americans by Europeans hundreds of years ago, but most do not take the initiative to find out how those acts are still largely affecting Native Americans today.

    "These conditions Native Americans must endure hit close to home for me."

  • "[M]any of the undocumented workers lost their legal status simply by giving birth, as Israeli policy formerly stipulated that migrant workers who give birth must either send their babies back to their home countries, or keep their children and lose their work visas.

    "In April this year the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that this law was unconstitutional.

    "'Forcing a woman to choose between continued employment while realising her legitimate financial expectations, and realising her right to motherhood, cannot be reconciled with the normative and legal- constitutional perceptions of Israeli society. Constructing the alternatives in such a way is, first and foremost, a violation of the migrant worker's right to parenthood,' the Court stated in its ruling."

  • That was quick. – LDP

    "The emergence of a new set of leaders has already set oil companies hustling to grab a stake of a hugely lucrative market. Their prospects, as much as those of the Libyan people, depend on how quickly a group of disputatious opposition figures with no experience governing together can bring order to a devastated nation. 'You can’t divorce the political transition from how fast oil is going to come online,' says Edward P. Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria. 'They have to move together; there has to be a strong sense of political stability.'"

  • "I'm down with the cause, but this metaphor doesn't seem to fit…'Just to be really clear for those of you who might not be tracking the point I am making. I and the other people in Google+ who choose to have handles/nyms that are persistent and that we are known by but are being rejected by Google+ are Kunta Kinte and the Google+ name police is the slave owner whipping him until he submits to calling himself Toby.

    "Metaphorically this IS what is going on.  'Yes' I and other people who use handles and use nyms have a choice 'not to use the service' – we are technically 'not slaves' like Toby is. However we have already been using Google e-mail and other services for years with the names we chose – in changing the rules on the Google plantation they have undermined the social contract that it had with existing users. "