Differences, Disagreements, and Delusions

Progressivism can’t fuel the absurd notion race–especially when it comes to African-Americans, is divisive. Race is culture, race is community and our ability to openly and thoughtfully solve challenges in every community must be rooted in an acceptance of diversity in all its forms, be it ethnic, religious, gender, or geographical.–Lauren Brown Jarvis, Huffington Post, 6/26/2013

Part of the reason why I’ve been so frustrated with the progressive movement over the years is because of the proclivity of some people within it to act as if race isn’t important–not as important as matters of class, matters of equality, or even at all. I believe it is a blind spot towards progress that we’d like to achieve, generally. And I think that most progressives, when aware of this problem, can be reasoned with.

But the people within the movement that frustrate me the most are the ones who take criticism on race matters, and simply dismiss it out of hand. Or, worse: they recycle the same racist rhetoric that conservatives use, to call those people “racist”, “divisive”, and otherwise. It’s frustrating, because (according to them) progressives are (supposedly) better than conservatives on matters of race, and  yet believe all the same that minorities ought to couch their criticism of the movement because we’re “on the same team.”

Were I to be unfair, and judge simply by the few examples I’ve seen this past week, then I’d have to cast doubt. I know better. I know this is merely a segment of a larger coalition. But it must be called out, because it is still damaging and insulting. (more…)

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“‘Pete & Pete’ Was All White People!”: ‘SLIMED!’ Author Mathew Klickstein on Why ‘Ren and Stimpy’ Was Better Than ‘Clarissa’ and Nickelodeon’s Diversity Problem

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The interview with Mathew Klickstein here was just…all over the place. I read it as very condescending to women, to minorities, and to those who have brains. Next to the definition of “dudebro” should be a photo of Mathew Klickstein and his hat and beard. This dude needs to get the entire fuck out my face.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

There is no era of television that inspires such a pure, fervent nostalgia as the Golden Age of Nickelodeon. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, the network aired wonderful and strange series that changed the world of children’s entertainment. This Thursday, New York Super Week will throw a “Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!” at Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate these timeless shows with actor appearances, performances by Polaris (of Pete & Pete fame) and the duo behind Doug’s The Beets (Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer), and more. Mathew Klickstein, the event’s moderator and author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, spoke to Flavorwire about the event, our persistent love for this era, and why he believes Nickelodeon’s desire to diversify its programming is “exploitive and predatory.”

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The NFL Scandals: How I See It

Let me be clear about the following facts: Ray Rice should have been suspended, and he is facing an adequate consequence for his actions. The National Football League, in it’s ham-fisted attempt to discipline the player, was reactionary and tripped over itself. The usually-outstanding Baltimore Ravens organization was trying to protect an asset because of the money it cost them down the line, until they didn’t have to anymore. And finally, I think a great amount of people are being rather pious and insincere about this subject.
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At PETA, Humanity Doesn’t Exist

I don’t know if I’ve seen any organization so committed to doing “good” and being as egregiously patronizing to its fellow human beings as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been. Out of many debacles, they have created universal dislike toward their organization in the last few years, managing to offend almost every human demographic possible—African-Americans, Jewish people, overweight people, and so on—with their cut-rate stunts.

Now, they’ve turned their focus on the Detroit water crisis. (more…)