Who Says You Can't Find Bloggers of Color? 16th Erase Racism Carnival

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I have to admit, I am totally burnt out with the ‘Net. I spend most of my day reading blogs and trying to find free music. Either that or trying to block out the recurring sexual fantasies I’ve been having about Rollins (inside joke, Maria!). Because of the industry that I work in summers are incredibly slow, so slow that on some days I want to put my head down on my desk and weep out of frustration. Either that or throw myself out of the window. So I have been reading a lot.... so much that I think my head is going to explode.

Just when I thought I’d had enough of reading the countless blogs I peruse on an everyday basis, it was time for the 16th Erase Racism Carnival. Yippee! And the timing is perfect (I’ll get back to this in a second…..)

Yesterday I was reading an excellent essay by one of my faves, Brownfemipower who guest posted over at Zuky (Hat tip to Racialicious! Holding it down as usual). Inspired by the recent dust-up in response to a blogger’s comments about why there were few people of colour at the YearlyKos conference, Brownfemipower dispels some of the glaringly ignorant stereotypes that served as a very surreal and honest observation into the mindset of those who lack common sense. Are people really that stupid? Looking at some of the common refrains about the lack of diversity in the blogosphere, most notably the “I didn’t know there are any” or “where are they? Where can I find them?” excuse, she looks at ways that, if people actually want to take the time to seek out diverse opinions and experiences and promote more diversity at conferences like YearlyKos, they can.

The monthly Erase Racism Carnivals are a perfect way for people to find blogs and writers who focus on race and diversity issues. A bit of background: Every month a different blog hosts the Carnival, and there are usually a number of blogs that will post where the next one will be and the deadline for submissions. Sometimes there will be a specific theme, other times, like this month there will be a multitude of different topics discussed.

One post that stood out for me was from Anti-Racist Parent entitled, 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Transracially Adoptive Parents. As someone who was adopted into a white family I can certainly agree with the points. As one commenter noted it’s sad that there is still a need for potential adoptive parents to be schooled on how to treat their child. Trust me, love does not conquer all. Lets hope Brad and Angelina and Madonna read this. Especially Madonna.

The comments from an editor at Glamour magazine have caused an uproar in the blogosphere. During a meeting with a group of lawyers, the editor commented that natural black hair is “political,” “unprofessional” and has no place in the corporate world. This kinda hit a sore spot with me. I relaxed my hair a couple of months ago (I wore my hair in an afro or twists for about three years) and was disturbed with all the comments I got at work. My co-workers commented on how “professional” I now looked, on what an “improvement” it was. People are now actually nice to me. Were they afraid of me before? On the other hand, a friend of mine whom I love and respect dearly who has dreadlocks down to her waist, expressed her disappointment when she saw my new ‘do. I was crushed. All About Race has the lowdown on the comments, and some links to other takes on the story. Also check out Pandagon’s Documentary on the Politics of Hair.

Kai Chang writes about the panel discussion he attended on Asian American media activism and panellists included some heavy hitters in the blogosphere, such as Carmen from Racialicous and another fave of mine, Phil Yu from Angry Asian Man. Over the past year there have been a number of overtly racist instances in the media directed at the Asian community, and while Kai reports that they were discussed, the emphasis seemed to be directed towards building tools for better media activism and for outreach towards other enthnocultural groups. I’m not doing the post justice, so go and check it out yourself.

There is one other post that I found interesting: C.N. Lee’s Native American’s Reasons for Joining the Military. Would you believe that Native Americans have the highest rate of enlistment among all racial groups? Surprising. I would think they would be the last people who would want to serve, but the article speculates some of the reasons why.



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