Afong Moy

white-history-month: elizajumel: the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women Afong Moy.  Her …

Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians …

$234,910

A GoFundMe campaign raised $234,910 and counting in support of Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown who is currently not charged with a crime and is on leave with pay, as far as I know. The donations are even fucking tax-deductible.  Meanwhile, the preliminary grand jury case against Wilson is called “Michael Brown …

ras-al-ghul-is-dead: A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.   Here are some observations by one …

“I Can’t Breathe” This is powerful: On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Gardner. The death of …

Donald Sterling Is Problematic in So Many Ways

NPR’s Code Switch blog has a good write-up of Donald Sterling’s obviously racist and rather delusional statements – and his history of racist bigotry: It’s not even the ugliest racial controversy he’s been at the center of. If you took all of Donald Sterling’s racial scandals together, you might have a hard time distinguishing him …

Clive Bundy, White Supremacy, and the Historical Reality of Slavery

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 …

Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New …

Black Women’s Activism and Suffrage in Oklahoma Territory

A topic often discussed in recent time on progressive, feminist, anti-racist sites is how  the default term “women” refers to white women, while the work, struggle, and issues of women of color are not mentioned, erased, ignored. One example of this is the discussion in the US regarding this year’s equal pay day. The pay …