Notable Links: 3-14/14

Why the ‘White Man March’ against discrimination is a joke

When a friend posted this information on Facebook, I couldn’t help but to pray that it was all a joke. Let’s take a peek at why they’re having this march. According to the event website, the White Man March is meant to “spread information through activism,” and “make a statement that White people are united in their love for their race and in their opposition to its destruction.” The writer of the post Kyle then goes on to talk about how minority groups, he specifically calls out latino organization la Raza, hold monthly marches and gatherings all the time, as opposed to groups advocating for White interests that “remain relatively silent or hidden from the public.” Wow. Give me a break. Relatively hidden? How is that possible?! You, White people pretty much run the world still or have you forgotten?

Paul Ryan Knows Your Inner City

Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has been “quietly visiting inner city neighborhoods,” for more than a year. Here’s what he learned: “inner city” men don’t want to work. He elaborated in an armchair radio interview yesterday with mentor and conservative septuagenarian Bill Bennett, saying, “we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” He even salutes the “inner city” cultural expertise of another septuagenarian, Charles Murray of “Bell Curve” infamy— thus rounding out 44-year-old Ryan’s homage to all beliefs precious and dear to a dying generation of Americans. Interesting strategy for a party that, according to its 2012 election autopsy, needs to win the next America in order to be relevant.

The Paradox of Free Speech within the Context of White Supremacy

I will not be arguing to take away or strike down the first amendment. The first freedoms granted to the citizens of The United States are among the most beautiful and poignant expressions of individuality to date; however, there are exceptions to every rule. The government cannot abrogate your freedom of speech, unless you happen to be in a crowded movie theater (Schenck v. United States). Therefore, our freedom of speech has limitations.

Given the historical context of white supremacy from the Spanish Asiento to English culpability in the institution of African slavery in the American colonies, the modern use of the word “nigger” continues to carries with it collective memories of a violent and oppressive era. It is because of this past that the use of this word by white people is unacceptable. No other word inflames the passion of black Americans more than the word “nigger” as it is a constant reminder of the debased status of blacks in the United States and justice that never fully materialized in our so-called post racial society.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “When you’re not a white male writing about white male things then somehow your work has to mean something”

How do you decide if you’re going to write about your own experience or someone else’s experience. How do you figure out which experiences are OK to write about, and which are going to translate well to fiction?

I think my first general rule is that most of my experiences are not that interesting. It’s usually other people’s experiences. It’s not that entirely conscious. Somebody tells me a story or, you know, repeats an anecdote that somebody else told them and I just feel like I have to write it down so I don’t forget — that means for me, something made it fiction-worthy. Interesting things never happen to me, so maybe two or three times when they do, I have to use them, so I write them down.

You’ve lived in Nigeria and in the U.S. How is literary culture different in those two places?

I feel like Nigeria is still — in the 1960s and ‘70s we had this great, wonderful flowering of writing and then it went down during the dictatorship, so there’s something new about the writing that is being produced. It’s really in general about the cultural production, not just books — it’s also music and art, fashion. There’s something exciting and new and fresh and so many of the people who are producing work are free to make new things because some things haven’t been made yet. I think, in the U.S. there’s a much longer tradition and so I don’t think there’s that much — “excitement” is not the word. It’s not new, it’s not like a new kind of flowering.

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18 thoughts on “Notable Links: 3-14/14

  1. OMG, not only am I tired of this country, I find it funny how Whites claim reverse racism when Blacks can’t oppress their oppressors. We don’t have the power to deny them economic, social or political opportunities the way the White elite has denied minorities particularly Black people equal economic, social and political opportunities for centuries. We never took them from their homelands and enslaved them, lynched them or enforced Jim Crow laws on them. But Whites have done that to us though.

    Plus Paul Ryan is just another Conservative rightwing nut. He can kiss my ass for all I care.

    And we only have free speech when we don’t intimidate them with the truth. You don’t know how many times many anti racist bloggers like you have had their blog suspended or blocked. They are intimidated by people like us. They don’t want to hear the truth. They rather hear words from coons like Tommy Sotomayor than hear us

    1. Thank goodness mine hasn’t been suspended, but I know one day it will.

      One thing about reality is that those up top hate the truth, because the truth threatens their power and privileges. It’s the sweetness of it that makes me want to keep blogging and venting.

      As far as Tommy goes, he’s a a prime example of internalized racism with a platform, a potential black conservative with an alcohol problem.

  2. I read the first article and its’ attendant replies. Will the comedy never end? There was this one jackass called ‘Brian Tucker’, who dredged up the sameold same old racist response to blacks calling them out on their racism; you blacks are racist! What I found particularly comical was the fact that quite a few white commented, stormfront and chimp.com must of had a slow day! There is something weird about these white people who are obsessed with blacks to this extent. I have my own theories as to that but won’t postulate them here.

  3. Pul Ryan looks like a closeted homosexual. Perhaps he should be talking about that. I despise people who hide their true nature. He probably went to the inner city to pick up men!

  4. Here is an awesome response to the reverse racism argument by Australian comedian of Bangladeshi descent, Aamer Rahman.

      1. This clown Ryan is of Irish descent. He seems to be suffering from amnesia as to how the Irish Famines of the mid 1800s’ parallel his own remarks about ‘Inner city’ men being ‘lazy’:

  5. Paul Ryan really stepped in the doodoo, he is such a bonehead. I think he tried to back peddle. Back peddling and fake apologies from the bigots, it never ends.

  6. Paul Ryan’s offensive and insulting statements about black men in the inner cities not wanting to work is exactly what blogger Abagond’s post thread “7 kinds of American racism in 2010’s is all about. That race realist Charles Murray and that book “The Bell Curve are what Paul Ryan is all about. This mofo is a politician and probably in a position to pass pieces of legislature that could pass and turn into a bill and affect all black peoples lives, these racist assholes are serious about keeping black people down.

  7. To me this white man march is just those individuals that have fear and their whiteness is threatened. It really sound like a joke and is kind of laughable, but never underestimate these type of people. They are dangerous. They are the ones that are pushing this stand your ground madness. They are the gun advocates, they are the ones with the minds like Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, they are the one’s that want to have a reason to shoot a black person and say they feared for their lives.

  8. Aamer Rhaman is on point, very intelligent and very funny. Thanks Micky. Thanks Brotha Wolf for sharing that insightful commentary on racism. He’s very intelligent and brings the funny. I want to see more of him.

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