Anti-Blackness and transphobia are older than we thought…

16 Jun

…In the Byzantine Empire, ideas of race and gender were deeply intertwined.

“When did racism begin? Because of how ideas about race shape our contemporary world, some have argued that racism did not exist in the ancient and medieval worlds, that it was a modern invention. Proposing that there was a past before racism helped prop up the notion that Americans were living in a post-racial present, in the decades after the Civil Rights movement.”

Odd that the Post would publish such a article. See Betancourt’s whole piece here: Anti-Blackness and transphobia are older than we thought

Like, who ever thought that the Greeks and Egyptians and Romans and Byzantines and Arabs and Black Africans and Iranians and South Asians and the Chinese didn’t keep slaves for millenia? Way before white North Americans did?

Betancourt is setting up a straw man for himself to shoot down.

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The new Lorde video; wheew… for a sec I thought it was another part of Greek bicentennial celebrations

15 Jun

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…or anyone who could dance for that matter

15 Jun
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Jackson Heights: por bulerías

14 Jun

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Banks: “We’re here for you”

7 Jun

No, banks, we owe you money because you ran out of money.

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“Equity, diversity and inclusion;” the next Israeli government. A time to hope?

7 Jun
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Victimhood rarely guarantees a greater sense of humanity

7 Jun

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For the RWOF: “…they’ve just advocated ethnic cleansing…”

4 Jun

Flamenco: tangos

4 Jun

One thing that makes flamenco so sublimely beautiful is that sometimes it’s a little ridiculous. But they get away with it. So much of it is “uncanny” — like Freud’s “unheimlich” — weird, excessive, unexpected, switching constantly between tragedy, violence, desire, anger and humor and with a structure and rhythm impossible for payos — meaning us lesser beings non-gypsies — to completely follow. It’s always a mind-f*ck.

Watch at the end for the woman in the yellow scarf. It’s nuts.

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Macedonians: wow, people are speaking out

4 Jun

See video at Twitter :

Correction: The Greek Church was on of the main actors of assimilation. Pretty irrelevant on those grounds today. Nor do I see Vlachs or Albanians or even Macedonians leaving their respective Orthodox Churches at any point in the future.

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