I found this post on the blog Racialicious. The article details an incident at UC-San Diego where students organized an off-campus party called the “Compton Cookout” and used derogatory racial stereotypes of African Americans when advertising the event. The event itself is inexcusable however there has been a well organized response to the incident that promises lasting change for black students at UCSD.
“Gaysians take over fashion week”
The title is the most interesting part of this article posted on Colorlines Magazine’s blog, RaceWire.org. Guest columnist Alex Jung describes the numerous successes of several prominent young Asian male designers.
“Obama’s new proposal: LGBTs still missing”
All of the gay related provisions from the original House bill for health care reform have been removed from Obama’s latest proposed compromise. It is not likely that provisions will make it back into new incarnations of the bill.
I selected these particular news items because I believe they illustrate a useful spectrum of queer and race current events from culture, art, and politics. After Obama was elected, there was a lot of talk about how the US had finally become a “post-race” society. The first article, “Compton Cookout” I think very definitively shows that there is still a long way to go before that is the case. I think the fact that this happened on a college campus, one where only 2% of the student body is African American, is especially telling. The advertisements for the party went to great lengths to define what it means to be a black, “ghetto” man or woman and in doing so exposed how some people (of privilege) relate to and understand the bodies of poor people of color.
I found the “Gaysians Take over Fashion Week” article interesting because the headline makes very clear connections between the race and sexuality of the designers and yet the article itself, aside from photographs where some of the designers appear flamboyant, does not itself address sexuality at all.
The finale article, “Obama’s new proposal: LGBTs still missing” reinforces the US government will not willingly recognize LGBT people as humans deserving of access to quality healthcare. In doing so, I believe politicians are sticking to this idea that Middle America cannot handle LGBT people or issues, which I just do not believe to be true.