Anonymous said: Fox News is complaining that 911 operators are "forced" to help illegal immigrants in life-threatening situations. I don't understand how even racist Americans can't feel even a twinge of disgust at this blatant evil.
There’s nothing to be gained by trying to figure out why racists are so fucking evil.
One of the most durable paradoxes of white supremacy - the idea that those who are closest to an experience of oppression are its least credible witnesses. —
Walter Johnson, Soul by soul: life inside the antebellum slave market
This is the type of violence—from microaggressions to epistemic violence to emotional/physical violence to enslavement/genocide—that gets justified by asserting that the oppressor is “objective” and “logical” and thereby “credible.” As if there is objectivity in choosing to oppress. As if the emotions of entitlement, indifference, greed or hatred aren’t involved.
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[ Originally posted on my old blog on August 6, 2008, as part of my 6-part series Chinese American Experience, which originally included video clips from Bill Moyers’ PBS series “Becoming American: The Chinese in America”. ]
She wasn’t Chinese, but she spent most of her life working with Chinese women and girls. Donaldina Cameron was a Presbyterian missionary who, at the turn of the 20th century, took it upon herself to rescue sex slaves, prostitutes, and indentured women from brothels in Chinatown, literally plucking women out of rooms through skylights and fire escapes in bold police-backed raids. Certainly one might question the cultural basis of her views and teachings — anyone who has been on the wrong side of colonialism will recognize certain patterns — but to some extent, I like to boil her legacy down to a simple recognition that she accomplished something in Chinatown that I believe would have been practically impossible at that time for Chinatown to accomplish from within: she drove a stake into the heart of sex slavery in an oppressed, demeaned, marginalized, gangster-dominated world. That couldn’t have been an easy feat; but she did it and managed to nurture and educate thousands of Chinese American women.
Tangentially, US laws which forbade Chinese men from either bringing wives from China or marrying non-Chinese women played a crucial role in the formation of the racist stereotype of the emasculated Asian male. It’s not hard to imagine that several generations of Chinese American men, essentially barred from heterosexual family life, would come to be seen by racist whites as having no sexuality or sex organs, and perversely mocked and portrayed as such in countless movies, TV shows, comedy routines, and conversations to this day. Simultaneously, whites thought of Chinese women primarily as prostitutes, burnishing a notion of exotic submissive hypersexualized objectification which continues to flourish in the white imagination. Obviously I’m oversimplifying a bit, but sometimes a little anti-racist analysis can go a long way toward deconstructing racist stereotypes and at least tentatively tracing them to their malformed origins.
The third part of this series begins with a look at the heroic work of Donaldina Cameron, then turns to the increasing virulence of populist anti-Chinese hate which culminated during the Teddy Roosevelt administration with US Congress passing legislation, with almost no debate, which made Chinese Exclusion permanent and whose intended effect was to once and for all eliminate Chinese people from US society forever.
Under the racial state, there is no such thing as Black citizenship. The myth of Black citizenship scaffolds immigrant rights activism as well as the academic scholarship that supports it. Regarding the latter, in Asian American Studies, numerous scholars are quick to emphasize that African Americans gained citizenship before Asian Americans and their comparisons of Blacks and Asians tends to argue that the racial formation of which the latter is subject is civic ostracism and exclusion—as if the racial subjugation of
African Americans is somehow unrelated to the practices and logic of civil society. In Latino Studies, there is an evident animus to African Americans, expressed as concerns about Black xenophobia and Black insensitivity to illegality. The thread that binds Asian American Studies and Latino Studies scholarship is a belief in Black American citizenship, a hostility to which actually demonstrates that the legal document, in the case of Blacks, does not actually matter. What both Asian American Studies and Latino Studies, as well as immigrant rights activism and non-Black liberals and progressives in general presume, is that Black people have citizenship but that spectacles of anti-Black racism—such as the recent Troy Davis execution, the Oscar Grant murder by a white police officer at the Bart station in the Bay, or hurricane Katrina—demonstrate the contingent and flexible nature of citizenship. Such gestures attempt to re-imagine African Americans as akin to immigrants of color, whose status is tenuous, contingent, and flexible to the demands of the nation-state, capital, and whites.
But for Blacks, there is no such thing as circumstance, pretext, or even, to use the words of immigrant rights activists, legality or illegality. To assume as much means that we can identify historical moments in which Blacks are not guilty. Of course, Blacks are not always guilty of committing the criminal acts they are accused of and in some cases, the courts have affirmed as much. But Black people are never not guilty of being Black and thus their experience of being criminalized—which is ontological and not behavioral—cannot be conflated with or subsumed under frameworks common among immigrant rights advocates. Or, as Kenyon Farrow, in his remarks at the recently held New York City Troy Davis Memorial succinctly put it: “we must come to accept that to be Black and ‘innocent’ is an oxymoron in the world we live in.” — Tamara K. Nopper, “Race, Illegality, and Detention: My Remarks at Imprisoned, Forgotten, and Deported” (via so-treu)
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Emails reveal Michigan prisoners regularly served maggot-ridden food, forced to engage in sexual acts for food
Seven months after hiring an outside contractor to feed prisoners in state prisons, Michigan officials are considering scrapping the contract over serious problems ranging from maggots in the food to private contract employees abusing and having sex with prisoners.
According to emails acquired by the Detroit Free Press under the Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, state officials are at their “wit’s end,” over the complete failure of the Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia to control their employees and fulfill the terms of their contract.
In an attempt to save $12 million annually, Michigan outsourced food services to Aramark starting in January of this year, only to receive reports of maggots in the food, unclean kitchens, food shortages causing increased tensions with the prisoners, as well as Aramark employees smuggling in contraband and assaulting inmates.
One Aramark food service director showed up for work drunk and failed a Breathalyzer test while another was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison.
“I’m at my wit’s end,” Kevin Weissenborn, the Michigan Department of Corrections manager in charge of overseeing Aramark’s contract, wrote to one prison warden in March.
“I know how you feel,” replied Warden Heidi Washington of the Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center in Jackson. “At first I felt like Lansing thought I was just being too difficult and too demanding because I was always complaining. However, I think everyone knows that’s not the case.”
Although Aramark only employs 300 workers in Michigan’s prisons, 74 Aramark workers have been banned from prison property for various infractions in just six months.
Aramark was fined $98,000 in March for repeated contract violations such as running out of food and making improper substitutions for required menu items.
Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is now considering scrapping the $145-million, three-year contract before the summer heat intensifies, worried over prison unrest.
After reading reports of maggots in the food at two prisons, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardvill (R-Monroe) called for new bids from other companies.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re prisoners or who they are, people don’t deserve that type of treatment,” Richardville said.
Aramark officials have released a statement claiming they believe many of the complaints stem from prison officials unhappy with outsourcing jobs at the expense of state Corrections Department workers.
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