The discussion about race and culture on the Internet has grown and expanded. I can't express how awesome and amazing I think this is. A big thank you to everyone who is participating!
Here's the exciting news: BlogRhet is hosting the first ever theme-week (an online, no fees, no name-tags, no pressure conference-slash-consciousness -raising-event); AKA: Let's Talk About Race, Baby.
I promise no "speed-dating" style ice breakers, either. ;)
I also promise some awesome things.
Motherhood Uncensored's Kristen, Rice Daddies, Kimchi Mamas, and more will all be cooperatively participating in BlogRhet's week long initiative to explore race, culture and the Internet...next week! Kristen will host a radio-podcast on the topic, including interviews with Stefania Pomponi Butler and others; she'll also be guest posting on the topic at BlogRhet. Joy of GingaJoy and Tere of A Mom, A Blog and the Life In-Between will text interview some of the fabulous Kimchi Mamas. Jason from Daddy in a Strange Land will also guest post his moving essay about this topic on BlogRhet.
The Hump Day Hmmers are invited to participate too!
If you want your post included, in addition to linking back to me in your post, also include a link to BlogRhet (we use this for tracking to see who we need to link to). If you want suggested verbiage, consider:
This post is part of Julie Pippert's Hump Day Hmm and BlogRhet's "Let's Talk About Race, Baby" week long initiative.
URL link for me: http://theartfulflower.blogspot.com/
URL link for BlogRhet: http://blogrhet.blogspot.com/
Otherwise, your voice is welcome in all of the discussions via comments or other avenues. And it is welcome.
I expressed my point of view about culture and race in my post, "Is the Internet the Rainbow Connection?" and in my comments on Tere's post at BlogRhet, "Race & Ethnicity: It Matters."
So what did other people have to say? Check it out!
Andrea at a garden of nna mmoy wrote I guess it all depends on how you define "rainbow"
Snoskred at Life in the country wrote Australians all let us rejoice..
Momish wrote Many Shades of Grey
Gina of I am not over it wrote I am responding
Tere wrote Race & Ethnicity: It Matters and Am I In or Am I Out?
Kim wrote of After the Ball White people say the damnedest things
Jason of Daddy in a strange land wrote what’s race got to do with it: some thoughts on parentblogging, community and identity
MamaSaga wrote What Color Am I? And What Does it Matter?
Anali of Anali's First Amendment wrote A Study In Black
Sephy of Sephy's Platzish wrote A question of race
LawyerMama wrote Race and the Blogosphere
Miguelina wrote Oh No! Here comes another ethnicity post!
If I missed you (many, many apologies) or you are a latecomer, just link to me and I'll find you in the trackbacks or link to me and drop me a comment or an email at jpippert at g mail dot com.
Next week I will continue this topic to support BlogRhet. I will gladly repost links to you, or feel free to respond, reply, add more thoughts, or join in for the first time.
Also, I'd like to put up some excellent points and thoughts people have posed in comments. Feel free to address these in comments or in your pwn post (for now or for enxt week--it's open).
Here are the thoughts hanging out there:
Her Bad Mother asked: where race *is* unseen (and on mnay, many blogs it is - case in point with your complicated family history, case in bigger point with bloggers like Stefania who only very rarely reference race on their primary blogs), is it important that it be made *unseen*? Do bloggers have an obligation to write their racial/ethnic/cultural (not to mention sexual, etc.) identities into their texts? Do *readers* have an obligation to seek that information out? How do we navigate this issue in a community that allows - even encourages - certain degrees of invisibility?
Another point to ponder from Her Bad Mother: Is it a *privilege* to not care about race? A privilege to those who - being (usually) white - don't *have* to care about race because it's never presented itself as an issue in their lives?
Christine of Running on Empty asked: One question I would pose to you and anyone who really identifies themselves as mixed race is how does identifying as mixed race affect your writing, if at all? Can one be considered mixed race in an adoptive situation? How does outward appearance affect people who identify themselves as mixed race? How has being a racial minority or of mixed blood drawn people to you--both negatively and positively? How and when has being "white" made a person the minority in a group?
Joy of Gingajoy asked: What is happening in white real world communities that sends many women seeking for help and community online? The recurrent story in the mommyblogpshere is that of the alienation and isolation that occurs when a woman finds herself a mom. Blogging becomes a way of coping and processing that identity shift, and also finding a less didactic form of help and support that one finds in The Parenting Manuals. Is this a "white" thing?
Another point to ponder from Joy: What brings various communities of women to blogging?
Additional Links and Questions---8-12-07
Cecilieaux wrote Acceptable Prejudices? and Hispania, Historia
Snoskred asked how we should consider a person's ability to sympathize due to marginalization or discrimination of another aspect beyond our control (such as gender or weight) and also brought up consideration of cultural envy, "...we see other cultures and think wow, it would be great to belong to a culture in that way? I don't have my own culture."
Make sure to read the discussion at BlogRhet...it's a bit long but really engaging, interesting, thought-provoking and insightful from many points of view.
Rachel mentioned Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy MacIntosh...this is also a good read or refresher if it's been a while since you read it.
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