I’ll start with a funny Dave Chappelle video on studying white people:
Now for the serious bit…
Whiteness as Personified Oppression
What is Whiteness?
Douglass Massey in his work Categorically Unequal argued that the root of any racial stratification system is in its ability to categorize and rank human beings. Without categorization a society cannot build the social or physical barriers that create inequality or oppression. As social scientists this means that we must not only understand the stratification systems themselves but we need to understand the genesis and functioning of the categories that are used to construct the stratification systems. With this perspective in mind, whiteness and white people become an important social object to study in our effort to understand race and racism. Continue reading
Wonder which country will spill too much olive oil next?
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the “Boston Bombers”.
Of course everyone in America and presumably elsewhere knows the story of the recent bombings in Boston. The perpetrators of the attack, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are the center of a storm of blogging, article writing, and commentary on Tumblr and Twitter; not necessarily because of their attack per se but because of their racial identity. The importance of their racial identity can be summed up in this: most terrorist attacks against the United States have been committed by white men but in almost all of those cases the first suspects were assumed to be Arab, Black, or African. Tim Wise, the ideal type of the white anti-racist, wrote a very powerful piece on how white privilege creates the ideology that allows for everyone to be scared of Arabs when whites are doing all the killing. And here’s when the Tsarnaev brothers come in. Many anti-racist bloggers, Tim Wise included, have been using the opportunity of the bombers being white to highlight the privilege and racism embedded in how we deal with terrorism. Although I understand the purposes of these blog posts and articles, they are all missing an important point: It doesn’t matter that they’re white and making it a point of stating such leave a lot of room for blowback to occur. Continue reading
Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up” from WHAT MATTERS MOST on Vimeo.
“Black Up” is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album >Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material. It was filmed in Bronx, NY, Beacon, NY, and various locations in Puerto Rico. Continue reading
As promised, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu have released a collaborative track entitled, “Q.U.E.E.N.” for Janelle’s forthcoming album, The Electric Lady. Check the track out below.