Daily Review 23/05/2016

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  1. weka 1

    Black American culture is experiencing a kind of delicious dominance at the moment. It’s one that might seem odd given its contrast with the resurgence of racism embodied by some supporters of Donald Trump. But Trumpism, as my colleague Steven Thrasher has noted, is just the latest version of a pattern in America: black progress beckons white rage.

    This artistic triumph isn’t a new movement, then, but rather reads like one because this time around, creators aren’t making work that over explains black life or that makes white society comfortable, centered or even included. Beyoncé’s Lemonade was made to speak to black women. Larry Wilmore’s N-word use at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner wasn’t meant for the white people it offended. Shonda Rhimes is the most successful showrunner in television, creating space for black actors to feature complex representations of black life. Claudia Rankine’s critically acclaimed volume, Citizen, explicitly interrogates micro aggressions that shape black life in America.

    As black deaths overtake the news cycle and the current presidential campaign slog has shaken awake racist, inflammatory rhetoric that many non-black Americans want to believe was dead, black art is unconcerned with the emotional wellbeing of white folks. The cultural work of black American creators at this moment is exciting, energizing and a reflection of the ever maturing consciousness in black America.


  2. millsy 2

    A National government, having spend several years cutting public services, tightening access to benefits and privatising state owned companies, not to mention a huge clampdown on workers rights and the sale of thousands of state houses, is about to turn around and offer huge tax cuts for those on higher incomes, while homelessness and overcrowding grows and grows.

    Now? No, it was 20 years ago, back in 1996. Bill Birch was about to offer billions of dollars worth of tax cuts having brutally slashed his way (along with his predessor she-who-cannot-be-named) through our social services, closing schools, hospitals, cutting benefits and selling state houses.

    And now, it is deja vu all over again, as another Bill, follows in his footsteps.

    • Jenny Kirk 2.1

      Dispiriting, isn’t it, millsy. Because this is happening again – and again – and again. Each time Labour gets in, it does good social stuff. Then the tories take over and try to take it all away again. How can we embed good social stuff in our system so it lasts ? There have been some successes but they don’t always last – look at what’s happened to state housing. How long will the Super Fund and KiwiSaver survive ?

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