Aren't they charming? Whenever a white guy whines to me about how discriminated against he is because he is a white male, I just show him this picture and say, "What are you doing to stop your fellow white males who are hate mongers?
This is a posting I made on Oliver Willis's blog in response his posting and the comments on the subject of immigration: Well, the Irish had a head start as immigrants, because they already spoke English! Which doesn't mean vigilante groups weren't hunting them down in the streets of Boston in the good old days. Growing up in the 50's in San Francisco I remember third generation Chinese in Chinatown who spoke only minimal English, for which they were much ridiculed. That was because they were segregated away from the mainstream. Now they can work and live everywhere, sound just like other Americans, and have become a "model minority." Here in Hawaii I have a lot of neighbors of second or third generation Mexican descent, and guess what: they all speak English and are mainstream in every way. Some of them don't speak Spanish, and none of their kids speak Spanish, which is a loss, I think. Here's what I saw in the Portland Oregon area, where I taught English as a second language to Mexicans, recent immigrants, from Oaxaca, mostly, Indios for whom Spanish was not a first language. They had come up to work on farms and in fast food places and were often without any formal skills. Their kids are getting educated in the public schools now. This group will assimilate in a generation, as have groups before it. Unless the "guest worker" program makes permanent vagrants out of them, that is. I really favor amnesty so that they can strike roots and assimilate. I also taught Pentacostal Russians, who are very strange people to my way of thinking. They learned English pretty fast, but their attitudes... For instance, a whole class walked out once because they refused to be taught by a Black teacher. Another group walked out when their teacher told them she was a Buddhist. Instead of expelling them from the facility, what I wanted to do, we had to accomodate to their wishes and get them different teachers. Their kids blend right into white communities and get good jobs and so on without much trouble. The kids are OK, actually, at least better than their bigoted parents. The groups that I saw flounder were the Southeast Asians. Many of them have experienced so much trauma that they can't lead normal lives, and their kids may fall into despair. Family loyalties work against them, too, demanding duties and behavior that cause conflicts with American norms. Their struggles go mostly unnoticed outside their communities, since, aside from the Asian gangs, they tend to suffer in silence. These are just the groups I know best. There are the Filipinos, too, whose experiences are not just in the U.S. but in many other countries. Here in Hawaii we have totally assimilated Filipinos and Filipinos just off the boat, as well as Pacific Islanders. I don't know much about groups like non-Mexican or Indio "Hispanics," Haitians, etc. To my mind, assimilation is the name of the game. The minimum for that is a high school education and English skills. I wonder with some of the posters here if they have much experience with actual people, or if they get all their ideas about American life from Fox TV. They also take an ahistorical point of view, as if everything that's going on now has no root causes and has just sort of happened.
Here is the list of Horowitz's 100 most dangerous professors:
The Professor's Colleges and Universities
Arcadia University: Warren Haffar
Ball State University: George Wolfe
Baylor University: Marc Ellis
Boston University: Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn. I know his name & have read things by him,but that's the extent of my knowledge
Brandeis University: Gordon Fellman, Dessima Williams
Brooklyn College: Priya Parmar, Timothy Shortell
Cal State University, Fresno: Sasan Fayazmanesh
California State University, Long Beach: Ron (Maulana) Karenga
City University of New York: Stanley Aronowitz, Bell Hooks, Leonard Jeffries, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
bell hooks: very good black feminist writer. I have heard her speak & hope to have a chance again. She is very encouraging to women. Eve Sedgewick Kosofsky: feminist, really too erudite for most. She interprets gender politics in literature. I heard her talk at a literature conference many years ago, at a time when she was recovering from breast cancer.
Columbia University: Lisa Anderson, Gil Anidjar, Hamid Dabashi,
Nicholas De Genova, Eric Foner, Todd Gitlin, Manning Marable, Joseph
Massad, Victor Navasky
Victor Navasky: I read *Naming Names,* about the HUAC in a course on American popular cultural history taught, ironically enough by David Horowitz, not Horrible Horowitz, but rather a history professor at Portland State University who is unlucky enough to share Horowitz's name.
Cornell University: Matthew Evangelista
De Paul University: Norman Finkelstein, Aminah Beverly McCloud
Duke University: Miriam Cooke, Frederic Jameson
Frederic Jameson: a critical theorist & postmodern analyist. I have read some of his books, including one in a course at Reed College, but he is mostly over my head.
Earlham College: Caroline Higgins
Emory University: Kathleen Cleaver
Foothill College: Leighton Armitage
Georgetown University: David Cole, John Esposito, Yvonne Haddad, Mari Matsuda
Holy Cross College: Jerry Lembcke
Kent State University: Patrick Coy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Noam Chomsky
We all know Noam.
Metropolitan State College, Denver: Oneida Meranto
Montclair State University: Grover Furr
New York University: Derrick Bell
North Carolina State University: Gregory Dawes
Northeastern University: M. Shahid Alam, Northwestern University: Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, Bernardine Dohrn
Tom Hayden: he is a left celebrity that everyone knows
Penn State University: Michael Berube, Sam Richards
Princeton University: Richard Falk
Purdue University: Harry Targ
Rochester Institute of Technology: Thomas Castellano
Rutgers University: H. Bruce Franklin, Michael Warner
Rutgers University, Stony Brook: Amiri Baraka
San Francisco State University: Anatole Anton
Saint Xavier University: Peter Kirstein
Stanford University: Joel Beinin, Paul Ehrlich
State University of New York, Binghamton: Ali al-Mazrui
State University of New York, Buffalo: James Holstun
State University of New York, Stony Brook: Michael Schwartz
Syracuse University: Greg Thomas
Temple University: Melissa Gilbert, Lewis Gordon
Texas A&M University: Joe Feagin
Truman State University: Marc Becker
University of California, Berkely: Hamid Algar, Hatem Bazian, Orville Schell
University of California, Irvine: Mark Le Vine
University of California, Los Angeles: Vinay Lal
University of California, Riverside: Armando Navarro
University of California, Santa Cruz: Bettina Aptheker, Angela Davis
Bettina Aptheker, Angela Davis Both of them are from the old New Left and important political and intellectual figures.
University of Cincinnati: Marvin Berlowitz
University of Colorado, Boulder: Alison Jaggar, Emma Perez
University of Dayton: Mark Ensalaco
University of Denver: Dean Saitta
University of Hawaii, Manoa: Haunani-Kay Trask
Haunani-kay Trask: You go, girl! You've got all the right enemies!!!
University of Illinois, Chicago: Bill Ayers
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Robert McChesney
University of Kentucky: Ihsan Bagby
University of Michigan: Juan Cole
Juan Cole: Oh, how they hate him. He speaks Arabic. He can interpret what's going on in Iraq. Here is the link to his blog, Informed Comment, which I read frequently.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Gayle Rubin
University of Northern Colorado: Robert Dunkley
University of Oregon, Eugene: John Bellamy Foster
University of Pennsylvania: Regina Austin, Mary Frances Berry, Michael Eric Dyson
University of Rhode Island: Michael Vocino
University of South Florida: Sami al-Arian
University of Southern California: Laurie Brand
University of Texas, Arlington: Jose Angel Gutierrez
University of Texas, Austin: Dana Cloud, Robert Jensen
University of Washington: David Barash
Villanova University: Rick Eckstein, Suzanne Toton
Western Washington University: Larry Estrada
Needless to say, many professors are incensed at being left off this list. My additions would be: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, expert on Haiti, and Darius Rejali, expert on torture
and, posthumously, Edward Said, author of *Orientalism.*
want the Iraqi people to hear I've got great confidence in their
capacity to self govern," Bush said. "I also want the Iraqi people to
hear - it's about time you get a unity government going. In other
words, Americans understand you're newcomers to the political arena.
But pretty soon it's time to shut her down and get governing."
The bad weather goes on and on. (Click for enlargement.) I was just about to get ready for my water aerobics class at the YWCA outdoor pool when, for the third evening in a row, the thunder started rolling and the cool breezes began flowing down the mountain. Dang! So instead of getting my exercise I'm sitting here researching what happened on Kauai, the northernmost of the main islands of Hawaii. A dam burst and tons of water came down, washing away houses and trees and dirt and killing seven people. So far, only three of the bodies have been found, but there is no chance that the missing people survived. My understanding is that the owner of this private dam, one Pflueger (Ironically enough, Pflueger means "plowman" in German.), is a man who loves his tractor. He tractors away for fun and profit, and according to a friend of mine who lives on Kauai, he apparently tractored a stream out of existence that was providing an outlet to the reservoir whose bank gave way. The reservoir filled way way up and then the dirt wall just collapsed, as you can see on the photo (Jack Harter, photographer). The friend believes Pfleuger should be banished from the island, at the very least. I suggest legal action. He and his family are careless affluent people (they own a car dealership) who endanger others without thinking all that much about the consequences of what they do. So this comparative small-timer killed seven people with his resources. If he were president--well, it's pretty obvious where this is going. Iraq? New Orleans? Governor Lingle flew over and said,more or less, "Oh my, I didn't realize this was such a problem." Our Senators graciously interrupted their busy schedules to do a flyover, too. The residents of Kauai were less than thrilled. They would like some substantive aid. They feel lost and abandoned. The situation is so egregious that even Malia Zimmerman, a conservative journalist, has been horrified into providing first rate coverage of this incident. Here is the link. This has happened on a Republican governor's watch and is the work of a man exercising his property rights. But even the greatest believers in conservatism and private enterprise can see that Pfleuger went too far. Zimmerman also wrote a good piece for the Hawaii Free Press, which does not have a web site. Tourists: skip us for a while. You will be very disappointed. I'll let you know when things start looking up. We went to one of our favorite beaches the other day, and it was cold and overcast and the waves were menacing. It will be nice once the winter storms subside, and then all we will have to worry about is hurricane season. We have been lucky on the Big Island; it's poor Kauai that gets the hurricanes, but if the ocean temperature rises even a couple of degrees we could be in trouble too.
Bell hooks was supposed to come this week to the U of Hawaii at Hilo, but she had to cancel due to illness. I am hoping that she can re-schedule. People in Hawaii need to see and hear her. I also believe our racial situation is something she might want to know more about, since it's so different from the Mainland's. I saw bell hooks years ago in Portland and was able to exchange a few words with her. She made me feel that what I was doing in life--teaching, learning, bringing up kids and taking care of my home-- was important, things I wasn't sure of at the time. I was restless and wanted to jump ship and run off with some loser, but I didn't. And she was right. Time has proven her to be right. Among her many honors, bell hooks is on the list of David Horowitz's most dangerous professors. That is good, since any professor that Horowitz respected would have to be a horse's ass. I continue to be surprised at the publicity Horowitz gets, considering how modest his gifts are. Yesterday I got into quite a discussion with a friend, the carpenter who is re-doing our bathroom, on the subject of Horowitz. He saw him on C-Span's book show and was quite impressed with him for going after professors. "He is not afraid to name names," quoth he. Now this is a very smart man in his late 60's who subscribes to the Nation. Our backgrounds are similar in a lot of ways. I could say that we covered a lot of the same territory but he covered it from the point of view of a male, an artist, a person who chose to be a marginal self-employed workman, who is childless, and who had an unfortunate marriage. I'm female, a writer, a person who has been forced into the mainstream by the needs of my family and who has had a good marriage. We both found the academic world a place of struggle and only partial success. Horowitz does not have a Ph.D, has never held a teaching job, has never been a professor, but he certainly knows how to tap into the resentment of those who have not done well in academic life. Where my friend sees a gadfly I see an opportunist in the pay of Scaife and other right wingers.
Gee, I can’t go to a local Country Women’s Association meeting yet, even though they pay scholarships for darkies.
How's that? And who said anything about "darkies?" I don't belong to any "exclusive" clubs. The problem is that the groups I do belong to consist mostly of old white women, although we have been picking up some younger more racially diverse members of late. We lobby for clean elections and public financing of elections, (League of Women Voters) and provide scholarships for local women (American Association of University Women). Most of us have spent years in teaching, nursing, and social work, the professions traditionally open to women. I have taught English to immigrants and refugees and prison inmates most of my working life, not exactly an "elite" line of work, although I must confess to a good standard of living thanks to my husband's profession. The fact is that many who could work with organizations like LWV and AAUW don't do so, because they don't care to associate with old women. Nonetheless, we get some respect, not for our gray hairs but for our tradition of service. Most of us are pretty shrewd about how people regard us and don't bother to worry about that. We use our seeming unimportance as leverage to access politicians and the media and public institutions in order to forward our agenda. Our big advantage is that, having nothing to lose, we're very honest and incorruptible. Some of us may be inclined to vanity, but that's a small vice, I think. So how about you young women and women of color joining the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women? We could use your help. Sure a lot of us have class and race attitudes that are less than admirable, but we get things done. Don't you want one person one vote? Don't you want more women of color to get college educations? Work with us. My heroine is Helene Hale, a woman of intelligence, stamina, and physical courage. She is finally retiring at the age, I think, of 85, after a lifetime of teaching and social -political activism. Now she has gotten too frail to go on with her job as state legislator. As a young woman she walked into the cane fields and worked to organize for the union at a time when activists were being murdered. She received many death threats but never backed down. She could have taken life easy, but she never did. I'm working on a tribute to her for her retirement party. We must break down the barriers between us. We live in a system that sets us against each other, makes us angry and bitter. We can take charge of a lot of things. Use our power. I know women are overwhelmed. I am, too. Still,we have got to keep working and hoping. Join some good organizations. Find a heroine and follow in her footsteps. I'm thrilled to say that Cindy Sheehan will be visiting us! No President ever has. We seldom see our Senators. But Cindy's coming! I'm so excited. That's the news from the Big Island of Hawaii.
Gee they remind me of my rich relatives. The Bushes are merely the most successful of their kind. To them, it is obvious that they have the right to exploit everything and everyone they can. They believe that to be human nature and that we would be like them too if we had the means. We Americans must claim them as our own and stop imagining that they are an anamoly. I for one do not think I' m much better than they are. It's only through introspection, and being a poor relation allowed to see but not to have, that I have been able to distance myself enough from my birth family, aunts, uncles, and cousins to overcome the feral instincts which are my heritage. I married into a family of decent people, which helped. I started out mean, but they retrained me, and now I'm fairly nice. Keep an eye on that young fella in the back. He's the heir apparent. I already know from seeing him on TV that he is not very smart but is full of himself. He'd better not be gay.
I have been giving serious thought to the "liberals are nuts" argument that conservatives use, since I have been hearing variants of this notion all my life. This canard really makes me angry, because of the family I came from. Nothing without a dollars and cents value put on it was ever taken seriously in my family, in particular by my father. My father died in the company of his trophy wife and his rich friends. I had not talked to him for years. So yes, that is a bitter thing. I wonder how many people there are who have similar experiences that have made them into social critics.