Monday, November 21, 2005

December 1 is "Blog Against Racism" day

Chris Clarke of Creek Running North wrote this recently:

Which is all a very long-winded way of declaring December 1, 2005 - the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' heroic act of civil disobedience on that Montgomery bus - "Blog Against Racism" day, in which people post something on the very broad and complex subject of racism. You don't need to have a political blog to participate. Race, after all, affects almost every aspect of life in one way or another. Your post might be literary in nature, or historical, or concern current issues in need of political attention. You might take the opportunity to debunk scientific racism, or write poetry or essays about personal experiences, uplifting or depressing.

I don't have a clue what I'll write (any ideas??), but I want to do it. If you're interested in taking part too, mention the date on your blog and leave a note in Chris's comments section.

8 comments:

Maine said...

Considering it.

Pebon said...

Sounds like an idea.

DoctorMama said...

Can I be lazy and link to a previous post?

Stella said...

Thanks for this idea! I'm pretty sure of what I'll want to write about, so here are some ideas for you:

* Review a book or movie that addresses racism (such as Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
* Have you ever, upon introspection, found you've harbored a subtle prejudice? If so, what did you do about it?
* Is having a preference for one particular race or "look" of romantic partner a form of racism?
* Are there works of art (or literature, or film, or music) that contain racist attitudes yet still have artistic value? (I'm thinking of Gone With the Wind in particular -- it romanticized the hell out of slavery, but it's still quite a literary achievement IMO.) If so, should such works be admired, criticized, or both?

Orange said...

DoctorMama, who's gonna stop you? (Your Halloween post?)

DoctorMama said...

Isn't there a Blog Police?

Mignon said...

I guess the Blog Police is popular opinion?
Thanks for the notice, Orange. I don't know what I'll post either, being a very white girl in a very white community. I'm glad to be forced to think about it, though.

The Assimilated Negro said...

I'll look into that also.

But I think you should blog about your love for the assimilated negro to celebrate.

I guess you could include Maine also, but his negroness might be a ruse. plus he's married so he's no longer identified as black. or a negro.