“Being mixed doesn’t make me less black” and compliments that devalue blackness by exalting European attributes
Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece, like so many others, is exactly what this blog is about. Stephanie Paes covers so many issues that are pertinent to the comprehension of blackness from the Brazilian perspective. Hair texture, racial mixture and “compliments” that simultaneously mask racist sentiments are all covered here. In this piece, Stephanie Paes takes the reader through the many complexities of the development of black identity and the development of black consciousness. In Brazil today, there are thousands, if not millions of young women that do all in their power to disassociate themselves from blackness. If one has a looser type of curl or brown skin on the lighter side of the spectrum, the Brazilian racial ideology questions any person with such a phenotype about why they would choose to define themselves as negra because they are “too pretty” to be black. With consciousness, Paes is…
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Beautiful sunset, Fort Bragg, Ca. Occupied Pomo territory
Some illuminating and heartfelt analysis of the progession of local radical politics over the last year.
BAI Note: We would like to suggest that people watch the following video from October 7, 2012 –the 11th anniversary of the US/NATO occupation of aggression against the peoples of Afghanistan– in order to have a better context for this article’s analysis of the past year. BAI would also like to extend an offer of prayer to all who have died from the aggression (whether or not they are dying in battle, or crossing borders, or at the hands of fascists in Europe and North America) :
~”Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
Surely we come from Allah; And to him shall we return”~
From Tom Vee : Video from last year’s rally and march:
“The Next Day Was Revenge” : Rivalry or Cooperation
Since October 7 of 2012, the 11th anniversary of the US/ NATO occupation of aggression against the Afghan…
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Something I have been wondering about lately. Why is so little discussion of the destructive nature of nationalism on human society? We see much discussion of the ills of racism, and how race is a social construct that divides us, and the even talk of an eventual “color blind” society, yet we never hear people talking about how nation states, and thus national “identities” are also social constructs, that are fundamentally designed to divide us. In fact, nationalism logically leads to fascism and ethnic hatreds, as we are seeing again in Europe, and other places. We also, when discussing economics, hear a lot of anti capitalist discussion,yet it is always framed within the context an internal struggle in each separate nation, despite the fact that capitalism functions outside the rules and confines of the nation state game. Nationalism only serves to justify global inequality, and strengthen those in power, even as they abandon their own “citizens”. Similarly, environmental problems are global in nature, but are dealt with nation by nation, which is ineffective and potentially catastrophic (as we are seeing in Japan). Clearly clinging to the nation state model is bringing us close to destruction, and can’t address the needs of future generations. Shouldn’t we be weening ourselves off our addiction to our national identities, and towards some more universal?
By Budour Hassan
The appearance of the Egyptian Black Bloc in Cairo’s streets in January 2013 triggered gullible excitement in Western anarchist circles. Little thought was given to the Egyptian Black Bloc’s political vision – or lack thereof – tactics, or social and economic positions. For most Western anarchists, it was enough that they looked and dressed like anarchists to warrant uncritical admiration. Facebook pages of Israeli anarchists were swamped with pictures of Egyptian Black Bloc activists; skimming through the US anarchist blogosphere during that period would have given one the impression that the Black Bloc was Egypt’s first-ever encounter with anarchism and anti-authoritarianism. But as American writer Joshua Stephens notes, the jubilant reaction many Western anarchists have towards the Black Bloc raises unflattering questions concerning their obsession with form and representation, rather than content and actions. And in this regard, these anarchists are not different from the Islamists…
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