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Everyone Hates Black Americans

9 Sep

Black Millennials

We’ve done nothing, but we’re hated widely.

In high school, I was part Cherokee. Until someone clapped back with the proverbial “Bish WAYUR?!” I was also “Jamaican and Black” because, according to family legend, I had a verrrrryyyyy distant relative who came from the island in the 1800s.

But my Black American existence — from the food I ate, to music I listened to, alongside my colloquialisms sprinkled in the thick of my New York City accent — was always with me, even when I failed to recognize it.

Growing up Black American meant feeling culturally displaced. I didn’t know how to be a Black American because our cultural, religious, and social traditions were violently erased from history, forgotten in the throes of today, and flagrantly whitewashed to the point where these esteemed customs (whatever they are) are frustratingly unrecognizable.

Being funneled through the public school system meant that the only access I had to…

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I Am a Native American Woman With White Privilege

1 Aug

I always wondered what were the thoughts of light skinned people inside a predominantly non-white culture. There are many of them in Latin America, mind you, but because the race issues here are a bit more different than the situation in the U.S.A. (although they’re virtually the same, mind you), it always intrigued me what were their thoughts. I actually remember that a young white Mexican posted her experiences as well, but silly me, I forgot the title and the place in where I found the article…
So it’s nice to find another comment of this around the web, and I am gladly sharing it. After all, the Two Thousands is one weird century in where everything, race included, got so much more complex than before.

Note from the author: This blog uses the term “white privilege.” The correct term is “white-passing privilege.” Please note that white-passing privilege is what I am referring to in this blog. 

First off, I think it’s important to say that I do not, and have not ever primarily identified as white. On my mother’s side, I’m Native American, enrolled in

ghostmy Tribe, and, to a large extent, raised in my culture. I was born on the reservation and lived on or near reservations for much of my life. Indigenous cultural signifiers are important to me – I love Coastal designs and canoes. I love to eat Salmon, attend gatherings, and socialize at potlatches or powwows. However, due to genetics (while both my grandparents on my mother’s side are Indigenous, my grandmother is light-skinned, and my grandfather, of mixed ancestry) it so happens that I am light. Like, really light. Light…

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Top Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” has escaped prison for the second time

12 Jul

“Escaped” is quite a strong word, considering the quite criminal background of our government. And mind you, O Readers, Mexico’s right now dealing with a huge uproar against the national privatization of the public health services; it’s quite “odd” that now all the debate about it has been removed in favour of El Chapo’s escape…

Japanese women are speaking out against “maternity harassment”

29 Jun

I never knew this happened! It’s an interesting read, though, and I pray it can get better for both the women and the Japanese economy.

Reese, Blake, Gwyneth: The Commodification of Celebrity Blandness

9 May

This is an interesting read of these sites. I recommend it to everybody. It finally helped me find a word to define what was behind all of these celebrity-site things.

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There’s a certain aesthetic that I associate with decent to middling romantic comedies of the early millennium, usually starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, or Reese Witherspoon. This aesthetic surrounds a lovelorn heroine who is a clean-cut but slightly funky blonde, a little bit frenetic but also warm. She’s pretty for the guys and aspirational for the ladies, and utterly devoid of any real personality, grit, or distinctive cultural background. She’s a blank slate, made to reflect the projections of viewers, just as the big windows and gleaming surfaces of her home reflect her pretty face.

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MURDER BY MINING: KILLING LATIN AMERICA’S ANCIENT PEOPLES

21 Apr

Support for the indigenous people of Colombia!

Eléctrica in the Desert

FROM   7 APRIL 2015

Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, dying because of multinationalReuters photo

Indigenous populations of Colombia are dying in silence because their mother river has been privatized for the world’s largest open pit coal mine.

The Cerrejon Mine deprives the Wayuu people of the only water source they had, using 35,000 liters of water a day, and causing many deaths among the population. Wayuu spokesman Armando Valbuena  reported to the Colombian newspaper Aporrea that around 14,000 children have died of starvation and that portal “mortality does not stop”.

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The territory occupied by the Wayuu is in the northern region of Colombia, where the state presence is weak. Thus, government aid does not reach the dying because of corruption, according to Valbuena and Javier Rojas Uriana, attorney for the Association of Traditional  Authorities.

“The measures that have been taken are insufficient and Cerrejón Mine, with the permission of the National…

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BREAKING: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalised; family cannot contact him

31 Mar

Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, PHL

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Renowned Black revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal has been hospitalised, and is being held captive in intensive care at the Schuykill Medical Centre, Pottsville, Pa., since approximately 13:00 today, 30 March.

Sources from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) report that Mumia is being held in the ICU incommunicado, and that his wife has not been allowed to contact him. He is reportedly on an insulin drip. The International Action Centre this evening reports that, as they stand “feet away from Mumia’s hospital door,” 15 supporters are confronted with a total police blockade of the room where he is being held.

Significantly, this abduction coincides with the date set for a trial, in Harrisburg, Pa., to overturn the recent law passed by the state of Pennsylvania muzzling the free speech of the state’s prisoners. Comrades and civil rights activists in Pennsylvania call the new law the “Silence Mumia Law,” because the state and…

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Our bodies are not terra nullius 

20 Mar

kwetoday

I will not be linking to any media articles for this post. There is enough out there for my readers to find the articles on their own. Be forewarned that what you will read may shock you with how the media is treating this violent death. If it doesn’t shock you, you will understand when an Indigenous woman who dies a violent death, it is “just business as usual.”

People are asking who else wrote about this, who else is talking about this besides the media. Basically, nobody. Typical. In that same breadth, pay attention who stays silent. It scares me.

I am scared. I am angry. I am sad.

Yesterday I received the news of the verdict. “You must have heard by now,” my friend sent me. I didn’t. I just got off the plane. I was on my way to an interview. I checked twitter. Practically silent. I…

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50 Great Novels About Madness

18 Mar

Happy March of Madness, everybody!

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Not so much into March Madness? Well, perhaps you should look at it another way. March is the perfect month for reading books about madness — it is a transitional time, after all, possessed of both lion and lamb. Plus, you’ll have ample reading time, both outside and inside. The books herein, it should be noted, are those that deal with a kind of literary madness — obsession and absurdity and hallucination — not directly focusing on mental illness proper, whenever the two can be separated. So you won’t find The Bell Jar or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or The Yellow Wallpaper here, though those are all excellent reads.

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French imperialism’z brutal colonial rule

17 Jan

A very interesting article about imperialism; I recommend it, at least to understand a brief chronology of North African struggles under colonial rule.

Moorbey'z Blog

By John Catalinotto

Algiers, 1960

On Jan. 11, the French imperialist bourgeoisie mobilized and manipulated a massive demonstration in all the country’s major cities under hypocritical slogans extolling Western civilization and alleged “freedom of speech.” Their goal — which they share with U.S. and European Union imperialism — is a reactionary modern crusade against colonial peoples, mostly Muslims, in the guise of a “war on terror.”

One piece of French history that clashes with this ruling-class argument concerns the massacre of Oct. 17, 1961. If you don’t know about this massacre, it is because the imperialist defenders of “French civilization” have made every effort to keep it secret.

Between 1954 and 1962, French imperialism waged a bitter colonial war to hang on to its North African colony of Algeria. As is often the case with peoples of an imperial colony, many Algerian immigrants and their descendants lived in Paris in October 1961…

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