Blog Voices This Week 11/18/07

In the Boston Globe this week we find an article titled Blog is Beautiful: People of color challenge mainstream views online:

These intellectual challenges to mainstream and other viewpoints are some of the opinions Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander-American, and black bloggers are exposing on a growing number of sites focused on social, political, and cultural issues. The sometimes facetiously named blogs range from Angry Asian Man to The Angry Black Woman. Readers can find Latino viewpoints at Guanabee, The Unapologetic Mexican, or Latino Pundit. Those interested in information from an Asian angle head to Ultrabrown, Zuky, or Sepia Mutiny. Sites created by blacks include The Field Negro, Too Sense, and Resist Racism….

These sites – many of which launched in the past year, although a few are older – have become places where people of color gather to refine ideas or form thoughts about race relations, racial inequities, and the role pop culture has in exacerbating stereotypes. The writers often bring attention to subjects not yet covered by mainstream media.

(links added)

I thought this week we’d take a look at the blogs that were highlighted in The Globe to find out what’s on their minds lately. So lets start at the top and work our way down.

From Angry Asian Man we learn that John Howard may become the first Australian Prime Minister since 1929 to lose his seat in the House of Representatives. Seems those screeds against Asian immigrants might not work in a district that has become 41% Asian. Couldn’t happen to a more bigoted guy!

Angry Black Woman has a few words about the tension between in-group condemnation and condemnation from without. This is one of those difficult subjects that we all need to learn more about. I hope you’ll take a moment to read this.

Guanabee posts a video he describes this way:

Boquillas del Carmen, a community in the Mexican state of Coahuila, has been turned into a veritable ghost town thanks to strict U.S. border security laws – a ghost town, that is, save for one angelic sound. The sweet, sweet crooning of Victor Valdez.

Did you know that Nezua at The Unapologetic Mexican is doing movie reviews for Pacifica Radio? (someday we’ll be saying we “knew him when.” LOL) I’ve linked to his most recent post about “Lions for Lambs,” but you’ll have to click through to find out if he liked it.

In reference to the article up above, Latino Pundit says he’s “tired of the brown thing.”

We have “Bush-isms” and Ultrabrown has “Mush-isms” straight from Islamabad. But just like Bush, some of his are more offensive than funny.

Kai from Zuky shares the poem “Pylon” by Gerald McCarthy in honor of Veterans Day.

abhi over at Sepia Mutiny has a wonderful tongue-in-cheek take on two of our recent attempts to track terrists here in the US: (1) the LA “Muslim Mapping Project” and (2) the “track falafel sales” project. I wish I had a nickel for every time in the last 7 years I’ve said, “if it weren’t so tragic, it would be hilarious.” But there I go again…

It was at The Field Negro that I saw a promotion for the documentary film Desert Bayou that records the experience of Katrina victims who were settled in Utah. I will definitely have to check that one out!

dnA over at Too Sense takes on Juan Williams’ binary and simplistic commentary. And I just gotta love the digs he got in about Mr. William’s employer, Faux News.

And finally, Resistance over at Resist Racism is looking for reassurance that she’s not the only brown person who feels nervous going to the airport these days. She might appreciate this bit from Dahlak titled ” “Just Another Routine Check.”

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  1. to the movement sometimes known as the “diversosphere” for this notice in The Globe. I hope its the start of more folks listening and learning from these great sites.

    • odillon on November 18, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    racism, and certainly no discussion of it in the msm.

    I’m elated to know this is going on.

    • kj on November 18, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    will start off with Zuky, then The Unapologetic Mexican.

  2. what happened to the video I embedded at the end, it showed up when I first posted.

    And now I can’t get it to show up here in the comments either.

    Oh well, if you’re really interested, here’s where you can find it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…  

    • pico on November 18, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    and are linked to in our news roundups, as well.  A few of them I’d never heard of, and I’m glad you reposed that list (I can already see I’m going to love Guanabee).

    I wish that the article had at least made mention of the also-ignored blogs by queer people of color: but just as the mainstream culture’s default setting for bloggers is white, the default setting is also heterosexual – and so even in an article lamenting the marginalization of a chunk of society, we have the usual marginalization of another.    

    It’d have been nice to see a mention of Republic of T, or Pam’s House Blend, or Gay Persons of Color, or Rod 2.0, or Angry Brown Butch… they’re all over.  

    Baby steps, I guess.

    (Although I might mention, to their credit, that most of the straight sites listed are also very gay-friendly.)

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