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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 25 2012

Return of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

Cramped quarters

By Sikivu Hutchinson The percentage of white feminists who are concerned about racism is still a minority of the movement, and even within this minority those who are personally sensitive and completely serious about formulating an activist challenge to racism are fewer still.  Barbara Smith, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology In the American imagination, …

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May 25 2012

Shift in Black American opinion on gay marriage?

By Frederick Sparks After President Obama expressed personal support for marriage equality, pundits wasted no time pondering the effects on the upcoming presidential election, including whether or not the president’s “evolved” position would alienate African-Americans, the President’s most loyal voting bloc. And indeed there has been negative reaction from the black clergy.   Maryland based anti-gay preacher Harry Jackson …

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May 07 2012

We Say No More: End Murder & Mass Incarceration

“We Say NO MORE” The following statement is being circulated for signatures and to influence broad public opinion: “We Say NO MORE” The killing of Trayvon Martin and 2.4 million in prison make clear that there is a whole generation of Black and Latino youth who have been marked and treated as a “generation of …

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May 04 2012

Debunking La Buena Mujer: Latina Atheist Diane Arellano

Diane Arellano

    By Sikivu Hutchinson Bitch, ho, honorary mammy, Buena mujer.  When it comes to images of Latinas in American mainstream media it’s either Sofia Vergara jiggling out of her shirt channeling Charo or caregiver/maid extraordinaire Lupe Ontiveros clutching her rosary beads, eyes rolling heavenward.  Similarly, the range of casting opportunities for African American women …

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