Posts Tagged ‘imperialism’

On Charlie Hebdo and „Friends“

Dienstag, Januar 13th, 2015

1. Charlie Hebdo and the hypocrisy of pencils

To the victims of military occupation; to the people in the houses that bore the brunt of ’shock and awe‘ bombing in Iraq; to those whose bodies were disfigured by white phosphorous and depleted uranium […] — what but cruel mockery is the contention that Western ‚civilisation‘ fights its wars with the pen and not the sword? […] Of course the pen has played its role as well. The pens that signed the endless Patriot Acts, anti-terror laws and other bills that entrenched police harassment and curtailed civil rights. The pens of the newspaper editorialists who whip up round after round of hysteria, entrenching anti-Muslim prejudice and making people foreigners in their own country. But the pens of newspaper editors were strong not by virtue of their wit or reason, but insofar as they were servants of the powerful and their guns.

2. Understanding Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has received a lot of attention after the recent attacks at their office. Some of the criticism directed at Charlie Hebdo is uncalled for and inaccurate. This website tries to explain the cartoons within the context they were published so that they may be better understood.

3. Je suis hypocrite: These ’staunch defenders‘ of the free press rallied in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo in Paris

4. The Charlie Hebdo cartoons no one is showing you

White man’s burden (to teach the dark-skinned how to overcome racial prejudice)

Freitag, Mai 17th, 2013
I find it rather disturbing to see a map about „racial tolerance“ shared over Facebook which is so deeply racist that it makes me wanna throw up.

First of all, it’s sheer bullshit. You cannot statistically compare reactions to a concept like „race“ that operates differently in completely different regional contexts. For instance, in Germany (and perhaps throughout Europe) it’s inseparably connected with Nazi race ideology which sent millions of people to the gas chambers, whereas in the U.S. it’s kind of a politically neutral term made to denote „skin color.“ Even funnier, if you go back to the past, race in the French context could denote something like class consciousness, for the aristocracy had invented itself as a „race“ apart from the common people. And who knows exactly what race is made to denote in India, Africa or the Arab peninsula? But what we know exactly, especially from the German context, is that „racism“ does not cease to exist with the concept of race becoming unutterable and culturally taboo. It can be replaced by terms like „culture“ or „place of origin.“

So, after all, what is the ideological statement of this ridiculous map? Its assertion is that „fair-skinned“ people are the vanguard of tolerance and enlightenment, whereas the dark-skinned are „still racist“ to the fullest. Towards whom? We don’t know. Traditionally, racism is the ideology of white power over the other in the framework of colonial conquest, imperialism and the historical aftermath of slavery. What this map tries to accomplish then is to turn this power relationship upside down in order to renew the ideology of „white man’s burden“ to civilize the backward (= darker-skinned) people, although, ironically, this time in the global fight against „racial prejudice.“

Lowkey – Obama Nation (Part 2) ft. Black The Ripper & M-1 (Dead Prez)

Montag, Februar 13th, 2012

With Lyrics On Screen || Part 1 …