(Also posted here on The Rumpus.)
The graves were uncovered in Iraq’s western province of al-Anbar. The remains are believed to be from victims killed by US forces during 2004 and 2005 in the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad.
To the idiot that said “If white privilege existed there wouldn’t be non-white CEOs”
- Twenty-five (or 6.3 percent) of the 400 nonprofit leaders are nonwhite. Most of the minority CEO’s (14, or nearly 3.5 percent of the full 400) are black.
- There are six Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies,…
John Cho (x)
The only Asians I remember seeing on mainstream TV when I was a kid were Sulu on Star Trek, nameless Asians loading trucks in the background or dying on MASH (which was all about funny lovable white US Americans waging war on Asians), and the “ancient Chinese secret” Calgon laundry detergent commercial.
Was the same when I was a kid. That moment of seeing George Takei not being overly-stereotyped when I was a kid was a powerful one. I think the only place I had really seen other Asians on the screen was finding the rare (because I was a kid in mountains, far from the rest of the community) movie that had Asians in it. Unfortunately, a lot of those were the “white guy learns martial arts, beats up Asians because ‘Merika” type movies. Which, of course was not TV. They were still the “Asian other” just as in MASH backdrops. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that Sulu always has a special place in my heart. Star Trek helped me get through some bad emotional spaces as a kid, and I think part of what made it welcoming was having POC, especially George Takei ( since I’m JA too, and the other Asian American actors who came later), represented on screen in positive and whole characters, with names instead of “Solider #1, Henchman #4, Ninja #18”.
(Proper) representation matters.
Timothy McNair is a graduate student of opera at Northwestern University’s famed Bienen School of Music. McNair is at the school on a full scholarship, but the 25-year-old is standing up to his school after his professor, Donald Nally, gave him an assignment to perform a song created by a racist American poet named Walt Whitman. McNair asked his instructor if he could be assigned to perform the work of other artists but Nally denied him the opportunity and told him if he didn’t turn in all of his completed work by Friday, May 17th he’d receive a failing grade. McNair refused.
“Certainly I do not deserve to fail this class. I have a 3.7 GPA. I’m an officer on three committees of this university. So what is deserving for me? Is to be able to perform two pieces and have the third piece removed because of the insensitivity,” McNair told Chicago’s WGN news station. Although the piece McNair is instructed to perform does not contain any blatant racism, McNair believes it is still offensive that he was asked to complete the works of a devout racist. “We know (he) was historically racist. He’s called African Americans ‘baboons’ and was for oppressing voting rights,” McNair said of Whitman.
But let a white person had to sing a song written about Osama or Sadam that shit would have been on every new station.
I didn’t realize Walt Whitman had written such racist stuff (that wasn’t covered when we read his work in high school, SURPRISE) (if you’re curious, his archive has a super-apologist piece about it - along the lines of “well sure he was racist, but everyone was racist back then!”), and this is super fucked up.
Walt Whitman a racist? Hmmmm…..I think the reason why he didn’t want to write it is because Walt Whitman was GAY or Bisexual…either way he had a diverse sexual palate. Walt Whitman was born in 1819, slavery didn’t end until 1863. In most of America, well @ least half of it, the people as a whole were racists, INCLUDING most likely your ancestors and theirs. it’s not begin apologetic, it’s being REAL! Why didn’t all of america stand up in the 1600’s when slaves were being brought to the Americans and traded abroad across the globe? BECAUSE THOSE WERE THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES…and holding people responsible for it now, while not directly holding your own family responsible for it is very cowardly.
“And even though the Whitman poem he’s being asked to perform doesn’t contain any blatant racism, “he is insulted by the writer and some of his other work.” (HOMOPHOBIA covered up by race blaming). Walt Whitman was no White Supremacist….and i’m sure this guys hates black gays equally.
So……because Walt Whitman may have been gay or bisexual, this one Black dude can’t dislike him for being a racist? Uh….logic, sweetheart. If you can kindly point out how this statement logically makes sense, that would be greatly appreciated. True story: there are A LOT of gay racists, bisexual racists, trans* racists, lesbian racists, racists who call themselves queer in either gender or sexual orientation….. Racism is the great equalizer, ya dig. Go fuck yourself if you honestly believe that your non-straightness makes you or any WHITE person exempt from racism and/or racial bias/prejudice. If you are racist, please just be a racist. You being a victim to homophobia/transphobia/queerphobia/sexism doesn’t mean you cannot victimize PoC of any gender and/or sexual orientation. Also, your faves are fucked up. You tried, you failed. Go home.
Ya’ll need to be specific. WHITE PEOPLE have that cultural barrier, The rest of us got marinated in their shit til some of us backlashed and decided to go read about ourselves and our fellow poc. Meantime you motherfuckers are still whitewashing book covers cause you people dont wanna read about anyone who aint you and not too long ago you fuckers were chiding Toni Morrison to write about important people, YOU.