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RE: White Supremacy And Beauty Pageants: Cyber racism & Nina Davuluri

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Right now, you’re probably like, oh no, not another POC whining on the interwebz because of a few racist tweets. They are just “tweets” after all, nothing more. #amiright? Rather than “whining,” POC in the USA should be celebrating and not give into the “negativity!”

First of all, it must be grand to never have had to encounter racism for yourself. Why don’t you take multiple seats, and check your privilege. Victories when it comes to representation (winning pageants, etc) are always ambivalent at best, so there should both be joy and critique to go along with it.  Representation is not enough.  The challenges to white supremacy must be ever vigilant in the struggle to debunk white supremacy where-ever it rings its ugly head, and in this case, it’s both in the definition of what it means to be an American, and white supremacist definitions of beauty that have been readily embraced by the general populace and the media.

I believe that an engagement with Cornel West’s Prophesy Deliverance would be fruitful here, particularly his first chapter outlining a genealogy of white supremacy.  From the Renaissance Era on, European pseudo-scientists and phrenologists appealed for a return to the Greek ideal body of blue eyes, round chin, horizontal forehead, and Graeco-Roman noses defined the faces of white people as the faces of conquerors.  White supremacy starts with hierarchal classifications of bodies that are first catalogued as fact, and then put into practice by way of conquest and discriminatory public policies.

Fast forward to today, with the white supremacist media, where talking heads can get away with promoting racist views of what it means to be an American like CNN’s Todd Starnes. What makes a white woman from Kansas more American than an Indian-American woman? Oh, that’s right, the color of her skin! Miss Davuluri is a USA citizen, which is a requirement for this “scholarship” program, so what exactly is a real American? Am I missing something here? Or did I already say it [white supremacy]? It is not the tweets of individuals who just happened to be bigots that are the problem. Bigotry by persons is not the problem. Systems, institutions, and racist mythologies that justify them are.

I leave you with a quote from a post I did on Pageants and US American politics from almost four years ago, pretty relevant today eerily:

“What is more disturbing than Palin’s or Prejean’s involvement in an ambiguously moral event that parades as a scholarship contest is the Church’s views on the value of human bodies, and which human bodies are valued. Are American temples of God’s Breathe more valuable than Afghani or Iraqi temples of God’s Breathe? Are there certain human bodies we are more likely to execute via the electric chair or go to war with simply because of the color of their skin? American politics, sadly enough, has become not about what a person stands for or has voted for, but what a person looks like, who that person appeals to. Do we trust governors who claim to be conservative because he looks the part, but has never once voted that way in his career? Do we elect a progressive politician who promises to rule from the “center” when in reality he nominates radicals to her administration? This is the real tragedy that the pageantry in North American politics has become. Because looks can be deceiving.”

The Pageantry of North American Politics: Palin, Prejean, and Priesthood

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Erin Kidd on Battlestar Galactica, Robots, and Embodiedness

“The real paradox is that Cavil himself is glorifying a completely embodied experience–vision–while at the same time wishing away his body. He is completely unaware that what he longs for is impossible apart from his body. He is blind to his own humanity.

And for the most part, so are we. It is easy to imagine our own bodies as limitations rather than completely integral to our being. And then, in our fumbles to tease out exactly what it means to be human, we completely neglect the body as extraneous to who we are. We grasp for souls. We try and transcend exactly what makes us human.”

Read the rest at Women in Theology: On Robotology

Blog Posts of Note: Week of Feb 27th-March 5th 2011


I have appreciated very much so the kind words that have been given about the post
Katie’s Cannon(ization): Inerrancy as White Evangelical Folklore.

In the spirit of that, I would like to make you aware of two other posts.

First Erin of UNDONE responds to “Katie’s Cannon(ization)” and add some thoughts of her own, including her impression of my view of plenary inspiration as a disembodied concept: “Inerrancy & Biopolitics: Our Bodies Are The Texts.” Erin’s blog is fascinating, by the way; she writes on race, biopolitics, Foucault, and theology. Glad to have found it.

Secondly, admittedly although I had read this second article earlier this week, Erin made the connection between my post aforementioned and Katie from Women In Theology, and the problematic creation theology of Pope Benedict XVI‘s Deus Caritas Est: “It’s Adam and Eve AND Adam and Steve”. I think the article offers a critique to theologies of creation that prioritize Genesis 2 over Genesis 1 in general as well (meaning: not limited to the Pope’s encyclical).

April DeConick argues for a trans-tradition criticism in the area of biblical studies. which will be “a pragmatic and embodied view of human beings as personal and social agents who actively and constantly (re)shape the t/Traditions to align with their experiences of themselves and their world. They are participants in personal and social conversations that support, create, modify and destroy t/Traditions” : “Transtradition Criticism”

Cynthia R. Nielsen continues her series on Fanon, Foucault, humanism and interhuman solidarity: “Part III: Fanon and Foucault on humanism and rejecting the Enlightenment.

Suzanne McCarthy continues her conversation with two other blogging scholars, one a complementarian and the other an egalitarian who defends the complementarian hermeneutic of Scripture; I know what it is like to not have my questions addressed, and that’s only a sign of one thing (I’ll let you guess): Invitation to Mike Heiser and John Hobbins.

Julie Clawson problematizes the traditional Christian reading of Joshua (as we all should): Conquest, Empire, and Irony in the biblical text

James Bradford Pate should be commended for being one of the best bloggers out there. He has challenged himself to read literature written by people who do not look like him, in particular, by African-Americans and women.  During black history month, James reviewed (chapter by chapter, mind you all while being a PhD student), Booker T. Washington‘s Up From Slavery & W.E.B DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folks.  This March, for Women’s History Month, James is beginning a series on Jacquelyn Grant’s White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus.

Amanda Mac of Political Jesus and Cheese-wearing theology provides us with a list of women theo-bloggers/bibliobloggers that she reads: Blogs I Read: A Shout Out To Women.


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