An excellent 12 minutes about the social construction of race and how knowing this idea can help to have conversations about race.
Funny and approachable.
The noted video blogger opens up about what got him interested in talking about race.
I only heard second half or so in car. But this part struck me as humorous and still timely. I want to see if we can recreate the society of creatively maladjusted people.
“Every academic discipline has its technical vocabulary. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.” You’ve heard that word. This is the ringing cry of modern child psychology. And certainly we all want to live well-adjusted lives in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. But I must say to you this evening, my friends, as I come to a close, that there are some things in my own nation, and there are some things in the world, to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation, discrimination, colonialism and these particular forces. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I must say to you tonight that I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence, for in a day when Sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can win a war. It is no longer the choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or non-existence… And I assure you that I will never adjust to the madness of militarism.
You see, it may well be that our whole world is in need at this time for a new organization—the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment—men and women—…”
He goes on to list prophets of justice and figures from US history who were maladjusted…
I posted on Facebook, but I own these words, Zuckerberg.
ok, so a gay football player comes out. The guys worried about this say something like “yeah, but I’m going to be naked inn front of him, in the locker room.”
Ok. Let’s break this down.
First, sorry to break it to you, but odds are, there was ALWAYS some closeted gays in the locker room. So, if there is any harm to you in them “looking,” it has already happened. See? Don’t you feel better?
Second, if you think that they might, I don’t know, get attracted to you or something, and, following #1 above, it would have ALREADY happened. Have you EVER seen someone in the shower or locker room get an erection ??? No? Ok, so it is not a social space where sexual feelings get expressed.
Three, if you think they might, I don’t know, what, touch you/ Sexually assault you? Well, that is against the law, not conducive to team morale, and, in general, not a smart move for someone who wants to keep playing sports. So, while there are always some depraved heteros and homos, being gay does not mean your (always there but closeted) gay teammate is some uncontrollable sex fiend who is going to cause problems.
Four. Ok, so maybe your (closeted) gay teammate sees you and later fantasizes about you. Maybe. I am just trying to imagine the problem. Ok, well if you can’t see that as a compliment, then at least you can now know what it feels like to be objectified as a sex object like most females do. So, net gain: you can be more empathetic now.
So, in sum, if it causes you harm, it is cause your just hung up knowing she or he is gay. Any other possible concerns are BS.
Teach for America’s hidden curriculum – http://pulse.me/s/iAL5Q Need to finish reading this. I still don’t see enough of teacher unions working on good reform .
Through BeyondPod, I can get the official White House feed of speeches. That is more political geek than CSPAN. Still, I wish that someone could pass a law banning applause during the SOTU until the very end. It is SO tedious to listen to.
Brad Tuttle, in this 2010 blog post, counted 18 minutes (!) of applause in that SOTU.
Poll watching updates from Lewisburg, PA
LB X- Everyone all smiles and nice. Not asking for IDs.
LB Y- Everyone pleasant. They seemed puzzled by a poll watcher. But I have been there in past elections and know it was same Judge of Elections. I stayed 45 minutes. They asked everyone “Have you got ID.” Did not _demand_ it and no one refused, so was unable to see how they would react.
The advancement project (http://www.advancementproject.org/) had very good flyer on vote
I was so quiet, they forgot I was there and joked a little about voting machines voting for Republicans or something like that. It really was not an issue. It was more like easing the tension I think they feel about the enormity of responsibility of ensuirng clean and fair election.
Heart-warming bit: the five workers (one elected Judge and four volunteers) knew EVERYONE who voted. In a lull, they talked about how X was the “partner” of Y. I assumed it was business partner. But then it was clear that they meant gay partner. And they were talking about how they always came in separately and acted unconnected. But all these small town neighbors knew and didn’t care. Then they talked about another pair of “partners” and how one had been ill years ago and now was better.
This is very middle-class, middle-of-the-road America. The anti-gay folks have lost the culture war. There are just too many nice, normal gay people out there to dispel the paranoia. The normal gays are EVERYWHERE. 🙂
Dinesh D’souza is speaking in a week here. A student club is bringing him. He is a travesty to literary analysis as he bases his whole “Obama wants to destroy America” on a wacky reading of Obama’s book. I would get nothing out of going and challenging him. But it irks me no one else might not.
Stanley Fish says what I would like to: “This is disappointing. While a viewer could certainly disagree with D’Souza’s analysis of the genesis and emergence of Obama’s views, it is nevertheless an analysis to which one could respond in the usual spirit of intellectual debate by saying things like “you’ve left something out” or “you draw your conclusion too quickly.” But as the movie picks up polemical speed, philosophy, political theory and psychology are left behind and replaced by name-calling, and by a name-calling that brings D’Souza close to positions he rejects. For instance, he rejects birtherism, the contention that Obama was born in Kenya and is hence not an American citizen; but he replaces it with a back-door, or metaphorical, birtherism when he characterizes Obama as an alien being, as a fifth-column party of one who has pretended to be an American, and technically is one, but really is something else.” http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/27/obama-dsouza-and-anti-colonialism/