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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
This blog is my space for an interdisciplinary examination of race, gender, class, sexuality - all things intersectional & multi-dimensional.
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Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.
Audre Lorde
People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.
Teju Cole

Tracine Asberry, an African-American school board member and a former teacher in Minneapolis, says it’s natural to teach who you are. But if you come from a privileged background and don’t believe in the struggles faced by many people of color, your opinions can alienate a lot of kids.

"As teachers, teaching students who have different realities, we have to be aware of those things. We can’t just be aware of them. We have to be comfortable so that we can have the conversation, and then encourage our students to feel comfortable to have those conversations in our classroom."

Asberry believes one way to close the achievement gap is to close the teacher gap. For some students of color, she says, the key might be as simple as making sure the person leading the classroom looks like them.

Teachers facing achievement gap try cross-race connections

Cross-race connections should be a mandatory initiative in all schools that serve students of color. Point blank.

Students’ refusal to “act white” does not imply a devaluing of education or a rejection of schooling. Rather, refusing to “act white” is about maintaining a sense of identity and belonging and demonstrating loyalty to one’s peers and community. It is also about resisting a school environment that systematically ignores and devalues students’ nondominant forms of cultural capital and that demands conformity to white, middle-class cultural ways.

Prudence Carter focuses fresh attention on the clash that occurs between dominant cultural expectations for achievement in school and the cultural styles of students from nondominant cultural backgrounds. She shows us how the variability in school engagement patterns among low-income black and Latino youth are influenced by their varying ideologies about their social identities and how best to deploy these identities in their response to the social inequities they encounter in school.

She provides an important counter to the oversubscribed-to notion that African-American and Latino youth do poorly in school because they equate school success with “acting white.” Rather, for the young people in Carter’s study, academic engagement (or disengagement) was connected to their ideologies about how to negotiate the cultural borders that existed between their community and school worlds.

Its weird when people reuse things because of the whole bohemian trend. I know sustainable living is a thing but it trips me out how in one context, carrying mason jars to class to reuse as a cup is celebrated, while in another context its an example of how people in poverty have to become innovative.

Stuff you would get made fun of for in High School are now the thing everyone does, to the point that people spend EXTRA money just for the bohemian aesthetic. 

I just find it all… interesting…

You can watch the life stream online here. From 10 - 12 eastern.

Basically white men who go around to random countries and judging their food through the most western lens possible.

Shows like Bizarre Foods (which I’ve watched for years honestly, just because I’m weird and like to watch people eat food…) is actually really condescending. The host, Andrew, just goes around and either mocks the people for the strange food that they eat, or act like him eating the food is the stamp of approval. It doesn’t matter that the fact that an entire country/culture is built off of these food staples - they’re already marked “bizarre” by the show title. Or he’ll go to a family’s house that doesn’t speak English and awkwardly eat their food/have condescending commentary on the food they eat on a daily basis. OR he will literally tell people to their face how foul/disgusting/not good something is. But he’d say “but I defend your right to eat it!” a if that erases the stigma you placed on their way of life.

No reservations with Anthony Bourdain: I’ve actually haven’t seen this for too long, but i still find it interesting. He goes to other countries and comments on their food as if his stamp of approval is needed. Don’t get me wrong, I bet the families, markets, restaurants that feature these shows get much needed exposure and business because of it. I’VE been to a restaurant just because I saw it on travel channel (man vs food) BUUTTT that doesn’t mean I can’t comment on the context. There was one episode where Anthony Bourdain was on Columbia and was amazed at how GREAT the food was. And was telling this one restaurant how their food is so amazing. Maybe it’s because I live on Texas and know Colombians and know S. American food is amazing - but I was just like “well… Duh columbian food is good as hell”. But I couldn’t help but notice how these places aren’t recognized has true culinary hot spots until *certain people* validate their existence.

Man vs. Food: just makes me want to eat everything…

Edit: except when I see him eat peppers. Like, my family keeps habanero peppers in the freezer and he *literally* regards them as grenades … #nigerianproblems
The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African states, and not with the colonial creation of the African states, and you have an entirely different story.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this TED Talk

Feminist Griote:

With everyone talking about same sex issues and the rights of LGBTQ persons, I am still not fully satisfied, with where the conversation is going. As a lover of pop-culture, I would love to see Beyonce, Rihanna, and Niki Minaj come out and support same sex issues, and all issues that plague the LGBTQ community. There is no question that these ladies music and style is heavily influenced by gay culture and that gay culture is also influenced by these pop-stars.

After all when Bey says, “snap for the kids” we know exactly who she is referring to. Interesting that Beyonce’s husband has verbalized his support, but not Bey herself. Minaj and RiRi definitely like to give the allure that they can be swayed into bisexuality with their risque lyrics and well photographed girl-on-girl antics, but yet and still those antics never translate into political action.

the rest is at the link!

To resort to the concept of cultural hegemony is to take a banal question-“who has power?”-and deepen it at both ends. The “who” includes parents, preachers, teachers, journalists, literati, “experts” of all sorts, as well as advertising executives, entertainment promoters, popular musicians, sports figures, and “celebrities”-all of whom are involved (albeit often unwittingly) in shaping the values and attitudes of a society. The “power” includes cultural as well as economic and political power-the power to help define the boundaries of common-sense “reality” either by ignoring views outside those boundaries or by labeling deviant opinions “tasteless” or “irresponsible.”

The Concept of Cultural Hegemony: Problems and Possibilities

T. J. Jackson Lears



Kathleen Cleaver of the Black Panther Party breaks down “Why We Wear Our Hair Like This”

Black is Beautiful

Dig it? 

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So i’m a huge fan of Melissa Harris Perry so I find any excuse to post about her as much as possible. Well right now she’s on twitter having a conversation with her Tulane students about the book Reality Bites Back.

You can either go to her twitter or just check out the #realitybitesback hasttag to track the conversation.

A summary of Reality Bites Back (from amazon):

Nearly every night on every major network, “unscripted” (but carefully crafted) “reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago. In Reality Bites Back, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. She deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple “guilty pleasures,” these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political development of this generation’s young viewers. She lays out the cultural biases promoted by reality TV about gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and explores how those biases shape and reflect our cultural perceptions of who we are, what we’re valued for, and what we should view as “our place” in society. Smart and informative, Reality Bites Back arms readers with the tools they need to understand and challenge the stereotypes reality TV reinforces and, ultimately, to demand accountability from the corporations responsible for this contemporary cultural attack on three decades of feminist progress.



Today’s meeting gave me new hope for people of color. It showed me that we never give up. That we fight for our people when the time calls for it. That we can come together and unify in the midst of all this oppression, when the cards are stacked most against us.

One guy argued that we should take this opportunity to educate our communities, and bring this energy and organization to the hood, where the oppression is most evident. the dude read my mind.

There were sub-committees for concerns such as students, arts and culture, press, social media, education, research, etc etc. I (kind of) joined the education committee where they’re proposing to train people on different facets of oppression, such as racism, patriarchy, environmental racism, gentrification, among others.

Then to finish it off there was a bombazo, which is when drummers circle around and play while someone in the middle dances to the beat. i was hype! there were ppl clapping, shaking maracas, singing along: TUMBA LA PARED! (BREAK DOWN THE WALL!) This musical/cultural outlet is EXACTLY what keeps social movements alive. you cannot have a social movement strictly be about politics. You need culture. You need to identify with your roots. People of color are rich in ancestral tradition and veneration.

This kind of energy makes me wanna come back down to the city for good and join my people in solidarity as the times demand it.

*this is the people of color working group Google Group:

*this is the tumblr page: pococcupywallstreet

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