The news that Harriett Tubman will be featured on US 20-dollar bills spread widely today. There were some excited, joyful responses to recognition of such a powerful historical figure:
Then, there were some less than ecstatic responses to a woman who fought so diligently against a capitalist system which exploited black bodies to be the literal face on our currency:
As usual, I love the way Jay Smooth breaks this down, as he did almost a year ago as buzz about a Tubman bill was just beginning to circulate.
It was very exciting to hear brilliant feminist scholars Kristie Dotson (who brings the realness) and Naomi Scheman (one of Caitlin's mentors) share their wisdom about the field of philosophy and where critical race theory, feminism, and decolonial theory are situated in modern philosophy. The two spoke at University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study lecture series.
(Also, check out the shoutout to ya gurl Caitlin around 1:10:30)
A description of the talk:
"Academic philosophy has been the home of the allegedly generic rational European man, with epistemology at the center of that home. Join in a conversation with two epistemologists who are committed to remaking “the master’s tools,” not only to “dismantle the master’s house,” but to join in efforts—“across and beyond the boundaries of the university”—to build new habitations.
Kristie Dotson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Having received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis, she also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.
Naomi Scheman is Professor of Philosophy and Gender Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a guest researcher at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies in Sweden. She received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from Harvard University. Her research interests include politics of epistemology, feminist theory, and trustworthiness and community engagement."
Let's talk about that Buzzfeed video that has been making the rounds on the interwebs and has already been properly mocked by Black Twitter.
Buzzfeed usually always hits the mark when it comes to black content, but this video is alternatively hilarious and hellishly offensive. Who taught you to hate yourselves? They act as if they're asking constructive and relevant questions in an attempt to dispel stereotypes about blackness while relying on those very stereotypes to make their inane points.
Yes, black people are not a monolith and don't need to worship the same Gods, cook the same foods, listen to the same music, or hit a bop when Back That Azz Up comes on, but what point are they trying to make? That they're not like those other ignorant ass negroes? The video is not constructive and we question their use of a white owned media conglomerate in order to lambast "blackness" in a public forum.
The Black Girls Rock awards last night were incredible. So many talented and powerful black women in the public eye were recognized for their accomplishments, and so many dazzling performances were delivered. Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the night, and awards were given to Rihanna, Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes, Amandla Stenberg, and the three founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors.
There were especially standout performances from Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan.
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