Why We Blog and Vent

BROTHA WOLF

Reality_check made a comment in one of fellow blogger Lavern Merriweather’s articles. Here’s what he wrote:

I’m just wondering– aren’t you tired of wasting all this energy complaining, bemoaning and venting about white people? Seriously. All your efforts are in vain because THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE. So I fail to see where all this discussion is heading. What’s the end game here? I’m serious with this question.

Blacks will do better to channel this energy and passion into organizing, and strategizing to either improve our lives, fight back OR dismantle white supremacy. Now THAT’s worth the effort.

Don’t misread what I”m saying here. I detest them as much as any other conscious black person, BUT it’s a distraction for us to constantly focus our energies on THEIR actions instead of our own. What about OUR actions? What can we do?

At the end of the day complaining and…

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Art Exhibition: “Hispaniola: Saga” by Edouard Duval-Carrié

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“Hispaniola: Saga” by the contemporary master from Haiti, Edouard Duval-Carrié, will open on April 14, 2016, at Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery/Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (Catalogue Available. Essay by Edward Sullivan.)

Also see https://www.facebook.com/lorgallery/ and http://portalgram.com/t/LyleOReitzelGallery

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Poetry Out Loud: Wenmimareba Klobah Collins Represents Puerto Rico

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Wenmimareba Klobah Collins (a 12th-grader from University High School, at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras) was named the Poetry Out Loud champion of Puerto Ri…

Source: Poetry Out Loud: Wenmimareba Klobah Collins Represents Puerto Rico

Judith Butler’s Statement on UC Regents Principles Against Intolerance

In the right direction

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Most of the text below was read at the University of California Regents Public Comment session March 23 in San Francisco.  Following public comment, the regents amended the original text of the “Principles Against Intolerance” to which this statement refers. The revised policy was adopted without further debate today by the full board.  The new preamble text reads, “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California” (the underlined phrase is the modification). The new language was suggested by the Academic Senate Universitywide Committee on Academic Freedom (UCAF); its recommendation to modify “other forms of discrimination” to “other forms of unlawful discrimination” seems not to have been taken up.

I agree with Professor Butler that the amended language does not resolve the academic freedom problems associated with the statement.  Moreover, I also think that John Wilson’s comment to a previous post on…

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Microsoft’s AI millennial chatbot became a racist jerk after less than a day on Twitter

Though it was prodded, the rapid development of this bot into a “racist jerk” says tons about our “post-racial” society.

Source: Microsoft’s AI millennial chatbot became a racist jerk after less than a day on Twitter

Detained: Perspectives on the U.S. Immigrant Detention System

Full schedule this evening with awesome activities related to DREAMS @Dream_RC and #blacklivesmatter

The Critical Historian

This is the description of today’s activity for the DREAM-related week.

Join Tech DREAMers as we host a panel about the U.S. immigrant detention system. Bringing together different perspectives, this panel will be made up of Laura Sanders, a local artist from Blacksburg whose work focuses on detention centers in the American Southwest; Marybeth Onyeukw, a Black undocumented immigrant rights activist from Washington D.C.; and Dr. Rebecca Hester, a professor in Virginia Tech’s Science and Technology in Society Department whose work focuses on issues of health faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S.2016-03-21 18.39.28.jpg

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HOMENAJE AL POETA BLAS JIMÉNEZ

Qué lastima que me lo perdí!

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Es cierto que la RD ha carecido históricamente de un fuerte Movimiento Afro que estudie, que trabaje, que visibilice el vivir actual e histórico de los afro-dominicanos/as, mayoría en ésta media isla, más éste país parió al poeta Blas Jiménez, un importante poeta de la Negritude que se escribió:

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Mofongo and Puerto Rico as a Culinary Revelation

I somehow knew deep inside that I was eating history, I mean, serious and sophisticated history!

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Ben Vaughn (The Daily Meal) writes that, in his search for the best mofongo, he discovered Puerto Rico as a culinary revelation, for food both traditional and contemporary. He explores restaurants in the wider San Juan area and Cayey—El Jibarito, Old San Juan; Zest Restaurant, San Juan Water Beach Hotel; Mi Casa by José Andrés, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; Chicharrón, Placita de Santurce, San Juan; Lechonera Los Pinos, Cayey; Budatai Condado, San Juan; and Budatai in the Condado district of San Juan—learning a great deal about the flavors and textures of the island’s cuisine:

[. . .] In Miami, you have obvious Cuban influences, but also Haitian cuisine, food from Trinidad & Tobago, and all throughout the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.

During my years living in Miami, I’ve had the opportunity to try them all. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico and participate in their…

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People who skim online articles are just as cultured as book snobs

Here is a challenge: read this short article entirely. Perhaps we can prove the author wrong. Otherwise, we might just become a world populated by people with ADD.

How this should affect the way we teach? Students are happier with shorter readings.

30 Reasons it’s Smart to Hire a History Student

Great list

Shaunanagins

When my co-op advisor asked how my current job relates to my History degree, I didn’t know what to tell her. Not because the job doesn’t relate to my studies–it does. Almost everything does, if you ask me. On the transferable skill side, there is just so, so much.

As I sit at the tail end of my History and Communications double major, resume full of business-friendly internships and experiences, I can’t help but notice how underrated the History half of my education seems to be. It has helped me thrive in so many work worlds–from the public service, to high tech marketing, to education and tourism. It’s time we stopped overlooking the History degree.

Here are 30 reasons why.

  1. History students are experts at tracking trends. They know how people, strategies, and time-stamped statistics work (or don’t work).
  2.  …and, yes, they know how to communicate that information back.

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CALACS 2015—Deadline Extended

Not a bad place for a conference!

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615x200-ehow-images-a06-jm-gn-pan-americanism_-800x800 The 34th CALACS Congress, organized by the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), the School of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica, and the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), will take place at will take place at the University of Costa Rica,San Jose, Costa Rica, from July 8 to 10, 2015. The theme this year is Critical Pan-Americanisms: Solidarity, Resistance, Territories. The submissions deadline has been extended to April 30, 2015.

Description: Pan-Americanism has a long and complicated history.  As concepts, ideas, discourses, possibilities, and dreams, Pan-America and Pan-Americanism appear and vanish, are defined and re-defined, and are accepted and rejected by different actors in different historical moments. South of the Río Grande, Pan-America and Pan-Americanism formed part of Símon Bolívar’s thought.  Later, between 1880 and 1890, the terms Pan-America and Pan-Americanism appeared in the United States, extending the territory northwards.  Henceforth, Pan-Americanism became part of…

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HISTORIANS NOW: THE FIERY TRIAL BY ERIC FONER

The people at the Gilder Lehrman Institute are doing wonderful things! I wish I could be closer. Foner’s work cannot be more timely.

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HISTORIANS NOW: THE FIERY TRIAL BY ERIC FONER

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A Tale of Two Governors

No more flowery Puerto Rican past.

The Privilege of Not Caring

Pretty good post about the supposed “Come back” of a White Disney fan: It’s also about positioning white as default, which is what happens when you look at the Disney princess line-up.”

C.M. Spivey

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year educating myself about privilege, especially my own privilege as a white cis woman. There’s still a lot I need to do to branch out and keep learning, but I feel like I do an alright job of checking my privilege.

I’m not often presented with opportunities to discuss privilege with other white people, so when such situations do arise I try to take advantage of them. I’d be lying if I said it turns out well most or even some of the time. It’s a rare person who accepts challenge gracefully. I am certainly not one of those people myself–I usually need an hour or two, sometimes longer, before I’m able to admit that the other person was right.

To the story. On Facebook the other day, an acquaintance shared a link to this image:

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Puerto Ricans Need to Stop Living Like Kings and Learn to Work in Sweatshops

An urgent read about Puerto Rico’s maladies and Bloomberg’s problematic article. It is short and necessary.

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An article in BloombergView, condescendingly entitled Helping Puerto Rico Prosper, pretends to offer a solution to the island’s economic maladies. Of course it has gone viral. The article presents a laundry list of what is ailing Puerto Rico while slowly but surely making a nuanced case for right wing economics. Here is the laundry list.

• Since 2006, Puerto Rico’s economy has contracted every year but one.

• Its unemployment rate of 13.7 percent is double that of the U.S. mainland.

• Its poverty rate is twice that of Mississippi.

• Puerto Rico’s population and tax base have aged and shrunk.

• Since 2000, public debt has risen from 60 percent of gross domestic product to more than 100 percent.

• Much of that has been racked up by the island’s inefficient public-sector corporations.

After presenting these well-known facts, the article argues for deregulation- of the worse kind. It…

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Duke University Debuts Website Documenting SNCC & the Voting Rights Struggle

Such a cool site!

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Vq1ywrurDuke University in Durham, North Carolina, has just debuted a new website documenting the struggle of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to secure voting rights for African Americans. The site, entitled “One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of the SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights,” went live one week before the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.

Students and faculty at Duke University worked with veterans of SNCC and other civil rights leaders to develop the website. The site includes a timeline, profiles of the key figures in the struggle to secure voting rights, and stories relating to the struggle.

5193ppoofzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Wesley Hogan, the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the author of Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), stated that “this is…

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The Birth of a Nation

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Birth_of_a_Nation_theatrical_poster“The Birth of a Nation” (1915) is a Hollywood film based on the bestselling book, “The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan” (1905) by Thomas Dixon, Jr. It was the most successful silent film ever. It revolutionized film-making and led to the rebirth of the Klan.

Lilian Gish stars as a Pure White Woman saved by the Klan from a large mulatto who lusts after her.

D.W. Griffith directs as a film-making genius who has no idea that he is a racist.

The film burst upon a world of nickelodeons where for five cents you could watch short films, generally 10 to 15 minutes long, which were little more than stage plays acted in front of unmoving cameras.

“The Birth of a Nation” was over three hours long and cost an unheard of $2.00 to see.

It had:

  • A new style of filming: cross-cuts, close-ups, establishing shots…

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The Idea of the Black Intellectual

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The Idea of the Black Intellectual

mums312-b010-i006-001When I first began to teach a class titled Black Intellectual Thought, I wanted to broaden the classic definition of a black intellectual for undergraduates who tended to think of black intellectuals as a small stratum of African Americans who were literate and who had access to mechanisms for publication. I first used William M. Banks’ vivid and engaging text, Black Intellectuals: Race and Responsibility in American Life.1 Black Intellectuals adeptly narrates a history of important black thinkers within changing contexts of slavery, race, and modernization, but it also emphasizes a narrow understanding of black intellectualism. I found myself sometimes working against this text to get students to think about the patterns, changes and complexities of black thought expressed in different contexts by people that did not fit a definition…

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For Shame! Part 3: A Shameful (Erotic?) Theology?

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“Shame need not crouch, in such an Earth as Ours; Shame—stand erect—the Universe is yours!”  – Emily Dickinson, #1304, 1874

“It would not be an overstatement to say that Christianity literally had its birth on the altar of shame.” – Jill L. McNish, Transforming Shame: A Pastoral Response

“… shame does not merely guard the boundary between the public and the private, the political and the personal, the inter- and intrasubjective, but also constantly traverses those boundaries—even very nearly dissolves them. This traversal—this near-dissolution—binds shame tightly to the erotic. If the embrace of the stigma of identity represents a conversion that takes place within shame, so too dos the plunge into the abjection of flesh-and-soul that undoes identity, giving rise to both wild joy and abysmal humility—courting the arrival of grace. This stigma itself turns out to be both the inscription and the erasure of identity, at once the fact…

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The Secret Anglo-American Empire of Intelligence

I wonder how are they tracking my web surfing.

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Robert Whitaker
Tarrant County College

There is a telling moment near the beginning of Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary film featuring the initial interviews between NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and reporters. Snowden sits on the edge of a hotel bed describing a collection of documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. The documents, listed in a computer file directory, include material taken as part of the National Security Agency’s [NSA] global surveillance program. As Snowden talks, Greenwald and MacAskill lean forward to view the files, salivating over the potential headlines from the documents, particularly those concerning German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Snowden, however, remains distant from the excitement, offering the documents to Greenwald and MacAskill without editorializing and without pointing them toward specific stories. For Greenwald and MacAskill, it seems, the importance of Snowden’s revelations lie in the contents of the documents; for Snowden, the importance of the revelations remain…

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