Friday, February 24, 2012

Thoughts on Being White | Teaching Race at Texas A&M University

This is a cartoon I use to demonstrate the logic of
what we consider to be true about race
The conversations this week around the WUW? office have been all about the reality of race and the most effective way to discuss it. In January, I started teaching Introduction to Sociology - you know nurture instead of nature, critical thinking, C. Wright Mills, Weber, norms, culture and society.... blah blah blah. 
Cheesy picture about
race from the textbook

The conversations we have had in the class have been great - even better when you consider there are 110 students (As the semester goes on that number dwindles). This week we have been discussing race and ethnicity and it has been challenging but rewarding. 

From the time we enter elementary school we are explicitly taught that everyone is equal and that people are all the same no matter what color they are. But the real lessons are implicit.
In everyday conversations we are taught what it means to be American, moral, normal, and acceptable. Indeed, recently an ex VP of Proctor & Gamble reaffirmed the collective conscious of what it is to be considered a "real America" as he attacked President Obama in a recent blog post:
"You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth Growing up in America and culturally you are not an American." - Lou Pritchett, Former VP at P&G
Click here to read the rest of the article. 
The consequences of these implicit (or as they seem to becoming more explicit) lessons play out in our conversations about politics and economics. How we talk about education, poverty, affirmative action, government, voting rights, sports, and family are all part of the discourse that reinforces racial and ethnic stereotypes, prejudices, and racism. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thoughts on Being White | ESPN, Linsanity, and A Moral Obligation

"It is our human and moral obligation to press this country to live up to its best ideals of social justice. 

We can make progress against the entrenched racist system. We can reframe the dominant white racial understanding of this society to one that accents the liberty-and-justice frame, that at some level, most white Americans seem to accept. 

At least rhetorically, and abstractly, most whites believe that each American has the right to an opportunity for a good job and income, decent housing, and good educational facilities for their children.

One critical issue is that whites take their everyday world for granted and ignore or rationalize the discriminatory and inegalitarian realities that so many Americans of color face in their daily lives.....

Clearly, this society would benefit greatly from encouraging many more whites to critically examine their everyday experiences with such racial events. 

Too often, well meaning whites agree that racism is a problem with others, but never take the difficult step to analyze how they themselves may be contributing to individual and systematic racism in the United States." 

Joe Feagin from the book Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage. 2007 pg. 274

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cincinnati Indie Dance Pop Rockers | Walk the Moon - Anna Sun EP

Looks like WUW?'s favorite Cincinnati party starters released their first major label EP this month (RCA Records). Many of you are already familiar with Anna Sun and you will equally enjoy Tight Rope and especially Next in Line. Looking forward to the full album!

Dancing bad to good music,

Monday, February 13, 2012

Video | #OBAMA2012 | The Story of Us: Five Years Ago Today

This makes me feel proud.

One of my students sent me this link... not sure which was more exciting - the video or the fact that one of my students suggested it!

Still believing in a better future,

Monday, February 6, 2012

Live From Facebook | America Going to Hell? How Madonna and M.I.A. Destroyed the Youth of America

It is amazing what one middle finger can do? Maybe... we have better things to worry about than football or a pop singer's finger

It is strange to think of this Madonna as controversial but it seems that everyone on The Facebook was divided about what they thought. The WUW? crew thought it was not only an amazing performance by Madonna but that the overall performance was amazing - lights, props, stage, field, drummers, choir - and we even thought the guys for LMFAO were a great addition. We don't need to say that Cee-Lo is the man. 

Best half time show ever

 ·  ·  · 14 hours ago via mobile

    • Bonnie Burgett Why? Because they showed a gazillion crotch shots while she did some sort of squat dance move? good show but I could have done with out the soft porn! Wowsers
      14 hours ago ·  ·  1

    • Cheryl Lozano-Whitten Madonna has to resort to crotch shots because she really doesn't have beauty like other celebrities. She's always been a bit outrageous, but I do like a lot of her music.
      14 hours ago · 

    • Jocelyn Webster A bit strong.
      14 hours ago · 

    • Cheryl Lozano-Whitten Just honest!
      14 hours ago · 

    • Cheryl Lozano-Whitten Let me elaborate. Women such as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Celine Dion that sell out concerts all over the world don't have to resort to "crotch" shots to sell records. That is beauty.
      14 hours ago · 

    • Walter Edward Hart The performance was pretty amazing... Seems silly to focus on a few "crotch" shots that weren't even close to the sexuality that is seen in most music now.... We haven't seen that elaborate of a production at the super bowl in a long time
      12 hours ago ·  ·  2

    • Cheryl Lozano-Whitten Did you see the Prince show at the Super Bowl a few years ago. It was elaborate and he didn't feel the need to show crotch shots (while that might have been interesting) it didn't happen.
      12 hours ago · 

    • Walter Edward Hart And Bonnie... Soft core porn? What do we live in some sort Puritan community?
      12 hours ago ·  ·  1

    • Cori Crittenden I loved it and I got goosebumps. I'm sorry I'm not sorry.
      12 hours ago · 

    • Tiffany Boyd Rolling Stones were alright. U2 after 9/11 left a mark. This one definitely returned the bar to an acceptable height for an otherwise long run of mediocre half-time entertainment.
      about an hour ago · 

Flipping you off and giving you some crotch shots,

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Watch Now | Caleb Mak - Niggas in Paris Live Acoustic Cover @ Northgate Vintage 2-2-12

WhatUpWally? recently sponsored an evening of acoustic Hip Hop with Caleb Mak at Northgate Vintage in College Station. After this event, we think it is safe to say - you need to know who Caleb Mak is. Check out this acoustic rendition of Jay & Ye's Niggas in Paris.

We first became aware of Caleb's music about a year ago when he opened for Chiddy Bang in College Station, Texas. Caleb has progressed as an artist, rapper, and songwriter in past year, but it is his stage presence that was the most impressive. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Caleb currently attends Texas A&M University. He has a mixtape Love which can be downloaded for free and we are expecting some new music soon.

Stay tuned for more video from First Thursday @ Northgate Vintage and don't forget to follow Caleb Mak on Twitter.

Official blog supporters of Caleb Mak,

Dallas Hip Hop | Dustin Cavazos - Be.Leave.Me

The sound of hip hop in the great state of Texas has changed dramatically over the last decade. Not that we have lost that third coast swagger rather the swagger is now be interpreted through live bands, orchestral arrangements, and some nerdy sensibilities. Groups like A.Dd+ & Sore Losers (Dallas), the Niceguys (Houston), Caleb Mak (Dallas via College Station), and Kydd (Austin). 

At any time, any of these artists can make you laugh, dance, or think and true to the Texas spirit of originality, they have managed to create a sound that is distinct from the syrup sippin anthems of the 00s as well as distinct from the hipster hip hop explosion in pop music. What is great about this new movement in Texas Hip Hop is that third coast legends Bun B, Paul Wall, and Michael 5000 Watts have teamed up with Red Bull to help the heirs of Texas Hip Hop take on the music industry.

Dustin Cavazos is another piece of this hip hop puzzle. Cavazos has succeeded at creating his own sound within this new tradition of hip hop. What we appreciate most is Dustin's musical diversity. Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Also check our earlier post on Dustin's last album I Think in the Shower I Dream on My Bike.

Blogging about blogging,

Austin Hip Hop | Kydd - The Sounds in My Head Pt. 1

Caleb Mak - The Joker Acoustic Live at Northgate Vintage 2-2-12

Over a million youtube hits for this song. More to come on Caleb Mak soon!