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January 19, 2009 / / links

Complied by Latoya Peterson and Fatemeh Fakhraie

Sarah Jaffe writes for Global Comment about our Superhero President: The Commodification of Barack Obama

Obama has become something you have to have a piece of–a commodity for sale, sometimes on eBay to the highest bidder, other times for the bargain price of way too much for whichever tacky design was slapped on some material that will last long enough for your kids to sell it back on eBay twenty years from now.

Middle East News reports Israel bans Arab political parties:

Arab Israeli politicians warned of rising anti-Arab sentiment in Jewish public opinion, vowing Wednesday to appeal a majority decision by the Knesset Monday to disqualify Arab political parties in Israel’s from running in the Jewish state’s upcoming elections.

The Yahoo Group NatNews provides an action alert – “Native Americans Outraged Over Twilight Fraud”

With the commercial success of Twilight, Hollywood is abuzz with agents molding, fitting, and pushing their celebrity actors to pass as Native Americans.

“The Twilight Series is one of few commercial films, a script, and a story with Native American roles.” said Lydia Ponce. “It is a sad day to see that the big power agents are marketing Filipino and Asian celebrity actors to play Native Americans. These are such rare opportunities. When films like Twilight knowingly and willfully select non-Native American actors to play Native roles, it sends the message that we’re not good enough to represent ourselves.”

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January 16, 2009 / / links

by Latoya Peterson

Update: If you can, please leave a comment for regular contributor Tami. She’s published today on the Guardian site, and most of the comments are asking her to “get over it” and stop talking about race.


I was on two radio shows this week.

On the Brian Lerher show, I was helping to promote Yes Means Yes and talked about my essay.

And last night, I was on the Mark Steiner show talking about cyber harassment from a racial and gender standpoint with Danielle Citron, Jill from Feministe, and (special call in guest) Renee from Womanist Musings. This one doesn’t have an embed link, but you can listen to it here.


AsianWeek, an influential force politically and culturally for San Francisco Asian Americans, has ceased publication after 30 years.

The New York Times publishes a group of letters about The Abortion Choices of Poor Women that honestly explores the issues and provides some resources.

The Politico notes how “a splintered field of Latino candidates could lead to the election of an Asian-American in Southern California’s majority-­Hispanic 32nd District.” Read the Post Links & Appearances – 2008-01-16

January 12, 2009 / / links

Global Voices Online – Korea as a Multicultural Country

A daily newspaper, Hankyoreh, which is categorized as a progressive newspaper (or sometimes left-wing) introduced a series of articles, ‘Multi-Culturalism is Our Future.’ [KR] Korea, where one culture and one ethnic group are emphasized, currently has a population with only 2 percent foreign residents –1 million population. The newspaper article brings a netizen’s complaint and other responses following his (or her) opinion.

The Washington Post – A Gentler Way to Relax Hair

In recent years, some manufacturers, including Colomer USA, the maker of Creme of Nature, have been listing at least one “certified organic ingredient” in their products, including their sodium-based relaxers. The French company Phyto markets its PhytoSpecific line as a “non chemical relaxing system” and charges about $60 for a tub of its straightener, more than triple the price of a traditional relaxer. According to the company, the Phyto relaxer uses a substance called guanidine carbonate derived from mushroom salts as its straightening agent.

“I think it’s great for black women. Now there are so many choices,” Coney said.

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January 3, 2009 / / links

Kabobfest – First Poll on US Opinion on Gaza: Democratic Politicians Ignore Public Opinion

In one of the more interesting analytical writings on the American (non-)debate on the Israeli assault on Gaza, Glenn Greenwald considers how alarmingly out-of-step Democratic politicians are with their party’s rank-and-file views. He cites the first poll on American public views of Israel’s attack. While there is a general tie between those supportive and opposed, Democrats are against Israel’s onslaught in Gaza by a significant margin.

The New York Times (Op-Ed) – The Evil Behind the Smiles

Western men who visit red-light districts in poor countries often find themselves surrounded by coquettish teenage girls laughingly tugging them toward the brothels. The men assume that the girls are there voluntarily, and in some cases they are right.

But anyone inclined to take the girls’ smiles at face value should talk to Sina Vann, who was once one of those smiling girls.

Merced Sun Star – Hollywood, Race, and the Age of Obama

As “Crash” was earning plaudits (and a Best Picture Oscar), any number of much knottier and more daring movies were being ignored by viewers entirely. Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me” (2004), a freewheeling, vastly underrated consideration of, among many other things, white America’s anxiety about black male sexuality, managed to earn only $366,000 at the domestic box office – by far the lowest-grossing movie of the director’s career. Alan Ball’s brazen and compelling “Towelhead” (2008) – a portrait of a Lebanese-American girl molested by a white neighbor, who also has an African-American boyfriend – died a similarly quick death.

Even more mainstream efforts have had trouble connecting. The movie I tend to regard as the most important one made this decade about race relations is a knotty romantic comedy-drama called “Something New” (2006), about a black woman (Sanna Lathan) who believes she can’t find a decent black man to date and who eventually decides to go out with a white man (Simon Baker). Its mixture of tenderness and severity, cynicism and hopefulness, proved consistently arresting – and yet it pulled in only $11 million.

New York Times (Op-Ed) – Bleeding Heart Tightwads

Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

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December 8, 2008 / / links

Richard Rodriguez is featured in a provocative interview for Salon on Why Churches Fear Gay Marriage:

You said recently the real issue behind the anti-gay marriage movement is the crisis in the family. What do you mean?

American families are under a great deal of stress. The divorce rate isn’t declining, it’s increasing. And the majority of American women are now living alone. We are raising children in America without fathers. I think of Michael Phelps at the Olympics with his mother in the stands. His father was completely absent. He was negligible; no one refers to him, no one noticed his absence.

The possibility that a whole new generation of American males is being raised by women without men is very challenging for the churches. I think they want to reassert some sort of male authority over the order of things. I think the pro-Proposition 8 movement was really galvanized by an insecurity that churches are feeling now with the rise of women.

Monotheistic religions feel threatened by the rise of feminism and the insistence, in many communities, that women take a bigger role in the church. At the same time that women are claiming more responsibility for their religious life, they are also moving out of traditional roles as wife and mother. This is why abortion is so threatening to many religious people — it represents some rejection of the traditional role of mother.

In such a world, we need to identify the relationship between feminism and homosexuality. These movements began, in some sense, to achieve visibility alongside one another. I know a lot of black churches take offense when gay activists say that the gay movement is somehow analogous to the black civil rights movement. And while there is some relationship between the persecution of gays and the anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, I think the true analogy is to the women’s movement. What we represent as gays in America is an alternative to the traditional male-structured society. The possibility that we can form ourselves sexually — even form our sense of what a sex is — sets us apart from the traditional roles we were given by our fathers.

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Jenn at Reappropriate has an interesting perspective on Palin and Bipartisan feminism. Angry Asian Man…

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