Friday, April 14, 2006

Beyond Perfect (Ah, Duke)

I've not blogged on the disaster at Duke for a number of reasons, but here's an excerpt from statement from Wahneema Lubiano on Mark Anthony Neal's blog:

A movement away from the demand for spectacularity of sexism, racism, and gender violence toward understanding and consideration of the everydayness of those things could work toward erasing or at least easing the almost knee-jerk dismissal of charges of racism, sexism, and a critique of class entitlements, a dismissal continually on display in newspaper editorials and columns, and by individual speakers and groups that insist on spectacularly visible expressions of such. We don’t have to wait for fully attested to conspiracies among highly placed officials, or cross burnings on the quad or in dorm halls, or assaults attested to by perfectly placed witnesses and evidence in order to undertake change.

What hits me about this and the rest of Lubiano's statement is the turn to the everydayness of sexism, racism, and gender violence. This somehow begins to scratch the surface of the feeling something is very, very wrong, even when you can't point to a perfect oppressor. There's much more to say, to think about. I'd wanted to tie this into my focus on the arts somehow, but am not ready to do that yet. But a blog is perhaps at it best when it is a space for timely response, responses in transition. So that's mine.

Discuss at will. Thanks to Erica Edwards for the heads up.


Anonymous audiologo said...

Mendi, thanks for listing the Lubiano article. I think the "perfect" perpetrator/victim/circumstance is applicable to so many situations, and why a certain amount of critical examination does not get undertaken. Too many folk's imperfections/complications are implicated, and neither the popular culture or academic realms have developed a paradigm of address to encompass the imperfect elements in these situations.

9:41 AM, April 22, 2006  
Blogger Mendi O. said...

Aint it the truth.

3:29 AM, June 29, 2006  

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