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June 13, 2003
FIND THE HIDDEN RACISTBy Greyhawk
Here's some background/prep reading to a post I'll be doing tomorrow, the second part of When Bloggers Rule . It won't be about the deranged little cretin that is used as illustration in this point. Just need to establish a representative example for what I will discuss. Enjoy.
From Hi. I'm Black!!! ( A great new Blog. I'd have voted for him if he had been in long enough to notice.)
I've come to the conclusion that I should have read the damn rules and waited until this coming week. Apparently they have a rule against entering the contest twice. Great. I signed up on Saturday, so I get 2 whole days to compete. Yea.
Anyway, at least I got some pub. Some people did find my site via the showcase and especially via Tiger: Raggin' and Rantin'.
Tiger: Raggin' and Rantin' (I did vote for Tiger.)
4.5~Hi! I'm Black: Shell Vacations Club & Their G-- D--- Salesmen!!!!!!!! ~A latecomer to the contest. I was a bit alarmed when I read the Blog title expecting some racial diatribe about victimization and was pleasantly surprised. Except for the DAILY DOSE lists to stories which point to stories regarding racism and black issues, the general tone of most of the posting are such that race issues are not of any concern. Having read the entry post prior to the remainder of the blog, I was mindful that the blog title might be soley informational. I personally did not think it mattered, as I thought this was a delightfully well written tale about being kidnapped by time-share salesmenpeople. Been there, done that, got the steak knives to prove it. I really liked what I saw in this blog.
From Mac-a-racist (http://macaronies.blogspot.com/)
I did read Hi. I'm Black's entry about attending a sells talk. In fact, I wrote a review in which I said Glenn was being gutsy to use that title for his blog considering the bigotry so very present in the conservative dominated blogosphere. But, then, I looked at the entry objectively. There wasn't much of anything there -- just an uninspired description of the salespersons and their techniques. I had already hit the Publish button for that list of recommendations. I went back to Edit, opened the file and erased Glenn's entry. No link. No vote. Later, while browsing, I saw several bloggers of the Right patting Glenn on the head for being a black guy who did not say anything they found disagreeable. He achieved that by not saying much of anything, period.
Hi I'm Black Am I black enough?
Am I not black enough for you? I know I have at least one black reader, Sheila. Am I black enough?
This post really has nothing to do with the Mac-a-ro-nies site. I don't want to make it seem like I'm pissed about her post, cuz I am definitely not. Her post just raises some questions for me like:
How does one become black "enough"? (that question is akin to 'What is the meaning of life?)
Does being "black enough" mean having just enough of a hard-ass edge that white people treat you with kid gloves? Do I have to dress in designer clothes, with brand new Nikes and a doo-rag on my head? Do I have to recognize Jesse Jackson as my "leader"? Do I have to have a chip on my shoulder for hundreds of years of government oppression?
I'm sure many white conservatives would love it if blacks just "got over" slavery. It DID end 150 years ago (actually by my count defacto slavery ended 150 years ago, dejure slavery only ended 40 years ago). I think that some black people have too big of a chip on their shoulder, sure, but I don't think that racial reconciliation (pipe dream) means that we have to "get over" slavery. Forgive, but don't forget, no?
My point is this: If you're reading this blog because you think I'm some smooth-steppin', big grinnin', "Yessa Massa!", Uncle Tom kind of Negro, get the f--- out of here and never return to my blog.
If you think that you can refer me to your friends as the one black person you know of that "gets it", get the f--- out of here and don't come back.
I may not constantly talk about how my people are oppressed, yaddah yaddah yaddah, but DON'T EVER THINK that I'm some kind of apologist, wish-I-wasn't black, kind of Negro.
Uncle Tom doesn't live here.
From the comments on another thread on Hi I'm Black:
Posted by Mac Diva at June 11, 2003 05:41 AM
(Although Tiger did review the entry, thus casting a vote for it)
Posted by Greyhawk / June 13, 2003 11:54 AM | Permalink
Remember when I mentionedAs I have said, if you read enough of a person's writing, you begin to develop a feel for who they are. The Blogosphere mirrors the realm of the human experience. There are the givers and the... Read More
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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