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Links on Prop 8

Ta-Nehisi Coates – More on Prop 8

Dan Savage is pissed:

    I’m done pretending that the handful of racist gay white men out there–and they’re out there, and I think they’re scum–are a bigger problem for African Americans, gay and straight, than the huge numbers of homophobic African Americans are for gay Americans, whatever their color.

Fair enough. I have no way of judging how much of a problem “gay racist white men” are for me. I don’t even have a way of knowing whether gays are more or less racist than straight people. Moreover, I don’t much care. But Dan’s logic basically only works if you see black people strictly as a group who’ve been shitted on. In other words, if you believe that racism is a singular and uncomplicated variable, that black folks aren’t effected by any other factors, than you’ll probably agree with Dan.

Disgrasian – DISGRASIAN OF THE WEEK: Blaming the Black Voter

So, sure, you could look at this exit poll…

…and say, since the margin between for and against came down to 500,000 votes out of 10 million, If only we had gotten 100% of the African-American vote against 8, we would have had this in the bag. How dare They. But what if we had gotten 100% of the Asian and “Other” vote against Prop 8, which would have been an increase of 450,000 votes, and, like, 1% percent more of the white vote? What if we had gotten 75% of the Latino vote, instead of 47%? Or what if we had gotten 59% of the white vote against Prop 8 instead of 51%, the most achievable statistical increase? What if we didn’t put the outcome of gay marriage all on one group, and if we had gotten 6.5% more of the white vote (+409,500), 3% more of the Latino vote (+54,000), 2% more of the black vote (+20,000), and 2% more of the Asian and Other vote (+18,000)? Or any combination therein?

Answer: gay marriage would be legal today in California.

Womanist Musings – If You’re Black You Might Be a Homophobe

It was deeply heartbreaking to see California come out to support such clear bigotry in denial image of love. As many of you already know same sex marriage has been legal in Canada for a few years now, and it has caused no disruption in our society. It is my belief that by affirming the right of all to marry, it has helped to make us more inclusive and accepting of others.

When I went to various GLBTQI blogs to express my sympathy at the passing of PROP 8, I was horrified to discover that it was being blamed on blacks. Once again the divide and conquer tactics of the ruling elite have prevailed to divide marginalized bodies from each other.

The blame game has begun, and clearly it is all the fault of the blacks.


Shanikka @ Daily Kos – Facts Belie the Scapegoating of Black People for Proposition 8

Factually Unsupported Myth #1: CNN’s 10% Black exit poll sample accurately reflects the actual distribution of voters on Proposition 8.

Each and every argument I’ve read since Proposition 8 passed that lays blame on Black people — whether only like the worst of the haters or even primarily — for the passage of Proposition 8 starts with CNN’s exit poll statistics about Proposition 8 at its foundation. Yet anyone who knows anything about the demographics of the State of California – or anyone who spent ½ as much time looking up actual data as ranting all over the free world about what “Black people” did “to gay people” (as if those groups are wholly separate, telling you a lot about the racism that underlies the argument) would know that 10% simply defies reality, unless a million or so Black folks snuck into the state just before the election so they could say they cast their vote for Barack Obama on sunny California shores.

But even if you are not like me, not an actual resident of the state and willing to do my homework before spouting off, it did not take any study to figure out what was the problem. Indeed, if you read CNN’s own explanation of its exit polling/projection process, it is clear that CNN makes no claim that the distribution of folks which it exit polled about Proposition 8 was necessarily reflective of the actual racial percentages of the California electorate who voted, not even in those places that CNN actually exit-polled in. From CNN’s own website about its methodology:

    The process of projecting races begins by creating a sample of precincts. The precincts are selected by random chance, like a lottery, and every precinct in the state has an equal chance to be in the sample. They are not bellwether precincts or “key” precincts. Each one does not mirror the vote in a state but the sample collectively does.

    The first indication of the vote comes from the exit polls conducted by EMR. On the day of the election, EMR interviewers stand outside of precincts in a given state. They count the people coming out after they have voted and are instructed to interview every third person or every fifth person, for example, throughout the voting day. The rate of selection depends on the number of voters expected at the polling place that day. They do this from the time the polling place opens until shortly before it closes.

What’s missing from this picture?

CNN has left us without a critical piece of information necessary to establish the validity of its sampling on Proposition 8: precisely where the network exit polled in California. It simply says that “the aggregate sample is accurate” but has not provided they key piece of information necessary to actually prove it.

This matters for a reason. Specifically, in a state where different demographic populations are reasonably-evenly spread throughout a state, which does not also have dramatic divergences in political ideology which depend on where you live within the state, CNN’s methodology might permit it to make a truly accurate statement about the percentage of voters in total who voted on a measure state-wide.

That, however, is not an accurate description of the state of California, as anyone who lives here knows.

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How Post Racial Are We?

by Latoya Peterson

Apparently, so post-racial that the Feds just interrupted an assassination plot that would have eventually targeted Barack Obama.

Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show.

“Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt,” the court complaint states. “Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.”

This follows the attempted assassination plot back in August at the Democratic National Convention.

So post-racial that vandals tore down a memorial sign to Emmitt Till:

A sign marking the site where Emmett Till’s battered body was pulled from a river in 1955 has been ripped down by vandals, authorities said.

The sign posted on a road near the Tallahatchie River was among eight that were erected after the county adopted a resolution last year apologizing to Till’s family because an all-white jury acquitted two white men of murdering Till for whistling at a white woman. [...]

“We’re not going to tolerate them tearing down anything that’s marking Emmett Till’s murder,” Board of Supervisors President Jerome G. Little said Monday. “I want to send a message: Every time they take it down, we’re going to put it back up.” [...]

This isn’t the first time vandals have targeted Till memorials. Last year, a roadside marker on U.S. 49 in Greenwood in Leflore County was stolen. It was replaced with another sign. And, another sign in Tallahatchie County was damaged earlier this year, commission members said.

So post racial, that we seem to be repeating history:


Jacquline McClelland poses with a photo of her son Brandon McClelland, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, in Paris, Texas. Brandon, a black man, was on a late-night beer run across state lines to Oklahoma with two white friends last month and ended up dead on a rural Texas road. Authorities say he was run over by a pickup and then dragged as far as 70 feet beneath the truck. Two white men have been charged with murder in the case.

[Please note, that says "murder" not "involuntary manslaughter."]

I have some more positive news for tomorrow – but reading stuff like this just makes me want to pull the covers over my head.

(Photo Credits: Google Images/The Associated Press)


(Thanks to Angel H. and Anna for the tips.)

Mixed Links – 2008-10-22

Jeff Chang just posted a fascinating interview with Immortal Technique about the election:

[Immortal Technique:] We always talk about building unity among the races but a lot of the times there’s not unity within the races themselves. I think the people who are most racist against one another are the people who look kind of like one another. I know when you’re uneducated to another culture, it’s kind of hard to see the difference between an Indian and a Pakistani person. Or Korean and Japanese. And at the same time, these are individuals that when you go back in their recent history they had the most drama. They do not like one another. 50 years ago Peruvians and Ecuadorians hated each other, but at the same time, they’re the same people and that’s the craziest part.

I don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen overnight because unfortunately the curriculum that we are taught in school doesn’t go back that far, it doesn’t want to deal with those specific issues. And those workshops are not being replicated on the street level to those individuals who need to be brought into the discussion. This doesn’t just need to be a discussion that just happens in some elite intellectual arena but it needs to be public domain. You know, education shouldn’t be a privilege but it should be a right.

By way of VivrLatino, I find out that local (well, blogosphere local) favorite brownfemipower has been named as one of Utne’s 50 Visionaries who are changing your world. Congratulations!

The Vigilance blog brings news that “ex-gays” are being persecuted and discriminated against, and they want the same protections under the law as gay people. According to commenter Mike, they “filed a Petition for Review of Agency Decision.” Reminds me of the people who seek protection against reverse racism.

Breeze Harper over at Vegans of Color asks how do people in the USA feel about Thanksgiving?

A friend pointed out to me that he practices veganism as a way of compassion, anti-cruelty and harmlessness. Hence, celebrating Thanksgiving to him is “cruel”, simply because of it’s link to Native American genocide in the USA.

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Links – Mixed Long and Short Form

The Jezebel post title says it all: “Waterboarding Apologist says Sarah Silverman is ‘Not a Jew.’ ”

Alternet posts a provocative tale from a solider who argues that racism is a major issue in the Iraq occupation:

When I first joined the army, I was told that racism no longer existed in the military. A legacy of inequality and discrimination was suddenly washed away by something called the Equal Opportunity Program. We would sit through mandatory classes, and every unit had an EO representative to ensure that no elements of racism could resurface. The army seemed firmly dedicated to smashing any hint of racism.

Then September 11 happened, and I began to hear new words like “towel-head,” and “camel jockey,” and the most disturbing, “sand nigger.” These words did not initially come from my fellow lower-enlisted soldiers, but from my superiors: my platoon sergeant, my first sergeant, my battalion commander. All the way up the chain of command, these viciously racist terms were suddenly acceptable.

When I got to Iraq in 2003, I learned a new word, “haji.” Haji was the enemy. Haji was every Iraqi. He was not a person, a father, a teacher, or a worker. It’s important to understand where this word came from. To Muslims, the most important thing is to take a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj. Someone who has taken this pilgrimage is a haji. It’s something that, in traditional Islam, is the highest calling in the religion. We took the best thing from Islam and made it into the worst thing.

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Del.icio.us is acting up again

So here are more links:

Arturo sends in a story from across the pond where a man was shot three times by a racist gunman. The attack was triggered by the man wearing a Barack Obama tee shirt.

Anna over at Jezebel posts an awesome video of Donna Brazile breaking down race (with a nod to gender).

Also on Jez, Megan goes for the jugular with her post Dear McCainiacs: Racism Should Not Be An Accepted American Attribute:

It was mentioned earlier today, but it probably bears repeating: there are some sad (and probably dangerous) racists who count themselves among John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s supporters. From shouting out that Obama is a terrorist to hollering “Kill him!” at a rally when Obama’s name is mentioned to telling an African-American member of the press corps to “Sit down, boy,” there’s a lot of ugly shit around this year that makes purple Band-Aids and flip-flops look like thoughtful political discourse.

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Long Form Links – Politics, Homeless Chic, Waiting

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Let It Come

Rick Perlstein has outlined how Nixon basically turned a victimology of white struggle into a political career. Then there are the racists who terrorized the black middle class in the South, and then routinely charged that they, themselves, were the aggrieved, not the blacks who they’d just run out of town. White victimology is lamentable and ultimately accepted, mostly because the “white working class” is more an idea, an weird amalgam of the purity of the white Southern belle and nobleness of the savage, than an actual group of people. Still it’s been a sight to watch the same clucking heads that dismiss black people for “a culture of failure” and for worshiping ignorance, now tell us that it’s fine for someone who potentially holds the fate of civilization in their hands to know as much about the Bush Doctrine as the man on the street, to think that “Intelligent Design” is science. Enough, indeed. Marion Barry wrecked D.C. These fools are talking about the world.


Threadbared – Homeless Chic (full post)

“The people with the best style, for me, are the people that are the poorest. Like, when I go down to like Venice Beach and I see the homeless, I’m like, oh my god, you’re pulling out like crazy looks. They pulled shit out of like garbage bags.” – Erin Wasson to NylonTV* (posted to Fashionista)

“It is currently ‘in’ for the young and well-fed to go around in torn rags [most recently seen as "hobo chic," or "dumpster chic," as best embodied by Mary-Kate Olsen v.2006], but not for tramps to do so. In other words, the appropriation of other people’s dress is fashionable provided it is perfectly clear that you are, in fact, different from whoever would normally wear such clothes.” –Judith Williamson, 1986, “Woman Is An Island: Femininity and Colonization,” in Studies in Entertainment: Critical Approaches to Mass Culture, Tania Modeleski, ed., Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 116.

* It’s as if NYLON can’t stop being ridiculous.

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Links – 2008-09-01

Whoo! I can see the del.icio.us inbox again. Carmen and I are resetting our options, so hopefully, the links should be back up soon. Until then…

Kabobfest wonders what Kim Kardashian is doing for the image of Arab and Middle Eastern women in the American consciousness. They also weigh in on the controversy surrounding the new movie “Towelhead.” (Thanks Fatemeh!)

Readers Kenya and Demajali sent in some information on how the LPGA is instituting an English only policy for players. Those who do not pass an oral language evaluation will be suspended from the tour:

The LPGA made the announcement last week in a mandatory meeting of South Korean players at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. (Seven of the LPGA’s Top 20 players are Korean and half are from East Asia; 45 of the LPGA’s 121 international players are from South Korea.) According to the article, many Korean players approve of the policy (at least publicly), but that doesn’t make it any less sinister.

Angela Park, interviewed in the story, appears to be under the impression that the LPGA officials could impose quotas on Korean golfers if they wanted to. “The LPGA could come out and say they only want 10 Koreans, but they’re not,” Park said to Golfweek. “A lot of Korean players think they are being targeted, but it’s just because there are so many of them.”

Advertising Age’s Big Tent blog has a great response to the LPGA’s ruling:

If I were a marketer, I would think twice about supporting an organization that openly discriminates against its members and potential members solely because they choose to speak a language other than English. Social, professional and political advancement shouldn’t be tied to one’s ability to speak English. Instead, golf should be judged by skill, knowledge of the game, professionalism, future potential and sportsmanship.

(Thanks HighJive!)

Ann over at Feministing highlights another kyriarchy approved dating guide. Unfortunately, some of the comments quickly veer into “what’s wrong with these uncivilized negroes?” territory. Consider that a warning. Good thing a few people on the thread had common sense.

M. Dot takes a blog post to explain to Feministing readers what they are missing in trying to label the book a black problem, and not looking at the *whole* issue.

And the Washington Post discusses dating issues over in Japan, providing more evidence to support the idea that *every* community has issues with dating. It is a problem that tends to occur with humans, regardless of any other modifiers.

Robin Thicke denied the cover of Vibe for being white? Bossip has the scoop. (Via Stereohyped.)

Linkage – 2008-08-07

by Latoya Peterson

del.icio.us is *still* throwing gang signs at me and tech support has not gotten back to me in their promised twenty-four hours. (It’s been four days.) If anyone has any ideas on how to fix, email me. Until then, a link round up:

Stereohyped provides a study which explains why blacks are leaving San Francisco.

A new report finds that poor schools, a high cost of living and a lack of cultural experiences are the reasons behind a major black exodus from the city San Francisco.

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