Today’s outfits: July 18, 2013
Weather in Oxford & Cincinnati: deathly hot again with a chance of storms, H 91/L 73
Texas State students call for expulsion of Aaryn Gries, but honestly, this is a huge stretch, as the VP of student affairs already told the writer, because of the first amendment. A student at my current university ran a racist twitter feed that targeted students at this school and nothing happened because of the first amendment. And, as I’ve alluded in my previous post about this situation, that isn’t productive action anyway. TSU is a large state school where many people make comments like Aaryn’s every single day; there is no reason she should be made an example and scapegoat while those people don’t face any kind of consequence. They can, of course, discipline her, perhaps outlining sanctions that use this bad publicity as a departure point to have conversations about diversity that can have long term impacts on their students.
Related Post: "On ‘Big Brother’ and hate speech"
Today’s outfit: July 17, 2013
Weather in Cincinnati: Killer H 93/L 73
I dropped by le beau’s apt this afternoon after Orientation planning lunch to head out to our museum date (with a tour of Italian art led by his Granny!) & he was wearing that & I was wearing this: ESP
- Black & white polka dot tank (Goodwill, 2012)
- Yellow skirt (Goodwill, 2013)
- Black & gold gladiator sandals (from Mom, 2011)
This week, stories about people who know something’s a bad idea, but convince themselves to do that thing anyway. Including the story of a bunch of [undocumented] immigrants who turn themselves in to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, hoping to be sent into detention.
This is a few weeks old, but I finally got around to listening: another one of my brilliant Kenyon friends doing something awesome. Marco Saavedra’11 (black robe, purple vestments) on This American Life talking about purposely getting arrested and detained in order to get released with support from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
Instead of saying “I am Trayvon Martin” it would do more good for white people [and non-Black people] in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin case to recognize all the ways they are Zimmerman.
As in, if you live in a “safe” suburban or gated community that is mostly white and that is considered a “good” neighborhood because it excludes people of colour [especially excluding Black people] then you benefit from the same conditions that created Zimmerman.
If you benefit from “police protection” to your property that depends on racial profiling of people of colour [especially Black people] and brutality towards them then you take part in the same systems that create Zimmerman.
If you have the racial privilege to work, move, live in mostly white spaces and have limited contact with… [Black people], particularly “low income” …[Black people], then you live with the same social and economic policies of casual segregation that create Zimmerman.
It’s good that people recognize the injustice of Trayvon Martin’s death, but if that recognition is not accompanied by the work to recognize and undo the systematic economic, social, educational and employment policies that create neighborhoods where Black people are seen as threatening trespassers - and how people benefit from this racial privilege - then no true anti-racist work can occur.
Nobody wants to say “I am Zimmerman” but until we recognize how Zimmerman reflects institutionalized racism there will continue to be more Trayvons.
You can’t try to tell me that in 15 seasons of CBS’s Big Brother that there haven’t been racist, sexist, homophobic, and classist slurs exchanged between guests—both in confrontations, in confidence, and in the DRs. What has made this season so special as the twitterverse and blogosphere collectively freak out because of various hate speech uttered by Aaryn, GinaMarie, Spencer, Kaitlin, and Jeremy so far this season?
Of course I follow the stories and track the hash tags, like a good critical race theory student and long-time BB fan should. Most of the posts around this issue express horror and disbelief, call for evicting Aaryn (the one drawing the most heat), and say unhelpful, equally problematic things about the players deemed racist, sexist, and homophobic bullies. With almost no nuance coming from anywhere—including CBS—this tweet was a refreshing reminder:
Bashing the five houseguests at the center of this BB controversy is the least productive means of getting them off our TV screens, and a Change.org petition to remove Aaryn is just a band-aid, if I may use medical metaphors. Removing the problematic houseguests only addresses the effects rather than the root of the problem: the way reality TV shows are cast, season after season, in show upon show. Whether you’re watching “games of chance” like Masterchef or American Idol, tests of skill and will like the Amazing Race and the Biggest Loser, or the isolate strangers together types like BB and Survivor, the casting favors conventional White America and tokenizes minorities across race, sexuality, age, and class—and if they can knock out a 2-for-1 minority casting, they will, like in BB6 when Beau was the token effeminate gay man and the token Black man on the show.
The ‘budget’ includes a second job, no heat, and no money for food.
- free pizza at La Rosa’s from the Reds
- fireworks at Lake Lakengren in Eaton
- Cecelia’s birthday party
- Sunday work day
- Drafting “Yellow Fever” paper
- Skype date with Suey (+Julian)
- Fancy 8-month date night with Phancy-Shin dinner in the park, playing in the water garden, & dessert + fancy cocktails at Stella
- Fancy dress, crappy booze party
- Hyde Park date night & pig hunting
- Revolutionary Road & cookies + sorbet/ice cream
- gym 3x
- Picnic + hiking at Hueston Woods with Kathleen
- Poolside reading
Today’s outfits: July 12, 2013 - POLKA DOT DAY
Weather in Cincinnati & Oxford: Sunny, H 81/L 57
It’s been a full & active polka dot day, beginning with an 8 am wake up call due to the construction, and featuring two wardrobe changes.
- First, the yellow tank top with black micro dots & white flowers (Gap, 2007) for a morning walk with Le Tony & breakfast at the Half Day Cafe in Wyoming.
- Next, picnic & minor hike at Hueston Woods with Kathleen in my red polka dot socks (Payless, 2006).
- Finally, writing that draft in my b&w micro polka dot strapless dress (bday gift from Mom, 2012) at Kofenya.
Yesterday’s outfit: July 11, 2013
Weather in Cincinnati: Sunny, H 79/L 57
- Blue & white stripe button up (Goodwill, 2012)
- White shorts (Plato’s Closet, 2012)
- Black & Gold gladiator sandals (from Mom, 2011)
Polka Dot Day is this Friday the 12th!
Take some photos of your dots and use the tag #polkadotday2013. I’ll be reblogging throughout the following week.
Today’s outfit: July 9, 2013
Weather in Oxford: chance of storms; H 91/L 72
I’ve been a little absent from these posts because during my lazy days off from summer school I was wearing shorts & tanks or t-shirts rather than my more creative outfits. Back to school today for five more weeks of español:
- B&W polka dot dress, strapless (fall clothing swap, 2012)
- White cardigan (NY&Co, 2012)
- Straw hat (Feed Co, 2013)
- Black peep-toe kitten heels (Payless, 2008)
Filipino restaurant gets New Yorkers to eat ‘kamayan’-style
A restaurant in Manhattan is a living showcase of one of the ties that bind the Philippines and America: food. Thursday night is “kamayan night” at Jeepney, a Filipino gastropub brought by the creators of the hit Filipino restaurant ‘Maharlika.’
With a minimum party of four, foodies experience the real deal in dining Filipino style without plates nor silverware. Guests eat with their bare hands and before they’re seated, a maharlikan crew meticulously builds a foodscape of one’s favorite “ulam” on top of a mountain of rice served on banana leaves.
The food extravaganza comes with lumpiang shanghai as appetizers, huge portions of longganisa, tocino, bicol express, chicharon bulaklak, and dampa fry on white rice.
NYC here I come.