Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Reading



Celebrating Revolutionary Blackness: Haitian Flag Day and The Importance of the Haitian Flag
by Bertin M. Louis, Jr.
In communities across the globe, thousands of Haitians celebrate Haitian Flag Day every May 18 at concerts and ceremonies, on the Internet and at festivals and parades. The flag not only reflects pride in Haitian roots but it is the flag of the first black republic in the world. The Haitian flag takes on renewed meaning as an anti-racist symbol of revolutionary blackness and freedom in a continuing time of white supremacy and anti-blackness. Its inception was from the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803).
Read More at New Black Man (In Exile)


CBS is Colorizing “I Love Lucy.” Here’s Why I’m Okay with That.
by Will McKinley
Yes, Ted Turner colorized CASABLANCA. But despite his boast that “once people start watching the colored version, they won’t bother with the original,” a gorgeous, black and white restoration of the film aired again today on the channel that bears his name. The color version has long since been forgotten.
Read More at Cinematically Insane


The Hairy Truth
by Carly Lane
Certain portions of the memory are very clear, and yet others are very faint. I remember how old I was, roughly – definitely in middle school, at the height of my awkward phase (and at the dawn of my rapid growth spurt). I’d heard the messages about how my body was going to to change and how it was going to develop. Until that point, I had never felt self-conscious about the way I looked as I went through the world – until that moment.
Read More at Zusterschap


Dear Future Husband, Please Don’t Listen To Anything Meghan Trainor Says
by KP
A couple of weeks ago, while my sister and I were engaging in our usual cooking/dance session one evening, a previously unheard Meghan Trainor song came on Spotify. We both bopped along to the catchy melody, chopping courgettes in time to the rhythm and waving our knives around precariously. Later that same evening, during our teeth-cleaning-dance-party (we dance around like idiots for 90% of the time that we spend awake in our flat) the song came on again. This time I started listening to the lyrics properly, and I was disturbed by what I heard.
Read More at The Vagenda


When you’re invisible, every representation matters: Political edition
by Adrienne K.
Ready for a little history lesson? A (not-so-long) time ago, this continent was full of people. People who had been here for thousands and thousands and thousands of years, since the beginning. Then around 500 years ago, some folks showed up, pretended those people didn’t exist, or deemed them “savages” unworthy of status as human. Those interlopers decided that they could just “claim” land and resources and people and whatever else they wanted by some papal doctrine that said they could, and killed millions of the original inhabitants in the process. All in a quest for land, resources, and wealth. Then they sent in their own people to illegally occupy the previously (and continuously) inhabited lands. That process continues today, it wasn’t something that ended in 1776 with the formation of the “United States of America” on top of stolen Indigenous lands. This, my friends, is settler colonialism. Say it with me. Settler colonialism. How is this different than other colonialism? The main goal is the establishment of a new sovereign entity, not to extract resources/wealth/people for the gain of another nation-state (though there was plenty of that in the early days). There has also been no process of decolonization (working on it)–y’all are still here, still answering to a foreign power on stolen lands, and still doing everything possible through institutional and structural forces to assert that your race is superior to the “savages” on whose land you hang out indefinitely.
Read More at Native Appropriations


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