elisi: (Martha (walked the earth) by marylou_gr)
I don't follow a lot of bloggers, but if I had to choose just *one* it'd be Ta-Nehisi Coates (partly because of the comments. He doesn't people get away with ranting, and it shows). This piece is just incredibly spot-on, and well-written (esp in the light of race!fail):

I Just Remembered Chris Matthews Was White.

Quote: It's white people's responsibility to make themselves postracial, not the president's. Whatever my disagreements with him, the fact is that he is brilliant. That he is black and brilliant is pleasant but unsurprising to me. I've known very brilliant, very black people all my life.
elisi: (Martha (walked the earth) by marylou_gr)
I don't follow a lot of bloggers, but if I had to choose just *one* it'd be Ta-Nehisi Coates (partly because of the comments. He doesn't people get away with ranting, and it shows). This piece is just incredibly spot-on, and well-written (esp in the light of race!fail):

I Just Remembered Chris Matthews Was White.

Quote: It's white people's responsibility to make themselves postracial, not the president's. Whatever my disagreements with him, the fact is that he is brilliant. That he is black and brilliant is pleasant but unsurprising to me. I've known very brilliant, very black people all my life.
elisi: (Obama by kathyh)
I read a very thought-provoking article this afternoon by Ta-Nehisi Coates (contributing editor for The Atlantic), especially considered in the light of Racefail09:

History Through The Veil

We watch a lot of old movies in this house. It's an odd thing--you're watching these people live these lives in these places, and yet you know that, as a black person, they would have most likely thought of you as subhuman. It's something to watch The Heiress, and know that in both the time it was filmed, and the time it takes place, you were a less-than.

Go read the whole thing - it's not very long, but brings up a lot of points re. history, white privilege, race etc.
elisi: (Obama by kathyh)
I read a very thought-provoking article this afternoon by Ta-Nehisi Coates (contributing editor for The Atlantic), especially considered in the light of Racefail09:

History Through The Veil

We watch a lot of old movies in this house. It's an odd thing--you're watching these people live these lives in these places, and yet you know that, as a black person, they would have most likely thought of you as subhuman. It's something to watch The Heiress, and know that in both the time it was filmed, and the time it takes place, you were a less-than.

Go read the whole thing - it's not very long, but brings up a lot of points re. history, white privilege, race etc.

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