Friday Five: Racism, Writing, and Crickets

I know I’m one of those serial posters. But I’m obsessive. And bored/procrastinating/trying to stay awake. Still, since I feel like I post too many links on Facebook and Twitter and (presumably annoyingly) blow up people’s walls and feeds (aka Andy’s and my Dad’s), I’m just going to post what caught my eye on Fridays. That seems to be the trend for a lot of folks that I read anyway. Plus it’s an excuse to make another banner. I’m seriously so banner-happy. [Image from where else? Pinterest.] So here we go:

“Dysconcious Racism” at Racialicious

Dysconcious racism is a term coined by Joyce E King (in the Journal of Negro Education, Spring 1991, JSTOR, but you can get it through Google, too) as “the uncritical habit of mind (i.e., perceptions, attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs) that justifies inequity and exploitation by accepting the existing order of things as given.” It’s pretty much the reason why Moff’s Law exists as a comment policy on pretty much any blog that seeks to analyse pop culture…

dysconscious racism can include the refusal to consider the ins and outs of racism, and a lot of grouching about “being made to feel guilty.” Sometimes, some effort is made to engage, but there’s a lot of tip-toeing around the actual problem, a lot of stumbling around, and rather than have an actual conversation, we all sit around making vague statements about why racism still exists. Which, FYI, doesn’t actually help any.

Hard-hitting and interesting dialogue about this expression of racism.

Asian Americans and basketball at 8 Asians

I’m still loving and following JLin:

Given the long history of Asian American basketball, with Asian American basketball leagues for both young and old thriving and Asian Americans entering the AAU system and getting on high school teams, the future of Asian American basketball seems to be bright. I am most encouraged by the fact that Asian American adults are playing. Only small percentage of players get basketball athletic scholarships and even smaller percentage of that number ever get to the pro level. It’s far better that the love of basketball be expressed by playing the game, staying active, and being connected with people rather than sitting on a couch watching Jeremy Lin on TV.

But this article is a good reminder that there were a ton of Asian Americans that helped blaze the trail, and he’s reaping some of their hard work. It’s all really exciting and fascinating.

Mama::Monk’s Poem-a-day Friday: Luci Shaw

Micha always puts up such lovely poems. It’s become a spiritual discipline for me each week. Love these last lines of the piece:

The shadow purples,
the dusk intricate with crickets. The sky
infested with pricks of light.
My whole body an ear, an eye.

The Legitimacy of Blogging. Is it considered academic writing?

As more journals go to on-line, open access formats and networks of people join together for the sole purpose of producing knowledge, the liberal arts will have to step outside its peer-reviewed print journal standards and single author book requirements that are high-priced with low print-run contracts. This requires criteria for accessing on-line publishing, service, and teaching. The impulse will be to use the same criteria we have with little tweaks to fit a new medium. That will be a mistake. We need to stop trying to fit the square peg (or cloud) of on-line knowledge production and dissemination into the round hole (or paper copy) of current academic standards. Only then, can we imagine the possibilities of how knowledge itself is and will be different in the future. There are certainly positive benefits and negative outcomes to these changes. I do not hold technology up as a cure all for any issue. What I’m asking is: how will we engage critically rather than idling ignoring the inevitable?

The question here is who controls the narratives (see also below by Carol)? Is containing knowledge in a hierarchy of academic-haves and academic-have-nots the most helpful to everyone? I think that some of the traditional standards can be upheld with some flexbility and openness to the contributions of others. I’m speaking out of a tiny bit of frustration with a snafu in the last stages of publishing the book that was supposed to be released in June through Chalice Press…more on that later.

Re-imagining Christianity: A Post by Carol Howard Merritt

We can begin by asking ourselves how we tell our narratives. Do we propagate the narrative of patriarchy? Do we talk about the great, all-powerful God the Father who will protect us and take care of us if we grovel and show the proper fealty? Or do we utter a vision of a beloved community in which God made each of us in God’s image to care and love one another? Do we speak of an angry, warrior God who can only atone for our sin with the payment of blood? Or do we speak of the salvation that comes from becoming born-again by the Spirit?

Always love the way she articulates the issues and offers a challenging perspective.

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