Saturday Night Blog Whoring

by matttbastard

Sock it to me one time, brethren–show me what you got. Love for y’all (and respect for teh Shakes).

AngryBlackBitch: Ain’t I a black woman? and This is your brain on privilege…

Birth Pangs: Nicaragua to Decriminalize Gay Sex — WTF?

Marginal Notes: Me, Myself and I

Jack and Jill Politics: Williams: Middle Class Blacks Are A Different Race and
NPR Presents Juan Williams Cherrypicking of Pew Poll Without Counterpoint

Improvisations: When a Woman is Gang Raped in the Happy Kingdom… (h/t brownfemipower)

Questioning Transphobia: Gender Reality Denied by Political Bias

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: A 40th Post Treat

Renegade Evolution: The F Bomb.

Vox ex Machina: Racism and location

misscripchick: faith

Fetch Me My Axe: …and this emphatically does NOT make me giggle.

The Apostate: The Thin Little Brown Girl With Welts On Her Arms

Too Sense: They’re Still Controlling The Discourse

The Galloping Beaver: RCMP Believe Laws Are For Civilians and The RCMP Finally Speak Up

unrepentant old hippie: Tall dark and dead

A Creative Revolution: Control And Compliance: The Next Generation

The Newshoggers: Patriot Act abuse

Designated Protest Zone: Brings New Meaning to the Phrase “Lethal Warning”

Slant Truth: Guest Post from Donna Darko

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Internalized sexism at least a hundred times more prevalent in women of color than internalized racism

Tiny Cat Pants: In Which I Admit to Giving Up on the Huffington Post

Scruffy Dan: Book publishers sues Staples because they have photocopy machines

Shiraz Socialist: Poseur who could write

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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

And the whole world dragged us down
Not a sonnet not a sound
And the whole world turned aside
The cruelest hand just turned an eye”

(Turn all eyes towards tha one Melissa McEwan, y0. But save the cruelty for someone less awesome.)

The Gimp Parade: Mail with Mom and The next Ashley X

Kill Bigotry!: 18th Erase Racism Carnival (h/t belledame)

Blue Gal: Something is wrong…

Birth Pangs: Religion, Science, and the Law

Red Jenny: Interesting maps of income and voting patterns in the USA and Tories say “nanner nanner” to Scary Veiled Women

AngryBlackBitch: Just jokes? – A dream-based exploration… (Money quote: “[C]alling a woman the N-Word six times in a rant about how she may expose your frequent use of the N-Word is the verbal equivalent of taking out a I’M A FUCKING RACIST ad on the A&E television web site.”)

Oh No a WoC PhD: What is Violence against WOC?

Jack and Jill Politics: The Right Discovers The Jena Six

Tiny Cat Pants: The Bitchass Tyrant Addresses Her Critics

The Galloping Beaver: Harper’s Conservatives and the Death Penalty (Pierre Trudeau’s corpse must be glowing by now from the rotational friction)

A Creative Revolution: Myths. A Rant.

The Newshoggers: Bush’s Derangement Syndrome

Sly Civilian: Concern

William K. Wolfrum: WSJ: Murder of two female sailors proves media’s anti-war bias

PoliTits: Cherish Is the Word (I shore do loves me sum DCup)

The Heathlander: Losing the fight on Iran

Who Is IOZ?: It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating (Wow. Must read IOZ more often.)

M.LeBlanc @ Bitch Ph.D.: Baby, You Sexy: Equal Opportunity Edition (boom, you really need to read this one)

The Republic of T.: The Evolution & Diffusion of Gay Culture (Coulda sworn Terrance was on the ‘roll already. An unfortunate but easily remedied oversight.)

Cosellout: It’s Not Steve Nash’s Fault!: A Study in White Privilege and It’s STILL Not Steve Nash’s Fault: A Response to Jack McCallum

Lock The Bedroom Door: Come On, Boys. I Think We’ll Go to the Little Donkey’s Room. (h/t Bitch Ph.D.)

Orcinus: The spiral tightens and The Two Evangelical Futures

The Vanity Press: The 2007 Right-Wing Awards

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Thursday Blogwhoring: The Chairman Of The Bored

by matttbastard

Even when mired in the depths of illness and ennui, love reign o’er me! (Once again, Melissa McEwen gets the lion’s share of props. Rawr, etc.)

First Draft: ‘Not My Job’ and Those darn hurricanes are never there when you need them!

AngryBlackBitch: Lies beget lies beget lies beget drama…

Lenin’s Tomb: Which ones are the Nazis again?

Rox Populi: Attention MSM

at-Largely: This is what passes for journalism at the JPost these days…

Arms and influence: O captains, our captains

Dawg’s Blawg: The anthropology of blogging (1)

Montreal Simon: The Throne Speech: Is it Time to Leave Canada?

Renegade Evolution: Why we love Amber & Trinity, entitlement, and other assorted tales…

Nexy’s Cocoon: on mutilation & provocation

Daisy’s Dead Air: October 16, 1859

The Galloping Beaver: “What would be their specific need to see?”

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Some Days it’s Hard to Think of a Title

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: DNA pioneer’s lecture cancelled after comments on race (“Me thinks they ought to revoke his nobel…” Ditto.)

Jack and Jill Politics: Tis the Season to Claim Black Inferiority and Dr. James Watson — Racist

Feministe: Why diversity is important, Why not illegalize it?, OMG Teh Hysterical Feminists Again! and Questionable statistics

Idolator: Is Indie Rock Black Enough? Presenting The Sasha Frere-Jones Score and The Sasha Frere-Jones Score: Emo Swings More Than Acoustic Guitars Do (via Racialicious)

Tiny Cat Pants: Who Does Kay Brooks Hate More–Men or Women? (via Feline Formal Shorts)

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A Renewed Icon

by matttbastard

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“I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.”

– Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness

Several weeks ago I predicted that, post-Jena, the noose would experience a revival as a powerful image of intolerance. Wasn’t exactly going out on a limb with that one; the lowest common denominator will almost always live up to inch-high expectations.

Still would have been a pleasant surprise to have been wrong:

At least 10 cases have been reported in recent weeks of nooses being found in public buildings in chilling reminders of the country’s deep-seated racial tensions. In one case a noose was left dangling from the door of a black professor at Columbia University’s teachers’ college in New York.The professor, Madonna Constantine, a specialist in psychology and education, has written a book on race equality called Addressing Racism. Officers from the New York police hate crimes task force are investigating.

[…]

Among other incidents recently: a noose was found hanging from a store being built in Chicago; a student drove into his high school in Chicago with a noose hanging from his rearview mirror; a noose was found in a police locker room in Long Island, New York; and a woman was arrested in Queens, New York, for flashing a noose at her black neighbours and threatening to kill their children.

brklyngrl @ Open Left and Jack Turner of Jack and Jill Politics have both compiled extensive round-ups of recent noose-related activity. Turner makes the point that even though a lot of these events “are copycats “inspired” by the Jena 6 story”, he cautions us to remember “that George Allen kept one in his law office long before that famous “schoolyard fight” in Louisiana.” In other words: same old shit, brand new yr retro.

Bottom line:

Hanging a noose, like burning a cross or blowing up school children (whether on a city bus or in a church) is an act of terrorism. It forces people to change their habits, quit their jobs and live in fear. It is a threat on one’s life. Black folks in America have been living with some form of terrorism since we arrived here, but somehow, I don’t expect the government will be sending the troops to Hempstead and Louisville and Pittsburgh anytime soon.

Just remember: these incidents are occurring nationwide; I wouldn’t be surprised to soon see it cross the border to Canada. So don’t break out the classist bullshit and shrug it off as a problem endemic to the Southern United States. Racial animosity transcends borders, rural/urban-North/South demographics; we in North America are all still subject to the ongoing hangover of slavery. Shit, that’s what happens when, instead of acknowledging the existence of a problem, one chooses the ostrich route to avoid the stench of corrupting hatred.

South Africa had it right after apartheid when it convened a truth commission “to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation.”  The scars from slavery are deep, and reopen easily. And when you have an open wound, you gotta clean it ASAP, even if cauterization hurts like a motherfucker. Otherwise that wound will fester, become gangrenous, and eventually spread, as we see in this endless feedback loop of denial followed by wide-eyed revelation.

I’m sick to fucking death of all this ZOMG racism still exists?!?!!?1 bullshit. Yes, it does. Yes, it will continue to manifest in all-too-familiar form unless we all stop breathing sand and face the ugly truth, “‘The horror! The horror!'”

Related: More on the Columbia University noose incident from dnA, also @ Jack And Jill Politics , who highlights the following quote taken from a NYDaily News article covering the latest visceral reminder that lynching–and racism in general–is far from ancient history:

“I’m upset, but I’m not surprised,” said Shawn Maxam, 26, a master’s degree student who is black. “I think it’s just a reflection of what’s going on in America as a whole.

“We got tricked into thinking that race is not an issue because we’re in 2007 and Barack Obama is running for President. That’s not the case.”

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Holiday Blogwhoring: A Bountiful Cornucopia Of Bloggy Goodness

by matttbastard

Who luvs ya, baby? (Once again, all props to Melissa McEwen.)

The Apostate: Hoax

Reclusive Leftist: In which Dr. Socks becomes so disgusted with the casual ineptitude of the ev-psychos that she descends to name-calling and cursing (h/t RenEv)

Publius Endures: A few guidelines for Ron Paul supporters

Hatewatch: Extremist Group Announces Speech by Congressman

Jack And Jill Politics: Brits Pull Troops Out of Iraq — An African-American Translation

The Duck of Minerva: Expert advice

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Employees Recount Stories of Radiation Exposure

Dymaxion World: Look, insanity in print!

The Angry Black Woman: The anti-immigration movement vs. US soldiers: Round one — FIGHT!!

The Gimp Parade: The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory

Tiny Cat Pants: Basic Human Dignity

Shakesville: The World According To Siegel and The Startle Reflex

Rachel’s Tavern: More Nooses, More Blackface-Qui annus est?

Orcinus: My interview with Medved

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Question to white bloggers II

Shameless Blog: Wes Anderson: the ultimate heartbreaker (via Racialicious)

More Notes From Underground: A particularly bad (but probably not uncommon) reason not to support MMP

Dawg’s Blawg: Government by journalist: MMP vs. the press

They Call Me ‘Mister Sinister’: Deconstructing The Case Against MMP and A Word Of Caution

AngryBlackBitch: God said what?

The Galloping Beaver: His noodly appendage touches Missouri

Girl, Dislocated: It’s called duct tape. Use It.

Rox Populi: Extreme Historical Revisionism: National Columinist with a T.E. Lawrence Complex Edition

PoliTits: Adventures in Real Parenting: Bought and Paid For

Battlepanda: Space Money

T-Equality: Daily ENDA Update from Mara Keisling

TransAvocate: Observations From A Protest