when I invented “Lurker Thursday” in a conversation with Anxious Black Woman, I knew I did not have the commitment to be still and give up a day of blogging, regularly, on the same day … FOLLOWING RULES!!!! And as evidence, she did first Lurker Thursday on her own and has done the vast majority alone since. The thing is I like structure and I worry that the lack of structure is kind of like fishing for a compliment, which is nice, but doesn’t really foster conversation.
Then I saw Renee at Womanist Musing do something I found far more interesting: Guilty Pleasures Posts. Once a week Renee admits to something she enjoys and invites readers to weigh in. I love that!
Then I saw BFP’s “Thought Pieces.” Once or twice a week she puts a quick (paragraph) thought piece up with a question. The pedagogical in me loves that even more.
So today, which is normally 80s Friday (sorry I haven’t kept that up lately) I thought I would do a thought piece and see how it goes and then maybe next week we’ll do a Guilty Pleasure. And whatever sticks we have these amazing woc bloggers to thank for it.
Now that the election is over and realities have begun to sink back in, what are you thinking about?
- While Obama’s historic win should be praised, all of the GLBTQ rights measures failed and some members of Congress were re-elected on the basis of anti-gay and anti-women ads. The juxtaposition of the two has led some to blame black people, or Latinos, for the loss despite statistical evidence to the contrary. Are you worrying about homophobia in this nation? Are you worried about the willingness of some to play divide and conqueer: GLBTQi [presumed white] vs. poc?
- While Palin proved to be largely ignorant about foreign affairs, tyrannical in her leadership style, prone to anti-gay censorship and anti-affirmative action hiring practices (at least according to a coalition of black leaders in Alaska), and willing to charge women for rape kits, she still became the center of several sexist critiques during her historic run and is now being raked over the coals by political insiders. Does the narrative surrounding Palin make you concerned about misogyny or does sexism against her not bother you?
- And what about Obama’s win? Just 1 day after he was declared the winner the papers were splashed with caution about his ability to impact or change anything. White liberal blogs and theorists wrote pieces warning people not to be excited or congratulatory b/c Obama really isn’t the hope we had all made him into during the election. While some of this critique is warranted: the economy does still suck, some liberals were using the win to say racism was over, and Obama really is just one man facing a sea of problems we will all need to swim to get to the otherside. But, why bring it all up the very next morning? Why start race baiting (ie blaming Obama’s win for gay marriage defeat), etc. less than 24 hours after his win? Does this trigger alarm bells for you or are you still rocking the happy?
These are the questions and thoughts rolling around in my head – of course in the form of essay questions. :D Tell me what you think. I wanna know if these are my own anxieties or if they are shared. Do you have other thoughts on all this election madness that I haven’t even begun to worry about, but should? Here’s your chance.
De-lurk and talk back.