kinda dramatic… but I’m inclined to agree. Although, I’m pretty much a Marvel guy who’s been cheating on my main squeeze with an abusive hooker named DC. If this whole thing goes to shit, I’ll just reread Morrison’s All-Star Superman and his Batman books and return to my faithfully consistent Marvel.
But it found something else: that whites and blacks also differ in their willingness to even consider arguments about the death penalty’s validity. For example, African Americans who originally supported the death penalty responded both to racial arguments (for example, “the death penalty is unfair because most of the people who are executed are black”) and non-racial arguments (“too many innocent people are being executed”) in opposition.
But whites presented with the same arguments were “highly resistant to persuasion” — in fact, were actually more likely to support the death penalty after learning it discriminated against African Americans.
2 years ago today, I was plugging way at my finals projects at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, and working a life-force-suckingly boring job in retail at Zara. If I didn’t sleep the night before, it was probably because I was up trying to finish a painting in my garage [slowly killing brain cells with turpentine fumes and oil paints]. I was also single-ish and generally getting myself into mischief that, in retrospect, is a miracle I got out of without any Jon Jr’s.
Today, I live in New York, work at a creative production house making really cool stuff, draw in my spare time, and - most importantly - share a life with the most amazing woman on the planet. Ironically, I labelled her “Trouble” during our first encounter. I knew she had the potential to change my life right then. I could have never guessed that she would change it this much.
“CAN someone give me a reason WHY Mary Jane remains to be an illegal treat? Everyone already smokes so you lose, Republicans, you’re kids are smoking pot behind your back or maybe right in your face and you’re too excited about Wall Street and Obama to notice.”—
“I would like to point something out so that we’ll understand each other better. I don’t want you to think in the statements I made that I’m being disrespectful towards you as white people. I’m being frank. And I think that my statements will give you a better insight on the mind of a black man than most statements you get from most people who call themselves Negroes, who usually tell you what they want you to hear with the hope…that will make them draw closer to you and create a better possibility of getting from you some of the crumbs that you might let fall from your table. Well, I’m not looking for crumbs so I’m not trying to delude you.”—Malcolm X (via jadedfucker)
[ This is an excerpt from a post on my old blog from April 22, 2009 ]
Fake news bobbleheads and self-congratulatory liberals try to reduce racism to a matter of personal virtue on the one hand and unhinged hate on the other. That’s generally not what I’m talking about when I talk about racism. Certainly right-wing hate groups are a real problem, but for me at least, the chances of having a physical run-in with such groups on any given day are relatively low compared with the certainty of dealing with the subtler racism of liberal imperialism.
When I talk about racism, I’m talking about the shape of power and inequality embedded in socio-economic structures of the world; embedded in culture, geopolitics, language, worldview; embedded in corporatist neo-colonialism — one of racism’s crowning achievements for the sheer audacity of its dizzying mansion of derivative mirrors — whose systemic maldistribution and aggressive exploitation funnels wealth out of brown communities and brown countries, into an elite class of white-dominated supra-national entities, resulting in mass deprivation and destruction in countless communities of color.
To my mind, the great problem of the 21st century is the whiteness problem. Obviously I’m perilously paraphrasing the well-worn centennial declaration by the iconic anti-racist W.E.B. DuBois. I’ve tweaked the saying to suit my purpose of the moment, which is to shift the focus from a battle line to a warring state. Because when we talk about the color line, when we talk about racism, the fundamental causal problem we’re really talking about is whiteness.
Needless to say, whiteness is not genetic; it’s socialized, not inherited; though ironically, whiteness deploys a pseudo-genetic basis in its contempt for The Other. Whiteness is a socio-political construct and a fluid strategic ideology of power which has only existed for the past five centuries or so, during the era of racist globalization and colonialism. When I talk about the whiteness problem, I’m not necessarily talking about white people, I’m talking about whiteness. Whiteness is a unifying thread running through many of the great problems of our time: environmental destruction, the war racket, famine, human migrations, curable yet untreated disease. Attempts to address any of these issues are severely hindered by whiteness; that is, by the existential drive of a global elite, profoundly informed by whiteness, to live in dominion over, rather than harmony with, humanity and nature.
I thought we should have a quick conversation before tomorrow. Tomorrow a lot of the new reboots come out. And there’s a comment I’ve heard from a few people that really confuses me. “It’s going to happen anyways”. That because the decision has already been made there’s nothing for us to do but shut up and live with it. It assumes that we are passive players in the comic book industry. Wrong.
Now education sucks in this country, and if there’s one thing Americans don’t understand it’s economics so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised when people think this. You are a consumer. By buying something you’re providing the feedback that DC and Marvel use to make creative decisions. Spider-Woman, for example, while getting rave reviews, slumped in sales and was therefore cancelled. Yes, it’s going to happen. But if you don’t agree with how it’s happening you have the power to shape what comes after it is.
Now you could argue that since they’re rebooting it at all and some of the most popular series and creators have been ended, altered, switched around, or fired, that DC is ignoring the input of the consumer. Or maybe that a big company like DC isn’t going to notice if, say, 200 fans who bought DC before the reboot stopped. I’d say that you’re wrong. They’re doing this because their sales are slumping. The industry as a whole is shrinking. Sure, they are going to get a boost in September. But after that?
Now more than ever you as a comic consumer have power. The industry is smaller. The sales from the next 3 months are going to be more scrutinized than any other stretch in the last 10 years. I’m not saying don’t buy good series, but don’t just accept what’s handed to you either. You don’t have to buy a comic anymore to read it. There are any number of sites to get them from for free the day of their release. When you buy a comic book you are making a conscious choice to support the creative decisions of the editor, writer, and artist of that comic. Please be mindful of that tomorrow.
If you are opposed to the reboot, to the sexist undertones of the content, to the flippant way Didio dismisses fan complaints as whiny, don’t buy their comics.
not buying… maybe Morrison’s Action Comics. MAYBE. like 98% chance I WON’T.
“The worst hate speech I’ve ever heard in Seattle against gays was from African Americans.
The worst hate speech I’ve ever heard in Seattle against women was from African Americans.
The worst hate speech I’ve ever heard in Seattle against Jews was from African Americans.
The worst hate speech I’ve ever heard in Seattle against Asians was from African Americans.
In Seattle I’ve heard black folks openly (and in public) say things about white folks 10000x worse than anything I’ve ever heard whites say in public OR private about blacks.
Yeah, I can’t take your side Jen.”—
this right here is why i dislike discussions about racism (and why I don’t even really care for the word racism all that much) from a “we’re all racist” anti-racist sort of slant.
I think there’s a lot of good in the linked article (this is a comment on the article)—and I would recommend it for those interested in anti-racism esp. as it pertains to seattle.
but this comment—it demonstrates clearly why “racism” and “privilege” and “anti-racist ally” etc *just won’t work* as strategies in most cases. it becomes about “siding” with people, it becomes about “who is individually worse” it becomes about “saying mean things” it becomes about *politeness* and *individuality*—rather than what white supremacy is *really* about: a distribution system in the US that makes distributing resources on the basis of race seem normal, natural, and right.
i don’t care if every white person in the world raises their hand and proudly declares, I am a racist. *that’s not the problem*. The problem is that in order to protect the unequal distribution system in the US while still making tons of money, corporations will put their heavy industry in MY neighborhood. In the neighborhoods of black people. On reservations. Corporations *protect* the resources of those who are most powerful. Because those who are most powerful are most likely to act as enforcers of the unequal distribution system that *always* puts corporations at the top. *always*.
but that protection from corporations—that is not a *privilege*—that’s a human fucking right. We should ALL be protected, we should ALL have our resources defended, we should ALL have easy access to those resources, etc.
ANd like—this comment about “the worst hate speech”—what defines “the worst”? Is it the ugliest? i.e. is it a white person listening to Outkast? is it “being trashy” (yes I expect everybody to note that *classism* is the definer here). Is it “unlady like”? Or is it speech that is used directly to *uphold* white supremacist heteropatriarchal nationalism? WHich means all those super polite, educated, sophisticated, gentlemen in suits that do love to go on and on about the “illegal” problem—are actually the ones with the worst hate speech?
There is nothing in existence that a Black person *could* say about white people that would be “hate speech” really. Because Black people do not have that kind of power in this country (or really, any other that I am aware of). And I can’t help it if this person chooses not to hear the shit white people say in casual constant conversation. I mean, really, what she is saying here about Black people is “worse” than anything they could say about her.
The worst hate speech I’ve ever heard in Seattle against human beings was from a white person expressing their racism by projecting the worst hate speech they’d ever heard in Seattle onto African Americans.
In my experience, white people don’t do “hate speech” anymore. They just do “hate”. And they do it under the guise of “protecting old-fashioned American values”.
The worst hate I’ve ever seen in this world was done by white people. In the world, I’ve seen white folks openly (and in public) do things to people of color across the globe 10000x worse than anything I’ve ever heard black folks say in public OR private about anyone.