March 2, 2010

Race: the Power of an Illusion

from the Bad Eagle journal

The illusion of race does not mean racism doesn't exist, it does. But race itself isn't anything but a perception, it has no genetic basis. Race is an illusion, and for some like the white pontificator a delusion. Check out this interesting site from PBS for more on the subject.
Race: the Power of an Illusion
The online companion to California Newsreel's 3-part documentary about race in society, science and history.

We all know that people look different. Anyone can tell a Czech from a Chinese. But are these differences racial? What does race mean? Find the answers to these and other questions by exploring different interactivities within this site.

February 19, 2010

New Echota plans film festival

from Rome News-Tribune

Friends of New Echota will present the Second Annual New Echota Cherokee Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, in the visitor center theatre at New Echota State Historic Site in Gordon County. Films will be shown from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The festival will offer a variety of films focusing on the Cherokee and other native peoples of the Southeast, including the award winning “Black Indians: An American Story,” narrated by James Earl Jones. This film brings to light a forgotten part of America’s past — the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African-Americans.

Highlighting contemporary Cherokee traditions are “Plants and the Cherokee,” featuring members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians demonstrating traditional uses of wild plants for food and medicine, and “Stories of the Cherokees,” a three-part film shot on location in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma that fuses animation and live-action and focuses on Cherokee oral traditions.

Traditional movie concessions will be available and the historic buildings, nature trail and exhibit area will be open for touring during the festival.

February 16, 2010

Interesting article. It seems that religiousness is tied more to racism than agnosticism is. Agnostics are more tolerant and accepting than religious folks. Very interesting. I wonder if this is why the racist Bad Eagle site reads more like a pontificating sermon these days. Interesting correlation indeed. Remind you of anyone?

Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism

February 16, 2010 (John Shook)

Religious people can be racist, and that's not news. But are they more likely to be racist than non-religious people? A new study now confirms this hypothesis.

The February issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review has published a meta-analysis of 55 independent studies conducted in the United States which considers surveys of over 20,000 mostly Christian participants. Religious congregations generally express more prejudiced views towards other races. Furthermore, the more devout the community, the greater the racism.

We also read this additional fascinating conclusion from the authors' summary:

"The authors failed to find that racial tolerance arises from humanitarian values, consistent with the idea that religious humanitarianism is largely expressed to in-group members. Only religious agnostics were racially tolerant."


January 14, 2010

Bad Eagle: white supremacy

from the Bad Eagle journal

Amazingly similar to a pontificating someone we all know, me thinks.
White Power USA

Almost a year ago the inauguration of President Barack Obama was hailed as a turning point in US race relations. The country was said to be entering a new era of post-racial politics, on the path to a future of greater diversity and tolerance.

But while crowds flocked to Washington to witness the swearing in, others were refusing to join the party. Racially motivated threats against Obama rose to new heights in the first months of his presidency, with the US seeing nine high-profile race killings in 2009.

Meanwhile white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups claim their membership is growing and that visits to their websites are increasing.

Is the racial undercurrent that has long structured US politics reasserting itself?

Filmmakers Rick Rowley and Jacquie Soohen went inside the white nationalist movement to investigate.

Some of the images seen and opinions heard in the film are disturbing.