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Sweet 16s all round as Flying Squirrel and her sisters nail it

Posted in blackfolks, media on August 3, 2012 by brownstocking

Sweet 16s all round as Flying Squirrel and her sisters nail it.

Great coverage of a wonderful event!


Better Late Than Never

Posted in media, pisstivity, seriously?!, Uncategorized on February 3, 2009 by brownstocking

I’ve been decrying Fred Armisen as Barack Obama since he first decided to go blackface to do it. Never mind that he sucked. Or that Maya Rudolph came back to do Michelle and didn’t put on darker makeup. The blackface just added that certain “ew, SNL has just about tanked” feel to the season. So, I stopped watching. No big, since my viewing has been spotty since Phil Hartman (RIP) left. It just doesn’t rise to its former heights, and it probably never will.

The comments in the EW article, will, of course, make you want to slap someone, but hey! Diversity of thought matters, too, right?

At least others are finally speaking out!! h/t to SeeLight.

Liveblogging from FC2008

Posted in allies, conference, education, media, politics, privilege on November 14, 2008 by brownstocking

Yay! Okay, so I already cyberstalked Jill Tubman of Jack and Jill Politics. I’ve Tweeted Liza at Culture Kitchen. I can’t wait to figure out who else from my Bloglines list is here…

I’m now at the plenary about The Race Debates. We’re watching a video clip of all the talking heads who said, now that we have an African-American president, America is no longer racist, and we’re post-racial now. Terry Keleher is the Moderator.

We’re starting debate 1: Health Care Disparities. Interactive Section discussing opening comments. Totally confused. Amusing, but confusing. Anti-race speaker, Julianne Ong Hing, of Colorlines, correctly points out economic disparities in our capitalist society are a critical factor. Good answer…audience chuckles about “identity politics” smear…ultimately, “we have a choice in how we live.” Dominic’s (Dom Apollon, Ph.D., Applied Research Center) answer talks about healthcare disparities and misdiagnoses of treatments, and does address the economics, but talks more about lack of access/structural racism.


  • Julianne (concealing race) used race to put Dom on the defensive, with a moving personal anecdote
  • She used well-known stereotypes, and coded them, making it subtle
  • She pitted race against class, an effective argument
  • Dom (revealing race) was effective in revealing how the gov’t betrays POC, especially First Nations
  • He tried to avoid directly speaking to issue of race/calling out racism
  • While what he said was logical, there wasn’t the passion
  • He attempted to show patterns of racism; how do we do this, without getting reduced to academic jargon?

Tehcniques for Concealing Racism

  1. Denying & Exceptionalizing
  2. Coding & Scapegoating
  3. Deflecting & Confusing

Techniques for Revealing Racism

  1. Name It
  2. Frame It
  3. Explain It

Debate 2: Race Silence v. Race Explicit (this sounds sexy…hope my batter makes it!)

Can we address race using class or universal frames? Kalpana and Shannah will debate

Kalpana: we need to build the broadest coalition possible, let’s appeal to self-interest. Used Montana as example. Invoked Obama and “change.” Don’t move against public opinion.

Shannah: won’t go away by pretending it’s not there. Universal healthcare for kids gets chopped away by selecting out groups little by little. We cut out people by appealing to the majority. When we lead with grace, we expand the base. We need to speak on it to se who our allies are. It’s about playing offense.

This was spicy! In my group are (just from my visuals and member comments) two white women who were activists since the 60s, a 20ish Asian American woman, and this 30ish Black women

Kilpana’s rebuttal: “we’re on the same side.” “We didn’t do our jobs, if we lose our campaigns.” “poor people are sicker thanĀ  rich people”

Shannah: let’s think long-term, not short term. Refuse to let go of the racism. White people won’t think about racism unless they’re made to.


  • Kalpana was very charismatic and dangerous
  • Collette Kieth mentions, in Native American issues, how racism can shut down a conversation
  • Malkia Cyril brings up Prop 8 and the No on 8 campaigns, how relationships change
  • We need to consider what is lost when we give up conversations on race; just because we don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean it’s not at play

Wow, I think I’m on a high with this! Could be the bubble black tea, though. Can’t front.

What I Would Have Posted at The Daily Show site

Posted in blackfolks, media, pisstivity, privilege with tags , on November 8, 2008 by brownstocking

I tried, but my comment kept disappearing.

In reaction to this, I wrote:

Thanks for furthering the “blame the Blacks” meme. Whoa, on top of the side crack about a “call and response church.” You, and your writers, have shown your arses once again. Thought your entertainment was supposed to be about questioning MSM’s memes-not furthering them.

But, I guess you can’t downrate a HOLY Daily Show Clip!!!!! The Horrors. I like Colbert better, anyway.

Update: I spoke too soon. It doubleposted. My flaw.

I feel sick

Posted in blackfolks, media, politics with tags , , , on November 4, 2008 by brownstocking

I was trying to nap after work, but I left the TV on, and “Morehouse College” permeated my subconscious. Sad, huh?

Anywho, the BBC reporter was interviewing students there, and who did he start with?

wait for it….

How do you feel? I feel, I feel like


So, in honor of my sisters holding it down in the ATL, I busted out my Spelman sweatshirt. I’m taking it, my Obama tee, and my “I Voted” Sticker, and gettin my free java at Starbucks!

BrownFemiPower and BlackAmazon

Posted in feminism, media, pisstivity, seriously?! with tags , , on April 29, 2008 by brownstocking

I know you don’t know me. I’ve visited BFP regularly, and recently discovered BA’s site. I’ve been in awe of WoC bloggers since this game phenomenon started.

I try to blog, and I do, for a while. I might even get a really good essay out. Then life takes over, or I get depressed, or just disgruntled with my output.

I love reading WoC who can evoke what I feel every day of my life. Sometimes angrier, sometimes not as angry, but I love it. I feel like I can join them in this great, 24-hour klatsch. But I don’t feel I can do it regularly.

Then Amanda Marcotte happens. And people take breaks from the internets. And I don’t want them to.

I’m going to wish them health and happiness. And I’m going to have to write more. Maybe if people realize women of color aren’t fading back into Black Voices or BlackPlanet, they’ll actually do some work on their privilege, at least to shut us uppity/attitudinal/loud cuhlud guls up.

Way Late, But Never Late

Posted in blackfolks, media on April 3, 2008 by brownstocking

I just have to keep this, because I’m going to need it sooner rather than later…