Rage Against the Cream

And by no means I mean a diss by that, so you know.

And so you know: this what I’m talkin bout; and this, if ain’t lost you.

And on the real, too: Dre luh everyone. And by “luh” I mean big wet osculations, and bear hugs. Come here, You.

Also: check this out, by my soul brother Jimmie Baldwin. In it, he talk about how the American context make it so that whenever anybody put out some socially conscious piece of something that the very thing itself make it so that audiences feel they imbued with some type of virtuosity that absolve them from puttin in work work. And granted: while it cool folks out there making films bout the egregiousness of slavery or how women and gays be/have been slighted because they women, gay, it don’t make not a one of us better like that. Work don’t stop, won’t stop just cuz you punched your ticket, i.e., closed a book, completed a film, listened to some activistic entreaty–there’s always tomorrow, or “mañana” if you Spanish. “Demain” if you French. And Friday if today is in fact Thursday for you, too.

And I think we doing some real good things in this class that folks need to hear. Just how we disseminate all of our work to folks out here who need to hear it–can’t stop, won’t stop.

On a Blog 3 Note

Me and mines got mad things we wanna do, and then some. It’s honestly a matter now of getting us all in the same room now.

(And Eloy, friend: here you go, friend; hit you on email as well)

Some things of us pitched las class:

  • interviews conducted by Eloy
  • a reading and then some by Tempie
  • just plain old school professorship by moi
  • Vincent TBA

but what we really need, I feel like, is a mission statement, or something. Like an agreed upon message we wanna metastasize like wild fire (to make y’all feel the heat thereof) re language politics and race. (And: shout out to Dr. Zamora for the jointz she shared; hella helpful.)

Between us, there’re mad experiences between us; real messed up ones, too. And enuff I feel for a presentation marathon if y’all can keep up! But more than “Yes, racism is alive and well,” or “Discriminating against a person for how they speak is still discrimination,” a stronger clarion is in order, IMO.

Because: and this’s how I see it: every minute folks go not kibitzing bout this stuff, the more hidebound English becomes when we don’t jam it w/ our so-called claptrap. The more the gap widens between standard and nonstandard speakers of English, for as Dr. Vay be noting: “I think code meshing will break down one of those last barriers of racism.”

So. A call to action as it relates to linguistic sensitivity and equality. Affording peeps they rights to represent themselves in they speech the way they want without being hated on or other deleterious effect is the uppercase “G” goal, I want to say. And I’m out.

Some Ideas of How We Can Spread our Message

Our work is important here. There is no doubt about that. But how is it that we can spread our information outside our classroom and into society? There is not one answer, but I’ll give a crack at it and write down some of my ideas. If this was a class that didn’t require us to be in the classroom (and if I was not working a full-time and taking six upper-level classes in order to graduate) then my initial reaction would be to actually get out of the classroom, take action and make our voices heard by doing some type of demonstration, say, in the City or downtown Newark. As a result, this would get perhaps get some media attention, and thus, our message will spread. But again, for me at least, it’s not realistic or doable enough for me to execute in an efficient and effective manner (unless we decide to do a demonstration here on campus during our class session).

A more realistic idea, for me at least and those that also has busy schedules, would be using electronic media as a main resource. Through Twitter we can get in touch with sorts of influential people. So how about we start by engaging influential people on Twitter by asking questions to see if anyone reacts. For example, if I tweet Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to see if he has faced microaggressions or why race matters, that is, if it does to him. Actually, I just tweeted this very person by tweeting: @HenryLouisGatesWhy do you think race and ethnicity matters? #WritingRace. Maybe he’ll respond, maybe he won’t. But I’m sure if we message random, but influential people who can get our class’ message across, then it’s worth it.