Some particularly bold posts out there as of late.
After Armand Inezian took part in a challenge to read more genre fiction by writers whom happen to be minorities, he wrote ‘File under: “Could Do Better” aka: the Big Blue Pacman, and also made this reply to a comment there (excerpted):
“Most striking to me was the fact (noted on the diversity challenge) that there are currently more fantasy novels featuring minority characters by white writers than there are fantasy novels written by minority authors. To illustrate: It’s easier to find a fantasy novel written by a white writer but featuring an Asian protagonist than it is to find a fantasy novel written by an Asian writer.”
The Accidental Cajun looks at “The Soul of a City,” specifically the one most associated with his namesake, New Orleans, where traditional cultural happenings are not quite so welcome anymore. “And if they’re not being persecuted, they’re being co-opted, selected like genetic traits to purport ‘culture’ to tourists while ignoring where that culture originated, and why.” A further excerpt:
“… As much as I love brass bands, second lines, live shows, Mardi Gras, etc., it’s a tough sell to tell a someone not to complain about beer bottles on their lawn after a second line, especially because it doesn’t take that much effort to throw your trash away. At the same time, I think it’s equally wrong for people to move into cultural significant neighborhoods (almost ever neighborhood in this city is), especially traditionally black neighborhoods, and try to undermine the culture. This city ISN’T a blank slate. If anything, it’s the last vestige of cultural originality in America. . .”
On the Shootingfromthehipblog, Nubianisque writes up a thorough post about something greatly unsung: Colorism: Does Skin Complexion Determine Our Status in Society? An excerpt:
“Even I have struggled with acceptance of my skin color with all the media images, teachings and stigma attached. I always thought Blackness was socially unacceptable and I had to work harder to prove myself. I have always thought that my complexion would overshadow my talents and qualifications. At one point in my life I wish to have lighter skin just to be loved because I saw popular figures like Janet and Mariah who has had success in the business. They were the ones who grace the covers of Ebony and Jet magazine. I thought that is what society wants me to be. As I grew older and began to recognize social institutions, classism and racism then it came to me that this image is nothing more than a fallacy. This image is not real but a form of control to make me mutilate my body and to be accepted by others. Colorism is disease that is slowly destroying the Black community and it a skin-deep issue that breeds self-hatred.”
Over at Contemporary Contempt, the strange dynamics of retail interactions are under consideration in “My Politeness is Not for Sale, and You Couldn’t Afford it, Anyway!: A Customer Service Rant.” An excerpt:
“… In a normal social interaction, one not so directly contingent on the exchange of money, politeness is something that is almost earned: if one person in the interaction is polite, the other is more likely to be polite as well. But they are not obligated to be–no one is obligated to be. In contrast, during a customer service interaction, the promised payment of money obligates only the service professional to be polite. That person’s demeanor is being manipulated by money.
MY POLITENESS IS NOT FOR SALE! It SHOULD NOT be for sale! That drains politeness of much of its value, and maybe this is why society is becoming more rude in general. If we’ve commodified everything (see Strasser 2003), turning much of our dealings with strangers into fake social interactions that only obligate one party to be polite, and both parties know this politeness is fake because it’s being bought, then why should anyone value politeness in and of itself?”
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