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Justice in Milwaukee.
While we still fight for justice for Tray, we are happy to hear justice being served in Milwaukee.
I’m seeing that there are many people confused and/or annoyed that the Trayvon Martin murder is generating such attention and provoking national responses, both symbolic and active. I’ll try to explain once more:
Individuals keep quoting the homicide statistics occurring with Black…
It was my friend Clarissa who called me the other night about the Trayvon Martin verdict on a hot, humid night in my apartment in Rogers Park. “Girl, are you watching TV?” she exclaimed. “This motherfucker was just declared not guilty!” When she delivered the horrible, heart breaking news, it seemed as if time stood still. Numerous Black folks had said that they just KNEW Zimmerman was going to get off—not because they believed he was innocent, but because of the systematic racism of the American court. Deep in my heart, I wanted to hold out some naive hope that this country wasn’t that bad, that we were progressing, and that the humanity of Black people would be acknowledged and valued just as much as white lives.
The reality of white supremacy in the United States is a constant, bitter pill to swallow.
I called my mother immediately after that, bawling my eyes out. “How can they let this asshole get away with this, Mom? This country just showed us that to them, a Black person’s life means less than a dog’s!” I cried, my chest heaving with sobs.
My mother tried to reassure me that everything would be alright, and that this wasn’t over. She assured me that Zimmerman would get his and that I shouldn’t worry about my sister, brother, or my father. But deep down, I think that the verdict has shaken us both to the core, as it has done with other Black women who have sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, friends, and partners who are constantly seen as a threat because of the color of their skin.
It is frightening to think about the numerous Black faces that have perished—to think about Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Rekyia Boyd, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo as never receiving justice for the brutality of their murders. The hurting does not end and neither will the memory.
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I’ll be honest—there’s not that many dead white men who I look up to, let alone become fascinated by. Most of the time I can’t relate, and too many of those dead white heroes tend to fall into the racist-sexist-classist category, those who have exploited people of color, especially women of color: I need not mention the likes of Jefferson, Washington, Columbus, Reagan, and other crusty-faced men occupying the pages of U.S. textbooks. America, in true racist and sexist fashion, tends to elevate the accomplishments and achievements of white men over non-whites in history.
Enter Kurt Cobain. Kurt, the angry, grungy, white kid from Aberdeen, Washington, captured my attention in a way that no other white guy has done. An outspoken anti-racist, pro-feminist, pro-gay rocker, he remained outspoken on his political beliefs, even in the face of mainstream success. Along with bringing a new sound to rock music, he brought a new consciousness with the social power he acquired, which set him apart from other white male front men at the time. Cobain wrote frequently in his journal about eradicating sexism from the rock scene, as well as shunning sexists and racists away from buying Nirvana’s albums or coming to their shows. He even refused to go on tour with Guns n’ Roses, as he believed Axel Rose to be a racist and homophobe. In other words, Kurt actively dissociated himself from the institution of white supremacist patriarchy.
It’s hard for me to develop a consistent connection with straight white men. Even in the few friendships I’ve established in the past, I must admit that I’m somewhat wary, as the looming factor of white male privilege forms an invisible barrier between us that prevents complete understanding. Too often has been my experience that young white dudes my age, unless incredibly aware and well versed on the trappings of institutional racism and the social, political, and economic advantage it affords them, do not easily relinquish their subconscious investment in the system. To date, my easiest friendships have been with people of color, queer identified, and female-bodied women, as there is a common bond that we can somewhat relate to in terms of being outcasts.
While Kurt relished in fucking up the racial and gender paradigm that dominated rock music, white guys like him seem to be few and far between. As we move towards a new America, one where white men will increasingly become the minority, will there be a new shift in white male identity? Or will there actively be resurgence in white power/supremacist movements, as the presence of people of color, gays and women threaten the racist social order? Why are there few visible white male allies, even though we supposedly live in a post-racial America?
If more white guys were as angry, rebellious, self-critical about their stake in oppression and bad-ass as Kurt was, aligning themselves with the politically disenfranchised, shit would indeed be slightly cooler.
“If you’re a sexist, racist, homophobe, or basically an asshole, don’t buy this CD. I don’t care if you like me, I fucking hate you.”
Your blog makes me happy and have hope. I could go on, but that would be a treatise. I needed what you’ve been posting.
Thank you so much! I haven’t posted in a long time, but I feel motivated to start again. :) Appreciate the love.
Mitt just can’t get his shit together. Let’s just say I’ve never had this much fun watching a conservative politician make an ass out of himself ever since George Bush was in office.
First, it was the 47% gaffe. Next, Big Bird became the target of Mitt’s budget cutting wrath (PBS’s Sesame Street primarily benefits underprivileged minority children). But the entertainment didn’t stop there—binders full of women has been the latest bit of bullshit, head scratching statements that Romney can add to his long list of political fuckery.
Last night, Mitt-Mitt tried to get in good with the ladies by talking about his record of hiring women during his stint as governor of Massachusetts. He apparently felt that throwing in a little zinger about us being in “binders” was appropriate to drive his point across—it instead incited confusion, disbelief, and public mockery.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ ” Romney said, “and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Exactly how the fuck does this even relate to gender equality? Does Mitt think any woman is going to find this shit charming? Who the blue fuck actually announces this kind of chauvinistic out loud to an audience, like the shit is cute?.
However, women might have a little trouble believing such a heartfelt statement when Mitt-Mitt is planning to defund Planned Parenthood, has stated he wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade, wants to let states ban access to birth control if they so choose, and plans to eliminate Title X. He also wants to repeal Obamacare, meaning that 17 million women will be uninsured under his presidency. Oh, and he also was quoted saying that he likes to fire people—as part of his plan to deduce the deficit, he plans to cut government jobs, which are held by a lot of women.
But hey, his binders should make up for that, right?
Moral of the story:
George Bush didn’t care about Black people.
Mitt Romney doesn’t care about women.
And the last place I want to be is in his binder.
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