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If ‘Americans’ are asked to tolerate ‘homosexuals,’ it means that at some level homosexuals are not fully Americans. Being the object of tolerance does not represent full inclusion in American life, but rather a grudging form of acceptance in which the boundary between ‘us’ and ‘them’ remains clear, sometimes dangerously so. This boundary is also elevated to a mark of moral virtue. The tolerant are generous and open-minded even as they are exclusionary. How can a tolerance that depends on defining someone as an outsider be the opposite of hate? To teach tolerance is to teach precisely the type of us-them relationship upon which hate thrives. Teaching tolerance, then, cannot be the answer to hate and excessive violence, nor can tolerance adequately address other forms of social division.

Love the Sin:  Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance by Janet Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini (via sociolab)

The White Racial Frame

"If facts do not fit in a person’s frame, that person typically ignores or rejects the facts, not the frame.

In the case of most white Americans, their racial frame included negative stereotypes, images, and metaphors concerning African Americans and other Americans of color, as well as assertively positive views of whites and white institutions.”

Source: Joe Feagin. 2006. Systematic Racism: A Theory of Oppression. Pg 26.

Thoughts in ISIS, the media, and public discourse

If we react to ISIS without a well informed national and global debate, if we don’t learn from our mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and if we don’t face up to the destabilizing effects of our previous military engagements we will further perpetuate the cycle of violence throughout the world.

The news media will frame this story in order to incite anxiety in us as citizens. It is important to remember that the news media’s number 1 goal is to keep us tuned in, to increase ratings, and to sell advertising. CNN, Fox, MSNBC are not news organizations. They are advertising organizations.

Don’t allow them to push this nation into war emotionally and without a full discourse. We, as citizens, have to think more critically about the mediated information we receive.

I don’t know what the proper response is but I know that we moved to mobilize too quickly without a proper debate after 9/11 and therefore engaged Afghanistan and Iraq arrogantly and without proper planning. The results were disastrous and led to the longest, most expensive, and most devastating war in our nations history.

If our government does mobilize the military, I hope they approach this cautiously and plan properly. It is too easy for those of us who do not serve in our military and will not be deployed to “rally around the flag” and call for immediate military action. The servants of our nation will be facing the reality of death. Let that sacrifice not serve our patriotic chest beating.

If you are not willing to enlist, send your kids, or pay more taxes in order to enter into another war, then you should not react in an immediate and emotional way that pushes our government to act hastily.

Michael Eric Dyson on the hypocritical critique of hip hop artists:

"We can’t hypocritically condemn the younger generation for their bling and their materialism, especially since those are staples of American culture."

Source: Michael Eric Dyson. 2007. Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop. New York: Basic Civitas Books. Pg. 82.

#hiphop #culture #sociology #michaelericdyson #books

Michael Eric Dyson on the hypocritical critique of hip hop artists:

"We can’t hypocritically condemn the younger generation for their bling and their materialism, especially since those are staples of American culture."

Source: Michael Eric Dyson. 2007. Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop. New York: Basic Civitas Books. Pg. 82.

#hiphop #culture #sociology #michaelericdyson #books

Your boy is in the top 1% of academics on academia.edu

Your boy is in the top 1% of academics on academia.edu

Revenge of the nerd @gqmarley420 @itsdocstrange #hiphop #aggies #aggieland (at Grand Stafford Theater)

Deconstruction often appears to endorse difficulty capriciously when, in fact, what it is really doing is forcing language to listen to itself do its work, thus shattering the myth of clarity that dominates the Anglo-American philosophy of language.

Language does not stand or fall on its elucidation of opacity but rather on it ability to reflect on its own undecidability (Derrida’s term) in a sustained and enlightened way.

—Ben Agger. 1992. Cultural Studies as Critical Theory. Pg. 95

Over time, by constantly using elements of the white racial frame to interpret society,

by integrating new items into the frame, and by applying learned stereotypes, images, and interpretations in various types of associated discriminatory actions,

whites imbed their racialized framing of the world deeply in their minds (brains) and thereby make such framing much harder to counter.

Particular cognitive items in a racist frame, such as common stereotypes of black Americans, resist evidence, no matter how substantial, that counters them because of how deeply these cognitions have been implanted in white minds.

As a result, most whites do not approach new encounters with black Americans and other people of color with minds that are blank slates open freely to new information and interpretations, but rather with minds framed in terms of the traditional white-racist thinking, interpretations, and inclinations.

—Joe Feagin. 2006. Systematic Racism: A Theory of Oppression. Pg. 27.

At a time when faculty productivity is increasingly measured in terms of grant money and not ideas it is difficult to be optimistic about American replication of European’s engagement with popular culture and public issues.

It is highly unlikely that American intellectuals will find a toehold in popular experience and discourse that can propel them into important discussion of the largest issues of the day.

—Ben Agger. 1992. Cultural Studies as Critical Theory. Washington, DC: The Falmer Press. Pg. 177