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Identity politics

Mythologies

Gelijkheidsbeginsel vs diversiteitsideaal

De positie die Valkenberg inneemt gaat verder dan een ‘blinde vlek’ hebben voor ongelijkheid, ontkennen van institutioneel racisme en het bewustzijn dat we in een klassenmaatschappij leven. Deze positie is, door de teloorgang van het Nederlandse onderwijs aan de opkomst van diversiteit te verbinden, racistisch in zijn kern.

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Gentrification is when — Cathy Arellano

Poem by Cathy Arellano

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Reading stuff

The ABC’s of DADA

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Culture war or class war — Arnon Grunberg

De Volkskrant — 2016.06.10—p1

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Remix: populism

A remix of populism. Typesetting, colours & rhyme refer to original VVD posters

Becky

Butt

Stereotypes

Sir Mix A Lot’s ‘Becky’

Sir Mix-a-lot: Baby got back (1992)

Stereotypes

White people

Rutte’s ‘Tokkie’

Becky

Stereotypes

Beyoncé’s “Becky With the Good Hair”

…“The inference is that “Becky” has desirable, sleek hair, while Beyoncé has a naturally curly texture under the wigs and without hot tools. It sheds light on an overall picture when it comes to how black coarse hair is perceived, since the former is “good” and the latter is assumed to be the opposite.”

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Research according to University of Applied Philosophy.

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Beyoncé

16 zwarte vrouwelijke cadetten van West Point poseren in traditioneel uniform met geheven vuist (© AP)

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Relation Art & Loneliness

“Concerning the relation art-loneliness: seems like a cliche. All art, one could argue, is an attempt to get in contact, al though not always conscious or explicit.” — Stefan Kuijper

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Becky

Stereotypes

The complete history of ‘Becky with the good hair,’ from the 1700s to ‘Lemonade’ — Fusion

Even if she’s referring to another woman of color, “to critique her as a Becky is more than just like, ‘You’re a cheater.’” The insult cuts far deeper, she says: “It re-encodes her as a white Becky.” — Rebecca Kinney

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Becky

Stereotypes

Hollywood’s Becky: 7 Famous ‘Beckys’ Who Really Do Have Great Hair

Julia Stiles as Becky from A Guy Thing. (Image Courtesy of Paramount)

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Becky

Stereotypes

Taylor Swift’s Becky

In 2014 Taylor Swift wore a “no its becky” T-shirt as a reaction to the meme. (Credit: Splash News Online)

Stereotypes

‘Becky with the good hair’ (Beyoncé – SORRY) | Genius Lyrics

Black face, White wash

Stereotypes

Snapchat’s Bob Marley filter

Snapchat's Bob Marley filter

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Dizzy Gillespie for President

Stereotypes

Johan Derksen’s Moroccan problem in Dutch soccer

Stereotypes

Johan Derksen’s problem with Moroccan

‘Er zijn heel wat clubs naar de klote gegaan omdat ze toevallig het veld hebben liggen bij een wijk waar veel Marokkaanse gezinnen wonen. Dan krijgen Marokkaanse jongens de overhand in de selectie, dat functioneert haast nergens.’ — Johan Derksen in Voetbal Inside

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Institutional Racism

Samsom en Spekman niet vervolgd — VK

IMG_6385 “Marokkanen die niet willen deugen, moet je vernederen, voor de ogen van hun eigen mensen” — H. Spekman

Encyclopedia of —isms

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Postcolonialism

Postcolonialism or postcolonial studies is an academic discipline featuring methods of intellectual discourse that analyze, explain, and respond to the cultural legacies of colonialism and imperialism. Postcolonialism responds towards the human consequences of controlling a country and establishing settlers for the economic exploitation of the native people and their land. Drawing from postmodern schools of thought, postcolonial studies analyse the politics of knowledge (creation, control, and distribution) by analyzing the functional relations of social and political power that sustain colonialism and neocolonialism—the how and the why of an imperial regime’s representations (social, political, cultural) of the imperial colonizer and of the colonized people.

As a genre of contemporary history, postcolonialism questions and reinvents the modes of cultural perception—the ways of viewing and of being viewed. As anthropology, postcolonialism records human relations among the colonial nations and the subaltern peoples exploited by colonial rule. As critical theory, postcolonialism presents, explains, and illustrates the ideology and the praxis of neocolonialism, with examples drawn from the humanities—history and political science, philosophy and Marxist theory, sociology, anthropology, and human geography; the cinema, religion, and theology; feminism, linguistics, and postcolonial literature, of which the anti-conquest narrative genre presents the stories of colonial subjugation of the subaltern man and woman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcolonialism

Black face, White wash

Stereotypes

Washing the Blackamoor White

Pears soap advert based on the fable Washing the Blackamoor white, published in the Graphic for Christmas 1884 Source: wikipedia

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Stereotypes

Bomani Jones’ Caucasians T Shirt

Reading stuff

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing — BBC4

Ways of Seeing (1972) by John Berger, BBC Four

In 1972 writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb created a four-part television series called ‘Ways of Seeing’, which rapidly became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. The series (later adapted into a book) criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images.

In the first programme, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past.

A large part of seeing depends upon habit and convention

Ways of seeing #2 (1972)

the portrayal of the female nude is an important part of the tradition of European art. Berger examines these paintings and asks whether they celebrate women as they really are or only as men would like them to be.

The nude in European painting convey some conventions in the way women were judged, in how they were seen (in society run by men).

What is a nude? Kenneth Clark: Being naked is being without clothes. The nude is a form of art.
John Berger: To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized  for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be nude.

Naked and shame. Shame towards to spectator: that the one who shames them.

Nude an awareness of being seen by the spectator.

Mirror symbol as vanity of woman.

Most female nudes in Western art history have been lined-up by their painters for the pleasure of the male spectator/owner who will assess and judge them as sights. Their nudity is another form of dress.

Passiveness: Nakedness is a sign of submission and not of active sexual love (in western oil paintings). Often looks and bodyposture is directed towards the spectator and is addressing his sexuality and not her sexuality. They are there to feed an appetite not to have one on their own. Being available and waiting for somebody.

Ideal nude as a humanist idealism. Celebrate women or the male voyeur.

Nudity as a garment and a uniform that says: i’m ready now for sexual pleasure.

 

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NOS 65 jaar Molukkers in Nederland—npo.nl

In 1951 kwamen de eerste van ruim 12.000 Molukkers aan in Rotterdam. Niet tijdelijk, maar permanent. Vier generaties komen aan het woord.

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‘The Art of the Black Panthers’: Revolutionary designer Emory Douglas — Dangerous Minds


“Art has relevancy—whether it’s to exploit you or pacify you or to enlighten you and inform you.”

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Reading stuff

Racism A History — BBC4

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Simratpal Singh first Sikh-American Military Officer Secures Right to Wear Turban and Beard

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Australië is helemaal niet ontdekt — VK

“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?

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Voetnoot Kertesz — VK

“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

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Flag Stories — Ferdio

Race-ism

Blackface tegen racisme

Uit protest tegen een incident waarbij twee Soedanese vluchtelingen en ploeggenoten uitgescholden en geslagen zijn, ging de hele selectie van Deinster zwart geschminkt op de foto.

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