Some interesting articles and news items from the past week.
Race and News Media
Race at the Movies
*I’m a person who studies these subjects, and while I did know about some of these issues, I still managed to miss some of the others:
On Harvey Weinstein
*Sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood is an industry wide phenomenon.
*The fallout from Rose McGowan being banned from Twitter was White women’s allyship being called into question by WoC, when White women decided to boycott Twitter in support of McGowan.
*An unexpected Tweet from Terry Crews on his own brush with sexual assault, and why, as a Black man, he never told anyone:
Black Movie Critic List
*Earlier I did a post on finding Black critics of Black media like Luke Cage and came across several, including an organization developed specifically to support such critics.
On White Men With Guns
*I feel some kind of way about watching this show, especially after what happened in Las Vegas..
Let’s talk about The Punisher, for a second. You know, the guy with the massive guns, chip on his shoulder, and penchant for killing people?
Are we gonna talk about how his whiteness plays into people’s acceptance of him?
Are we gonna talk about how his use of violence is pretty much accepted and lauded because of the fact that he’s a white dude?
Are we gonna talk about how Jon Bernthal had to fight to make Frank Castle unheroic on set, and how fans are still going to talk about him like he’s the greatest thing since Iron Man?
Are we gonna talk about how Frank’s whiteness allows him the space to be violent, gory and still sympathetic? While Black heroes (like David Walker’s Nighthawk) do the exact same thing, but aren’t supported?
On Rick and Morty Fans
I’m not a fan of this show. I just don’t have the patience for any of the character’s shenanigans at this time, but I’m thoroughly and completely appalled at what most fandoms have come to, at this point. Geek fandom was never a healthy place for me, to be honest, but fandom today seems to be especially toxic, with an influx of the kinds of people who have no idea how to be fans of pop culture, (although to be fair this has been happening in sports for decades.)
Free PDF Book List On Race
Found from various places online:
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America- Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism – bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody – bell hooks
outlaw culture – bell hooks
Faces at the Bottom of the Well – Derrick Bell
Sex, Power, and Consent – Anastasia Powell
I am Your Sister – Audre Lorde
Patricia Hill Collins – Black Feminist Thought
Gender Trouble – Judith Butler
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
Medical Apartheid – Harriet Washington
Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory – edited by Michael Warner
Colonialism/Postcolonialism – Ania Loomba
Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture – John Storey
Michel Foucault – The Archeology of Knowledge