Category: racism

  • stop

    Stop interviewing fascists and racists and asking them what they think. I’m looking at you, Sarah Bloody Ferguson.

  • …desperately trying to distract myself from the fact that our deputy PM actually said ‘all lives matter’ and his government hasn’t actually publicly disapproved of white American fascists staging a (failed) coup.

  • no

    Ok white Australians, NO MORE CRICKET FOR YOU. Goddammit ENOUGH with the racism.

  • Small Axes

    I’m part way through ep1 of Small Axe, a BBC short film series about the West Indian community in London in the 1960s-80s. It’s directed by Steve McQueen and has a w o w cast (incl. Letita Wright and John Boyega). If you want to know about the Black migrant history of the UK during […]

  • Time lines of Black dance as white patriarchy

    Someone on fb recently asked: “Question: has someone made a visual timeline/lineage of Lindy Hop? Is this a good idea?” I dislike the linear timeline model because: It puts Africa in the past, when helloooo it’s not; It uses a very western hierarchy of value with a particular dance or people as the apex or […]

  • Black music, white bands: Racist discourse in lindy hop institutions

    Eric Heveron-Smith fb post 25 June at 05:47 A question was posed on a Facebook group called Swingopedia, and I have decided to finally voice my answer. Hey, it’s quarantine, I don’t have any gigs to lose right now… “I’ve noticed that music trends in the global swing dance community have changed, since I started […]

  • Drawing a line from pathologising Black bodies to lindy hop

    What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss? Women, and particularly women of colour, are less likely to have their health concerns addressed by medical professionals. Doctors and health care workers are more likely to emphasise weight loss as a ‘cure’ for various ailments than any other therapy. This interesting article discusses how medical discourse pathologises […]

  • What is Black?

    A friend on fb mentioned that it’s tricky to get a handle on how words can be used in different ways in activist literature, and it’s even harder to negotiate this stuff when you’re trying to learn about a particular social justice topic with the goal of doing activist work. She made a really good […]

  • Sit down, white people.

    So it seems that white people are having trouble dismantling racism in the lindy hop world. Despite at least 30 years* of hard work, we haven’t seen dancers deconstruct systems that privilege white men (for DJing, teaching, MCing, band, and other high profile gigs). Because the people with the power are white men, who, when […]

  • Slavery in Australia

    CW: slavery, race, violence. This article contains disturbing images. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this article contains the names and images of people who have died. The Australian PM Scott Morrison said on Thursday morning (on 2GB) that “It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in […]