- Thanks Angry Asian Man! “At the height of his powers Mack was, pound for pound, the strongest man in the world. He stood 5-foot-4 and weighed 176 pounds. He once bench-pressed 500 pounds…As of Nov. 15 there will be a padlock on his door. And so an era e
- “A woman who grew up in a Laotian orphanage in the turbulent 1960s and ’70s says she plans to donate part of a $55 million lottery jackpot she and her husband won to the people who raised her.”
- “What do enviromentalism and anti-immigrant racism have in common? Alot actually if you pay close attention to some of the rhetoric coming from immigration and “green” groups.”
- “It’s a familiar image for millions of Christians: Jesus, with a crown of thorns, hanging from the cross. What color is he? In a controversial new film opening Friday, he is black.”
- “Enolia P. McMillan, the first female president of the NAACP and a highly regarded figure in the civil rights movement, has died of natural causes, the Baltimore-based organization confirmed Wednesday. She was 102.”
- “In his first Senate term, he has taken three civil rights pilgrimages, co-sponsored a resolution apologizing to lynching victims and their descendants…But “macaca” raises a question: Has Allen really evolved, or did his true nature slip into public vie
- “America’s Next Top Model cycle 3 winner Eva Pigford is set to host her own model reality show called My Model Looks Better Than Your Model (real title, no gimmicks). The grand prize will be “a chance of a lifetime” to style Eva in a fashion editorial”
- “The stories are familiar: The Great White Hunter arrives on the Dark Continent. A Bible-toting missionary becomes entranced by native rhythms…Hollywood rarely has made a movie about Africa without filtering it through an Anglo character’s perspective.”
- Alia Ansari was shot to death on Oct 19 in what is believed to be an anti-Muslim hate crime, because Ansari was wearing hijab. The Foundation for Self-Reliance is spearheading a protest campaign to get women to wear hijab on November 13.
- “Now that AfterElton.com has run a story about current Survivor: Cook Islands contestant Brad Virata that confirms his gayness, I can say that Virata, a Filipino-Hawaiian, is the first known gay and Asian-American male ever to be featured on a televi
- March 23rd-25th, 2007. At Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Bridges, Macalester College’s Student Organization for mixed-race, cross cultural, and transracially adopted students, is excited to invite you to the 11th annual National Student Conference on
- “The racist fans, including this white boy on the left, yelled racial slurs, painted their faces black, beat on frying pans, and wore Afro wigs when their team played a predominantly black opponent…”
- Thanks Phil C! “But I was among a bunch of Asian people who constantly tell me to shhh, shhh, shhh. That’s constant with the Asians — that’s all they ever do to me.”
by guest contributor Tariq Nelson, originally published at Tariq Nelson
There have been soooo many articles about Hispanics/Latinos (particularly Latinas) and their interest in Islam. Nothing else to write about? Why not yet another article on Latin Muslims? One has to wonder why so much emphasis has been put on Latino Muslims in the media lately.
I suppose since the biggest media issues have been Muslims and Mexican illegal immigration, this would be the perfect hybrid story. It’s just that they’ve gone there so many times…
With her hijab and dark complexion, Catherine Garcia doesn’t look like an Orlando native or a Disney tourist. When people ask where she’s from, often they are surprised that it’s not the Middle East but Colombia.
That’s because Ms. Garcia, a bookstore clerk who immigrated to the US seven years ago, is Hispanic and Muslim. On this balmy afternoon at the start of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, she is at her mosque dressed in long sleeves and a long skirt in keeping with the Islamic belief in modesty. “When I was in my country I never fit in the society. Here in Islam I feel like I fit with everything they believe,” she says.
Garcia is one of a growing number of Hispanics across the US who have found common ground in a faith and culture bearing surprising similarities to their own heritage. From professionals to students to homemakers, they are drawn to the Muslim faith through marriage, curiosity and a shared interest in issues such as immigration. Continue reading
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Did any of you see yesterday’s episode of Oprah, where she interviewed Madonna about the recent adoption controversy? I only had time to watch half of it on the old Tivo, but I plan on posting my thoughts tomorrow after finishing the show tonight. In the meantime, here’s a very critical take on it from The New York Post.
If you saw it, what did you think?
- “The skeleton of the fossilised, 3.2 million-year-old human ancestor known as Lucy, will go on display in the US, Ethiopian officials say… the discovery of Lucy represented “the true story of Ethiopia being the cradle of human civilisation and the home
- “We can be sure that of one thing- that with Brangelina in India this year, and Paris Hilton going to Mumbai next year, that the Indian paparazzi are hitting jackpot on the tabloid photo front…”
- Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” is so last year. Apparently businessmen are all about Indian philosophy now. “known as Song of the Divine One, the work relates a conversation between the supreme deity Krishna and Arjuna, a warrior prince struggling with a mora
- "[Penelope] Cruz in her directorial debut, will put on celluloid the story of Anita Delgado, the flamenco dancer from Andalucia who created a stir when she agreed to marry an Indian king -Maharaja Jagatjit Singh Bahadur- in 1908."
- “you can save 20% by purchasing your Hindu Goddess Costume now (don’t forget to wear it with the retch-inducing nude pantyhose). For just under $32, you, too, can wear an outfit even Diwali Barbie wouldn’t touch. The best part? My wrath and beat down
- “In the 10 years I’ve been giving public speeches, I’ve never faced a crowd like the one in Wilberforce, Ohio Tuesday evening….I have never spoken to any audience where dozens of students actually booed and jeered and hissed. Until last night.”
- “Though poor and minority neighborhoods suffered the brunt of Katrina’s fury, residents living in white neighborhoods have been three times as likely as homeowners in black neighborhoods to seek state help in resolving insurance disputes…”
- “Masonic groups operate in a separate-but-supposedly-equal system in which whites typically join one network of Masonic groups, called Grand Lodges, and blacks typically join another, called Prince Hall.”
- “Boy, if ever there was a textbook case of how to subtly bash the victim, it’s this show’s take on the Duke rape case. They hammer on and on about her ‘inconsistant stories’ but all the evidence they present is skewed against the victim and for the attack
- A Republican Vietnamese American candidate has been accused of illegally intimidating Democratic Hispanic voters in California by sending Lations letters warning that illegal or legal immigrants could be deported if they try to vote.
- “if the Republicans are able to exploit this decision and use it to resurrect fear among their conservative base, the Democrats’ hopes of taking back both houses of Congress could easily be dashed.”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
UPDATE 10/26/06: I completely forgot about the incident earlier this month where the Corker campaign actually darkened a photo of Ford, in the same manner as that infamous Time magazine cover that darkened OJ Simpson’s mugshot. Thanks dcase for the reminder! Also, the latest in Ford racialiciousness (thanks Tariq for the tip!) comes from Memphis mayor Willie Herenton, who “sees Ford as getting a full pass on the racial front because of his light skin. ‘He can go places and do things that I can’t,’ says the mayor. As for Herenton himself, who faces reelection next year, ‘I’m just too dark.’” I can’t wait to see what’s next in this racial soap opera of a senate race.
Congressman Harold Ford Jr.’s bid for the Tennessee Senate seat has been quite a racialicious ride. Back in March, we reported that he felt the need to reveal that his grandmother was white — perhaps in a misguided attempt to appeal to white voters? Things then took a bizarre turn when his aunt refuted that claim, declaring that Vera Ford was simply a light-skinned black woman.
A few months later in July, we told you that Gawker received a gossip item about Ford having dinner with a white woman and another interracial couple. The email claimed that passersby were “upset at the jungle fever” and that Ford was a “Southern sellout.” What’s even more despicable than the blatant racism in the gossip item? It was sent to Gawker by high profile New York public relations firm, Rubenstein PR. And the whole thing was an attempt to get press for the restaurant Ford was dining at.
According to MSNBC, his opponent Bob Corker has begun airing a commercial that seems designed to appeal to people’s fears of miscegenation. “In the ad, a young white actress playing the stereotype of a “dumb blonde” talks about meeting Ford, a 36-year-old bachelor who is black, “at the Playboy party.” At the end of the ad, she winks and says to the camera, “Harold — call me.””
I don’t know if it’s funny or sad that the “he’s coming for our women!” tactic still works in 2006.
Here’s the video of the ad, which I found via DiversityInc:
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
THE DANGERS OF POSITIVE STEREOTYPES
In this episode of Addicted to Race, we share with you the recording of last Tuesday’s live show. On the show, we discussed the dangers of positive stereotypes. Why are we so quick to agree with positive stereotypes about our ethnic or racial group? How can we begin to see that these positive stereotypes exist at the expense of other groups? Are positive stereotypes just as harmful as negative stereotypes? Thanks to everyone who listened live and called in! We’ll be doing another live show next month – stay tuned for details.
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by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Head on over to Taking Place to check out the sixth edition of the Erase Racism Carnival. vegankid has collected posts covering a variety of topics; american vernacular to childrens books, team mascots to team players. A couple posts from our new blogs Anti-Racist Parent and Race Changers are also included. Thanks for that!
Autobiography of a Face is hosting the next edition of the carnival, so be sure to submit your posts. If you are interested in hosting a future edition of the carnival, please get in touch with vegankid or Rachel.
- Thanks Kimberly! “A biracial man who accused a group of current and former police officers of beating him outside a house party two years ago sued the officers and the city of Milwaukee in federal court Monday, alleging that his civil rights were violated
- “In San Francisco’s Tenderloin, residents aren’t fighting the usual gentrification battle over displacing low-income families. Instead, they are fighting for the neighborhood’s gritty ambience…Cleanup efforts…threaten to destroy an atmosphere that wel
- “A federal judge in Manhattan ruled in favor of The Source's former editor, Kimberly Osorio, and has ordered the magazine, dubbed the bible of hip hop, to pay $14.5 million in damages.”
- “Last year, CBS launched a search for a new member of popular rock band INXS via reality show. R&B group TLC did it too. Now, the search for the new Menudo is on, and it’s all going to unfold on MTV.”