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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 192

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Smokers had a role model who was really cool, who didn’t care about people’s opinions of his behavior, a risk taker, sexual precocity, a trend setter and generally categorized as extrovert. Smoking is not cool, but it is the cool people who smoked

Mais de quoi les vieilles dames se plaignent-elles? Toutes leurs souffrances physiques ne comptent pas autant que la vue des veines bleues sur leurs mains, les bras et les jambes.

Je ne comprend pas: pourqoui les vieux et les vieillens ne portent pas de perruque abondante, soyeuse et resplendissante? Au moins ils ne passeront pas inappercus.

Les pays du Golfe, le Liban et la Jordanie, comportent aujourd’hui une population d’ emigree’ pouvant être du même ordre ou supérieure en nombre aux nationaux. Que signifie alors la mesure de la pauvreté ou du taux d’accès aux universités au Qatar comme aux Émirats arabes unis sans prendre en compte les migrants?

On ne peut mesurer les inégalités dans le monde arabe: La plupart des emplois sont informels, la plupart des hauts revenus qui servent à les payer le sont aussi.

Les approches traditionnelles se focalisent sur les taux de pauvreté et sur les « discriminations des résultats », exprimées par exemple à travers l’indice de Gini ou l’accès à l’éducation.

C’est le cas des rapports de la Banque mondiale ou de la Commission économique et sociale pour l’Asie occidentale (CESAO). Quelle que soit leur utilité, ces approches souffrent du manque de données dans les pays étudiés.

Les enquêtes sur les revenus et les dépenses des ménages sont rares et non régulières, souvent non conformes aux normes internationales ou simplement non publiées

Popped collars in pop culture: Like how the noble classes used to dress and the Rebel types like James Dean and Marlon Brando (and, later, Fonzie on “Happy Days”). They all popped the collar on their leather jackets, creating a rakish silhouette.

Une Reine, assez jolie avec un port majestueux, a un avantage ecrasant a un Roi si elle perfectionne l’art d’etre une actrisse convainquante.

Julia se heurtait au vieillissement: Tout en elle ne travaillait pas convenablement. Et pourtant, il fallait faire quelque chose, meme bruler ce qu’elle preparait a manger.

Julia refusait d’apprendre a se defier d’elle-meme et des autres: C’est trop tard pour les conseilles. Si seulement ils la laissent parler sans comprendre ce qu’elle dit. Elle n’entend pas bien tes questions.

Accumulant trop de rides et felures, defaillance et infirme. son corps trahissait tout ce qui en Julia demeurait tant soit peu viable, palpitant et juvenile. (Mondes ,Mirroires ,Magies par Andree’ Chedid)

A la cinquantaine, le hazard restait jouable; les chemins ouverts, les rencontres possible, l’amour conservait ses chances. 

Question: Hal hounaak wakfat 3ez khaarej sa7aat midan al 7arb? Tab3an fi: woukouf dod al zolm, fi asghar al oumour

Pop culture, white privilege and widening the lens

This aspect of white privilege has bubbled under the surface of recent debates about college admissions policies and unpaid internships.

As a recent post on the Web site Journos of Color noted, for instance, “The only people who can afford to work full-time for free come from wealth, and generally, if you’re wealthy in America, you’re white.”

Outlook published this July 27, 2013 on the WP Opinions section:

Ron Koeberer/AP – Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in a scene from “Fruitvale Station.”

Many people, especially white people, don’t realize the extent of the disparities that persistent structural privilege creates. According to some estimates, whites on average possess 6 times the accumulated wealth — in the form of home equity, savings and retirement accounts — of blacks.

That discrepancy is explained Not by financial savvy or luck, but by the legacy of now-illegal practices in housing, education and employment that formed the foundation of America’s enduring — and widening — wealth gap between non-Hispanic whites and minorities.

As mortified as some white people may be at the suggestion that we’ve enjoyed career advancement at someone else’s expense, we need to acknowledge that one can benefit from privilege even if it isn’t explicitly claimed.
Indeed, perhaps the ultimate marker of privilege is Not having to be conscious of it.
Thanks to other people’s positive projections and expectations, I’ve often been able to view the world as a welcoming, or at least benignly neutral, meritocracy.
I’ve never been followed in a department store by anyone other than an aggressive perfume lady with a spritzer.
I haven’t had to pay an “anxiety tax,” expending untold physical and psychic energy managing other people’s reflexive fears.
Obviously, gender, geography, economic and social class, and temperament play a part in my outlook as well.
No one’s experience, positive or negative, can be reduced to just one characteristic. But it didn’t always occur to me, nor was I ever taught, to consider race as part of my personal bundle of x-factors.This is where popular culture can be particularly helpful. Granted, the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement” didn’t eradicate anti-Semitism. Nor did “Tootsie” stamp out sexism or “Philadelphia” erase homophobia. But each of those films reframed its subject matter in ways that galvanized audiences into reaching “aha” moments about prejudice.Perhaps it’s time to make a modern-day “Black Like Me,” the 1964 film based on John Howard Griffin’s memoir of impersonating a black man in the Jim Crow South, this time for the 21st century: a story that throws the condition of whiteness, with its myriad unseen, unspoken advantages, into clarifying relief.

The challenge is creating characters that can transcend polarized and entrenched perceptions of race. This past week, a Washington Post poll found that a sobering 86% of African Americans say blacks and other minorities do not get equal treatment under the law, whereas a majority of whites — 54 percent — say there is equal treatment for minority groups.

In a recent interview about their book “Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites,” political scientists Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley described a “gulf” between African Americans, who largely lack faith in the criminal justice system, and white citizens, who consider it essentially color-blind.

Just as the roots of blacks’ mistrust of the system lie in their unfair treatment over generations, the roots of whites’ optimism can be found in our own history.

Like compounded interest from an investment we never made, the advantages white people enjoy derive from past racist practices and present-day unconscious behaviors that create channels no less wide, deep and real for being largely invisible.

If movies are equipped to do anything, it’s to make those channels visible. And the best films can show viewers how to navigate them.

“Fruitvale Station” does that, in just one brief encounter. The San Francisco street scene may begin with an acute observation of separate realities, but it ends by suggesting a possible bridge, in the simple act of a black character taking the business card of a white man he’s just met.





October 2022

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