From Lorde to Macklemore, it’s a sentiment that’s galling for its popularity: white artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important “anti-consumerism.” What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that it’s not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer.
Rap owns a unique history soundtracking the triumph of financial success in a country that long barred black Americans from that success. It shouldn’t be an opportunity for white artists to wax superior. Beyond poor taste, it’s the myopia of latent racism that’s more anxious about gold chains on a rapper than an Armani tie on a hedge fund analyst.
Similarly, Lily Allen’s response to sexist industry demands for thinness becomes entirely ineffectual when it lashes out against women who succeed despite those demands. Allen is not savily critiquing the world of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Miley Cyrus, she’s resentfully bemoaning not getting to enjoy the same success.
“Hard Out Here” is the opposite of Mileywave. Instead of using black women as props to further her career, Allen blames them for its stagnation. In full-sleeved dresses Allen mocks her inability to twerk amidst women of color in body suits who launch into exaggerated dance moves, licking their hands and then rubbing their crotch. Her older white male manager tries to get to her to mimic them. Meanwhile she sings, “Don’t need to shake my ass for you/‘Cause I’ve got a brain.” Cut to black women shaking their ass, so much for sisterly solidarity.— Lily Allen’s Anti Black Feminism (via alittlelateforalot)
Awesome Things The Cops Said In This Press Democrat Article
And now it’s time for:
Awesome Things The Cops Said In This Press Democrat Article About The Latest Andy Lopez Protest
Andy Lopez was a 13 year old kid who was murdered by Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22nd in Santa Rosa. Erick, who is a middle aged, 24-year law enforcement veteran, Iraq veteran, and professional firearms instructor, claimed that he felt he was in danger because he thought Andy’s airsoft gun was a real gun, and so he yelled at Andy, and when Andy began to turn around, he shot him 7 times, 5 times after he was on the ground. Over the past month, there have been marches, rallies, vigils, petitions, memorials, prayers, meetings, and all kinds of actions to pressure the Sonoma County district attorney to press criminal charges against Gelhaus. A few of these actions have been organized by Andy’s peers, the middle school and high school students from his neighborhood. Yesterday, they took to the streets once again, for the 8th time, and this was the time the police decided to make the first amendment illegal. They drove up to the march with sirens blaring and lights flashing, sped past them in their motorcycles, almost hitting some of the kids, and eventually blockaded the street (ironic?) to physically stop the march. When the protesters reached the police barricade they gave 12 people citations for “blocking the roadway” and arrested one person. The entire point of this whole attack, of course, was to intimidate the leaders of the protest in order to stop them. And of course, the leaders of the march gathered up their comrades after the cops left and kept marching right to the god damn sheriff’s department to go yell at them some more. And of course, there were riot cops waiting for them there inside the doors (oh wait if you’re not from Santa Rosa this might seem insane to you). The protesters decided to gather outside the building.
The local newspaper, The Press Democrat, published this article last night, and I’m almost wondering if they’re intentionally trying to make the cops look bad because the things they are quoted saying are hilariously stupid.
Here’s the article: http://pressdemocrat.com/article/20131126/articles/131129614
1.) David Douglas was “arrested for resisting arrest,” and they didn’t even bother to re-word that so it doesn’t sound outrageously stupid. If only he hadn’t resisted the cops when they tried to arrest him for having resisted being arrested under the grounds of resisting arrest, he wouldn’t have gotten arrested……so uuuhhh…. WHY did he get arrested again?
2.) Apparently all you have to do to get THE ENTIRE FUCKING POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SWARM ON A GROUP OF KIDS with sirens blaring and lights flashing and with total disregard for their safety is to make a few phone calls to complain about the traffic hold-ups. Oh damn, why didn’t we think of making a few phone calls to have Gelhaus arrested? Cause apparently that’s all it takes to get the entire SRPD to go apeshit on someone you don’t like. im being sarcastic of course thats not the actual reason srpd did it.
3.) The cops also declare that their “concern is for the safety of the protesters,” who have done this 8 times in the past month and who were not in any kind of danger until a bunch of lunatics with supercharged armored cars and motorcycles started driving into the protesters with sirens blaring, screaming things in peoples faces and then physically assaulting them.
4.) “I don’t want to cost each of your protesters a couple hundred dollars in tickets…” but I’m going to do it anyway, lol.
5.) “‘Whether police will require protests to stick to the sidewalks will be evaluated on a “case-by-case basis,’ Soares said.” Yes, everybody knows that individual police officers have the right to arbitrarily make decisions about constitutional amendments (like the right to free speech) whenever they feel like it. It’s not like there is some “Supreme Court” who has the sole authority to debate constitutional amendments or anything.
6.) “We serve the community, so we have an ear to how the community is asking us to respond…” …..says the cop while 80 people are screaming their demands about what they want the cops to do.
If you are not in Santa Rosa and you want to support the efforts of the Lopez family, please spread the word about the case as much as possible. The more international attention it gets, the more pressure it puts on the district attorney to………………carry out her job description.
Oh, and if you guys are wondering why I haven’t been making music, this is why =/
Bob Mason, a Bernal Heights resident on the recent 26 percent jump in evictions in San Francisco’s Mission District. The gentrification of the Mission is displacing the mostly Latin@ working class locals, including terminally ill artist Rene Yañez, who faces an eviction order to leave his family’s apartment of 35 years next July.
Housing prices in San Francisco increased 26% between 2011 and 2012, with the median home price rising to almost $600,000. The average rent of a two-bedroom property is over $1,900 per month, or 4.6 full-time jobs at San Francisco’s minimum wage.