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"Moreover, popular narratives about the end of [legally sanctioned black, U.S slavery] erase[s] the agency of black people themselves.
And, I suppose we can say that if Lincoln did not really free the slaves, he was shrewd enough to recognize that the only hope of winning the civil war resided in pre-aiding the opportunity for black people to fight for their own freedom.”
Is It Still OK to Like Alleged Child Molester Woody Allen?
As a child, my first celebrity crush was on Woody Allen, which, in light of the recent child fucking allegations against him, seems appropriate. It isn’t as appropriate, however, as it would be if I were his (albeit de facto) child. We all know he famously married Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his longtime partner Mia Farrow. And we know, or at least we should know, that Dylan Farrow, the daughter he and Mia jointly adopted, claims she was molested by him. In spite of these transgressions, Allen just received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. And, sure, I made an obligatorily shitty tweet about it afterward, but in the grand scheme of things, why did I bother? I, like many of my peers, still hang Allen-related ephemera on my walls. What else does he have to do, how many more lives does he have to ruin, before I take down that Manhattan poster above my desk?Immediately after Allen’s nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press, Ronan Farrow, sibling of Dylan and Soon-Yi, tweeted, “Missed the Woody Allen tribute—did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” Untold media outlets since have reported on the snark of Farrow’s tweet; none, however, have analyzed the reasons behind his deserved snark. I myself have no answers. All I have are questions. In a world wide web filled with righteous indignation about every goddamned slight a person with a modicum of success commits, why are people only now paying attention to Allen’s crimes? R. Kelly, another infamous predator, recently found himself on the wrong end of the blogosphere for his crimes. Why was it OK for writers to admonish Kelly via dozens of think pieces, but not Allen? Is it because Kelly is a living joke, an absurdist parody of an R&B artist, incapable of making something worthy of rivaling the perceived perfection that is Annie Hall? Woody Allen is a comedian, sure, but his oeuvre is considered art more than entertainment; his aforementioned lifetime achievement award proves that. Trapped in the Closet is a joke; Manhattan is a masterpiece.In light of the events of last evening, I’m sure today will bring an onslaught of think pieces on this very subject. But why weren’t there countless others in the months proceeding November’s Vanity Fair piece in which Dylan, now a fully grown woman, came forward and embraced her voice and the validity of the claims she was too scared to make on the stand as a terrified seven year old? Why does an ancillary event, something wholly unrelated to the situation at hand, need to happen in order for people to give a shit?
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Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Changes Does Not Equal Political Change (via america-wakiewakie)
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.