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Countdown to “Can Social Media End Racism” at SXSW

by Latoya Peterson

Coming soon to a SXSW near you – attack of the POCs!

Okay, well, it isn’t quite that dramatic.


But if you’re in town for the festival, feel free to come by and check out our panel, “Can Social Media End Racism“:

Can Social Media End Racism?
Room 8
Sunday, March 15th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The tangled issues of race and privilege in our society come to a boiling point on the internet. Exploring the complicated place of race in society, this presentation examines the ideas of race in the digital environment with a specific focus on social media.

Kety Esquivel - NCLR & Cross Left

Jay Smooth –

Phil Yu – Angry Asian Man

Latoya Peterson Editrix,

We’re also on Facebook and I am going to see if we can get someone to liveblog this for those of y’all who can’t make it.

For those of you interested in some of the concepts discussed in this panel, check out this article in the Austin Chronicle, where three panelists (myself, Samhita of Feministing, and Steve of talk race, digital space, media, and organizing:

Austin Chronicle: Much is said about how the Internet is egalitarian – how it humanizes instead of segregates, how it’s “colorblind” and “gender neutral.” True?

Steve Swedler: I think that one of the big problems we have with the Internet are expectations. We talk about the Internet as shrinking the world and creating a global economy and community, but this is simply a dream. The number of people not on the Internet still outnumber those that are. And the number of people using the Internet for purposes of connecting with the global community is far less than people would have us believe. My supposition is that the majority of online “friendships” fall into three categories: “familiar,” “validating,” and “false.” We seek out those types of relationships because they are safe and comfortable.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay: In my experience, I have felt that most of my online experiences are very genuine, but I think part of that is that in order to write personally about sex, gender, and class, you assume a certain level of transparency. What I write about is who I am … so the relationships may not ever be validating and they are rarely familiar, but they are pretty real.

Latoya Peterson: I agree with Steve’s original idea. The concepts he has broken down are often seen in both racial and gender analysis. People seek out conversations that are both familiar and validating to them, and tend to reject things that fall outside of those lines as false. The key to progressive activism is finding a way to reach across these boundaries and encourage people to engage with ideas outside of their comfort zones.

Read the rest.

APIA High School Leadership Conference [Announcements]

The Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA) is proud to announce its first ever High School Student Conference!!!

The Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA), an affinity organization for Asian/Pacific Islanders (API) is a national organization committed to creating opportunities for API teachers and school staff to meet, network and support one another. For the past 5 years we have held an adult conference, but this year we are hosting our first ever high school student conference! It will focus on leadership and activism. and should be a great event! The theme of the event is : unlearn . rethink . inspire . do something. It will be held March 7, 2009 at Lick-Wilmerding High School (San Francisco, CA) with registration starting at 9:30 AM and the conference running from 10-3. Our keynote speaker will be Dennis Kim from Youth Speaks. There will also breakout sessions, a leadership panel, workshops, and more!

We are excited for the opportunity to create this affinity space for API students from around the Bay Area. Our keynote speaker and our leadership panelists will be talking about the intersection of API identity and their own work in service to their communities. Our hope is to inspire our API students to become leaders (or expand their leadership) in their own communities and be of service (much in concert with Obama’s call to action). And the best thing is that it is totally FREE and lunch is provided!

It is an affinity conference open to all API high school students (including, of course, multiracial API kids). Please encourage any API high school students to attend.

Students can register on line here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Coyne Song – P: 510.534.0804 ext. 226

See you there!

Racialicious is now on Twitter

by Latoya Peterson

I blame Carmen.

She has decided Racialicious needs to be on Twitter.

So now I’m on Twitter. Well, technically we. The official Racialicious Twitter feed is now live.

Add us if you’d like.

(And why no, I have no idea how I am going to communicate in 140 characters when our normal blog posts are 3 pages long. Why do you ask?)

If you’ve got ideas, tips, or a cool profile, leave me a message in the comments.

Note from the Editrix

by Latoya Peterson

I’m a little busy. I got some book submissions due, some articles due, some speeches to prep, some conference calls to host, and some other events to schedule and do in addition to my day job and my regular duties here.

I’ve also got an apprentice comment moderator in training.

So imagine my surprise when I look up and see that some people are taking some serious liberties with the comment section. This started with the original Push thread but its been rolling a bit since the IFC Media Project discussion. So now, instead of working on what I need to be working on (like the Cultural Appropriation Series, or the Tricia Rose transcription, or the Roundtable on “The End of White America”) I’m back in the comment section.

With an iron fist. The velvet glove is over on my dresser somewhere.

First and foremost, everyone take a moment to read the blog title and tagline. We are “Racialicious – The intersection of race and pop culture.”

If you think people are “overreacting” to racism, you shouldn’t be here.

If you think that we should be talking about “more important things” you shouldn’t be here.

The key words are RACE and POP CULTURE. We occassionally cover other stuff, but that’s at our discretion. Don’t like what I’m doing? Read another blog. There are millions.

Now, take a minute to read the comment moderation policy. Continue reading

Announcements & Art

We generally don’t do meet ups here at Racialicious (if you saw the deleted comments, you would see why), but I pop into some of the Happy Hours that happen with other blogs. I headed out to a Feministing one back in the summer, and since then Ann, Miriam, and I have kicked around scheduling a joint DC meet up.

The time has come:

When: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW, Washington, DC

I’ll be there, holding it down with Ann and Miriam, and hope to see some of the other D/M/Vers there.

In other news, back in early fall, I attended an Art for Obama fundraiser/art show. One of the artists was a friend of a friend, which was my major motivation for attending. And I wasn’t disappointed, as his piece provided the main focal point for the show:

At any rate, Joe dropped me an email to let me know that since Obama won, he’s offering the original piece and prints for sale.

Title of work

• Year created

• Material/media
Nu-Pastel, Charcoal, Colored Pencil

• Dimensions
49″w x 46.5″h

The prints will be 11 x 17, unframed.

For more info and pricing, please contact joseph.f.lamour AT gmail DOT com.

Finally, a question for DC residents/art aficionados –

Did anyone happen to catch the documentary The Rising Tide: New Art in China that played last night at the Hirschhorn Gallery? Or does anyone know where I could get a copy of that film?

Description, for those of you who may not remember the title:

Robert Adanto’s documentary about new video and photography in China is considered in light of the region’s political and cultural history. Footage focuses on the artists in their studios describing their inspirations, challenges, and the controversial reception their work has received in the international art marketplace.

Annoucements – Abortion Action/The Winter Scarf Project/NYC APIA Open Mic/WAM!2009

Jessica Yee dropped me an email with this message:

Dear friends, colleagues, and allies in the struggle,

As many of you already know, the ban on abortion is back on the ballot for the upcoming November 5th election in South Dakota. This is a very scary time, not only because we already defeated the ban 60% to 40% back in 2006 (and here we are again!), but because both the state and federal judiciary powers are very close to becoming completely anti-choice with the pending election. This proposed ban will drastically affect individuals, women, youth, families, and communities alike quite significantly, on top of the already harsh conditions and realities they face to obtain an abortion now and access reproductive and sexual health services.

I have been asked to lead an emergency Native American Task Force, in partnership with the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, to be based out of the Standing Rock reservation in Pierre, SD that will focus on mobilizing Native American communities to vote against the ban and start the discussions on how our communities are going to be affected and what we are going to do about it. Currently the only provider in the state comes to Sioux Falls, which is very far for many people to get to living in remote and rural reservation areas. The conditions of Indian Health Service for sexual and reproductive health are deplorable and this ban will in particular affect our people gravely.

The emergency task force will begin October 28 right up until election day November 5th. We are looking for any help you can provide in terms of donations, people-power, or simply looking at some documents I will forward so we can make them culturally relevant.

If you can make a donation, please go here and let me know that you made it so I can make sure it goes to our Task Force.

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us. I promise we won’t give up the fight!

Some key points to remember about abortion in SD:

*Around half of women seeking an abortion are already mothers (47% in 2006)

*98% of counties have no abortion services

*Women are already subjected to mandatory anti-choice counseling, 24-hour delay, and showing of sonograms, etc.

*Native American women face the highest rates of sexual assault in the entire state. 1 in 3 Native women in the US has experienced sexual violence and this ban’s so called “provisions” for rape and incest force physicians to consider staking their career first if they perform abortions.

In choice,


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