Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mos Def

The left loves Mos Def. And, for the record, Mr. Def thought OJ was innocent. It would appear, according to his comments in the video, that black men are actually never guilty of any crime.

My crush on Mos Def aside, do check out the video. Feminists and other equal rights activists often discuss the value of simply putting non-male, non-white, non-heterosexual, non-able-bodied people on TV, in newsrooms, and in the public eye, and I think this video helps to illustrate why that argument is important. It’s not because there’s one Woman’s View or Black View or Queer View; it’s because it (a) helps to normalize regularly “othered” groups, and (b) it shifts the conversation and the hierarchy of what’s important. When you have more women in newsrooms, regardless of whether or not those women self-identify as feminist, things that are important to women but traditionally demeaned as “women’s issues” — education, health care, child and elder care, etc — get more front-page play. They become normalized as everyone’s issues. When the people who are setting the agenda come from a wider range of backgrounds, the agenda becomes more inclusive

What kind of bubble does Jill live in that she doesn't regularly hear "othered" groups? I hear crap like this all the time.

But,then I don't live in bubble.

But, for the record, just about everything out of Mos Def's mouth is crap.