Ignoring the Iroquois:
- The Iroquois Nationals, the flagship lacrosse team of the Iroquois Confederacy which spans the U.S. and Canadian border, were invited to the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in England but did not play. The host country refused to recognize the players’ Haudenosaunee passports, insisting that they travel as Americans or Candians before a visa would be issued. The game of stickball tightly bound to their tribal identity, the Iroquis team felt that nothing is more important than their sovereignty and did not yeild.
Defining contemporary racism:
- John Jackson takes up an issue that, with Arizona’s immigration legisilation, Mel Gibson’s latest rantings, and the NAACP’s calling out of extreme elements in the Tea Party, has been at the forefront of politics and culture lately. He makes two important points about racism that I find myself largely agreeing with. First: “racists are never just racists… To call someone racist isn’t about explanatory exclusivity.” And second: “racism is less about what someone is (absolutely and forever) than about what a person does (in specific moments)… it doesn’t make sense to think of racism the way we think of, say, racial identity (as something we conspicuously carry around with us all the time, everywhere we go).”
Other news, not at all related to racism:
- Users of Facebook India can now get an app to whiten their skin in their profile photos, brought to you by Vaseline skin whitening creams. Thanks global capitalism!
Maxine Udall, girl economist:
- Following up on the animated David Harvey lecture, I clicked on a link from Ethnografix to this blog by Maxine Udall and I’ve been rewarded for it. The posts have a witty, conversational tone like this one about the challenges of sailing a small boat against bigger boats (that can steal your wind) as a metaphor for the difficulties of opperating a small business in the ongoing recession. I’ll be keeping an eye on this well written blog.
Propublica wins at journalism:
- Check out this awesome database on the how the federal stimulus package is being spent. Just click on your state and you’ll be provided with details that break down the spending by county and correlates that with unemployment data. I am optimistic about the future of non-profit journalism and what such entities can provide for our society. It certainly provides a compelling model in comparison to the MSM.
Primates in pictures:
- Meet the Horton Plains Slender Loris, a native of Sri Lanka so rare it has only been seen four times since 1937 and never been photographed before, until now.
Paging physical anthropologists:
- Can somebody debunk this please? A paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics claims that “unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and beautiful individuals commit less crime.” This makes me want to barf in anger! Gak! I’m choking on my own rage here. Although I love the imagery of the man getting his head measured. Def swiping that for use in a Gen Anth lecture.
New Classic Maya discovery:
- A tomb in Guatemala, so well sealed that it produced “a smell of putrification” when it was opened has yeilded forth textiles, wood carvings, and ceramics.
Timewaster: The Old Spice meme makes it to the academic library–
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