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Re: “Dave Chalmers Lecture

Dave Chalmers is one of the top philosophers working today.

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Posted by JAB on April 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM

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Re: “Remembering CofC prof Conseula Francis

This is wonderful, thank you. It is so helpful to hear about her from her closest friends, to get some insight into how she did all that she did. So sorry for your own tremendous loss.

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Posted by JAB on May 13, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Sometimes I feel as if I'm failing as a mother

What a thoughtful piece. I hate when good parents feel guilt, though. No one ever likes the advice that I like, but one bit I loved was something like: kids are the focus of their own lives, the parents are just supposed to the furniture in the background. (I get a lot of: I’m not furniture! I don’t want to be furniture!) But the idea is that we are not the stars of their lives. And I do kind of want to be background: moving things around, setting things up constantly, but not their favorite person to play with. (One of the nicest gifts you get from functional parents is that you don’t have to waste time learning to deal with them. You have a clear horizon!) Anyway, if that parenting “ideal” is traded in and some of the impossible ones are traded out, I bet the idea that you should feel guilty about the time with your daughter that sound *perfectly* lovely. Your description of those leisurely mornings, both of you doing your own things (her getting a role model of adulthood) is describing my own ideal.

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Posted by JAB on February 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Re: “As the Neck develops and placemakers set an agenda, will the black community be included or neglected again?

Wouldn't a good idea be to assist locals in developing business plans and getting loans to start a business? Nicer bus stops just don't seem to be to the point.

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Posted by JAB on August 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Confronting segregation in Charleston

The term George Yancy uses for how white people ought to respectfully join a black cultural event is “tarrying,” which is being very conscious of your "whiteness" and how it affects people in a pretty serious way, and for the worse.

One example of oppressive whiteness that Yancy uses a lot is white people pointing out how many black people are in a place. Describing black people as exotic is another part of it.

“It is the social world of white normativity and white meaning making that creates the conditions under which black people are always already marked as different/deviant/dangerous.”

Here are the other ways this article does not acknowledge the author’s whiteness: it takes it as normal (or not embarrassing?) to not know about this type of black performance or its history, it does not worry at all about whether white people attending this (or any?) event changes the experience for black people or could be exploitative, it suggests that the black community would be better off if people were more like the author. All of this is what Yancy describes so well.

Here is a better explanation than I provided: http://womenintheology.org/2012/08/20/look…

If Yancy is right, white authors have to be really careful when representing black experiences or culture, even if it is just a description of their own time at a show. The only real check on assumptions that involve "whiteness" are actual relationships, dialogue, friendship, feedback (and even then...)

I’m sure the author can argue that being so sensitive about this issue means we cannot even discuss it. I just wanted to help explain why some people might be offended by this article, to try to explain why I found myself pretty offended by this article- when it could be seen as just recommending a great performance.

It just seems insensitive to worries that, despite Yancy's theoretical take, are actually pretty common.

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Posted by JAB on October 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Confronting segregation in Charleston

George Yancy's work is a good resource on why a lot of people are very sensitive on the topic of white viewing of black culture: http://villanova.academia.edu/MarkWWestmor…

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Posted by JAB on October 2, 2012 at 12:08 AM

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