Sunday links

I’ve been collecting links/stories for a couple weeks since the fall term started…

  • University of St. Thomas cancels talk by Desmond Tutu because of comments that were critical of how Israel treats Palestinians. However, non-Nobel Peace Prize winner and verbal hate-crime-a-minute spewer Ann Coulter is perfectly acceptable.
  • Latinos fought in WW II and the new documentary (in development for over 6 years) called The War, by Ken Burns initially failed to include ANY Latino voices.
  • Addressing racism in Iowa’s legal system – “One of the questions I think white Americans have to deal with is, what am I doing to interrupt racism?”
  • The Jena Six, a little more on Iowa, and racism in the legal system – “In July, the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group, released a state-by-state study of prison populations that identified where blacks endured the highest rates of incarceration. The top four states were South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Vermont.”
  • Driving While Brown in Illinois. It reminds me of the time when Wendy and I got pulled over in Oregon. I was driving and Wendy was the passenger. I gave my license to the police officer. Two seconds later he is asking for WENDY’s (a woman of color) license! My parents (both as white as me) are sitting in the back of the car. The cop never asked for their drivers licenses. Apparently, you can’t even Ride While Brown without being harassed by the police.
  • Racism hits Madison, Wisconsin. White people refer to people of color as “they, them, people from Chicago, etc.” and then wonder why “so few people of color” attended a recent community meeting. West District Police Captain Jay Lengfeld was perplexed as to why “they” did not show up to “our” meeting:

    “I really don’t know,” Lengfeld said in an interview Friday. “Maybe they’re not vested enough in the neighborhood to try to make changes when they may not be living there anymore.

    “But this will fail if we don’t get them involved,” he said.

  • Check out an article featuring “Williams,” a woman and faculty member of color (who apparently does not have a first name! I’ve read the article several times! What is her first name!!??) at St. Cloud State University.

    Williams is among 20 faculty members from the Colleges of Education and Social Sciences who make up the Racial Issues Colloquium, which meets regularly and provides courses for students to critically analyze the effects of racism, discrimination and oppression on people of color in the U.S. Eleven courses are now available in community studies (two), history (one), sociology (one), ethnic studies (five), human relations and multicultural education (two).

  • Virtual Museum of African-American History Opens –

    “This week the Smithsonian Institution opened a brand-new museum- online. It is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum.

    The museum opened on the Web, as a virtual collection for scholarship and education, because bricks and mortar won’t be laid down in Washington, D.C., until 2012. It’s the first time a major museum has opened a virtual presence before putting up a real building.

    The Web museum highlights a collection called “Let Your Motto Be Resistance,” portraits and photographs of people who stood against oppression in various ways, from Frederick Douglass to Ella Fitzgerald to Malcolm X. …”

  • From my home state (Iowa) once again… Barack Obama’s lapels (and why he wasn’t wearing a flag pin) were the topic of a recent question by a hard-hitting reporter from KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. (If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still recall the opening musical jingle that played as the intro to their news reports…) Obama handled the ridiculous question about his lapels with a terrific answer:

    “The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin,” Mr. Obama replied. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.

    “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he added. “Instead I’m gonna’ try to tell the American people what I believe what will make this country great and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

  • Nike Designs Shoe for American Indians – Maybe we could, oh I don’t know…perhaps recognize that institutionalized racism, murder, raping, sterilization, theft, etc. will not end just because Nike has decided that they can gain a couple corporate diversity points by making a freaking shoe! Nike is doing this a public relations stunt.

    Nike said it is the first time it has designed a shoe for a specific race or ethnicity. It said all profits from the sale of the shoe will be reinvested in health programs for tribal lands, where problems with obesity, diabetes and related conditions are near epidemic levels in some tribes.

  • Joseph Orosco asks if reading Cosmo is sexist?

    “Women are contributing to the patriarchy too. How? By being consumers of women’s magazines; the kinds that line the checkout counter racks, reminding women that the issues they really need to pay attention to are diets, plastic surgery, shoes, and what other women are doing about their diets, plastic surgery, and shoes.”

  • Artists build apartment in Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island. This is amazing! I’ve been inside the Providence Place Mall and it is enormous. Here’s a photograph of the apartment.

    Eight artists snuck into the depths of Providence Place mall and built a secret studio apartment in which they stayed, on and off, for nearly four years until mall security finally caught their leader last week.

  • Survey Finds More Prejudice Toward American Indians.

    Results of a racism survey at the University of Tulsa showing American Indians more likely to be regarded with prejudice than other minorities by White students surprised researchers.

    A written survey of 55 White, middle-class college students in their 20s who had been in college for more than a year found that American Indians were consistently regarded less favorably on social factor indicator scales than Black people.

  • Affirmative action for white people!???

    Researchers with access to closely guarded college admissions data have found that, on the whole, about 15 percent of freshmen enrolled at America’s highly selective colleges are white teens who failed to meet their institutions’ minimum admissions standards.

  • Oregon State University’s Department of Athletics will host a Title IX Celebration on October 19-21, 2007.

    All former women’s student-athletes are invited to return to campus for the celebration, which will be centered around a banquet on Saturday night and various women’s sporting events throughout the weekend.