Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The Minutemen Vs. Anti-Racists

This is from Aura Bogado of Free Speech Radio News:

“for anyone who doesn’t know, one of the minutemen (euphemism for white supremacist) ran over 4 compañeros at a counter-protest last week: the man was eventually arrested but released a few hours later and will not be charged.

meanwhile, felony cases against demonstrators continue after someone threw a water bottle towards the cop’s direction. one of them, kurt isobe, an 18-year-old activist, was held on $50,000 bail- which was finally released to $25,000. he was ordered not to attend any protests or demonstrations while awaiting felony trial- clearly violation of his first amendment “rights”.

so what we’ve got is a white supremacist who runs over demonstrators and walks away scot-free, while some youth of color may serve years of hard time for holding signs and standing against fascism. only in orange county, right? right…

this shit is really unlikely to happen in los angeles, but only because there’s a greater number of us coming out for years now. i was talking it up with a friend last night about orange county is just another border we need to transcend… i urge you to please show solidarity with these folks any way you can- either by spreading the word, showing up, raising money for the defense- get creative.

the people awaiting trial are you, they’re me, they‚re not in méxico or south africa or guantanamo–they’re on the other side of a man-made curtain that it’s time to cross…

somos más,


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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Dan Charnas on Blacks and Jews

Inspired by the non-starter Foxman vs. Russell bout over Farrakhan, Dan Charnas finally unloads on Blacks and Jews:

“Frankly, who the hell are the Jewish leaders of today to demand anything of Black folks? In the last 30 years, has the Jewish community thrown its weight behind any issue of real meaning to Black people?”

Peep the parallels and differences to the convo below on Blacks, Asians and Latinos…

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Mark Anthony Neal on Common

Check it here. Great writing. All I can add for now is that it’s a great record, but I think Blackalicious’ (coming in September) is better. Yes, I’m not kidding.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

The Latest in Mac Dre’s Murder

From Ballerstatus.net and the SF Chronicle, a Kasas City rapper who was questioned in Mac Dre’s murder was shot to death in Las Vegas.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

A Long Bad Summer

Even the ever optimistic, die-hard Athletics fans like me are losing faith. But then again, it just gives us more reason to hate the Bosux.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Me and Lizz On The Source Petition

Check it out at Pop and Politics

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Crowning The City of Quartz

Here’s one development that downtown L.A, communities of color and graf writers at the Belmont Tunnel have been seeing coming for a long time now. (Thank you to Ben Higa and Dave Stovall for being my personal prophets.) Gentrification and a “new” urbanism continues, from Chicago to San Francisco to Brooklyn to Tacoma to L.A.

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Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Catching Up

Just returned from a week in the Big Apple, trying to get my legs back under me today, and absorb everything that happened: curating two mind-blowing panels sponsored by the Ford Foundation, hanging with the divine Ms. Sanders and Ms. Patterson and the sleepless Mr. Lee, the incredible Peter Janssen and the Holtzbrinck Academic crew, and Josh and the fam at Picador; getting down to Doug E. Fresh, James Brown, First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder”, and lots of Chaka Khan for Ms. Joan Morgan’s bday (yes, we already been hit the oldies stage!); digging the amazing Basquiat exhibition; talking aesthetics with Eisa, B+, Joy, James, Martha, Danny, Mari, Teo, Sylvia, Vanessa, Christine, and the Future Aesthetics fam; soaking up the brilliance of folks like Mark Anthony Neal, Greg Tate, and Vijay Prashad; and working hard with the League of Young Voters Education Fund. So please give me a few days to catch up, OK?

In the meantime, here’s a great blog entry by the great Ron Kavanaugh on what I was doing with a bunch of brilliant folks last week. Ron’s blog is excellent reading, and the BXMA has certainly become one of my favorite places on earth. Well worth checking.

To dooz: Cop Mark Anthony Neal’s new book. Mow the lawn. Relax!

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Lefty Comedy…

Is often not funny. In fact, sometimes it’s a piece of horse shit. Douglas Valentine in Counterpunch. (This one thanks to Thatcher Collins at KPFK.)

Meanwhile, can fools let Dave Chappelle alone?

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Are Asians and Latinos Just A Different Kind of White?

Tamara Nopper reviews George Yancey’s sure-to-be-controversial new book. Much more on this to come…

UPDATE: Check comments below for more links and discussion.

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