14 12 / 2012
so i was working yesterday and was invited by my supervisor to get some grub at the reception. the lecture was on some random topic that apparently only white folks between the ages of 29-70 care about
i tried to be a wallflower, but got caught up with an old white guy who was a professor at a nearby university. he seemed liked a cool guy and genuinely knowledgeable about the public school system, then came along a white old women. they started going off on a tangent on how race doesnt matter anymore since there are many Latina/os who are light skinned yet are 1st generation students with “normal” English and there are also dark-skinned Latina/os who are 3rd generation with no Spanish.
i didnt speak up since i didnt wanna ruffle any of our “prestigious” attendants ( i was on the job) and then the white lady started talking about how shes come to believe that its cultures that are responsible for the success of people. in her opinion of being a student in “urban” areas, she sees that Asian parents push their kids to be smart and thats why Asians are smart. She sees Latina/os as being hard workers, and their hard work “ethic” is why they are getting better in school. 1) SHE DIDNT MENTION WHITE STUDENTS (normalizes and makes ‘whiteness’ invisible and hidden to criticism and finally 2) she says that African-American students are not succeeding since the culture doesnt encourage education or “push” kids enough
so many things wrong 1) legimatizes segregation, 2) perpetuates stereotypes around asians and latinos 3) blames the victim 4)ahistorical of minority circumstances 5)cultural deficit theory
and of course, like all racists, she said “I’m not racist…but..”
You know, i read about racism everyday, listen to peoples experiences, have close friends who have been racially profiled, but when you see peoples blatant and sincere prejudice and racism in front of your own eyes, it leaves you shocked. i cant believe it happened to me and of course they felt telling me about this since theyre in a “safe space” with a bunch of white people and a Mexican-American with fair skin who blends in with that kind of crowd.
This is why I am involved with the community and our plans, this is why I’m a Chicana/o Studies major, this is why I bring up race and ethnicity in everything I see, cause folks are racist as folks and it needs to be address. end rant/
19 10 / 2012
Last night, Emanuel participated in the Mayoral Candidates Debate hosted by the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV). Emanuel, Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, and Jan Perry all participated.
Here’s Emanuel’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery:
Good evening everyone. Thank you all for coming out, and thank you to the San Fernando Valley Democratic Party for hosting this event. Even in the middle of the Presidential Election, everyone here knows how important the next Mayoral election is for Los Angeles.
I’m grateful for the opportunity here tonight to speak with you about the City we all love, my home. We all know our City’s at a crossroads, and we need to decide where we want to be, and how we want to get there. Our current elected officials—some of them sitting on this stage with me tonight—tell us the City’s making progress on their watch. Reality is, that for many Angelenos, progress isn’t happening fast enough. Try telling the men and women still looking for a good-paying job here in Reseda and Arleta that we’re making progress. Try telling the victims of last week’s crimes in Van Nuys that the City’s never been safer. Try telling the residents of Pacoima that don’t have sidewalks or streetlights that the City’s making progress. Try telling our young people who are pushed out of our schools that there’s a City that cares about them and their future.
19 9 / 2012