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Minorities on the Internet

Monday, June 18, 2007

Chris Rabb, "net roots" activist; founder and chief evangelist of Afronetizen, a blog about racial justice and the internet, argues that blogs don't represent the goals of African-Americans. Also, Jared Roebuck discusses his experiences as a young African-American blogger.

Chris Rabb's website
Jared Roebuck's blog, Lies Before Breakfast

Guests:

Chris Rabb and Jared Roebuck
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Comments [5]

BWA Administrator from Atlanta, GA

Just listened into the show, and it's great to hear these perspectives on politics and race and black blogging! Great work!

Jun. 20 2007 04:32 PM
dale from park slope

should redheaded, freckled bloggers identify themselves as such?

Jun. 18 2007 11:35 AM
Bill from New York

Progressivism is the only truly brave position on the left, and this guest is not progressive. Identity politics are deeply conservative. Until the left drops its essentialist racialized (i.e., racist) idee fixe, as long as it matters to blacks that they're black (the only whites for whom it "matters" that they're white wear white pointy hoods) and matters to whites that blacks be black, segregation will remain. Culturalism is prescriptive; multi-culturalism is a set of race-anchored presecriptions that amounts to a kind of food-court conservatism for whites and a sad prison for minorities to be assenting to.

Jun. 18 2007 11:31 AM
Ann T. Grene from Brooklyn, NY

Even though I came into Mr. Rabb's interview midway, it resonated so very deeply for me. Most of the African-American thinkers/intellectuals I know are often silent because we have tired, so very tired of making some of the same baseline prologues before talking to -- on a one-to-one basis or through media -- our white progressive/liberal counterparts. (Such as pointing out that such descriptions as "poor" and "underclass" are not synonyms for "black".) So, I just want to say thank you for Mr. Rabb's fluidity, his willingness to continue putting himself on the line and wisdom.

Jun. 18 2007 11:26 AM
Robert Colasacco from NYC

If you're really brave you'd use the term "Liberal" and not Progressive which is where the conservative pushed Liberals to be. Progressive means Liberal whimp!!! So first let's get back to the real term, stand proud in it then stand proud for what we believe in.

Jun. 18 2007 11:10 AM

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