poverty Category Archives

“God Damn Haiti” From John Quincy Adams to Pat Robertson

Published on 15 Jan 2010 at 3:25 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,Haiti,poverty,racism.

This is why I love teaching. Today, in both my Blacks and Popular Culture class at UNC and in my Music and Political Movements class at NCCU, I discussed the Haiti crisis with my students. Quoting from yesterday’s blog post, in which I published Pat Robertson’s remarks on Haiti being damned, I suggested to my […]

Read ‘“God Damn Haiti” From John Quincy Adams to Pat Robertson’

Our Prayers Go Out To The People Of Haiti / Pat Robertson Spews Unbridled Racism In The Wake of a Tragedy

Published on 14 Jan 2010 at 2:21 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,poverty,racism.

First and foremost our prayers go out to the people of Haiti. I have compiled a list of disaster relief organizations to which you can donate funds, but if you choose do so, do it with caution. One of the lessons we learned from Katrina was that donating money with good intentions, to incompetent and […]

Read ‘Our Prayers Go Out To The People Of Haiti / Pat Robertson Spews Unbridled Racism In The Wake of a Tragedy’

Old Ideologies Die Hard: The Persistence of “The Talented Tenth”

Published on 15 Nov 2009 at 4:27 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,entertainment,history,news/politics,poverty,President Obama,racial rhetoric,radical politics.

Historicizing “heroes” has proven to be a tricky business for black folk in America, that is, when we choose to undertake the endeavor at all. Oftentimes, our proclivity to re-imagine our icons is nothing more than a static idolatry that fails to account for the full complexity of the individuals we claim to acknowledge. We […]

Read ‘Old Ideologies Die Hard: The Persistence of “The Talented Tenth”’

Is the United States the Real Pirate?

Published on 14 Apr 2009 at 9:45 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under Africa,poverty,President Obama,violence.

President Barack Obama has been riding the coat-tails of his military/political victory over the so-called “scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa” – but is the United States the real pirate? For those of you who have been watching CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, most of the coverage on the Somalian Piracy crisis […]

Read ‘Is the United States the Real Pirate?’

whopper virgins & the fast food nation: colonialism, marketing, food, sex, and hunger politics.

Published on 23 Dec 2008 at 2:31 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under health,news/politics,poverty,racism,television.

it has been a long time, but i am back ____ Cross posted from kameelahwrites. *** i am sure everyone has seen the whopper virgins commercials with the ‘natives’/’whopper virgins’ in traditional garb tasting burger king whoppers after they have been rescued from their tribal settings to consume fatty American food in a more ‘modern’ […]

Read ‘whopper virgins & the fast food nation: colonialism, marketing, food, sex, and hunger politics.’

Ending Famine, Simply by Ignoring the Experts

Published on 5 Dec 2007 at 12:15 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,news/politics,poverty.

Just thought this was an interesting story… Over the past 20 years, the World Bank and some rich nations Malawi depends on for aid have periodically pressed this small, landlocked country to adhere to free market policies and cut back or eliminate fertilizer subsidies, even as the United States and Europe extensively subsidized their own […]

Read ‘Ending Famine, Simply by Ignoring the Experts’

UVA Newspaper Shows Cultural Insensitivity

Published on 10 Sep 2007 at 11:14 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under Africa,ignorance,poverty,racism.

The Cavalier Daily, an independent newspaper on the University of Virginia’s campus, has left many students of color in uproar. The newspaper’s resident cartoonist, Grant Woolard, has made a number of offensive cartoons around both race and religion during his tenure. However, it was his most recent cartoon “Ethiopian Food Fight” that has left the […]

Read ‘UVA Newspaper Shows Cultural Insensitivity’

Public Sector Strikes in South Africa: Any Subversive Elements?

Published on 21 Jun 2007 at 4:04 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,news/politics,poverty,radical politics.

Definitely. see more photos Also, check me at: kameelahwrites —- I am not sure why I have yet to post something on the strikes in South Africa, especially considering I was at both the big march in Pretoria on May 25th (where I was nearly trampled) and the smaller march in Johannesburg on June 1st. […]

Read ‘Public Sector Strikes in South Africa: Any Subversive Elements?’

Feb 7th: International Day of Solidarity with the Struggle of the People of Haiti

Published on 7 Feb 2007 at 8:19 am. 10 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,history,news/politics,poverty.

This is more of an action alert for the International Day of Solidarity with the Struggle of the People of Haiti. A lot of the violence and chaos that has arrested Haiti is not making its way to mainstream newspapers or news stations. Furthermore, what does find its way to the news in no way […]

Read ‘Feb 7th: International Day of Solidarity with the Struggle of the People of Haiti’

Because a Stadium for the 2010 World Cup is clearly more Important than Hospitals in South Africa

Published on 29 Jan 2007 at 7:27 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,news/politics,poverty,sports.

I am nearing my 5 month mark in Johannesburg, South Africa and am never surprised to learn about the destructive activities President Thabo Mbeki sanctions. First, it was his on-going refusal to recognize the relationship between HIV+AIDs (heightened by 2003 public declaration that he doesn’t know anyone who has died of AIDS), the reluctance to […]

Read ‘Because a Stadium for the 2010 World Cup is clearly more Important than Hospitals in South Africa’