Posts Tagged ‘indigenous persons’

Hearing No Evil: The Amazing Obtuseness of Campus Conservatives

Seems like every young conservative with a phone cam thinks they’re James O’Keefe. Sadly for them, since there’s no Andrew Breitbart left to selectively edit and post their handiwork, thereby making it seem a lot more damning than it really is, they’re reduced to making even the most obvious, historically inarguable comments by those of [...]

Telling White Lies: Patriotic Correctness and the War on Ethnic Studies

You’re tellin’ white lies You’re tellin’ white lies Well I can see right through that thin disguise Can’t you tell I can tell when you’re telling’ white lies? —Jason and the Scorchers, “White Lies” Forget so-called “political correctness.” In Arizona, there is a far greater threat to free speech and educational integrity — a new [...]

“Why Can’t They Just Say Stop It?” Reflections on Terror and the Cycle of Indifference

I knew it was a conversation that at some point I would have to indulge; and last night, amid commemorative news coverage of the events of September 11, 2001, it became apparent that the time had come. Although I had previously discussed the events of that day and the aftermath of those events with our [...]

Being Thankful for Clarity and Focused Rage

Thanksgiving has always been among my least favorite holidays. Not merely because of the mendacity of the traditional narrative regarding its origins — you know, the whole “Indians and Pilgrims living in harmony” nonsense that conveniently ignores the genocide being planned even then by the latter — but because confining gratitude to one day of [...]

Facing Race 2010 Final Plenary: Amazing Conversation – Check it Out!

Here is the final plenary session of the 2010 Facing Race Conference, in Chicago. I’m on the panel with Rinku Sen, Van Jones, Maria Teresa Kumar, and moderator Cathy Cohen

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 [...]

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 [...]

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Glenn Beck? Racism and White Privilege on the Liberal-Left

This is the second part of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part one, which can be found here, provided the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explored how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced [...]

Webb of Deceit: Racism, Affirmative Action and History as Misunderstood by a U.S. Senator

In this summer of white resentment, one would think it sufficient to have to suffer through the daily droning of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the rest of the crew at Fox News, or perhaps the dishonest machinations of professional liar and fear-pimp Andrew Breitbart. What with their endless claims that the Obama Administration is [...]