I promised to talk about my colleague who passed away on Nov 1, Tim Powell. I want to put his work in a broader context about what happens when an important researcher dies.
Here's his obituary from the @PhillyInquirerwww2.philly.com/philly/obituar…
This month is Native American History Month. Tim Powell was devoted to the preservation of Native American literature (stories) music and cultural artifacts. He had won numerous grants for this work, including a grant from the @NEHgov to preserve Ojibwe songs.
Besides being upset by a life taken in such short order by a virulent disease, there are things that will not be archived, chronicled or remembered because of Tim's death. His work in cultural preservation of Native American materials was crucial.
Interesting to me how many people are talking about the failure of American democracy. For many groups, America has never been a democratic nation.
I think the bigger question that these past 17 months has shown is,will righteous people fight this broken system relentlessly, or will they acquiesce to the evil that is continuing? Kavanaugh is just one example of the depths of depravity of republicans.
And before you tell me let's have hope etc, I don't hold out much. If I am truly honest, I am not surprised that America is failing because of a white president.
Very interested in catching up on this hip hop curator conversation.. but I'm about to go into a research hole and not going to be here on the regular for awhile... but...
Similar conversations were happening "back in the day" when AFAM history/religion/ etc became fields and the question was about who could/should be studying and teaching African or African American subjects..
and I don't have a stake in this as I am not friends with the curator, but Hip Hop is a singular type of genre that a LOT of people have strong feelings about. And there are some great people I know who could be a curator for that collection...
"The university belongs, like the church and the military, to the social institutions that are situated at a considerable distance from democracy and adhere to premodern power structures." Whoo this line from here salon.com/2018/09/08/a-w…
I mean, I just rt this piece, but this line jumped out at me because this applies so much to the Catholic church as well and the sexual abuse scandal....
I mean, this stuff goes on because so much of how a person is evaluated in the academy is about secrecy and networks.. perps can go on for decades because people whisper about bad behavior and endure it from all levels.
Ok so let's talk about when you shouldn't do an interview folks... #thread
Many of you academics want to be public, and that's great. But sometimes, our job is to tell the people who want to interview us that they have to come with the right questions.
If you call me, and haven't done a bit of homework, and you are asking me for resources, and you don't have an idea about the article you want to write, I'm not going to write it for you.. I can do that. Why tell you?
It would be a mistake to take the anger of people at the Catholic Church at this moment as an anger that is not well reasoned and thought out.
The level of disgust that is being directed at the church right now stems from a righteous anger of secrets being held, of promises not kept, of lives being destroyed.
Also, I am not in the habit of quoting scriptures on my timeline, but this seems appropriate- I Peter 4:17. Had the church policed its sexual predators, the grand jury reports may not have had to be produced.
So let me go one further on the Catholic church sex abuse issue and the Papal letter.. and BTW media, I'm at a conference, can't appear live till next week...
I just want to clear up why I don't like that everybody should fast and pray in @Pontifex letter. This assumes that somehow, the parishioner is also at fault in these sexual sins of abuse perpetrated on children.
It is as though that the very act of taking your kids to church, allowing them to be altar servers, and trusting those who had physical and spiritual charge over them is why they were raped and molested.
"Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit. " Listen. Many of us have taken this pain on LOOONG before the clergy cared about it.
I'm going to relate briefly one of the reasons why I write about clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic church. When I lived in Los Angeles, a former priest of the parish I belonged to was arrested for child molestation...
The parish priest at the time knew it was going to be a $hitstorm, so he asked me and another member of the church (a theologian, I am being vague for privacy purposes) to hold an evening healing service and come up with a liturgy.
Since the person (cough- Christopher V) who emailed got mad because I did not address his email and concerns directly about my tone in my article, I'll give you the suggestion I gave to him.. to watch this video at the @PAAttorneyGen office. attorneygeneral.gov/report/
I assure you, after watching the 4 minute video of three people abused by priests in Pennsylvania, you will grieve for them and be angry. I don't do this because I hate the church. I do it for the people who have been raped and abandoned by it.
Mistaking my tone for hatred of the church is your personal problem. I hate people who abuse children. I've had friends and fellow parishioners who have been sexually abused by priests. It is why I feel so strongly about sexual abuse in any church, especially the catholic church.
Someone sent me an email about my piece saying it was hurtful and that I should be providing solutions about the church abuse...and that I was gurtibg good priests and people in the pews.
You know...I bet this particular person hasn't read one word of the report. Because you'd be pissed too if you read how many children were raped and sexually abused repeatedly.
I'm happy to sit on a commission or a board any day with the @USCCB to deal with solutions to this...but writing to me about tone when children gave been raped for 70 years? Write to your Bishop. I said what I said and I will keep saying it. The church is a criminal syndicate.
301 Priests who abused. So let's talk about this for a minute, because this is something that folks haven't talked about with Catholic church abuse...
One of the things that has to be faced is that this abuse is generational. In other words, many of the abusers of children in the church were probably abused themselves. This is not to generate sympathy for their actions..
Rather, it is to address the fact that the church was a place where sexual abuse was systemic, and institutionalized through the way canon law was set up, and the actions of bishops who were the keepers of the accusations.
So lots of us in Religious Studies are talking about Public Scholarship right now... and I have lots to say about it since I've been doing it believe it or not since 2005. (thread)
I started out writing for the @the_revealer under @JeffSharlet leadership, who gave me my first byline... which at the time was pretty incendiary.. about Katrina and GW Bush and "finding" vs "looting" ...
I'm going to agree with many of the people who said the media should stop covering Trump rallies and penning up the Press pool.. It is going to land someone in the hospital or the morgue.
The Press Secretary let you all know this week what she and the administration think of the press. You are the enemy. Why continue to give this bacchanal of hatred and vitriol wall to wall coverage?
I mean, #45 has Twitter, FB, all networks and every outlet covered, giving his views free press. Repetition of these fascist, white supremacist ideologies and ignorance is rotting brains already rotted from FUX news and other RW outlets.
So I want to share something since I've been talking about protest, and while I know a little bit about it,I know someone who I admire very much who knows a lot about it- @DrMFBerry Mary Frances Berry-
@DrMFBerry newbook "History Teaches Us To Resist" On Beacon books, is about protest, activism, and the strategies that work- and sometimes don't. I think this book is very important for where we are about to go now.
@DrMFBerry is not only a professor, she has protested, reported in Vietnam as a student, was CoFounder of the Free South Africa Movement, and was appointed to the Us commission on civil Rights by President Carter- and Fired by Ronald Reagan- And SHE BEAT REAGAN IN COURT
So, I know lots of people are saying lots of things about the treason weasel president. I'm not surprised yesterday happened, but we aren't talking enough about how pathetic he looked trailing behind Putin yesterday.
I mean, Trump looked EMASCULATED. All of that bullying BS and bluster was gone, like his crusty ugly soul had been snatched out of him by Putin. Any Republican still braying about him as powerful is a fool.
I mean, we all knew he was unfit, but yesterday, he was a abject loser who could barely read the statement on the page. Sorry, but GRU has more than a pee tape on this man.
So I'm going to go on the record this morning to talk about the weak Democratic party right now, and I'm probably going to get a couple of unfollows, but here goes.
First, the recent spate of respectability displays over Maxine Waters by Schumer, Pelosi, that Bruni piece in the NYT and others just goes to show you that the Democratic leadership is SPINELESS.
There are thousands of children separated from parents, and Democrats have not started running ads 4 months before the elections on TV talking about how the Republican party is evil, and how bad this is for the Immigrants, the country, etc.
One of the reasons that Trump and republicans are going so fast and furious with their complete takeover is that they don't feel the need to play fair about anything.
I know I've said this to my friends a lot lately, but I just keep thinking about how South Koreans were in the streets EVERY DAMN DAY to get then President Park to resign washingtonpost.com/posteverything…
Americans don't have the bandwidth or stamina for this kind of concerted action anymore. It is a damned shame. Had people been like this in the 1950's -60's, the civil rights advances that were won and are being rolled back today would have never happened.