Coates

None of us are perfect, and those in public, those we have made leaders, deserve constructive, truthful criticisms. Truth is Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a leader (whether he wants to be or not) and he is being admonished for not being critical of Obama.  This is just untrue—and we need to be truthful and constructive of our criticisms of our brothers and our sisters, who have a platform. I have made a short list of articles in which Coates was critical of Obama.

(I was able to compile this list while, chatting with a friend online, playing with a 12 year-old-birthday girl, and drinking my coffee, so I hope the rest of you will add to the list.)

The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty—and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism.

At every step, “universalist” social programs have been hampered by the idea of becoming, and remaining, forever white. So it was with the New DealSo it is with Obamacare.

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they’ve failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it’s time to reclaim his original intent.

 In their efforts to strengthen the black family, Clinton and Moynihan—and Obama, too—aspired to combine government social programs with cultural critiques of ghetto pathology (the “both/and” notion, as Obama has termed it), and they believed that Americans were capable of taking in critiques of black culture and white racism at once. But this underestimated the weight of the country’s history.

 

Color-Blind Policy, Color-Conscious Morality

Addressing the moral failings of black people while ignoring the centuries-old failings of their governments amounts to a bait and switch.

I have never been among those who thought President Obama should “say more” about Ferguson, because I don’t believe most of the people who elected him actually want to “hear more.” What these people have never tired of hearing is another discourse on the lack of black morality or on the failings of black culture. It saddens me to see the president so sincerely oblige.

 

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid

Violence works. Nonviolence does too.

On Monday night, watching Obama both be black and speak for the state was torturous. One got the sense of a man fatigued by people demanding he say something both eminently profound and only partially true. This must be tiring.

 

Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind

How Jonathan Chait and other Obama-era liberals misunderstand the role of white supremacy in America’s history and present

Obama-era progressives view white supremacy as something awful that happened in the past and the historical vestiges of which still afflict black people today. They believe we need policies—though not race-specific policies—that address the affliction. I view white supremacy as one of the central organizing forces in American life, whose vestiges and practices afflicted black people in the past, continue to afflict black people today, and will likely afflict black people until this country passes into the dust.

The Secret Lives of Inner-City Black Males

Paul Ryan’s explanation for urban poverty isn’t much different from Barack Obama’s. Why did it make liberals so angry?

Cousin Pookie and Uncle Jethro voted at higher rates than any other ethnic group in the country. They voted for Barack Obama. Our politics have not changed. Neither has Barack Obama’s rhetoric. Facts can only get in the way of a good story. It was sort of stunning to see the president give a speech on the fate of young black boys and not mention the word racism once. It was sort of stunning to see the president salute the father of Trayvon Martin and the father of Jordan Davis and then claim, “Nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a father who takes an active role in his son’s life.”

 

The Champion Barack Obama

How Black America talks to the White House

An appeal to authority—even the authority of our dead—doesn’t make Barack Obama any more right. On the contrary, it shows how wrong he is. I can’t think of a single credible historian of our 500-year tenure here who has concluded that our problem was a lack of “personal responsibility.” The analysis is as old as it is flawed, and that is because it isn’t analysis at all but something altogether different.

 

‘Immorality’ and Obamacare, Cont.

Why arguing that we should have a health-care expansion for the most vulnerable or no health-care expansion at all is ultimately wrong

There are many good critiques of myowncritiques of Obamacare.

 

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead; Long Live Osama

We are six years into the Obama administration and with each report of profiling, with each report of unaccountability, with the scuttling of the Democrats 2008 national security platform, the horrific success and mad genius of 9/11 becomes clearer.

 

Dumb Into Damascus

Is this any way to go to war?

But when you have majorities in your own country opposing a war, when the president can’t convince his own party, when alleged allies in the region and your strongest ally in the world oppose war, then it’s time to rethink.

 

On the Death of Dreams

If we are honest with ourselves we will see a president who believes in particular black morality, but eschews particular black policy.

Indeed, if we are—as the president asks us to be—honest with ourselves, we will see that we have elected a president who claims to oppose racial profiling one minute, and then flirts with inaugurating the country’s greatest racial profiler the next. If we are honest with ourselves we will see that we have a president who can condemn the riots as “self-defeating,” but can’t see his way clear to enforce the fair housing law that came out of them.

 

Act of Rebellion

There is a movie in theaters now “The Big Sick“. Short summary brown man and white woman fall in love and deal with cultural conflict.  I wasn’t interested in seeing it as the previews made it seem awful and racist.  However, while driving back from a road trip I got to hear part of an interview with the pseudo-autobiographical co-screenwriter  Kumail Nanjiani.  I felt connected to his story as he was talking about growing up the child of immigrants. Nanjiani spoke of how he hadn’t given his parents enough credit in their evolving and understanding of his culture, different from theirs.
Then the interviewer Terry Gross, asked pseudo-autobiographical co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon (spouse of Nanjiani) what her family thought of her being with Nanjiani.  Gordon responded that her parents were used to her acts of rebellion they were just happy she found someone who was good to her.

I immediately cringed at Grdon’s gaze of Nanjiani as one of her acts of rebellion and that dreadful phrase “good to her”. Nanjiani then took over the conversation and spoke about how a “rebellious phase” was culturally very American but I was stuck on what Gordon had said.

I don’t ever want to be someone’s tool for rebellion.  Which in terms of gender in hetero relationships, as a Latina I am not a tool for rebellion but I have experienced exoticisation, fetishization, for temporary fun, just as a man of color is used as the act of rebellion in temporary fun.  I don’t think Gordon thought of this with any maliciousness when she spoke of her family being accustomed to her rebellion. That is part of the privilege for a white woman, that her perspective can be the conflict of dating a brown man as a temporary taboo.

Moving on to the phrase “good to her”– I ignorantly thought this wasn’t something that was regularly used as coded language but something that only I had experienced. I have been told before multiple times that phrase “I just hoped you would be with someone who is good to you”, “I wish you were with someone who could provide for you better”.  The racism and sexism were there and what they really wanted to ask was  “Why couldn’t I just date someone who was white man who’d take care of a girl?”  Recently, a Black man told me that he’d been with non-Black women who had been told “I really was hoping you’d be with someone who was better to you” I was dumbfounded at my naïvety  at thinking other people never heard the same things I did.  Again, I don’t think this is what Gordon was getting at with saying acts of rebellion and as long as he’s good to me, but her intent and the reality of how many of us experience interracial relationships as an attack on us and those we love–well both perspectives overlapped but not in understanding.

I wonder does Gordon spend her time worrying about Nanjiani when he flies that he will be harmed or arrested? Have people told Gordon that the person she loves isn’t as good as any other white guy? Has she wondered what her presence says when she is next to him? What risks she puts him in by being with her?  Hearing Gordon’s perspective only affirmed my desire not to see this movie.

and we are back

blogtitlan is trying to slowly rev the engine and start-up again. and i think i’ve been made one of the defacto leaders and yet here my first post will be less than 5 sentences but hey it is a new start!

Update on 2016 Calendar

A tentative list of some bike tours, USAT sanctioned triathlon races, and 1/2 marathons for 2016. As always, I love it when friends join me and if there is some kind of sporty thing you are already planning on or would like to plan, I’m all about adding and adjusting this calendar.

 

April
10th, Columbus, Ohio USA, Squat, Bench, Deadlift competition
Ohio State Powerlifting Club and Rec Sports Powerlifting Competition

17th Cincinnati, Ohio, 1/2 Marathon
Cincinnati Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Another run in the Broke Man series. I figure this is just part of good training for the 1/2 Ironman in August.

May
1st Lorain, Ohio, 1/2 Marathon
Lorain Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Again a no-frills race, 1/2 marathon…using it as a training run for the bigger races in late summer early fall.  (this one is most likely not happening because I’ll hopefully be in Mexcio.

7th, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexcio, Olympic Triathlon
ITU World Cup Huatulco 2016

July
12th- August 15th, Xinjiang to Haikou, China, Bike Tour
Biking China with Marian

August
1st-15th finishing bike tour of china with Marian.

21st, Delaware, Ohio, USA, 1/2 Ironman Triathlon
Ironman 70.3 Ohio: 1.2mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1mile run. I hope to seriously train for this race and do the course multiple times before the race, as I live maybe half an hour from the site. If you want to go out and do this course with me, at any time, holla’.

September
11-18, Cozumel, Mexico, Triathlon Worlds
World Triathlon Age Group Championships: This only happens if I qualify and I make the team.

October
2nd, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1/2 marathon
Columbus Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Again a no-frills race, 1/2 marathon…using it as a maintaining run.

8th, Acapulco, Guerrero, México, Olympic Distance Triathlon,
Triatlón Acapulco 2016: I am looking forward to this because hopefully I will be in good condition from a solid spring, summer and fall of training and if I can do well at this race I can qualify for 2017 worlds.

COMPLETED

January

16th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2 mile run
warm-up for Broke Man’s Winter Warm-up
competed with Sandra

17th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Half-Marathon
Broke Man’s Winter Warm-Up:
competed with Sandra

February
6th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Indoor Triathlon
OSU Indoor Triathlon

March
5th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Indoor Triathlon
Dunn Dash Triathlon
competed with Sandra

Goodbye 2015

2015 has been physically a rough year.

Started out the year with a bum knee and hip-flexor, after I hurt them on a late fall, early winter trail run half marathon.

In the Spring my knee and for the most part my hip-flexor better, I had to have surgery on my lady bits.  Threw my hormones for a loop, and knocked my whole body out.

Then in the fall had a serious concussion after Pancho Villa the dog head butted me. I lost consciousness, came to and couldn’t read or write, or balance myself.

I am feeling much better (other than this cold I currently have) and am really looking forward to athletically kicking ass in 2016.

Alejandro “Mono” González

El viernes tuve el honor de interpretar en forma de conferencia por Alejandro Mono González.  Fue completamente un despapya.  Me había, por si, dado ansiedad por que es Chileno usando vocabulario de artista y además que no me dí cuenta hasta después iba también usar palabras históricas y políticas.  Yo estoy mucho mas acostumbrada interpretar por cosas médicas.   Llevo años interpretando por cosas medicas entonces me siento muchismo más cómoda se las palabras que van a utilizar y oraciones que van a usar…por mayoría pues.  Todo es conocido y hasta puedo anticipar lo que van a decir esto fue mucho mas diferente.

Además fue delante de mis colegas y mis profesores.  Que pena…pues por lo menos ya aprendí que tengo que ser mucha mas fuerte cuando digo que no me siento la persona adecuada.