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It can be tiring, all that whiteness

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I am posting a short segment from the first chapter of my book, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, which was published by Duke University Press last year (https://www.dukeupress.edu/Open-to-the-Public-49485/). As the new academic year approaches, and events and workshops are being announced, I keep noticing how easily whiteness gets reproduced. Below is one example of coming up against whiteness….

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What does it mean to talk about whiteness as an institutional problem or as a problem of institutions? When we describe institutions as being white, we are pointing to how institutional spaces are shaped by the proximity of some bodies and not others: white bodies gather, and create the impression of coherence. When I walk into university meetings that is just what I encounter. Sometimes I get used to it. At one conference we organize, four Black feminists arrive. They all happen to walk into…

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Freedom From Education: Decolonial Study for Abolishing the Prison-University Complex

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Against the romanticizing of education, Leftists should recognize alternative regimes of study, as practiced in prison organizing and indigenous peoples’ movements, and participate with them toward dismantling the intertwined regimes of education and carcerality.

– an essay by Abraham Bolish –

Left movements in North America romanticize education in many ways. Calls to “defend public education” emanate from the most radical movements of students, like the ‘Maple Spring’ in Quebec, and teachers, like the social justice-oriented Chicago Teachers Union. In struggles against prisons, with images of the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ and calls for ‘education not incarceration,’ we on the Left often criticize contemporary education as corrupted for disproportionately funneling poor youth of color into the penal regime. Conversely, in organizing around universities, the university has been framed as losing its educational mission and becoming like a prison, an “ivory cage,” which “incarcerates” potentially resistant young people behind walls of debt.

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Female sense of superiority > female sense of entitlement > female pursuit of supremacy (feminism)

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Anti-Feminism League

My thanks to the person who posted on a MHR site this morning, a diagram showing ‘The Success Indicator’. The author of the diagram, MaryEllen Tribby, is apparently seeking to copyright it. As an illustration of the sense of superiority many women feel over men collectively, it’s truly world-class:

http://maryellentribby.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Infographic-Black-01.jpg

It’s a small step from women’s sense of gender superiority to the sense of entitlement so many women demonstrate with monotonous regularity, all too often pandered to by men, and particularly men in positions of power (David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Vince Cable, Sir Roger Carr, step forward).

It’s a small step from women’s sense of entitlement to the pursuit of female supremacy, feminism. And if anyone doesn’t grasp that feminism is the pursuit of female supremacy, I invite them to watch this 13-minute video by ManWomanMyth:

http://j4mb.wordpress.com/feminism-is-the-hate-driven-pursuit-of-female-supremacy/

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Don’t Call it Magic: How Chelsea Ended Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Dynasty

The Away Goals Rule

Was it Napoli? Yeah, it was probably the second leg against Napoli.

It certainly wasn’t West Brom. No, the match that brought a preemptive conclusion to Andre Villas-Boas’ infamous ‘project’ was definitely not the match where it was illuminated that Chelsea just might do something special in the 2011-2012 season.

That day, an 82nd minute Gareth McAuley strike at the Hawthorns gave the Baggies a 1-0 victory and consigned the abject Blues to their seventh league defeat of the season and the sharply-dressed AVB to days spent trolling ‘help wanted’ ads hoping to find an employer in search of a high defensive line and three-day stubble. To be blunt: on 3rd March, 2012, Chelsea did not seem capable of eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – the team that many consider to be the greatest the sport has ever seen – from the Champions League.

On 14th March, 2012, the mood changed…

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“Limbo”: A New Jamaican Novel by Esther Figueroa

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Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the tide to flow
Sitting here in limbo
Knowing that I have to go

One of Jimmy Cliff’s most wistful songs, this one written in 1971, came to mind as I was reading Esther Figueroa’s recently published novel – described as arguably Jamaica’s first “environmental novel.” 

Limbo is, of course, a state of not doing anything. You’re not heading in any direction. While Mr. Cliff sounded calm enough in his song, quietly contemplating his next move, the hero of Dr. Figueroa’s novel is far from satisfied with her situation – and that of Jamaica in general. Flora is a feisty Jamaican woman approaching middle age, who heads an environmental NGO. Her mood veers between nervous anxiety and restless frustration throughout much of the novel, and she curses regularly. She cannot sit quietly in limbo, at all. Waiting for something to happen does not suit…

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THE PORN STAR

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When it comes to Porn, there are many things you can say about it. Many things that I am sure you can find on the internet and research about for days and days. Women like Feminist will bash it, fathers of Porn stars will hate it, and the women who were once in Porn will criticize other females for doing the same thing they used to do. And so on, and so on. But in this instance, there is only one thing to say about Porn when it comes to to everyday male view, and that is: Its great. Plain and simple, from a gratification perspective for both men and women, its great. Very fucking great to be honest. There are many, many, MANY options when it comes to the adult entertainment. So many different fantasies you can see play out right in front of your eyes for a fair price, or, if we are being completely honest for free when…

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The B.L.A. ( Black Liberation Army ) 1970s to 1980s History

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After the social upheavals of the 1960s failed to trigger the vast systemic changes many protesters sought, the early 1970s saw a number of militant groups form secoret underground cells that pledged to use violence in an attempt to fight for civil rights, end the Vietnam War and, in the minds of the hard core, trigger a violent revolution in the streets of America.

While groups like the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army and the Symbionese Liberation Army were vehemently anti-war, their core motivation was rallying the black community toward open revolt. It was a time when police brutality was rampant—far worse than today, by most measures—and white police officers rarely were prosecuted when they killed black civilians. The underground groups of the ‘70s thus made police their first and most frequent targets. The Weather Underground did so with bombs, until one went off accidentally, killing three of its…

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Homophobia in Jamaica (Part 1)

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Media lies, batty man naah dead in Jamaica its just the cruel i wicked foreign media These are the types of ridiculous and callous banners broadcasted by ignorant people when gay and Jamaica are mentioned.

By now any and every resident of our beautiful mother Earth has heard of Jamaica and its issue with homosexuality. These issues are often present in the strong anti-homosexual themes in Dancehall(different genre from Reggae) lyrics. So one may ask where is the love? why are so many Jamaicans like that? how can the international community “help”? Homosexuality in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world has always been put in this singular frame with little attention paid to how we got to this point.

Factors that have affected the Jamaican perception of homosexuality are Christianity, the Jamaican government, the British and colonialism.

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be…

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The Lost Story of Islam in Jamaica

via The Lost Story of Islam in Jamaica

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Were our West African ancestors actually Muslim?

Dr. Sultana Afroz a Bangladeshi academic who has been living in Jamaica for 25 years says yes they were. Dr. Afroz has been apart of the University of the West Indies, Mona Department of History for a while now and before she leaves destined for her first home, she leaves Jamaica with the though provoking piece: Invisible yet invincible – the Islamic heritage of Maroon and enslaved Africans in Jamaica.

In the book Dr. Afroz posits several claims which deals astonishing blows to contemporary historical and cultural discourse in Jamaica. One of the most crucial of them is that several of Jamaica’s treasured leaders against the colonial tyranny  like Cudjoe, Nanny of the Maroons, Sam Sharp, Paul Bogle etc. were in fact Muslims and followers of the Islamic faith. This is oceans away from what I was taught in school.

African Muslim…

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#BlACKGAYSLAY: Dennis Carney ON THE FRONT LINE

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BlackGaySlay showcases, celebrates, and pays respect to Black Gay Men whose work elevates the LGBT community and Black Gay Men specifically.  For more than 30 years Dennis Carney has been on the physical and a metaphorical Front Line doing this work.

Born in Manchester in 1962, Dennis has been a Londoner since 1982 with most of those years spent in Brixton. As many BlackOut readers know, the ‘Front Line’ is the name given by the local community to Railton Road; the line behind which the community sought refuge against the racist ‘sus’ laws used by some cops to brutalise the neighbourhood in the 80s that erupted in the Brixton uprisings. Dennis, reflecting on the changes he’s seen in Brixton joked;

I’ve never seen so much blonde hair or pedigree dogs in all my days in Brixton; and on the Front Line! You know things have changed when drunk White women in…

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