Posts Tagged ‘9/11’

Assimilation is Not Enough: American Muslims as Modern Cherokee?

Great post at Ta-Nehesi Coates’ blog from last month (which I only saw today), in which he notes the parallels between anti-indigenous sentiment towards the Cherokee during the years of Jacksonian White Supremacy (known to “scholars” as Jacksonian “democracy”), and today’s anti-Muslim bias. Despite the ways that both Cherokee and American Muslims sought (or have […]

To My Baby Girl, After the Terror (FLASHBACK ESSAY)

On a day such as this — 9/11 — it is understandable that one might find oneself in a retrospective mood. As I thought about new things I might write, I realized that what I wrote immediately after the event was just as appropriate as anything new I could have said. While I have become […]

Your House is on Ground Zero (and Quite Without Permission)

In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks — which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims — there is one thing above all else that no one appears […]

What was that about “defiling sacred ground?” An indigenous take on the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy…

Oh hell yes…powerful piece from Simon Moya-Smith at Indian Country Today about the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy and the way in which Christians have never minded defiling indigenous sites of importance. Check it out. And I’ll have an essay coming out tomorrow that touches on some of these same themes, but especially about New York…Here […]

What the Obama/Muslim Meme is Really About…

Today’s must-read comes from law professor, Ramzi Kassem, in which he explains clearly and succinctly why the religious “othering” of President Obama (as a secret Muslim) is really part and parcel of the racialization of Islam. In other words, since overt and blatant racial othering of the President would be too obvious (and would seem […]

(FULL) Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial and the Cost of Inequality, 2007

Full-length version of Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial and the Cost of Inequality, Mt. Holyoke College, October, 2007 White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality from KnowYourHistory on Vimeo.

(EXCERPT): Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Cost of Inequality, 2007

Excerpt from the DVD: The Pathology of Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality released by: Media Education Foundation For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying audiences on the college lecture circuit with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of […]

Of National Lies and Racial Amnesia: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and the Audacity of Truth

For most white folks, indignation fits about as well as a cardigan sweater accidentally placed in the washer then dried on high heat. Sadly, having long remained silent in the face of (and having even supported) so much injustice over the years in this country — including the genocidal extermination of indigenous persons, the enslavement […]

The Tyranny of Common Sense: Examining the Faulty Logic of “Terrorist” Profiling

Published on, 8/2/05 Growing up in the South, I often heard folks criticize others for being “common.” To be called common was to be vilified as trashy and unworthy of respect. Putting aside the elitist implications of such a slur, the pejorative nature of the term has always stuck with me, so much so […]

Frontpage Mag symposium on Ward Churchill, Academic Freedom and the Left

Reposted from FrontPage Friday, March 04, 2005 This is the partial transcript of a debate hosted by the conservative website,, in March, 2005, in which Tim Wise participated. The predominant “narrator” voice is that of a FrontpageMag moderator, Jamie Glazov. Ward Churchill’s vilification of the 9/11 victims “as little Eichmans” crystallized, once again, the […]