Embodied Equity

Been on a path towards Somatics for some time now. More later… Just needed a place holder.

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Frank B. Wilderson, “Wallowing in the contradictions”, Part 1


a necessary angel

The interview that follows is the first of a two-part discussion with Frank B. Wilderson, the author of Incognegro, and his latest work Red, White and Black, Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms.Part A is comprised of Frank’s thoughtful, provocative answers to some prepared questions offered via an e-mail exchange. Part B will consist of an actual conversation Frank and I had 6 weeks ago at the University of California Davis following a discussion that he gave concerning both books. Frank is a Professor of Drama and African American Studies at UC Irvine, and visiting Professor at UC Davis, and The University of California Berkeley.

Incognegro is Frank’s memoirs of an extremely fertile, lucid, and transformative period of his life, in which he was one of only two American members of the ANC (African National Congress) in South Africa in the years leading up to the abolition of…

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Back to the Drawing Table

Been away for awhile, trying to figure out how to write about all of this. Much has transpired and, yet very little has changed. Me? I want to climb in deeper when uncovering this ongoing crisis  of power dynamics. Race, class, gender, age – all of it is suspect anymore, it seems. Nevertheless, race stands behind me, whispering like a forgotten child, asking me to speak aloud what I see, feel, think and .. yes, imagine. So, again, I shall try…

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Golden Moments

Golden Moments

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Geez, what gall!

DETROIT, May 2 (UPI) – Detroit residents expressed differing opinions on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion the city be repopulated with immigrants. Some critics of Bloomberg’s Sunday statement, which suggested immigrants to the United States be sent to live and work in Detroit to bolster the troubled city, said the idea would do little to combat its double-digit employment rate and other recession-related issues, The Detroit News reported Monday. “There are no jobs to be had here,” resident Mary Ann Robertson said. “There are no industries here.” However, others said the plan could help the country’s fourth-largest city grow to rival New York in size. “Anything that could bolster our (population) and our tax base, I am certainly in favor of,” lifelong Detroit resident Adrian Green, 41, said. “Detroit needs families like no other city in the country, since we had the biggest population loss of any major city in the country in the last 10-20 years.” Bloomberg made his comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If I were the federal government, assuming we could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agree to go to Detroit and live there for five to 10 years, start businesses, take jobs or whatever,” Bloomberg said. “You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here.”

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YouTube – With President Obama’s Birth Certificate, Klansman Trump Reminds Blacks They Will Never Be American

YouTube – With President Obama’s Birth Certificate, Klansman Trump Reminds Blacks They Will Never Be American.

Articulate, focused and mad as hell. I have no other words to say, other than … Right on, my brother!

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Sender of offensive Obama email calls it satire | US National Headlines | Comcast.net

Sender of offensive Obama email calls it satire | US National Headlines | Comcast.net.

Marilyn Davenport, a Fullerton California GOP official sent an email depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee only to say on Wednesday that she considered the email political satire, not racist. Davenport went on to say that she would definitely not step down, even as GOP local party leaders  launched an ethics investigation and called for her resignation.

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Forgetting Slavery

Forgetting Slavery

A new poll shows that many Americans, especially young ones, misunderstand the cause of the Civil War.

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Teacher stages mock auction of black and mixed-race students

NORFOLK AP — A Norfolk school principal has apologized for a classroom activity last week in which a teacher staged a mock auction of black and mixed-race students as part of a Civil War history lesson.The Virginian-Pilot reports that Sewells Point Elementary School Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote the students’ parents this week to say that while the teacher’s actions were well-intended, “the activity presented was inappropriate for the students.” She said the activity was not supported by the school or division.Division spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said the teacher separated black and mixed-race fourth-graders from their white classmates and auctioned them. She said the division was taking “appropriate personnel action.”Wrushen declined to comment Friday and the teacher, Jessica Boyle, did not return a call to the school, the newspaper reported.

via The Daily Reflector.

Damn! How screwed up is this? This sort of thing seems to be happening more and more so I’m wondering how long it will be until the nooses start re-appearing?

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New Micro-Aggression

Today’s micro-aggression was found on a blog that focuses on sports and other tidbits. The discussion was about a New York Asian woman who was sentenced to years of jury duty by a judge for her rather blatant prejudice expressed on her jury information sheet. The following response to the news item caught my eye:

April 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Wow she must really hate Haitians to add them to the list of black people which is a group their already included in. Kinda like when I say I hate hispanics, blacks, and welfare people. The groups all coincide so its repetitive unless your trying to show exactly how much hate is in your heart.”

Guess this writer must truly be living in an ugly place in his heart, eh?

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