Derrick Bell

Deeply touched.

‘Mr. Bell, soft-spoken and erudite, wrote that he was “not confrontational by nature.” ‘

‘In “Ethical Ambition,” Mr. Bell wrote: “It is not easy to look back over a long career and recognize with some pain that my efforts may have benefited my career more clearly than they helped those for whom I have worked.”

But a decade earlier, he had said: “I cannot continue to urge students to take risks for what they believe if I do not practice my own precepts.”’

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/us/derrick-bell-pioneering-harvard-law-professor-dies-at-80.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=fb-share

Thinking about the protests on Wall Street, begun by a loose collective of young people, frustrated, perhaps unemployed, mocked by the mainstream.  They had nothing to lose.  Sometimes only the margins are brave enough and have lost enough to push for everyone else.  Sometimes people who watch, the people who come after who benefit from what they have built will mock their foolishness.  It’s easy to mock when you are not the one sacrificing anything.

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one reason

why i hate the “Asian women are so beautiful” pseudo-compliment.  We are no more or less beautiful than women of any race, age or biological sex.   I always wonder why people, esp. men, say this.  Is it because you watched porn w/ an Asian woman last night?  Is it because your father/grandfather/uncle fought in a war in an Asian country and brought home an army wife?  Sexualized media portrayals of Asian women and emasculated portrayals of Asian men still need to be worked out of the American bloodstream. 

“Sexual assault in the Asian American community is far more pervasive than might be assumed,” said Larry Lee, NYAWC’s Executive Director.  “A recent report indicates that 19% of Asian women compared to 11% non-Asian women are sexually abused in America’s colleges.  A pernicious Western sexual stereotype of Asian women leads to Asian women being exploited on 60% of violent pornography websites and at least half of the women trafficked into the U.S. for commercial sexual exploitation being Asian.  This grant will enable NYAWC to start to address the many forms of sexual assault of Asian women and to develop effective preventive, outreach and treatment models.” – New York Non-Profit Press 

Go Go Sotomayor!

“Justice Sonia Sotomayor is accustomed to being underestimated and to surpassing the expectations of her doubters. So I’ll wonder if she even took the time to ponder the leak last week of a May 2009 letter to President Obama from a famous Harvard law professor lobbying for the selection of Elena Kagan to replace Justice David H. Souter, whose retirement had recently been announced. I’m quite sure it is the professor, Laurence H. Tribe, rather than Justice Sotomayor, who is mortified by the revelation that he had dissed the soon-to-be-nominee, a graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, as “not as smart as she seems to think she is.”’

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/sonia-sotomayors-last-laugh/?hp

Two views

Rally on the anniversary of the March on Washington.  White guilt vs. conservative assimilation of what it once resisted.  The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

http://www.slate.com/id/2265483/pagenum/all/

William Saletan’s article really gave me pause – the conservative movement isn’t just a static, white bloc of gun-toting Christian fundamentalists.  It’s a political movement that at base moves at a glacial pace, holding on to “traditional American values”, but re-frames these values as the decades pass.

http://www.slate.com/id/2265515/

And then the view that Beck and his fans are insecure, confused people who are trying to come to grips with the fact that they are losing their dominance in government and society.