'When did Greeks become 'white'?' Greek cohorts who may feel 'white' should be reminded that Greeks, Italians, Jews, and even Irish Catholics were not considered 'white' for a long time A Greek Presidential Guard stands in front of the Erechtheion temple at the Acropolis hill in Athens. Photo: AAP via EPA/Alexandros Vlachos. I am not sure when I became 'white' or 'privileged', but I was called a "white privileged man" and worse, accused of being a [typical] "Greek man" by a progressive. Months earlier I was attacked by white supremacists Golden Dawn on their blog as "a Gypsy, a Jew and gay". I am possibly all the above given my heritage.
Black Girls Should Matter, Too In a classroom at the University of Pennsylvania, more than a dozen black girls and women gather on a recent Saturday afternoon. A simple game begins as an icebreaker for the workshop. “Stand up if your racial identity ever made anyone doubt your abilities,” the session’s leader says. Everyone stands. “Stand up if you’ve ever been told to act like a lady.” Everyone stands again. What It's Like When You Feel Homesick But You're Already Home There is no feeling quite as lonely as feeling homesick. It’s a lingering feeling of acute isolation that washes over our entire bodies. It’s a vacant feeling of being sorely disconnected. It’s one of the most pressingly painful feelings we will ever experience. The first time I remember feeling homesick was at sleep-away camp when I was an 8-year-old kid. I was gone for eight weeks, and for the first two weeks of my journey, I was overcome with an incessant longing for familiarity.
Why Junot Diaz urges you to read more promiscuously - Home In a rich and wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz joins Shad to discuss his ongoing push for real diversity in the largely-white worlds of Western academia and literature. The Dominican-American author also comments on the importance of idealism in young people, why there's always a struggle when you come from the margins, and why — in a world packed with advice for writers — he offers his advice to readers. "Drop down out of Instagram time, out of Facebook time. Drop down into a much more human rhythm," says Diaz, adding that, for the sake of our culture and our future, we all have to learn to slow down.
I Don’t Want to Be an Excuse for Racist Violence in Charleston We cannot talk about the violence that Dylann Roof perpetrated at Emanuel AME last Wednesday night without talking about whiteness, and specifically, about white womanhood and its role in racist violence. We have to talk about those things, because Roof himself did. Per a witness account, we know that he said: “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” “Our” women, by whom he meant white women. There is a centuries-old notion that white men must defend, with lethal violence at times, the sexual purity of white women from allegedly predatory black men.
Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Jonathan Feinstein 1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably. 2. Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” is the best-known line from William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride. But I’m concerned with the phrase preceding it, which captures wrath in more universal terms: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.” Even an angry Almighty can’t compete with mortals whose love turns to hate. Cornel West’s rage against President Barack Obama evokes that kind of venom.
Why American Culture Is So Obsessed With Romantic Love Coupledom runs deep. Like, anciently so: In the Symposium, Plato has Aristophanes recount the origins of humanity. Man’s original form was a four-legged, four-armed, double-sexed entity, but Zeus, who thought humans might threaten the power of the gods, had them sliced in half — with, wickedly enough, their heads turned “towards the wound, so that each person would see that he’d been cut and keep better order.”
Most Prisoners Are Mentally Ill — The Atlantic Occasionally policymakers and activists will talk about how the justice system needs to keep mentally ill people out of prisons. If it did that, prisons would be very empty indeed. A new Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness of some kind: ‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ The decision not to release photos of the crime scene in Charleston, perhaps out of deference to the families of the dead, doesn’t forestall our mourning. But in doing so, the bodies that demonstrate all too tragically that “black skin is not a weapon” (as one protest poster read last year) are turned into an abstraction. It’s one thing to imagine nine black bodies bleeding out on a church floor, and another thing to see it. The lack of visual evidence remains in contrast to what we saw in Ferguson, where the police, in their refusal to move Michael Brown’s body, perhaps unknowingly continued where Till’s mother left off.