Race, Social

You Cannot Lie Your Way into Blackness

(edited and co-written by @bron_two)

Rachel Dolezal is not now, nor has ever been, a Black woman. She is a con artist. The concept of “transracialism” is an onset of White privilege, as it only applies to white people who want to ascribe to themselves the positive traits of other racial identities, without having to live the adversities of them. Any discussion about this that does not logically conclude these two facts is functionally dishonest and, therefore, invalid.

That seems harsh, I know. But it’s the truth. Which is more than what we’ve gotten from Ms. Dolezal, as well as one too many academics, in the week that this story has broken.

I won’t go into a lengthened rehashing of the story; there are plenty of articles that have. However, there are academic discussions about this story that we should not entertain at all, considering that we’re having them in the context of a series of bald-faced lies. The facts are that Dolezal has been lying about her racial identity since God knows when. Continue reading

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Good Intentions, Bad Idea: Starbucks’ Race Together

“Conversation has to include not only what you think, but what you routinely do. Nowthat would be an interesting conversation about race–a difficult one that doesn’t allow for self-congratulations, but that might be more useful in the long run.— Eric Sherman, Inc.com, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Trips Over Race

Let’s just go right past preamble, and get straight to the point: Starbucks Coffee’s #RaceTogether initiative is a well-meaning, well-intentioned, and ham-fisted joke. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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

vcthree:

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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