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BOOM!!! “It is not shocking to us that some would prefer a defenseless Eritrea, or that some would condemn conscription in Eritrea, and not condemn it in their native Switzerland or Italy. It is not shocking because there is a tradition that objects to the militarization of the weak and the militarization of the anti-imperialist. It is still disappointing, however, to see that some anthropologists think speaking to truth to power means exercising their white authority to pick at post-colonial bones in small states of the periphery.”

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By what logic, if any, does Zero Anthropology function?

If in light of the controversy that erupted with the publication of Sophia Tesfamariam’s outline and condemnation of western anthropologists working to support regime change in her native Eritrea, Zero Anthropology for its part fails to criticize the Eritrean government for its alleged militarization, then what good are we? (Well, for one, we are good for a distraction: turn the denunciations around against us, the messenger of a messenger, and thus avoid any discomfort occasioned by Tesfamariam’s allegations.)

Let’s say either Michael Brown or Travyon Martin had a gun. Let’s say they used their guns in self-defense once they were shot at, and in so doing stayed alive. Some might condemn us for not denouncing Brown and Martin for defending themselves with a gun, especially if we still persisted in our critique of the militarization of the police. We would say…

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So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos? What is the solution?… We can love. Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio. I mean real love, true love, boundless love. You can love, love each other from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. Performing act of kindness because that is contagious…

 

…So yes, the world is coming to an end, and the path towards a new beginning starts within you.

Beautiful compilation of spoken word/poetry, sheer wisdom and visual affects.

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“…The dynamism and determination of African youth, those who make up 70% of the continent’s population. Their political maturity has been striking to me. They have this Pan-African vision that make it indispensable for African countries and peoples to work together in order to turn the tables on those who are trying to carve the continent into pieces.”

Viva African youth!

Viva Mama Africa!

Down with Imperialism and Neo-colonialism!

The New Scramble For Africa – Empire – The New Scramble for Africa – Al Jazeera English.

rsz_keep-calm-and-stop-stereotyping-2Twice this week, I’ve come across posts on the web that have gone viral after falsely quoting conservatives in the United States of America. I am no fan of the Far Right, but still, being sick and tired of the stereotyping, I felt compelled to call out such misleading use of social media.

As the saying goes, “don’t believe everything you read,” and this holds especially true for content found on the internet. According to my Facebook feed and Twitter, however, it’s embarrassingly obvious that a lot of people I know do believe everything they stumble on online. I was able to guess and easily find out that the two particular articles I stumbled upon this week weren’t true because they seemed a little too stereotypical.

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malcolm_x_001c_539x308“They created negative images of black people in the minds of white folk in case there were any liberals who would have been against what they were going to do. They were slowly able to reform their opinion by constantly repeating negative information about the target population.”

 

“There is a direct assault on the image of the black man and woman INTERNATIONALLY so when mass incarceration, homicide takes place, nobody cares what’s happening to black folk because they are already been conditioned to believe that these people are better off dead anyway.”

Beijing-PosterLAsked to take note of two or three commitments in the Beijing Declaration, a document that emerged from the 4th United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, and to comment on which commitments interest me, this is what I wrote up. I encourage all of those who are interested in gender equality to familiarize themselves with the Beijing Declaration and the Beijing Platform for Action.

 

Being quite familiar with the Beijing Declaration, nothing in it really surprises me when I read the 1995 declaration in 2014. However, I find some of the commitments inspirational in the sense that they confirm the areas to which I advocate for gender equality today.

The issue of women’s human rights, just like the different waves of feminism, has evolved across time, changing the way people recognize those rights and the ways they struggle to ensure them. My grandmother’s struggle was different than that of my mother’s, which is also different from my own, and yet our struggles for gender equality are part and parcel of the same movement. Moreover, I cannot shake the fact that I simply wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the past struggles of women. It is both a source of anxiety for me (how can I ever live up to their legacy, and yet embrace my different approach to gender equality) and a source of great pride (yes folks, I come from a long line of very strong women!).

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If Black people said the stuff White people say

 

This is hilarious and yet it pisses me off just the same. The use of humor to shed light on racism, particularly through reverse stereotyping, is genius. But this, and other prominent world events taking place today, continue to make me wonder why it seems so hard for some people to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Actually, let me rephrase that. Putting oneself in the shoes of the downtrodden when one lives a relatively privileged life isn’t as easy as it might seem. Still, one can at least live by the golden rule ‘do onto others as you would have them do on to you’ or ‘treat others as you would like to be treated.’ Why is empathy so hard to come by these days?

Now we can learn to understand racism and stereotyping through humor, but neither is really a laughing matter.

(Although I’m black, I find myself easily relating to Asian stereotyping. Go figure!)

If Asians said the stuff White people say

 

The ‘What Kind of Asian are You?’ skit is a CLASSIC!! What’s even better about this skit, is that they developed a video where the actors read real comments made about the initial skit. To see that video, CLICK HERE.