February 15, 2008

Readings Due 02-20-2008

All readings this week are from Race Critical Theories by Essad:

15-17, 36-68, 113-122, 152-175

Critical Response #3 is Due

February 9, 2008

Re Barack Obama: We definitely haven't come as far as people like to think...

Hi All, I just received an email that reminded me of the conversation we had the week before last about what it might mean for the state of race in America that we have a black presidential candidate. This email came from a mother of a friend of mine in Utah who in all respects that I've known her is a swell person (or so I obviously mistakenly thought). Anyway, here is the text of the email she forwarded to about 30 people which had been forwarded to her and about 30 others:

This is very interesting - please take a few moments and read it.

Who is Barack Obama?

Something that should be considered when you make your choice.

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all
your contacts...it is very scary to think of what could lie ahead for us
here in our own United States...better heed this and pray about it and share it.

We checked this out on " snopes.com". It is factual. Check for yourself.

Who is Barack Obama?

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born
in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUS LIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white Athiest from
Wichita, Kansas.

Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When Obama was two
years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His
mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.
When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama
attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a
Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is
quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also
attended Catholic school."

Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that
that he is not a radical.

Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this
influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned
to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct
influence over his son's education.

Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham,
introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school
in Jakarta.

Wahabism is the RADICAL ISLAMIC teaching that is followed by the Muslim
terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since
it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major
public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined
the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim
background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he
DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegience nor
will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands
over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside
out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the
President of the United States, one of their own!!!!

Please forward to everyone you know. Would y ou wan t this man leading
our country?...... NOT ME!!!

Crazy and ignorant (not to mention untrue) right!?! Basically racism under the guise of religious xenophobia, but clearly still about race. I literally am disgusted and embarrassed that I even know someone that would perpetuate this but I think people who think like this are more common than many people realize. If anything, I think responses like this to the fact that we have a black man running for president tells us more about the state of race in America than anything else...

February 7, 2008

Ghosts of Rwanda

Hi Everyone! I don't know how many of you guys stayed for the movie this past Wednesday (I had to leave before it was finished myself), but the part that I did see pissed me off. Namely, the part about Belgium persuading the U.S. government to withdraw its' peacekeeping troops, and to encourage the UN to withdraw as well because 10 of their soldiers had been captured and killed. What a joke! First off, the fact that Belgium has the nerve to send in their peacekeeping troops like they actually care about the people of Rwanda (Congo, Burundi, Uganda, take your pick) when they are the country that was not only responsible for the Berlin Conference being assembled (King Leopold II), but also as the people/government that is responsible for the "ethnic conflicts"/genocide that erupted in 1994. See, back when the onslaught of colonization of Africa began in the late 19th century, the Belgium troops and governmental infrastructures purposefully split the people of the countries they conquered into different ethnic groups. You know, the whole divide and rule theory (which seems to have worked very effectively). Before the reign of Europeans in Africa, "Tutsi" simply distinguished those who had cattle from the "Hutu" who were the farmers and agriculturalists. When Belgium established dominance in this area, they took the label "Tutsi" and applied it arbitrarily to the people who were lighter skinned, with more European features (i.e straiter noses, straighter hair, taller/thinner stature etc.) and placed these people perceived as descendants of...oops can't remember King David?? I will look it up, anyways and placed them into the favored positions of power over the majority "Black" African who now are known as the "Hutu". It is from this premeditated restructuring of the social fabric in Rwanda that the now infamous Genocide gets its roots. The fact that Belgium tucked its tail and ran from it's "creation" so to speak, because 10 soldiers were killed, to leave over 800,000 people to be massacred is absolutely ridiculous. And of course, everyone must have noticed how the European governments were quick to rush in and pull all the white people out while leaving everyone with dark skin to rot. I wonder if they would have taken the Black Americans if they had been present, or would have assumed based on skin color that they deserved to get left behind?? This episode, which took place almost 13 years ago, is a very telling example of the status of the Black man/woman in contemporary society. I could go on and on about this, as I have been studying it for quiet some time, but I will stop here. I would love to get some of your thoughts and feelings (and feedback)! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

February 1, 2008

Welcome to the Class Blog

Hello Everyone!! This is my first time putting together one of these blogs so bare with me if things don't go exactly as planned while I work out the kinks. I am posting this first entry to make sure that everyone can access it without any problems so I will ask all of you to please leave a comment responding to THIS entry, and not as a blog post. I have authorized all of you to post blogs...technically we are all co-authors. As always, let's make sure that we are all RESPECTFUL of one another's opinions, views, and perspectives while we engage in our various debates. So let's get to discussing!!

Readings Due 2-06-08

The Racial Economy of Science 25-77, 170-193, 239-248

Race Critical Theories 265-282

Critical Response #2 is due