#tbt waaaaay back… My mother (baby) my grandmother…and the handsome lad grinning is actually her brother in law: one of my grand- uncles.

Meat jewelry- slider necklace

There a too many simpletons out there; especially working as interns with the US Chamber of Commerce

There a too many simpletons out there; especially working as interns with the US Chamber of Commerce

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#InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism »

dynamicafrica:

This must-read article looks at the power of imagery and photography in the growing business of global voluntourism - a popular trend amongst youth from Western countries that involves young, and sometimes inexperienced, individuals paying large amounts of money to travel to ‘developing’ nations to do everything from teaching, to building schools and providing healthcare. 

Whilst intentions may be well-meaning, aside from the patronizing aspect of these projects that resemble colonial missionary missions, the very fact that volunteering has been turned into a for-profit business is of major concern. So why does voluntourism still continue to be popular? According to

THE SUFFERING OTHER

In a photograph taken by a fellow voluntourist in Ghana (not shown), a child stands isolated with her bare feet digging in the dirt. Her hands pull up her shirt to expose an umbilical hernia, distended belly, and a pair of too-big underwear. Her face is uncertain and her scalp shows evidence of dermatological pathology or a nutritional deficiency—maybe both. Behind her, only weeds grow.

Anthropologists Arthur and Joan Kleinman note that images of distant, suffering women and children suggest there are communities incapable of or uninterested in caring for its own people. These photographs justify colonialist, paternalistic attitudes and policies, suggesting that the individual in the photograph …

… must be protected, as well as represented, by others. The image of the subaltern conjures up an almost neocolonial ideology of failure, inadequacy, passivity, fatalism, and inevitability. Something must be done, and it must be done soon, but from outside the local setting. The authorization of action through an appeal for foreign aid, even foreign intervention, begins with an evocation of indigenous absence, an erasure of local voices and acts.

THE SELF-DIRECTED SAMARITAN

Here we have a smiling young white girl with a French braid, medical scrubs, and a well-intentioned smile. This young lady is the centerpiece of the photo; she is its protagonist. Her scrubs suggest that she is doing important work among those who are so poor, so vulnerable, and so Other.

The girl is me. And the photograph was taken on my first trip to Ghana during a 10-day medical brigade. I’m beaming in the photograph, half towering and half hovering over these children. I do not know their names, they do not know my name, but I directed a friend to capture this moment with my own camera. Why?

This photograph is less about doing actual work and more about retrospectively appearing to have had a positive impact overseas. Photographs like these represent the overseas experience in accordance with what writer Teju Cole calls the “White Savior Industrial Complex.”

Moreover, in directing, capturing, and performing in photos such as these, voluntourists prevent themselves from actually engaging with the others in the photo. In On Photography, Susan Sontag reminds us:

Photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing – which means that…it is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power.

On these trips, we hide behind the lens, consuming the world around us with our powerful gazes and the clicking of camera shutters. When I directed this photo opportunity and starred in it, I used my privilege to capture a photograph that made me feel as though I was engaging with the community. Only now do I realize that what I was actually doing was making myself the hero/star in a story about “suffering Africa.”

THE OVERSEAS SELFIE

In his New York Times Op-Ed, that modern champion of the selfie James Franco wrote:

Selfies are avatars: Mini-Me’s that we send out to give others a sense of who we are…. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”

Although related to the Self-Directed Samaritan shot, there’s something extra-insidious about this type of super-close range photo. “Hello, this is me” takes on new meaning—there is only one subject in this photo, the white subject. Capturing this image and posting it on the Internet is to understand the Other not as a separate person who exists in the context of their own family or community. but rather as a prop, an extra, someone only intelligible in relation to the Western volunteer.

(via racialicious)

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[Please Signal Boost!] Cop Charged with Raping Eight Black Women Free on Bond »

sonofbaldwin:

Good morning Fam:

I’m so sorry to hit you with horrific news so early in the morning, and on a Saturday no less, but this is too egregious to ignore.

The police officer who raped EIGHT BLACK WOMEN is free on bond today.

The question that is burning a whole in my mind is: WHY WAS THERE BOND IN THE FIRST PLACE?

This man is a CLEAR menace to society. He is CLEARLY a danger to black women.

And yet—the judge REDUCED his bond from $5 million to $500,000 even though the prosecutor argued how much of a lit stick of dynamite this man is JUST so this shit puddle can go free.

This is irrefutable proof of how white supremacy operates when it has perceived that one of its own is evil and might be held accountable for that evil. All sense it thrown out of the window and innocence, which is to say Whiteness, circles in on itself.

This is proof how little the suffering of black women matters in this country.

If nothing else this year deserves a march, we need to march to have the judge on this case removed from the bench and have this rapist’s (and possible murderer) bond revoked.

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AU professor charged with burglary, setting small fires is placed on leave - The Washington Post »

Always nice to see folk holding up our profession lol

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Ferguson Chief Lied About Why He Released Robbery Tape: Report »

sonofbaldwin:

Bloodclaat LIAR dem!


H/T @chocopompcirc

And yet more right wing myths and lies fall

“It never fails to astonish me that the same conservatives who argue that every last aspect of big government is irreparably broken and corrupt inevitably see a capital punishment system that is perfect and just. If you genuinely believe that the state can’t even fix a pothole without self-dealing and corruption, how is it possible to imagine that police departments and prosecutors’ offices are beyond suspicion, even though they are subject to immeasurable political pressure to wrap up cases, even when the evidence is shaky and ill-gotten, and even as there are other avenues that have gone unexplored?”
Dahlia Lithwick, via Lawyers, Guns and Money (via politicalprof)

Amen

vintageanchorbooks:

On this month’s The New Yorker fiction podcast, Nathan Englander reads John Cheever’s short story “The Enormous Radio,” which first appeared in The New Yorker in 1947.

Listen here: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/fiction-podcast-nathan-englander-reads-john-cheever

Even Cheever had a little pulp in him

atompunk:

“The tape deck you’ll leave your great-grandson.” Sony TC-377 advertisement. From National Geographic, April 1973 (via Vintage Ads).

atompunk:

“The tape deck you’ll leave your great-grandson.” Sony TC-377 advertisement.

From National Geographic, April 1973 (via Vintage Ads).

(via broadcastarchive-umd)

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