From Angela Davis’ autobiography. I read these passages a week ago, and then again today. I can’t stop thinking about them. In just a few paragraphs she analyzes the condition of black people working within the system, often explicitly as in the case of these prison guards, against the movements they’re also sympathetic with. How the material conditions a person resides in force a concession. How “following through on your principles” is itself a privilege. The way she so lucidly analyzes the facets of the situation, the complicity of her jailers, their woes, their allegiances, the way they themselves are victims, and the way they provide her comfort.
Blanket condemnation of those forced to work within systems wearies me. Now don’t get me wrong, in some cases the condemnations are absolutely warranted—cops, for example, by the communities they ravage; or soldiers by those on the knife’s point of the brutal war machine—but I think too often the condemnation comes from a place of empty political posturing and less from actual analysis of the system. A “lol all these people are evil” that ignores the racially or ethnically marginalized, the poor, the dispossessed, the downright exploited who are coerced or forced to become gears in the machinery. That analysis is too individualized, focused more on the node and not enough on the interconnections, the network. In some ways it’s an almost liberal analysis of systems.
I want to become more like Angela Davis in this regard. She explored a similar idea with regard to people of color in the military in a lecture—and her analysis there, as in her autobiography written so many years earlier, was with the same patience, understanding, grace and empathy.
”As a matter of fact, young people of color who join the military to avoid poverty and imprisonment find themselves forced to fight this bizarre war against terrorism in countries like Iraq. We see the emergence of this new nation, a new multicultural nation. Now most of us are supposedly included in the embrace of this nation. And many people of African descent, many people of Latino descent were very happy to receive the invitation to join the new nation. However, the price of admission to this new multicultural nation has been xenophobia.”
This is what I’ve been saying for so long now. The only way we will effectively combat and reduce military enlistment and recruitment from communities we should be standing in solidarity with is to recognize the factors that motivate these people to join in the first place and tailor our strategies to those realities. This isn’t to say someone who raped or tortured or killed an Afghan or an Iraqi is not accountable and punishable for his or her action, it’s only to say that the military industrial complex utilizes cheap labor to effectuate its imperialism and internally colonized people in the US will always hold a unique position in light of this.
merizindaghi a réagi à votre billet “Speaking about SRK, his latest movies’ choices are freaking awful. I…”
Shahid Kapoor chooses quite nice roles tho. He has a cool progression And SRK was good in rab ne bana di jodi but now?!???
The thing with Shahid Kapoor is he needs to pick better movies. And one issue I’ve always had with him is that for a while, he just was a SRK-wannabe for me. Otherwise, I really liked him in Mausam, Jab We Met and of course, Kaminey but otherwise, I usually find him forgettable. Haider seems very interesting though. I’ll definitely watch this one.
SRK’s last great performance for me was in My Name is Khan though I watched it such a long time ago haha. I tried to re-watch it not long ago but I couldn’t go past the first 30 minutes for some reason. And looking back, I think I’d have some issues with how the story unfolds now. Otherwise, he was entertaining in Ra.One but that was hardly a challenging role for him.
lien vieira in ‘frente fria’ by mario principe for vogue portugal, july ‘13.
Nope, not at all. He just can’t act imo. His comedy stuff is awkward, and he’s overly-dramatic when he’s supposed to be a serious character. His fair and handsome ads were the final nail in the coffin.
Yeah, those ads were a big disappointment too. He can be really money-driven. I remember, seeing big billboards of his ad in Casablanca when I was in Morocco few years. Those products seem to work in Morocco too unfortunately (more Fair&Lovely than Fair&Handsome though). :/
Ugh haaaaaate SRK, can’t watch his stuff.
Haha, yes, I know you hate him. I’ve always loved him so that’s why I’m starting to be disappointed. :(
bollymusings a réagi à votre billet “Speaking about SRK, his latest movies’ choices are freaking awful. I…”
Yep. The last film of his I loved was OSO. Nothign since then. I actually enjoyed CE, but only because of Deepika…. he was bad for sure. Trouble is he believes in the money and nuber game…. and actually cares for it :(
What about Don 2?? I haven’t watched this one yet (same thing for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. But I don’t have high expectations for this one bcz Katrina Kaif. And SRK really needs to romance girls his age now). And yeah exactly. And I wish he didn’t. Because let’s face it, he’s been an established actor for a veryyy long time now, he doesn’t need to get in this kind of trend. I wish he would just stop and start picking interesting roles for him as an actor. I get it that you want to do a big movie here and there but please be versatile. I wish he was more like Aamir Khan in terms of movies’ choice.
bakvaas a réagi à votre billet “Speaking about SRK, his latest movies’ choices are freaking awful. I…”
Chennai express was amazing what are you talking abouttt. It was hilarious and full of old school references~ SRK could’ve retired after that movie since it was eclectic of his career
But i understand what you mean, I hate actiony movies. Watch bang bang. It’s an action movie but it has enough comedy and lightness to make it really balanced.
Haha yes, the old school references were nice. I love seeing such references in movies. But otherwise, that movie was just awful. It’s not even that I hate action movies, on the contrary. But this one was just too much. But anyway, I usually don’t like Rohit Shetty’s movies so I didn’t have high expectations in the first place. But it was really the first time SRK was really annoying me. And furthermore, the movie seemed insulting to South Indians to me?? So I really couldn’t enjoy it.
And they all need to stop with that “Look I have abs. I am man” trend in bollywood. OK, I get it, you all have abs. Now can we move on. You don’t need to show it off every chance you get.
Speaking about SRK, his latest movies’ choices are freaking awful. I hated Chennai Express, like really hated it. And his performance was BAD. I’m really starting to be disappointed. And I was watching Happy New Year’s promos yesterday and… this one looks awful too. I don’t know what he’s doing. If I wanted him in such movies, I’d watch Salman Khan’s movies instead.
If you’re under 5’7 you’re weak and your species will die out soon
fuck you, at least we won’t stand out in a crowd during the zombie apocalypse, you lanky shit.
Hey! I don’t know if you sent me another message along with this one because your message seems cut off.
Anyway, I looked for the article. Must be this one by Nabila Ramdani. And ugh, I don’t know what to say. I have huge issues with this journalist’s work most of the times anyway. And just, the idea of saying that the burqa ban is to blame for the turning of some Muslims into “jihadi” militants is absolutely ridiculous. I just checked her twitter and saw this tweet of hers. How can you even write seriously not to “understimate role of burqa ban in #France in turning teenagers into would-be militants fighting jihad”?? I mean, honestly. It’s bs. The burqa ban is a consequence of State-sanctioned islamophobia, not the cause of anything of the sort. Moreoever, let’s look at the numbers. Yes, there are young Muslims who go and join ISIS but there aren’t that many, especially considering the millions of Muslims living in France. She speaks of it in such broad terms as if it is a generalized trend in a group composed of millions of people. I don’t even know where to start with this.
I wish it was in English but Olivier Roy made remarkable comments on the phenomenon in this article in which he mentions the existence of a global cultural collapse that could explain why young people are attracted into such “projects”, how many of those would-be militants are converts (especially white) that are sort of marginalized from the Muslim community and he mentions this “suicidal nihilism” that is currently present in our societies by linking this phenomenon to another event like the Columbine shooting as to show that we need to go beyond those misleading analyses of some kind of cultural clash between East and West. I wish I could explain his point more properly but that’s an analysis that I’d recommend over Nabila Ramdani’s. Roy mentions Faisal Devji’s The Terrorist in Search of Humanity in this interview. Maybe that can help you understand where his analysis is going if you have read this book.
But Nabila Ramdani’s article is sheer crap imo, honestly. And it’s not the first time she says crap on France (and also on the Arab world from other criticisms I’ve heard).
I wanted to take this evening off homework but I just realized I can’t because I have this one assignment to finish before tomorrow omg. I have like 4/5 classes less this year than I had during my bachelor’s degree and yet I have so much more work. Can’t wait for my break.