March 31st, 2013
I’m probably not the first person to note this, but Spring Breakers made a lot more sense to me when I realized it was basically about white supremacy, and white women’s fight for equality at the expense of men and women of color. (Yeah I know Selena Gomez is a WOC but her character bails out early.) The partying and hedonism of the first part of the movie is almost uniformly white—the only POC I can think of is the man in the diner who the girls rob. The last part has a lot of POC but they are all criminals, adversaries, dancers, and sex workers. When the girls “go bad” they suddenly are forced to associate with POC and they are visibly uncomfortable with it. And when the girls seize power, they show they can be equally as bad and as violent as their gangster white savior by killing—I couldn’t keep count. Killing a lot of POC and riding off into the sunset giggling.
February 18th, 2013
“But I don’t think this is the first time this has happened, that a successful white male artist is proven to have racist sexist ideas! It never fails to surprise me how willing some folks are to render such racism invisible.”
—Kara Walker, commenting on Jen Graves’ piece exposing artist Charles Krafft as a white supremacist and Holocaust denier. His work, which often uses NAZI imagery, has always been assumed to be “ironic” until now.
(Walker responded in the comments after being named in the piece—her remarks are collected here; it’s confirmed the comments were made by Walker here.)
He makes ceramics out of human cremains, perfume bottles with swastika stoppers, wedding cakes frosted with Third Reich insignias. Up-and-coming artists continue to admire him. Leading curators include him in group shows from Bumbershoot to City Arts Fest. His work is in the permanent collections of Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Museum of Northwest Art, and it’s been written about in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Artforum, Juxtapoz.
Horrors upon horrors.
ETA Piece is by Jen GRAVES, not Nedeau, apologies
February 13th, 2013
“Just like former Officer Christopher Dorner, I used to smile a lot. I loved everyone. I was voted Friendliest Senior of my Sr. Class in High School. I always believed in the system and never got into any trouble. I loved hard and gave to all I could. After Joining the LAPD in 1989 I quickly found out that the world and society had major flaws. I had flaws as well for ever believing that our system of government was obligated to do the right thing [sic].”
Jones references three incidents of injustice he experienced as an African-American, “I had my Civil Rights violated on several occasions. I was falsely arrested at gunpoint by the Sheriffs as an Officer who ID’d himself and was conspired against by both LAPD and the Sheriffs when my civil case went to trial.
I was falsely accused on more than one occasion and simply placed in a position that the trust was so compromised that I could no longer wear the uniform. Also know there were many more episodes. All of these issues are well documented and I present them not to be a Whistle blower, however to hope that one would not assume that all of what is being said is lies as presented by Dorner.”
Jones told The Weekly that he was emotionally and mentally haunted by his experiences and though he has moved on personally and professionally without resentment, understands why Dorner may have snapped:
“Police work was it for him and that’s what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. And to come up with the reality that he’s supposed to do the right thing and if he does do the right thing he should be vindicated. He felt he did the right thing and you know the repercussions came.”
Two former LAPD officers speak out, not in support of Dorner’s actions, but in support and validation of his experiences of racism in the department.
(This is via Black Amazon, theuppitynegras, and artactivistnia, I wanted to post this quote so the reblog got messed up)
February 6th, 2013
“Because women of colour experience racism in ways not always the same as those experienced by men of color and sexism in ways not always parallel to experiences of white women, antiracism and feminism are limited, even on their own terms… The failure of feminism to interrogate race means that the resistance strategies of feminism will often replicate and reinforce the subordination of people of colour, and the failure of antiracism to interrogate patriarchy means that antiracism will frequently reproduce the subordination of women”
- Kimberle Crenshaw in Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color (via sister-bell)