“Bij al die campagnes gaat het een roep voor gelijke kansen en meer diversiteit aan universiteiten gepaard met pogingen het ‘foute’ verleden te kuisen. Critici spreken van slachtofferdenken. ‘Geschiedenis is geen therapie.’ En zeker geen ‘goed-slecht- allegorie’ zoals de Britse historica Cheryl Hudson schreef” — 2016.03.31-vk-p14
Gaat het zoeken naar een ‘counter-narrative’ over het kuisen van de geschiedenis? En is geschiedenis niet juist een therapeutische bezigheid waarin de overwinnaar’s gruwelijkheden tot heldendaden gemaakt worden?
“In dezelfde rede zei hij [Hongaarse holocaust-schrijver Imre Kertesz]: ‘ik heb in de Holocaust de condition humaine herkend, de eindhalte van het grote avontuur waar de Europese mens na tweeduizend jaar ethische en morele cultuur opuitgekomen is.’
Hoe te leven in het postscriptum van die eindhalte? Op welke waarden kun je je beroepen? Wat is smakeloos, en waarom?”
– Arnon Grunberg
There’s a sense on Drag Race that there’s a way to win. With certain judges, there’s a value of “fishiness” (a.k.a. looking like a real woman). Do you feel like that is counter to what drag is?
The criteria really isn’t “fishiest.” It’s charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. And if you got it, if you look at our iconic photo from the premiere, we have a wide variety of girls and, I don’t know, are any of them fishy? Being fishy isn’t like a home run to win. Because we’ve had every type of winner, and the iconic girls who didn’t win who are still super-duper-stars, they’re not necessarily fishy, I would say. They’re a character.
“Straight pop culture has liberally lifted things from gay culture as long as I can remember.”
The 1990s replica of the stage prop, a 1,200-pound aluminum spacecraft, will go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Yes, that urinal – “an icon of twentieth-century art” (tate.org), “the loo that shook the world” (Independent). Reputedly Marcel Duchamp (Dada* hero) signed a mass produced urinal R.MUTT and, in a radical gesture in 1917, submitted it to an open exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, New York, under the title Fountain. It was rejected in what is now seen as a crucial turning point in art. Since then it has been celebrated (and castigated!) as the starting point for all the subsequent installation and conceptual artwork that dominates contemporary art today.
But, as a convincing article in this November’s Art Newspaper argues, Duchamp stolethis iconic act from fabulous Dada poet and artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
Note: This popular post originally appeared on our site in September, 2014. In light of Ornette Coleman’s passing, we’re bringing it back to the top for a while.
Big Fun In The Big Town – Dutch TV Hip Hop Doc (1986)
2045. This is the year, the U.S. Census Bureau now projects, that whites will be in the minority.
According to information released Wednesday, the non-Hispanic, native-born white population “will become less than 50% before 2040,” Brookings Institution demographer William Frey told Al Jazeera America. “Overall, there is white decline and minority gain for most of the projection period. […] The majority-minority tipping point date is 2044,” meaning that by 2045 the white population will become the racial minority.
“A new ideology has reared its head in our “post racial” century and we have labelled it colour blind. The doctrine rests on the idea that we no longer see colour, just people.”
In an AtlantaBlackstar article A.Moore gives some tips on how to respond to your everyday colourblind racist:
‘“People are just people.” ”I don’t see color.” ”We’re all just human.” “Character, not color, is what counts with me.” Colorblindness” negates the cultural values, norms, expectations and life experiences of people of color. Even if an individual white person can ignore a person’s skin color, society does not.
Claiming to be “colorblind” can also be a defense when someone is afraid to discuss racism, especially if the assumption is that all conversation about race or color is racist. Color consciousness does not equal racism.’
Colourblindness does not result in a tolerance of other races, it is in practice a willful ignorance of other races and thus is actually just a mutation of the disease. Herein lies the problems with colourblindness and sadly those that endorse it are blind to its flaws.
I wonder what we stand to gain by disregarding the things that make us distinctive but altogether equally beautiful? We do not live in a homogenous world and so a total disregard for our differences by champions of colourblindness is wholly unrealistic.
Any racist accused of being racist can easily utter “I do not see colour.” Advocates for colourblindness have ended up closing their eyes to racism, especially the covert kind. I wonder if these advocates realise that they are in effect eradicating the years of struggle endured by thousands of prominent activists such as Martin Luther King Jr who were not demonstrating for the colour of their skin to be ignored but accepted as equal. If those prominent people did not “see colour” their fight for equal opportunities for black people would not have been a fight at all. Ascribing to the doctrine of colourblindness may end up with our hard won rights being eroded and eventually relegated to the past with our ancestors.
President Barack Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, Dec. 3, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
“…in this ‘Obama time’ (post-race), everyone wants to be celebrated… I’m hoping we get to a place where, you know, race is a thing of the past. And that we are not so limited in our identifications and what we find beautiful.”
Meshell Ndegeocello responds to the question “What is the meaning of “White Girl”?” (song from the album ‘Devil’s Halo’) on Suite903.com.
Paolo Woods made a photo project about Haitians with second hand t-shirts they got after the hurricane.