departing from the script

Kanye West’s Torrent of Criticism, Live on NBC
By Lisa de Moraes
Saturday, September 3, 2005; Page C01
Washington Post
forwarded by Carlos, Social Justice listserv
Why We Love Live Television, Reason No. 137:
NBC’s levee broke and Kanye West flooded through with a tear about the federal response in New Orleans during the network’s live concert fundraiser for … Read more...

Arab-Americans’ views

“Fifteen percent of Arabs and Chaldeans in the Detroit area say they personally have had a “bad experience” after the Sept. 11 attacks because of their ethnicity, according to preliminary results from a University of Michigan study.”
Encouragingly, “a greater proportion (one-third) have received expressions of support from non-Arabs.”
Includes info on religious affiliation, perceptions of safety for the … Read more...

Enoch’s Magical Masks of Whiteness

Enoch’s got a book underway, selections of which will be presented at the American Anthropological Association’s Convention this November. Serendiptously (?), I’ve already paid to go (Deaf/interpreting stuff) but waffling – need to check out a possible conflict with NCA (I’m on a panel Leda put together). Anyway, here’s something that suggests which way the presentations might go. More incentive … Read more...

classic discrimination

Several of my friends have joined a protest movement at UMass against international students paying a separate fee that will partially fund their own surveillance by the U.S. government (as outgrowth of the Patriot Act). Oddly, I have not received a bill yet for the spring semester, so I haven’t withheld my $65 yet. There has been a significant amount … Read more...