Archive for the ‘Race’ Category
With all this reading I’ve been assigned for school and with my new subscription to NetFlix, I don’t know when I’m going to find time to catch up on all of my missed issues of Lonny. But now on top of it all, I have to (read: am excited to) add a new magazine to the stack: Welcome Rue Magazine! Check out this video plug on Boing Boing of one of the photoshoots for the first issue – it’s adorable and makes me want to be friends with them all.
Also I’m so pumped they put a black man on the cover! I haven’t seen a black person (let alone a black man) inside (and certainly not on the cover) of a popular lifestyle/fashion magazine in ages (with the obvious exception of Vogue’s king André Leon Talley). Cheers for taking a risk and diversifying!
I mean really take 9 minutes out of your day and watch this.
I’ve never understood the idea of “passing,” being part black but looking so white that most people wouldn’t be able to tell you weren’t white. Even after I finished The Help this weekend, I had difficulty understanding what such a person would look like. It wasn’t until I came across these photos of Lena Horne on the Vogue Black site that I realized how miniscule the physical differences really are. According to the New York Times, despite her talent and beauty, Lena was never considered seriously for leading roles, unless the films were all-black movies. And she even had to hide her marriage to a prominent, white musical director for three years. We’ve come a long way since then, thankfully.
Stephanie Grace is a Harvard 3L who wrote a really troubling email detailing why she believes it’s possible for genes to influence intelligence, and therefore, why she believes blacks are intellectually inferior to whites. This argument is crazy. But what’s even more crazy is the fact that my one of my coworkers attempted to make the very same argument she did–in a softer manner–and didn’t see anything wrong with it. I’m posting my response (to a long email thread we had) here, but I encourage everyone to Google her and read up on the whole spectrum of what’s been written in the past 48 hours.
And I would (controversially) note that discussions like these are best left unsaid. I’m serious- I don’t care if you only believe “it’s possible” for one race to be superior-I have no interest in entertaining your argument. And if you must make an argument alleging superior genetics/race/intelligence to a group of people, have a better argument than pointing to the color of one’s skin or hair, or by telling me that black people can run faster.
A friend adds: “And if you are truly interested in this argument, then you should read “Mismeasure of Man,” which is considered one of the strongest answers to Stephanie’s (which is, fyi, a watered down attempt on the arguments presented in “The Bell Curve”) theories.”
Oy vey, people. I’ve tried not to comment on the draconian Arizona immigration bill, which was signed into law last Friday by Governor Jan Brewer, that allows the Arizona police to “question anyone they ‘reasonably suspect’ of being undocumented” (read: Mexican or simply, not white) for the sake of easing their xenophobia giving jobs back to Americans, but after hearing of the proposed boycotts of Arizona businesses, I suppose I will comment.
Opponents of Arizona‘s new anti-immigrant law are calling for a boycott of the state’s products – including the popular Arizona Iced Tea. The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York. Online, misguided tea fans vowed to switch to Lipton or Snapple.
So. If you’re going to boycott Arizona businesses, by all means, boycott. It sounds like a great idea. But boycott the right ones. “Best Western, ColdStone Cremery, Clear Channel Outdoor, ClubJenna, Dial, Discount Tire Co, Fender, Fox Animation Studios, Go Daddy, Greyhound, TGIFridays, PetSmart, PF Changs, Ramada, SkyMall, Taco Time, U Haul, US Airlines are all headquartered in Arizona, FYI.”
Activists for Latino and immigrant rights — and supporters of sane governance — held weekend rallies denouncing the new law and vowing to do everything they can to overturn it. But where was the Tea Party crowd? Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the Tea Partyers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?
And what is the deal with Sen. John McCain? The self-proclaimed practitioner of “straight talk” was once a passionate advocate of sensible, moderate immigration reform. Now, facing a primary challenge from the right, he has praised the new law, which is as far from sensible and moderate as it could possibly be. Are six more years in the Senate really worth abandoning what seemed like bedrock principles? Or were those principles always situational?
I love Glee and I can’t wait for its return tonight. But like this guest commenter over at Racialicious, I’m also wondering: where are the other classmates? You know….the black girl, the gay boy, the asian chick, the handicapped boy… I guess the diversity on the show is a separate issue from its marketing scheme though, huh.