Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I know we can make it...

What other people are saying…

Happy birthday, Miss Irene! Mac Daddy at Daddy Be Strong celebrates the life of an oft-forgotten heroine of civil rights:

Ms. Morgan Kirkaldy, an African American woman, refused to give her seat to a white couple on a Greyhound bus in 1944, 11 years before Rosa Parks. When the arresting officer put his hand on her, she kicked him in the groin and said she
would have bitten him, but he looked "too dirty."

She took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. The lawyer who argued her case before that august body? A young Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who would later be appointed to that court. The court banned segregated busing on interstate travel; and set a precedent for the dispensation of discriminatory cases in
travel. Morgan Kikaldy's success also motivated what was called "The Freedom Rides," where young people rode in the front of buses to test the new law. One of the leaders of this movement was Bayard Rustin, who would later be an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the chief organizer of the march on Washington.
Why are we sexualizing American girls? (Hat tip to Gina at What About Our Daughters) The Nation of Islam’s Final Call has published an excellent article, “America’s sex-mad culture,” that discusses how “corporate drive for profits is damaging girls, women and eroding healthy relationships.”

The oppression and misuse of women is not new to America, or American culture, but many see a crisis of misogynistic and racist elements that are damaging the soul of the nation and hurting children, women and men in the process.

Black women, in particular, have historically been portrayed as sexual objects to justify slavery, rape, sexual abuse and denial of respect and opportunity, advocates and scholars say. Negative messages solely concerned with “hotness” and sex appeal are also being pushed on adolescents and younger girls in a dangerous way, advocates warn.

Adolescence is the time when girls form an identity based on messages from society, said Professor Dines. If the messages focus on physical attributes and access to men, the young girls are not growing in a healthy way, she said. Professor Dines will be featured at “The Sexualization of Childhood” symposium, June 13-14, at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

The American Psychological Association, in a study released last year, reported that girls and young women suffered intellectual, psychological and physical problems as a result of messages that push sexualization, which is defined as a “person’s value coming only from his or her sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics; a person is held to a standard that equates physical attractiveness (narrowly defined) with being sexy; a person is sexually objectified—that is, made into a thing for others’ sexual use, rather than seen as a person with the capacity for
independent action and decision making, and/or; sexuality is inappropriately imposed upon a person.”
Top 100, Baybee! I’d like to thank by mommy and daddy, my boo, my dog…(tears up)…and all of YOU, loyal readers and supporters. Electronic Village has released its monthly ranking of black blogs and What Tami Said is at number 91. Check out the list and let Villager know if you have a blog that needs to be added.

Your liberal privilege is showing. I have been a subscriber to Salon for nearly five years, but lately I have grown weary of its overwhelming-white, entitled, classist form of progressivism. Who assembles a group of all-white talking heads to discuss the impact of race on the 2008 Democratic primary? Why Salon, that’s who!

Oh well, I was feeling a little too hopeful with all the predictions about Obama crossing the finish line tonight and Clinton conceding. “What role did race play with white Democrats?” at least served to angry up my blood and get me back in fighting spirit.

Sample this quote from Sean Wilentz, HRC-backer and author of a recent love letter, I mean book, about Ronald Reagan:
I think very differently. Race has primarily played a factor to help Barack Obama. Not only with the African-American vote, which is fairly clear, I mean it's obviously clear, but with some white voters as well. I think that the idea that Hillary Clinton has suddenly gained a lot of support from racists, which we call "low information" voters, things like that, is just a myth. I mean, in fact, if you look over the exit polls, she's done much better in the votes since March, in fact, most of that support can be accounted for over the last three months, for greater support among upper and middle income white voters. It's not [these] mythic Appalachian, racist whites. That's a very small percentage of her pickup over Obama over the past three months. So I just don't buy it. I think certainly there's an element of that there, but I think that it's very, very small.


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