moving our big isms blog

sexism-114898019-56aa22523df78cf772ac8573slowly but surely we will move all the posts here on wordpress (if it will work successfully) to blogger


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and we should be back full time blogging in 2019… Trace


“I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures

Alison Saar moves freely and seamlessly from the deeply personal to more political work, dealing with the history of race in America.  She has made work that speaks of her experience of becoming a mother, creating narratives about the African deity Yemaja, a mother spirit and patron saint, especially of pregnant women. In her current solo show at LA Louver, Saar addresses the history of slavery in America.  The title of the exhibit, Topsy Turvy, is a reference to the character Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In the novel, the inhuman treatment that rendered her callous and indifferent to life is transformed through love, leading her to be filled with hope and a desire for good.

Source: “I Wanted to Make Art that Told a Story”: Alison Saar on Her Eloquent Sculptures


Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt

After surviving the Middle Passage, the captives were smuggled into Mobile under cover of darkness. By this time, the international slave trade had been illegal in the United States for 50 years, and the venture was rumored to have been inspired when one of the brothers, Timothy Meaher, bet he could pull it off without being “hanged.” (Indeed, no one was ever punished.) Cudjo worked as a slave on the docks of the Alabama River before being freed in 1865 and living for another 70 years: through Reconstruction, the resurgent oppression of Jim Crow rule, the beginning of the Depression.

BIG READ: Zora Neale Hurston ‘Barracoon’ Excerpt


Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people | The Guardian

Speaking at a memorial to the victims of lynching, the former vice-president warned of the disproportionate impacts of global warming…

Al Gore, the former US vice-president turned climate change advocate, has warned that the deepening crisis of global temperature and sea level rise – and the consequent spate of natural disasters in America – will increasingly affect black and poor people more than others.

Speaking at the opening of a new national memorial and museum chronicling America’s history of lynching and racial violence in Montgomery, Alabama, Gore said that the US could expect to see many more major disasters of the ilk of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last summer.

Source: Al Gore warns worst of climate change will be felt by black and poor people | World news | The Guardian


The Goldman Prize missed the black heroes of Flint — just like the media did | Grist

In remaining anonymous and absent from the “hero” narrative, the black residents of Flint have not been recognized as possessing the agency of non-black figures involved in the crisis. They figured into the national narrative almost exclusively as helpless or hapless victims, whose woes needed vetting by credentialed, non-black doctors and scientists. It is a type of modern racism that appears in many forms all around us.

Source: The Goldman Prize missed the black heroes of Flint — just like the media did | Grist


1968: 50 Years Later – WNYC News – WNYC

In a series of interviews with participants, historians and modern-day counterparts, WNYC looks back at how historic moments in a pivotal year shaped our region.

Source: 1968: 50 Years Later – WNYC News – WNYC


Alabama Memorial Confronts America’s Legacy of Lynching | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios

America’s first national monument dedicated to the victims of racism and lynching has opened its doors in Montgomery, Alabama.

LISTEN: Alabama Memorial Confronts America’s Legacy of Lynching | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios


Starbucks’ Bias Training Has Right Raging at the Real Racists | Village Voice

Just ignore racism, and maybe it’ll go away or something

Source: Starbucks’ Bias Training Has Right Raging at the Real Racists | Village Voice


Princeton to Name Two Campus Spaces in Honor of Slaves – The New York Times


Family photo of two war criminals

war criminals

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Bashar is standing right in front of Hafez. His older brother Basel, who is wearing jeans, died in the 90’s. His younger brother Amjad with the ginger hair died in the 2000’s. Only his other younger brother Maher remains. Axis of resistance? Give me a fucking break.

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Martin Luther King On The Evils Of War

The Spiritual Cost of War

This wasn’t just about the allocation of resources. Martin Luther King was deeply concerned about how the war in Vietnam was numbing the moral conscience of America. In an interview with NBC’s Sander Vanocur, King explained, “we are involved in a war on Asian soil, which if not checked and stopped, can poison the very soul of our nation.”

He went on to give an example that looks all too familiar even today in 2018.

“A negro was shot down in Chicago and it was a clear case of police brutality.  That was on page 30 of the paper, but on page 1 at the top was ‘780 Viet Cong killed’.”

The unjust distribution of resources and the growing disregard for human life that results from quagmire wars like Vietnam were inseparable to Dr. King.  President Eisenhower, a friend, and ally of Dr. King’s in the 1950s had already seen this to some extent.  “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  Ike did not, however, draw the connection between the two evils of war and materialism, and evil of racism.  This may be because, as a WWII General, Eisenhower had taken several steps towards racial justice, by experimenting with racially integrated regiments.  While Eisenhower “hated war”, in his own words, his own experience with war had actually brought Americans of different races closer together.

Source: Martin Luther King On The Evils Of War

MYTH OF RACE The Face of Racism

TRIPLE EVILS | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change


The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community.

When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils.

To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop a nonviolent frame of mind as described in the “Six Principles of Nonviolence” and use the Kingian model for social action outlined in the “Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change.”

Some contemporary examples of the Triple Evils are listed next to each item:

Poverty – unemployment, homelessness, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, infant mortality, slums…

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty … The well off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.”

Racism – prejudice, apartheid, ethnic conflict, anti-Semitism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination against disabled groups, stereotypes…

“Racism is a philosophy based on a contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure the progress of the future. Racism is total estrangement. It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Inevitably it descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide upon the out-group.”

Militarism – war, imperialism, domestic violence, rape, terrorism, human trafficking, media violence, drugs, child abuse, violent crime…

“A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war- ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This way of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Source: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Boston: Beacon Press, 1967.

Source: The King Philosophy | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change


Free the Beaches: A New Book on the Fight for Racial Equality in Connecticut – AAIHS

Keisha N. Blain: Please share with us the creation story of your book — those experiences, those factors, those revelations that caused you to research this specific area and produce this unique book.

Andrew W. Kahrl: As I was conducting research for my first book, which explored history of African American beaches and coastal landownership and development in the South, I kept finding newspaper articles and other sources that mentioned a white social activist in Connecticut who was waging a one-man fight to open up the state’s shoreline to the public and calling attention to what he saw as the racist motives behind the ostensibly color-blind beach access restrictions common throughout the northeast. My discovery of this forgotten activist who had fought against racial segregation in New England coincided with the publication of a number of groundbreaking works on Jim Crow and the struggle for civil rights in the North, notably Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty, Matthew Countryman’s Up South, and the edited collection Freedom North by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard, all of which inspired me to delve more deeply into the history of race and inequality in Connecticut, a place that had previously attracted scant attention from historians.

I was also drawn to this story out of an abiding interest in the relationship between social and environmental inequality, in particular, the interests behind and impact of exclusionary land use policies on people and the environment. In Connecticut, as I soon discovered, exclusionary beach access policies (which had, by the 1960s, rendered almost all of the state’s shoreline off-limits to the general public) complemented and reinforced racial and class segregation in housing markets, schools, and public life, and inflicted significant and lasting damage to the shoreline itself. In the course of studying Ned Coll, I also began to look more closely at the open beaches movement of the 1960s and 70s. During these decades, activists across the country were fighting to tear down the numerous barriers wealthy municipalities and private homeowners had erected and restore the public’s ancient right to the sea. However, with the exception of Ned Coll, few of these activists were calling attention to the racially discriminatory motives and racially disparate impact of beach access restrictions, much less linking the fight against privatization of public space to the broader struggle for a more inclusive and integrated society.

Source: Free the Beaches: A New Book on the Fight for Racial Equality in Connecticut – AAIHS

Headlines MYTH OF RACE The Face of Racism

The Trump Movement: How it All Began | The Most Revolutionary Act

Trump is the ultimate troll, drawing attention to himself by insulting people and generating outrage – a trait supporters fed up with “political correctness” particularly adore about him.

Source: The Trump Movement: How it All Began | The Most Revolutionary Act


Indian Horse

Powerful movie review by my friend Sean! Made me cry!


imagesThe residential school system is not the only black mark on our country but it has to be the darkest stain. We and our government could not have done worse by our indigenous people if we tried. We should have known from the start that this imperialistic plan would go horribly wrong. After all, we chose to put the Catholic Church in charge of many of these awful residential schools (and not just the Catholic Church, but a bunch of others share the blame, including the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Churches of Canada), because it wasn’t enough to tear children from their families and literally beat their culture out of them, it seemed appropriate for some reason to facilitate child molestation too, feeding 150,000 potential altar boys and girls to more than a few insatiable priests over the lifetime of the program. 150,000!

Not surprisingly, the end result of this…

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