June 23rd, 2005
Hi, I just joined this community. Umm, I guess I'll give some backround info about myself.
My birth-father is Haitian, and my birth- mother is Dutch. When my birth-mother became pregnant with me, and her family found out the father was black, they told her that she couldn't keep the baby, and if she did she would be kicked out. Being 16 or 17 and having no where to go, she decided to put me up for adoption when I was born. My birth-father didn't have any money, so he agreed to it. Later, I got adopted by a white couple, who had previously adopted a Korean girl. My dad (the one who adopted me) comes from a long line of Louisiana Creole's (gens de couleur) so I was raised in a family full of Creole speaking really light-skinned blacks. Some of my cousins and aunts married Haitians, so I also grew up around that culture (much to my pleasure). Thats about it...i think.
May 7th, 2005
|ajchandler||03:53 pm - A Few Questions Important to Me|
I have a few questions of y'all. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND.
1. FROM WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT NOW, how do you feel about descriptive representation in elections, employment, public policy, etc?
2. How do you feel about the conservative right "pimpin'" minorities into opposing LGBTQ rights?
3. How do you feel about the necessity of building a truly anti-racist queer community? Do you think that's imperative right now, or do you think that should be a secondary thing and that right now, we should focus mostly on marriage equality and non-discrimination. After answering the last part of this question, please provide justification for your answers.
Thanks, and peace! / Aaron
April 17th, 2005
There's a new community called women_0f_color and its looking for new members. So stop by and see if its one you'd be interested in joining. We'd really like to see it get to its full potential.
March 29th, 2005
|miz_nubia||09:54 pm - Black/Brown/African/American|
I have a question for y'all. (I'm going to try to write correctly so that I don't get yelled at again)
When filling out the form for the SAT's, I realized that 'we' are not defined as a race. There are Latinos or Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, Black or African-American and Caucasians.
I am not black, I am brown.
I am not African American, because:
1) I have never lived in Africa.
2) I don't have citizenship for both Africa and America.
3) I was born in America.
4) Honestly, I know little to NOTHING about Africa.
I may be just thinking too deeply into this but, when referring to 'us' what do you go by?
Do you go by "African-American" or "Black" or "Black American" or something different?
Are there any "politically correct" terms for 'us'?
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: none...
March 27th, 2005
Hey everybody! My friend and I are trying to jumpstart this community we created a little while ago. If any of you are interested in american history, the civil rights/ black power movements, or current civil and human rights issues check out . We really need some active members. Thanx.
February 21st, 2005
I'm new to this community....I just made a post about blackface and black history month in my personal journal, so if you have sec, please come over, have a look at what I have to say, and leave a comment.
Although it might seem a little controversial to some of you, it's not my intent to purposefully incite or enrage anybody, so pls remember I am trying to stimulate discussion, not arguments...what I wrote is truly what I feel, so please be respectful :)
Have a great day!
(this is cross-posetd around)
February 14th, 2005
o-k......I really love Donna Summers' daughter and I would love if someone could make me an icon with her picture and the words Black Heiress on there
February 11th, 2005
|madam_silvertip||08:39 pm - Ursula K. Le Guin and SciFi|
Who here is a fan of the SF/fantasy writer, Ursula K. Le Guin?
The SciFi channel did an adaptation of Le Guin's "Earthsea" fantasies recently. Many people were very angry about the series' portrayal of nearly all the main characters as white. Ursula Le Guin herself hated the series for many reasons, but above all this "whitewashing." She is strongly influenced by Taoism and Native American spirituality, had mostly brown and black characters, and felt with justification that a white Earthsea could not do justice to her work. She wrote that she's had letters from teens of color saying they couldn't find people like themselves in any YA science fiction but hers. (This may not have been the case for real and may no longer be true, what with authors like Octavia Butler and portayals of people of color in some SF television series, but it's still important.)
I've put up a community to protest this bowdlerization, save_earthsea. Everyone's invited to take a look at it and join in suggested projects for protest and in discussion about the racial issues involved, including to develop new projects friendly to people of color. (If you feel that this issue doesn't include you--let me know that too. I know that people of color have had different opinions about the series, among them that like many outwardly brown or black characters designed by whites, the characters were culturally white to begin with. This is a valid perspective.)
Thanks for reading this!
January 9th, 2005
|minofsin06||02:04 am - BGLO's|
Has anyone read any of the essay's posted here -- if so, what are your thoughts?
Current Music: Winelight -- Grover Washington, Jr.
|minofsin06||01:57 am - Malcolm and Louis|
lillithharp made a comment regarding the role of Minister Louis Farrakhan in the death of Malcolm X, and for some reason, I have been thinking about that for quite some time today.
Now, let me start of my saying, Malcolm is one of my idols. The way he turned his life around, going from petty criminal to drug user to world leader is amazing to me. I truly believe he is an excellent example of how someone can change their life around if they are so motivated.
Minister Malcolm has become somewhat of an icon to a lot of people, especially segments of the black community -- so-called Afrocentrics and Black Nationalists alike. Nowawdays, Christian ministers in my generation hold up Brother Malcolm as someone to be admired and respected, despite his different faith.
Farrakhan is also someone I like and respect. I think he is one of this country's great orators, and I wish I could preach like him. His command of language, his presence, and his ability to reach people on a myriad of levels has always impressed me. I think a lot of the things he has done with the Nation of Islam are admirable and he should be commended for them.
The man has blood on his hands.
( My thoughts on Farrakhans role in the death of MalcolmCollapse )
Current Mood: contemplative
Current Music: We Can Funk -- Prince