Have been spending the weekend with:
- Re-reading Oivio Polite's "White Like Me". Oivvio Polite is a writer and journalist born in Sweden 1972 and was one of the first people that made me look twice at the Fine Arts / Cultural pages in a Swedish newpaper. His writings has always circuit around identity and ethnicity (or race, the way you use it in American English), his father is Afro-American and his mother Austrian (updated), and he's one of few that I belive could come close in grasping nearly the full spectra of the most interesting issues concerning cake-gate...NY Times or Guardian or any other major paper should beg him to write about the complexity of this. (Hela hans arkiv av artiklar på svenska finns nu uppe igen på Oivvio's Arkiv. LÄS!)
- Becoming quite amazed about how many (usually) thinking writers have totally missed the Transnationai, Internet-dependent and Pop Cultural aspects of "Cake-gate".
- Thinking about if there is something unique in the Black-Swedish-Experience (black concerning cake-gate, usually I'd say every other ethnicity), something that is of interest of the rest of the world. Cause I find it just utterly sad when people honestly think Makode Linde is a victim of internal racism. Now Sweden is far from Olof Palme's Sweden (Sweden's Prime Minister who was assassinated in 1986) but has there historically been room for critical thinking and solidarity in an unusual way? Maybe there is since I know such a big amount of truly prominent Swedish people of mixed and other than white Swedish heritage. 2FACED1s. If this society yet have find a way to use all their brilliance is another question, a question that has everything to do with the existence of 2FACED1.
- Reading an article about Artist Michael Ray Charles:
Charles argues that the once ubiquitous existence of these characters are virtually unknown to blacks. He believes that graphic depictions of infantile, shiftless, and baffoonish black men and women are artifacts that shed needed light on the conflict the black people have in society today. As both a reminder and as a way to co-opt these negative portrayals, Charles, 31 years old, a painter and professor at the The University of Texas at Austin, recasts ugly stereotypes in huge, satiric paintings that challenge the language of institutional racism.
Read more: Michael Ray Charles: When Racist Art Was Commercial Art — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers
- Reading "Whether the digital era improves society is up to its users – that's us! Social media in particular has inexorably changed the world, driving openness and fear – but it is not beyond our control. (it's all connected yoooo)
- Rekommenderar "Att färgas av Sverige" av Victoria Kawesa, Adiam Tedros and Viktorija Kalonaityté för alla i maktpositioner som inte redan har den egna erfarenheten.
- Honor my mom on her birthday, a very prominent intellectual who's done an incredible social class journey.
- Watching the Marley trailer
- Enjoying the new Major Laxer song "Get Free".
- Seeing Zhala perform filling my heart with credence.