Category Archives: politics

Open Thread: How Did You Come to Your Political Beliefs?

by Latoya Peterson

While I was reading the Hypen blog, I came across an interesting tidbit posted by Asiana. Apparently, Asiana just discovered Michelle Malkin (good luck with that!) and wrote a post exploring her confusion with Malkin’s politics and policies.

There are many other Malkin gems that make me so confused. All of which prompts me to ask the following: How does a child of immigrants become a staunch supporter of anti-immigration legislation? How does a brown person fully wrap herself in Anglo ideals, like the radicalization of non-white cultures? How does a Filipino American proudly let go of her roots and ignore the complexity of her identity?

Her post got me thinking about a lot of things, but the prevailing theme was wondering how does someone come to their political beliefs? Obviously, it is a combination of how we were raised, life experiences, and the changing times. And yet, it is interesting to me to see how differently people can interpret the same events.

So, readers, what influenced your political views?

[Side Note: Everyone here is registered to vote, right? Deadlines are fast approaching!]

Race/Politics Overflow

by Latoya Peterson

Some short items that I found in my inbox/bloglines reader over the last few days:

It was reported that Sandra Bernhard called Sarah Palin a “turn coat bitch” and said she “would be gang raped by blacks in Manhattan.” Gawker writes:

“[The gang rape comment] is part of a much larger, nuanced and, yes, provocative—that’s what I do—piece from my show about racism, freedom, women’s rights and the extreme views of Gov. Sarah Palin, a woman who doesn’t believe that other women should have the right to choose,” Bernhard said.

We didn’t immediately post on this, as I was able to find some quotes from the piece, but no one who could directly quote the “big black men” comment – most of the direct quotes from Bernhard revolved around the Old Testament and Palin’s “new Goyish crappy shiksa funky bullshit!”

Well, according to MSNBC, she now claims “she never used the term “rape” or “gang rape,” although she couldn’t recall the exact words she had spoken, explaining it was an improvisational act.”

No explanation of why she chose to include a black stereotype in her “nuanced” view of “racism, freedom, and women’s rights.” (Via Feministing.)
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Open Thread: The First Debate

by Latoya Peterson

Dearest readers,

Your editrix has been working and traveling hard for the bulk of the week, so I haven’t checked in on my beloved blog as much as I wanted.

However, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post an open thread of the presidential debates.

I ended up watching the debates in a bar up in Spanish Harlem, slamming sangria and raspberry Hefeweizen, chilling with my homegirl Erica, and yelling at the damn screen like I ain’t got no fucking home training.

“Whatever McCain!”

“Gobama! Yeah, boy, get him on the details!”

“Damn, homie, he got you! Recover, Recover!”

I felt like Obama came strong and stayed strong. McCain’s performance was a bit uneven, though he definitely became more confident around issues of national security, and made a few good points.

Some links:

Washington Post – Fact Checker

New York Times – Check Point: The first debate

And now, I’m taking my drunk ass to bed and opening the floor. Remember to be civil to each other now!

Quedate Callao!

by Guest Contributor Marisol LeBron, originally published at Post Pomo Nuyorican Homo

Reggaetonero SieteNueve has released a tiraera pa Daddy Yankee due to his endorsement of John McCain. The song called “Quedate Callao” asks how much money Daddy Yankee got to sell his people out and lead them into war over “gasolina.” The chorus says “Mejor quedate callao si vas a hablar por los otros” (roughly:”it’s better that you stay quiet if you’re going to speak for us“).

The hook uses a line from a voting campaign that Daddy Yankee was part of in January 2008 called “Voto o Quedate Callao” which translates to vote or shut up, or vote or be quiet.

Raquel Rivera, has written about the campaign and what it says to try and get the youth vote, so I urge people to look at her take over at Reggaetonica.

I think that SieteNueve’s track is great and points to alot of the political reasons why people are bugging out over Daddy Yankee’s endorsement of McCain. What I think is interesting is the use of the slogan “Voto o Quedate Callao” that Daddy helped popularize now being used to silence his (non) vote. The whole voto or quedate callao campaign basically said if you’re not going to vote, or in this case you can’t vote because of neocolonial law, then you have no right to voice your opinion. I think it is interesting and telling that SieteNueve’s video ends with him saying “I endorse Don Pedro Albizu Campos,” alluding to the fact the Daddy Yankee has no business voting for Obama or McCain, because the issue is still Puerto Rican independence and neither candidate is going to provide that.

*tip of the fitted cap to Angry Brown Butch and Vivir Latino

Bobby Lee as John McCain

by Guest Contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man

I really don’t know what to make of this. It’s crazy… but I like it! In a weird twist of racial casting, comedian Bobby Lee will play Senator John McCain on the season premiere of MADtv this Saturday night: Bobby Lee to Play McCain on MADtv.

I kid you not. The proof is in the picture. The segment, “So You Think You Can Dance: President’s Edition,” features Bobby and Arden Myrin as Cindy McCain and Keegan-Michael Key and Erica Ash as Barack and Michelle Obama.

I don’t think Bobby makes a very convincing McCain. More like a John McKang. But I honestly don’t care. I look at that photo, and I laugh. It’s such a weird image. Whiteface, I know. I know. But when was the last time the tables were turned?

Oh snap. Here’s the video of Bobby Lee as John McCain in MADtv‘s “So You Think You Can Dance: President’s Edition” sketch. Not a very good impression of McCain, but does anyone really care?

Obama Waffles are Political Satire

by Latoya Peterson

From the Yahoo News article:

A vendor at a conservative political forum was selling boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap. The product was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn.

Oh, of course.

It’s satire. That’s what we’re calling it these days. Got it, everyone? Satire.

(Photo Credit: Yahoo/AP)


Commenter KuriusJurge612 pointed out there is a video with the creators of the waffles – and the “satire” gets worse!

From the Back of the Box

*”Tip: While waiting for these tasty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?”

*”Recommended serving: 4 or more illegal aliens”

*Picture of Obama in a sombrero, erasing the border.

*Barry’s Bling Bling Waffle Ring, the recipe rap

*Missing: Rev. Wright on the side of the box

From the Interview

Interviewer: “To me, it looks like an Aunt Jemima box…”
Bob DeMoss: “I was raised, I prefer Aunt Jemima, so I’m not sure what the issue is.”
Mark Whitlock: “Think about Newman’s Own or Emeril’s food line – ”

(Umm…Newman and Emeril have their own lines they put their own images on. Not some racist representation of blackness, like you grew up with.)

Bob DeMoss: “-Is it racist because he’s an Italian, or he’s a white guy? The issue is not the pigment of someone’s skin, it’s his many changing positions.”

(Of course. Which is why your commentary focused on waffles, not various racial stereotypes).

Interviewer: Why the turban?
Both: “Uhhh…he’s on a safari!”

(You know you lying!)

Interviewer: [reads] “Point the box toward Mecca for tastier waffles…”
Bob: “Uh, he’s been accused…Everyone in Africa and the Muslim world knows he’s a Muslim.”

(Pronounced muzz-lum.)

Interviewer: You know he attends the United Church of Christ, right?

[The screen explains that Obama wore traditional Kenyan clothing to visit his family, as Bob explains Obama is wearing “muslim garb.” The video also mentions Kenya is 78% Christian.]

Mark: “It’s a satirical nod to the debate that’s happening in the public.”

(What debate? Lying is debate now?)

Here’s the video:

Looking at Sarah, Somehow Seeing Condi

by Latoya Peterson, originally published at Feministe

As the uproar over the Palin VP pick enters its third week, the media and the blogosphere show no signs of letting go of mining every aspect of the controversy. Feministing put up a Friday Feminist Fuck No as to whether or not Sarah Palin is a feminist, Octogalore says we need to focus on the double standards being aimed at Palin, Alternet is comparing Sarah to Barbie, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is trying to talk her friends out of voting for her, Camille Pagila claimed Palin is a new “feminist force,” and Katha Pollitt ripped her a new one in her piece “Lipstick on a Wingnut.

Throughout this all, it appears that there are two dominant ideas swirling around this debate:

1. Palin cannot be a feminist because her views are in complete opposition to what is meant by feminism as a movement.

2. Palin should be supported because she is a strong woman, who represents what feminism is about and in many ways shows what the feminist movement has done for women.

Now, I’ve been following this debate with some interest, and watched many women mount impassioned defenses of Palin, and chide feminists for not providing more support to this strong woman candidate. I don’t care for Palin’s politics at all, and while I can see she was a smart pick for the GOP, there’s a big trump card for me. Palin doesn’t represent anything close to the womanhood I know. So while I listen with interest while people argue about how Palin represents “every woman,” I can’t relate. I just don’t see her in those ways.

But I can put Sarah Palin into context fairly easily, as the issues surrounding Sarah Palin, (white) women, and feminism correspond with the issues around Condoleezza Rice, black (women) interests, and racial politics. Continue reading