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Posts tagged ‘racism’

On the Kony-Hate Campaign

The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege ~ Teju Cole

I've been thinking alot about, but haven't had a chance to fully articulate, why this KONY-hate campaign bothers me so greatly.

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Downing the Brown: When two tribes go to war

Representations of Māori in the media: "The processes of colonization attack us in our most sensitive areas: in the way we perceive ourselves blind to the way those perceptions have been constructed for us initially" ~ Spokane poet and scholar, Gloria Bird, 1993

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Frankenstein Science: The Creation of the Warrior Gene

It may seem a stretch linking Shelley's Frankenstein to an exploration of 'the warrior gene' 5 years on, nevertheless the links are clear and unmistakable...

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Out of a liberal’s Africa

Misinformation about Africa has become a growth industry in the West.
~ Ama Biney

I think I need a new category called 'pissed off' pieces. Cos every now and then I stumble across an article that makes me so mad I just want to hurl fury and insults...

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Occupy Wall Street: The power of words

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.
~ Toni Morrison

Occupy Wall Street is a fast growing movement...

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Young, damaged gangsters like child soldiers, says MP

Its a bastard when you're trying to write a post on how media re-presentations of black/brown males draw on, circulate and actually create a vital figure in the public imagination - the angry black man...

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The promise of Mana, truth telling, and the struggle of ideas

The most potent weapon of the oppressor, is the mind of the oppressed
- Steve Biko, Cape Town 1971

Upon reading that veteran activist John Minto has declared his stand for Mana...

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Racism and the media – exploring the said/unsaid

The role of philosophy is not to discover that which is hidden, but to make appear that which we do not perceive because it is so near
- Michel Foucault

Brilliant thinker that Foucault is (and I do particularly like this quote), I think the greatest appeal of these words is that they remind me of the admonishments of our kuia and kaumatua on the marae - it's not what's said you should pay attention to, its what's not said that says the most*. Ironically. Focussing on the hidden, the invisibilised, the unspoken is thus an intense preoccupation for me, and carries over into my wary perusal of the media...

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Incident at Waitangi – on sinking boats…

An old post pulled from my facebook page, that I wrote back in February. It was a letter to the police commissioner, but really - to 'New Zealanders' in general. Tried to get it published in a number of newspapers, but sadly (if unsurprisingly) no takers. I imagine that, similar to LudditeJourno's experience recounted here, the news editors had attitudes akin to this one, from a Dominion Post Editor:

"I’m not terribly interested in the Parihaka festival – unless there is a hard news angle from it i.e. riot/police raids etc."

Replace Parihaka with Waitangi and you get the picture...

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Troubling racism

When racism is the topic at hand, in a public arena anyway, my experience is that people fall into the wallpaper. Or at least respond with a disapproving sniff and stiffened spine. It is a topic that provokes a fair amount of defensiveness and no doubt anxiety, which is a bugger given that what I really want to shift to talking about is, as bell hooks calls it, white supremacist ideology (and patriarchal, and capitalist). Far more useful, and I would say apt - but at this point perhaps a step too far...

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