Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday Reading

Did Serial‘s Racialized Archetypes Work Against It?
by Akhila Ananth and Vivek Mittal
In Aditya Desai’s recent piece in The Aerogram (Did Serial Fail South Asian Americans?), he argues that the main problem with the reporting in Serial is that Sarah Koenig belabors the split cultural worlds Adnan Syed lives in as a South Asian American living in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Millions of hyphenated youth in America live the same experience. Instead of getting to the more complex issues of race at play in the story, why does she fixate on Adnan’s American attitude and South Asian Muslim upbringing, in pursuit of a resolution to this whodunnit?
Read More at The Aerogram


Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy
by Andrea Smith
Many scholars in Native studies have argued that the field has been co-opted by broader discourses, such as ethnic studies or post-colonial studies.1 Their contention is that ethnic studies elide Native claims to sovereignty by rendering Native peoples as ethnic groups suffering racial discrimination rather than as nations who are undergoing colonisation. These scholars and activists rightly point to the neglect within ethnic studies and within broader racial-justice struggles of the unique legal position Native peoples have in the United States. At the same time, because of this intellectual and political divide, there is insufficient exchange that would help us understand how white supremacy and settler colonialism intersect, particularly within the United States. In this paper, I will examine how the lack of attention to settler colonialism hinders the analysis of race and white supremacy developed by scholars who focus on race and racial formation. I will then examine how the lack of attention to race and white supremacy within Native studies and Native struggles hinders the development of a decolonial framework.
Read More at the Centre for World Dialogue


When White Men Love Black Women on TV
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Has post-racial dating finally trickled down to black women? Are younger   people less hung-up on race and more accepting of interracial couples in media? Has powerhouse Shonda Rhimes single-handedly flipped the script on the natural superiority of white women?
Read More at TressieMc.com


What I Learned About Tech and Business From Tyler Perry
by Latoya Peterson
When I tell people I used to work for Tyler Perry there are overwhelmingly two reactions. The first is the number of people around the world who haven’t ever heard of him or his work. The second reaction is laughter or condescension.
Read More at Racialicious


Mortgage tax deductions and gentrification
by Cathy O'Neil
So far so good? Now let’s add one more layer of complexity, namely that, actually, neighborhoods are not statically “upper middle class” or “lower middle class.” As a group neighborhoods, and their associated classes, represent a dynamical system, where certain kinds of neighborhoods expand or contract. Colloquially we refer to this as gentrification or going to hell, depending on which direction it is. Let’s explore the effect of the mortgage tax deduction on how that dynamical system operates.
Read More at MathBabe.org


Do You Sext? Ft. Melissa Villasenor (and Julie Andrews)



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