Saturday, September 03, 2005

More To Come

For right now, here's a little something for your perusal:


At 12:08 PM, Blogger PK said...

Definately a great link to go to. To many people in Seattle like to think they're not racist, yet they either avoid anything having to do with African American culture or they trivialize it by trying to be black.

It's times like these when true colors show.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger rob said...

Let's see here...I'm white, male and straight, so I believe that it's my duty to say...

What the fuck is she talking about?

At 12:41 PM, Blogger JJisafool said...

She has just fallen into a pretty easy trap, and one that in other contexts supports racism itself. I'm totally down with her message of protest, believe she is right on that, but she has taken her observation to the conclusion that she wants to find, which is white men suck.

Just take some of the comments - I'm not saying all white people are like this, but isn't it interesting that only white people are like this. I've heard the exact same thing subbing black people or queers or women in for white poeple to support racist or homophobic or sexist thinking.

What I'm saying is she could find that only white men have this reaction because they actually support the genocide OR because the term racist pretty much necessarily applies to a white person, and most often men, and therefore white men would be the only people to bristle at the word.

She is right about the fact that Katrina exposed the racism of our society, but she lets her anger take her to a conclusion that isn't really rational or inevitable, but a choice she makes based on what she already believes.

And it is those kind of angry and irrational responses that make or protests fodder for the hegemony's rhetoric-mangling apparatus. We make it easy for Shrub to be smug when we get shrill.

We have to be better and smarter and more savvy than them, because they have the power, and it is going to take as much head as heart to succeed.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger PK said...

I said people in seattle, not white staight men.

I've met plenty of gay women and men who are racist in this town as well.

Some people are superficial and insulting to other cultures. I see that pretty often in Seattle.

I mean it's not prevalent in the theater community to me, but it's everywhere in the office world.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger rob said...

Her equal-opportunity activism is inspirational.

My favorite: "Kirsten is continually saddened to see the widespread disrespect that is displayed towards women's genitals in most cultures..."

I'll totally picket for vulvas.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Stine said...

First, I'll totally picket with Rob for vulvas.

Second, I agree with most things she stated. That said, her writing, and telling of the tale reminded me of Inga Muscio's Cunt. Lots of ideas that I fully espouse, but those ideas get lost in a bunch of anger, ranting and raging against the white male machine.

I agree with JJisafool, we have to be better, smarter, and more suave than the preachy ranting right that many here in Seattle detest.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger PK said...

Which would you like to be remembered for, the louder voice or the resolution?

I, for one, would like to be remembered for my excelent dexterity with juggling flame throwers.

And Peaceful Kazoo playing. Musn't forgit that fine art. Yup.


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