Big thinkin'

~ Thursday, May 24 ~
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~ Thursday, March 22 ~
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~ Wednesday, March 21 ~

the talk was a part of a larger critical race theory conference held at UCLA (one of Kimberlee Crenshaw’s institutions of residence—even if she ain’t ever there) on Intersectionality. It was actually the 30 year anniversary of her positing the theory.
anyway the point is.

at this talk a Black male professor had conducted an experiment by which he gave folks of various races/ethnicities photos of Black men and women and asked them to distinguishes the perceived gender in the photos given less than a minute to see the photos and then make pronouncement.

what he discovered in this exercise was that most folks (white folks in higher percentages but in general all non-Black folks) could not tell the difference between Black men and Black women based on the general assumptions made about someone’s gender based on their phenotypical characteristics.

his point was this. many folks, Black men in particular, argue often that Black women experience less racism than Black men or at the very least less violent racism. however, in actuality most Black women—especially dark-skinned Black women—are assumed to be Black men in society ANYWAY. so the amount of violent racism that we encounter at least on the street level is quite similar.

i tell that story merely to make the point that many of our daughters, sisters, friends are in as much danger walking down the street from random acts of racist violence.
(another point that could be made is that the notion of the impossibility of a Black womanhood is ingrained in non-Black folks at the subconscious level. till they literally can’t even see us when introduced to our bodies. all Blacks really are men apparently.)

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~ Sunday, December 4 ~

My First Wikipedia Entry

As a social scientist I’m contributing to the source from which all of my students, apparently, draw. Finally. Plus, it’s an entry that matters to me.

I’m struggling with formatting and proper citations. Wikipedia has a reputation for being particularly harsh on entries about/by people of color so I’d love it some of my e-friends could help me get it right. Crowdsourcing my own crowd, as it were.

Please see here and edit away. Thanks for helping/reblogging!

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~ Saturday, September 3 ~



I had a really interesting discussion about identity, self hate, cultural capital etc with my BFF today and it got me thinking of Margaret Bowland’s selection of paintings of young black girls in white face. When asked to comment on ‘Kenyetta and Brianna’ Bowland that ‘It is a commentary on how women still have to jump through all these hoops to be desirable. These girls are still visible beneath all those layers of crap … they’re still looking back at you.’ I think that a lot of black girls looking at Bowland’s paintings would say that the metaphor transcends beyond the art world. For many black girls Bowland’s paintings are a life metaphor - reflecting a reality where black girls are often marginalised by European standards of beauty. I agree with Cherise Kramarae when she states that ‘For women of color who are viewers, trying to achieve idealised femininity entails not only adjusting or refining one’s body, but also rejecting one’s identity and certain characteristics altogether. To resist this artificial standard is to stand apart from beauty as defined by society’. The frustrating thing for me is that even if you put the fact that there is very little aesthetic diversity across all media platforms to the side, in the black community we impose European standards of beauty on each other with a vengeance. It’s black men that make fun of Alek Wek and it’s black girls arguing about natural hair v relaxer/weave war (e.g ‘These little nappy headed hoes need a terminator’ - Nicki Minaj) etc. It’s this infighting that is the real tragedy.

Somebody told a lie and we believed it.

(Source: blackacrylic)

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