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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Culture Spy

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

"Mike Brown. He was shot because he didn’t do nothing. Only the police officer shot him because of his skin color.”

This is what one of the girl scouts said at a community meeting. This is what they are being taught. This is child abuse. These kids don't even have a chance to develop their own point of view.

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Posted by Dom Woganowski on 02/11/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

Same way I felt when I moved back to Adams Point in Oakland after being in Atlanta from 2000 to 2010. Man how the flavor has changed but o well I'm here to stay. "Unapologetically Black"

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Posted by John Blaze on 04/01/2015 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

So because it's not your point of view , then it's child abuse . I agree with the girls.

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Posted by Andy Gonzalez on 02/11/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

So when is the unit on "Radical Abortion" the decimation of 11% of the black population? Or how about the "Radical Truth" unit where statistics about how many blacks are victimized by blacks versus how many are victimized by white police officers! This is a disgrace and I hope the Girl Scouts of America use the full force of the law to prevent the use of their name "brownies" and their uniforms by this group of hate and division. The sad truth is though that the GSA is so progressively liberal they'll fall into the 'white guilt' BS and allow this garbage to continue.

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Posted by Dave Novak on 02/11/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

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Posted by Editor on 02/12/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

I want to repost a comment left by someone on a Facebook post regarding this article.They put it so well. I couldn't say it better. I hope they don't mind.
"This is problematic because it clearly makes distinctions between "poor" aka "those that need" and "rich" aka "those that give. It frames her in such a way that it becomes another "white savior narrative." It's a good idea but location and situation create a different set of politics around it. The way the article frames it also doesn't help the case.
More than anything it's a division of status and class. Yesterday some art student said "I like working in grungy, filthy areas of society, so I don't mind working in low-income society spaces." This only reinforces this idea of the patting themselves on the back and breaking ground on new ideas that have long existed and been in places.
Another question that arises is "social practice," what is it? And how is the narrative being framed and shaped by institutions and the media? Why write about her and not all the projects that come out of east side arts? Their work is as much valid in social practice as hers. Those of us in the field have to be very careful in how we use that term and frame our projects- and also be vocal. It's a new term being thrown around to label any art in the world that's outside institutions. And don't even get me started on institutions and what they say about things as such..."

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Posted by Ivan Navarro on 09/14/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “New Growth in Temescal Alley Means Death for Polymorph Recording

LONG Before Big Box retail and internet monsters like Amazon help demolish main street in the U.S., Real Estate speculation has killed: Record Stores, Book Stores, Cafes, underground style purveyors of all kinds, and, yes, recording studios and the like---> FACELESS "owners" could give a crap about those who paved the way EVERY TIME.... Polymorph will be sorely missed (3 of my bands recorded there) and Sarita Waite will lose no sleep over it, though she CERTAINLY SHOULD. Thanks for helping to screw the music community, Ms. Waite- and letting the almighty dollar have the final word once again....

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Posted by Mitch Martin on 10/05/2012 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

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Posted by Editor on 02/11/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “InterPlaying With Ourselves

InterPlay is fun, educational, life changing, warm, inclusive, and diverse. I've been doing InterPlay for a long time, and gradually, in -- as InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter would say -- incremental steps, I have become stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. Not to speak of all the wonderful friends I've made!

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Posted by Conniepwll on 08/20/2012 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Beyond Anarchy at PM Press

The right to disassociate as well as associate has, to my knowledge, always been a rather important aspect of anarchism. He did the best thing he could in the situation, and it in no way goes against anarchist principles. It's not like he destroyed AK Press when he left, and if he'd rather spend his time with something else, well, why the hell not?
The remaining members of AK Press still have their egalitarian model set up, and they don't have to deal with a person who'd rather not be a part of that particular model anymore. It's a win-win.

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Posted by Edin Janković Šumar on 03/24/2013 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

I think this is absolutely brilliant. I am not black, but I told my granddaughter about this troupe and she wants to be a Radical Brownie, too.

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Posted by Sharon Jackson on 02/19/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

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Posted by Editor on 02/12/2015 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Artists Create Two-Way Video Portal for Oaklanders to Meet Their Neighbors

"Cranky Rockridge residents were bothered by the unexplained noise, and pedestrians in East Oakland were wary of the increased surveillance..."

This alone is a great summary of the differences between these neighborhoods.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 01/28/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

Misunderstanding...the misunderstanding is that you cant make assumptions and act anyway that you please- thought he was selling something... why was that , i heard no mention that he had some sort of merchandise in hand. It must be nice to not have to even consider that someone is treating you a specific way because you are Black.

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Posted by Noni Alaska on 04/02/2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

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Posted by Editor on 04/01/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

Looks like peeps consider a brown/black point of view to be deviant. That means, deviating from the "real" way of looking at things. That means, guess, whose point of view is "real?"

Michael Brown was accosted . . . accused . . . attacked . . . because he was tall? because he was named Michael? because he was 18? because his stepfather loved him? because he was wearing a shirt? because he was walking? Come on, think of something that doesn't start with "b."

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Posted by Cynthia Morse on 02/18/2015 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Radical Brownies: The Most Inspiring Young Women You've Ever Seen

This is awesome!!!! Much needed!!!!

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Posted by John Blaze on 02/18/2015 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Artist Creates Free Store, Art Gallery, and Studio in Oakland

East Bay Express told me they don't write these kind of articles, when we were doing something similar at Moco in downtown Oakland two years ago. I think we were too ethnic for your paper maybe.

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Posted by Ivan Navarro on 09/14/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Taggers by Night, Muralists by Day

I might propose a 25 cent per unit surcharge on spray cans sold in Californica, to finance the construction of a new tagger prison system that would feature large vertical concrete slabs that remain clean during the miscreants' eight to ten years of incarceration, the better to remind them of the meaning of respect and civilisation.

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Posted by Estanislao Deloserrata on 12/19/2013 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Dealing with Bigotry

We got profiled like that all the time in Sacramento. I hated it because intuitively, I knew that it was not the city as much as ignorant people who came to the city from places void of black presence, who may have been mistaken that Sacramento would be also. But it is not. My advice is that you never travel to anywhere hoping that you will only have to deal with your own reflection.

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Posted by Cali Ron Stephens on 04/02/2015 at 3:41 PM

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