Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Blogs you should be reading (and opportunity for shameless self-promotion)

Darn you people and your talents! My morning perusal of blogs used to be so easy. Now it seems every other day I find a new great blog that I HAVE to add to my reading list. Here are just a few that have caught my attention recently:

Black Women, Blow the Trumpet!
Described as "a place where black women identify, organize and strategize solutions for societal issues that impact black women," BWBT has a wonderful post up now about alliances between white and black feminists. an excerpt:

As I read the conversations on the blogs of many black feminists, I hear a recurring complaint that white feminists do not fully understand the struggle of black women. I need to make this very clear to all of my sistas so we can stop whining about it once and for all: NO ONE understands the struggle of black women and NO ONE ever will. Can we agree that today shall be the last and final reality check regarding the fanciful notion that non-black women will ever fully understand our struggles?

Entering the mind and heart of black women can NOT become a criteria for our allies. It is an outlandish and unrealistic expectation. No one needs to understand my mind and my heart to contribute to the objectives that I have placed on the table. Do us all a favor and please leave your heart outside of the room when we come to the negotiating table as a collective to leverage the influence of our non-black allies.

Black women, we need to have some requirements for our allies. Our allies must:
(1) understand and embrace the objectives we have on the table
(2) understand and embrace the vision for how those objectives can be accomplished
(3) understand the resources that they are being expected to leverage in order for those objectives to be met for our mutual benefit
(4) have a clear understanding of how "mutual benefit" is being defined by us
(5) understand how the contributions of our allies will be defined and measured
(6) examine how milestones will be identified and measured

No one has to become an honorary black woman in order to advance the priorities that matter to black women. I would encourage all of my sistas to examine why it seems so necessary for someone to understand your personhood in order for you to extend trust. Read more...

Mixed Race America
Okay, so this blog isn't a new find. I link to my blog sister, Jennifer, often. But she has a wonderful post about the University of Washington belatedly granting honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were forced to leave the institution and face incarceration during WWII. Jenn says:

For more on the graduation, click on this link. I had tears in my eyes when I read it. Because it's true--it's never too late to do the right thing. It's never too late for us to remember that we CAN do something--we don't have to just sit back and say, "There's nothing I can do." The faculty and staff at UW who helped make this graduation ceremony possible should be commended. Because they didn't have to do this. But it was and is the right thing to do. Which makes me wonder, will our current administration ever be brave enough to admit its mistakes and apologize? Will we recognize, much later, the harm we've done to others--the racial profiling we do to anyone of Muslim or Arab descent--anyone who "looks" Middle-Eastern? Read more...

The Cruel Secretary
This blogger just got name checked in a recent Washington Post article (Washington freakin Post!) on critics of old guard black activists.

...I agree with the Post article about the traditional Civil Rights organizations losing their prestige. I just disgree w/ the major reason cited: IMO, these organizations seem to be on the wrong side of the right issues nowadays. If SCLC, CORE, and the NAACP worked with ColorofChange and secured the release, their prestige would have been burnished. If the NAACP would have supported the victims of the Dunbar Village situation (atrocity, really) in the first place instead of their violators, the group would have received some praise. (The last I heard, the NAACP, West Palm Beach chapter, who jumped in to defend the violators, didn't retract their support or apologize to the victims or has done anything else on the victim's behalf). The most sustained critiques and actions against rap's misogyny (in the music and the videos) haven't come from any of these organizations. That's why, moreso than not keeping up with technology or being a victim of their own success or their pool of middle-class donors leaving–is why these organizations are fading away. Read more...

Universal Blackness
Unlike the MSM, Mr. Shadow celebrated the anniversary of Malcolm X's birth yesterday by printing Ossie Davis's eulogy of the slain leader.

Writes Like She Talks
Jill Zimon has posted an interesting interview with John C. Green, director of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Green tackles the issue of what Hillary Clinton supporters could do next.

This diverse collective of female bloggers, secured an exclusive interview with Barack Obama. Check it out below.

Share in the comments section and don't be shy about boldly hawking your own site.


slag said...

Great video! I'm going to steal it to post on Some of Nothing. Thanks!

MacDaddy said...

Good info. Just so you know, I shared your post called "Sexism and Privilege: parsing gender politics in the Clinton Campaign." Yours was part of a three-part discussion about why Clinton lost the democratic bid to be president of the US. I appreciate you; and i'm telling folks about you.

Jill said...

First, thank you reading and then linking to my blog, Tami. I really revere your work and that is no lip service (well, keyboard service).

Second, as a white woman who only learned what WOC even stood for at the end of March, I am so appreciative of the first link in this post form Black Women, Blow the Trumpet. I do get the thing about no one need act to assuage my guilt over something I didn't even have control over (being white), and so sometimes, well, often, there can be reluctance to embrace, engage, I'm not even sure of the right word to use to describe it - but the communication attempts with newly learning white women and conscious and conscientious women of color can be very difficult, painful and discouraging at times - okay, well, that has been my experience now and then.

This post to which you link from Black Women: Blog the Trumpet really goes a long way, for me, to not either be all over my WOC friends helping me learn or completely mute and not learning or asking or taking a chance, risking that I'm sounding stupid or just, frankly, racist out of not knowing or worse.

I know you don't need to hear it from me, but as a blogger myself who gets beat up a lot (some pro-Hillary blogs are calling me "very negative" and that's putting it nicely), I want you to know I appreciate you and the space you give. Thanks.

AJ Plaid said...

A bouquet of thanks for the shout-out on your blog and for being my role model. *You* rock, friend!

Jennifer said...

Hi Tami,
Thanks for the shout out--hopefully you saw my post on "What do YOU excel in" because you are mentioned VERY PROMINENTLY at the end of that post!

Tami said...

Thank you, everyone!

Macdaddy, Thanks for promoting my post. I hope you saw where I linked to your exploration of the Clinton campaign, too.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there! {waves}

Many, many thanks for the "shout-out"!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!


kid said...

Hello, I just decided to stop by and visit my neighbors on my blogroll.I will keep in touch. If I have any good ideas on a project we can work on i'll let you know.

mrshadow33 said...

Thank you for reading my blog and linking it with yours so that you could share it. It is always good to talk to you and to read your excellent posts.


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