The True Front of Progressivism

God damn, I love nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez/The Unapologetic Mexican. Why? Why:

SOMETIMES YOU WONDER if blogging is a component of Real Change, done for distraction, provided as a social experience, or is just a game. And of course, it is all these things at different times. In their better moments, blogs can affect people and their views profoundly, just as a Great Book might, when dropped into your hands on a crucial day. In a “blogswarm,” the People are given voice—the computer literate, Internet-connected, and blog-using People, that is—and companies can be informed of how many support or do not support their products and sponsored efforts. Money can be directed to politicians who in turn (at least in theory) are accountable to the views of those who sent them money.

A great example of this can be found on any of the comment sections of unmoderated “brown” blogs, or in the moderated (and never made visible) comment junk bins of “brown blogs.” For example, a friend Marisa runs a site called Latina Lista (“Smart Latina”) which is top notch in terms of a News blog that focuses on “brown” issues, Mexican American issues, and does so without the heavy editorial tone you might get from mine. […] you will not see White Males get uglier than when responding poorly to a woman who is smart, educated, otherwise powerful, and especially brown. I have watched the haters at her place for a long time now, astounded that she even gives them room to talk.

Do not think that is rare. Do not “Other” that commenter and say he is a sleazy, sick strange individual. Please believe me when I say I could fill this entire post with similar and even worse sentiments. From Left- and Right- wing typists. Just as Jensen said, when the typical invisible structures in place are violated by those who no longer wish to go along with them, the rhetoric gets very ugly, and will eventually turn to violence, when that rhetoric fails to dampen these “transgressions.” Any “mainstream” blog you read that does not bear these vicious tirades simply keeps away from the controversy. The lack of the hate does not equal a lack of racist thought any more than a lack of lynchings in our society indicates the struggle for Civil Rights is over. And this is why we all need to be concerned with this.

I, and my friends in the “brown blogosphere” are important blogs to read at a time like this. […] We are connected—perhaps not by data or reams of research, all—but by family, and occupation, and our very histories and lives. My father is a first generation Mexican American author who teaches and writes and has written on these issues for decades. His mother, my nanita, is gone from this world. But she wanted more than anything to become an American, and her Social Security card, once she did, was a document that brought her great pride. My familia fought in America’s wars so that she could come. This was her American Dream, and she lived it. I now live to see the land that she toiled in the fields for, the land she loved perhaps more than Mexico, look at our own people as subhuman. Ignore their plight. This is why you may want to read blogs like mine if you care to understand this “underbelly.” Yes, I burn hot, as many of the “brown blogs” do. Just as the feminist blogs do. Just as the anti-ablist blogs do. But change and truth are not lukewarm entities or processes…

The post is long, I know. But so, so important for you to read. Especially if you’re not a blogger of color. This isn’t the “Preach to the Choir Hour”, this is the time for everyone to understand.

The True Front of Progressivism

Read it, link it.

5 Responses

  1. i’m not just saying this in response, but yours was one of like three blogs i was really disappointed i couldn’t weasel an organic-feeling place to link. i kept the URL on the clipboard (actually, a specific paragraph), and then when the post stretched on as long as it did, told myself next guest post i’d find a way. or next one. doesn’t have to all be in one shot. just wanted to let you know that yours is one of those sites i consider valuable reading in this ongoing process and effort, this growing awareness that leads to understanding and empathy, this dropping the fake concepts to see ourselves as we are, and thus others as they are.

    so thank you for that and for linking!

  2. The department of justice figures for 2005.

    Found at this link.

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/cvus0502.pdf

    Pay close attention to pages 30 and 37.

    Yeah, there is an epidemic of racially motivated hate crime in the USA, but it’s not whites vs. everyone, it’s everyone killing, raping, and robbing whites. The numbers are there and posted for all the world to see, unlike this post which fails to support ‘the agenda’ and was therefore black-holed. The problem with truth, racist bloggers, is that eventually it gets out regardless. Just look at Channon Christian and Chris Newsom. Despite all your best efforts, the truth continues to dribble out.

    Drip drip drip.

    I see some rope in the future.

    Drip drip drip.

  3. Hey, look, someone decided to prove Nezua right!

    Now for a brief fact-check. Let’s see, sample from page 30:

    Crimes of violence: white only – White only 3,201,320 100.0 %
    Perceived race of offender: 49.0 % white, 13.5 % black, 9.8 % other, 27.7 % unknown. The numbers are similar with all of the on-white statistics on that page and 37, with the exception of robbery.

    Yup, epidemic of racially motivated hate crime, ’cause all crime against whites are apparently now “hate crimes” and “racially movitated”. I’m sure that 49%+ of whites who attacked whites are really motivated by HATE.

    As a side note, the grouping of everyone who isn’t considered “white” or “black” into “other” is very telling.

  4. Now, now, Deoridhe, you aren’t supposed to actually look at the statistics. You are supposed to take the word of the racist as fact.

    You gotta wonder about the IQ of some of them, doncha?

  5. […] short, if you’re interested in quibbling with the data or suggesting alternate interpretations of what so-and-so really meant when they made this, that, […]

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