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Dial 9/11… (this number is no longer in service…)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by xmabaitx

Where was I nine years ago?

How different of a person I was at the age of 21.

Comparatively more naive than I am now

Yet possibiy more cynical

More afraid.

More angry.

Intensely bitter about why things were not going well in life for me…

ALONE.

Then…

In an instant.

The

World

Changed.

Yet…

I have spent nine years catching up to the changes of the world.

I was forced to reconcile with the darkest parts of my past, by watching the governments of the nations of the world reflect back to me, ever more so …

Their propensity for violence, hatred, and greed

at the

Expen$e of others.

The others

Which meant:

NOT us but,

THEM.

THEY.

THEY who will pay.

THEY who will suffer.

THEY who will be forced to see it…

OUR way.

I did not want to be a part of that.

I had no other choice but to keep to myself.

If the world truly is a game of che$$ as so many “trusted” intellectuals may proclaim…

the squares of the board must bear more shades of grey than black and white…

The King$ and Queen$ are more numerous and their collective decadence all the more obscene

The Bishop$, Knight$, and Rook$ all the more vicious in their machinations

And the pawns…

The cacophony of hatred spewing from the mouths of the worlds’ royalty…

Which only amplifies a lowly pawn’s self-perceived insignificance

Ever expanding throughout their emaciated frames until their bodies are consumed by a deafening silence of hopelessness

And we watch as they sacrifice themselves haplessly

Becoming the macabre impressionisms across a blood stained canvas.

I want to know who the REAL terrorists are in this world.

As the elite of this world become more cruel

I have had no other choice, but to stubbornly become more hopeful.

I wanted to learn to sing

Even if I was only a soft hum in the silence.

I wanted to shine as brightly as I could

Even if I was only a flicker in the darkness.

And I wanted to proclaim my faith in humanity

Even if people around me proclaimed that I was insane.

So, there were specks of illumination in the darkness.

I saw others

And they saw me.

So, there was a faint chorus of harmoniously blended voices.

And I heard others.

And they heard me.

And from there I learned that I was not the only one that had a crazy idea that human beings should live in peace.

The insane who became committed…

To humanity.

9-11… it’s just another day for those who have truly suffered at the hands of American Imperialism.

THEY who have suffered.

THEY who watch US cut OUR teeth on the stories about what THEY have done to US.

And THEY turn uncomfortably away from OUR words of hatred.

THEY go back to taking care of OUR children as WE go back to OUR jobs.

THEY continue to build and fix OUR homes.

THEY trudge onward as THEY farm and harvest OUR food.

THEY die in OUR wars.

And as I pass into sleep tonight I will listen

For the sounds of voices

Distant

Humble

And full of hope.

soon

WE will sing

Together.

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Hip-hop racial melting pot gobbledywatchmacalit tossed salad…

Posted in Rac3 P0litRICK5, Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 by xmabaitx

This picture is supposed to be a poignant collage expressing the complexity of racialization in hip-hop culture, but all I can do I think about how terrible the color scheme is.

The original article can be found here.

This is probably going to make me sound like an asshole (as if this entire blog doesn’t already accomplish that), but every single time that I see an article about hip-hop written in a(n) (self-proclaimed) Asian American news source, I cringe and begin looking for a dose of dramamine expecting not only to be made nauseous by substandard journalism (fact checking mistakes, misquotes, right-wing leaning bias dressed up as objectivity), but also by incredibly shallow analyses of race and class. Well, this article ain’t half bad. In fact it borders on good and makes quite a few well thought out points about the intersection of race and hip-hop. Without getting too articulate, the article attempts to make a distinction between “buying-into” hip-hop culture through appropriation and petite-bourgeois conspicuous consumption as opposed to developing an organic relationship to the culture by having grown up within the hip-hop community.

Also, what is great is that Geologic of the Blue Scholars hits the nail on the head regarding legitimacy in participation in hip-hop culture within the context of race and class.

“If [I don’t have permission to] rap, then what does that say about any Black person doing martial arts? It’s a culture that’s shared,” said Quibuyen. “But that shouldn’t be an excuse to just take someone’s culture. There’s an obligation to acknowledge its history and how it came to be and where you fit in.”

Of course the article still uses the tired liberal democracy non-profit Asian American Studies “safespeak” such as “cross cultural”-ism and speaks of the issues of “stereotypes” rather than actually hitting on points of how white-supremacy as an overarching social construction is the main contributer to why there is division between Asian Americans and African Americans ergo why these racial “differences” and “tensions” manifest themselves in hip-hop culture. Of course, I shouldn’t set the bar too high for a single column news article. (wow, I really am sounding like an asshole, even though I’m doing my best to be fair. Mah bad)

Anyway, despite my being a fan of the music and on-and-off supporter of the local hip-hop artists here in the bay, as a punk rock kid, who can’t rap, DJ, dance, or write graff I couldn’t really speak from an insular point of view about hip-hop culture either. Being that I am so ethnically ambiguous, however, I wouldn’t mind learning how to be an MC just, so I could get a debate going on amongst local hip-hop heads, about “what the fuck is that guy?” “Maybe he’s half-black?” “I heard he’s Indian or something.” “Why doesn’t he rap in Spanish?” Yeah… MC Wutdafuckishe. That’s my shit.

links for 2009-07-08

Posted in LINKS, Uncategorized on July 8, 2009 by xmabaitx
  • So, you mean there's racism in baseball even AFTER Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier?! Say it ain't so!
  • Boy, I am really sore right now that Jean Baudrillard did not live long enough to witness the death of Michael Jackson. Just imagine the snotty tome of social commentary which he would have written. I implore anyone with at least a fraction of a functioning brain to step back for a just a moment and contemplate the spectacle of over one billion people crying their fucking eyes out about some guy they've never met before who did not make any SIGNIFICANT contributions to the furthering of human society. Did he help invent cures for diseases? Did he bring economic prosperity to the downtrodden? Did he resolutely challenge systems of oppression? No, no, and… NO! But he made a couple of catchy tunes and he's a deity. Awesome.

Vote for Pablo “Kung-Fu Panda” Sandoval!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2009 by xmabaitx

Uh… yeah… so this is just me indulging in my guilty pleasure of baseball. Humor me and vote for San Francisco Giants’ utility man Pablo Sandoval to get into the All-Star Game.  Polls close on Thursday and voting is unlimited.  Vote Panda!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

kung fu panda sandoval

links for 2009-06-11

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links for 2009-05-22

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links for 2009-05-18

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