“That Conversation about Race” category archive
The SPLC examines how members of right-wing hate groups are attempting to cover their digital tracks on “social” media in the wake of the New Zealand shootings.
Elizabeth Wellington, after noting that the winners of all three major U. S. beauty contests this year are black women, find herself dismayed that the continuing effort to disparage, discourage, and disrespect* black persons’ natural hair. A snippet.
It’s to the point that last month, Los Angeles Democratic Sen. Holly J. Mitchell was compelled to introduce a bill in the California state legislature that bans schools and workplaces from writing dress codes that forbid braids, twists, and other hairstyles that are suited to a black person’s natural hair. For years, Mitchell argued, black people have had to use untoward techniques and harmful chemicals to manipulate their hair into unnatural states that are acceptable to a Eurocentric beauty standard to not just fit into the status quo, but also to be considered clean and well-groomed.
The law, appropriately referred to as the C.R.O.W.N. law, an acronym for Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair, passed the California State Senate and is now on its way to the State Assembly. Mitchell introduced it, she said, because she was weary of seeing black children and teenagers — like Buena Vista wrestler Andrew Johnson, whose locks were sheared at the behest of match referee Alan Maloney — humiliated “because their natural hair was deemed unruly or a distraction to others.
*I think that’s the first time I’ve used that neologism, either verbally written, but somehow it seems appropriate.
Florida Republicans float a new strategy for reviving the poll tax.
My local rag has a long article on sharecropping, including first-hand narratives from persons who grew up in sharecropping families.
Forget the Gone with the Wind propaganda.
Follow the link and learn just how gracious Southern living really was.
In The Roanoke Times, Jeff Thomas takes a scathing look at the myths that white Southerners, particularly Virginians, have created to shield themselves from their history. Here’s a bit:
Money is the root of this. Virginia was founded as The Virginia Company of London, and the same people who owned the state also dominated the state’s politics. The nature of political power over four centuries has not changed even as capitalism transformed the seats of economic wealth from dynastic families to immortal corporations.
How did this happen?
Virginia’s ruling class invented a state religion about the myths of Saint Jefferson and General Lee to control the population. The myth and reality are symbiotic. If everything is great, then why change?
Martin Longman discusses the permeation.
This correlates with the increase in incidents of Trumpling.