“The lost 40 acres”
I was in the process of working on a post on a news article on the black middle class (“Forty Acres and a Gap”, Henry Louis Gates), but a hat-tip to Bryan Wilhite, who beat me to it, for this post on his blogsite rasx() http://www.kintespace.com/rasxlog/?p=793
“In “The lost 40 acres” at popandpolitics.com the numbers tell no little white lies: “One report demonstrates that black kids born to middle-class parents in the late 1960s have had a difficult time as adults maintaining their middle-class status. Forty five percent of them, according to the report, have fallen into relative poverty. It’s been the opposite for middle-class white kids, among whom only sixteen percent have dropped into lower income categories.” Here is a more objective reason why prominent Negroes are quite offensive when they make seductive attempts to describe “race” issues within the frame of a solved problem. My assertion based on personal observation is that once we reach the so-called middle class, we tend to assume that things can run on autopilot—so we can just drop “the kids” off at the upper-class school and pay taxes and just assume these children will magically be educated simply because they are surrounded by the trappings of wealth and European concepts of privilege.
Deborah Gabriel: “Black Britain examined the report written by Julia Isaacs from the Brooking Institution, who examined Census data and made a comparison between family income of parents in the 1960s and their children’s income in the late 1990s to the early 2000s. The findings make grim reading. While the offspring of white middle income families are able to earn more than their parents did, for black families in most cases the opposite is true. The findings reveal that the majority of children from black middle income families actually earn less than their parents.”
This is issue was touched upon in “The Color of Wealth” in this journal.”
From Vanessa Mizell, of pop + politics, comes this outstanding essay on black women and their hair, and how black people have been the only group in America who have had to legitimize our existence in this country:
“How do African-Americans appear through that prism? It ain’t pretty. In the sixties, the black power movement articulated the need for African-Americans to fight to redefine black as beautiful. No other ethnic group in American history has had to legitimize their beautifulness the way we have had to do. In 1966 Ossie Davis gave an influential speech entitled “The English Language Is Not My Friend” in which he noted that the word whiteness has 134 synonyms an the 44 of those synonyms are favorable and pleasing to contemplate, words like purity, cleanliness, etc. The word blackness has nearly as many synonyms, 120, but 60 of those are distinctly unfavorable and none of them mildly positive. Black synonyms include, for example, the words sinister, evil, dirty—not to mention twenty words tied directly to race, such as negro, negress, etc. ”
Read the rest of the post here: http://www.popandpolitics.com/2007/11/13/my-hair-my-self/
From Rachel of Rachel’s Tavern comes this post:
“Race based sex tourism”
“Apparently, older white women are going to Kenya for “sex tourism” at least that’s what this article on Yahoo! says.
They are on their first holiday to, a country they say is “just full of big young boys who like us older girls.”
Hard figures are difficult to come by, but local people on the coast estimate that as many as one in five single women visiting from rich countries are in search of sex.
Allie and Bethan — who both declined to give their full names — said they planned to spend a whole month touring Kenya’s palm-fringed beaches. They would do well to avoid the country’s tourism officials.
“It’s not evil,” said Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board, when asked about the practice of older rich women traveling for sex with young Kenyan men.
“But it’s certainly something we frown upon.”
Also, the health risks are stark in a country with anprevalence of 6.9 percent. Although condom use can only be guessed at, Julia Davidson, an academic at who writes on sex tourism, said that in the course of her research she had met women who shunned condoms — finding them too “businesslike” for their exotic fantasies.
I guess white women and white men are becoming more and more alike.”
No, Rachel, white men and white women have always been alike.
Why does this not surprise me? White men (and women) have been using black women and black men (and children, too) as sexual latrines for over 400 years. Nothing new there.
White men were more brutal and sadistic with their sexualized gendered atrocities against black women during slavery, Reconstruction and Jim/Jane Crow segregation; white women were more hidden with theirs, until white male relatives walked in on them and the black man, and the white woman screamed “Rape!”, something that even in this day and age, a white woman can still do.
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And from Kai of zuky.net comes this elegant tribute to U.S. veterans of color who are shamefully forgotten when the “big wars” anniversaries roll around. I missed putting up my post on Veteran’s Day, but, Kai gave an excellent tribute to them.
Read the post here: