Archive for March, 2012

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Posted in Literature, Nigerian authors on March 31, 2012 by talibahseeks

“And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but that they are incomplete.”

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Shaima Alawadi-Muslim Mother of Five Murdered

Posted in Crimes, Muslims, Racism on March 27, 2012 by talibahseeks

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun

Shaima Alawadi . . .Mychal Denzel Smith Cautions Against Writing the Murder off as an Isolated Incident

Shaima Alawadi’s Body to be Flown to Iraq after Brutal Beating

In Solidarity with Trayvon Martin–Suhaib Webb

Posted in Activism, Crimes, Muslims, Racism on March 27, 2012 by talibahseeks

Imam Suhaib Webb – The Danger of Hubris and The Murder of Trayvon Martin (ISBCC Khutba)

Trayvon Martin News

Posted in Activism, Crimes, Racism, White Privilege on March 23, 2012 by talibahseeks

Trayvon Martin: The myth of US post-racialism

Voices: Justice For Trayvon Martin

10 Others Before Trayvon Martin

Images: The Million Hoodie March

Andrea Smith: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

Posted in Activism, Andrea Smith, Feminism/Womanism, Indigeneous People's Rights, Racism, Sexual/Reproductive Health/Wellbeing, White Privilege on March 21, 2012 by talibahseeks

A must read! Purchase at South End Press

“A cutting-edge scholar and cofounder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the largest grassroots, multiracial feminist organization in the country, Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is an emerging leader in progressive political circles. In Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Smith places Native American women at the center of her analysis of sexual violence, challenging both conventional definitions of the term and conventional responses to the problem.

Beginning with the impact of the abuses inflicted on Native American children at state-sanctioned boarding schools from the 1880s to the 1980s, Smith adroitly expands our conception of violence to include the widespread appropriation of Indian cultural practices by whites and other non-Natives; environmental racism; and population control. Smith deftly connects these and other examples of historical and contemporary colonialism to the high rates of violence against Native American women-as a group, the poorest women in the US, and the most likely to suffer from poverty-related illnesses and to survive rape and partner abuse.

Essential reading for scholars and activists, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide is the powerful synthesis of Andrea Smith’s intellectual and political work to date. By focusing on the impact of sexual violence on Native American women, Smith articulates an agenda that is compelling to feminists, Native Americans, other people of color, and all who are committed to creating viable alternatives to state-based “solutions.”

Don’t Trend on My Culture

Posted in Activism, Indigeneous People's Rights, Racism, White Privilege on March 20, 2012 by talibahseeks

Is the use of Native American designs in mainstream fashion a sign of progress or cultural insensitivity?

Inside USA – The Other Hawaii – Al-Jazeera

Posted in Activism, Haunani-Kay Trask, Hawaiian Sovereignty, Indigeneous People's Rights, Racism, White Privilege on March 19, 2012 by talibahseeks

Excerpts from From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai‘i by Haunani-Kay Trask

“These settlers have no interest in, or concern about, our Native people. Settlers of all colors come to Hawai’i for refuge, for relaxation. They do not know, nor do they care, that our Native government was overthrown by white sugar planters in 1893 with the willing aid of the American troops; that our islands were [illegally] annexed in 1898 against the expressed wishes of our Native people; that our political status as Hawaiian citizens was made impossible by forced annexation to the United States. Many non-Natives have said that we should be grateful for the alleged opportunity of American citizenship even if this has meant termination as an independent country” (82).
“During the course of little more than a century, the haole [white foreigner] onslaught had taken from us 95% of our Hawaiian people, 99% of our lands and water, and the entirety of our political sovereignty. As the twentieth century dawned, we were but a remnant of the great and ancient people we had once been” (84)