Society: June 2009 Archives

Michael Jackson's Mirror. - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"I think, despite the jokes and the sarcasm, we all knew what the plastic surgery was about. There was the stuff that MJ did that we joked about because it was weird, and there was the stuff he did that we joked about because it made us uncomfortable, because it told us something really ugly about the way things are and about ourselves too--I'm not talking just about white people, it's 2009 and 'good hair' hasn't gone out of style quite yet. I think things are different from the way they were in Jackson's heyday. But not so different that it's funny."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

What Single Women Can’t Learn From Michelle:

"Black women hoping for a monopoly on black men have to realize that they’re like General Motors in a Toyota world—either develop your own hybrid technology or prepare to go out of business. "

(Via The Root.)

Newscoma » Racist And Ridiculous

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Newscoma » Blog Archive » Racist And Ridiculous:

"Christian Grantham talks to Ms. Goforth, who admits she sent the email.
When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.
I sent it to the wrong list of people? Huh."

(Via Newscoma.)

My problem isn't with the racists so much as it is with the GOP environment that would give them aid and comfort.

For The Slavery\Civil War\Reconstruction Buff In You - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"I don't say this to be provocative, but there is no way to get around this--Slavery was big business. The antebellum Southern economy didn't have slavery as an unfortunate appendage--it was it's trunk, not a branch. We're not even talking about the damage done to the slaves themselves. "

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Great, great post. Why I read this blog religiously.