by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!
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- Calling anti-racist white parents of white kids! I know that there are white parents of white kids who read this blog and Iâ€™d like to hear from you. Whatâ€™s stopping white parents of white kids from publicly claiming their anti-racism here?
- MLK and Black History Monthâ€¦ Are You Ready? As Iâ€™m writing this, MLK Day is approaching, and once again I brace myself for the onslaught that is Black History Month (BHM). Now, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I think the idea is fabulous â€“ the Eurocentric story of the â€œfoundingâ€ of the USA has warped the minds and belief systems of 7+ generations. But itâ€™s the implementation in our schools, in our PSAs, in our media coverage, that is absolutely embarrassing.
- Hear ARP columnist Jason on Toys R Us controversy: Congrats to our columnist Jason Sperber! He appeared on the well-regarded Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC yesterday to discuss the controversy surrounding Toys R Usâ€™s first baby contest. You can listen or download an MP3.
- Gratuitous cute kid pic! Anti-Racist Parent Nicole Robinson writes: â€œThis is our daughter, Kinhly. She was born in DaNang City, VietNam. Sheâ€™s been home with us for almost 6 months, and itâ€™s hard to imagine what life was like without her! On the day of her 2nd birthday, she took her first steps on US soil and became a citizen!â€
- Santaâ€™s Got a Brand-New Multi-Culti Bag: Iâ€™ve always been that friend or relative that you either love or absolutely hate around gift-giving time: I like to give books and â€œeducationalâ€ stuff. Of course, that also means that I love to get those kind of presents too, and I hope The Pumpkin picks up that tendency from me. Hereâ€™s a list of all the multi-culti and/or educational presents my toddlergirl received this Christmas (and no, they werenâ€™t all from me!)
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- Will UC Berkeley become a um, Historically Asian College? UC Berkeley, considered by many to be the best public university in the nation, and perhaps the world, is currently 41 percent Asian, a proportion thatâ€™s over three times higher than the percentage of Asian Americans in the California population, and almost 10 times higher than the percentage of Asians in the U.S.
- The core beliefs that guide Racialicious: I thought it would be timely to post the core beliefs that guide New Demographicâ€™s (and this blogâ€™s) work. Some of you may already be familiar with these beliefs, but Iâ€™m sure there are many newer readers who havenâ€™t read them before.
- Casting call: seeking mute foreigners and black basketball pros: I shouldnâ€™t be surprised that a basketball movie with Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson would be rife with stereotypes but this is just lame. If youâ€™re foreign, you donâ€™t have dialogue. If youâ€™re a beautiful woman, youâ€™re a slut. If youâ€™re African-American, you can play basketball.
- Link love: Oh Word: Today Iâ€™m shining a spotlight on Oh Word. In their own words, the point of their existence is â€œto provide a meaningful discussion of hip-hopâ€¦ and to get our rocks off.â€ Also, â€œappearing hip, making money, and basking in Internet pseudo-celebrity are nothing more than secondary goals for us.â€
- How Ramen Changed My World (and Yours): My story, of course, is far from unique. You, too, probably first encountered ramen in college, where it kept your belly full for as little as 25 cents a meal. Youâ€™ve probably added all sorts of condiments to a basic bowl of broth. But on the occasion of the death of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin and inventor of instant noodles, itâ€™s worth taking a look at his creationâ€™s far-reaching cultural influence.
- Did anyone watch the The White Rapper Show? But the show never really gave a good reason for why white rappers/people shouldnâ€™t use the n-word. Serchâ€™s explanation was something along the lines of â€œwe donâ€™t play that here.â€ Um, ok. I know itâ€™s a reality show and I donâ€™t expect them to launch into a long lecture on systems of oppression and stuff like that, but I expected something sharper from ego trip.
- Anthony Michael Hall uses the n-word on video: I was wondering when the first celebrity racist incident would occur in 2007. I didnâ€™t expect it to come from Anthony Michael Hall though.
- A progressive struggles with racist sexual fantasy: Is there a role for anti-racist values when it comes to sex? Itâ€™s an interesting question addressed in the latest Savage Love sex column.