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Some of these are joyful, some of these are loving, some of these are full of grief.

India.Arie's Brown Skin, original version.

Rickie Spice - Brown Skin )

Sanchez - Brown Eye Girl )

Bob Randall - Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away) )

Blackstar - Brown Skin )

Got pretty/thoughtful videos or poems to share? Please link.
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Nothing less than equality will do. In play time or in srs bsns. Ever.

Self Love

Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:46 am
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"While RaceFail09 has many similarities to imbroglios about race and racism in the past, I believe its events have gained a unique momentum because they are not focused on one instance of racial prejudice, but spring from something enormous: challenging white authority.

I didn't grasp this until I compared RaceFail09 to Jim Crow era reckless eyeballing; the actual offense behind the label reckless eyeballing is challenging white authority."

From Reckless Eyeballing in the 21st Century

What is changing at this point, is that we're giving up the hope of working with broken social contracts. We're giving up on trying to engage in negotiations and reconciliation with people and groups that place their primacy and our marginalization as a price to admission. We're making our own.

From You left me outside and now you want in

From PoC in Fantasy: Reflections of Ourselves
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Hey white people, if you want to know what other white people have been saying, writing, drawing about black people in Europe and the Americas get yourself a copy of Jan Nederveen Pieterse' White On Black. It's published by Yale press, and Pieterse is a white European.

While you're waiting for that book to get into your hands, check out [ profile] ladyjax's PSA: Images of Blackness.

This is your culture. Sadly, lots of people of color know more about how white folk carry on in regard to us than y'all do. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want to hide something from a racist, put it in book. I'm not saying you're a racist if you don't read it, but white ignorance about white hatefulness is another aspect of white racism as far as I'm concerned. Book learning. Git you more. That way you can talk to white people that are stuck on racist (and can't recognize it for such) because mostly, white folks (deliberately racist and otherwise) sure don't make it a point to listen to people who aren't white.
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...I think when I write essays I’m out to do on the page what we can’t do in the media. We don’t have billions of dollars that are available to these people who do what amounts to a propaganda attack on us. We’re being out propagandized. When I look at the newspapers, I’m furious. Because I can see where the interpretation of who we are and how people from the outside define us.

My friend Cecil Brown is very upset because the SF Chronicle is doing a Black History Month series and it’s all White male writers! I mean they assign Black History Month to all White writers with all these African American writers in the Bay Area and in California? I mean I’m here and I’ve written for them. And of course, they wrote about the kind of black image that appeals to them: Athletes and Entertainers. Not a single scientist, or inventor. I was down at Lockheed Martin, addressing the Black employees: Engineers and Scientists. I told them that a lot of the space equipment used by NASA was invented by Black scientists, yet when Mailer wrote that dumb book about the moonshot he said that Blacks were jealous of this White achievement.

The formula for sending a shuttle into space and bringing it back was devised by a Black woman scientist.

From Goatmilk's 3 Part Interview of Ishmael Reed.
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That's right, there's science and then there's skience, but aside from investigations into the wetness of water, could it be that sometimes theory gets applied to social constructs in ways that are relevant to texts?

Like here )
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Source: Mark Tyson and the Field/asim
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musician )

Haiti (the song)

lyrics )


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