Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday Reading

KGB
by Stoya
There’s this frantic tension I get before any performance. If it were diagrammed it would be an asymmetrical cartoon starburst. Self-doubt is in there for sure. A bit of impostor syndrome branching off of the doubt. Some healthy fear—an ingrained habit from live aerial shows where overconfident sloppiness could lead to severe injury. Aerial acrobatics is the only work I’ve ever done that required me to sign liability waivers and have my own special insurance.
Read More at Graphic Descriptions


Black Power Address at UC Berkeley
by Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)
And you ought not to tell me about people who don’t work, and you can’t give people money without working, 'cause if that were true, you’d have to start stopping Rockefeller, Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, the whole of Standard Oil, the Gulf Corp, all of them, including probably a large number of the Board of Trustees of this university. So the question, then, clearly, is not whether or not one can work; it’s Who has power? Who has power to make his or her acts legitimate? That is all. And that this country, that power is invested in the hands of white people, and they make their acts legitimate. It is now, therefore, for black people to make our acts legitimate.
Read More at American Rhetoric


A History of White “Race Riots” in America
by Phenderson Djeli Clark
A reminder of what the term “race riot” has usually meant throughout American history. This list is NOT comprehensive, and does not include events such as the Anti-Filipino Riots, Rosewood, the Zoot Suit Riots or the 26 anti-black race riots during the Summer of 1919. But they offer a glimpse.
Read More at Media Diversified


The re-emergence of debtors’ prisons
by Cathy O'Neill, Mathbabe
This sense that “everyone is screwed” creates solidarity among poor whites and poor blacks, and especially young people. The Ferguson protests have been multi-racial, for example. And if you’ve read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, you’ll recognize a historical pattern whereby political change happens when poor whites and poor blacks start working together.
Read More at MathBabe


The Worst Reactions to John Boyega’s Appearance in the Star Wars Teaser
by Arturo Garcia
But Boyega’s appearance also caused an ugliness to stir from within the Internet’s own hives of scum and villainy — comments sections and the most basic of Twitter accounts — from people who are apparently ready to believe in 7-foot wooly smugglers, diminutive green mystics and swords made of light that are drawn from a person’s connection to an all-encompassing universal essence, while being aghast at the thought that a member of a galactic military brigade can be Black.
Read More at Racialicious


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