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In case you missed it…

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Calling anti-racist white parents of white kids! I know that there are white parents of white kids who read this blog and I’d like to hear from you. What’s stopping white parents of white kids from publicly claiming their anti-racism here?
  • MLK and Black History Month… Are You Ready? As I’m writing this, MLK Day is approaching, and once again I brace myself for the onslaught that is Black History Month (BHM). Now, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I think the idea is fabulous – the Eurocentric story of the “founding” of the USA has warped the minds and belief systems of 7+ generations. But it’s the implementation in our schools, in our PSAs, in our media coverage, that is absolutely embarrassing.
  • Hear ARP columnist Jason on Toys R Us controversy: Congrats to our columnist Jason Sperber! He appeared on the well-regarded Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC yesterday to discuss the controversy surrounding Toys R Us’s first baby contest. You can listen or download an MP3.
  • Gratuitous cute kid pic! Anti-Racist Parent Nicole Robinson writes: “This is our daughter, Kinhly. She was born in DaNang City, VietNam. She’s been home with us for almost 6 months, and it’s hard to imagine what life was like without her! On the day of her 2nd birthday, she took her first steps on US soil and became a citizen!”
  • Santa’s Got a Brand-New Multi-Culti Bag: I’ve always been that friend or relative that you either love or absolutely hate around gift-giving time: I like to give books and “educational” stuff. Of course, that also means that I love to get those kind of presents too, and I hope The Pumpkin picks up that tendency from me. Here’s a list of all the multi-culti and/or educational presents my toddlergirl received this Christmas (and no, they weren’t all from me!)

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • Will UC Berkeley become a um, Historically Asian College? UC Berkeley, considered by many to be the best public university in the nation, and perhaps the world, is currently 41 percent Asian, a proportion that’s over three times higher than the percentage of Asian Americans in the California population, and almost 10 times higher than the percentage of Asians in the U.S.
  • The core beliefs that guide Racialicious: I thought it would be timely to post the core beliefs that guide New Demographic’s (and this blog’s) work. Some of you may already be familiar with these beliefs, but I’m sure there are many newer readers who haven’t read them before.
  • Casting call: seeking mute foreigners and black basketball pros: I shouldn’t be surprised that a basketball movie with Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson would be rife with stereotypes but this is just lame. If you’re foreign, you don’t have dialogue. If you’re a beautiful woman, you’re a slut. If you’re African-American, you can play basketball.
  • Link love: Oh Word: Today I’m shining a spotlight on Oh Word. In their own words, the point of their existence is “to provide a meaningful discussion of hip-hop… and to get our rocks off.” Also, “appearing hip, making money, and basking in Internet pseudo-celebrity are nothing more than secondary goals for us.”
  • How Ramen Changed My World (and Yours): My story, of course, is far from unique. You, too, probably first encountered ramen in college, where it kept your belly full for as little as 25 cents a meal. You’ve probably added all sorts of condiments to a basic bowl of broth. But on the occasion of the death of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin and inventor of instant noodles, it’s worth taking a look at his creation’s far-reaching cultural influence.
  • Did anyone watch the The White Rapper Show? But the show never really gave a good reason for why white rappers/people shouldn’t use the n-word. Serch’s explanation was something along the lines of “we don’t play that here.” Um, ok. I know it’s a reality show and I don’t expect them to launch into a long lecture on systems of oppression and stuff like that, but I expected something sharper from ego trip.
  • Anthony Michael Hall uses the n-word on video: I was wondering when the first celebrity racist incident would occur in 2007. I didn’t expect it to come from Anthony Michael Hall though.
  • A progressive struggles with racist sexual fantasy: Is there a role for anti-racist values when it comes to sex? It’s an interesting question addressed in the latest Savage Love sex column.

In case you missed it…

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

addicted to raceADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 51: Carmen is joined by guest co-host Karen Walrond in this episode. They discuss the cop who made two black men rap for him to get out of a ticket, Wentworth Miller’s real-life “Human Stain” experience, Damon Wayans’ declaration that the n-word is part of black culture, and Rosie O’Donnell’s ching chong mockery on “The View.”

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • How do you celebrate the, um, holidays? Anyway, in my household, with our toddlergirl old enough to enjoy ripping paper off of presents this year and my Filipina Catholic better half covering the religious part of our daughter’s education…I do my part to mix it up, pun intended, by reppin’ secular ethnic (half-)Jewishness with brisket and latkes sometime in December. Not sure how to incorporate sansei grandma’s Buddhism yet–though, of course, the brisket recipe is hers.
  • On adoption and race: The question, therefore, is not whether the baby looks like you expected her to, but whether you can handle it if she doesn’t. And this, my friends, takes some serious soul-searching — a flippant “of course I can, I’m not racist, I have friends of all colours” is not enough. It requires honestly looking at biases that you may have based on others’ skin colour, or culture, or nationality, and really being frank with yourself as to where any discomfort you feel comes from.
  • Gratuitous cute kid pic: Anti-Racist Parent Denise writes, “My little girls “getting married” today with my half slips on their heads!!!”
  • The preschool dilemma: We started our search with a list of three schools in our area recommended by other parents (the ultra-liberal school, the hippie school and the neighborhood school). When asked, the other parents claimed the schools had “diversity.” It didn’t take much research for me to eliminate all three of them because they had only one or two children of color in the entire school.

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • Reclaiming Racist: Because we stopped calling out people as being racist, the very people who support systems of oppression now label us racists. Because racist became perverted, some are now distorted enough to think the oppressed are the oppressors.
  • Anthropologist: Mel Gibson’s ‘Apocalypto’ is a pornographic Western fantasy of supremacy: Traci Ardren, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami, argues that the film resurrects racist notions about Mayan culture that have long been disproved by scholars.
  • Comedian: James Kim died because “Asians are such bad drivers”: “What can you expect though? Of course they got lost, because everybody knows that Asians are such bad drivers.” I really wanted to fling myself off the balcony and throttle him with my bare hands. Or weep. Or both.
  • Bridal magazines seem to think black women don’t get married: “Our data seem to support the idea that the phrase ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’ was actually meant for how women of color are represented in bridal magazines,” Frisby said.
  • Do Korean-Americans control the black hair care market? There’s a self-funded documentary causing some buzz online. It positions itself as an expose revealing that “Koreans have come to control virtually every aspect of the multi-billion dollar, black hair care industry, from manufacturing to distribution to retail sales, while simultaneously employing tactics to put African-American merchants and wholesalers out of business”
  • Racism abounds following Rosie: Comments on the story have taken several classic, yet undeniably ignorant, turns. 1. Rosie Didn’t Mean To Be Racist. 2. If It Were (X), They Wouldn’t Be Mad… 3. “Ching Chong” is a Bad Accent of an Otherwise Accurate Representation of Chinese. 4. “Ching Chong” Is Funny. 5. “Get Over It”. 6. Now’s My Chance To Hate on Asians, Too…

In case you missed it…

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

addicted to raceADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 50: Jen and Carmen discuss Jen’s transition out of the New Demographic co-director role.

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Jealousy: Everytime I hear about an adoptee who has reunited with their families, the green-eyed monster makes a visit. I have witnessed three reunions and have had many more friends reunite with their bio families and while I am beside myself with happiness for them, it also reminds me that I am still waiting.
  • Columnist Intro – Dawn: I remember cradling him while my exhausted husband slept on the pull-out couch in the corner of my hospital room. I gazed lovingly into his perfect little scrunched up face and thought, “Oh my god – I had a white male!”
  • Gratuitous Cute Kid Pic: Anti-Racist Parent Rebecca writes: “This picture was taken at my moms house as Lauren (6) and Jacob (2) were meeting their baby sister Norah for the very first time. They were so excited and so gentle with her. This shot perfectly captured that sweet moment.”
  • Columnist Intro – Michelle: I guess at first glance, I would appear to be a good candidate as a contributor for the Anti-Racist Parent: I’m a biracial woman (mother is Korean, father is white) who is married to black man, and we have 3 mixed race children: 2 girls (9-years-old and 20 months) and 1 boy (3-years-old). I also have 4 black, teenage stepsons.

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

race changersRACE CHANGERS
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

  • Assignment 8 – Understanding the history of lynching: Richards betrayed his intimate knowledge of lynching culture by mentioning a fork in his remarks. References to eating (”coon cooking,” “barbecue,” “main fare”) were extremely common in correspondence and reports on lynchings. Also, celebratory barbecues and picnics were often held during or after the lynchings.

addicted to raceADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 49: Carmen chats with movie producer Teddy Zee about the current state of representations of Asian-Americans in film and television. Zee is president of Ironpond, an entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Asia. Previously, he was a top-level studio executive at Columbia and Paramount. He produced Hitch, Saving Face, The Pursuit of Happyness, and recently completed West 32nd.

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • Racism as a face cream? I saw this ad campaign mentioned on Adrants, produced by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. I guess the concept is that racism is like a face cream: the more you “apply” it, the uglier you become.
  • How awesome was Heroes last night? I know I can’t be the only Heroes fan on this blog, right?
  • Paul Mooney vows to stop using the n-word: comedian Paul Mooney has vowed to stop using the n-word as a result of the Michael Richards incident. He joked about Richards, “He’s my Dr. Phil. He’s cured me.” The question is, would abolishing the word really do any good?
  • Gwen Stefani: everyone else is racist, not me! Yeah, gee I wonder why people would view Japanese women as submissive, pliable creatures when Gwen Stefani is parading these four women around as dancing, giggling human props who are contractually obligated to only speak Japanese even though they’re all American.
  • Whiteness in a bottle: Alabaster perfume from Banana Republic: Alabaster is just one of three new fragrances they’re offering this season, but is it a coincidence that it’s the only one that gets the full-page treatment? Hmmm…
  • Banned racist Merrie Melodies cartoon: 1943’s ‘Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs: For me, Coal Black stands as one of the clearest expressions of the relationship between white supremacy, patriarchy, and militarism. Needless to say, the short is rife with almost every racist meme ever projected onto African Americans.

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

conscious media makerCONSCIOUS MEDIA MAKER
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color

  • One year later, how has BET changed? Last fall, BET made a lot of noise about its new entertainment team, headed up by Reginald Hudlin who brought on Toure, Nelson George, and Selwyn Hinds. Now, one year later, Forbes checks in on their progress.
  • Please note: We’re actually going to discontinue Conscious Media Maker as of today. We didn’t think of this when we came up with the idea for the blog, but there is way too much overlap with Racialicious. So, this will be the last post. Also, we have another blog in mind that we’d like to launch, so it’ll free up some time for us to focus on that new project. :)

addicted to raceADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 48: Carmen interviews Daniel Golden, author of “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates.” Golden reveals the elaborate system of legacy preferences and “development” cases that has created affirmative action for white wealthy students.

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Columnist Intro – Amber: As a white woman, I was not raised to think about my race. I was supposed to be colorblind and not acknowledge that I noticed other people’s race.
  • Ask Anti-Racist Parent: book series featuring characters of color? So are there book series featuring characters of color for children out there, and I’m just not hearing about them? If so, what are they?
  • Columnist Intro – Margie: My first reaction, upon receiving an invitation to contribute to Anti-Racist Parent, was to ask who would want to listen to a middle-aged white woman talk about race. What could I possibly add to this dialog?

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • Kanye West: mixed race women are “mutts” and exist solely for music videos: Kanye reportedly told the magazine, “If it wasn’t for race mixing, there’d be no video girls…Me and most of my friends like mutts a lot … Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts.”
  • Kramer drops the n-bomb repeatedly in racist tirade: Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld, went on a racist tirade on Friday at Los Angeles’s Laugh Factory after a black audience member heckled him.
  • Michael Richards on Letterman: “I’m not a racist”: The fact that Richards, when provoked by a black man, immediately reminded him that it wasn’t so long ago that he could have been lynched and made a public spectacle of, to me indicates that he is resentful of having to tolerate blacks being equal to him, and longs for the days when he could exercise his “god-given” superiority.
  • Of course Michael Richards would have rocked blackface: A clip from the 1986 movie “Whoops Apocalypse” has surfaced on the internet, featuring Michael Richards in full-on blackface, afro wig and attempting Ebonics.
  • White supremacy by any other name: Michael Richards and his ruined career are not the point here. The point is that if we’re ever to move beyond our current racial strife, we need to begin with enough intellectual honesty to acknowledge and understand America’s glaring legacy of white supremacy.

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

race changersRACE CHANGERS
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

conscious media makerCONSCIOUS MEDIA MAKER
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color

  • Today’s WTF moment, brought to you by The New York Post: Check out today’s lead story in the Post, ‘Guinea Pig’ Kids Stir Furor: City Allows Racial Studies In Schools. And what are these evil, evil, “racial studies?”…Oh the moral outrage! How dare these researchers investigate racial discrimination and harrassment in our public school system?
  • Latinos: codependent, not punctual, fatalist and macho: Wow, so this is what multicultural marketers do, huh? Reduce an entire population into a stereotype?
  • Ed Bradley’s legacy: If you believe…: The students didn’t know much about what made the man special at the beginning of the class, but by the time they heard him talk about journalism ethics, saw some of his best work, and heard from people who had known him from the earliest days of his career, they understood why he was so worthy of study.

addicted to raceADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Sorry, there was no new episode this week, but we’ll be back on Monday!

anti-racist parentANTI-RACIST PARENT
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • It’s been a quiet week at ARP, but we’ll be back to normal next week. In the meantime, check out our gallery of gratuitous cute kid pics from anti-racist parents Meera, Terri, Jensboys and Ryan!

RACIALICIOUS
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

race changersRace Changers
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

conscious media makerConscious Media Maker
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color

  • Budweiser: Bringing you smug white superiority since 1934: This is an old Budweiser ad from 1934. The white man smirks at the camera, bending over slightly to supervise as his black manservant serves up some Bud and cold cuts for the guests.
  • Double standard at The New York Times? Talented culture writer Lola Ogunnaike was suspended after appearing on “The View” even though other Times reporters appear regularly on television. Funny – her colleague Maureen Dowd…wrote the Rolling Stone cover story this month on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
  • OfficeMax bring sexy back? Uh… what does a naked, tattooed Asian woman have to do with office supplies? Anyone?
  • Magazine mania: Recently I’ve added some new titles to my Can’t-Let-Go collection. With the appearance of some newer magazines geared toward an Asian-Pacific-American audience, I find myself lingering for longer periods around the magazine racks at bookstores and newsstands.

addicted to raceAddicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

anti-racist parentAnti-Racist Parent
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Gratuitous cute kid pic: This is Alex, the daughter of ARP’s very own columnist, Karen Walrond. As you can see, Alex is dressed up for Halloween.

Racialicious
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • The story behind “Flags of our Fathers”: Ira Hayes was a Pima Indian from Arizona who joined the Marine Corps shortly after the start of World War II. He was hungry and needed money, and not least, he wanted to bring honor to his tribe.
  • It’s bigger than hip hop: If we’re so hip-hop and the music is the music of the people, why don’t I see my people in those spaces? Could it be that my people are in a different place?
  • Musical yellowface: The bare title of this post might already be enough to summon, in your head, the ubiquitous musical phrase that says “chinky!” with as much self-conscious gusto as bamboo fonts and gongs.
  • Election racialiciousness roundup: Unfortunately, Bob Corker’s race-baiting tactics appear to have paid off. And so have Ward Connerly’s KKK-praising strategies to end affirmative action in Michigan.
  • I’m hung like a black man: I don’t know what’s worse: the shirt itself or the description used to sell the shirt: “When you’re fishin’ for ho’s with a rod like this, bitches can’t help but to jump in da boat.”
  • Superhead and Bobby Brown reality show? Karrine Steffans and Bobby Brown reportedly have a new reality series slated to air on BET.