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Announcement: A New Blog

Friday, December 29, 2006

Just a short announcement. I’ve started a new blog project with my good friend Carlo Montemayor. The blog is called “Double Consciousness” and its purpose is towards the study and refutation of white supremacy and white privilege in American society and the study of contemporary racist thought and how it effects people of color and whites. This is a political blog meant more for personal comment than in depth political analysis (so, basically the opposite of this blog that is more focused on in depth political and theological analysis), although we will occasionally have blogs with in depth political analysis.

Double Consciousness is a term that comes from the pen of W. E. B. Du Bois which was made popular in his book The Souls of Black Folk. For Du Bois it meant “always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity” and of having two identities, one being American and the other being a person of color. “Two warring ideals in one dark body.” The title is also a pun on the fact that the Carlo and I, are of different ethnicities which obviously effects the way we perceive the world. I’m white (three-quarters Irish and one-quarter Guatemalan) and Carlo is Pilipino. Despite this fact we are both unified in our thought on critiquing white privilege in American society and in combating its effects on people of color.

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