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Intl. Blog Against Racism Week
Welcome to International Blog Against Racism Week 4! 
27th-Jul-2009 12:02 am
still ibarw
For 2009, IBARW will take place between July 27 to August 2.

IBARW collects links to participating posts during the week; we try to get posts from people who blog about racism all year round and from people who habitually blog about other topics. As with rydra_wong's link spam, all posts regardless of content are linked to, so there may be fail appearing. If you discuss IBARW in your post and do not want it to be linked to, please mention it in the post and we will respect your wishes.

How to participate:

  1. Announce the week in your blog.

  2. Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is "global."

  3. Let us know by bookmarking your post on Delicious with "for:ibarw," or comment with a link to your post in one of the link collecting posts.

For inspiration, here are the previous years' IBARW posts and last year's POC in SF Carnival IBARW edition. You can also check out this post or delicioused recommended reading for further resources.

We'll be compiling links for IBARW4 as well, both in the IBARW Delicious account and with daily round-ups on this journal. The daily round-up post for Monday, July 27 is here.

And for the first time, we will have autoposting from Delicious to here! Yay, and many thanks to kate_nepveu and jinian for working on the script.

Also, many thanks to bowlerhat_girl, jinian, laurashapiro, outou, and sophinisba for volunteering to collect links.

ETA2: And special thanks to la_vie_noire for link collecting, emailing people, and generally making sure my head is screwed on.

ETA: Also, the Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit is happening this week! Information on how to register (through Tuesday). There will also be two free shows:
* Volume Control 3: Bay09 Fundraiser - Friday July 31 @ Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley. Please help promote! You can cop the flyer here.
* Community Showcase – Saturday August 1 @ Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. 7pm doors, $7-10 sliding scale
27th-Jul-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
Do you feel up to giving some ethical advice in your moderator hat?

I hate the idea of white voices dominating IBARW; would it be more appropriate for me, as a really whitey whitegirl, to link to and comment on some excellent POC essays, than to write myself? (I've seriously been worrying about this for a week.)
27th-Jul-2009 04:26 pm (UTC)

I'm having the same concerns.

27th-Jul-2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Like I mentioned to Jonquil, there have definitely been people in the past who chose to just read and comment and link to POC voices, and I totally respect that decision. It kind of depends on where you feel you are at.
27th-Jul-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I generally leave it up to individuals? There definitely have been people who decided to just link and comment on POC essays or to help look for links, and I completely respect that.
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29th-Jul-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Not answering for Jonquil, but noting that I think she is commenting on the propensity of discussion of racism to be taken over by the voices of white people and to make it all about whiteness.
29th-Jul-2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
You said it better than I did anyway!
29th-Jul-2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am saying that it often happens that white people's voices supersede POC's voices when talking about race. For instance, delux_vivens can say something and a week later a white person can say the same thing, and the white person gets all the comments and attention.

For this reason, it is important to me that my voice support the voice of POCs, not supplant them.

It is generally a danger sign in conversations about race when white people say "Don't I have a right..."? That question derails the conversation from being about racism to being about white people. This happens a lot.
4th-Sep-2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
sounds like ur a bit racist maybe u should cool down and respect the white ppl's comments too they have an equal say
5th-Sep-2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hi troll, please sign your name.
7th-Feb-2010 03:41 pm (UTC) - a little late, but.
Was there a particular post or posts you had in mind when you said this?
7th-Feb-2010 03:42 pm (UTC) - Re: a little late, but.
Nope. I was using you as an example of a POC whose writing I liked, not as somebody who specifically had been paraphrased.
27th-Jul-2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Will this post be mirrored on Dreamwidth?
27th-Jul-2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Have now decided mirroring everything on DW will be difficult, so there's a feed set up now:

(Still seeing how long it takes for the feed to pick up new posts, so right now it is empty...)
27th-Jul-2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
That makes sense, thanks Oyceter! :)
27th-Jul-2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
XD Dude, I'm still collecting, or not anymore? Just to know.
27th-Jul-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
DOH! I KNEW I had left someone out. I suck, sorry!
27th-Jul-2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, don't worry!
28th-Jul-2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! I couldn't find the entry for comments, suggestion, etc., for IBARW4 so I'm posting this here.

Since the theme is "Global" and we are looking for posts that aren't in English or by non-westerns, I was wondering if it wouldn't be better if posts that aren't in English are tagged in the language that corresponds. It would be easier for non-english-speaking readers to find posts in their own languages like that (for people who don't speak english).

Of course, I don't know how many tags Delicious allows per account, and we have to find people who speak the language we want to tag in. Personally, I have no problems in tagging posts that are in Spanish, but I don't know how practical this will result.

Just a suggestion, I will understand if this isn't possible.
28th-Jul-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a really good idea! As far as I know, there aren't tag limits in Delicious, so it shouldn't be a problem. If you'd be willing to tag the Spanish-langauge posts (I think that's all we have so far, sigh), that would be awesome. http://delicious.com/ibarw/spanish.language

Thank you!!
20th-Jan-2010 10:59 pm (UTC) - If you have something to say, say it
really great post and thread! I am a "whitey white girl" too, but the great thing about the internet is the fact that a voice is heard without a color of the skin being distinguished. At-least, I hope that is true. I will definitely link to IBARW.

Natali @ http://www.pchousing.com
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