Saturday, March 29, 2008

NEW PANELIST ADDED for Come Together: The official live discussion of the Women's History Month blog carnival

Join Heart of Women's Space and me as we conclude our Women's History Month blog carnival with an hour-long live discussion on Blog Talk Radio, 6 p.m. EDT, Saturday, March 29. We will review our favorite submissions to the blog carnival; discuss issues raised by the carnival, including race and feminism and their roles in the 2008 presidential election; discuss the state of feminism today; and talk about the most effective ways for women to work together towards equality.

We will be joined by panelists including:

Karla Mantilla (NEW) has been a collective member of off our backs newsjournal for 15 years. She holds a masters degree in sociology from George Mason University. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on feminism, including "Why Patriarchy is Bad for Kids" in The Battle and the Backlash Rage On and "Child Violence: It's a Male Thing" in Issues in Feminism: An Introduction to Women's Studies, and coauthor of "Why We Need International Feminism" in Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints. She has taught sociology classes at George Mason University, University of Maryland, Gettysburg College, and McDaniel College. She has worked in the battered women's movement as a shelter worker, peer support counselor, hotline counselor, and fundraiser.

Adele Nieves, a writer, journalist, and speaker, focusing on politics, women’s issues and race. She is Essence of Motown's "2007 Writer/Author of the Year," for her continued hard work, literary creativity, and her efforts to improve Michigan's literary community. Adele is co-organizer of Detroit Feminists, and a member and contributing writer for Critical Moment Magazine. She also writes a monthly column for Women of Color (Yo Soy Mujer!) for ThinkGirl Monthly, a non-profit organization based in metro-Detroit dedicated to informing and empowering women through information and community programs.
Adele is a strong supporter of minority rights and health initiatives. She is now compiling an anthology, tentatively titled What We Think: Gender Roles, Women's Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century, co-partnering in a production company, Liquid Words Productions, LLC, and will be attending Sarah Lawrence College for her MA in Women's History in the Fall of 2008.

Shecodes, an entrepreneur and activist dedicated to the uplift of black women. Shecodes runs the blog Black Women Vote, described in its inaugural post as "a war cry to all Black women who are fed up, pissed off, and mad as heck about the present conditions of Black womanhood in America, and are ready to do something about it. Make no mistake... we're about to change some stuff up in this piece! We have the social, economic, political tools to compel America to become more hospitable for ourselves, and for our daughters."

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Nicole said...

I will be in Anaheim for a youth leadership conference - 1500 teens all in one hotel...argh! But I hope to be able to listen to it once I've returned.

NOLA radfem said...

Hi, Tami. Last night, I listened to your radio appearance via "What About Our Daughters." Awesome job. You all sound so calm, cool, and collected - weren't you nervous?

I've done some public speaking, always from a prepared text, and although I can do it, I end up with my stomach in knots. It's mostly something I've done when I felt something just HAD to be said about a particular topic, but I find it tough doing it.

I've never done any public speaking though where it would be unscripted like that radio show. I like the control of a prepared speech, I guess. Awesome!

As for the content of it, I loved it!

Didn't W.E.B. Du Bois write in "The Soul of Black Folks" about double consciousness and viewing America through the veil of race? I'm pretty sure that's the source.

Well, listening to that radio show, I thought it was a great example of how accurate he was (and how true what he said STILL is after all these years). Black people in America exist within white culture as well as within black culture. Whites, on the other hand, exist only in white culture. The parts of the radio conversation that covered white people's reactions to Obama and the Jeremiah Wright (non)issue were 100% spot on. On the other hand, white people's reaction has been like this commentary, these ideas, this preacher just landed from Mars - they can't imagine. It's an example of white privilege that we are so clueless - and an example of black people's "double consciousness" that your radio show nailed what's going on from both sides.

A couple of nights ago, I wrote about Bill Clinton beginning the process of "making Obama black" (although the Republicans would have done it eventually, I'm sure), about Jeremiah Wright's sermon, and about how white people still insist on their postracial, colorblind fantasy land of total equality:

I was really angry when I wrote it. I heard Obama's polling numbers were going down and...just so very frustrated.

I quote quite a bit in that post from a guy called Tim Wise. I just happened to find his book in the bookstore the other day (had never heard of him, although I darn well should have), and, oh, what a find! It's called "White Like Me." Apparently he first wrote this kick-ass book on white privilege some three years ago, but they've let him update it and rerelease it because of Katrina (he lived in NOLA for ten years). The essay on Katrina is oh-my-god amazing. This is BY FAR the most important and honest book about white racism and privilege - for white people - I have ever found.

I would also recommend it for people of color because he just 100% percent peels back the curtain. If you ever want to know the depths of white people's insanity and denial on this subject, from the inside, this is the one book to read. He has so many examples of how even people in his family - who have considered themselves antiracist and have taken some risks over the years to take antiracist stances - STILL find over the years, to their dismay, that that racism is still inside of them. We have been so brainwashed with this garbage. It takes regular work on the level of A.A. - like a twelve step consciousness, to fight back this kind of brainshowing. You don't one day announce yourself cured. Rather, it requires a lifetime of focused attention and practice. What the book shows is the degree to which racism has been programmed into white people since childhood as the sum total of all our fears and anger. That really is how it functions - it's not about race per se, but rather is a receptacle for our fears and anger. I had never had it explained to me just like that before, but I think it's really helpful.

For example, in one scene, his mother was very stressed about him leaving for college and so wanted to pick a fight but not about that (since every bird has to fly the nest at some point), so she, lifelong supporter of antiracism causes, very uncharacteristically picked a fight with him by starting to say a bunch of racist stuff (it started out being about a peace rally he'd just attended, then from there it was welfare moms, and more disgusting and bizarre from there). He took the bait, and they had the fight she'd wanted, without it being about what was REALLY troubling her - her son leaving home. My OWN mother has done this - used some off-the-wall racist comment to pick a fight with me when she was actually mad about something else she didn't want to discuss. I NEVER would have believed this has happened to anyone else if I hadn't read it in Wise's book! So, it is no exaggeration to say that racism is a place to which white people are trained to retreat when they are afraid or angry. Great book.

But what I originally came to say was just how much I enjoyed the radio show. You know, not since school have I known ANYONE else who uses the words "radical leftist" and "liberation theology." Yes, yes, yes!!! Go, Tami.

Tami said...


Thanks for listening to the show. I meant to add a "listen live" button to my blog in advance, but I forgot.

I WAS nervous when I first started participating in the Black Women's Roundtable (WAOD's companion online radio show), but Gina makes it so easy.I've been on enough times that it just feels like talking with friends now. It's a great show. My favorite conversations are the political ones--BIG SURPRISE.

So, I hope that you plan to call in next Saturday! It's painless, I swear!

I'm going to check out that book, "White Like Me." It sounds fascinating. So does your post, which I am off to read now. I've been meaning to add you to my blog roll and I'm going to do it this morning.

Heart said...

Black people in America exist within white culture as well as within black culture. Whites, on the other hand, exist only in white culture.

nola radfem, one thought, this kind of statement makes people in biracial families invisible. We are part of and exist in both black and white communities (a word I think is a little better or more accurate than "culture"). We also have our own community, though it is small, which is sort of erased when these kinds of sweeping generalizations are made. Some of us do not exist only in households and communities which are white or black or of color. Some of us exist in families, households, communities which include black and white people, persons of color and white people, and so on. This gives us an experience that isn't the same as the experience of white people, in and from white families, and with white families.

Beyond that, I am going to check out the WAOD radio show! It sounds amazing. Go Tami! :)

(Note, for some reason the "open ID" thing isn't working so I have to use my google ID. Weird!)



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