It shouldn’t really be a surprise that Cliven Bundy, leader of the absurd Nevada cattle tax stand off against “the Feds,”* also is problematic on other fronts. As Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes from a NY Times piece, Bundy had this to say about poor Black people:
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Coates, who in recently has been writing a lot about the historical and contemporary pervasiveness of white supremacy in US society, goes on to show the grueling reality of chattel slavery in the US with examples from “Thavolia Glymph’s bruising monograph Out of the House of Bondage.” Coates then concludes:
When people like Cliven Bundy assert the primacy of the past it is important that we do not recount it selectively. American enslavement is the destruction of the black body for profit. That is the past that Cliven Bundy believes “the Negro” to have been better off in. He is, regrettably, not alone.
(*On a side note, what makes Bundy’s stand so absurd for me is that it’s not a case of age old family land being seized by a cruel tyrant government. It’s a businessman refusing to pay fees for using land that wasn’t his. Theoretically-historically, without ‘the feds,’ Bundy wouldn’t graze his cattle in ‘Murica anyway. He’d be in Mexico, or rather in the land of the Washoe.)
For the grumpy prescriptivists of the world, there is now an extension for Google Chrome that replaces the word “literally” with the word “figuratively” on the webpages you visit. (Though you’re fighting a losing battle, dear purists: The word’s more colloquial, emphatic sense — as in, “I’m literally going to kill the next person who comments on my use of the word ‘literally’ ” — was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Libraries tend to become more cozy, relaxing and communicative places. Other than public spaces like museums, they have a certain private character, which makes them a living room for their community.CNN debunks the myth that libraries are dying. Complement with this wonderful photographic love letter to public libraries. (via explore-blog)
I never get bored of people playing around with DaVinci’s, especially when non-Western artists provide their own take on the ever-mysterious painting that is the Mona Lisa.
Here, Egyptian illustrator FaTma WaGdi places herself wearing a hijab in her digital rendition of this 16th century portrait, poking fun at the expressionless original subject.
Contemporary Art Week!
I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.Veteran writer Marjorie Liu on sexual harassment/misogny in the comics industry—and the collective amnesia that hits much of the industry every time the topic ever gets broached. (via robot6)
Leaving the last point to one side, if only because I do not understand it, the first two rebuttals do not amount to a defense against the charge of determinism.
Honest introduction to Bourdieu’s concept of habitus by Richard Jenkins.