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“My Lethal Weapon’s my Mind”

Ice-T, Juan Williams, Tipper Gore, Jello Biafra and Nelson George, all on the Oprah Winfrey Show (circa 1990) discussing the influence of rap music on white teenagers.

Alright, alright.  That’s not what half of them take themselves to be talking about, but that’s what they’re talking about.

What’s striking to me about this is that I actually remember seeing this discussion around that time (I was in high school), and I can vividly remember being completely against Ice-T and thinking that he was truly evil.  (Did I mention I’m white and that I grew up in the South?)

But now I can’t watch this without really being astounded at the implicit white supremacy and complete erasure of the experience of young black men that comes through in what a lot of these people are saying.  It’s all over the discussion, but I especially direct your attention to the white male audience member who’s speaking at the break between the first and second video below.

The other angle is that there is a serious problem with misogyny going on as well.

So what is my opinion?  I honestly don’t know what to think about it.

I do think that criticism of misogyny in Ice-T’s music, as if he and other hip hop artists are uniquely or especially misogynistic, belies the implicit white supremacy I mentioned above.

Misogyny is everywhere in popular music going back a very long time.  See Johnny Cash (“I shot my woman down”), Led Zeppelin (“The soul of a woman was created below”) and countless other white musicians of all genres.

None of that’s to say that there isn’t and wasn’t serious misogyny in hip hop, but any justice minded person should worry when charges of misogyny are deployed from a white supremacist standpoint in order to silence black men.

I have to think that it’s possible to reconcile gender justice and racial justice.

So, yeah, watch this.  And wonder if we’ve made some progress since 1990.  Or if we’ve gone backwards.

Yes, it’s (annoyingly) in four parts.  Yes, it’s Oprah Winfrey.  Yes, it’ll take you about 45 minutes to get through it.  Yes, should watch it anyway.

But first, watch  Ice-T’s Lethal Weapon (the link is to the lyrics), which is – frankly – a work of genius.

And here’s the Oprah in four parts.




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VegasJessie

As we’ve learned from recent polling, George W Bush is the least popular living president. What does he and his party represent? I found the perfect summary for those living in and out of the USA.

GOP Beliefs

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You can rest assured, Willard Romney will strictly adhere to these principles. After all, he was a severely conservative governor that panders to the far right without giving any of their insanity a second thought.

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A fight for LGBT rights in Lincoln, Nebraska

Feminist Philosophers

Reader DL draws our attention to an ongoing conflict over LGBT rights in Lincoln, Nebraska (state capital, population 250 000+). It all started when the city council passed a “fairness ordinance” granting gay and transgender people anti-discrimination protection in employment, housing and public accommodation. 21 states and some 140 cities in the US already have legislation like this on the books, so you might think that that would be the end of the story.

However, local law allows for a vote on any new ordinance if sufficient petitioners demand it quickly enough, and an impressively well-organised reactionary campaign managed to garner the 10 000 signatures required within the 15 days allowed. Due to the complexities of the laws governing petitions and  votes on them, the city mayor has responded by recommending that the legislation be repealed, and the protections instead be put to the vote as an amendment to the…

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Wisconsin Music

I’m feeling this right now.

Republicans and their fucking money.

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Wisconsin Voter Tells CNN: “Democracy Died Tonight” – YouTube

I hope this guy’s wrong, but I fear he’s right.

Republicans outspent Democrats $34 million to $4 million in the Wisconsin Recall Election.

Wisconsin Voter Tells CNN: “Democracy Died Tonight” – YouTube.

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Game of Thrones and the Good Ruler

Some solid feminist thinking on Game of Thrones

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June 4, 2012 · 9:12 AM

Ezra Klein on the May Job Numbers

Ezra Klein puts things in perspective

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June 4, 2012 · 8:56 AM

Remember in November

Remember this in November. Remember, if you give a damn about women’s rights, access to contraception, and reproductive rights in general, the Romney campaign thinks you’re being distracted by shiny objects.

http://cognitivedissonance.tumblr.com/post/24360296872/david-plouffe-under-a-romney-presidency

If you aren’t old, rich, male and white, the Republicans are not your friends.

(From a great blog that I tumbled across.  She’s lefty in Wyoming!)

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