Sep 30 2014
W: What’s prized in the man, intelligence, is not assigned equal value in the girl. So if the female nerd is intelligent but not physically attractive, that’s lower in the hierarchy than the place Betty occupies. Betty represents the classic “out of your league” story that we’re meant to root for. But yes, the way that story comes to a head is particularly disturbing to me.
S: There’s a whole debate in black America about how black people treat education. It’s about whether there’s some kind of cost to being smart, or “acting white,” that comes from the idea that black people see being smart as “white” and uncool. But the irony to me is that it was never black people making you feel bad for “acting white”; it was always white people trying to make you feel bad for acting white. It was white people patrolling those borders from the outside, not black people patrolling them from the inside.
Sep 29 2014
“ One of the most serious errors, if not the most serious error, committed by colonial powers in Africa, may have been to ignore or underestimate the cultural strength of African peoples. ”
Sep 28 2014
“ [W]hat is troubling about liberalism is its often hierarchical relation to the minority others it seeks to affirm and make equal, so that, as these others receive benevolent support for their undertakings, they must at the same time remain subordinate to their (often white) sponsors. The liberalist modus operandi, which is as self-congratulatory as it is successful, is endemic to the institutionalization of ethnic studies as we know it to date and continues to characterize many scholarly pursuits of ethnicity as an academic subject. ”
Rey Chow, The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism (via lehaaz)
I need to read more Rey Chow….